If you want to pursue a master’s degree or a Ph.D., you will most likely have to take the GRE. Various universities require minimum scores for admittance, and the competition is fierce. Using a good GRE study book will increase your chances of getting a good score. A number of online resources rank the best GRE books. Considering various ranking systems is advantageous because it will give you a broader range of recommendations.

ETS Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test

ETS Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test is called “the holy grail of prep” by TheGREonline.com and is ranked number one by the site. Many students opt for this book because the publisher is the same group that writes the actual test questions for the GRE. The second edition of the book comes with a helpful CD that contains a practice exam. The GRE writers offer tips on how to conquer each type of question present on the test.

Princeton Review GRE

The Princeton Review GRE book is so good that U.S. News & World Report mentions it as a must-have study book for any student. Princeton Review publishes a number of GRE study books. The 2014 edition of Cracking the GRE With 6 Practice Tests & DVD contains six full-length practice tests with topic reviews and a DVD that has helpful tutorials to help students use the study guide to the best of their ability.

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Manhattan Prep GRE Set of 8 Study Guide

Manhattan Prep is another highly recommended GRE study guide. It was written by Manhattan Prep's 99 percentile GRE instructors -- industry professionals who certainly know how to achieve high marks on the exam. These books come in a complete set; each book is dedicated to a subject on the GRE. The set also comes with a quantitative comparisons and data interpretation guide that provides students with the knowledge needed to attack each question type and get the best score possible.

Kaplan GRE Premier 2014 with 6 Practice Tests

Highly ranked by TestPrepPractice.net, Kaplan’s study guide is highly advantageous for those who seek a high score on the GRE. The Kaplan GRE Premier 2014 with 6 Practice Tests merges in-depth strategies from books and online components to help students get high scores. This study guide contains more than 1,800 practice questions with clear explanations that cover the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the test. Students who tend to learn better from a screen will benefit from the included digital version of the book.

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