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The math sections are filled with errors so glaring that even a dumb student would feel being fiddled with. Tens of questions were totally wrong and had incomplete data or information. I know that all books have some errors but this book has errors in a magnitude that is completely unacceptable. Worst of all, this is the 3rd book in its series and still it fails miserably to rectify the basics issues that persist since its first edition. The data interpretation section is fraught with wrong questions, answers and typos.

My advice is not to look at any data analysis questions from this book — it is a nightmare. It would be better having a ferret crawl around in your pants then trying to do questions from this section of the book.

Now how could you trust the verbal practice when you know the math is filled with so many errors? The Reading Comprehension is ordinary and I am pretty sure it has a few erroneous answers as well.

The purpose of a GRE book is to ease your nervousness and test anxiety. In summary: This book is beyond frustrating and I would request the dearest Princeton to get over with these problems in sincerity.

Thanks for the suggestion. Im a beginner. On the Verbal, do not be afraid to use the maybe sign. Before you spend ten minutes scratching your head trying to assess a difficult answer choice, give it the maybe.

You can always spend more time on an answer choice IF you have to, but you never want to spend more time than you have to. Eliminating one or two obviously incorrect answers can increase your chances of choosing the correct answer. Eliminate three incorrect choices, and you have a fifty-fifty chance of earning points by guessing! You have to answer each question to get to the next one, and if you have to guess, why not improve your odds?

Verbal Strategies There are four types of questions in the Verbal portion of the test. You will have 30 minutes to answer 30 questions.

Within the first ten problems, you are guaranteed to see at least a couple of each question type. The Verbal portion of the GRE is one giant vocabulary test.

The more words you know, the better you will do. Learning giant lists of vocabulary words is an inef- ficient process, because only a tiny portion of those words will actually show up on the test.

Learning new words, however, is never bad and is one of the few aspects of this process that has lasting value. The five hundred words in this book have been selected for the frequency with which they appear on the GRE.

Of the five hundred words you will learn, four might appear on the test you take. Because they are difficult words, however, they are likely to show up on questions where knowing them is the difference between getting that question right or wrong. No one knows all of the words on the GRE. That means Process of Elimination is critical. This is where scratch paper comes in handy.

Use your techniques to give each word a check, a squiggle, an x, or a question mark, and then move on. Use scratch paper for your POE work. If your hand is moving, you are actively assess- ing and eliminating answer choices; you are parking that thinking on the page.

A Reading Comprehension ques- tion, however, may take two, three, or even four minutes. One way to improve your score is to get good at Analogies, Sentence Completions, and Antonyms, so that you have plenty of time left to devote to Reading Comprehension.

With good technique, none of the Sentence Completions, analogies, or antonyms should take more than 30—40 seconds. The drilling ensures that you are getting the maximum number of points that your vocabulary will allow and that you are doing the problems in the most efficient way possible. Once this is done you can relax and spend plenty of time on Reading Comprehension, where speed can lead to the greatest number of mistakes. Math Strategies In the Math portion of the test, you will have 45 minutes to answer 28 questions.

Math questions come in four basic formats: They give information in charts, graphs, or tables and ask for information often percentages. Just as you do on Read- ing Comprehension, you will have a split screen and multiple ques- tions usually two or three that refer to the same set of charts. You are asked to identify if one quan- tity is bigger, if both quantities are always the same, or if there is not enough information to determine which column is bigger.

These have only four answer choices. The concepts are the same as elsewhere on the test, but you must supply your own answer.

Please don’t study the data interpretation section

Here is a brief description of some general techniques that apply to the Math sec- tion as a whole. Techniques that relate to specific question types will be discussed at the top of each drill.

These are brief descriptions, so for a more in depth look at the techniques and practice problems, use Cracking the GRE. Therefore, if you find yourself doing extensive calculations on a particular ques- tion, you are probably off track. Often you can calculate your way to the correct answer if necessary, but usually there is a better way. Your success depends upon how quickly and readily you can spot the opportunities for shortcuts and elimi- nate wrong answers.

Reading In many ways, the Math portion of the test is as much a test of reading as the Verbal portion. When you see a large block of text, break it down into bite-sized pieces and solve the problem one step at a time. Skipping or combining steps leads to trouble. Reading too quickly leads to careless errors, which will hurt your score. Ballparking Ballparking is the use of approximation to more easily spot the wrong answers.

First, you can Ballpark by rounding off the numbers to make a calculation simpler. This saves time and reduces the chances for careless error. In order to Ballpark, you need to understand what the question is asking. Make sure to park your thinking and your Ballparked answers on paper. The correct answer to a question which asks for the number of students in a class will not contain a fraction. A question in which a person bicycles uphill one way and downhill on the way home will not involve a distance greater than the dis- tance a person could or would bike to work in a day.

Four containers of flour are on the table: The first 1 1 contains of a pound, the second contains of 3 6 1 a pound, the third contains of a pound, and the 1 9 fourth contains of a pound. If each container 18 can hold one pound of flour, how many additional. The question is asking for how many pounds of flour are required to fill the four. The first container requires of a pound more flour, the second , the 3 6 8 third , and the fourth Simplify the calculation by rounding off the fractions. Thus, the answer will about 3.

The only answer 3 that is even close is choice E. On the return trip, Paul drives at an average speed of 80 miles per hour. Now use Ballparking to eliminate some more answer choices. That helps you eliminate choices A and E because you are looking for the average.

Now think about the time spent on each leg of the trip. Thus, the overall average speed will be weight- ed on the side of 60; the answer is When you get stuck on a tough question, eliminate the predictable trap answers before you guess.

The two quantities are equal. Column A Column B The relationship cannot be determined from the information given. The quantity in Column A is greater. Question 5 of 28 The quantity in Column B is greater. The quantity in Column B is greater. The relationship cannot be determined from the information given. The relationship cannot be determined 3 from the information given. Column A Column B The number of The total number of solutions of the solutions of the equation above in equation above which at least one of In the figure above, the width of the larger the three variables is square is equal to the diagonal not shown of greater than 3 the smaller square.

The area of the smaller The area of the shaded The two quantities are equal. Drawn to scale. The relationship cannot be determined Question 19 of 28 from the information given.

Column A Column B x 3. Question 20 of 28 0 Question 21 of 28 Ye ar If from to , the number of senior Which of the following can be inferred from managers increased by 60 percent, then what the data? From to , the average salary, managers from through , inclusive? In , there were fewer than 5 senior 6 managers. For the decades shown, the number of 12 senior managers increased by the greatest percentage between and The volume of a cube with edge of length 2 Mr.

Question 23 of 28 Question 25 of 28 V. The relationship cannot be determined In equilateral triangle UVW, Y is the midpoint from the information given. Rachel and Rob live miles apart. They What is the probability that the sum of two both drive in a straight line toward each other different single-digit prime numbers will NOT to meet for tea. If Rachel drives at 50 mph be prime?

Time in: According to the time sheet above, Billie spent approximately how many hours stack- ing shelves on July 2? The development of hydrogen-powered cars harridan: Question 9 of 30 assisted. Although one would think it impossible to design definition for such a subjective conceipt, the French have defined the worlds greatest cuisine as that which does the most with the least, using their innumberable vari- eties of cheese as verifiable proof.

This is not because The unconventional structure of such an interpretation is unnecessarily rigid, but Huckleberry Finn indicates a lack of because Huckleberry Finn encompasses individ- authorial awareness.

In this respect, the protagonist European structures. Hanash would never entirely abjure the implacable: The prosecutor failed to make a argu- ment; despite a surfeit of to bolster his claims, he left the jury little choice but to acquit the defendant.

How has this situation come primary source materials more frequently than about? Certainly the problem does not lie with are students at public institutions. This would the secondary literature. Whereas in the past, seem to indicate that the powerbrokers have American historians were handicapped by sec- little control over what happens at their very ondary literature that was clearly biased towards own schools, let alone far flung rural schools or a European viewpoint, since the civil rights schools deep in urban territory.

The real culprit movement of the s and 60s, the secondary may be something not as insidious as a vast up- literature in American history has become far per class conspiracy, but more along the lines of more comprehensive. And it cannot be simply pernicious forces working at a highly local level. These boards review and recommend what One theory holds that American history text- books are taught in neighborhood schools.

And books are simply the socializing instruments of because textbook publishers are first and fore- a controlling elite. The stratification of American most seeking to maximize profit, it is these local society is preserved, according to this theory, boards that they must appease. If the power elites come to believe that their success According to the passage, proponents of criti- is the deserved product of their hard work and cal theory believe which of the following? The creation of a false consciousness is the system.

Similarly, if the lower classes are necessary to preserve the stratifica- taught that their plight is solely due to their fail- tion of American society. It is not in the interests of the powerful and less likely to rise up in revolution. Griffin classes of society to engender criti- and Marciano contend that history textbooks cal reflection among the majority of promote nothing more than hegemony. Many educational theorists share this view- III. Members of the upper classes may be point, which in their discipline is often known freely taught alternative interpreta- as critical theory.

Proponents of this view, in- tions of history, but not members of cluding Kozol, Friere, and Giroux, argue that the the subordinate classes. But critical theory and other theories that lay the blame for American ignorance of history on the doorstep of the elites cannot explain their own success. Is it not a paradox that critical theory scholarship dominates its field? If the titans of society had. It can be inferred from the passage that The passages indicate that Griffin and Marx was an early proponent of critical Marciano theory are among the leading critical theorists textbooks are not solely designed as believe that the lower classes may revolt teaching instruments see textbooks as tools of domination the secondary literature on American hold many of the same views as Kozol, history is no longer biased Friere, and Giroux textbook publishers do not take the believe textbook publishers should not views of the power elite into account make profit a priority under the current system, real education reform is impossible Question 25 of Question 26 of 30 One of the most noxious wind-borne allergens is ragweed Ambrosia , as evidenced by an esti- Which of the following can be inferred about mated 30 million sufferers in the U.

Each plant is Allergies caused by the spread of able to produce more than a billion grains of pol- ragweed pollen cost the U. Although the plant produces grains of pollen when exposed to cer- more pollen in wet years, humidity rates above tain highly toxic herbicides. Com- of the wind to carry the grains. Physi- The spread of ragweed pollen is the cal removal is undone by even one seed or one cause of all cases of hay fever in the bit of root left behind.

Ragweed regenerates in United States. Ragweed is susceptible to only the most ag- gressive herbicides, and because ragweed tends The author most probably mentions some to cover large areas, control would mean wide- species of Lepidoptera in order to spread use of highly toxic chemicals.

Control by detail a species that may be more ef- natural predators? No known mammal browses fective at controlling ragweed than are on ragweed. Some species of Lepidoptera but- the most aggressive herbicides terflies, skippers, and moths larvae feed on suggest a potential research avenue to ragweed, but this arena of control is not well the problem of controlling ragweed funded, and consequently not well-researched.

Math Drill Verbal Drill 1. Math Drill 1. The answer is choice A. You can prove this by Plugging In several different values for y. So triangle QSR is a triangle. Add the lengths of SR and PS to find. Compare this to Column B, and realize that you can ignore a 2 in each column. A Plug In a three-digit integer, such as Swapping the 1 and the 3 gives you Subtracting from gives you which is already positive, so its absolute value is also Plug In another number, such as Its hash is Subtracting from gives you 99, which is not divisible by 2, so eliminate choice E.

Even if the hundreds digit or the units digit are zero, the difference between a three-digit inte- ger and its hash is still divisible by 9. A Before you start multiplying these huge numbers, realize that no GRE question requires a great deal of arithmetic.

Notice that the three digits after the thousands place have merely been swapped to form Column B from Column A. Similarly, the result from multiplying the Last expressions is 43 in both Columns. So these expressions can be ignored in comparing the two Columns.

All that remains is the Outer terms added to the Inner terms.

Column A is larger. Squaring gives you , whose last digit is therefore the last digit in 92, that is, 1. Hence, both Columns are equal, and the answer is choice C. QOR must measure 30 degrees. PS is a diameter, so the circumference of the circle must be.

The triangle inside sector QOR is. The remaining angle must be 60 degrees to add up to So, the leg of the triangle across from. OR will have length 2 3. C Column B contains a common quadratic pattern. Factor the right-hand side. Both Columns are equal, so the answer is choice C. D Plug In 2 for n to find the second term in the sequence: Now Plug In 2 into the answer choices for n to see which equals Only choice D works. A The Columns are already represented as the product of prime factors: Be careful!

Remember that you are being asked to determine the greater of these two Columns. C To find the average of a list of numbers, add them up and divide by the number of elements in the list. You can substitute this into the simplified 4 form of Column B as follows: Both Columns are equal, so the answer is choice 4 4 4 C.

Alternatively, you can Plug In values for a, b, c, and d. The easiest way to make their average. C Plug In an easy number for the width of the smaller square, such as 3. Drawing in the diagonal of a square forms two triangles, so the diagonal the hypotenuse of either triangle has length 3 2. The area of the shaded region is the result when the area of the smaller square is subtracted from that of the larger: Thus, both Columns are equal, and the answer is choice C.

E First, evaluate x: Notice that the answers are presented as powers of 3, not a list of actual numbers. C Be systematic. Start generating solutions x, y, z by making x and y as small as possible, so that z will be as large as possible: Now increase x and y one unit at a time to try to make z decrease to 3: At this point, if you increase either x or y by 1, z becomes 3, but the variable you increased becomes greater than 3: No matter what you do, one of the variables will be greater than 3.

Thus, all solutions include a variable greater than 3, and the answer is choice C. Try setting up your actual equation before doing any calculations. The current amount of grapefruit sales is. Notice that you have the same terms on both sides of the minus sign. This means that we can factor these terms out, like this: Now take a look at the answer choices. Choice E fits the bill with. D To find the average membership, add up the total membership and divide by the number of years.

D First, simplify the expression in each Column by splitting up the fraction. Both Columns contain 1, so it can be elimi- y 11 17 5 nated from the comparison.

Now Plug In 12 for y: Column A is larger, so eliminate choices B and C. Column B is larger, so 16 16 11 11 eliminate choice A ; the answer is choice D. B First, simplify the expression in each Column by turning it into a fraction.

Thus, Column A. Both Columns contain 1, so it 0. Therefore, the answer is choice B. If you double the number, and keep the ratio, there would be 30 singers.

To have at least 40 singers with the same ratio, the actual total would be 45, or 3 times 15, which means there are three times the number of basses 3 in the ratio, or 9.

A Notice that the question gives you information about p and q, and the answer choices refer to m and n. Therefore, you need to isolate those from the variables x and y by factoring. Regrouping the first. Substituting the. Moving the second. A The number of senior managers in was In , there were 22, 5 so the increase from to was 2; the answer is choice A. A In the first bar graph, the average salary, in dollars, actually appears to have slightly decreased from to , so statement I is false.

Eliminate choices B and E. In the second bar graph, there were 8 senior managers in , so statement II is also false.

Eliminate choices C and D ; the answer is choice A. In an equilateral triangle, all three angles measure 60 degrees. Plug In an easy number for a, such. All three sides have length 4, and because you are given that Y and X are the midpoints of UW. Using YW as the side opposite the. Plugging In 4 for a in. You only know that y is between x and z, and you are given no information about whether the points are on the positive or negative half of the number line, so you cannot determine which is closer to 0, so the answer is choice D.

D Together, Rachel and Rob cover of the miles in one hour. This means that they cover 4 3 that distance in that time, that is, 90 miles in any 45 minute period. So, 45 minutes before they 4 meet, they are 90 miles apart, and the answer is choice D.

If you picked choice E , you found. B First, figure out how many hours Billie worked. From 9 a. She started work. So Billie worked approximately 8 hours.

C The single-digit primes are 2, 3, 5, and 7. Be systematic in listing the results. Start with 2, adding it to the other numbers, then move to 3, and so forth: Verbal Drill 1. B This sentence employs parallel structure, and the semicolon trigger tells you that both blanks will go in the same direction. You can recycle fragmentation for the first blank and failure for the sec- ond blank; POE all answers except choice B.

B Although the most familiar definition of the word pique is to excite interest or curiosity, the pri- mary definition is to wound pride or vanity. Aggrieve is a synonym for the meaning tested here, and rouse is a synonym of the more familiar definition of pique.

If you know that pique is negative, then you know you need a positive word. Aggrieve is negative, so eliminate choice A. Dulcify means to mollify, which is a pretty good match, so the best answer is choice B. E Insensible means unconscious or unaware, so the opposite is aware. Insensate is a synonym.

Prag- matic and rational are traps, because if you think that insensible means not sensible, you are looking for an answer like sensible. Cognizant means aware, so the best answer is choice E.

D Luminous means emitting light, so the opposite is characterized by darkness. Incandescent is a syn- onym. Lum means light, so the correct answer must have something to do with darkness. Stygian means dark or gloomy, so the best answer is choice D. B Singularity is unusualness or exceptionalness, so the opposite is normality. Singularity contains the word singular, so plurality is a trap.

Depending on the context, singularity is either positive or neu- tral, so you can eliminate solely positive words. Hilarity and celerity are positive; eliminate choices A and D. Ordinariness means normality, so the best answer is choice B. D Austere means bare or unadorned, so the opposite is adorned. Spartan is a synonym. Spartan, unadventurous, and fiendish are nega- tive and ticklish is neutral; eliminate choices A , B , C , and E. Plumed means adorned, so the best answer is choice D.

Note the sec- ondary meaning of hedge here; you can see that it is a verb by comparing it to the other right-side words. A valedictory think of the valedictorian at a graduation is someone who says goodbye, not someone whose purpose is to greet the audience. An affidavit is speech used to swear that a state- ment is true, so keep choice B. A peroration does not summarize; in fact, a peroration is a very long speech. The prefix per- can mean through or thoroughly, so peroration is an oration which is very thorough and lengthy.

A homily is a sermon which gives a moral lesson, but it may or may not praise someone. Finally, an exhortation is speech used to encourage an audience, not dismiss it, leaving you with choice B for the answer. E A miscreant is a person with a base or villainous nature. Note the secondary meaning of base here, which you can see is an adjective by glancing at the other right-side words.

Is a harridan a charming person? Actually, no—a harridan is a scolding, shrewish woman. Is a magistrate, or a legal admin- istrator, a lax person? Not necessarily. An adjudicator is someone who judges a situation, but is not necessarily dismissive. A regent is someone who helps rule, but a regent is not necessarily stately. Finally, a tyro is a beginner, or someone who is green, leaving you choice E for the answer. C Although the primary definition of penurious is stingy, it can also mean poor.

Parsimonious is a synonym for the primary definition. If you know that penurious is negative, you know you need a positive word. Penal and parsimonious are clearly negative, so eliminate choices D and E. Wealthy means rich, so the best answer is choice C.

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E The sentence starts with a different direction trigger: In this case the sentence is looking for something which is the opposite of subjective. A good word for the blank, therefore, would be objective.

This is supported by the notion that the definition must be verifiable. Empirical means provable and is therefore the best synonym. The answer is choice E. A A quarry is the goal of a hunt; for example, a quarry could be a buck or a fox.

The choices use some hard vocabulary, so try to eliminate choices with words you know based on this relationship. For example, is an accolade, or statement of praise, the goal of a campaign? Is an epit- ome the goal of a culture? No, so eliminate that choice as well. Is an anomaly the goal of a puzzle?

You are left with two difficult choices. A terminus is the endpoint, or goal, of a voyage. A guer- don is a reward, which is not the goal of a repetition, leaving you with choice A for the answer. D The trigger although introduces two conflicting aspects of hydrogen-powered cars.

The first clue states that hydrogen contains more energy per gallon than does gasoline, which is a good thing. The trigger indicates a change of direction, so a good word for the first blank is challenged. Start with the first half of the answers and look for a word that means challenged. The second blank continues in the same direction as the first, based on the second trigger, thus, so a good word for that blank is unlikely.

That means you can eliminate choice B , because convenient does not match unlikely. Choice D is the best match. Thus, the cyclical structure supports a critical interpretation of the novel. Choice D best summarizes this idea. B In the first paragraph, the author states, The remaining twelve chapters act as a counterpoint, com- menting on—if not reversing,—the first part where a morality play receives greater confirmation. Throughout the passage, the author shows that the novel has certain elements that do not fit nicely into a unified vision of the book.

Choice B is the best restatement of the information given in the passage.


E Asperity means harshness in tone or manner, so the opposite is friendliness or warmth. If you know that asperity is negative, you know you need a positive answer. Visual expression and partition are neutral, and contretemps is negative; eliminate choices A , B , and C. You can also eliminate choice D , because, like visual expression, it has no opposite.

Empressement means extreme cordial- ity, so the best answer is choice E. D Someone who is impeccable is faultless, or not deserving of reproach. There is some tough vocabu- lary in the answer choices. Start by trying to eliminate based on vocabulary you know.

For exam- ple, an implacable person is beyond pleasing, not undeserving of stoicism. Something interminable is endless, but not undeserving of a sojourn, or a brief stay.

Someone impotent lacks puissance, but is not undeserving of it. Something indeterminate is not deserving of certitude because it is not certain; hold on to that choice. A quagmire may be impenetrable, but something impenetrable is not unworthy of a quagmire, leaving you with choice D as the best answer.

B To abdicate is to formally demit—or give up—a position. Enter is the reverse of disembark. Do demit and abdicate seem similar or dif- ferent? If you know that they are similar words, you can eliminate choice A by using this side-of- the-fence approach. To ratify something is to formally approve it, which does match the stem-pair relationship, if you were able to recognize it.

Even if you did not know that relationship yet, keep choice B because it does at least have a defining relationship. Maintain and supply do not have a defining relationship you could maintain something by supplying it, but this is a stretch, not a definition , so eliminate choice C.

To unfetter someone is to liberate them, so keep choice D for now. Receive and rescind have no relationship, eliminating choice E. Comparing your final op- tions—choice B and choice D —the aspect of formality makes choice B the better match and the best answer. E If the jury acquitted the defendant, or let him off the hook, the prosecutor could not have done a very good job. Therefore, you know that he failed to make a good argument, despite the fact that he had a lot of something to bolster his claims.

What would bolster, or help, his claims? Some great evidence would definitely help him, so use evidence for the second blank. Working from the first blank first, you can see that condescending and dubious do not match the word you filled in, good. Meticulous, trenchant, and cogent all could refer to good arguments, so keep those choices for now.The area of the smaller The area of the shaded The two quantities are equal. Comparing your final op- tions—choice B and choice D —the aspect of formality makes choice B the better match and the best answer.

Reading In many ways, the Math portion of the test is as much a test of reading as the Verbal portion. The Verbal portion of the GRE is one giant vocabulary test. Princeton Review. You are asked to identify if one quan- tity is bigger, if both quantities are always the same, or if there is not enough information to determine which column is bigger.

If present, it will come after the multiple choice sections. Squaring gives you , whose last digit is therefore the last digit in 92, that is, 1.

Using YW as the side opposite the. Learning giant lists of vocabulary words is an inef- ficient process, because only a tiny portion of those words will actually show up on the test.