What is the pattern and preparation plan for both GRE and IELTS?

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Shruti g

Shruti g

Investment Professional at TPG Capital; Co-Founder & Co-President at Headway Circuit

GRE is an academic ability test and IELTS is a language proficiency test. Both these tests aim to judge your ability in different areas. To prepare for GRE, here are the best books you can target: 

1. Kaplan GRE Prep Plus 2022


Comes with lots of online supplementary materials.

Two full-length practice tests

The online practice tests are similar to the official computer-based GRE test.

Gives techniques in approaching difficult questions


Recent editions have fewer online materials.

2. Manhattan 5lb. Book GRE Practice Problems


Includes 1,800+ practice problems.

Comes with online learning modules

Perfect for daily practice and preparation.


No indication of question difficulty

3. ETS GRE Prep Book: The Official Guide


Has the most authentic questions

Comes with the GRE PowerPrep software from ETS

Two online GRE practice tests are computer-adaptive


The 3rd edition is almost identical to the 2nd edition.

Doesn’t provide many test-taking strategies

4. Magoosh GRE Prep Book


Provides plentiful mobile and online learning resources

Questions come with statistics and difficulty ratings.

Great quantitative section focus


The verbal section needs work.

The pacing of the difficulty of questions is all over the place.

Not many practice questions

5. Manhattan GRE Prep Set of 8 Strategy Guides


The GRE books include access to six online GRE practice tests.

Comprehensive and easy to understand

A complete guide for brushing up on fundamentals


Not many practice questions

Similarly, for IELTS, you can consider the following books:

1.The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS

Pros - 

Help you prepare for all the sections of the IELTS exam.

Includes a DVD with listening and speaking tests

Cons - 

Better for getting to know the exam format and structure rather than learning new things.

2. Barron’s IELTS Superpack

Pros - 

Comes with two practice exams and 2 audio CDs

Very comprehensive

Con - Not designed for absolute beginners

3. Simone Braverman’s Target Band 7

Pros - It’s clear and easy-to-read

Written by someone who has taken the IELTS tests themselves

Con - Some of the sample tests don’t have answers

4. IELTS Practice Tests Plus 2 with Key and CD Pack

Pros - 

Sample answers with annotations and explanations

There are 6 full tests included

Con - Doesn’t cover anything new as it just focusses on test strategy

5. Cambridge IELTS 15 Academic Student’s Book with Answers

Pros - 

Good tips which are divided up by section

It goes into a lot of detail

Cons- Not ideal for complete beginners

You can also checkout the FREE IELTS resources here and get all the tips, tricks and preparation hacks curated by Study Abroad Experts and Top Shcool Alumni which will help you ace your IELTS. 

Hope this helps!



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