What is the pattern and preparation plan for both GRE and IELTS?
Asked by avula Shanmukhi over 1 year ago
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
Help you prepare for all the sections of the IELTS exam.
Includes a DVD with listening and speaking tests
Better for getting to know the exam format and structure rather than learning new things.
2. Barron’s IELTS Superpack
Comes with two practice exams and 2 audio CDs
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
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
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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