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For anyone who has taken the GRE for vet school, did you use any test prep class online or otherwise? Was it helpful and worth the money?

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belle7067
Nov. 14th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
I bought a book and studied on my own. I think it largely depends on your learning style - for me, reading and re-organizing the information in a way that makes sense to me helps the most. It was definitely worth the time and money, but personally I wouldn't have spent money on a class.
hxgx
Nov. 14th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
I just used the Princeton Review GRE prep book. Raised my score about 200 points! Definitely worth the money.
cjsmith
Nov. 14th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
I asked a very similar question in my own journal some time back, and all my grad student friends told me not to waste my money. Every stinkin' one of them. I was really leaning toward doing a course, because I thought it was foolish to skip anything that might help me, but they were adamant.

So I bought one copy each of the three major books: Princeton Review, Kaplan, and Barron's. I figured if I were dedicated enough, I'd get through those on my own. I busted my butt on them.

I got 800, 800, 5.0. So I think "don't waste your money, but buy the books instead" is OK!
auraolaura
Nov. 14th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
I bought the kaplan and the barron's. I, personally, preferred the barron's book over everything else I saw or used. It was organized (at least back in '06) in a way that worked best for me. Just go chill at a local Barnes and Noble or Borders and go through them and decide which one you like best. Or buy them all! :-)

Good luck!
chrisr891
Nov. 14th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
The big thing -- take a paper test, not the computerized one, which is adaptive (right answers will result in the next question being harder, and vice versa; this kinda pushes everybody's score toward the middle).
beyondmountains
Nov. 15th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
just FYI, you can only take the paper-based version if the computer version is not available in your country...everyone in the US must take the computer version.
chrisr891
Nov. 15th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
hmm...everything I've found online (in the past 5 minutes) agrees with that, but I have a friend who took the paper-based one earlier this year (nyc metro area). I need to look into this some more...
chrisr891
Nov. 14th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)
Oh, and I've been meaning to thank you for properly tagging all your posts :)
beyondmountains
Nov. 14th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
I bought the Princeton Review book, the Kaplan book (with CD that I never was able to get working on my computer), the GRE for Dummies book, the Kaplan box of 500 vocab words, and the Barron's book of 800 vocab words. The Princeton Review book was the most helpful, in terms of giving advice, the GRE for Dummies book wasn't bad, either. The Kaplan stuff sucked, in terms of advice. But really, the most helpful thing I got from all of that was the online computer-adaptive practice tests that came with your account (3 from Princeton Review, 5 from the Kaplan book).

At first I was getting in the low 500s on practice tests for both math and verbal. I was able to improve my math scores by about 200 points by spending many hours on a website I found, just doing practice problems: http://www.number2.com/index.cfm
I improved my verbal score by about 100 points by using the flashcards and the Barron's vocab book.

Also, I was somewhat nervous about the analytical writing component, especially because I couldn't get myself to sit down and do any practice essays. I did read a bunch of advice about writing the essays, and managed to finish one set of practice essays 2 days before the actual test. But I shouldn't have worried about not practicing, because I got a 5.5. (If you're not a naturally strong writer, though, maybe you might want to practice more than me...)
purplebunnie
Nov. 15th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
i did not purchase any books. my standardized math has always been strong so i didn't worry. i read a LOT of classical brit lit. i love reading, i hate studying. i recognized the majority of the vocab on the verbal section, and i credit the reading. i only sat through the exam once and was satisfied with my scores, so i can't really give you anything about improvement.

if you learn well from the structure the books offer, it's probably a decent investment. i agree with the previous posters that it really depends on your learning style!
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