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Almost every enquiry on study abroad leads one to the Graduate Record Examination or GRE. And why not? GRE is, perhaps, one of the most important exams for students who wish to pursue their master’s degree abroad, especially, in USA, Canada, Singapore and many other countries. Best part is that the GRE is a single entrance exam for admission to a wide range of postgraduate courses like engineering, humanities, life sciences and so on. However, to get entry into the best universities across the world, test takers have to ensure high scores in the GRE test which is only possible through in-depth preparation for GRE. And to guide test takers through the right GRE preparation strategy, Careers360 brings some of the important GRE preparation books and study materials that candidates should study from.

Now, GRE general test has three sections-Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing, while the GRE subjects test has subjects like Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Literature in English, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology. Both the Verbal and Quantitative sections are scored on a scale of 130-170 while Analytical section is scored on a scale 0-6. Aspirants preparing for GRE should study from GRE study materials.  

GRE Test Pattern:


Number of Questions

Allotted Time

Analytical Writing(One section with two separately timed tasks)

One "Analyse an Issue" task and one "Analyse an Argument" task

30 minutes per task

Verbal Reasoning

(Two sections)

20 questions per section

30 minutes per section

Quantitative Reasoning

(Two sections)

20 questions per section

35 minutes per section







GRE Preparation Books and GRE Study Materials:


Educational Testing Service (ETS): The conducting authority of GRE, ETS produces some of the best GRE preparation books. In fact, ETS’s official GRE study materials are must buys for every GRE aspirant. The advantage of preparing from ETS guides is that the sample papers and practice sets are in sync with the actual GRE test. The best in the series is of course the ETS super power pack which includes a bundle of verbal and quantitative GRE preparation books, test preparation materials, expert tips, among others. Besides, ETS offers a comprehensive guide which aims at clearing conceptual doubts of the sections.


List of ETS GRE study materials:

  • Official super power pack

  • The Official Guide to the GRE

  • The Official Guide to the quantitative reasoning

  • The Official Guide to verbal reasoning

Manhattan prep: Manhattan prep’s books are some of the most popular GRE study materials for GRE aspirants.Of course, like in ETS you can go for the whole set or individual GRE preparation books. The Manhattan Prep GRE set includes 8 guides on topics like word problems, decimals, number properties, algebra etc. A word of caution here-Don’t use the Manhattan prep GRE set as a last minute study tool. This comprehensive set should be a part of your elaborate preparation strategy while you are attempting the topics.


 List of GRE preparation books and GRE study materials by Manhattan Prep:

  • 5 lb. Book of GRE Practice Problems

  • 500 Essential Words: GRE Vocabulary Flash Cards

  • Manhattan Prep GRE Set of 8 Strategy Guides

Kaplan: Study abroad exams and Kaplan go hand in hand.The education provider has not only been guiding students in their preparation but also offers a wide range of GRE study materials for students preparing for the test. Kaplan’s most popular package is an annual GRE Premier and GRE Complete. Kaplan’s GRE premier has an incredible 2200 practice questions and 6 full length practice tests. Further, it also includes an online QuizBank which has 500 questions for the aspirants to solve.


 List of GRE preparation books and GRE study materials by Kaplan:

  • GRE Premier 2016 with 6 Practice Tests

  • GRE Premier 2017 with 6 Practice Tests

  • GRE Vocabulary Flashcards

  • GRE Math Workbook

  • GRE 2017 Strategies, Practice & Review with 4 Practice Tests

Barron’s: Known as a master test prep provider, Barron’s list of GRE preparation books offer a comprehensive set of tips and practice tests for GRE aspirants. Barron’s GRE is of course the most popular of the lot. Currently, in its 21st edition, the GRE study materials contain strategies for all the sections- verbal, analytical and quantitative along with model tests and answer keys.  Barron’s GRE study material  also gives the buyer free access to its GRE online courses, including practice questions and video tutorials.


Virant: Vibrant brings out one of the few good GRE preparation books which cater to the analytical writing section of GRE. The most popular of the lot is the latest edition of Vibrant’s GRE Analytical Writing, which offers very simple and clear strategies to ace this section. The best part about these GRE preparation books is that they offer sample essays on topics similar to that which come in GRE tests.

GRE preparation- Online and practice sets: There are many GRE study materials available online that students can use besides books. In fact, you have the option of downloading pdfs on the various topics. You can even take mock tests online to check your time-management skills. You can either download the materials or buy online preparation kits Besides that, you can also refer to IELTS preparation sample papers.


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how to prepare for GRE? Which foreign countries (colleges) provide a scholarship on the basis of its marks if I want to pursue msc abroad?

lubhan cherwoo 23rd Feb, 2020

Getting a scholarship is more difficult than admission into a university and so you have to stand out of the crowd, details about universities and how to proceed further are mentioned below,

1. Check US News, (Edulix)

2. Go through the eligibility and prerequisites of those universities

3. Find out those Universities which match your profile and interests.

4. Try to apply in the early bird application of universities. (Sometimes applying earlier can enhance your chances to get a scholarship) .

5.Go to the "Financial Aid" section of universities website to know about scholarships.

But a high GRE score may not guarantee you a scholarship but a low GRE will reduce your chances to get one.


hi I always want to crack GRE is that possible

Fareeha 17th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant!
Yes, you may be able to crack the GRE exam easily with hard work and determination.

Please check the link below which has the much needed information about the exam, pattern and syllabus. Hope it helps. Good luck!


I am a student of galgotias university and my gre score is 310 and having 8+ cgpa in mechanical engineering. I done two intenships one from DRDO and other one from Indian railway. Also i had done two research paper. What are my chances of getting technical university of Munich or Berlin.?

dheeraj reddy 14th Feb, 2020

Hi sajal

As far as CGPA is considered, you meet the minimum requirement stated by both the TUs. Also as you know, for selection, your overall profiles matters. I see you have mentioned 2 research papers. They would add a great value to your application if they are relevant to the Masters you are applying.

GRE is not mandatory for TU Berlin and most of the programs in TUM too.

You would need an IELTS score of minimum 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 88 for clearing language requirements.

You would need German language proficiency of atleast C1 level ( only if you are applying for a course with German taught modules). Also even for english taught programs, having a basic German proficiency of A2 level would greatly help in your application.

For TUM, they might conduct a further aptitude assessment depending on the strength of your application.

Your internships would add value only if they are relevant to your field of study (the Masters you are applying).

Apart from the above mentioned, Your Statement of Purpose (SOP) / Letter of Motivation and Letters of Recommendation would also have a key impact on your application. Make sure you describe well how your past experiences ( internships, research exp, any work exp) and the masters program you are going to undertake would help in your future goals.

I hope I was helpful to you. Remember again , your overall profile matters. Don't be discouraged if you fall short in any one of the aspects.

With research papers, internships, you are already ahead of several applicants. You have a good chance for any Masters degree relevant to Mechanical Engineering. Goodluck!


Sir, I would like to do my masters in biotechnology for that what type of GRE test should I apply I mean like GRE general test or GRE subject test (biology)

Swatika Sharma 24th Jan, 2020

Hello Greeshma,

As you didn't mention anything so I'm expecting you to be an undergraduate or you are pursuing it. First of all, I recommend you choose what you want to accomplish in future: Do you want to do your postgraduate, Abroad or in India itself?

GRE (Graduation Record Examination) is a universally comprehended exam which is supervised by ETS ( Education Testing Services). GRE examination is taken by future aspirants for postgraduate programs in foreign universities and its score are approved in over 160 countries colleges and universities across the world. GRE exam is conducted in two types such as- GRE general test and GRE subject test.

GRE general test is the primary requirements for most of the postgraduate programs in Abroad or in India which consists of verbal perception, analytical writing and quantitative reasoning while GRE subject test is specifically for subjects which you are looking for like biology.

In India, there are very few technical colleges which are accepting GRE scores but for not the same course you are opting for, while there are so many colleges or universities in Abroad which approved or accepted GRE scores.

In my opinion, the GRE general test should be given for admission in Postgraduate programs.  Along with the GRE general test, it's best for you to give the subject test (in biology ) which give extra weightage to your academic record either it's your choice.

Hope its help!!


Graduation in dental surgery(5yr)+3 yr work ex. Masters in hopsital admin(2 yr) + 3 yr of work ex. Wish to pursue PhD in health allied course in USA. Am i eligible to apply also how much GRE score would be required to apply for a good university?

Fareeha 17th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant!
Yes, you are definitely eligible to pursue PhD from USA.

Kindly look up for edibility criteria for the colleges where you wish to apply. Some colleges do not require GRE scores for admissions in PhD. The criteria differs in each college.

However, you may have to appear for TOEFL/IELTS. Usually scores between 98-120 is accepted in most of the colleges.

Good Luck!

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