A reader we'll call MV writes in with his take on the Kaplan tests. We welcome other opinions...
If anyone emails you about GRE preparation, I’d
recommend the Kaplan book with CD-ROM of practice
tests. I just took to actual GRE and scored about 200
points higher than on my practice exams. I felt that
the Kaplan practice exams were very difficult, and
they forced me to learn esoteric vocab words and the
different meanings of each word, think of more exact
word-relationships, and they taught me how to “read”
the reading comp passages and attack the questions
following the passage.
Regarding math section, I wasn’t too concerned, so I
only took a couple of practice sections and glossed
over the basic elements algebraic math. Kaplan’s math
approach seems inclusive of all of the topics and
The Kaplan tests are difficult, but if test-takes go
back to the questions that they missed and learned why
they missed them and understand their way of thinking
when they answered the question, then they will be
well prepared for the actual GRE.