I wonder if anyone could recommend some books (other than Princeton Review) to prepare for the GRE math subject exam. I've heard that the REA books have lots of typos, though it has 6 practice exams. So I am really looking for the books with some practice exams, but needs to be well-written.

Thanks in advance.

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    $\begingroup$ See this post $\endgroup$ – Namaste Jan 3 '13 at 3:57
  • $\begingroup$ What is an REA book? $\endgroup$ – mononono Aug 12 '15 at 20:52

REA books or Princeton review are not so useful.

  1. Make sure that you do each and every problem from Stewart Calculus atleast twice, since its timed test, pace is also important factor.

  2. Do Dummit upto field extensions, if you have time do Artin's Algebra too.

  3. Rudin Real Analysis, Munkres Topology, Insel Linear Algebra are also must.

  4. I suggest to go for Gamlin Complex Analysis, Brown's Complex Analysis is also sufficient but if you are good at Complex Analysis you can save time in the exam by simplifying integral using methods from Complex Analysis. (Do till Residues)

  5. For the misc topics pick any Discrete Maths book and read them a day or two that's more than enough.

  6. Learn some basic number theory from any introductory book.

  7. Do all the 4 available practice tests, you should be able to finish of the tests little earlier because actual test will be harder than those practice tests.

These are the books I can recollect now, if possible I will update later with other books if any.

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    $\begingroup$ thanks for the detailed answer! but do every problem from stewart calculus? is that really a good strategy... $\endgroup$ – pazzo Jan 4 '13 at 0:17
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    $\begingroup$ I can't reveal more details due to GRE policy, but that suggestion comes from my experience, I concentrated little on Stewart Calculus, but it turned to be a grave mistake, but if you don't have much time at least do every thing from multivariable calculus atleast twice and other part atleast once. $\endgroup$ – Ram Jan 4 '13 at 5:46
  • $\begingroup$ @K.Dutta, I don't know your mail id. You can ask your questions here or you can initiate a chat. $\endgroup$ – Ram Jun 23 '15 at 18:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Ram you said you cannot reveal due to gre policy . can you tell me what is it? $\endgroup$ – Taylor Ted Jun 23 '15 at 18:14
  • $\begingroup$ Can you please tell me as to which version Stewart calculus book will be? @Ram $\endgroup$ – Nazaf Anwar Mar 7 '16 at 6:34

This test is 90% on calculus or precalculus. I did not do well but my friends who spend one month reviewing Stewart got perfect mark rather easily. So try to work on as many dumb problems as possible in Stewart's book, it will help.

In case you decided to go to graduate school, it will help you in TA sesions as well. Before the test, the undergraduate students will ask you three question in a minute and you have to sketch a proof for any problem to them in 20 seconds. In my case the department advisor just sent me to the math helproom and claimed I can help any student in any subject whatsoever, and that is my experience of life as a teaching assistant.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you please tell me as to which Stewart calculus book it is? I see different versions of it. $\endgroup$ – Nazaf Anwar Mar 7 '16 at 6:00
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    $\begingroup$ I just took the GRE exam earlier today, I think they may have changed it a bit, though calculus was the most frequent topic, it was no where near 90% of the exam. Lots of questions from basic real anlaysis actually. $\endgroup$ – user135520 Sep 16 '17 at 18:16
  • $\begingroup$ Bombyx mori, what's the coverage for Munkres Topology? Asked here and here. I read that it's up to Chapter 6. Just wanna make sure. Others say Chapter 3. $\endgroup$ – BCLC Sep 14 '18 at 8:37

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