I'll be taking the Math GRE subject test in a few months. I know that it is best to focus on being able to answer all the calculus, DEs, and linear algebra questions (and quickly). I'm a pure math student, so my computational skills and speed aren't so great because I'm out of practice.

I'm wondering what texts are best to prepare with. I know Stewart is commonly recommended for preparing for the calculus questions. My university used Calculus: Early Transcendentals by Edwards & Penney. I can get Stewart out of the library, so I was just wondering which would be a better resource (especially in terms of practice problems). Is Stewart sufficient for differential equations?

Secondly, what are some good linear algebra books? I have Sheldon Axler's Linear Algebra Done Right, but this doesn't teach much in the way of computational skills, so I need something that would be good for that.

I have also purchased the Princeton Review's Cracking the GRE Subject Test, which I've heard is not awesome but still worth having.

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    $\begingroup$ I think the Stewart book would better prepare you than the Edwards & Penney one. Someone else might be able to help you with the other texts. $\endgroup$ – Paul Sundheim Sep 3 '14 at 23:13
  • $\begingroup$ I think Linear Algebra by Friedberg, Insel and Spence is a good book to refer in this case. $\endgroup$ – Ritu Jun 19 '15 at 6:48
  • $\begingroup$ I find it very strange that anybody preparing for the GRE would do so with a non-rigorous book like Stewart's. It would make more sense to use Volume 2 of Apostol's Calculus. $\endgroup$ – user49640 Jun 11 '17 at 1:56

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