There’s no need to spend lots of money on studying the GRE. Here’s how to to effectively prepare for the test on a budget!

1. If you only buy one book to study for the GRE, it needs to be the Official Guide. The book is written by the same people who write the GRE, so, you know, it’s a must-buy. However, most people find they need a lot more prep to even do the problems in the Official Guide. That leads us to tip number two…

2. Which is the Manhattan GRE Set of 8 Strategy Guides! At $100.00 for 8 books, it’s the most comprehensive thing on the market (and significantly cheaper than taking a prep class).

Now that you’ve made your purchases, here are the best FREE options to prepare for the GRE:

1. This Practice Book has several general review problems.

2. Online practice tests are extremely helpful. PowerPrep II is available for download from ETS. Manhattan Prep has their own GRE practice test available here.

Kaplan offers free practice tests on their website. Before taking the test, there’s also an online class with other people who were new to studying GRE. You can see all of them here!

You will also need some kind of vocabulary list and set or book of flashcards. A good option is this Free Vocabulary List.

If you’d like to purchase a set of flashcards, the Manhattan Prep Essential Words and the Manhattan Prep Advanced Words are the best.

For books, Essential Words for the GRE is the best option.

Comprehensive AND affordable GRE studying! What are your favorite cost-efficient tools for the GRE? Leave them in the comments!