arctanX wrote:If you have a good background in calculus, and your sole objective is to get good mGRE score, you need nothing more than the review in "Cracking-GRE-Mathematics-Subject-Test". Going through a proper textbook will take you time that you can otherwise dedicate to solving test-like problems which is the best way to prepare yourself to the test.
In general, the material in the test is quite basic and repeats itself. e.g. constructing the irrational numbers using Dedekind cuts may be interesting but has less value for the test.
I have to say that I think for the vast majority of people "Cracking the GRE Mathematics Subject Test" won't be enough. Most of the test is calculus, sure. The majority of it will be review for most people. Still, you have to get really
good at doing advanced calculus problems. "Cracking the GRE" only covers a small fraction of what you'll see on the test. And most of the problems in the book are significantly easier than the actual problems you'll get on the test.
I took the math GRE for the first time two years ago and studied mostly just by using "Cracking the GRE." That wasn't enough - I got a 700 on the test. When I took it this fall I got an 850 after thoroughly
studying calculus the summer previous to the test. Of course this is just my experience. But calculus wasn't really a focus of my undergrad education and I think the same will go for a lot of people taking the test.
For what it's worth, I would recommend buying a few books from the Schaum's Outlines series. They're cheap. They cover a lot of material without very much unnecessary text. And most importantly, they contain a ton of exercises.