ETS book - difficult to find

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ETS book - difficult to find

Postby EmergentSym » Mon Jul 05, 2004 11:09 pm

Why is the ETS book so difficult to find? Couldn't they make more money if they sold it?

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Postby Miles » Fri Jul 16, 2004 7:22 am

My bet is that people were just photocopying the book and ETS wasn't making any money. On top of that, there aren't that many people who take the Physics GRE I'm willing to bet.


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Postby Grant » Tue Aug 10, 2004 3:07 pm

It is true that not many people take the Physics GRE each year but there is still a huge demand for the book as evidenced by the fact that the book typically sells for 5 to 10 times its list value ([isbn=0886851971]Gre: Practicing to Take the Physics Test[/isbn])

I am not sure why ETS does not print more copies but I don't think it has much to do with students not wanting to buy it. I actually wrote ETS a long letter about how difficult the practice materials were to find and I also offered them the following suggestions:
  • Print more copies (they are guaranteed to sell).
  • Make the other two sample tests available for free like you did with the PDF version of the GR9677 sample test.
  • Turn the book into an e-book and sell that.
  • Waive the copyright and let people like me freely distribute the sample tests so that everybody can benefit from them.
Their reply was pretty generic that they provide the best available material on their website and that they make it equally accessible to everybody. Maybe the thing to gather from this is that whatever they publish on their website is the most representative of the actual exam. However, it still seems obvious to me that students will still want all the previously administered exams that have at some point been put in the public domain.

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Postby pix » Thu Nov 04, 2004 10:21 pm

i bought my book by offering $40 on amazon. a total rip off, but i DID get the book. i wish they'd publish some more and some with more of the recent GRE's!

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All Four tests available for download

Postby NuclearGirl » Tue Nov 09, 2004 12:52 am

If you didn't already know, all 4 tests (1077, 9677,9277 and 8677) are available for download at

They also have many of the answers worked out.

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How to Find the dreaded ETS book

Postby FSC729 » Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:37 am

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