I'm preparing to apply for phd programs (human genetics, bioinformatics, or genomics) for class of 2011. I graduated in 2008 and took the GRE as a last minute decision in late 2007 without too much preparation. I did above average on the verbal and qualitative sections (not great, but acceptable) but totally bombed the writing section (timed essays have always been my downfall). I plan on retaking the GRE in October or November later this year.
Does anyone have any experience with taking GRE classes through Kaplan or Princeton Review or such?? Are they worth the expense of $1000+? or are the self-study books just as good?
Keep in mind I'm a research assistant now so $1,000 is A LOT of money, especially on top of the costs of the GRE, the subject GRE, and college applications.