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Best advanced Quant prep book? [#permalink]
03 Jun 2008, 12:47

I scored a 670 (Q42/V40) on the GMAT after studying with Princeton Review and really want to get better at the Quant. I feel like I can master verbal by doing numerous questions and understanding the logic. While Quant isn't super difficult, if I get stumped on one question, it holds me back and I kill time & lose confidence.

I feel like to get my Quant up to a 45-48 is attainable but I need some hardcore math training (what trips me up is the advanced arithmetic concepts). Any recommendations? I'm debating between these:

Re: Best advanced Quant prep book? [#permalink]
03 Jun 2008, 12:59

Have you gotten the OG11 books? Those are all that you really need for quant to get in the upper 40's.

duuuma wrote:

I scored a 670 (Q42/V40) on the GMAT after studying with Princeton Review and really want to get better at the Quant. I feel like I can master verbal by doing numerous questions and understanding the logic. While Quant isn't super difficult, if I get stumped on one question, it holds me back and I kill time & lose confidence.

I feel like to get my Quant up to a 45-48 is attainable but I need some hardcore math training (what trips me up is the advanced arithmetic concepts). Any recommendations? I'm debating between these:

Re: Best advanced Quant prep book? [#permalink]
03 Jun 2008, 13:09

If you mean the Orange book issued by the GMAC, then yep, I used in conjunction with PR's study guide. I can thoroughly solve 98% of that book's quant but under a timed, computerized environment, I stumble/freeze up pretty badly.

That's why I'm looking for hardcore practice problems to really solidify my math skills or some advanced practice tests, which I read MGMAT provides?

Re: Best advanced Quant prep book? [#permalink]
03 Jun 2008, 13:37

I'd say the biggest problem with PR is that they don't tell you to take GMATPrep. The math on PR CATs just doesn't cut it. You need to do GMATPrep if you need some more work I'd suggest getting the MGMAT tests.

Re: Best advanced Quant prep book? [#permalink]
03 Jun 2008, 14:56

If the timing is the problem, then you're wasting your time on the math. As you can tell, the GMAT is a 2 part test - the actual material is the first and the second part is the time you're allowed to use. You hould get the OG Quant book. I will have different questions in it than the orange book. When you get the green book, don't just go through to problems and answer them. Get a stop watch, or some kind of timer. If you're answering 5 questions, give yourself 10 minutes. Create a test-like environment. That will help you a bunch.

On your prior GMAT's did you get to all the questions? Did you have to guess on some? On how many did you have to guess? If there are some that you did not get to, how many did you leave blank?
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Re: Best advanced Quant prep book? [#permalink]
03 Jun 2008, 22:52

On the real test, I had about 7 questions left with 5 minutes remaining so I had to guess one, do one, guess one...etc. but by then I was in panic and definitely not focused. On the PR practice tests, I could track my score as I took the test, and I would hit 48-50 points around the mid-20's questions but as I ran out of time and rushed, my score started coming down.

I think to refresh myself, I'll go through the Purple and Green books first and do the GMATPrep tests over and over (didn't know you could take it over), then do the gmatclub practice tests. THEN get the MGMAT books for whichever subject matters I still feel weak on.

jallenmorris wrote:

If the timing is the problem, then you're wasting your time on the math. As you can tell, the GMAT is a 2 part test - the actual material is the first and the second part is the time you're allowed to use. You hould get the OG Quant book. I will have different questions in it than the orange book. When you get the green book, don't just go through to problems and answer them. Get a stop watch, or some kind of timer. If you're answering 5 questions, give yourself 10 minutes. Create a test-like environment. That will help you a bunch.

On your prior GMAT's did you get to all the questions? Did you have to guess on some? On how many did you have to guess? If there are some that you did not get to, how many did you leave blank?

Re: Best advanced Quant prep book? [#permalink]
04 Jun 2008, 04:09

Get the MGMAT number properties, word translations, equations and inequalities and geometry books. Those 4 cover pretty much every testable aspect of gmat (the FDP book is probably not that useful for you if you are already in the 45+ range). After getting that book and going through its problems + the OG problems, do the GMAT challenges.

If you can complete all of these and survive you will see some pretty worthwhile results

Re: Best advanced Quant prep book? [#permalink]
04 Jun 2008, 05:37

Do the OG but don't get too focused on it. Understand all the types of questions towards the end. There are questions very similiar on the exam. I sound like a broken record on this forum but also GMATPREP OVER AND OVER AGAIN for quant. lol And get the challenges. I think those are all you need.

Re: Best advanced Quant prep book? [#permalink]
04 Jun 2008, 08:21

Get the GMAT Challenges, they are easily the best resource to bring up your Quant score. If you can do those tests, then the real GMAT will seem like a piece of cake.

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04 Jun 2008, 08:21