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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2012, 12:45
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I just took the GMAT today and scored a 510 after a little over a month of studying. I had a 35 in Quantitative and a 25 in verbal. My ideal goal is 650+ but I need at least a 600. I am taking the test at the end of January. I did not use the OG guide 12 as much as I probably should. Do I need to use this material extensively and not worry about other materials or should I supplement the OG12 with the series of Manhattan books? The thing that I look at with the OG guide is that it is great for practice but it lacks strategy and I think I need a strategic foundation. If I get these Manhattan books and supplement with the OG12 guide can I feasibly increase my score by 90-140 points in a month of studying? Any suggestions by anyone? I'm open for all Ideas..I also have a subscription to Magoosh's online class...what would be the best way of studying to increase this score and what would be the best materials to use? I need help!!

I have mgmat and OG12. For practice Take the OG12. For Content MGMAT.

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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2012, 01:45
I will be going to attend the event which will be held in Bangalore for Gmat Quant Booster, By crackverbal and hope that i don't need any books for my Gmat perparation after that workshop.
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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2012, 11:40
I'm not planning to take the GMAT until after June 5th, but a classmate is going to sit it in April and so far he has been using the book Crack the GMAT. It was available in my university library, so I borrowed it to take a look at it. It is very, very basic. It is good to understand how the GMAT works and what is included in each part, but apart from that, I can only see it being useful for someone who has been out of college for several years, or who has studied an undegraduate in which no quantitative courses where taught.

For anyone considering to buy it, I'm pretty sure there's better material available such as the one recommended in this thread.
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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2012, 22:33
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I'm not planning to take the GMAT until after June 5th, but a classmate is going to sit it in April and so far he has been using the book Crack the GMAT. It was available in my university library, so I borrowed it to take a look at it. It is very, very basic. It is good to understand how the GMAT works and what is included in each part, but apart from that, I can only see it being useful for someone who has been out of college for several years, or who has studied an undegraduate in which no quantitative courses where taught.

For anyone considering to buy it, I'm pretty sure there's better material available such as the one recommended in this thread.


gjrr4x1, are you talking about Princeton Review? I have just started praparing and I have this book so far.... It seems pretty simple but anyway good to warm up I guess)
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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 05:07
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gjrr4x1 wrote:
I'm not planning to take the GMAT until after June 5th, but a classmate is going to sit it in April and so far he has been using the book Crack the GMAT. It was available in my university library, so I borrowed it to take a look at it. It is very, very basic. It is good to understand how the GMAT works and what is included in each part, but apart from that, I can only see it being useful for someone who has been out of college for several years, or who has studied an undegraduate in which no quantitative courses where taught.

For anyone considering to buy it, I'm pretty sure there's better material available such as the one recommended in this thread.


gjrr4x1, are you talking about Princeton Review? I have just started praparing and I have this book so far.... It seems pretty simple but anyway good to warm up I guess)


Yeh. Exactly. It's good for those who haven't done any maths for a few years, but useless for those who are currently in their final year of their undergraduate, or have been working for a year or two.
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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2012, 11:27
I gave my GMAT in Feb and scored 570. I have done OG 12th Edition and few test from GMATClub. I am planning to retake my exam in the month of June or July again.
Will prepare thoroughly this time around.

Very helpful post BB. Thanks a ton.
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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2012, 14:03
If any of you can help me confirm if this would be a good bundle (I am coming from prepping for the MCAT, so having everything in order is a downfall of mine)

Kaplan Premier - For general strategy and a good primer to studies
The MGMAT Set of 8 to review everything
OG 12th for additional real GMAT problems
Scattered gmatclub online tests as I find weaknesses

does that sound good?

I also have a TPR Hyperlearning verbal reasoning book that I bought for mcat prep but didn't have time to utilize. Would this help on the GMAT verbal?
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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2012, 18:05
I see

I mentioned the kaplan premier because it was listed in it's own row for general strategy. The MGMAT books also provide this? Sorry if I am a little green at this.
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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2012, 18:41
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I mentioned the kaplan premier because it was listed in it's own row for general strategy. The MGMAT books also provide this? Sorry if I am a little green at this.


Yes, they do.
Kaplan Premier comes with 5 CAT tests, which is nice but otherwise, you will pick all of it up from MGMAT Guides.
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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2012, 19:15
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I mentioned the kaplan premier because it was listed in it's own row for general strategy. The MGMAT books also provide this? Sorry if I am a little green at this.

No worries! It does take some time to figure out exactly what's going on, though it seems that you're on solid ground. The Kaplan Premier, as bb confirmed, is a comprehensive study guide. The Manhattan series (all eight guidebooks) is also complete, though I would personally switch the Manhattan CR guidebook for the Powerscore CR Bible.
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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2012, 10:48
MGMAT Advanced Quant and Total GMAT MATH are really challenging me ... great suggestions!!
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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2012, 17:53
I went through the Manhattan Books, went through Powerscore CR and OG guide 12 as well as some Veritas Books and it is too much to do two sets of guides.

This is my own opinion but I feel that I've wasted too much time on strategy and not enough time practicing and timing my responses. The GMAT is a completely different beast from regular exams. It definitely helps to know your foundation math and grammar but most people don't even finish the exam. I can get all the math answers if I take 5 mins each. You really need to get the feeling for how 2 minutes feel without looking at the clock.

I like the Manhattan guides for the Quant section and the Veritas guides for the Verbal Section. I think the OG guide is very necessary for real question examples but is horrible in explaining the answers. I thought the Powerscore for CR is pretty useless. I brought the PS CR book because GMATclub users really recommend it but in the end, it pretty much tells me what I've already been doing subconsciously and a lot of the methods/strategies are time consuming and hard to apply for the 100 seconds you have for each question. I usually get most of my CR questions right so maybe I'm not a candidate for the book. I feel there really isn't a very good Reading Comprehension book or I haven't found it.
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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2012, 07:31
theres a new edition of manhattan gmat coming out this month, does anyone know which OG guide this will reference?

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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2012, 13:21
Is there a forum for worse GMAT prep book? Somebody should starts one.

Princeton Cracking the GMAT should be listed there.
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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2012, 01:36
nova math bible will also be at the top in the worst list
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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2012, 17:34
Sorry if this has been asked before (I did attempt to find a response through the search function to no avail, suprisingly).

Given, the changes to the GMAT, do the recommended GMAT books change as well? What books would best serve to aide in studying for the new section? And is there a large shift to the new Manhattan set of books? (I purchased the 4th Edition set, just last year without realizing the changes in store).

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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2012, 22:10
@poppedcolla

The new official guide has been released - OG 13

Manhattan has also updated their books..5th edition

You can check them out at their respective websites
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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2012, 10:30
I'm writing GMAT before June , is it worth buying OG 13 ?

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Re: Best GMAT Books - 2012 [#permalink] New post 02 May 2012, 23:58
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I'm writing GMAT before June , is it worth buying OG 13 ?

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you can get a handful of extra real-gmat questions if you buy OG-13. But buying it isn't essential as you will not face the IR section.
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