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1. Manhattan GMAT (MGMAT) Guides Recommended for best results if you have the time. Strengths: 1. Good balance between test taking strategies and background theory explanations 2. Single-topic focus of each guide allows the student to purchase only those guides that pertain to his/her weaknesses 3. Covered concepts are illustrated with examples that are conveniently assigned to either PS or DS section. 4. Access to 6 Online CAT's (same for each book) 5. Additional online practice question banks (different for each book) Weaknesses: 1. Time and Money 2. Books themselves do not contain many practice questions (though online and OG 12 references more than compensate) Notes: most often recommended guide is the Manhattan GMAT Number properties and MGMAT Word Translations

3. Veritas Prep Guides Rival of the MGMAT bundle though a bit higher priced. Strengths: 1. 12 total guides + an intro book for quant + test simulation booklet 2. Practice questions. Every one of the guides is packed with practice questions 3. Fresh questions; you probably have not seen them on forums/etc since these books have just been published

Weaknesses: 1. Price: $250 2. Spacing is a bit strange sometimes with only one question per page

3. Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook A solid supplement to the Official Guide Strengths: 1. Fairly comprehensive review of the basic math concepts needed for the GMAT 2. Structure of the book allows you to work from start to finish, building on previous skills learned 3. Sections devoted to Word problem and Data Sufficiency questions Weaknesses: 1. Statistics, Combinations/Permutations and Probability are not covered 2. Questions do not reflect GMAT questions, but rather are designed to insure that the material is mastered Notes: Recommended/most interesting problem compilation from Kaplan Math Workbook Faster than going through the math MGMAT Guides, but also not as thorough

4. Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review Great for additional math practice questions, but don't expect to find any strategies or math lessons here. Strengths: 1. 300 real GMAT questions 2. Real GMAT questions retired from past tests 3. The practice questions are organized by level of difficulty 4. The practice questions follow actual GMAT test patterns - great to have one's ear trained. Weaknesses: 1. The book does not contain any strategies 2. It does have a few short review sections but they are very weak 3. Mostly low and medium difficulty questions. Not very helpful to a person aiming to get above 700. Bottom Line: this book is optional; usually OG 12 is sufficient by itself.

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Dedicated Combinations and Probability Guide considered by many to be the best Strengths: 1. Good strategies 2. Plenty of practice questions 3. Well organized and laid out

Weaknesses: 1. Possibly crosses into non-gmat section but a very minor concern

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Contains material on Combinations and Probability Strengths: 1. Coverage of combinations and probability 2. Coverage of Statistics and Overlapping sets problems 3. Comes with 6 MGMAT tests Weaknesses: 1. As with all MGMAT Guides, lacks practice questions and relies on the Official Guide for additional practice. If you have covered the OG, you may have to look elsewhere for practice, such as GMAT Club's free collection of probability questions: combinations-permutations-and-probability-references-56486.html

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Great for refreshing math concepts and building confidence in math Strengths: 1. Works well with other MGMAT books (structured in a similar way) 2. Best book for brushing up on long forgotten math concepts (fractions, powers, etc) 3. Comes with additional online practice questions Weaknesses: 1. The book has 400 practice questions but they are not in a GMAT format, rather a math-textbook format 2. Long! 300 full-size pages - I think the expectation is that you skip parts that you know 3. No access to MGMAT tests that usually are included with all of the other 8 guides Notes: recommended instead of the Kaplan Math Foundations. See a very detailed review of the Foundations of GMAT Math by a member

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04 Jul 2010, 17:06

It seems that Mr. Sackmann's products are getting some more attention. I have used both his GMAT Total Math and all of his math sets. I plan to submit a review of the latter, but please do so too, RGM!
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04 Jul 2010, 19:49

bmillan01 wrote:

It seems that Mr. Sackmann's products are getting some more attention. I have used both his GMAT Total Math and all of his math sets. I plan to submit a review of the latter, but please do so too, RGM!

Oh, please do! I'd like to know what you think about it before I take the plunge - but at this point I'm thinking it's a good buy. I'd post my review too after my test.

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11 Jul 2010, 05:37

Hi i have a question....I have a bellvurves account...has anybody used it here for Quant?I am finding the questions hard...and i dont know at what level the questions in Bellcurves are...If any of you have tried it please let me know....

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Do you think combining KapMath workbook with MGMAT's Number Properties and Word Translations books would work for building good understanding needed for the quant section? (that is, before beginning to work on OG).

Thank you for your time and detailed responses - its GREATLY appreciated!

Do you think combining KapMath workbook with MGMAT's Number Properties and Word Translations books would work for building good understanding needed for the quant section? (that is, before beginning to work on OG).

Thank you for your time and detailed responses - its GREATLY appreciated!

Yes. There are 3 options basically (from least to most effort and supposedly score):

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25 Jul 2010, 07:19

Hi, Thanks for your response!

I picked up PR Cracking the Gmat book, and did all of the math part, which seemed extremely easy. How reliable is this book in terms of forecasting my math level?

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29 Jul 2010, 15:04

MariaS wrote:

I picked up PR Cracking the Gmat book, and did all of the math part, which seemed extremely easy. How reliable is this book in terms of forecasting my math level?

This book isn't particularly known for its difficult questions. The most accurate predictor of your actual performance is the GMATPrep. All three OG books are also recommended.
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01 Aug 2010, 07:13

MariaS wrote:

If I have Kaplan's Math Workbook and MGMAT's Number Properties, which one should I begin with?

These two books form a solid combination. But I would start with the MGMAT Number Properties book first. Once you feel comfortable with its contents, move on to the Kaplan Math Workbook.

Which books will you study for verbal?
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MariaS wrote:

If I have Kaplan's Math Workbook and MGMAT's Number Properties, which one should I begin with?

I think the Number properties book would be much better to study first, why don't you read the first couple of chapters first to see if it's helpful or not, if you want to go into that level of depth? Each of them have 7 or eight chapters.
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My two cents, the Manhattan books were TREMENDOUSLY helpful. I agree with everyone else, that Word Translations and Number Properties were the most useful ones (also the thickest ones), but I got all five and the other 3 are not a waste of time to go through. Equations, geometry, and Fractions, in that order. The books are expensive, but used books are cheaper and help the environment!

Also, I didn't see it here, but the Kaplan 800 book was great too. They have some good tips and general strategies, though the organization of the book wasn't that great.
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18 Aug 2010, 13:41

I am really confused by all the advice here...

In my case, I am aiming for 700+, it will be a retake and I have studied other, lesser known guides (Which seem easy and I fear that once I sit down again, I'll be dumbfounded by the difficulty of the test..again)

What I need is just to figure out whether buying the MGMAT books (Verbal and Math) + OG12,OG and QuANT OG and studying the heck out of them seems like a good plan? Or maybe just MGMAT books( all of them?) + OG12 or OG or OG Quant...

I dont need a refresher, or basic formulas (Advanced, yes,). I need strategies+practice tests and questions.

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20 Aug 2010, 07:49

My first post: I´m studing for the Gmat and i started some days ago with the Quant part of the test, I want to have some hope bc i´m not a english nativ speaker and in the Verbal part I really suck, i´ve failed almost the 50% of the questions. but i did all the OG 12th edition problems of the Quant part. I want to do harder problems. Any one can recommend me any guide book with difficult problems? Are the questions in OG Quant book in the same level of difficulty?

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23 Aug 2010, 18:59

I agree that the typos/errors are kind of irritating, but not a deal breaker. and then I was thinking about grabbing the Princeton review book.Of course, for the standardised tests one generally needs to know "shortcut rules" to do well under timed conditions.
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I want to do harder problems. Any one can recommend me any guide book with difficult problems? Are the questions in OG Quant book in the same level of difficulty?

The Kaplan Advanced book contains questions mostly in the 650 to 700 range. This is purely a collection of questions. Veritas Prep's Combinations & Probability guidebook also discusses advanced math topics. It has a decent amount of practice questions.

Other question sources include the GMATClub Tests and Jeff Sackmann's Extreme Challenge set. Both of these collections are very challenging.

The only other hard questions that I know of are the MGMAT Challenge Archive and Ariel Goldberg's GMAT Quant Problems. I personally didn't like the MGMAT Challenge questions. I have never used Goldberg's stuff, but at least one member found his product useful.

You can also visit the math forum.
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18 Sep 2010, 01:49

Hi! I have just one question. Is there a good book to improve my skills in Data Sufficiency? That is my weak point, I score 70% in that specific section of the test...It truly is a problem for me... Any help is welcome.

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