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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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02 Jul 2010, 10:36
Hey guys, I need some advice, I'm planning on retaking the GMAT - and I think my major problem is the DS. Is the gmatclub tests good an excellent resource specifically for DS? Just need some thoughts - it's kind of expensive.
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02 Jul 2010, 10:46
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RGM wrote:
Also, what do you guys think about GMATHacks? The opinion seems to be split and reviews far in between. What are your takes on it? Reviews?
I think it can boiled down to (please jump in anyone) is that: 1. Expensive 2. The extreme challenge is good 3. The 1,800 question collection is an overkill; the OG 12 and OG Quant should be sufficient; _________________
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02 Jul 2010, 11:13
bb wrote:
RGM wrote:
Also, what do you guys think about GMATHacks? The opinion seems to be split and reviews far in between. What are your takes on it? Reviews?
I think it can boiled down to (please jump in anyone) is that: 1. Expensive 2. The extreme challenge is good 3. The 1,800 question collection is an overkill; the OG 12 and OG Quant should be sufficient;
Hmm, sounds like the extreme challenge is worth pursuing. Thanks for the input!
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03 Jul 2010, 19:17
Expert's post
RGM wrote:
bb wrote:
RGM wrote:
Also, what do you guys think about GMATHacks? The opinion seems to be split and reviews far in between. What are your takes on it? Reviews?
I think it can boiled down to (please jump in anyone) is that: 1. Expensive 2. The extreme challenge is good 3. The 1,800 question collection is an overkill; the OG 12 and OG Quant should be sufficient;
Hmm, sounds like the extreme challenge is worth pursuing. Thanks for the input!
If you end up getting, please do share your thoughts _________________
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04 Jul 2010, 17:06
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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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20 Jul 2010, 06:47
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MariaS wrote:
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
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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
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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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04 Aug 2010, 16:16
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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