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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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18 Aug 2010, 14:41

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, 08:49

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, 19:59

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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18 Sep 2010, 02:49

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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24 Sep 2010, 19:56

I think GMAT Club math forum has very comprehensive math guides. They are only for specific topics but the explanation seems to be better than my MGMAT books in most cases.

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28 Sep 2010, 22:54

How is Princeton 1012 for practice? I have covered OG 12th edn. Looking for books to practice. Or should I buy OG Quant? Please suggest, cant decide which book to choose.

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29 Sep 2010, 11:17

i wish mgmat would provide more quant practice questions! the books are generally good but they do tend to introduce new concepts occasionally in the question's answers without mentioning it beforehand.

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30 Nov 2010, 15:43

I've been through MGMAT for all of the math workbooks and think they provide an excellent foundation. However, one should probably do additional exercises outside of MGMAT to be fully comfortable.

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30 Jan 2011, 09:26

I just ordered the Manhattan GMAT strategy guides and I'm really liking the review so far. If anyone has tips or suggestions on how you prefer to use the book, please send my way. Thanks! : )

I'll be sure to post any of my thoughts after I become more acquainted with the strategy guides.

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21 Feb 2011, 12:02

Just wanted to say thanks to those who put together this list. This forum has been tremendously helpful! _________________

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06 Mar 2011, 01:59

Hi all,

I am just starting my GMAT prep. I have a fair idea of most of the topics in quant, except for probability. And I feel I need plenty of practice for probability and geometry. I would like to know which book covers everything from the basics. I need to strengthen my foundation on these two areas, and then take practice.

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06 Mar 2011, 02:53

chocos wrote:

Hi all,

I am just starting my GMAT prep. I have a fair idea of most of the topics in quant, except for probability. And I feel I need plenty of practice for probability and geometry. I would like to know which book covers everything from the basics. I need to strengthen my foundation on these two areas, and then take practice.

Kindly suggest..

-- Newbie to GmatClub. This is my first post.!

My recommendation:

GEOMETRY: Nova's Math Bible. Its expansiveness may bore you to death but it is surely a good workout for Geometry. PROBABILITY: Veritas Prep Combinatorics & Probability _________________

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06 Mar 2011, 03:14

Spidy001 wrote:

MGMAT MATH FOUNDATIONS , Does any one know whether this overlaps with the MGMAT 8 book series or its different than those?

This book doesn't overlap with other MGMAT quant books. It's basically intended for those people who need to brush up on basic math skills before moving on to the quant books that are part of MGMAT's 8 book series.

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