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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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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!

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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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kokey13 wrote:

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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I have been getting 47-49 in quant and i Just bought Manhattan advanced quant book and found this book to the point. This book has only the harder problems which i could not solve within 2 mins during the actual gmat. Worth taking look at if you trying for Q51.

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target60 wrote:

Hi,

I started my GMAT preparation last week.I have a target of 750+. Per recommendations of many , I am going with OG13 & Manhatten SC. But, I feel OG's quants are damn easy. Kindly suggest me some real 750+ kinda book for quant . Kaplan advanced questions are not like Gmat's. Waiting prompt responses.

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26 Jun 2009, 05:31

I think "Project GMAT" is out of print. I've tried searching for it too but it's unavailable.

EDIT: Veritas confirmed on the phone that the book is out print and will not be re-printed. This material is included in the $450 package available from their website but not as a stand alone option.

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20 Jul 2009, 21:41

bb wrote:

Can you share your thoughts about this book? I don't think I have ever heard anyone using it. What did you like about it? How specifically did it help you? What was lacking? and What could be improved?

Thanks!

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BB,

Can you please let me know which is better for strategies between Manhattan 5 Quantitative Strategy Guides and Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook?

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irajeevsingh wrote:

I bought Manhattan GMAT Inequality and Geometry, I will highly recommend in case you want to work on the fundamentals of these 2 topics.

Thank you. I have also added the Star Rating system for the books (planning to split up the Manhattan GMAT Books next but that's too much work ) _________________

I should note that I am less concerned with additional sample problems accompanied by many of the books, but most concerned with what gives the most thorough, succinct, correct instruction on math concepts. I'll be purchasing the official guide to make sure I have a gauntlet of questions to test out my knowledge on, once I've studied up.

Are the mistakes in the Kaplan Foundations book only present in the review questions, or are their some errors in the fundamentals they teach?

Are Manhattan's books worth the added expense? i.e. If I purchase 3 math review books from Manhattan I am looking at roughly $50+ vs $15 for either the Kaplan Math Foundations or Kaplan Math workbook? Is this a 'get-what-you-pay-for" situation?

I ask because I cannot find any of the Manhattan books at any local retailers, so I can't actually take a look at these books before purchasing.

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Hi guys,

I already have a copy of the Kaplan GMAT Premier Program 2009 book. Is the Kaplan GMAT Workbook an exact copy of the math section from the premier program?

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seseoppa wrote:

Hi guys,

I already have a copy of the Kaplan GMAT Premier Program 2009 book. Is the Kaplan GMAT Workbook an exact copy of the math section from the premier program?

Nope - completely different. I recommend it. _________________

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bb wrote:

seseoppa wrote:

Hi guys,

I already have a copy of the Kaplan GMAT Premier Program 2009 book. Is the Kaplan GMAT Workbook an exact copy of the math section from the premier program?

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GmatNY86 wrote:

I kept reading here about the Manhattan GMAT here and decided that I needed a strategy book (at least one) for my studies. I don't see Kaplan helping too much now (at least the results aren't as tangible as I've hoped) and the official guide can get you only so far. I figured since I read good things here and maybe something that's not "mass produced" like the Kaplan and Barron's (I bought the latter too, barely read it and didn't like it), might help. Then again, I'm very skeptical of these strategy books. I find that they're often very similar and teach me very little new information. So I decide on the Manhattan GMAT and specifically the word translations that seem to make up a large bulk of the math.

Lo and behold, I'm reading the Manhattan GMAT and it's showing me practical strategies that I've never seen before. Age and rates problems that used to seem convoluted have been solved brilliantly. By brilliantly, I don't mean "correctly", of course every book would have the correct solution. But the brilliance in it is that the book helps YOU solve these problems. I always considered myself strong in math, but let's face it, even algebra can be confusing. With my penchant for dumb mistakes, that hurts even more. But their strategy of organizing this material in tables, works wonders. I've never seen these tables before. Now everything is so much clearer and easier. Kaplan and the $1,500 that I've shelled out has not shown me how to solve these problems as clearly and as easily as the Manhattan GMAT. I'm up to combinatorics and am actually looking forward for more strategies that will help me solve these problems and save time. Thanks guys for letting me know about this series, this book is highly recommended.

Thank you! I have added your review to our Math Book Thread. _________________

There are 44 new Problem Solving and 31 new Data Sufficiency Questions (a total of 75 new questions out of 300).

List of Changes: Problem Solving (PS) - 4 new easy questions - 21 new medium questions - 19 new hard questions Data Sufficiency - 13 new easy questions - 8 new medium questions - 9 new hard questions

The main issue with the first edition was low question difficulty. This edition addresses the issue slightly, but as you can see, not by much. One issue that was fixed is the total number of questions. The first edition claimed (just like this one) to have 300 questions, but only had 294 - how can you make that mistake in the Official Guide for Quantitative Review? The question split is 176 for PS and 124 for DS.

As to content, changes, it is interesting to see many of the tables and data-interpretation questions go and addition of sequence questions. Also, DS lost many of its arithmetic questions, which were replaced by Word Problems.

Overall - pretty much the same book - would have loved to see more new questions, but $12 for 28 new hard and 29 medium REAL questions is not bad. By the way, the first edition is on sale right now The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review for $6.78!

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