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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
Re: Manhattan GMAT Word Translations (Positive Review) [#permalink]
14 Aug 2009, 22:56
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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!
Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink]
07 Sep 2009, 01:52
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urchin wrote:
Just one small question... Which book replicates the difficulty level of the actual gmat math questions the best?
Since GMAT is an adaptive test and adapts to YOUR level of difficulty, this is not the right question to ask. If you are wondering which book has more of harder questions or ones that resemble the real GMAT, then that's the GMAT Official Guide 12th edition.
The Quant OG lacks harder questions. _________________
Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink]
16 Sep 2009, 15:13
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tweakxc03 wrote:
new to the forum...
Is it me, or is Princeton Review 1012 absolutely riddled with errors? So far I have found at least 8 mistakes in the answer keys or diagrams.
thanks,
acc
I have not solved through the questions, but that's what the feedback comes back. The unfortunate reality of a new book - was released not fully proofed, definitely makes studying more complicated.
By the way, if you can, would REALLY help everyone if you can post question numbers and a list of issues - would help a lot! _________________
Here are the books that I have from the Manhattan GMAT so far and my thoughts:
1) Word Translation- Loved it. The most difficult material from the math books that I had from them. That's probably because this material is in fact the most difficult in the quant section. Even the easiest Word Translations are more difficult than some medium difficulty numbers property questions. I feel like this taught me some strategies that Kaplan never taught me. Such as the RTD/RTW table. The anagram method (though I don't use it much, for some reason I find the regular formula more intuitive).
2) Numbers properties- Pretty good. However a great majority of it was stuff that I can easily solve. However things like number of factors might help on test day. Also helps with many data sufficiency problems.
3) Geometry- Good book. Some of the stuff it goes over, is stuff that I got wrong before on CATs and wouldn't have if I knew it. Like the largest possible area of a triangle when you know 2 sides. Also, similar triangles. Diagonal of a rectangular solid. It seems like it didn't go over the hardest problems (polygon's within polygons etc.)
Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink]
19 Sep 2009, 12:31
has anyone tried veritas course books? I am taking the Quant portion of the class and wondering if I should go thru their math workbook as well or opt for MGMAT mathbooks.
Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink]
25 Sep 2009, 15:52
The McGraw-Hill gets a really really bad review in amazon by the Gmatclub, but it is because the text has tons of errors that could mislead you on your study.
The practice tests dont have hard questions, they are just average, o a little above it. The answers to those questions are not deep, they just state it with one simple sentence or two. So i didn't find that much of a learning opportunity by doing them.
However, the book has chapters dedicated to the admitions process, and life during and after Bschool. I think the value of the book is on how the authors put the admitions process, your career and the gmat into perspective.
It is a good read, but not because of the excercises and math theory. So if you don´t have much time to study, stay away from that book.
Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink]
25 Sep 2009, 16:20
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fmckee wrote:
The McGraw-Hill gets a really really bad review in amazon by the Gmatclub, but it is because the text has tons of errors that could mislead you on your study.
The practice tests dont have hard questions, they are just average, o a little above it. The answers to those questions are not deep, they just state it with one simple sentence or two. So i didn't find that much of a learning opportunity by doing them.
However, the book has chapters dedicated to the admitions process, and life during and after Bschool. I think the value of the book is on how the authors put the admitions process, your career and the gmat into perspective.
It is a good read, but not because of the excercises and math theory. So if you don´t have much time to study, stay away from that book.
Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink]
29 Sep 2009, 16:48
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Navigator wrote:
I recently completed the Kaplan Math Foundations book and I agree that the few errors in the review explanations (I noticed only a handful throughout the book) did not outweigh the benefit of the book.
I think the book is best for people who either 1) need to begin at square one with math, or 2) notice that their math foundations are holding them back from achieving a higher score. Since I was a liberal arts major in college (and have not really dealt with math since high school), I felt like I needed the book before delving into the MGMAT guides. In that regard, it has served me well and I feel like my footing is much stronger.
Thank you for your feedback! Very much apreicated. _________________
Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink]
01 Oct 2009, 05:47
I'm new to studying for MATs and am unsure about what books to get. I took the diagnostic and did pretty poorly, which I excepted since I haven't done any math in the past 5 years. I'm a first year law student however, and am only taking the GMAT's to apply to the JD/MBA dual-degree program that my school offers. That said, between now and January I wont have a ton of time to devote to studying for GMATs. I took the LSAT last year, so I feel fairly secure in my verbal abilities (I haven't taken a diagnostic test yet) and so I'm looking to get a good general practice book that covers math and verbal as well as something with some full length exams. I do need to focus on studying math though.
Given the limited study time I have, and the fact that for what I'm applying for I'm not aiming to get an amazing score, what books would you all suggest? My math really needs a ton of work.
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11 Oct 2009, 00:40
After practicing OG-12, I feel I should understand formulas of arithmetic and geometry in detail. I am fairly good with work problems but require thorough understanding and practice on arithmetic and geometry problems.I am not looking for a very basic math book but slightly above average.
Could you please suggest a book which has above average math formulas and strategies, I am ok if the book doesnt have practice questions.
Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink]
11 Oct 2009, 22:53
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Tejal wrote:
After practicing OG-12, I feel I should understand formulas of arithmetic and geometry in detail. I am fairly good with work problems but require thorough understanding and practice on arithmetic and geometry problems.I am not looking for a very basic math book but slightly above average.
Could you please suggest a book which has above average math formulas and strategies, I am ok if the book doesnt have practice questions.
1. Kaplan Math Foundations - most basic book with some basic examples - good to build confidence but does not really challenge you (good if math is weak or you forgot many things and want to be diligent in review) 2. Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook - good middle of the road book (good time/return ration) 3. MGMAT Guides - extensive review (most results but also most time)
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21 Oct 2009, 14:55
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Just curious, but how helpful is Probability and Combinations for Dummies? I know these topics can appear on the test, but would most of the topics in this book be relevant to the GMAT?
It seems that Manhattan Word Translations should be enough for the statistics, probability, and combinations stuff. _________________
Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink]
31 Oct 2009, 17:09
Do the current Manhattan books (4th ed) still refer to the 11th ed of OG as the OP states? I have the 12th ed OG (and quant OG) and am looking for the best guide to help me increase my quant score. Don't have a problem spending a hundred or so on the Manhattan books if they are the best ones to get, but if they refer to the 11th ed of OG, that seems like a negative, no?
Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink]
31 Oct 2009, 18:37
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jeckll wrote:
Do the current Manhattan books (4th ed) still refer to the 11th ed of OG as the OP states? I have the 12th ed OG (and quant OG) and am looking for the best guide to help me increase my quant score. Don't have a problem spending a hundred or so on the Manhattan books if they are the best ones to get, but if they refer to the 11th ed of OG, that seems like a negative, no?
My fourth edition states on the front cover that the book is "updated for the 12th edition of the Official Guide!" You can click on the book's image on Amazon for a close-up view:
I am currently using the Manhattan math series, and I like these books. Each chapter has about 15 practice questions (sometimes more, sometimes less). These end-of chapter questions, which are not OG problems, test and reinforce what has just been covered.
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