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Common Book Combinations and Recommendatios
1. Need to figure out your weaknesses in GMAT math? Take a GMATPrep test or GMAT Club's free gmat diagnostic test
2. Rusty with Math or want to be very methodical - start with basics: Manhattan GMAT Foundations of GMAT Math
3. OK with Math but need a good review in a short amount of time: Kaplan Math Workbook + MGMAT Number Properties + MGMAT Word Translations
4. Need highest score and have time: MGMAT Guides + GMAT Club tests
5. Need specific question practice: PR 1012 (has some errors/typos), Quant OG, or use gmat club tags
6. Probability and Combinations review: combinations-permutations-and-probability-references-56486.html and MGMAT Word Translations


Book Bundles and Study Plans at a Glance
Standard PlanAdvanced PlanUltimate PlanBeyond Hardcore Plan
General Strategy Books
Explain how GMAT works, provide general principles and strategies, give an idea about weaknesses, provide practice tests
Kaplan Live Online
+ comes with 6 practice tests
Kaplan Live Online
+ comes with 6 practice tests
Kaplan GMAT Advanced
- Poor guidebook, more of a question collection
Kaplan Live Online
+ comes with 6 practice tests
Kaplan GMAT Advanced
- Poor guidebook, more of a question collection
GMAT Test Simulation Booklet
+ Great for practice
Kaplan Live Online
+ comes with 6 practice tests
Kaplan GMAT Advanced
- Poor guidebook, more of a question collection
GMAT Test Simulation Booklet
+ Great for practice
Quant Books
Refresh math principles, fill gaps, and learn patterns
Kaplan Math Workbook
- missing probability and combinations
Kaplan Math Workbook
- missing probability and combinations
MGMAT Number Properties
5 Quant MGMAT Guides
MGMAT Math Foundations
5 Quant MGMAT Guides
MGMAT Math Foundations
Probability and Combinations for Dummies
Verbal Books
Refresh grammar rules, aquire CR and RC strategies
Kaplan Verbal Workbook
OR: PowerScore Verbal Bible
CR: PowerScore CR or MGMAT CR
RC: MGMAT RC
SC: PowerScore SC or MGMAT SC
CR: PowerScore CR or MGMAT CR
RC: MGMAT RC
SC: PowerScore SC or MGMAT SC
SC: Kaplan Verbal Foundations
CR: PowerScore CR or MGMAT CR
CR: LSAT Critical Reasoning
RC: MGMAT RC
RC: LSAT Reading Comprehension
SC: PowerScore SC or MGMAT SC
SC: Doing Grammar
Practice Questions
Additional practice
Official Guide 12th
+ 900 retired real GMAT questions
Official Guide 12th
+ 900 retired real GMAT questions
Verbal Official Guide
+ 300 retired verbal GMAT questions
Quant Official Guide
+ 300 retired quant GMAT questions
Official Guide 12th
+ 900 retired real GMAT questions
Verbal Official Guide
+ 300 retired verbal GMAT questions
Quant Official Guide
+ 300 retired quant GMAT questions
Princeton Review 1012
+ Great target practice
Official Guide 12th
+ 900 retired real GMAT questions
Verbal Official Guide
+ 300 retired verbal GMAT questions
Quant Official Guide
+ 300 retired quant GMAT questions
Princeton Review 1012
+ Great target practice
Paper GMAT Tests
+ Official Retired tests available from GMAC
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1. GMAT Math Books


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.









Notable Specialized Books - Arithmetic, Probability, Combinations, DS, etc


Combinations & Probability


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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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5. Manhattan GMAT Word Translations Guide - added 11/11/09
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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






6. Manhattan GMAT Foundations of GMAT Math - Added 2/5/2010
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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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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2009, 12:32
Just one small question... Which book replicates the difficulty level of the actual gmat math questions the best?
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2009, 01:52
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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.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2009, 05:05
Thanks BB ... I guess i put the question in a wrong way. What i meant was which book has questions of the 700+ level difficulty.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2009, 15:13
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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.

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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!
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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.)
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 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.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2009, 10:14
I have been referring to Veritas course material. Its pretty good. It has good tricks and shortcuts.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2009, 11:00
How are veritas compared to MGMAT math books? any idea?
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 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.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2009, 16:20
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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.


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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 16:48
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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.


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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 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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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 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.

I am confused among the below listed:

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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2009, 22:53
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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.

I am confused among the below listed:

1. Kaplan Math Foundations
2. Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook
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:) Very simple:

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)

A good combination is Kaplan Math Workbook and MGMAT Number Properties - I will put that up in the first post.
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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.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2009, 20:45
How abt NOVA GMAT Math Prep Course ... how is this book for maths?....
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 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?
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2009, 18:37
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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:

http://www.amazon.com/Number-Properties ... 0982423845

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.

I say go for it!
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2009, 07:01
During a conversation with a friend, it hit me that I really haven't been exposed to GMAT math content since high school. I was an urban studies major and was able to satisfy a math requirement with a game theory course..lol. A while back, another friend (SAT tutor) recommended Peterson's GMAT/GRE Math Review. I also took note of GMATClub's review of Kaplan's Math Workbook. Initially, I looked at both but opted to really digg into the Peterson's book. I haven't really touched the Kaplan book maybe because of it's organization? Peterson's seemed to break down the content really well and in my case, served as a good primer to some Manhattan GMAT materials I'll be using the rest of the way.
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During a conversation with a friend, it hit me that I really haven't been exposed to GMAT math content since high school. I was an urban studies major and was able to satisfy a math requirement with a game theory course..lol. A while back, another friend (SAT tutor) recommended Peterson's GMAT/GRE Math Review. I also took note of GMATClub's review of Kaplan's Math Workbook. Initially, I looked at both but opted to really digg into the Peterson's book. I haven't really touched the Kaplan book maybe because of it's organization? Peterson's seemed to break down the content really well and in my case, served as a good primer to some Manhattan GMAT materials I'll be using the rest of the way.


Thanks for the feedback (I will try to review the book) - would be interested to hear your feedback about Peterson's after you are done with MGMAT guides.
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