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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 01 Nov 2009, 18:46
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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.

Hi bb, I'm wondering, if I need some basic math review, am I OK with just the MGMAT quant set, OG12, and the OG quant? Or should I buy something like the Kaplan workbook or the Kaplan "basics" (can't remember the exact name now)?

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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2009, 03:14
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gottabwise wrote:
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.

Hi bb, I'm wondering, if I need some basic math review, am I OK with just the MGMAT quant set, OG12, and the OG quant? Or should I buy something like the Kaplan workbook or the Kaplan "basics" (can't remember the exact name now)?

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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2009, 16:53
I have just went through the Kaplan Math Foundations and the MGMAT NP book. The Kaplan book is very basic, I am very rusty in math but I found that it was difficult for me to relate the material in this book to actual GMAT questions. The MGMAT NP book on the otherhand is very relevant and is specifically targeted to the GMAT questions, I really saw a connection between the material and the actual questions in the og. I am excited to start the rest of the series. I'll keep you posted.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2009, 00:15
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I have just went through the Kaplan Math Foundations and the MGMAT NP book. The Kaplan book is very basic, I am very rusty in math but I found that it was difficult for me to relate the material in this book to actual GMAT questions. The MGMAT NP book on the otherhand is very relevant and is specifically targeted to the GMAT questions, I really saw a connection between the material and the actual questions in the og. I am excited to start the rest of the series. I'll keep you posted.



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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2009, 04:47
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Yes, probably the fact that quite a few questions in the Kaplan Math Foundations are not GMAT-format questions does not help either. So, not recommended?


No I would not recommend the Kaplan Book, right now I am trying to make my way through all of the Manhattan GMAT Quant Books. I actually was going to buy the Kaplan Verbal Foundations but after going through the Quant I think I am just going to stick with the Manhattan GMAT set.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2009, 07:13
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Yes, probably the fact that quite a few questions in the Kaplan Math Foundations are not GMAT-format questions does not help either. So, not recommended?


No I would not recommend the Kaplan Book, right now I am trying to make my way through all of the Manhattan GMAT Quant Books. I actually was going to buy the Kaplan Verbal Foundations but after going through the Quant I think I am just going to stick with the Manhattan GMAT set.


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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2009, 00:03
Guys, I am not sure if this had been addressed before but how useful is MGMAT Word Translation? From most of the posts so far, it seems that a lot people skipped it.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2009, 10:10
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Guys, I am not sure if this had been addressed before but how useful is MGMAT Word Translation? From most of the posts so far, it seems that a lot people skipped it.


I am actually planning to add it to the list. The word-translations book has Combinations and Probability coverage.

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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2009, 03:41
I am a bit suprised to find that no one has mentioned this book:
EZ Solutions - Test Prep Series - Math Practice - Advanced Workbook - GMAT (Ez Solutions: Test Prep Series)(http://www.amazon.com/EZ-Solutions-Prac ... 362&sr=8-1)

Has anyone else used this?

Like the title implies, this is definitely not the book you want to get if have just started studying for GMATs. But if you have studied Quant quite a bit and you are looking for extra practice, this is definitely the book to get.

One caveat: The problems in this book do not resemble the GMAT questions at all. Instead what you will find is A LOT of different problems, each aimed at giving you practice or testing a very specific topic. If you can complete the problems in this book, that means you have already mastered the key topics you will need to do well in the GMAT.

I this this difference is very important. With a lot of these GMAT books, we often get caught up trying to solve problems that we forget that the most important thing to do is to make sure that we understand the concepts being tested in GMAT.

The book covers a broad range of topics including, Number Properties, Word Problems, Geometry, and Prob&Statistics.

After completing the problems in this book, I am sure you will see an improvement in your overall quant scores (I'm talking to 600-690 group here).
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2009, 19:32
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Guys, I am not sure if this had been addressed before but how useful is MGMAT Word Translation? From most of the posts so far, it seems that a lot people skipped it.


I am actually planning to add it to the list. The word-translations book has Combinations and Probability coverage.

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Thanks bb. I am wondering how good is the book on Combination and Probability? I figure out that is my weak point after a few practices and would like to get a more specific book on that.

P.S. I also take a look at P&C thread on this forum. It is been helping a lot so far.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2009, 22:46
The McGraw Hill GMAT Math book by Robert Moyer is decent, especially if you're very rusty.

Pros:
- no-nonsense in its explanations
- immediate examples during "lessons" are extremely simple so that you really learn it, great for someone who is rusty or did not learn math property. The actual questions are slightly more challenging.
- does include some tactical advice, though it's succinct.
- should be sufficient to place in the mid-high 40's with a month of practice.

Cons:
- Doesn't cover the more difficult material, either conceptually or because the practice questions are a bit too easy
- Like just about everything but the OG, it contains mistakes
- May have originally been conceived as a GRE/GMAT book, I can think of no other explanation for the lack of difficulty
- Tactical advice a bit too embedded in the material, I actually overlooked some of it the first time around

It's great for getting reacquainted with the math that features in sthe GMAT, but it's not the best test-prep material.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2009, 22:07
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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.


Peterson's is great as a primer for leading up to quant review. It starts with the basics...PEMDAS...and builds up from there. Kaplan's book on the other hand starts with a concept like ratios and gives you no initial foundation. The tips are good but where's your foundational knowledge if you've been away from math for years? Ultimately, Manhattan GMAT's strategy guides are super. I'm progressing very well. However, I wouldn't recommend them to until after you've done an initial review with something like Peterson's or even Princeton's basic math review book.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2009, 09:18
Once I started studying in earnest, I realized my math skills are way rustier than I realized, so I went back to the Kaplan Foundations book - I agree that the typos/errors are kind of irritating, but not a deal breaker.

I've also started working through the Winner's Guide to GMAT Math, which starts with the basics and is making me feel more confident. Plus, it's an e-book, which means it doesn't make my study bag any heavier. :)

Probably I'll get the other math book & maybe the question bank offered by that same company next... and then I was thinking about grabbing the Princeton review book, since I can probably get a copy pretty cheap, but reading everyone's thoughts here, I'm not so sure about that anymore. Is the Kaplan Workbook a good next step, probably?
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I've taken 2 practice tests already and my scores have ended up WELL below where I want to be. At this point, I think I need to go back to basics before I can move forward with GMAT specific stuff and taking practice tests again. I looked over the wrong answers I had on the practice tests, and my weak areas are sentence correction, reading comprehension, a mix of math issues, and data sufficiency (far and away the area where I missed THE MOST questions).

Based on that, I plan to revisit general math concepts using "The Ultimate Math Refresher for the GRE, GMAT, and SAT (Paperback)" before going back to studying GMAT specific math concepts again. Has anyone else used this book?

Also, does anyone have recommendations on the best book(s) for data sufficiency?

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Re: math questions about books [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2010, 18:26
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Also, does anyone have recommendations on the best book(s) for data sufficiency?

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The only DS book I know of is this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/188905 ... 1889057541

I have this book but have not spent time to review it yet - it is LONGGGG
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2010, 14:03
Is anyone aware of GMAT material from www.4gmat.com ? They seem to be very good in covering quantitative for top score ?
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2010, 21:46
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Is anyone aware of GMAT material from http://www.4gmat.com ? They seem to be very good in covering quantitative for top score ?


See here: all-gmat-cat-practice-tests-links-prices-reviews-77460.html
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2010, 06:09
It does not talk about 4GMAT material. :(

Also , how about GMAT Focus quant tests which costs 25 dollars per test and supposed to be very good diagnostic tool. Do we have some input on that from users ?
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2010, 23:45
Hi, I am hoping somebody can help me with my selection of maths guides.

I was a physics UG and am now finishing my PhD so I have been using maths daily for the last 7 years. Of course, for the standardised tests one generally needs to know "shortcut rules" to do well under timed conditions. If there is no time pressure one will approach questions differently...

Given this difference, I was wondering if other physicists or engineers had any advice on the choice of maths books. (Or anybody else...)

I am considering the MGMAT Guides but are they really useful for somebody with my background? Or should I just do problems and try to concentrate on the questions that make me stumble? (I am preparing for 750+.)

Also while we are at it: in the forum "the four quant MGMAT guides" is often mentionned. Are there not five? (i.e. the guides numbered 1-5.)

Many thanks!
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 13 Jan 2010, 08:12
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Hi, I am hoping somebody can help me with my selection of maths guides.

I was a physics UG and am now finishing my PhD so I have been using maths daily for the last 7 years. Of course, for the standardised tests one generally needs to know "shortcut rules" to do well under timed conditions. If there is no time pressure one will approach questions differently...

Given this difference, I was wondering if other physicists or engineers had any advice on the choice of maths books. (Or anybody else...)

I am considering the MGMAT Guides but are they really useful for somebody with my background? Or should I just do problems and try to concentrate on the questions that make me stumble? (I am preparing for 750+.)

Also while we are at it: in the forum "the four quant MGMAT guides" is often mentionned. Are there not five? (i.e. the guides numbered 1-5.)

Many thanks!


You are correct - there are 5 MGMAT Math Guides; 3 Verbal Guides and 1 Intro Guide (Foundations of GMAT Math)
If you are good with math, take a diagnostic test and see how you do. If you get above 42, would suggest you try a Kaplan Math Workbook - it is shorter and gives you a decent review. If less, then MGMAT.
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