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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
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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
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Official Guide 12th
+ 900 retired real GMAT questions
Official Guide 12th
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+ 300 retired verbal GMAT questions
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+ 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
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+ 300 retired verbal GMAT questions
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+ 300 retired quant GMAT questions
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+ Great target practice
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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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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 31 Jan 2010, 21:05
One simple question for you guys. Does OG 12 Quantitative review contains the same questions as OG 12 Official guide? Thanks
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2010, 22:26
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No, there is no overlap between OG 12, Quant OG, and Verbal OG.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2010, 09:59
can you kindly advice me some books as a good review of data sufficienty questions?
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2010, 13:53
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can you kindly advice me some books as a good review of data sufficienty questions?


There is only one dedicated DS book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/188905 ... 1889057541

I would suggest focusing on areas you lack rather than question types, though you can if you want to. PR 1012 also has DS questions (though it has some typos here and there).
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 06:52
Hi guys! :)

I've read through this section, and I see that to get the best practice for the quant section of the GMAT, you guys recommend the Manhattan Guides. Based on the thread, the Manhattan Guides lack practice questions and the books often refer to the OG for questions. You pointed out that the OG's difficulty ranges from easy to medium. My question is - what's in the Manhattan Guides that provide additional value over the OG's material? Are these books good if you're aiming for 700+? Are there other books out there that provide a 700-800 difficulty collection of questions?

I know that EZ guides got a bad rap in this forum because of their unethical practices but has anyone used them and did you find them useful, or would it just muddle your brain?

Thanks for the tips here! They really are quite helpful. :D
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 08:28
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I am picking up a few misunderstandings from your note, let me address them:

1. Official Guide is not a textbook but a collection of questions. If you think you can improve your score considerably by simply going through 900 questions, think again.

2. There is no magic guides. Search for feedback on the EZ books - they are too easy, even the title says it.

See this post for details: gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 08:51
Hi All

Im planning to give my GMAT by the end of November this year. Before I drop in my question, I would give you a brief background of myself... I have done my grad 4 years back and not in touch with math since the past 7 years or so, really forgotten all the basic and concepts. I wont mind shedding few more funds on buys books.

After going through various post and threads I have developed 2 plans for my study material, I would really appreciate if you could provide your advice on the same:


Plan A:

Math- I will start with Kaplan Math Foundation, moving forward to Kaplan math workbook and then the MANHATTAN GMAT book

Verbal- Will Start with Kaplan Verbal Foundation, moving on to Kaplan verbal workbook and then the MANHATTAN GMAT books.

Will use All OG's for practice and Kaplan GMAT Live Online 2010 for general strategies (won’t use this for practice as I have a major phobia for this book)

Plan B:

Math- I will start with Kaplan Math Foundation, moving forward the MANHATTAN GMAT books ( Will Skip the Kaplan Workbook)

Verbal- Will Start with Kaplan Verbal Foundation, moving to the MANHATTAN GMAT books ( Will Skip the Kaplan Workbook)

Will use All OG's for practice and Kaplan GMAT Live Online 2010 for general strategies (wont use this for practice as I have a major phobia for this book)


The only difference between Plan A and Plan B is that I won’t use the Workbooks in plan B

Please advice me keeping in consideration that im really poor in math and have some good amount of time to spend for my preparation.

Many thanks
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 08:57
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Plan B.

You only need the "foundations" books if you are very rusty with math/verbal.
For your plan, since you will be using MGMAT Guides, would suggest you get the MGMAT Foundations of GMAT math (fits in better and has fewer typos)

For verbal, Kaplan Verbal Foundations is grammar only - helpful if you are international but may be boring if you are very familiar with grammar/english.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2010, 00:29
HI BB

Thanks a lot for your advice, just one quick clarification.

Please advice which one out of the below is better:-

1. MGMAT Foundations of GMAT math
2. Kaplan GMAT math workbook.

Thanks a lot !!!

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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2010, 07:33
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HI BB

Thanks a lot for your advice, just one quick clarification.

Please advice which one out of the below is better:-

1. MGMAT Foundations of GMAT math
2. Kaplan GMAT math workbook.

Thanks a lot !!!

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Two different books, depends what you are trying to accomplish. Both are described here in detail as well as on amazon.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2010, 14:16
Folks I need some help here:

I started on a wrong approach. didnt browsed much and bought OG and started doing quant. Its been a good time since I left college but i didnt found OG quant much difficult. I scored close to 90% (without refereshing any quant fundamentals apart from some basic stuff from princeton and kaplan). Most of the mistakes were either overlooking something in the question or calculation. found few topics I made more (wont say frequent)mistakes in and am revisting them now. I havent seen the OG quant review 2nd edition. Which is the recommended book for more quant questions so that i can test myself post a review of my fundamentals (and also to build some speed) and before I start on the quant review 2nd edition.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2010, 02:09
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There are only about 60 new questions in the Quant OG2, so not sure that it will be worth it.
If you want just question collections then PR 1012 is one of them and also you can try GMAT Club Tests - they will all be open this Monday and you can try targeted practice.

Other good books are MGMAT Number Properties and MGMAT Word Translations. not a ton of questions there (actually not many at all) but good material and strategies. You can also try Kaplan Advanced - it is a terrible guidebook but a neat collection of questions.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 10:18
I have a question: which one is better The ultimate refresher or mgmat math foundation? or are they just the same.
The thing is am looking for a basic book to start the math preparation and then after that I'll move on to more advanced books.
also have anyone tried "critical Thinking by larry wright" its not a gmat book per se but I heard its great book to build the necessary skills to attack the CR portion of the exam.
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2010, 17:15
what books do you guys suggest for dating sufficiency
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2010, 11:50
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what books do you guys suggest for dating sufficiency


GMAT Data Sufficiency Prep Course - This is the only pure DS book out there. I have gone through it and am not convinced.

To BB or anyone else:

Can you please comment on the Quant Workbooks from Veritas? I have read some debriefs where people mention that the questions were the closest the the real GMAT, yet I do not see them ranked in the best Quant prep material. Any reason for this?
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2010, 02:13
yea those books, i was going to buy them off from someone else for $100
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2010, 23:58
I bought the 2.4 Kaplan Math Foundations
I confirm all of the points listed in the description but I would also add a personal observation, I feel this book isn't meant to break the 80th-85th percentile of the quant section.

For example:
- I clearly remember I had a question with cones involved but the geometry section doesn't even mention it! (no big deal but anyway)
- I would have expected a formula of the distance of a point from a line...again missing.
- Another question I had was about a triangle whose sides were not parallel to any axes of the coordinate plane. The question was asking the area... No hint in the book about the strategy to follow (how to calculate the area of a trinagle knowing the measure of its sides).

I scored Q47 and I feel my score could improve to Q48 after reading this book (no need to say that this increase it's not statistically significant) and therefore I do not recommend this book to those who are seeking a high score in the Quant section...a total waste of money.

Hope I read this post before :lol: !

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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2010, 00:08
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I bought the 2.4 Kaplan Math Foundations
I confirm all of the points listed in the description but I would also add a personal observation, I feel this book isn't meant to break the 80th-85th percentile of the quant section.

For example:
- I clearly remember I had a question with cones involved but the geometry section doesn't even mention it! (no big deal but anyway)
- I would have expected a formula of the distance of a point from a line...again missing.
- Another question I had was about a triangle whose sides were not parallel to any axes of the coordinate plane. The question was asking the area... No hint in the book about the strategy to follow (how to calculate the area of a trinagle knowing the measure of its sides).

I scored Q47 and I feel my score could improve to Q48 after reading this book (no need to say that this increase it's not statistically significant) and therefore I do not recommend this book to those who are seeking a high score in the Quant section...a total waste of money.

Hope I read this post before :lol: !

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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2010, 00:14
hi,
can anyone suggest me a quants book which has 700+ difficulty level questions???
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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2010, 04:41
Hi,

I am looking for 700+ level math questions. Can anybody please suggest which one I should buy GMAT club tests or MGMAT question banks.

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Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations)   [#permalink] 05 Jun 2010, 04:41
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