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29 Sep 2009, 23:40
I have been going through all the verbal posts. Thank you guys.
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04 Oct 2009, 14:15
Thanks to this list, I was able to pick out the best verbal books: Powerscore CR, Manhattan SC, and OG Verbal (2nd edition).

My favorite was Powerscore CR. For me at least, the book's style was great and I didn't feel drained while reading it. Manhattan SC is great too, but a little dry.
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23 Oct 2009, 22:24
OG 10th Edition - "The Holy Book"

Did I miss or it was not mentioned above?

I cannot stop myself mentioning it anywhere as probably the best one.
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24 Oct 2009, 07:40
GMAT TIGER, I have heard that before. Why do you prefer the 10th edition over others?
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24 Oct 2009, 20:09
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GMAT TIGER, I have heard that before. Why do you prefer the 10th edition over others?

I also prefer to have 10th ed along with 11/12th editions.

My experience is that the book is really comprehensive and includes more questions. The difference betweeen 11th/12th ed and 10th ed is that 11/12th ed books are selective and have few questions but more detail and elegant explanations.

10th ed gives you more practice that all three 11th ed books (or 12th ed books).
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25 Oct 2009, 10:48
GMAT TIGER wrote:
bmillan01 wrote:
GMAT TIGER, I have heard that before. Why do you prefer the 10th edition over others?

I also prefer to have 10th ed along with 11/12th editions.

My experience is that the book is really comprehensive and includes more questions. The difference betweeen 11th/12th ed and 10th ed is that 11/12th ed books are selective and have few questions but more detail and elegant explanations.

10th ed gives you more practice that all three 11th ed books (or 12th ed books).

Thanks GT! As always great insight.
Thank you for the recommendation - I will add the book to the master list - still available from third party sellers on Amazon.

A bit more about OG 10 of what I know:
Positives
- 1,400 questions vs. 900 in the OG 11 and OG 12
- Price - right now it is under \$10 with shipping for a used copy
- Not too much overlap with OG 11 or OG 12

Negatives
- Significant overlap with PowerPrep (previous version of the GMAT prep software). If you are not planning to use PowerPrep, then this is fine. Also overlap with ETS paper tests
- I would guess the questions on average are somewhat easier but can't really remember anything about the book anymore.
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25 Oct 2009, 15:53
Whoa, 500 more questions! That's quite impressive. But I see BB's point about overlap with Powerprep. Still, a pretty generous source of questions.
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27 Oct 2009, 13:12
Please suggest a Good Book for RC?
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27 Oct 2009, 13:20
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Please suggest a Good Book for RC?

MGMAT RC listed above - THE ONLY RC BOOK. Kaplan Verbal Workbook and PowerScore Verbal Bible have good RC sections but not as in-depth.

Also, take a look at GMAT fiction - very helpful for RC and SC practice.
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28 Oct 2009, 06:15
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Please suggest a Good Book for RC?

I just purchased Powerscore's RC guide. Once I finish it, I will write a review. But the book is kind of thick, so it might take awhile.

I should point out that this book is actually an LSAT guide. However, it provides good practice for 700 level questions.
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28 Oct 2009, 07:09
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dmetla wrote:
Please suggest a Good Book for RC?

I just purchased Powerscore's RC guide. Once I finish it, I will write a review. But the book is kind of thick, so it might take awhile.

I should point out that this book is actually an LSAT guide. However, it provides good practice for 700 level questions.

That would be great!
I usually shy away from recommending LSAT materials though many more advanced (desperate) members used them.

One part I am surprised with, is that why PowerScore does not publish a dedicated RC guide for the GMAT. They have RC covered in their Powerscore Verbal Bible, and they have stand-alone PowerScore CR and PowerScore SC guides, but no RC
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28 Oct 2009, 08:02
I asked myself the same question about Powerscore. Only Manhattan offers a proper RC manual, but their guide doesn't seem that great.

I'll keep you posted.
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29 Oct 2009, 19:16
Well, I started Powerscore RC the other day. So far, it seems good.

But then I checked out the reading passages a little further down the road. Whoa, this is hardcore study material. Although a review now would obviously be premature, I thought I should document my initial response.
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31 Oct 2009, 08:23
Sorry for the third post in a row, but I found a review on this book. In case anyone is particularly anxious or curious about purchasing this book, this provides some details.

http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... =6&t=40634
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04 Dec 2009, 09:23
I brought "Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction", it's pretty good. I was able to learn SC in more detail, and see more examples. My prep class just didn't give me enough detail and examples on SC, so this is helpful.
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06 Dec 2009, 22:55
My review of the McGraw Hill GMAT Verbal by Doug Pierce.

This book is a grade better than McGraw Hill's GMAT Math book.

It does a good job of breaking down the question types, which actually simplifies the test-taking experience. If you can recognize what the test is looking for (especially in RC and CR questions) you can really take off. It might be a little less strong on SC. It was enough to get me a 99th percentile score on the GMATPrep2. You have to actually do the exercises in order to learn this stuff though.
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18 Jan 2010, 16:44
How basic is the Kaplan's Verbal Foundation?
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How basic is the Kaplan's Verbal Foundation?

It's only grammar but gmat-relevant grammar and much more than in a typical SC book. If you are international, you may want to get it. Otherwise don't bother.
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Is there a recommended list of vocab to study for the whole verbal section? I did a little research and on the forum and it seems the one compiled by Manhattan is widely used.

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Is there a recommended list of vocab to study for the whole verbal section? I did a little research and on the forum and it seems the one compiled by Manhattan is widely used.

There is not much of vocab. There are idioms, and you can find a very comprehensive list in the verbal section.
GMAC ran some statistics and they found that studying vocabulary does not help with GMAT score.
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