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Best Prep? - Strong Quant skills & Excellent Test-taker [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2013, 03:57
Hi guys, I'm a little overwhelmed by the thousands of GMAT prep books and programs available. I've been browsing mindlessly through the forum, but haven't been able to find the right suggestion.

I'm a good test-taker, with lots of experience with standardized testing (SAT, LSAT), and a strong analytical and quantitative background, so the verbal section will probably be the biggest problem for me. From my experience, I'd do best with a book with original test questions which I can go through, something like practice tests.

However, I can't seem to find any book with official prep tests for the GMAT, just loads of books focusing on random parts of the GMAT.

What do you suggest I do, and which books to buy? I'm not familiar with the GMAT structure itself, but I guess that's a minor issue, given that the gist of it is the same as in any other standardized test, right?

One final note, my goal is to score 800, or near 800, if possible, so I think it's safe to skip all the beginner and intermediate level prep books.

Thanks!
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Re: Best Prep? - Strong Quant skills & Excellent Test-taker [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2013, 04:36
Take a diagnostic first (suggestion: free MGMAT CAT). That will tell you where you are, how much prep you need and whether skipping the beginner's stuff is 'safe'.
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Re: Best Prep? - Strong Quant skills & Excellent Test-taker [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2013, 05:19
Because of the way the test is set out, there are no "practice test" books as such. However the GMAT Official Guide 13 is a collection of past questions for each section. You can also download the GMATPrep software for free from mba.com. This gives you 2 practice tests. Finally if you purchase any Manhattan GMAT book, you will get another 6 practice tests using their question bank.

However I would say that even if have strong quantitative skills and are an excellent test taker, I would not underestimate the test. Many extremely smart people have struggled on the GMAT.
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