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Best source to learn math concepts, fundamentals & Verbal [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2008, 21:09
Hello Everyone,

I have recently started preparing for GMAT though I have been thinking about it for a while. I strongly believe as many of you have written in this forums - being very strong in math fundamentals (numbers, primes, word translations, geometry, algebra, ..etc) is key to get high score in GMAT. Similarly on verbal side as well.

I would like to get to list of study materials (Books) exclusively focusing on preparing for these fundamentals, concepts needed both in Math & Verbal.

I have OG11 and also some elementary algebra/geometry books from local library. In addition I have Manhattan SC guide. Though on math side I stilll feel some other books concentrating on concepts/fundamentals needed for GMAT would help bit more than OG11 Where as OG11 is more good for practice.

Wondering someone can provide me list of books I can rely on for my above objective ? I really want to get through this part of prepartion soon so that I can start focusing on tests after this. Appreciate your inputs.

Based on what I have read from here, some of the books I am listing here.

Manhattan number
Manhattan word guide
Manhattan SC

What other books here ?

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Re: Best source to learn math concepts, fundamentals & Verbal [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2008, 05:36
I am currently working my way through "ARCO GRE/GMAT Math Review 6th Edition (Gre Gmat Math Review)" . A couple of people on this forum have mentioned it so I decided to pick it up and give it a shot.

http://www.amazon.com/ARCO-GMAT-Math-Re ... 672&sr=8-1


I am only a third of the way into the book and feel that it's good if you took math classes in the past but have not been applying what you learned for the past few years. I find this book pretty easy to follow / go through as long as you have been introduced to the material in the past.

This is a good book as a refresher. If this is your first time seeing this type of material, I would not reccommend it.

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Re: Best source to learn math concepts, fundamentals & Verbal [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2008, 12:51
Hi TimeSquareDesi,

Thanks for the information. I got this book from ARCO after your response and went through it. Yes, this is a refresher on fundamentals and I do would suggest to those who are not familiar with very basic math fundamentals. However in my case as I were more close to math but lost touch for a while, when I read this book I felt it is too basic for GMAT level.

But going through this book briefly gave me better idea to compare different books. Finally I found that MGMAT books are excellent resource for concepts as (I haven't gone through all the books yet, just complete NUMBER Properties from MGMAT). I was able to solve some of the problems using the concepts & strategies in this book much easily than before where earlier it was solved using straight approach.

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Re: Best source to learn math concepts, fundamentals & Verbal [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2008, 13:55
I used the OG for a review of the quant and verbal basics. A friend of mine also used Barron's GMAT prep book for a more in-depth review of the math. Several folks on here have suggested using MGMAT for a good verbal review...

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Re: Best source to learn math concepts, fundamentals & Verbal [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2008, 07:48
I agree, the Arco book is certainly not up to the level of difficulty of actual GMAT math problems. The book itself covers the bredth of material which is covered on the GMAT but certainly not the depth. For the depth, the MGMAT books are great. I have the set myself and will be going through them while preparing.

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