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I have used following and my preference for materials are
1) GMATClub Challenges (25 for $79) ,
Best Math questions ever if you finish 25 challenges and can solve each and every questions 49+ is yours.
2) Manhattan GMAT CATs (3 for $24)
Very good Test and explanation, though some questions were too time consuming to be in real exam!
3) Kaplan CATs
Good tricks and though questions in both Math and Verbal, just donâ€™t believe their scores.
3) Princeton Review CATs (Same rank as Kaplan)
Nice thing about this CD is you can create multiple logins and keep giving tests. As test is adaptive you may find big overlap if you are really improving. Though, some questions may be repeated.
One other software I have used and really liked is Cambridge CD(~20$). They have around 5-6 CAT and I would place them before Kaplan and Princeton!
First time I took the GMATS, I prepared with the following materials:
- Kaplan CATs - good way to begin and learn the basics. However, I didn't feel like the questions prepared me for the real exam. Actual test was much harder. Also, scores weren't reflective of my real performance.
- 800score test - these tests are a bit harder than the Kaplan tests and did a better job layering different concepts.
This time around, I'm using the following tests for prep:
- GMATClub Challenges - I've only begun taking the club challenges but I have to say that they are one of the best resources out there for Quant. If you want to do well, I highly recommend getting this.
- Manhattan GMAT CATs - I just purchased this. Will let you know what I think of the materials.
I have taken 1 MAGMAT test, 1PR test, 1 GMATPrep test, and several Challenges.
I must say that GMAT Club challenges are the best of the lot for Quant.
Challenges cover *almost all* topics in GMAT Quant. The questions are TOUGH/TRICKY - basically make you think in the right direction.
Here is how I would go about utilizing the Challenges.
1. Start taking the challenges 4-6 weeks before your final test. YES you will need atleast 25 to 30 days to digest all of the information.
2. Spend time analyzing your mistakes.
3. Be sure to SPEND TIME AND ANALYZE EACH question. Initially you might take more time but its worth the effort!
4. Take a break after 5 Challenges. For the topics/areas - For eg. Mean/Median/Mode, Absolute values - you consistently miss questions, go back and STUDY THE FUNDAMENTALS.
5. Make a list of your errors in EACH category and review them once a week.
6. DON'T GET DISCOURAGED by your performance on the test. The ones who scored 98-99% on Challenges are GODs of QUANT - some of the smartest people on this planet. Don't compare yourself with others right from test1. After taking a few challenges, you will reach a stable range of scores.
"To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed."
- Bernard Edmonds
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Here is my take. I used a lot of these as well as bellcurves.net..
I took the test in July and got a 750 (Q 49, V 44)..
Manhattan GMAT CATs (3 for $24)
A MUST very helpful for problem concepts and a lot of questions are similar to MGMAT Verbal is good but as with all other providers, they can't match the OG and some of the questions in CR especially are iffy..Expect a score of about 20-40 points higher on actual GMAT as MGAT is harder..
- 800score tests (5 for $19.95)
I wouldn't really recommend this..
- Crack-GMAT CATs (5 for $19.95)
Great resource for Quant.. DO NOT use VERBAL
- GMATClub Challenges (25 for $79)
A MUST You need this Resource to learn how to solve harder problems.. Best money I spent aside from the MGMAT SC book.. If you can get 80 percentile (not 80% right) on the challenges consistently and know your fundamentals, you should be fine for 45+ quant
- Kaplan CATs (we have enuff enough already)
- Princeton Review CATs (we have enuff enough already)
Can anybody of you who purchased the gmat club challange , tell me is it sent in hardcopies to shipping address or they open the access through internet ? How long does it take?
I tried to buy the set but having a problem of stupid paypal, it doesnot allow to chage the country of shipping address. My billing address is different than shipping address as former is India and later is Belgium.
Dears, Can anybody of you who purchased the gmat club challange , tell me is it sent in hardcopies to shipping address or they open the access through internet ? How long does it take? I tried to buy the set but having a problem of stupid paypal, it doesnot allow to chage the country of shipping address. My billing address is different than shipping address as former is India and later is Belgium.
Once you pay for the Challenges, Praet will enable your access and you should be able to access them online with your user id and pass