When I entered this forum I wondered why nobody mentioned these preparation books. After a while, I read that there was some spammer around and admins had to ban him/her. I think that was right, however I bought a few books of this series and I think that they can be useful for some test takers, that's why I think it's worth to have at least an objective (user) review.The Series
The following books complete the collection:Ez Solutions Math Practice - ArithmeticEz Solutions Math Practice - AlgebraEz Solutions Math Practice - Word ProblemsEz Solutions Math Practice - GeometryEz Solutions Math Practice - ApplicationsEz Solutions Math Practice - Logic & StatsEz Solutions Math Practice - Basic WorkbookEz Solutions Math Practice - Advanced WorkbookEz Solutions Math Practice - Math Strategies
Each book has around 150 pages.The Outside
I normally wouldn't care of the cover and other superficial aspects of a book, but I want to write a line about these aspects of these particular series. First of all, it's incredible the way in which they use the "brand" "EZ", everything is "EZ": "EZ Rules", "EZ Tactics", "EZ Tips", "EZ References", "EZ Facts", ... God, how awful! It's annoying you from the first page.
The covers are just like those home shopping networks in style, direct and short messages that tell you the great benefits they provide, I'll just give you away the bottom sentence as a example "Get Smarter - Perform Better - Score Higher - Succeed... It's that EZ!!". You know.. I think the potential buyers of these books are clever people, I'm not sure these kind of techniques are the best marketing approach.
The content is well organized and thorough. I'd recommend these series to those aspirants who don't have a genuine math background. These books cover all the topics needed in the prosecution of a good gmat score, however the practice questions provided are not gmat-like style, so I'm afraid you will have to combine them with the OG.
The explanations are clear and concise, and they provide solved examples in order to illustrate the techniques. Sometimes, the explanations are even too much thorough, so it is a good option for people that start from the scratch.
Each book is divided in various sections that cover a different topic, for instance: Algebra: Algebraic Expressions, Factoring, Linear Equations, Unsolvable Equations, Multiple Equations, Quadratic Equations,...
At the end of every section there's a set of practice exercises that gathers from 20 to 50 questions of different difficulty level.
I didn't buy the Basic Workbook
and neither I'd recommend it to anyone, unless you are really a failure in quant skills. The practice exercises of each book are enough to refresh the basic concepts and to build basic skills. Conversely, I'd earnestly recommend the Advanced Workbook
; again, the questions are not gmat-like style, but there are challenging questions for all the topics covered by the gmat.
One advantage of this series that is really helpful in order to improve your skills is that working your error log
becomes really straightforward. When you identify your lack of skills in a determined area of knowledge, you just have to pick up the corresponding book and work the exact area in which you need to improve.In ShortThe Best
- Well organized.
- Thorough explanations of all the topics covered by the gmat.
- Plenty of practice exercises to build your basic skills.
- Ideal for those with a non-quant background that begin from the scratch.The Worst
- You will hate the words "EZ".
- Too thorough for those who have already basic skills.
- A single book is not expensive but the complete series are.
- It requires plenty of time to complete all the lessons and exercises.
- Some explanations regarding the solved exercises could be more detailed.
Well, that's all for now.
If somebody is interested in these series and wants more information just msg me
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