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GMAT Books - Are they really that good? [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 13:49
Hello everybody,

So I will be taking my GMAT on May 1st and thus have been studying for a bit already.
My first month is over and I finished all the Manhattan GMATstudy guides (the quantitative ones), the GMAT Math bible, and the official guide (quant section).

But I have to say I am a bit disappointed. From reading on these forums (and others) these books are pretty much the most recommended books (esp. MGMAT and OG), and they do indeed seem the most in dept. But the questions in both of these are still fairly easy (even the so called difficult ones) and I find mistakes more than I hoped. So how good are these books really? If I would take the exam now (lets not consider verbal) what would be a realistic outcome?

Most of the questions in the books I had right the first time. But I don't feel like these books challenged me, at all.. based on what I studied, and as reference 700+score questions on these forums, I feel like the questions in these books are for the 500 range scores. Is this feeling accurate?
It is not necessary that I am disappointed about the content and quality of the book, but maybe more of the promise that they will prepare you properly. I don't really feel prepared at all for the math section, but if these are the better recommended books.. what else is there to do?

Anybody else sharing the same feelings?
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Re: GMAT Books - Are they really that good? [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 14:00
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Hello everybody,

So I will be taking my GMAT on May 1st and thus have been studying for a bit already.
My first month is over and I finished all the Manhattan GMATstudy guides (the quantitative ones), the GMAT Math bible, and the official guide (quant section).

But I have to say I am a bit disappointed. From reading on these forums (and others) these books are pretty much the most recommended books (esp. MGMAT and OG), and they do indeed seem the most in dept. But the questions in both of these are still fairly easy (even the so called difficult ones) and I find mistakes more than I hoped. So how good are these books really? If I would take the exam now (lets not consider verbal) what would be a realistic outcome?

Most of the questions in the books I had right the first time. But I don't feel like these books challenged me, at all.. based on what I studied, and as reference 700+score questions on these forums, I feel like the questions in these books are for the 500 range scores. Is this feeling accurate?
It is not necessary that I am disappointed about the content and quality of the book, but maybe more of the promise that they will prepare you properly. I don't really feel prepared at all for the math section, but if these are the better recommended books.. what else is there to do?

Anybody else sharing the same feelings?
Thanks,


Hi Ruud,

It seems that you have completed a major chunk from your study material. Yes, the official guide contains a lot of easy questions, but still you must analyze each and every question and understand why a particular answer choice is correct and why another incorrect. The best thing at this point would be to test your current level. Have you taken any one of the GMAT Prep tests; if not then do so. Based on the score from this test you can decide or I can suggest which approach to follow.

Hope this helps,

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Re: GMAT Books - Are they really that good? [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 14:32
I never found any mistakes in OG 12. I can't speak to any other materials.

If you're hungry for more practice questions (but you don't want to spend money), check out your local library. You might be able to find more prep materials for free.

Otherwise, I agree with Vercules: try a GMAT Prep practice exam.
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Re: GMAT Books - Are they really that good? [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2013, 21:00
IMHO, anyone would be able to get a 51 if he/she were allowed to take his/her own time.. But you can't really assess your skills until you have taken a mock test and see whether you are able to complete all question right and on time... The gmatprep tests would be the most accurate indicator.. If you find taking the test too easy as well.. Then I must say.. Congratulations.. You are test ready... :)
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