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Individual section guides or combined bibles? [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2011, 23:11
I am following a 3 month study plan in which i concentrated only on Quant in the first month, and now I am working on my verbal skills. I gave a GMATPrep exam @ the end of the first month and my scores were 660(Q49 V33).I am aiming for 720+ Now in the second month I am tackling verbal section by section and I have just completed OG 10 and OG11 for CR.
I wanted to know if I should get the Powerscore Verbal Bible or the Powerscore CR guide? I think my accuracy would have been close to 80% in the OG CR questions. I already have MGAT SC guide (based on OG10).

Also, I was wondering if I should buy the MGMAT number properties guide or the MGMAT math foundations strategy guide or both? I am fine with algebra and geometry, its Arithmetic thats bringing me down.

The DS section in GMATPrep was really hard according to me and OGs do not prepare you enough for this. Could anyone suggest a good resource for the same?

Please suggest some good books for my needs.
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Re: Individual section guides or combined bibles? [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2011, 23:15
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You should get the Powersocre CR Guide - it is more complete. The bible has fewer pages devoted to the CR.

Buying Math Foundations would depend on how weak you are in Math and how much review you require. The MGMAT Math Foundations has been beefed up to a 500+ page book, so it is great value but I don't know if you need it.

There is no need specifically for a separate DS book - the MGMAT Guides usually contain all the info you need for both DS and PS questions (there are some differences in approach and traps with Yes/No DS questions but they are minor)
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Re: Individual section guides or combined bibles? [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2011, 08:31
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With a Q49, your bottleneck is most likely not quant. The V33 will need to improve if you're looking to achieve your target score.

As a partner of GMATClub, we do offer individual pills for each section if you are interested in focused material on a particular section. We invite you to take a look if you haven't yet. Go ahead with the powerscore. We're here if you need more help.

As for quant - you seem to be doing fine there, so just a little fine tuning and practice is needed. Focus your attention on verball.

Here's an article on why your Verbal matters a lot when you try to break into the 700 range:
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Re: Individual section guides or combined bibles? [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2011, 09:53
what would you advise for tuning and practice in Quant? I personally think I am lacking in Arithmetic. So should I get the MGMAT Number properties guide? I am a little reluctant to get all the MGMAT guides.As i mentioned, I already have an old copy of MGMAT sentence correction, so should I get the PowerScore verbal bible to help me in CR and RC? If I buy just the PowerScore CR book, will I loose out on RC in a big way?
PS :my RC in GMATprep(the only CAT I've given yet,) wasn't bad i thought.

I hadn't looked at your site before this , I did just now and it seems to be pretty good. :thumbup:
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Re: Individual section guides or combined bibles? [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2011, 10:02
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The MGMAT Math Foundations has been beefed up to a 500+ page book, so it is great value but I don't know if you need it.


I think what I am looking for is tricks and shortcuts to the difficult problems. I have a process for easy topics, but want some strategies and tricks for the difficult ones. Does MGMAT Math Foundation fit the criteria? or would you suggest something else?
I practiced only OGs for my DS and I kind of felt they were far too easy compared to the GmatPrep and the Kaplan DS Quiz. That is why I am a little worried for DS. I don't want it to ruin my Quant because now i have kind of shifted my focus on Verbal(v33 was an eye-opener).
Would you say the level of DS section in the actual GMAT exam is closer to that of OG's or GmatPrep's?
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Re: Individual section guides or combined bibles? [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2011, 10:23
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MGMAT Math foundations does not have hard questions.
You may want to look into MGMAT Advanced Quant instead (though complex questions on the GMAT are usually simple ones that are either convoluted or involve multiple time-consuming steps)
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If you are scoring Q49, our Foundations of Math book is definitely not for you. The Advanced Quant book is a much better idea, although you might well benefit from the Number Properties book; it has plenty in there for the advanced student. Both books have Data Sufficiency sections--the Advanced Quant book has a section on DS strategies, and the Number Properties book, like most of our quant guides, has a section for practicing rephrasing DS out of the Official Guide.
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