Personally, I don’t think Kaplan
is a waste of time. I do not believe their tests are indicative of what you will face on the actual exam, but I believe that if you work through their math workbook you will have a strong grasp on the foundations you’ll need to approach GMAT problems. However, you must incorporate the Official Guides into your prep. No test company has really succeeded in mimicking GMAT test questions, IMHO. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of Manhattan GMAT guides
. I believe their guides are geared towards those who just need to brush up. I don’t understand why they don’t just release one book and combine all the sections. That seems odd to me (I almost venture to think it’s because they can charge more by separating the books, but I’m trying to refrain from making any erroneous claims). Which book do you start with? There’s no logical sequence. If you just need help in just one or two areas, that’s fine, but if you struggle in quant, that isn’t much help. Second, they gloss over a lot of the building blocks and they overlap a lot of concepts. Kaplan
is a lot more thorough in this regard. There is a logical sequence and each chapter builds off the last one. So it just depends, if you need help in just one or two areas, go with Manhattan GMAT
. If you need help with everything, I recommend working through your Kaplan
book. To answer the original question, no I don’t think they have changed that much.