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Is it worth studying Kaplan 800 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2012, 03:11
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I dont have enough time to complete both Kaplan 800 and Powerscore books. What shall I choose - Powescore or Kaplan 800?

Suggest me some good books (both quant and verbal) for 700 level questions.
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Re: Is it worth studying Kaplan 800 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2012, 04:32
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I dont have enough time to complete both Kaplan 800 and Powerscore books. What shall I choose - Powescore or Kaplan 800?

Suggest me some good books (both quant and verbal) for 700 level questions.



That's not a very easy question to answer. Each test takers need's will vary. Do you know what your weaknesses are? I'd say target books that are known to hone on the areas you need the most improvement.
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Re: Is it worth studying Kaplan 800 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2012, 06:55
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This is a bit difficult to answer, as these are different products and we don't know your preparation so far. The Kaplan 800 book is basically a collection of practice questions in the 650 to 700 range, while the Powerscore books are guidebooks. It depends on what you have done so far in terms of study and your current skill level. If you have already completed a math guidebook and are reasonably strong in that area, then maybe more time can be spent on verbal. This argument becomes stronger if you haven't even started on verbal yet.

I can continue to speculate, but we need more information about what's going on with your test preparation. How strong are you on math and verbal? Have you previously used guidebooks for verbal or math? Have you used the OG? How much time do you have left?
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Re: Is it worth studying Kaplan 800 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2012, 22:39
I completely agree with the above two posters. Although the Kaplan book is named "800", it definitely does not have the toughest collection of questions. If you are looking to practice problems in the 650-700 range to work on accuracy (vs. challenging yoourself with the toughest questions) then I'd go with the Kaplan 800.
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Re: Is it worth studying Kaplan 800 [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2012, 10:47
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As others have said, Kaplan 800 is a great book for challenging problems and specific content, but it's not a complete course with strategies for test-taking or question types. If you've already covered a book such as Kaplan GMAT Premier, then you want Kaplan 800--there's no point learning a completely new set of techniques when you've already got one down! But if you're looking for a single book for your entire study plan, then that's not what Kaplan 800 is intended for. You'd want the Powerscore books or, again, Kaplan GMAT Premeir.

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Re: Is it worth studying Kaplan 800 [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2012, 15:17
Slightly off topic: I have Kaplan's 800 and plan to use it in the last two weeks for practicing with harder questions, after the OG and Manhattan 8 Guides set; would that be appropriate or are there harder question banks to be found?
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Re: Is it worth studying Kaplan 800 [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2012, 22:41
Sorry if my post caused any misunderstanding. The Kaplan 800 questions are definitely challenging. What I meant to say was that those weren't the hardest problems I ever encountered. For the record, the hardest questions I ever came across were in the MGMAT and Kaplan practice CATs. However, in my opinion, those extremely difficult questions were probably more difficult (and time consuming) than any problem I was likely to encounter on the real GMAT. Basically, the most challenging problems are not always the best practice problems to be doing. My apologies if my posts are confusing.
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Re: Is it worth studying Kaplan 800 [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2012, 07:18
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Sorry if my post caused any misunderstanding. The Kaplan 800 questions are definitely challenging. What I meant to say was that those weren't the hardest problems I ever encountered. For the record, the hardest questions I ever came across were in the MGMAT and Kaplan practice CATs. However, in my opinion, those extremely difficult questions were probably more difficult (and time consuming) than any problem I was likely to encounter on the real GMAT. Basically, the most challenging problems are not always the best practice problems to be doing. My apologies if my posts are confusing.


Exactly what I wanted to know. Thanks.
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Re: Is it worth studying Kaplan 800 [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2012, 12:02
Glad I could help. Also please keep in mind this was just my experience and take whatever I say with a grain of salt (I'm no expert).

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