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Jeff Sackmann's Math Sets vs. Total GMAT Math

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Jeff Sackmann's Math Sets vs. Total GMAT Math [#permalink] New post 25 May 2011, 13:51
Hi,
Although the math questions of the OG 12th seem easy to me, my current level in math is 45. My explanation is that the OG 12th doesn't cover the diverse math topics deeply. So when I take the GMAT Prep, there are some type of problems that I have not seen in the OG.

In this sense, I have read that Jeff Sackmann's Total GMAT Math could be very helpful. Even I have read a review, I think that it was written by bb, in which it mentions that it is a excellent book to get a 50 in quant. For example, it has 100 questions whose level is 700+.

However, I have read that Jeff Sackmann's Math Sets could be better because there are more questions (1000) and maybe more difficult. The problem is that the sets cost USD 250, and I don't know if it is necessary to study 1000 questions!

What do you think? As additional information, I must say that I master most of the concepts of quant; also, I have the MGMAT guides, and I have access to the GMAT Club math tests.

Thank you very much!

PS. Are the Sackmann's Sets divided by difficulty level? Really, I don't want to spend hours and hours in sub 600 level questions. I want 650 level questions, and then 700+ level questions.
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Re: Jeff Sackmann's Math Sets vs. Total GMAT Math [#permalink] New post 25 May 2011, 14:49
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In this sense, I have read that Jeff Sackmann's Total GMAT Math could be very helpful. Even I have read a review, I think that it was written by bb, in which it mentions that it is a excellent book to get a 50 in quant. For example, it has 100 questions whose level is 700+.
I scored Q44 my first time on the GMAT. AT that time I did not use any of Jeff Sackmann's material. Now, after nearly 1 year, I am going to retake the GMAT this July. I have purchased Total GMAT Math. I am currently at a 44 - 46 level. I think Total GMAT Math is good to reach Q44-46. It assumes that you have no basic knowledge of the main areas and then works from there on. But I doubt it is going to help me reach Q50, which is what I am aiming for this. I am going to purchase Jeff Sackmann's Extreme Challenge Set ($25). This set has 100 questions in the 700+ range. I think you have your books mixed up. Also, I am thoroughly impressed by Jeff Sackmann's books and highly recommend it.

metallicafan wrote:
However, I have read that Jeff Sackmann's Math Sets could be better because there are more questions (1000) and maybe more difficult. The problem is that the sets cost USD 250, and I don't know if it is necessary to study 1000 questions!
I personally feel that the whole set of 1800 questions is overkill. If you are already scoring in the 45 range, I don't see why you should buy it. Just buy the Extreme Challenge set (this is what I am doing). But at the same time I will say that I do not have with me the 1800 question set. Like I said, I personally feel that it will be overkill.
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Re: Jeff Sackmann's Math Sets vs. Total GMAT Math [#permalink] New post 25 May 2011, 14:57
Thanks ra011y!

i think that the key is to mix different sources, but reliable sources. Also, I have read that Gmat Club Math Tests are also very useful. Good luck!
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Re: Jeff Sackmann's Math Sets vs. Total GMAT Math [#permalink] New post 25 May 2011, 17:24
metallicafan wrote:
Thanks ra011y!

i think that the key is to mix different sources, but reliable sources. Also, I have read that Gmat Club Math Tests are also very useful. Good luck!
I bought access to the GMAT Club tests the first time I wrote the GMAT. I feel I did not attack the quant section correctly the last time. I focused too much on the tough question (GMAT Club test) instead of building a solid middle layer(650-700) between my foundation questions (600+) and the toughies (700+). This time my strategy will be to focus on each layer starting at the bottom and not move upwards until I am consistently solving at a 95% accuracy rate. I am leaving GMAT Club tests for last. I have finished Total GMAT Math and am now moving on to the Extreme Challenge Set.
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