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Kaplan GMAT 2004 with CD-ROM [#permalink] New post 01 May 2004, 01:09
<table><tr><td valign="top" rowspan="2"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743241401/gmatclub0c-20?dev-t=D12SE2OB5WPKEB%26camp=2025%26link_code=sp1"><img src="http://images.amazon.com/images/P/0743241401.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg" align="right" border="0" alt="Click to buy from Amazon: Kaplan GMAT 2004 with CD-ROM"/></a></td><td rowspan="2">   </td><td valign="top" class="gcNormal">:: <a class="gclink_undecorated" href='http://www.gmatclub.com/content/resources/reviews/index.php?changeCategory()&browse()'>reviews home</a> » <a class="gclink_undecorated" href='http://www.gmatclub.com/content/resources/reviews/index.php?changeCategory(%2Fgmat)&browse()'>GMAT Guides</a><br/><br/><b>Kaplan GMAT 2004 with CD-ROM</b><br/><i>Staff of Kaplan Inc; Kaplan; </i><br/>Price: $25.16; Used: $10.05<br/><br/><a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743241401/gmatclub0c-20?dev-t=D12SE2OB5WPKEB%26camp=2025%26link_code=sp1"><img border="0" src="http://www.gmatclub.com/design/templates/gcCatalog/books/buy.gif" alt="buy from amazon"/></a></td></tr><tr><td class="gcNormal"><br/><br/>A neat product from Kaplan. The book ,along with the CD-ROM,is a good buy.

Pros
1. Good Advice, Nicely explained examples
2. Includes a Paper test for practice. You can take this paper test before you take the tests on the CD-ROM.
3. Tests are harder than the actual GMAT. So might be good for prep. I like the quant questions in kaplan much more than their verbal.

Cons

1. CD-ROM tests may not be representative of the actual GMAT.
2. Verbal test questions not upto the mark.
3. Though concepts are nicely explained and examples are good, they are not enough to fulfill all the needs of the testtaker.

Overall, a good buy along with OG, but Kaplan may not fulfill the basic need of a good alternative to the Powerprep GMAT simulator.

Aejaz's Recommendation

Book: 4/5
Simulator: 3.5/5


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 [#permalink] New post 02 May 2004, 15:48
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Personally, I think it is the best book out there today. Loved the 2001 edition: it had nice paper - white and thick, very nice for side notes. The book was very well organized and quite condenced - 350 pages. At the end it has a powerful Math review with the most useful formulae; that was one of my favorite sections.

The Software is also the best of what I have seen: it is easy to use, helpful, interactive, and funny, which was very helpful to me in those cold winter nights as I was crunching math and verbal. There are about 4 tests on the CD, but you can really take them 6 or 8 times and still see new questions. (maybe my memory is bad?).

NOTE: The Tests that are on the CD are not scored the same way as the Official GMAT; you will be about 100 points off (below) from your final GMAT score, so do not let this fact distress you.

CD includes 4 full length practice tests, 9 verbal practice tests, 15 math review lessons, 9 math practice tests, quizes, a games, and a great fun interface.

Book Score: 5/5
Simulator: 4/5 (not representative, but tough is good).

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 [#permalink] New post 19 May 2004, 20:11
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Review by <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/cm/member-reviews/-/A228NBNLYJ8V3J/1/ref=cm_cr_auth/102-3963692-3052961"> Eran Cohen</a>


Kaplan's "GMAT" book is good for getting into the right state of mind needed to succeed in the test and learning the powerful strategies for solving the hard questions. The strategies are similar (if not identical) to the strategies given in the Princeton Review book, though the latter explains some of the techniques better (and there lies the strength of the Princeton Review).
The CD-ROM is the heart of the bargain.

Packed with hundreds of questions and explanations, this CD provides countless hours of invaluable practice. In fact, the CDs of other companies I checked out don't begin to compare to Kaplan's.

Nevertheless, there are two things you need to know in advance so that you won't be disheartened once you start working on the CD:

The first is Kaplan's motto - "no pain no gain". Once you begin solving tests you'll discover that they are painfully difficult. The level of the tests' questions sometimes rises above the level of the real GMAT questions, but only sometimes. Bear in mind that the actual test is very hard and is made to challenge everyone, therefore it's mandatory not to be intimidated and to experience as many hard questions as possible.

The second important thing is to remember that the test scores they supply are no way near the actual results you will eventually get on test day, probably because they use a different score calculating method from the one ETS uses. The reason for this might be rooted in the book and CD makers' possible goal - though not state out loud - to draw you to enroll in one of their preparation courses. Take my word for it, after seeing results for your first scored test - you WILL want to sign in immediately. Remember to take it in perspective.

To sum it all up, keep in mind that as long as you make progress and keep on getting better results in adaptive tests from different sources you're on the road to success.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2004, 23:31
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NOTE: The Tests that are on the CD are not scored the same way as the Official GMAT; you will be about 100 points off (below) from your final GMAT score, so do not let this fact distress you.
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Thanks for the note. I could see the drop in score.

Another note though, when I was started the english section in the first CD test, the timer went from 1:15 to 1:04 and to 0:45 in 20 second gaps. I got frustrated and thought of exiting the test and recompiling. But, decided to stick as much as possible and atleast get the maths score. Voila, the timer, after 10 minutes, adjusted itself to 1:05.
So, don't exit the tests, if the Kaplan timer goes hap hazard. It might return to the correct time itself.
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I did better with the KAPLAn CD's than the offical exam [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2004, 10:15
I studied for the GMAT for about 3 Months. I put a lot of Energy during the last few weeks. English is my third Language.

I have an engineering background with good understanding of MATH.

I used the official book, Kaplan book with the CD, Princton review with the CD, and the KAPLAN 800 book.

Based on KAPLAN CD, my result was as followed:

CAT 1: 520 (Quant 34, Verbal 23)
CAT 2: 530 (Quant 35, Verbal 23)
CAT 3: 540 (Quant 35, Verbal 24)
CAT 4: 530 (Quant 36, Verbal 22)

I did the GMAT last Tuesday and I was very surprised and frustrated with my very low result
500 (Quant 44, Verbal 16)

I am assuming that I did very bad on the easy and moderate verbal questions. I remember getting some hard verbal questions. Also, I was very tired at the end of the exam and I wasn't giving my 100%

So, just a small comment, the KAPLAN TESTS on the CD, gave me a higher score than my actual GMAT score,
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2005, 22:24
That again proves that only OG is the prime representative of GMAT.
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