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08 Nov 2012, 00:59
Hello all,

I am currently working on my quants.....and would start preparing for Verbal section next month (Dec)

Right now, I am collecting the books / material for the verbal section.

Books are costly, so I can't buy them all, besides they would also need enough time to go through.

So I would like to have your say on

1. Should I get Powerscore CR for Critical reasoning? (I won't get the Manhattan then...though they are really good)

2. Is a Powerscore LSAT RC book really helpful, or would a Manhattan RC along with Aristotle RC 99 help better?

I would purchase the Manhattan Sentence correction book for sure.

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08 Nov 2012, 23:44
Achu wrote:
Hello all,

I am currently working on my quants.....and would start preparing for Verbal section next month (Dec)

Right now, I am collecting the books / material for the verbal section.

Books are costly, so I can't buy them all, besides they would also need enough time to go through.

So I would like to have your say on

1. Should I get Powerscore CR for Critical reasoning? (I won't get the Manhattan then...though they are really good)

2. Is a Powerscore LSAT RC book really helpful, or would a Manhattan RC along with Aristotle RC 99 help better?

I would purchase the Manhattan Sentence correction book for sure.

-Achu

let me know.

Powerscore LSAT Logic Reasoning, and Critical reasoning are near identical books , with the former covering a few extra topics that are rarely tested on the GMAT (and some that are almost never tested). I was able to pick up a used PS LSAT book in excellent condition and just went over it in about a week. Overall if you are strong in english and logic, CR shouldnt be much of a worry. Reading either book should be Ok. If you are weak in CR and logic, then i see no point in going over the LSAT questions or materials (extra material and LSAT questions given in PS LR book), as you are better off spending your time working on the Easy - Medium difficulty level questions, and the more you practice and get right the better you will become. If you have purcased the Kaplan premier 2013 (which many do just for free CAT's) or a Princeton review.. then i would recommend going over the CR section given in it, to see whether you are strong at CR. I bought the PS LSAT before i went over the kaplan premier and found that i was naturally very good at logic reasoning, as my career involves quite a bit of deductive reasoning and i love to read.

I went over the MGMAT 5th edition CR book that one of my study partner is studying, and it is also quite good and it comparable to the PS material.

For R.C. i would not recommend buying anything to begin with. Go over the book of your choice for Critical Reasoning, then try to go over this forum to look for which RC strategy works best for you and try questions from the OG. RC is more about stamina and reading than strategy although their are definitely some time saving tricks that one can apply. Try to read articles from the Wall street Journal, Economist, Time magazine, Nat. Geographic mag etc and try to write 1-2 line Summaries for each paragraph. The rest is just using the skills you acquire from your CR material to answer questions .
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09 Nov 2012, 08:06
Hey Vomhorizon,

It was a good tip...

However, Should it be a Powerscore CR book for GMAT or Manhattan CR book??

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However, Should it be a Powerscore CR book for GMAT or Manhattan CR book?

I Read the Powerscore Logic Reasoning book (LSAT), but it is quite identical to the CR book for GMAT. The only reason i bought it was because i was getting it for around 10\$ from a person who had finished the LSAT and was offloading some books so i didnt have to wait to order it online. I have seen the 5th edition CR book by MGMAT but havent read it in detail, but from what i saw i was impressed. Personally pick either one (although i have heard that the 5th edition CR by MGMAT is quite superior to the 4th edition which was considered inferior to the PS CR, so if you must go for MGMAT make sure it is the 5th edition).

For you i would recommend the Power score CR book because i have read their material in detail and it is more than adequate to tackle any problem you may ever come across , even the toughest CR problems on the GMAT.
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09 Nov 2012, 19:14
Thnx.....

I have to do this by Jan end.....I have to work on a project after that....so time is a important factor

(reminds me of Morpheus as he told Neo...."time is always against us" :D )
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09 Nov 2012, 19:26
How is your quant coming along? I take my GMAT in Feb. and so far just went over the material (MGMAT, Kap Premier, Kap 800 and MGMAT Adv. Quant ) once and attempted OG and a few other books. Took a couple of Paper diagnostics and currently am estimated to be between 42-45 in quant and need a 3 to 5 point boost with 2 to three months to go..Will be taking my diagnostic CAT in a couple of days to see how far i am into my desired score and how much work i need in the next two to three months...
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10 Nov 2012, 05:36
Hi Vomhorizon,

I have taken a long leave (I would resign ) from my job.

So, I have plenty of time with me as such (Hope not to waste)

I am planning to start my own small consultancy (If wishes were.... :D )

And as far as my quants is concernec, I am working on it....have joined a course here and it's going good.

I am planning to get the MGMAT and the OG 13th edition by this month end (1 rep B-) )

I do one RC everyday (To stay confident)

Next month, I would go full steam on Verbal and revise Quants (2nd rep)

In January I would start giving my tests (MGMAT 6 tests and a few others)....month end I am planning to go for GMAT.

Feb 1st week I join a power project..............Phewww.......hope this works

Lemme know if you have any suggestions.....

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15 Nov 2012, 08:40
If you're tired of books, you can get video explanations for RC passages here:

http://www.gmatpill.com/practice-questi ... -guide-rc/

After all, reading a book on how to read can be a catch-22. So if it doesn't work for you, try something else.
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