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Manhattan GMAT Quant books [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2010, 02:38
Hi all,

I recently bought the Manhattan GMAT set of 8 prep booklets.

I've almost finished the Number Properties booklet and I have 3 questions:

1. Is it just me or are most of the questions in the OG 12th Ed. that Manhattan Number Properties refers you to quite hard?
2. I failed half the practice questions in the number properties book the first time around, then I looked at the answers to find out why and understand the concepts I was weak on, and then I took the questions again and scored better. Is this a good strategy?
3. Some of the topics covered in their practice questions are quite obscure and not really covered in any detail in their material - has anyone else found this to be true?

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Re: Manhattan GMAT Quant books [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2010, 04:56
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1. I don't know if that's the case, but the OG12 has been known to be quite representative of the actual GMAT, so depending on what GMAT decides to be your score range, you may or may not receive such hard questions.

2. I think it's a good strategy as long as it doesn't get to a point where you're getting the answers right by memory rather than logic. Looking up the concepts you got wrong initially and finding out why you got them wrong is a definitely good strategy to follow! And maybe you can consider using an error log. There are many that have been posted on this forum. Just search for it

3. I've only looked through the Number Properties book but I think that it's a pretty good guide as far as GMAT goes, since most people who prepared for Quant through MGMAT are generally satisfied with the outcome.

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Re: Manhattan GMAT Quant books [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2010, 06:57
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See bolded responses below.

n2739178 wrote:
Hi all,

I recently bought the Manhattan GMAT set of 8 prep booklets.

I've almost finished the Number Properties booklet and I have 3 questions:

1. Is it just me or are most of the questions in the OG 12th Ed. that Manhattan Number Properties refers you to quite hard?
OG is in ascending difficulty order (meaning later problems are harder than earlier problems). MGMAT will tend to stick to 600+ level difficulty questions. If you do lower numbered problems on your own, you will find these problems easier.

2. I failed half the practice questions in the number properties book the first time around, then I looked at the answers to find out why and understand the concepts I was weak on, and then I took the questions again and scored better. Is this a good strategy?
If you do NOT remember when you redo the question, you will benefit. If you're simply rehashing from memory, you will not benefit. This is the point of an error log. To track deficiencies and work to improve them. Many people think he/she is improving when redoing problem done incorrectly, but really the person is doing the problem from memory and not actually benefiting from understanding WHY he/she was unable to solve it on the first try.

3. Some of the topics covered in their practice questions are quite obscure and not really covered in any detail in their material - has anyone else found this to be true?
If it is in OG, it is not obscure. The GMAC has a way of wording questions to make the question appear more difficult than it really is.

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Re: Manhattan GMAT Quant books [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2010, 07:37
Hi,

Thanks for using our books!

The previous posters have made good points. To this I would add the following:

If you're having trouble understanding some of the concepts in our Number Properties book, you may want to see if the Foundations of GMAT Math book would be helpful to you as well. You can take our free diagnostic here, to see: http://www.manhattangmat.com/foundations-math.cfm

What you're doing to study the problems is exactly what we suggest doing. Once you've done the problems, go over them again, using the concepts you learned. Then check to see if you could have solved that same problem differently using a different strategy. While you don't want to memorize problems (as previous posters have said) you do want to make sure that you can approach any problem from more than one angle, and that you really understand the content underlying each problem. That being said, you might find our Official Guide Companion to be useful to you as well: http://www.manhattangmat.com/official-g ... panion.cfm

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Re: Manhattan GMAT Quant books [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2010, 23:27
Great thanks to all who replied.

Yes my strategy so far has been to really understand the reasons I failed the questions, make a note of the questions I failed in an error log and the exact reason I failed them, and then when my memory of the question becomes more fuzzy after a week or so then I will go back and do the failed questions again after brushing up on my weaker areas.

Is this a good strategy?

From your experience, if one is able to really understand the concepts and do the questions well in the books, what sort of GMAT score is anticipated? I am aiming for +650, preferably 700+

Thanks!
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