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I just postponed my GMAT till October 10th. I feel like if I buy both the Manhattan SC and CR books, I'll have enough time to finish them before the test (even going at a leisurely pace). However, I took a Kaplan course and have the Kaplan book. Considering they have their own strategies, which I know, is there a point in shelling out the money to get these two books or will I not learn anything new from them?

Here are the books that I have from the Manhattan GMAT so far and my thoughts:

1) Word Translation- Loved it. The most difficult material from the math books that I had from them. That's probably because this material is in fact the most difficult in the quant section. Even the easiest Word Translations are more difficult than some medium difficulty numbers property questions. I feel like this taught me some strategies that Kaplan never taught me. Such as the RTD/RTW table. The anagram method (though I don't use it much, for some reason I find the regular formula more intuitive).

2) Numbers properties- Pretty good. However a great majority of it was stuff that I can easily solve. However things like number of factors might help on test day. Also helps with many data sufficiency problems.

3) Geometry- Good book. Some of the stuff it goes over, is stuff that I got wrong before on CATs and wouldn't have if I knew it. Like the largest possible area of a triangle when you know 2 sides. Also, similar triangles. Diagonal of a rectangular solid. It seems like it didn't go over the hardest problems (polygon's within polygons etc.)

4) Reading Comp- I was mostly disappointed. Although this is probably my least favorite section of the entire test. So that may have biased me against it. But it seems like it didn't teach me anything new.
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Re: Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2009, 18:35
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Thanks a lot for your comments on the books - I will add them to the respective threads.

About teaching something new - really depends on where you are. If you are still having issues with SC and CR - definitely get something. Do you know your current success rate?

I'd say your main concern is time rather than cost. The books are pretty cheap. However, you probably don't have time to finish both (at least I would not be able to). You may want to get the PowerScore Verbal Bible instead - it is more condensed (less time to cover), however, not as complete as the full books.
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Re: Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2009, 18:54
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Thanks a lot for your comments on the books - I will add them to the respective threads.

About teaching something new - really depends on where you are. If you are still having issues with SC and CR - definitely get something. Do you know your current success rate?

I'd say your main concern is time rather than cost. The books are pretty cheap. However, you probably don't have time to finish both (at least I would not be able to). You may want to get the PowerScore Verbal Bible instead - it is more condensed (less time to cover), however, not as complete as the full books.


No problem with the comments. They're not professional comments, lol. Just my opinion.

Time, well, it depends. I might not be able to supplement them with the OG. The thing about the math books is that I already finished all of the math in the OG by the time I read the books. I didn't finish the Verbal in the OG. So technically I won't finish the book. However, if the books are relatively short, I think I can finish each relatively quickly. The Word Translations book took 2. The Numbers Property I finished faster (like a week and a half). But it really depends, I usually read these books going to and from work, as well during my lunch break. I usually do computer work at home (since I can). If I do OG problems at home, maybe I can get it all done.

The money isn't too bad if I order it from Amazon. I just would want to know from someone in the know if they add any strategy or rules that the Kaplan course book doesn't cover. Money is money and I don't want to waste it either. If I get the same info as Kaplan, then I'm not sure if it's worth it.
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Re: Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2009, 19:16
All right, I bit the bullet and ordered both.

I noticed that the SC book is pretty damn long. Time will be tough.
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Re: Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2009, 22:18
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I am not familiar with the kaplan course materials (by the way, if you have shared your thoughts about the course - shoot me a link - I will add it to the master thread), so can't say how similar/different they are. My guess is that pretty similar, but may have some minor bonuses (better way to remember things, better structure, etc). Will be worth the $30-40 you're spending on them but it won't be groundbreaking - don't expect that.
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Re: Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2009, 04:49
The MGMAT SC book is SIGNIFICANTLY beefed up from the previous ed (3rd ed vs 4th ed). Much more content, longer list of idioms, etc.

We have a thread going on the very topic:
manhattan-gmat-4th-edition-79546.html
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Re: Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2009, 15:37
Thanks guys for your help.

BTW, my opinion on the reading comp book isn't very valuable because unlike the other books I haven't finished it yet.
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Re: Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2009, 06:05
GmatNY86,

I have both SC and RC+CR books from MGMAT.
I like both. My 02 cents:
First book:
- SC is one of the best I found in verbal

Second book:
- CR part is good when you are starting, to separate the assumptions from the conclusions, etc. In that book, the way in which CR is explained, makes think you have enough time to separate everything very carefully, think, think ... NO, YOU HAVE NOT: just realize what is critical, predict the answer and find it.
- RC part: it divides in two sub-parts. Short and long passages. Has two different strategies. I consider them as good strategies, although I found Kaplan's strategy the best for me.

(PS.: If someone disagrees with me, please let me know)

good luck with your test. Post your scores when you finish :)
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Re: Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2009, 18:16
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Thanks for the math review, GmatNY86! Right now, I'm comparing the Manhattan math series to Jeff Sackmann's Total GMAT Math to see which one would be the better purchase.
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