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# Math review in OG

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12 Jul 2007, 07:19
Hi guys,

Just wondering what you guys think of the math review in the OG? Any better place to learn all the math that I need to? Thanks!
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12 Jul 2007, 13:32
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13 Jul 2007, 00:58
I think the prize for best math review goes to manhattan quant series.I got the ones on word translation and fractions,decimals and percents and they really showed my weakness and remedied them.
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13 Jul 2007, 06:49
How about the kaplan math workbook, is that good?
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13 Jul 2007, 07:38
fawreel902 wrote:
How about the kaplan math workbook, is that good?

i have the kaplan math workbook. i haven't gone through the problems, but have reviewed the text. i cannot say how it compares to the MGMAT material since i have not looked at them. but keep in mind those are several books whereas the kaplan book is just one.

as far as the book is concerned, it has some basic strategies and topic reviews. the thing that i really like abou the book is that after each math concep there are practice problems divided into medium and advanced.

as i said earlier, i have not started working in that book yet, but i think it should be a pretty good book to learn the fundamentals from.
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13 Jul 2007, 11:29
How about Barron's? I only 10 days left for GMAT. Can i solve the questions in that book? I have used Kaplan and OG 10 so far.
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13 Jul 2007, 12:23
I've always been good at math, so my perspective may be distorted. But I'll give it a shot nonetheless:

The Princeton Review and Kaplan stuff is pretty basic. I think OG may delve a little fruther than those two, but hte OG is quite dry in its guidance. I believe Kaplan's premiere edition has a section on quant which is quite comprehensive. Not sure which other kaplan version have it.

That said, what you learn in PR and kaplan can only take you so far. If you want to score 49-51 and hang with the big boys, you have to start speeding up your ability to handle difficult questions. You need to learn shortcuts. You need to have math truths swirling in your head ready for use.

For example: Even or odd? What is an even number times an even number?

Once you have mastered the PR/Kaplan quant guides, start pinpointing your weaknesses. Then get the MGMAT quant book that corresponds to these weakness. As a general rule, I'd buy the number properties book since it is the most difficult and refers to divisibility, which is the bain of data sufficiency.
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13 Jul 2007, 12:33
snow wolf wrote:
I think the prize for best math review goes to manhattan quant series.I got the ones on word translation and fractions,decimals and percents and they really showed my weakness and remedied them.

I like the Manhattan Math too. It's a good way to learn the basics.
The Word Translation really helped me a lot. The instructions were very clear and precise. If you have problems with decimals fractions and percents, you can use the other book. Snow wolf, did you try the geometry?
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15 Jul 2007, 04:45
For someone who is rusty at math, as I am, I recommend the Princeton Review. It's true that it is more basic than some others, and the problems on the practice sets are easier than what I encountered on the GMAT Prep CAT, but it explains things very clearly (more so than the OG), and also presents lots of tips and shortcuts. I found the section on "Avoiding Algebra" to be quite useful (using strategies like "plugging in" instead of long, drawn out equations). It probably won't take you into the upper 40's but for someone starting from scratch it's a great tutorial.
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15 Jul 2007, 06:27
But is PR good enough to get someone into the 40's for quant?
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15 Jul 2007, 07:41
I've gone through the entire OG 11. I've also used PR, Kaplan, and Manhattan. Definitely get the Manhattan Number Prop & Word Problems guide. The word problems guide is great. Screw Kaplan 800. Waste of money. Go out and get the OG Quant Supplement if you want more questions.

OG Bible + Manhattan Guides + OG Supplements seem to be key to success.
15 Jul 2007, 07:41
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