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Prep Material Overkill? [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2012, 23:00
I'm in the process of studying for a re-take. First attempt got a 700 (47Q, 40V) using the Kaplan class, MGMAT quant guides, MGMAT SC, OG Quant review and OG Verbal review.

I want to make sure I'm not going overboard with prep material. I've been doing problems out of OG13 and after a few problems I've noticed that my CR skills are lacking. In order to work on this weakness, I ordered Powerscore CR (hopefully it is on its way as I type). Basically, I have about 14 weeks until my targeted GMAT date. I have been looking into purchasing additional material for practice and was looking for opinions whether or not purchasing the following material would be a waste (i.e. unneccessary as it probably won't be anything new compared to material I currently possess):

- OG12: I know that there will only be approx. 20-30 different problems per section but at around $20 bucks on amazon, it seems like a relatively good investment.
- Jeff Sackman's Total GMAT Math: I've seen this highly reccommended, but I am concerned it won't contain anything that's not in the MGMAT quant.
- GMATClub Tests: I currently have 3 MGMAT CATs and 2 GMATPrep practice tests remaining. From what I've read, esp. the quant section of these exams would be extremely beneficial.
- Powerscore Verbal Guide: I've already purchased the Powerscore CR book and don't think that this book will have anything to add (esp. since I already have the MGMAT SC).

I am open to any other suggestions for prep material as well. I am just looking for the subtle differences between these as to avoid purchasing repeat material. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Prep Material Overkill? [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2012, 19:51
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HImba88 wrote:
OG12: I know that there will only be approx. 20-30 different problems per section but at around $20 bucks on amazon, it seems like a relatively good investment.

Don't purchase both OG 12 and OG 13, as they contain almost the exact same content.

HImba88 wrote:
Jeff Sackman's Total GMAT Math: I've seen this highly reccommended, but I am concerned it won't contain anything that's not in the MGMAT quant.

Since you already have the Manhattan books and scored very well in math, Sackmann's guidebook will be of little help. Look into his Extreme Math set instead.

HImba88 wrote:
GMATClub Tests: I currently have 3 MGMAT CATs and 2 GMATPrep practice tests remaining. From what I've read, esp. the quant section of these exams would be extremely beneficial.

The GMATClub tests are very challenging and are recommended for someone at your current math level. I highly recommend them!

HImba88 wrote:
- Powerscore Verbal Guide: I've already purchased the Powerscore CR book and don't think that this book will have anything to add (esp. since I already have the MGMAT SC).

Not many people incorporate the Powerscore Verbal Bible in their studies. The Manhattan SC guide and Powerscore CR Bible are probably all you need in terms of verbal guidebooks. If any topics are still difficult, it would be better and more cost effective to reread those sections.
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Re: Prep Material Overkill? [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2012, 01:56
Thanks bmillan01 that's exactly what I was looking for
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