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question regarding the bb's recommended books to study [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2003, 22:31
bb, you mentioned the kaplan verbal workout book as one of your recommendations for the verbal part for the gmat. Before finding about your site i had already purchased the Princeton review verbal workout. Would you think this would make a difference?

Also i would like to ask, I currently have the Kaplan 2003 version w/ CD rom gmat guide , the Kaplan math gmat workbook (your recommendation) the Official guide 10th edition and the P.R verbal workout book i mentioned. What is your suggestion as to which to start with first and which one to do last?

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Re: question regarding the bb's recommended books to study [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2003, 23:19
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bb, you mentioned the kaplan verbal workout book as one of your recommendations for the verbal part for the gmat. Before finding about your site i had already purchased the Princeton review verbal workout. Would you think this would make a difference?

Also i would like to ask, I currently have the Kaplan 2003 version w/ CD rom gmat guide , the Kaplan math gmat workbook (your recommendation) the Official guide 10th edition and the P.R verbal workout book i mentioned. What is your suggestion as to which to start with first and which one to do last?

By the way great site!!



Yes, I am a strong advocate of Kaplan books.
I have used all of them besides GMAT 800, but I think it was a good idea to come up with that one. They have addressed a good market segment without cannibalizing sales from the other books. Smart.

Anyway, PR's verbal book is pretty much nothing compared to the Kaplan's. As you may have seen from the reviews in teh book's section, they are not very praiseful. I have tried that book but it is really weird and not helpful at all... it seems helpful as you take your first look at it, but then realize that the author has no idea what he is talking about...

As to first/last that's a good question.
Probably Kaplan Math.... since the chapters are structured and a little harder.

Then you can start working on those math Tests in the KAPLAN CD Book.

I'd leave OG for the last part; math does not matter as much, but the verbal is important.

If you have not taken the PowerPrep, then take the tests before you work on the OG since the problems are identical.


I hope I got all the Q's covered...
You have some hard work ahead of you...
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2003, 05:22
Hi! mikey, :D

I completely agree with bb. The books he has recommended are really very good. I started studying Princeton book and then after bb recommended Kaplan(Thanks bb. :D ), I bought all three of them. 2003 edition, verbal & math workbook. After studying few chapters of Kaplan GMAT, I can say that this book is more methodical and makes more sense than PR book. Well, this is how I'm studying.

1. I started with verbal section in Kaplan GMAT.

While studying a verbal topic from 2003 book, I refer to verbal workbook and get more details about the same topic. This way I will cover verbal workbook when I'm studying verbal section from 2003.

2. Finish practice quiz from Kaplan GMAT.

3. Finish practice sets from verbal book.

4. Start with Math section from Kaplan GMAT and do as above.

5. Complete practice tests from Kaplan GMAT.

Hope this helps.
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thanks [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2003, 08:05
Thanks you bb and sunaraya for you input, this has definitely given me a base to start with. :-)
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2003, 18:44
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Hi! mikey, :D

I completely agree with bb. The books he has recommended are really very good. I started studying Princeton book and then after bb recommended Kaplan(Thanks bb. :D ), I bought all three of them. 2003 edition, verbal & math workbook. After studying few chapters of Kaplan GMAT, I can say that this book is more methodical and makes more sense than PR book. Well, this is how I'm studying.

1. I started with verbal section in Kaplan GMAT.

While studying a verbal topic from 2003 book, I refer to verbal workbook and get more details about the same topic. This way I will cover verbal workbook when I'm studying verbal section from 2003.

2. Finish practice quiz from Kaplan GMAT.

3. Finish practice sets from verbal book.

4. Start with Math section from Kaplan GMAT and do as above.

5. Complete practice tests from Kaplan GMAT.

Hope this helps.


:oops: I did not know people did follow my recommendations...

I am glad you found it helpful.

I can't say exaclty why but PR's books are not as strong and not as effective. What I like about Kaplan is that they are usually short on words and get to the point fast. In contrast, I onced had ARCO book and those people just can't shut up. They think Volume is more important...

I guess I'd better shut up now as to not to resemble the ARCO people.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2003, 09:19
Hi bb,

Do you know anything about "GRE GMAT LSAT 2003 Deluxe" book? I think this is not one of KAPLAN'S retail products. But I could see this listed on KAPLAN's website.

I would like to know if the questions/tests in this book are different from
Kaplan GMAT 2003 (Book & CD-ROM) and Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook. I just want to make sure that there is no overlap and I am not buying the additional material unnecessarily.

Also on ebay, people are selling KAPLAN's $ 1250 classroom material (1 homework book + 1 lesson book + 1 CD with 4 FULL length practice tests). People are selling this material for $ 150-175. Is it woth buying?
And again the question would be, will there be any repetitions in questions/tets?

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 [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2003, 19:13
Did anyone fine Kaplan Verbal and Kaplan Math workbooks redundant after going through KAPLAN GMAT 2003. I find there is quite a bit of repetition in the work books, and since workbooks come without CDs I find them totally not worth the money, did everyone find them useful? I can't see the diff between the strategies in Kaplan GMAt and Kaplan workbook.
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Did anyone fine Kaplan Verbal and Kaplan Math workbooks redundant after going through KAPLAN GMAT 2003. I find there is quite a bit of repetition in the work books, and since workbooks come without CDs I find them totally not worth the money, did everyone find them useful? I can't see the diff between the strategies in Kaplan GMAt and Kaplan workbook.



TO say about the workbooks, I have not noticed too many redundancy, but I was not finished with Kaplan's CD exercises when I was working on both of the Workbooks.


Math Workbook does not have many strategies really - just rules and exercises....

Verbal does have a number of questions that repeat - probably 10-30% but I did not care a whole lot. The usefulness of the Verbal workbook came from more detailed strategies and more extensive exercises that were targetted at specific skills.

I found the workbooks similar, but going much more in depth.

Sorry VN :wink:
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2003, 17:18
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Hi bb,

Do you know anything about "GRE GMAT LSAT 2003 Deluxe" book? I think this is not one of KAPLAN'S retail products. But I could see this listed on KAPLAN's website.

I would like to know if the questions/tests in this book are different from
Kaplan GMAT 2003 (Book & CD-ROM) and Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook. I just want to make sure that there is no overlap and I am not buying the additional material unnecessarily.

Also on ebay, people are selling KAPLAN's $ 1250 classroom material (1 homework book + 1 lesson book + 1 CD with 4 FULL length practice tests). People are selling this material for $ 150-175. Is it woth buying?
And again the question would be, will there be any repetitions in questions/tets?

Thanks.



I have encountered the LSAT/GMAT/ETC - it does not seem to be too good... very similar to the KAPLAN CD BOOK....

Concerning the Workbooks, you can read my above post - a few questions may overlap, but the main value of the VErbal workbook are the strategies and exercises; wehreas math does not overlap at all. At least in my memory....

I have no comments on the Kaplan's Classroom Materials.
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