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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2010, 03:56
I was going through the Best GMAT Verbal Prep Books thread and was surprised to see that neither the SC Grail nor RC99 figure in the recommended books section.
I think that it is high time that these books be included in the "Best GMAT Verbal Prep Books".
I am personally using both the books and can vouch for the fact that they're better than most other books out there.
I see many of us giving the same opinion,so I don't see a reason why the SC Grail shouldn't be included in the Recommended books section. I have used the Princeton Review Verbal Workout for the GMAT and have found it to be very unstructured and lacking in quality. For that matter , if you'd have used the Kaplan books, you'll see the same problem. So if these books can be there in the recommended section, I think SC Grail should also be there.
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2010, 05:37
I agree indeed.
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2010, 01:59
I think more than the SC Grail it's the RC99 that needs to be added to the 'Recommended Books' section.

For SC at least there are good books like manhattan available but there is no good practice material available for RC. Most of the books just keep talking about strategy but I think the only way to improve one's performance on RC (unless you have really been in the habit of reading) is practice and more practice. The RC99 is the best book for this purpose.

And I don't know why there is a LSAT RC book in the 'Recommended Books' section. I think the general consensus is that LSAT RC is quite different from GMAT RC.

I strongly think RC99 should be added to this section.
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2010, 08:06
Have finally bought both the books :-D

GMAT date is 15th Jan.

99 passages in 20 days :shock: should be good fun
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2010, 08:17
good luck with that. Keep in mind that the SC grail is pretty dense, don't get bogged by the tiny details.
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2010, 06:11
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good luck with that. Keep in mind that the SC grail is pretty dense, don't get bogged by the tiny details.
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Thanks pal :)

I'm actually not finding the SC Grail dense at all. The bullet point style of writing really makes it simple to grasp the concepts. Finished the whole book in 2 days and plan to go through it again 2-3 times. Manhattan SC was dense actually, took me a week to finish it and even then i couldn't grasp a lot of things.

Will start with the practice question set from tomorrow. :roll:
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2010, 14:53
Thanks whiplash and others for your reviews/comments on Aristotle grail. I was hunting for decent SC/RC material as I took the GMAT 3 months back and could not really absorb Manhattan GMAT. I actually found MGMAT SC book a little confusing. So I hope this book and the MGMAT SC together will help me inmprove my SC.
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2010, 19:12
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Thanks whiplash and others for your reviews/comments on Aristotle grail. I was hunting for decent SC/RC material as I took the GMAT 3 months back and could not really absorb Manhattan GMAT. I actually found MGMAT SC book a little confusing. So I hope this book and the MGMAT SC together will help me inmprove my SC.
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You might benefit from PowerScore SC. I also found MGMAT SC too detailed, but once I went through PowerScore SC, MGMAT made more sense to me.
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2010, 06:19
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You might benefit from PowerScore SC. I also found MGMAT SC too detailed, but once I went through PowerScore SC, MGMAT made more sense to me.

Kudos,+1...thank you....that really helped! I thought I was the only one finding MGMAT SC book confusing :oops:
I think I"ll get the powerscore copy and go through it first,anyway,I've already done MGMAT SC for my last attempt. Thanks
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2010, 00:41
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Kudos,+1...thank you....that really helped! I thought I was the only one finding MGMAT SC book confusing :oops:
I think I"ll get the powerscore copy and go through it first,anyway,I've already done MGMAT SC for my last attempt. Thanks

Its probably not a very good idea to use too many books to prepare for SC. Most people tend to go overboard and get their hands on everything that's available which just leads to a lot of confusion at times.

If you are finding MGMAT SC confusing I suggest you go through the Aristotle SC Grail first and then go back to Manhattan SC. You'll find it much less confusing that way.

Overall MGMAT SC and SC Grail should be more than enough in my opinion. Good luck to you guys :thumbup:
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2010, 05:55
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If you are finding MGMAT SC confusing I suggest you go through the Aristotle SC Grail first and then go back to Manhattan SC. You'll find it much less confusing that way.

Overall MGMAT SC and SC Grail should be more than enough in my opinion. Good luck to you guys :thumbup:


Thanks for this and +1 to you. I'm going to follow just this. I am also using a grammar book to supplement my learning especially since Ihave forgotten a few basics :oops:
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 08:00
One who buy MGMAT SC book has more chance to answer the hardest question. It is my perspective. And there is only a few questions in the Aristotle SC
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2011, 20:07
I'm about to start studying for SC. I already have MGMAT SC and I plan to get Aristole SC base on this review. Which book should start first? Or should I study both books at the same time?

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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2011, 03:40
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I'm about to start studying for SC. I already have MGMAT SC and I plan to get Aristole SC base on this review. Which book should start first? Or should I study both books at the same time?

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It is a general consensus that MGMAT SC can be fairly detailed and confusing so its best if you start with Aristotle SC Grail first 'coz its very concise and summarises the concepts in simple language and then move to Manhattan as I think you'll be able to absorb Manhattan better that way. Later on you can keep alternating between the two books.

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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2011, 09:39
any one know how is this guide compare to gmat grammar guide?
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2011, 07:34
Version 2 of the Grail comes with 100 practice questions.
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2011, 20:54
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any one know how is this guide compare to gmat grammar guide?


What is the GMAT Grammar guide? u mean the gmatclub grammar guide?

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One who buy MGMAT SC book has more chance to answer the hardest question. It is my perspective. And there is only a few questions in the Aristotle SC


By that logic Manhattan SC has no practice questions :lol:

Its best if you do both specially if you are someone who likes to know all the details of grammatical concepts since the Grail is more GMAT-specific and doesn't go much into detail.
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2011, 00:17
I'm a little confused now, does the SC Grail have practice questions or not?

Can someone please clarify.

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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2011, 00:37
They have recently released a set of practice questions that goes with the guide, but its to be bought separately, I think.
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Re: A Review of Aristotle Prep SC Grail [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2011, 15:20
I just bought the Aristole SC Grail guide for $15 and it does include 100 practice questions. If you only want the 100 practice questions without the guide, then you can buy it for $5.

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