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Schaum's Outlines [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2005, 20:48
Hi Hjort,

I was wondering if you could share some of your keen insight as to the best way to boost a pathetically low quantitative score? Over the past six months, I have been practicing with Kaplan, OG11, GMAT800, Delta Course, and now Veritas ProjectGMAT in a desperate attempt to raise my pathertic Q34 to a Q48+. Many fellow club members claim that the Math Challenges in the forum closely reflect the upper end of the difficulty on the official test, however I can`t seem to make heads or tails of most of those problems. Honestly, IMHO there is a huge "gap" between what GMAT test prep books categorize as "difficult" problems and what really are difficult problems.

Therefore, in order to get a solid grounding in the fundamentals of GMAT tested mathematics, I have considered taking a holistic approach to my study strategies by practicing with Schaum`s Outlines.

http://books.mcgraw-hill.com/getcategor ... th&level=3

The problem is, Schaum`s publishes outlines on everything from basic arithmetic to Lagrangian Dynamics . In your opinion, which of the following, if any, would you recommend I study solely as a means to "bridge the gap?"

A-Z Mathematics
Easy Outline College Mathematics
Outline of Geometry
Outline of Probability, 2nd Edition
Easy Outline Statistics
Outline of Set Theory and Related Topics
Outline of Beginning Statistics
Outline of Intermediate Algebra

Thanks for your support Hjort!

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 [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2005, 22:01
Unfortunately, I have not read all of the outlines you mention. Based on my limited recollection of the books, I would take a closer look at these three:


Easy Outline College Mathematics
Outline of Beginning Statistics
Outline of Intermediate Algebra

One trap that has caught many applicants in the middle of the distribution is that they prepare with far too many questions intended for the far right tail before they have mastered the medium difficulty questions. Reach for the low hanging fruit . . .

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 [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2005, 06:59
Hjort,

Thanks for your suggestion. I will check out the three outlines to supplement current materials.

True, I have been trying to put the cart before the horse without having first thoroughly mastered the 35-45 range "fundamental questions." Fact of the matter is, I am still intimidated by the last third of the OG`s PS and DS problems. Perhaps they are the most representative of what a 40+ range scorer should expect to see on test day?

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 [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2005, 13:38
I think it is crucial to master that last third of the OG.

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