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The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 10th Edition [#permalink] New post 01 May 2004, 01:43
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1. Good introduction to the test
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3. Good explanations to most of the problems.

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1. Explanations , especially in SC, could have been much better.
2. Most of the questions may not reflect the difficulty level in the actual GMAT. If you are aiming for a 680+, the last 50 or so questions in each section might be worth taking a second look.

Overall, good reference and a great buy.

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Review by <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/cm/member-reviews/-/A228NBNLYJ8V3J/1/ref=cm_cr_auth/102-3963692-3052961">Eran Cohen</a>

The Math Section -
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ETS's "GMAT" is valuable for its math review; it's one of the most comprehensive and thorough reviews I've read - and this is its strongest link. Nevertheless, it looks as if most (if not all) this background material is included also in the "Powerprep" software that is sent to you upon registration to the test. Bear in mind that the software also includes tests with many questions you've probably done if you have solved the questions in the book. The result is a score that does not represent your actual performance on test day.

There are well-explained answers to each of the questions (ones you won't find to the practice tests of the sofeware) that help to develop knowledge and understanding. Even so, the biggest problem this book has is the fact that - although it has many questions - there is no indication about their level of difficulty - and this is a major drawback. I wasted a considerable amount of time doing easy to mid-level questions I shouldn't have done at all. Some people commented here that one should do the last third of questions - but the writers of this book failed to include this important piece of information.

All the above comes to show that you should not be impressed with the large number of questions the book offers (274 questions on data sufficiency and 441 questions on problem solving) - most of which would hardly advance you. The logical conclusion you can draw from all of this is that it is imperative to buy other preparation books (such as Kaplan's "GMAT" and Peterson's "GMAT CAT success" which I also reviewed).

Another key disadvantage is the lack of some powerful test taking strategies and techniques that are included in other books and help a lot to crack a few types of the harder questions.

If ETS really wants to help test takers it should make considerable changes and improvements in this book.

The verbal section -

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In this section, the examples abound on all subjects, but still, for better constructed and analyzed material you should seek out other sources. It's evident the writers haven't spent much time shaping a system that will categorize different kinds of questions and suggest general guidelines for dealing with them.

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These sections are quite poor in substance. They offer 3 scored compositions for each section in addition to explanations of the scores. Other than that, all you get are many pages of possible subjects for analysis for your practice. My advice is to look on the bright side, as this book is the only one I know of that actually scaled and analyzed test takers' essays.
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The OG, 9th edition [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2005, 11:20
I could'nt find OG 10th or 11th editions for a while, so i got the 9th edition instead...

Is that gonna help, or is it good idea to buy the latest 11th edition...
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2005, 05:07
God, no. Don't use the 9th edition. It is lightyears out of date.

You can get the 11th edition on mba.com. Even the 10th edition is too much out of date. GMAT math is a LOT harder now!!
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Oh Great [#permalink] New post 17 May 2006, 18:32
I am practicing for GMAT again since I just recently bought the new 11th edition. The Math was harder than I remember it being before on the diagnostic test.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2006, 20:21
Could someone advise me if I should invest in getting the OG 10th edition if I already have the OC 11th edition?

I worked with the OG 11th during my prep for my first GMAT test and now I'm trying to prepare for my 2nd attempt and I was wondering if it'll be any benefit to me to also work with 10th edition.

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Help! [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2006, 20:10
I am going to retake the GMAT exam sometime soon. I was wondering whether I should buy GMAT 11th ed. as I already have the 10th ed.? Also where can one buy the book(s)? (other than mba.com)?

Hi everyone I am back!!!!!!! :lol: :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2006, 02:42
Hi!

I am taking GMAT in first week of Dec this year and month back I started my preps with Kaplan Premier 2007 and it is a good book to start with...Thou Math Section and Verbal doesnt have much conceptual learnings but the tips to solve questions are quite effective. Lot many questions to work on but just to start the preprations.

I have planned to start with OG 10th edition after this book and then SC, CR and RC 1000. I have ordered OG 11th edition and Kaplan GMAT 800, which I am planning to cover atleast twice before exam.

Rest from Nov, Each week two practice tests. But now problem that I am facing is that I feel the need for strong conceptual base in Quant. So will look for a book especially on Quant basics. Any suggestions? Howz GMAT Math Workbook 5th Edition?
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2006, 02:44
Hi!

I am taking GMAT in first week of Dec this year and month back I started my preps with Kaplan Premier 2007 and it is a good book to start with...Thou Math Section and Verbal doesnt have much conceptual learnings but the tips to solve questions are quite effective. Lot many questions to work on but just to start the preprations.

I have planned to start with OG 10th edition after this book and then SC, CR and RC 1000. I have ordered OG 11th edition and Kaplan GMAT 800, which I am planning to cover atleast twice before exam.

Rest from Nov, Each week two practice tests. But now problem that I am facing is that I feel the need for strong conceptual base in Quant. So will look for a book especially on Quant basics. Any suggestions? Howz GMAT Math Workbook 5th Edition?
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2006, 17:05
this is very helpful thanks! :o
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beginner [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2007, 08:28
Thanks a lot!
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