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I would not recommend the use of Barron except if you ran out of material. The other prep material definitely form the crux of the GMAT. If anything else, I would suggest you to go through the huge 885SC question bank and CR bank in the "verbal lesson" forum. It is super good practice. As a sweetener, you can also buy the ETS old Paper tests on mba.com. I think they are about 25$ for a set of 3 and there are a total of 9 (3 sets)
i;m also considering doing some old paperbased tests from old editions of kaplan or pr. would you recommend this??? i guess i want to practice as much as possible so i can master the format and the flow of the questions on the test. i'll definitelly check out all the materials provided on gmatclub.com, do you have any other recommendations for good online sources especially for whole tests???
Hi kayser, I would definitely recommend you to use Kaplan paper test formats as long as you time yourself. Otherwise, you may end up doing the test in 3 hours instead of 2.5 hours and the paper test's purpose would be self-defeating.
just a few more questions about prep materials. Are there any differences between the editions of the workbooks???? for example i have 2001 kaplan verbal [the red cover] and i was thinking about getting the latest one 2004 [the blue cover] i guess what i am asking is - are the exercises and tests very different or are they the same or they duplicate each other in some ways not fully/fully?? would you recommend buying the latest versions of the workbooks??? would i benefit from getting the latest versions ??and one more question - is there different content on the cds of the regular books?? is the cd on the 2003 edition the same does it have the same test/strategies/sample questions as 2004, 2005 etc?? thanx in advance for your reply
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=10540 The above is a discussion on PR2005 CD vs older versions. I strongly believe that for PR, the newer version is better. However, Kaplan did not change their version from 2002 through 2004. I'm not sure for 2001 but the odds are I don't think they changed their edition anyways. Book editions are to my knowledge absolutely same.
In terms of CD content, I believe that it is good to buy those Kaplan/PR books WITH CDs as it will give you a "feel" of the acctual test. Also, rest assured that unlike OG, the question banks on the CDs are much wider than the questions included in the actual books.