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# Advice on Manhatten GMAT books

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26 Apr 2012, 14:34
I finished the number properties book and I just started with the second book of the set about decimals. Do you think I should answer OG questions first from the Number properties book or finish all the guides and do all the questions from all topics. I have only 1 month 4 days for my exam. My math is not as sharp. I need at least 550 score

Finally, do you think I should go over all the Manhattan books, and give them equal hours? I heard over and over again that the first and the last books of the guides are the best. Do you think I should invest in them the most, and skim over the others, esp the english ones.

Thanks guys your help is so much appreciated

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26 Apr 2012, 16:41
I personally believe that the OG should be used alongside the Manhattan book. If you wait until the end of the math series (five books), there is a chance that you won't remember the earlier concepts.

The books to focus on the most would be your own weak area. If struggle with geometry, for instance, then reread the geometry guidebook. In general, however, Manhattan's Number Properties book is the most popular. I wouldn't skim through any of the books.
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26 Apr 2012, 20:38
I think it's better to do the MGMAT guides and OG questions together . For example do one strategy guide and finish all the OG questions in that subject before moving to the next guide .

For the quant section , I think you should do all the 5 guides . However for verbal , I feel only the SC guide is worth it . CR guide isn't really useful and it uses some diagramming strategy , which I feel is really not a good way to approach CR questions . The RC guide also isn't really that useful

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26 Apr 2012, 21:58
Hey, even I'm taking my test at around the same time (May end)... So we're pretty much on the same boat as far as our test dates our concerned.

Hope that helps.

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27 Apr 2012, 00:45
I took my GMAT and got a 750 after studying for about 2.5 months. I have a liberal arts background and was a little worried going into my prep. I took the MGMAT course and also purchased the MGMAT study guides. However, in the end, I found that the Official Guide was more useful to help me ramp up my knowledge. After taking several diagnostic tests, I realized that I performed poorly on statistics-related questions. So I used my MGMAT study guides to narrow my study and address those deficiencies.

So to answer your question. I mostly used the Official Guide to study. I used the MGMAT guides only to help improve specific subjects after I identified my weaknesses.

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27 Apr 2012, 13:56
finallyover700 wrote:
I took my GMAT and got a 750 after studying for about 2.5 months. I have a liberal arts background and was a little worried going into my prep. I took the MGMAT course and also purchased the MGMAT study guides. However, in the end, I found that the Official Guide was more useful to help me ramp up my knowledge. After taking several diagnostic tests, I realized that I performed poorly on statistics-related questions. So I used my MGMAT study guides to narrow my study and address those deficiencies.

So to answer your question. I mostly used the Official Guide to study. I used the MGMAT guides only to help improve specific subjects after I identified my weaknesses.

wow! 750 after only 2.5 months of study is fantastic!
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