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hey ,
i am plannin to study from these books -
1.OG 11th edition
2.kaplan Gmat 800
3. Kaplan math workbook
4. Gmat verbal bible - Powerscore

i have compiled this list based on the various reviews on this forum..do u think it is a good mix?
my english and Quant are not that bad... should i be concentrating on any more books or any other reference material? i am planning at a score of atleast above 720..pl suggest improvements, if any

also pl suggest the order in which i should study the above mentioned books....
a friend of mine who got a 770 suggested starting with princeton review...is tht book good enough?

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rahuljaiswal wrote:
hey ,
i am plannin to study from these books -
1.OG 11th edition
2.kaplan Gmat 800
3. Kaplan math workbook
4. Gmat verbal bible - Powerscore

i have compiled this list based on the various reviews on this forum..do u think it is a good mix?
my english and Quant are not that bad... should i be concentrating on any more books or any other reference material? i am planning at a score of atleast above 720..pl suggest improvements, if any

also pl suggest the order in which i should study the above mentioned books....
a friend of mine who got a 770 suggested starting with princeton review...is tht book good enough?

regards,
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You should start with either Kaplan Premiere or Princeton Review Cracking GMAT CAT
Some prefer one over the other. Majority prefers Kaplan as PR seems to emphasize tricks too much and that just grows old.

Would suggest one Manhattan GMAT book as it will come with access to 6 online tests. You can get either MGMAT Number Properties if you are weak in quant or MGMAT SC, RC, CR if in verbal.

That's really it.
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anyone has feedback for the new The Official GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition?


I have ordered new The Official GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition, today from Amazon along with the Manhattan Sentence Correction (4th Edition). The only difference I can see from the description listed is, it has 75 new questions from the past GMAT exams. I will let you know what I find though.


As promised: http://gmatclub.com/forum/the-official-gmat-verbal-review-1st-edition-vs-2nd-edition-83882.html

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I did Princeton review first and then Kaplan Premier. I liked Kaplan premier better. And their math and verbal foundations are good too. However for advance material, MGMAT is really good. They cover lots of advance areas.

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See here: gmat-books-ez-solutions-thoughts-76791.html

I have not used it, but sounds like it may be too ez :lol:
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This list is indeed a great help, but which books would you guys not recommend?

As a newbie, I spent too much time looking for the "holy grail" - some hidden, secret GMAT treatise that would reveal the path to 800 bliss. Instead of wasting all that time reading worthless Amazon reviews on Barron's and EZ Solutions, I should have simply followed the advice of GMATClub members.
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This list is indeed a great help, but which books would you guys not recommend?

As a newbie, I spent too much time looking for the "holy grail" - some hidden, secret GMAT treatise that would reveal the path to 800 bliss. Instead of wasting all that time reading worthless Amazon reviews on Barron's and EZ Solutions, I should have simply followed the advice of GMATClub members.


Pretty much the rest are not recommended :)
Anything worthwhile is highlighted in the first post.
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I generally agree that OG Verbal 2nd edition lacks the amount of 700+ level questions we all crave. Still, I think it's worth studying. But yeah, I'm currently on the hunt for some tough SC problems.
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I generally agree that OG Verbal 2nd edition lacks the amount of 700+ level questions we all crave. Still, I think it's worth studying. But yeah, I'm currently on the hunt for some tough SC problems.


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hey bb,

will MGMAT SC (latest 4th edition) go along with OG 11th edition?
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will MGMAT SC (latest 4th edition) go along with OG 11th edition?
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and one more query...
i already have kaplan 800,...i am thinking of buying princeton or kaplan premier program to start my prep...though i have read here tht there is an overlap b/w the kaplan 800 & the Premier program...so would princeton as a starting guide be good enuf....??? after tht i am planning to study from OG 11th edition, kaplan 800 and MGMAT SC(more so because of the six Online tests)

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Take a look at this post for a study plan - should answer some of your questions: gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html

If you are familiar with GMAT already and have strategies down, then you don't need Kaplan Premiere or PR Cracking GMAT (except for the tests they have)
If you are not familiar, then you are starting a bit backwards. There is some overlap with Kaplan 800 but not huge to make the book useless.

For MGMAT Number Properties, you can download a "conversion table" from MGMAT's website that has information on how to use 4th edition with OG 11 and 3rd edition with OG 12. More is here: http://www.manhattangmat.com/fourth-ed-info.cfm and here: manhattan-gmat-4th-edition-79546.html
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Take a look at this post for a study plan - should answer some of your questions: gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html

If you are familiar with GMAT already and have strategies down, then you don't need Kaplan Premiere or PR Cracking GMAT (except for the tests they have)
If you are not familiar, then you are starting a bit backwards. There is some overlap with Kaplan 800 but not huge to make the book useless.

For MGMAT Number Properties, you can download a "conversion table" from MGMAT's website that has information on how to use 4th edition with OG 11 and 3rd edition with OG 12. More is here: http://www.manhattangmat.com/fourth-ed-info.cfm and here: manhattan-gmat-4th-edition-79546.html



many thanks for ur reply...
i am familiar with GMAT and i hav build myself a study plan based on this forum and ur suggestions...but i havent equipped myself with the strategies needed for solving
problems...tht's y i was thinking of starting with Princeton, then onto OG, then Kaplan 800..and then back to OG..and a MGMAT SC guide as another one mailny for tests....any suggestions here??

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thanks a lot.. OG12 is good book :)

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how about kaplan math foundations... i saw , the explanantions are good :) but after finishing this , should i go for manhattan prep for maths?

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If you have the time and money, then you should go for the Manhattan quant series. I'm currently using these books and I find them helpful.
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okay....is manahattan quant tougher than kaplan's?

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okay....is manahattan quant tougher than kaplan's?


Some sections. The value of MGMAT guides is not in question difficulty but in the study material. The point is not how hard the questions are - you can try the hardest questions (gmat club tests I believe still hold that title), but if you don't have a good background and theory, you won't be able to take the full advantage of them. I think the key should be to master the basics and theory and then do the practice at the level you are.
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Yes, ur rite bro... thanks for your inputs :)

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You reference paper tests -- where are these available? And are they very useful?

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