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New post 07 Apr 2013, 19:58
Hi alexkosy, which one did you end up choosing between the MGMAT 4th editon (8 books) and the 5th edition (10 books)? I have seen people recommending the 8 books and buying the Integrated Reasoning and Essay GMAT Strategy separately? Also, have you found the MGMAT CR book sufficient, or would you recommend me buying "The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible" as well?

Thanks for your help and I hope your study for the GMAT is going well!
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New post 08 Apr 2013, 10:14
Hi alexkosy even i had a similar querry whether to opt for the latest edition of MGMAT or the previous one. Can any one please suggest the better option among the two.

Also which books to refer for AWA.

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New post 08 Apr 2013, 10:19
The 5th edition books are better; however, you can see my analysis and comparison of the 4th and 5th editions here: manhattan-gmat-4th-edition-vs-5th-edition-136713.html
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New post 10 Apr 2013, 18:03
Ok. I have read a lot of posts on here, but now I am confused. So many options... What about the online study sites...like Magoosh? Or the "The Economist" GMAT Online system? Are either of these, or another, great?

I took the GMAT just today with little studying (maybe 5 hrs...mainly focused on Quant)
Here are my scores:
Q 40
V 37
OVERALL: 640

I started studying with the "The Economist" GMAT Online system, which helped-for what I did with it.

However, I will be hopefully taking it again in 1.5 months or so and I am aiming to get into the MIT/HKS MBA/MPP Program or the Wharton Program--so I believe I need at least a 730 (maybe? can you also tell me if this is accurate?).

Can you recommend a list of books and/or sites for the second time around? Thanks.
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New post 19 Apr 2013, 04:31
Hi,

I'm going to start with my GMAT prep.

Which books should I order?
I'm not a native speaker and I'm weak at the quant.

I was planning to get the MG series, OG and either one of the Kaplans books or the official guide for quant review.

I have +/- 12 weeks time to prepare (fulltime) and a need to get a score of at least 650 to get in. Which books do you recommand?
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New post 20 Apr 2013, 19:15
Hi! I'm new to here and am (like a few people here) a little confused what books to use. My math sucks so I want to concentrate on that. After reading some recommendations here I got the Manhattan Foundations of GMAT Math (which I breezed through) and the Kaplan Math Workbook (which I'm sort of struggling with). But I also read somewhere that the Kaplan questions aren't GMAT ones so is it worth going through?
Also, what should I do next?? Which book should I work on now?
Thanks!!
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New post 10 Jun 2013, 00:37
@ssrree : I think as recommended by everyone you should now focus on all the Manhattan strategy guides for maths which are really helpful and you will be able to do all the OG13 and the Quant Review questions as well. So jump on to that for now...
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I just scored a poor Q-46, V-30, Total - 620 in GMATPrep 1 Mock Test yesterday. My target score is 720+ but i realize that jumping 100 points is going to be a challenging task. Therefore i plan to improve in two stages - From 620 to 670 and then from 670 to 720. Now for the first stage, i realize that i will have to raise my verbal from V-30 to around V-36 while maintaining my Quant at Q-46/47. I won't discuss about the second stage yet. I am still to analyze my test and so will post my accuracy in the three verbal sections in a couple of days.

Some observations from my Mock test.
RC Questions - I was not comfortable with majority of them. The moment i see RC on screen, there is a strange sense of fear that gets activated. Simple English looks a little tough. When i am finally able to overcome the panic, i say 'wtf - let me move on'. And when i simple move on to avoid the torture, i mark incorrectly thereby bringing on a bigger pain.
CR Questions - Comfortable in some ; uncomfortable in others. Don't really panic though.
SC Questions - Comfortable in almost all, even if i mark them wrong (well not all of course).

I have the following material to refer to:-
1. e-Gmat SC course - I have been skimming through this course for few months now, but haven't really made notes and revised the concepts frequently. I still do not follow their procedure for attempting SC questions. So, in a way i am still going by "what sounds right" approach in few questions. I will have to come up with a more disciplined way to learn and apply the fundas i learn from them.
2. Powerscore CR Bible - I have gone through this book as well but it seems haven't learnt to apply what i know. When CR questions appear in the test, i find it hard to recall the 10 step method and try to solve the questions using whatever i know at that time. Again, i need to practice lots of CR questions using a method i learn.
3. Official Guide 12 and 13.
4. Verbal and Quant Supplement Guides.

Does anyone know about Aristotle RC Grail Edition 3? Also please suggest what ways have worked for you in your quest to improve in verbal. How do you make sure that you APPLY what you know UNDER TIME PRESSURE.

Thanks to all who reply in advance.

Taran

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An Update on the accuracy:- TOO BAD GMATPREP DOESN'T ALLOW TO REVIEW THE QUESTIONS AGAIN...GRRRRRRRRRRR.


Taran, you might want to try upgrading to the new GMATPrep software if you haven't already. GMAC released a new version in late March, and you can review the questions now. Carcass started an excellent thread on the new software a couple of months ago: new-gmatprep-update-version-149820.html

Hopefully, this will remove at least one source of frustration. :)
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New post 12 Jun 2013, 21:30
Nice books.. It is very necessary that if you are preparing any competition exam then you should prepare it from a good book and also hard work is very necessary.
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New post 18 Jun 2013, 04:48
You can find books on various categories such as GMAT Math, GMAT Math Foundations, Essential GMAT (flashcards) in very cheap price from bookfari.
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New post 24 Jun 2013, 03:31
Dear GMAT Club,
I am just starting my GMAT prep and I just wanted to know the latest editions of the following books:
The Official Guide for GMAT Review
The Official Guide for GMAT Review - Quants
The Official Guide for GMAT Review - Verbal
MGMAT Series.

Also, does the latest edition include the new section of Integrated Reasoning?

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New post 29 Jun 2013, 20:44
Hi Everyone,

I wrote the GMAT last week and scored 540 - (Q42,V23). I only studied with Kaplan Premier, my target score is 650 - 700. Needless to say, I'm going to re-write and have lots of work to do!

I'm thinking of buying the following:
Aristotle Verbal Grail Combo - RC/SC/CR
MGMAT - Either the Complete Prep Set or Complete Strategy Guide Set (which do you recommend? It's a difference of $100)
PowerScore CR Bible
OG Verbal

Any thoughts? Thanks guys.
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New post 01 Jul 2013, 19:07
Are these books reflective of the new test format that was revised in 2012?
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New post 03 Jul 2013, 18:21
Other than the KAPLAN Premier, none of those particularly target IR
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New post 28 Jul 2013, 05:20
Do we need to go for both Aristotle and MGMAT for SC? Two books for the same subject. Does anyone have experience in both of these. Are they exclusive of each other.
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New post 03 Aug 2013, 23:34
Hi all,

That is definitely a very detailed and useful analysis table. For me, I used Manhattan Gmat books, Official guide and Gmatpill. I highly recommend all these self-study methods.

All the best!
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Really nice post to make a strong discussion
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New post 06 Nov 2013, 07:47
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Hi Everyone,

I wrote the GMAT last week and scored 540 - (Q42,V23). I only studied with Kaplan Premier, my target score is 650 - 700. Needless to say, I'm going to re-write and have lots of work to do!

I'm thinking of buying the following:
Aristotle Verbal Grail Combo - RC/SC/CR
MGMAT - Either the Complete Prep Set or Complete Strategy Guide Set (which do you recommend? It's a difference of $100)
PowerScore CR Bible
OG Verbal

Any thoughts? Thanks guys.


Check out my guide, but I think the Aristotle SC Grail and the PowerScore CR Bibles are must. Also try out the Verbal Magoosh (TONS of practice questions, ALL of which have video explanations). In my opinion, seeing someone SOLVE THE QUESTION IN FRONT OF ME is way better learning tool than just reading concepts and solving questions.

Also, from this day on keep a error log. This is extremely useful in getting better in SC.
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