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What about Powerscore GMAT Guide for Critical Reasoning? Is it also a good book?
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What about Powerscore GMAT Guide for Critical Reasoning? Is it also a good book?


Hi dzodzo85,

I've did research about bb's opinion on the Powerscore CR Bible, and, if I am right, according to him it's slightly better than the MGMAT CR strategy guide. That's why I chose to buy Powerscore's for my preparation. But they are very close ;)

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New post 28 Mar 2012, 15:51
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Hi, miabullitt.

I think that it might be better to choose either Kaplan or Manhattan, but not both as they are comprehensive guidebooks. In other words, covering both would probably be redundant.

The OG 12 (or the upcoming OG 13) is essential, but the OG Verbal and OG Quant books are good too.

The GMATClub tests should be saved until later - after you completed your math guidebook and the OG material.
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maffo wrote:
Hi everybody,

i am pretty new in the club and i got confused with so many different books.
i don't have any particular dead line so i would start and approach the exam in the best way.

a friend lent to me the princeton review, i didn't find it to usefull, to easy and whitout any detailed strategies.

my question is: what's THE BEST book to start with?
the one which can help me with the most efective strategies?


I would try and get the MGMAT set this will provide you with everything you need. The math is very good covered well in the 5 books. The sentence correction book is also very good. I did not really use the reading comprehension book or critical reasoning book as I used the CR Powerscore book, which is very good and highly recommend! This set will take a while to go through and you will need OG 12 or 13 to maximize the practice but it is a great complete set.

You could probably get a used set of Mgmat 4th edition cheap and then just purchase the IR book cause you will have to take the gmat with IR after June 5th and purchasing the book new will give you 5 Mgmat CAT tests which will be very helpful.

Also the Gmat grammar book will be free coming up I think the date is June 5th or earlier. It is extra help I would try it out. There is also some other new resources coming on June 5th so stay posted.

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Hello! I'm new to the forum and I'm wondering if I am on the right track for purchasing prep materials. (Too much? Too little? Bad combo?)

I am not generally an outstanding standardized test taker, and I definitely need to improve the most with math skills. I have a good 3 months to prepare.

I've read a lot of other posts and have concluded on the following...

These two to provide a refresher on math in general:
-Secrets of Mental Math: The Mathemagician's Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks
-Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook

This one to plan:
-The GMAT Roadmap: Expert Advice Through Test Day (Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides)

These to learn the strategy:
-Manhattan GMAT Complete Strategy Guide Set, 5th Edition (Manhattan Gmat Strategy Guides: Instructional Guide)
-The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review, 2nd Edition
-The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition
-The Official Guide for GMAT Review

And this:
-Manhattan GMAT Test Simulation Booklet w/ Marker
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Anybody have any experience with Official Guide 9? Is it even worth it?
I am not trying to go crazy here but I really want a top score and I have a copy of it.


As far its official guide any edition is worth...But you may want to check 12 or 13 edition for some new questions..
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Manhattan series is the ultimate for in depth knowledge of concepts !
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Hello Everyone,

I am preparing for my GMAT and having the below materials with me for prep..

Fifth Ed. - Complete Strategy Guide Set

Fractions, Decimals, & Percents GMAT Strategy Guide, 5th Edition
Algebra GMAT Strategy Guide, 5th Edition
Word Problems GMAT Strategy Guide, 5th Edition
Geometry GMAT Strategy Guide, 5th Edition
Number Properties GMAT Strategy Guide, 5th Edition
Critical Reasoning GMAT Strategy Guide, 5th Edition
Reading Comprehension GMAT Strategy Guide, 5th Edition
Sentence Correction GMAT Strategy Guide, 5th Edition
Integrated Reasoning & Essay Strategy Guide, 5th Edition

and Foundations of GMAT Math and Foundations of GMAT Verbal.

Can anyone tell me should i start with the MGMAT guide or foundations materials .. Please tell me..

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it really depends on what lelvel you are at and how long ago you did Math.
I found foundations to be pretty easy and basic, but some will need it to get up to speed....
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Hi,
I'm new to this forum as well as just started preparing for the GMAT exam.

I have the complete set of Manhattan Official guide (containing 10 volumes) as well as the Official guide for GMAT Review, Foundations of GMAT (Verbal & Math).
My question is weather this set of books are enough for my preparation?

Aiming for a score 750+
Please suggest as right now i am a bit concerned about this. Thanks in advance.
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I have just finished reading the Total GMAT Math book by Jeff Sackmann.
I am an Undergraduate Economics student and I am currently at a 46-47 lvl at the Quantitative section.
I have concluded that:

1) Its a well-written and comprehensive book for everyone that starts from 0 with very good explanations about the problems.
2) Its a beginner's book. You won't be able to improve yourself from Q45 to Q47 for example.
3) Its questions are either too easy (which is not bad, because it lets you understand deeply each section) or of medium difficulty (Challenges problems).
4) This book can also be useful if you want to revise some basics about Maths.

Overall, I think that 50$ (approximately) is a really nice price for the book even though it didn't help me get my Quant score a step further.


I' ve also bought MGMAT's Advanced Quant book. I will give a review once I read it.
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New post 20 Aug 2011, 15:24
Manhattan gmat's advanced treatment of math is much better and diligent than that of Veritas. Some of the questions in the advanced word problem review can be solved by grade one student. For example, question no. 89. However, Veritas reading comprehension and sentence correction guides are top of the line, almost as indispensable as the Powescore guides are for critical reasoning.
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Sorry bb but I do not see the nuance between this table about books for studying 2011-2012 and this one best-gmat-books-77703.html

I mean: where is the difference ??' I really do not see it

I follow the board steadly, and to be honest: I have purchased all these books, from 8 MGMAT strategy guides to math and verbal foundation, kaplan 800, grammar guide by gmatclub....and the three OG.

If I read the whole forum the result should be the same, I guess ahahha :). So I do not understand why this new classification.

thanks ;)
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I got the OG 12, i am trying to find the timer and the question type classifications that have been prepared. I have tried to search but have not been successful. Please help.
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I got the OG 12, i am trying to find the timer and the question type classifications that have been prepared. I have tried to search but have not been successful. Please help.


You mean this?
gmat-club-guide-to-the-gmat-official-guide-12th-ed-85956.html

or this: GMAT Timer
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Thanks BB, Found the timers BB.. thank you
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I have purchased This Simulated Booklet. Anybody, can share me regarding the use of marker? Specially, How long does it work? do i need to purchase additional set of marker?
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I have purchased This Simulated Booklet. Anybody, can share me regarding the use of marker? Specially, How long does it work? do i need to purchase additional set of marker?


NO, it will work for a LONG time if you keep it closed, though even if not, it does not dry that quickly either.
The marker is high quality - i use it to write notes and checks and it works just fine :)
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I just bought kaplan 800 i think there verbal is pretty nice and tough comparable to quantitative.



I like the Kaplan 800 but it has its issues - you can see my review on Amazon
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New post 08 Sep 2011, 08:11
very nice review BB.....I think for the toughest ques of other book i need to check your comments...

I have Princeton review,OG 12,Kaplan premier 2010-11, Kaplan 800 advanced, manhattan SC...

Thought i am weak in CR as well...Is kaplan a good choice for it?
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New post 09 Sep 2011, 16:53
kaplan gmat advanced Vs kalpan gmat 800, which is better?
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