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New post 06 Feb 2012, 22:38
I have been trying to find reviews of the kindle versions of Manhattan GMAT vs the print versions, no avail....

is it harder to check answers on kindle? what are the disadvantages or annoyances? are there still lots of error problems in kindle versions? a robust dialogue about print vs e-edition would be especially relevant these days, as I suspect the majority of investors are contemplating the same edition choice I am...
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New post 06 Feb 2012, 23:31
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I have been trying to find reviews of the kindle versions of Manhattan GMAT vs the print versions, no avail....

is it harder to check answers on kindle? what are the disadvantages or annoyances? are there still lots of error problems in kindle versions? a robust dialogue about print vs e-edition would be especially relevant these days, as I suspect the majority of investors are contemplating the same edition choice I am...


Yes, it is harder to flip pages/check answers.
I believe errors are minimized. Originally they were only related to the display issues that Kindle has with some of the formulas. Last I've heard was 99% of it was good and just a few discrepancies.

We have the Interactive version of only the MGMAT SC on the iPhone toolkit and that has answers built into it so no flipping is required and you keep track of your progress/timing in the book. (still $9.99 but the app costs $25).

I don't think it is much worse to get the Kindle version from accuracy perspective but I do find studying with the screen harder, even if it is iPad and not a PC.
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so you personally, bb, gun to your head, if you had to do it all again right now, would buy print on all 8 mgmats and do it all old-school? i'm at the point of sale and am really quite torn....
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New post 07 Feb 2012, 01:25
very useful post. Thanks for posting.
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New post 11 Feb 2012, 11:02
Hi BB,

I am aiming to get 650+. Planning to purchase the OG 12 and MGMAT guides. Do you think it is necessary to purchase the OG Verbal, OG Quant, and/or Kaplan Premier? If so, what is the justification? I am a newbie to GMAT so I want to ensure that I have my basis covered. Thanks in advance!
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New post 12 Feb 2012, 02:07
I have been browsing this forum for a couple of days now and found that supposedly, there are a few books available which have the range of questions in the 750+ range. Can u please refer to me some of those books, if u have experience with them.? Both for Quant and Varbal. I will use Manhattan Guides for the basics...
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New post 12 Feb 2012, 04:54
Hi Kansas,

in addition to Manhattan GMAT's strategy guides, in order to get some 750+ questions you can have a look at:

- GMATClubs Math Questions - seem to be a very good preparation for hard questions
- Jeff Sackmann's TOTAL GMAT Math

For Verbal I think MGMAT (particularly for SC) is the best you can get. It depends on your weak area. For Verbal you can rathermore think of some additional Grammar book as Doing Grammar or GMAT Club's Grammar. Both are frequent suggestions.

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Hi Kansas,

in addition to Manhattan GMAT's strategy guides, in order to get some 750+ questions you can have a look at:

- GMATClubs Math Questions - seem to be a very good preparation for hard questions
- Jeff Sackmann's TOTAL GMAT Math

For Verbal I think MGMAT (particularly for SC) is the best you can get. It depends on your weak area. For Verbal you can rathermore think of some additional Grammar book as Doing Grammar or GMAT Club's Grammar. Both are frequent suggestions.

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Thank u so much for the help. In the verbal section, how about referring to grammar books like Wren & Martin's High School Grammar and composition and Norman Lewis's How to read better and faster. I have seen people recommend them but am not sure whether they will increase my scores substantially..
And about the GMAT club Maths questions are there some more available other than the Maths tests.? I see some attachments but am not sure whether to use them..
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I just took the GMAT today and scored a 510 after a little over a month of studying. I had a 35 in Quantitative and a 25 in verbal. My ideal goal is 650+ but I need at least a 600. I am taking the test at the end of January. I did not use the OG guide 12 as much as I probably should. Do I need to use this material extensively and not worry about other materials or should I supplement the OG12 with the series of Manhattan books? The thing that I look at with the OG guide is that it is great for practice but it lacks strategy and I think I need a strategic foundation. If I get these Manhattan books and supplement with the OG12 guide can I feasibly increase my score by 90-140 points in a month of studying? Any suggestions by anyone? I'm open for all Ideas..I also have a subscription to Magoosh's online class...what would be the best way of studying to increase this score and what would be the best materials to use? I need help!!

I have mgmat and OG12. For practice Take the OG12. For Content MGMAT.

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New post 21 Feb 2012, 02:45
I will be going to attend the event which will be held in Bangalore for Gmat Quant Booster, By crackverbal and hope that i don't need any books for my Gmat perparation after that workshop.
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New post 26 Feb 2012, 12:40
I'm not planning to take the GMAT until after June 5th, but a classmate is going to sit it in April and so far he has been using the book Crack the GMAT. It was available in my university library, so I borrowed it to take a look at it. It is very, very basic. It is good to understand how the GMAT works and what is included in each part, but apart from that, I can only see it being useful for someone who has been out of college for several years, or who has studied an undegraduate in which no quantitative courses where taught.

For anyone considering to buy it, I'm pretty sure there's better material available such as the one recommended in this thread.
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I'm not planning to take the GMAT until after June 5th, but a classmate is going to sit it in April and so far he has been using the book Crack the GMAT. It was available in my university library, so I borrowed it to take a look at it. It is very, very basic. It is good to understand how the GMAT works and what is included in each part, but apart from that, I can only see it being useful for someone who has been out of college for several years, or who has studied an undegraduate in which no quantitative courses where taught.

For anyone considering to buy it, I'm pretty sure there's better material available such as the one recommended in this thread.


gjrr4x1, are you talking about Princeton Review? I have just started praparing and I have this book so far.... It seems pretty simple but anyway good to warm up I guess)
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gjrr4x1 wrote:
I'm not planning to take the GMAT until after June 5th, but a classmate is going to sit it in April and so far he has been using the book Crack the GMAT. It was available in my university library, so I borrowed it to take a look at it. It is very, very basic. It is good to understand how the GMAT works and what is included in each part, but apart from that, I can only see it being useful for someone who has been out of college for several years, or who has studied an undegraduate in which no quantitative courses where taught.

For anyone considering to buy it, I'm pretty sure there's better material available such as the one recommended in this thread.


gjrr4x1, are you talking about Princeton Review? I have just started praparing and I have this book so far.... It seems pretty simple but anyway good to warm up I guess)


Yeh. Exactly. It's good for those who haven't done any maths for a few years, but useless for those who are currently in their final year of their undergraduate, or have been working for a year or two.
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I gave my GMAT in Feb and scored 570. I have done OG 12th Edition and few test from GMATClub. I am planning to retake my exam in the month of June or July again.
Will prepare thoroughly this time around.

Very helpful post BB. Thanks a ton.
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If any of you can help me confirm if this would be a good bundle (I am coming from prepping for the MCAT, so having everything in order is a downfall of mine)

Kaplan Premier - For general strategy and a good primer to studies
The MGMAT Set of 8 to review everything
OG 12th for additional real GMAT problems
Scattered gmatclub online tests as I find weaknesses

does that sound good?

I also have a TPR Hyperlearning verbal reasoning book that I bought for mcat prep but didn't have time to utilize. Would this help on the GMAT verbal?
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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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I mentioned the kaplan premier because it was listed in it's own row for general strategy. The MGMAT books also provide this? Sorry if I am a little green at this.
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I mentioned the kaplan premier because it was listed in it's own row for general strategy. The MGMAT books also provide this? Sorry if I am a little green at this.


Yes, they do.
Kaplan Premier comes with 5 CAT tests, which is nice but otherwise, you will pick all of it up from MGMAT Guides.
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miabullitt wrote:
I mentioned the kaplan premier because it was listed in it's own row for general strategy. The MGMAT books also provide this? Sorry if I am a little green at this.

No worries! It does take some time to figure out exactly what's going on, though it seems that you're on solid ground. The Kaplan Premier, as bb confirmed, is a comprehensive study guide. The Manhattan series (all eight guidebooks) is also complete, though I would personally switch the Manhattan CR guidebook for the Powerscore CR Bible.
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New post 29 Mar 2012, 11:48
MGMAT Advanced Quant and Total GMAT MATH are really challenging me ... great suggestions!!
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