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Best GMAT Books - Latest Update

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New post 06 Mar 2012, 23:33
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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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New post 07 Mar 2012, 06:07
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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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New post 09 Mar 2012, 12:27
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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New post 28 Mar 2012, 15:03
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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New post 28 Mar 2012, 19:05
I see

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 see

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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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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New post 08 Apr 2012, 18:53
I went through the Manhattan Books, went through Powerscore CR and OG guide 12 as well as some Veritas Books and it is too much to do two sets of guides.

This is my own opinion but I feel that I've wasted too much time on strategy and not enough time practicing and timing my responses. The GMAT is a completely different beast from regular exams. It definitely helps to know your foundation math and grammar but most people don't even finish the exam. I can get all the math answers if I take 5 mins each. You really need to get the feeling for how 2 minutes feel without looking at the clock.

I like the Manhattan guides for the Quant section and the Veritas guides for the Verbal Section. I think the OG guide is very necessary for real question examples but is horrible in explaining the answers. I thought the Powerscore for CR is pretty useless. I brought the PS CR book because GMATclub users really recommend it but in the end, it pretty much tells me what I've already been doing subconsciously and a lot of the methods/strategies are time consuming and hard to apply for the 100 seconds you have for each question. I usually get most of my CR questions right so maybe I'm not a candidate for the book. I feel there really isn't a very good Reading Comprehension book or I haven't found it.
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New post 13 Apr 2012, 08:31
theres a new edition of manhattan gmat coming out this month, does anyone know which OG guide this will reference?

http://www.amazon.com/Manhattan-Complet ... 939&sr=8-1
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New post 27 Apr 2012, 14:21
Is there a forum for worse GMAT prep book? Somebody should starts one.

Princeton Cracking the GMAT should be listed there.
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New post 28 Apr 2012, 02:36
nova math bible will also be at the top in the worst list
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New post 28 Apr 2012, 18:34
Sorry if this has been asked before (I did attempt to find a response through the search function to no avail, suprisingly).

Given, the changes to the GMAT, do the recommended GMAT books change as well? What books would best serve to aide in studying for the new section? And is there a large shift to the new Manhattan set of books? (I purchased the 4th Edition set, just last year without realizing the changes in store).

Thanks for your help!
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New post 28 Apr 2012, 23:10
@poppedcolla

The new official guide has been released - OG 13

Manhattan has also updated their books..5th edition

You can check them out at their respective websites
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New post 30 Apr 2012, 11:30
I'm writing GMAT before June , is it worth buying OG 13 ?

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I'm writing GMAT before June , is it worth buying OG 13 ?

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you can get a handful of extra real-gmat questions if you buy OG-13. But buying it isn't essential as you will not face the IR section.
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nova math bible will also be at the top in the worst list


i do not think so. In my experience their questions and explanations ( mostly the questions) are not formulated properly.

MGMAT is the worth material I guess
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New post 11 May 2012, 23:49
Guys, any verdict on the new books? I am planning to take the test in August, 2012.
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New post 21 May 2012, 17:09
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?
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New post 31 May 2012, 23:54
Hello,

I am new to this forum and I was wondering if anybody could help me. I am planning on taking the GMAT. I graduated from college in 2001 (Auburn University). I have been working in my field as an accountant since then. I have reached a point in my career where I can't go any higher. I have been wanting to go to graduate school for quite some time but due to personal issues this hasn't been possible until now (father killed by a water spout, mother diagnosed with cancer, and my grandmother recently passed away). I want to give myself at least four months to prepare for this particular exam because it has been so long since I have taken an exam such as this. I have decided that I want to take the self study approach but I can't settle on which books I should purchase to prepare for the exam. I was considering the Princeton Review book (Cracking the new Gmat 2012 w/DVD and ordering the OG (most recent version. I have also thought about purchasing the PR math workout book and the verbal workout book. How does the PR compare to Veritas and the Manhattan prep books. I have also considered the Kaplan prep books and the powerscore books. Can anybody point me in the right direction? I have been looking at reviews online for several days and I am having a very hard time deciding. My goal is to try and hit above 700. With all of the options out there how does one decide on the correct prep materials for self study? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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