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01 Jun 2012, 18:59
1. Very in-depth overview of every GMAT subject in 15 dedicated guides (each is 100-200 pages long)
2. Comes with a test simulation booklet and a basic math book for those who need extra help (MGMAT charges extra for these)
3. A gmat book for any subject, including probability, combinations, DS, etc
4. Has more practice questions (by far) than the Manhattan set
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03 Jun 2012, 04:52
Whats the difference between strategy guide and Foundations of quantitative GMAT?

The strategy guide feels quite basic and also explain everything very clearly and detailed, is it worth buying foundations of quantitative? after all quantitative is my Achilles heel...
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03 Jun 2012, 12:35
Can anyone suggest me good book to improve quant topics - combination and rate/time/distance?

I aalready MGMAT SG and OG 11 and 13. However, when I practice tests I always get confuse.
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06 Jun 2012, 18:12
Hello everyone

Honestly im totally lost . There are so many books and guides...i dont know where to begin. I been reading posts here for 2 days and im still lost.
Im planning to take the gmat in 8,5 weeks, but i will start in one week from now. Im planning to study for 9-12 hours a day.Here in sweden i will take my bsc in economics in couple of days and next semester i will hopefully take a bsc in statistics. My main questions is, wich books should i buy if i want a score at 710+...im screwed if i dont get around this number.
Im sure you get this posts all the time , but please i really need some advice especially now that the gmat is changed.

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06 Jun 2012, 21:41
Shadow88 wrote:
Hello everyone

Honestly im totally lost . There are so many books and guides...i dont know where to begin. I been reading posts here for 2 days and im still lost.
Im planning to take the gmat in 8,5 weeks, but i will start in one week from now. Im planning to study for 9-12 hours a day.Here in sweden i will take my bsc in economics in couple of days and next semester i will hopefully take a bsc in statistics. My main questions is, wich books should i buy if i want a score at 710+...im screwed if i dont get around this number.
Im sure you get this posts all the time , but please i really need some advice especially now that the gmat is changed.

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I agree that the message here is pretty ambiguous. It's a serious weakness. Let me make it easy for you. Buy the 8 MGMAT guides, the OG guide, and the OG Verbal and OG Math guides. Go through the plan as recommended in the MGMAT guides. Then once you're finished with all that, come on here and try the GMAT Club Tests. If you do all that, you will test at at least 95% of your maximum potential wherever that is. In terms of additional books, you could possibly try the Sackmann Challenge Sets.
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06 Jun 2012, 21:45
For ease of it, you can just OG 13 + the MGMAT Guides - that's what most do.

You can also add a few options such as GMAT Roadmap (I like this one)
Foundations of GMAT Quant if you need quant extra basics
Foundations of GMAT Verbal if you need verbal extra help
And that's it.

This is plenty for about 3-4 months.
you an also add the Kaplan Premier (1,100 pages and 6 CAT's for about \$40) but that's only if you need extra CAT's
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07 Jun 2012, 02:19
Anyone using "GMATPrep® Question Pack 1" ? Is there any overlap between GMATPrep® Question Pack 1 and OG 12/13?
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07 Jun 2012, 04:37
Thank you vandygrad11 and bb for the very quick responses, im not used to that fast and good responses. I was wondering also if 10 hours per day for 7,5-8 weeks is enough and if should include more kaplan. When i looked in this forum i see that kaplan and the manhattan series are the ones people use and the must have of official guide.
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07 Jun 2012, 17:57
Shadow88 wrote:
Thank you vandygrad11 and bb for the very quick responses, im not used to that fast and good responses. I was wondering also if 10 hours per day for 7,5-8 weeks is enough and if should include more kaplan. When i looked in this forum i see that kaplan and the manhattan series are the ones people use and the must have of official guide.

Ten hours per day is unquestionably too much. Unless you are literally a sponge, then you won't be able to absorb that much information to the extent that you need to absorb information. Remember, the GMAT isn't about regurgitating formulas. It's about being asked a tricky problem, breaking it down into its pieces, and then applying the raw knowledge that you've absorbed. Obviously there's a diminishing returns argument to be made as well. After you've studied for about 100 hours, regardless of your plan, you'll want to have made sure that you studied efficiently. So, let's say you are studying for 8 weeks. Try studying for 20 hours a week to reach about 160 hours in total. That will be more than enough.

If you're not convinced, go here and scroll down to the section titled, "How long should you prep really?".

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Anyone using "GMATPrep® Question Pack 1" ? Is there any overlap between GMATPrep® Question Pack 1 and OG 12/13?

Hey, this is a good question. You made me wonder the same thing. Tracked down the answer for you from here: http://www.mba.com/store/product-info.a ... GP-SHOP-02.

"Extend your free GMATPrep® software download with this pack of 404 questions and answer explanations: 200 Quantitative, 180 Verbal, and 24 Integrated Reasoning. This pack includes questions never before seen in any other GMAT® exam product."
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08 Jun 2012, 04:33
vandygrad11:

I see what you meen. The issue for me is that its my first time and i really need to score 700+, thats why im so in to studying like a maniac. But you got a solid point there, im just very nervous about the exam and the amount of materials you have to go through. The most important thing is to be productive. My study plan was to start very early, at like 07.00-08.00, finish by 17.00-18.00 and right after hit the gym ( to clear my mind) and then relax for the rest of the day. But i will shorten it and be as productive as i can. Just gonna find a good study schedule for the next 8 weeks and then start the whole process with a prep test to see where i stand.
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08 Jun 2012, 04:51
I will do the first free test in the next fews days. Never tried the GMAT before.
I have a quick question, on a similar note as the previous poster.

What's best amongst these options?

1. The Manhattan Complete Prep Set, USD290
2. The Premium GMAT Study Collection, USD 264
3. The Manhattan Complete Prep Set, USD290 + The GMAT OnDemand Study Collection, USD185
4. The Manhattan Complete Strategy Guide, USD192 + The GMAT OnDemand Study Collection, USD185

...or other packages/combinations

Thanks!

(I quoted the official RRPs, they might be cheaper somewhere else)
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08 Jun 2012, 09:10
buy from amazon - a lot cheaper

BTW has anyone tried PR's new 1037 questions book? Is that any good?
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08 Jun 2012, 14:11
Right, in addition to my question above...Here's another one.

Looks like the Manhattan Strategy Guides 5th Ed. (which now comprises of 10 books) + the 3 Official Guides (Review, Quant and Verbal) are a must have. Do I need to buy any other book (for example to have more practice questions/tests/etc)?
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09 Jun 2012, 00:02
buy sackmann's extreme challenge set, \$25 I believe.
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09 Jun 2012, 06:53
Hello GMATclub!

I've been interested in taking the GMAT for a quite while and as I just finished my first semester of my BSc I thought it would be a good idea to start early with preparations.

The problem I'm facing is probably to find the best study plan for myself. I am worried cause I'm not from a country where you speak english and my math knowledge is very basic. That might require me to do some extra studying apart from the test-structure.

My question is therefore: Out of all the books out there, are there any that helps someone that's a complete blank paper to becoming ready? Or should I start learning the basics of math and english grammar before I start looking for a suitable GMAT test-prep book?

I'm sorry if my english wasn't understandable. Feel free to ask me anything to make my question clearer.
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16 Jun 2012, 00:11
Hi bb,
Hi guys,

as you know - I've been quite for a while around here and am some months into my GMAT preparation. Unfortunately, starting April, I only had few possibilities to study and therefore got behind schedule. Initially, I wanted to take GMAT before the conversion in June, but then decided that the Integrated Reasoning section won't be that much of a difference.

My question:

Having in mind that I already have the MGMAT 4 Ed. 8 pack (just CR from Powescore), OG 12 pack (with VG2 and QG2), as well as both MGMAT Foundations books, which new books should I buy now to be updated? I definitely think of getting OG13 (Verbal 3? Quant 3?), but am still unsure about the new MGMAT books. I will definitely need something about Integrated Reasoning.

I surely want to sit for the GMAT until the End of July.

Thanks in advance!
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17 Jun 2012, 21:39
I like "1,012 GMAT Practice Questions (Graduate School Test Preparation) (Paperback)" and i think this one is cheaper and useful for GMAT Test.
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17 Jun 2012, 21:41
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I like "1,012 GMAT Practice Questions (Graduate School Test Preparation) (Paperback)" and i think this one is cheaper and useful for GMAT Test.

i think you are referring to the PR 1012 questions. They have released a new book a month ago with 1039 questions and IR section included.
It is quite good as a question collection but does not contain any strategies or materials to learn to improve, just questions and explanations.
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18 Jun 2012, 07:43
Hello again

I was just wondering if these books are enough to aim for a 700+ score, or should i order some more.

FOUNDATIONS OF GMAT VERBAL (manhattan)
THE OFFICIAL GUIDE (13)
FOUNDATIONS OF GMAT MATH (Manhattan)
MANHATTAN GMAT, SET OF 8
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18 Jun 2012, 21:08
I currently have the 11th edition of OG, but planning to buy the MGMAT Guides; having trouble deciding b/w the 8 books of the 4th edition or the 10th books of the 5th edition (about a \$30 difference - every \$ I save counts). Should I opt to buy the 5th edition of the guides and buy the 13th edition of OG? I am planning to use self-prep along with the Magoosh premium service. Just FYI - will need a strong math review. Thanks in advance for the feedback.
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