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Best GMAT Books Updated Nov 2014



Previously you could get a general GMAT Book and then more specialized GMAT books to go deeper into each section. Today, there is a shift towards just getting a number of specialized GMAT books such as the 8 Manhattan GMAT Guides and 15 Veritas Prep Guides. Whichever GMAT Book you decide to use, remember to also get the Official Guide for GMAT Review – it is the only source of the real GMAT questions.

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Books and Study Plans at a Glance
Standard/QuickAdvanced/ThoroughSpecialized
General Strategy Books
Explain how GMAT works, provide general principles and strategies,
give an idea about weaknesses, provide practice tests
Official Guide 16
+ comes with 900 official questions

Kaplan Premier
+ comes with 6 CAT's
Official Guide 16
+ comes with 900 official questions

MGMAT Guides
+ come with 6 online tests
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Veritas Prep Guides
+ come with 5 online tests
Kaplan GMAT 800
- Poor guidebook, more of a question collection
Quant Books
Refresh math principles, fill gaps, and learn patterns
Kaplan Math Workbook
- missing probability and combinations
OG Quant
- somewhat easy
MGMAT Math Foundations
MGMAT Advanced Quant
Total GMAT Math
Verbal Books
Refresh grammar rules, aquire CR and RC strategies
Kaplan Verbal WorkbookOG VerbalMGMAT Verbal Foundations
PowerScore CR
Aristotle SC
Ultimate GMAT Grammar
examPAL Sentence Correction Basics
LSAT Books
– goes beyond the scope
GMAT Practice Tests
Tests included with books or recommended practice
6 Kaplan Practice Tests
+ come with Kaplan Premier
+ Take 1 free
6 MGMAT Practice Tests
+ come with MGMAT books
+ Take 1 free

15 Veritas Prep CAT tests
+ come with Veritas books if purchased at VeritasPrep
+ Take 1 Free
GMAT Club Tests
+ Take 2 Free

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1. Official Guide for GMAT Review 2016 - Must Have
Published by the creators/owners of the GMAT. Must have for the advantage of having access to 900 real gmat questions but will need Strategy/Study guide to build up math/verbal skills and test-taking strategies.
Strengths:
1. 900 real GMAT questions
2. Real GMAT questions retired from past tests
3. The practice questions are organized by level of difficulty
4. The practice questions follow actual GMAT test patterns - great to have one's ear trained, esp. in verbal
Weaknesses:
1. The book does not contain any strategies
2. It does have a few short review sections but they are very weak
3. Mostly low and medium difficulty questions. Not very helpful to a person aiming to get above 700.
Other Notes: Differences between 11th and 12th Editions.







2. Manhattan GMAT set of 10 Strategy Guides
Not to be over-zealous but I would say the most comprehensive self-prep money can buy
Strengths:
1. Very in-depth overview of every GMAT subject in 10 dedicated guides (each is 100-200 pages long)
2. Includes access to 6 online practice tests
3. Hundreds of additional targeted practice questions available online (get free access by using the codes inside of each book)
4. Includes the best of the best gmat books such as: MGMAT Number properties, MGMAT Word Translations, MGMAT SC, MGMAT CR, and MGMAT RC
Weaknesses:
1. Requires Official Guide for best results (additional practice questions)

Other Notes:You can buy these separately but it won't be as good of a deal.










3. Veritas Prep Complete Course Set:12 GMAT Strategy Guides
Very strong challenger to the Manhattan GMAT set
Strengths:
1. Very in-depth overview of every GMAT subject in 12 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
Weaknesses:
1. Tests are only available if book purchased from Veritas Prep Bookstore
2. Could have used less paper - some books have only one question per page
3. Expensive - $250







4. Kaplan GMAT Premier with CD-ROM
Recommended. Well-rounded guide for GMAT preparation. Questions are usually harder than GMAT and sometimes a bit off; however, the book comes with 6 GMAT Tests (1 in the book and 5 online)
Strengths:
1. Good review of fundamentals and valuable strategies - good first GMAT Book
2. 6 GMAT Tests included for the price of $27 with free shipping from Amazon
Weaknesses:
1. Several questions overlap with Kaplan 800 book
2. Not representative CAT scores
3. Some areas such as combinations or probability are not covered in sufficient detail







6. Test Simulation Booklet with Marker ("Scratch Paper")
The laminated booklet and marker are exactly as the ones you will get at the test center. Great product to get familiar with the special laminated scratch paper.






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Thank microair. Somehow my reply got away from me. I partially agree with you - please see my comments below:

Here is my perspective:
1. I did not feel that the MGMAT Advanced Quant was disconnected from the GMAT
2. I did feel that some of the questions were complicated, tricky, and hard (sometimes beyond reason but that's debatable)
3. What I saw the book test and the value it presented was offering questions I have not seen before and I felt that was very valuable as that happened to me on the real test
4. The questions were a combination of several easier questions (probability mixed with counting or work)

Definitely could use some improvement; however, at the end of the day, I don't know that I can recommend another book that could be addressing this specific need/element. The 700+ level material is so scarce and so new that I am not sure what else to suggest.

See this thread for a very detailed review of the MGMAT Advanced Quant
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I just bought kaplan 800 i think there verbal is pretty nice and tough comparable to quantitative.
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Do you really find MGMAT Advanced Math useful? I am big MGMAT fan but I thought that this book was poorly written. I didn't think any of those questions were realistic. Unless you know the trick right away, you can't solve most of these questions in 2 minutes. I think its one of those books that appeals to people who are done with every possible question out there and now are looking for some additional practice. In fact I would even argue that even for those folks its a waste of time as none of them are realistic.

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Other Books You May Find Helpful:




1. Official Guide for GMAT Review 10th ed - Great source of additional REAL GMAT questions
Strengths:
1. More questions - 1,400 questions vs. 900 in the OG 11 and OG 12
2. Price - right now it is under $5 with shipping for a used copy (though it will be quite old)
3. Not too much overlap with OG 11 or OG 12
Weaknesses:
1. Significant overlap with GMATPrep and PowerPrep. Also some overlap with ETS paper tests is reported.
2. I would guess the questions on average are somewhat easier but can't really remember anything about the book anymore.









3. Princeton Review 1,012 GMAT Questions
Not a guidebook and contains only practice questions.
Strengths:
1. Review of factorials, probability, combinations, groups, Yes/No DS, assumption, and parallel structure questions
2. Good split between PS and DS in math
Weaknesses:
1. A lot of errors in explanations!
2. Weaker RC section
3. Verbal questions are a bit off but all non OG Verbal questions are off.

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You raise an interesting point, microair. I haven't used that book, but I did practice with Manhattan's Challenge Archive. I have a similiar stance with that product.

Advanced material should be beneficial when one is truly prepared for it. But there comes a point when the content becomes too complex and deviates from the original purpose of our studies.
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I just wanted to comment that I recently purchased the MGMAT Advanced Quant book and found it very, very useful. Working through the 150 advanced problems tought me some good techniques and patterns to recognize how to work through harder questions. I did half of the difficult PS/DS documents posted on GMAT club before, and half after, and definitely noticed I was stronger, and quicker afterwards.
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I've heard people say that Kaplan 800 is a little advanced for test takers. In my expxerience, it's not all that different from say MGMAT. And Math is rather easy compared to MGMAT!


Yes, it is rather Kapan 700 or Kaplan 650.
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Thanks for the updated info but with the amount of books recommended I believe this would only lead to a brain malfunction :) It would be better to kep it simple and precise.
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OG QUANTS will have more number of exercises , you can expect few repetitions (same as OG 12)as well, but it's certainly a good book to get additional practice.
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I have OG 12. I am thinking buying OG Quant (possibly OG verbal as well). Do the questions in OG 12 and OG Quant repeat or are they mostly new questions?


They do not overlap, so you are safe. However, they are easier in the OG quant (esp in the quant) and OG Verbal than in the OG 12
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You can reinforce your practice by referring plenty of practice books available in market (Refer - best-gmat-books-118706.html?fl=menu).
OG Quants / OG 12 contains actual GMAT questions and it advisable to practice them also, may be, after you are done with other practice books to get a real touch.
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Quant is my main focus area. I am currently going through the Manhattan set of Quant books.
Which is a better book to supplement the practice for the techniques learnt from these books..Kaplan Quant Workbook or the Total Gmat Math?
Please advise.



Two very different books.
Total GMAT Math is probably 3x the size of Kaplan Math Workbook.

I have used the Kaplan Math Workbook and I felt it was effective and a good balance but if you want the most coverage, Total GMAT Math is the way to go.
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I've heard people say that Kaplan 800 is a little advanced for test takers. In my expxerience, it's not all that different from say MGMAT. And Math is rather easy compared to MGMAT!
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Hi BB, what do you think of Mcgraw Hill test book??
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Hi BB, what do you think of Mcgraw Hill test book??



I don't think they are qualified experts - they don't teach classes or have any exposure of working with students. My understand (let me know if incorrect), they hire an instructor/expert (who often is a writer of a series of books) to write the book and update once every few years... I don't think it is a worthwhile investment - you want to get a book from someone who is in business of test prep, not publishing.
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