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Top & Best GMAT Math Books




Common Book Combinations and Recommendatios
1. Need to figure out your weaknesses in GMAT math? Take a GMATPrep test or GMAT Club's free GMAT Club Tests
2. Rusty with Math or want to be very methodical - start with basics: Manhattan GMAT Foundations of GMAT Math
3. OK with Math but need a good review in a short amount of time: Kaplan Math Workbook + MGMAT Number Properties + MGMAT Word Translations
4. Need highest score and have time: MGMAT Guides + GMAT Club tests or take a quant course
5. Need additional quant question practice: OG Quant, QP1, Kaplan GMAT 800, MGMAT Advanced (has some errors/typos), or use gmat club tags
6. Looking for Q51 - try this post https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-ultimate ... 09801.html



1. GMAT Math Books

1. Manhattan GMAT (MGMAT) Guides
Recommended for best results if you have the time.
Strengths:
1. Good balance between test taking strategies and background theory explanations
2. Single-topic focus of each guide allows the student to purchase only those guides that pertain to his/her weaknesses
3. Covered concepts are illustrated with examples that are conveniently assigned to either PS or DS section.
4. Access to 6 Online CAT's (same for each book)
5. Additional online practice question banks (different for each book)
Weaknesses:
1. Time and Money
2. Books themselves do not contain many practice questions (though online and OG 12 references more than compensate)
Notes: most often recommended guide is the Manhattan GMAT Number properties and MGMAT Word Translations







2. Veritas Prep Guides
Rival of the MGMAT bundle though a bit higher priced.
Strengths:
1. 12 total guides + an intro book for quant + test simulation booklet
2. Practice questions. Every one of the guides is packed with practice questions
3. Fresh questions; you probably have not seen them on forums/etc since these books have just been published

Weaknesses:
1. Spacing is a bit strange sometimes with only one question per page









3. Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook
A solid supplement to the Official Guide
Strengths:
1. Fairly comprehensive review of the basic math concepts needed for the GMAT
2. Structure of the book allows you to work from start to finish, building on previous skills learned
3. Sections devoted to Word problem and Data Sufficiency questions
Weaknesses:
1. Statistics, Combinations/Permutations and Probability are not covered
2. Questions do not reflect GMAT questions, but rather are designed to insure that the material is mastered
Notes: Recommended/most interesting problem compilation from Kaplan Math Workbook
Faster than going through the math MGMAT Guides, but also not as thorough











4. Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review
Great for additional math practice questions, but don't expect to find any strategies or math lessons here.
Strengths:
1. 300 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.
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 easy and medium difficulty questions. Not very helpful to a person aiming to get above 700.
Bottom Line: this book is optional; usually the OG is sufficient by itself.










5. GMAT Club Math Book
120 pages covering some of the trickier and harder topics such as Number Theory, Probability, and Combinations
Strengths:
1. It is Free!
2. Has sample and practice questions
3. Extensive explanations and support on the forum
Weaknesses:
1. It does not have some of the more basic topics and has multiple authors so the flow is not ideal
2. You will need to find more practice questions
Bottom Line: It is free, and has solid content from GMAT Club's brightest minds








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Additional materials to consider:

1. Advanced GMAT Quant by MGMAT https://gmatclub.com/forum/advanced-gma ... 14166.html
2. Math Revolution's 700 Question Bank
3. Total GMAT Math by Jeff Sackman
4. Ian Stewart's GMAT Math books/collections - you will have to PM him for those IanStewart
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Great compilation.
I am stuck at Q37. Should I buy the manhattan guides only or any other book ?


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Hi bb, :)

Many thanks for the article, here is my problem I am not a native English speaker, and I studied Math in Arabic, so when I started taking a GMAT practice test on the GMAT prep software of the GMAC I found math very difficult and It was for me like in other language since I didn't study math since High school, it's like 14 years.

I decided to study again Math of the high school, Arithmetic, Algebra, Probability and Statistic and I wonder is there any book specialized for giving lessons, rules, examples and an answered exercises for that mission please :?:

Many thanks for your replies,

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Don’t miss the Nova GMAT math book, by far better than MGMAT and others. Combine with their Math test book and if you have time with Math Revolution or it’s Indian version Top one percent And voila you are ready for Q51!!

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*NOTE* Avoid the GMAT Official Review 2018. The books are fine - but the mathematical formatting of the online question bank is a mess and it's impossible to read many of the questions. I notified their team - they responded to say that they are aware of the problem and are working on it. It's been weeks, I've followed up numerous times and the problem has still not been resolved. Shocking. AVOID AVOID AVOID!!!

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