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# Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations)

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1. Need to figure out your weaknesses in GMAT math? Take a GMATPrep test or GMAT Club's free gmat diagnostic test
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
5. Need specific question practice: PR 1012 (has some errors/typos), Quant OG, or use gmat club tags
6. Probability and Combinations review: http://gmatclub.com/forum/combinations- ... 56486.html and MGMAT Word Translations

 Book Bundles and Study Plans at a Glance Standard Plan Advanced Plan Ultimate Plan Beyond Hardcore Plan General Strategy BooksExplain how GMAT works, provide general principles and strategies, give an idea about weaknesses, provide practice tests Kaplan Live Online+ comes with 6 practice tests Kaplan Live Online+ comes with 6 practice testsKaplan GMAT Advanced- Poor guidebook, more of a question collection Kaplan Live Online+ comes with 6 practice testsKaplan GMAT Advanced- Poor guidebook, more of a question collectionGMAT Test Simulation Booklet+ Great for practice Kaplan Live Online+ comes with 6 practice testsKaplan GMAT Advanced- Poor guidebook, more of a question collectionGMAT Test Simulation Booklet+ Great for practice Quant BooksRefresh math principles, fill gaps, and learn patterns Kaplan Math Workbook- missing probability and combinations Kaplan Math Workbook- missing probability and combinationsMGMAT Number Properties 5 Quant MGMAT GuidesMGMAT Math Foundations 5 Quant MGMAT GuidesMGMAT Math FoundationsProbability and Combinations for Dummies Verbal BooksRefresh grammar rules, aquire CR and RC strategies Kaplan Verbal WorkbookOR: PowerScore Verbal Bible CR: PowerScore CR or MGMAT CRRC: MGMAT RCSC: PowerScore SC or MGMAT SC CR: PowerScore CR or MGMAT CRRC: MGMAT RCSC: PowerScore SC or MGMAT SCSC: Kaplan Verbal Foundations CR: PowerScore CR or MGMAT CRCR: LSAT Critical ReasoningRC: MGMAT RCRC: LSAT Reading ComprehensionSC: PowerScore SC or MGMAT SCSC: Doing Grammar Practice QuestionsAdditional practice Official Guide 12th+ 900 retired real GMAT questions Official Guide 12th+ 900 retired real GMAT questionsVerbal Official Guide+ 300 retired verbal GMAT questionsQuant Official Guide+ 300 retired quant GMAT questions Official Guide 12th+ 900 retired real GMAT questionsVerbal Official Guide+ 300 retired verbal GMAT questionsQuant Official Guide+ 300 retired quant GMAT questionsPrinceton Review 1012+ Great target practice Official Guide 12th+ 900 retired real GMAT questionsVerbal Official Guide+ 300 retired verbal GMAT questionsQuant Official Guide+ 300 retired quant GMAT questionsPrinceton Review 1012+ Great target practicePaper GMAT Tests+ Official Retired tests available from GMAC TestsSimulated Practice GMAT tests GMATPrep, Kaplan, Free tests GMATprep, Kaplan, MGMAT, some GMATClub tests GMATprep, PowerPrep, GMAT Focus, Kaplan, MGMAT, GMATClub tests GMATprep, PowerPrep, GMAT Focus, Kaplan, MGMAT, PR, GMATClub tests

1. GMAT Math Books

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.
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

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. Price: \$250
2. Spacing is a bit strange sometimes with only one question per page

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

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 low and medium difficulty questions. Not very helpful to a person aiming to get above 700.
Bottom Line: this book is optional; usually OG 12 is sufficient by itself.

Notable Specialized Books - Arithmetic, Probability, Combinations, DS, etc

Combinations & Probability

Veritas Prep Combinations & Probability - added 08/24/10
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Dedicated Combinations and Probability Guide considered by many to be the best
Strengths:
1. Good strategies
2. Plenty of practice questions
3. Well organized and laid out

Weaknesses:
1. Possibly crosses into non-gmat section but a very minor concern

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Contains material on Combinations and Probability
Strengths:
1. Coverage of combinations and probability
2. Coverage of Statistics and Overlapping sets problems
3. Comes with 6 MGMAT tests
Weaknesses:
1. As with all MGMAT Guides, lacks practice questions and relies on the Official Guide for additional practice. If you have covered the OG, you may have to look elsewhere for practice, such as GMAT Club's free collection of probability questions: http://gmatclub.com/forum/combinations- ... 56486.html

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Great for refreshing math concepts and building confidence in math
Strengths:
1. Works well with other MGMAT books (structured in a similar way)
2. Best book for brushing up on long forgotten math concepts (fractions, powers, etc)
3. Comes with additional online practice questions
Weaknesses:
1. The book has 400 practice questions but they are not in a GMAT format, rather a math-textbook format
2. Long! 300 full-size pages - I think the expectation is that you skip parts that you know
3. No access to MGMAT tests that usually are included with all of the other 8 guides
Notes: recommended instead of the Kaplan Math Foundations. See a very detailed review of the Foundations of GMAT Math by a member

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19 Aug 2012, 03:54
Just to give a background, I started with GMAT preparation; i'm an engineer academically and passed in 2009.

I will be applying for 2014 fall session and planning to give GMAT in the coming couple of months. My math skills are better than my verbal skills.

Just a week ago, I started with a couple of books—Kaplan Math Workbook and Kaplan Verbal Workbook, going by the Standard Plan as I don't have a lot of time over the week to study.

In a week, I was able to complete all the questions in Math Workbook's first 3 chapters out of 5; and in my opinion, I just wasted my money; they appeared to be very easy (Even the advanced ones).

My question is that, shall I switch to a tougher book or this would be suffice for GMAT Math?
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25 Sep 2012, 05:27
nice post.can you please suggest where can i buy that books online for less cost?
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26 Jan 2013, 11:06
Hello bb/bunuel, I was wondering if we should mention our "GMAT club Math book" in this table/list of books. Its a good read for those who are prepping up for Quant.
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16 Mar 2013, 07:57
For ppl in India .... Ims quant is pretty good but stay away from their verbal.....quant material has got some good questions for practice
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20 Mar 2013, 06:53
Has anyone heard of the "NOVA Bible" for Quant? A guy I met couple of days ago at some networking event just aced GMAT and GRE quant sections. I was curious to hear other's opinions

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25 May 2013, 23:59
Hi,

I started my GMAT preparation last week.I have a target of 750+. Per recommendations of many , I am going with OG13 & Manhatten SC. But, I feel OG's quants are damn easy. Kindly suggest me some real 750+ kinda book for quant . Kaplan advanced questions are not like Gmat's. Waiting prompt responses.
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09 Jul 2013, 13:15
for a final brushup, i feel MGMAT adv quant is very useful

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in my opinion, LSAT books contain some very good verbal questions which goes into the depth of the subject, but i am not sure if such questions are useful for GMAT

my opinion was based on , short term preparation course. especially for non-natives
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29 Jul 2013, 13:35
Hi,

I am considering using only Gmatclub's Math book. I have gone through about 20 pages and I feel like It is exactly what all the theory is needed for GMAT. Though I have Manhattan's Guides, I am afraid they may take quite some time.My exam is about in 45 days and so I am considering going through Gmatclub Math book and topic wise OG practice using the directory.My Target in quant is 49+. Will this work for me? Btw, I am a retaker and got Q44 in my first take.

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29 Jul 2013, 13:51
Hi Pavan,

What is GC? would you please elaborate? If your exam is so near, i would suggest you concentrate on verbal more as it may take more time.
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30 Jul 2013, 00:35
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Hi Pavan,

What is GC? would you please elaborate? If your exam is so near, i would suggest you concentrate on verbal more as it may take more time.

Hi, by GC I meant Gmatclub. Edited my previous post to remove this confusion.

Coming to verbal, I have been spending most of my time on verbal since about 2-3 weeks.
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30 Jul 2013, 02:42
As a well wisher I would suggest complete OG and quant review 2 times each and nothing else would be required in quant. Easily u can score 49 in Quant
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03 Sep 2013, 16:48
The main post needs to be updated with OG 13.
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16 Sep 2013, 09:21
A good book for quantitative aptitude is by Arun Sharma. The book has some mistakes in the answer key but the level of questions is good...
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16 Sep 2013, 13:09
Hi,

I just have question specifically related to quant prep, at the first page of posts you said that if

Rusty with Math or want to be very methodical - start with basics: Manhattan GMAT Foundations of GMAT Math

then in the same page for a particular user to mentioned

If you are completely bad and rusty with math - get Kaplan Math Foundations

I would like to buy the MGMAT quant set (would also like to know if thats a wise decision) but before that would like to get my fundamentals strong and clear thoroughly, so could you clarify among MGMAT and kaplan foundations which is the right book to pick up and start polishing my basics.

If the MGMAT quant set of 5 books is preferable which presently are
Fractions, Decimals, & Percents GMAT Strategy Guide, 5th Edition
Algebra GMAT Strategy Guide, 5th Edition
Word Problems GMAT Strategy Guide, 5th Edition
Geometry GMAT Strategy Guide, 5th Edition
Number Properties GMAT Strategy Guide, 5th Edition

So, Is buying the entire set preferable or buying few specific books from this set and other topics from some other publisher is prefered, and if it is prefered this later way then among the MGMAT which should I buy and which other publisher should I buy.

I would like get clarified with the which foundation of math to buy (either MGMAT foundation of math or Kaplan foundation of math) --have seen a few comments like MGMAT foundation has a lot of errors but those posts were quite old, now the fifth edition has come out so has these been taken care in the MGMAT foundation of math?

Once clarified with the foundation would like to know next which books to buy, either the entire MGMAT quant set (5 books -- will just following this entire cover all the quant topics in gmat? ) or topic wise separate publishers are preferred. I would like to get the best follow it to the end, once done will move to OG and others but until then to instil the hardcore confidence I would like to get myself completely clear with quant individually topic preparation.

Hope my post isn't intriguing but I just want to have a crystal clear path before in hand of what I need to do and follow. A detailed reply would really be helpful for me to decide which to buy and start my preparation as I rather weak in quant than verbal.
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16 Sep 2013, 13:24
Get the MGMAT Book set + MGMAT Foundations.

Hope this clears it up.
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28 Nov 2013, 05:31
I'm using Manhattan GMAT and I think is fine. Just I can't find a detailed section about sequences and series.
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03 Dec 2013, 11:42
I am working with GMAT MATH BIBLE - NOVA . I found question are good and separate in categories ranging from easy to very hard. But if compare Nova with GMAT forum question I found Nova quite outdated. Please someone help and let me know whether to work with NOVA help or not.

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28 Mar 2014, 19:45
Have you guys tried out the Jay Stewart's Ultimate Guide to GMAT Math books? I'm considering getting them on Kindle so I could study on lunch, breaks and whenever I have time.
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10 May 2014, 07:16
Hi everyone

Though I have asked this question to bb via PM , I want to present it to wider audiences so here it goes.

I am from Engineering background so have a pretty strong fundamental grasp on Maths. Having said so I started my preparation with the GMAT Math club book along with the questions tagged at the end of each chapter. Needless to say , I was rusty so the solutions were taking time. After consulting with some friends who have given GMAT , I got hold of Manhattan guides ( 5 Maths books). Now I am finding these books too trivial. For eg , there is no way lot many questions asked in this forum under 600-700 and 700 category can be answered if one refers to these books only. So my concern is whether Manhattan material is providing sufficient coverage for GMAT ?

Any pointers will be appreciated .
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