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Top Best GMAT Quantitative BooksCommon Book Combinations and Recommendatios1. 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 Books Explain 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 tests Kaplan GMAT Advanced  Poor guidebook, more of a question collection  Kaplan Live Online + comes with 6 practice tests Kaplan GMAT Advanced  Poor guidebook, more of a question collection GMAT Test Simulation Booklet + Great for practice  Kaplan Live Online + comes with 6 practice tests Kaplan GMAT Advanced  Poor guidebook, more of a question collection GMAT Test Simulation Booklet + Great for practice  Quant Books Refresh math principles, fill gaps, and learn patterns  Kaplan Math Workbook  missing probability and combinations  Kaplan Math Workbook  missing probability and combinations MGMAT Number Properties  5 Quant MGMAT Guides MGMAT Math Foundations  5 Quant MGMAT Guides MGMAT Math Foundations Probability and Combinations for Dummies  Verbal Books Refresh grammar rules, aquire CR and RC strategies  Kaplan Verbal Workbook OR: PowerScore Verbal Bible  CR: PowerScore CR or MGMAT CR RC: MGMAT RC SC: PowerScore SC or MGMAT SC  CR: PowerScore CR or MGMAT CR RC: MGMAT RC SC: PowerScore SC or MGMAT SC SC: Kaplan Verbal Foundations  CR: PowerScore CR or MGMAT CR CR: LSAT Critical Reasoning RC: MGMAT RC RC: LSAT Reading Comprehension SC: PowerScore SC or MGMAT SC SC: Doing Grammar  Practice Questions Additional practice  Official Guide 12th + 900 retired real GMAT questions  Official Guide 12th + 900 retired real GMAT questions Verbal Official Guide + 300 retired verbal GMAT questions Quant Official Guide + 300 retired quant GMAT questions  Official Guide 12th + 900 retired real GMAT questions Verbal Official Guide + 300 retired verbal GMAT questions Quant Official Guide + 300 retired quant GMAT questions Princeton Review 1012 + Great target practice  Official Guide 12th + 900 retired real GMAT questions Verbal Official Guide + 300 retired verbal GMAT questions Quant Official Guide + 300 retired quant GMAT questions Princeton Review 1012 + Great target practice Paper GMAT Tests + Official Retired tests available from GMAC  Tests Simulated 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 Books1. Manhattan GMAT (MGMAT) GuidesRecommended for best results if you have the time.Strengths: 1. Good balance between test taking strategies and background theory explanations 2. Singletopic 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
3. Veritas Prep GuidesRival 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 3. Kaplan GMAT Math WorkbookA solid supplement to the Official GuideStrengths: 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 WorkbookFaster 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 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 08/24/10Attachment:
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Dedicated Combinations and Probability Guide considered by many to be the bestStrengths:1. Good strategies 2. Plenty of practice questions 3. Well organized and laid out Weaknesses:1. Possibly crosses into nongmat section but a very minor concern . 5. Manhattan GMAT Word Translations Guide  added 11/11/091936240122 Attachment:
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Contains material on Combinations and ProbabilityStrengths: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.html6. Manhattan GMAT Foundations of GMAT Math  Added 2/5/2010Attachment:
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Great for refreshing math concepts and building confidence in mathStrengths: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 mathtextbook format 2. Long! 300 fullsize 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 memberAttachment:
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Great info ...guys ...thnkxx
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Hi guys, I already have a copy of the Kaplan GMAT Premier Program 2009 book. Is the Kaplan GMAT Workbook an exact copy of the math section from the premier program?

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seseoppa wrote: Hi guys, I already have a copy of the Kaplan GMAT Premier Program 2009 book. Is the Kaplan GMAT Workbook an exact copy of the math section from the premier program? Nope  completely different. I recommend it.
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bb wrote: seseoppa wrote: Hi guys, I already have a copy of the Kaplan GMAT Premier Program 2009 book. Is the Kaplan GMAT Workbook an exact copy of the math section from the premier program? Nope  completely different. I recommend it. Thanks. I will definitely check it out.

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I kept reading here about the Manhattan GMAT here and decided that I needed a strategy book (at least one) for my studies. I don't see Kaplan helping too much now (at least the results aren't as tangible as I've hoped) and the official guide can get you only so far. I figured since I read good things here and maybe something that's not "mass produced" like the Kaplan and Barron's (I bought the latter too, barely read it and didn't like it), might help. Then again, I'm very skeptical of these strategy books. I find that they're often very similar and teach me very little new information. So I decide on the Manhattan GMAT and specifically the word translations that seem to make up a large bulk of the math. Lo and behold, I'm reading the Manhattan GMAT and it's showing me practical strategies that I've never seen before. Age and rates problems that used to seem convoluted have been solved brilliantly. By brilliantly, I don't mean "correctly", of course every book would have the correct solution. But the brilliance in it is that the book helps YOU solve these problems. I always considered myself strong in math, but let's face it, even algebra can be confusing. With my penchant for dumb mistakes, that hurts even more. But their strategy of organizing this material in tables, works wonders. I've never seen these tables before. Now everything is so much clearer and easier. Kaplan and the $1,500 that I've shelled out has not shown me how to solve these problems as clearly and as easily as the Manhattan GMAT. I'm up to combinatorics and am actually looking forward for more strategies that will help me solve these problems and save time. Thanks guys for letting me know about this series, this book is highly recommended.

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GmatNY86 wrote: I kept reading here about the Manhattan GMAT here and decided that I needed a strategy book (at least one) for my studies. I don't see Kaplan helping too much now (at least the results aren't as tangible as I've hoped) and the official guide can get you only so far. I figured since I read good things here and maybe something that's not "mass produced" like the Kaplan and Barron's (I bought the latter too, barely read it and didn't like it), might help. Then again, I'm very skeptical of these strategy books. I find that they're often very similar and teach me very little new information. So I decide on the Manhattan GMAT and specifically the word translations that seem to make up a large bulk of the math. Lo and behold, I'm reading the Manhattan GMAT and it's showing me practical strategies that I've never seen before. Age and rates problems that used to seem convoluted have been solved brilliantly. By brilliantly, I don't mean "correctly", of course every book would have the correct solution. But the brilliance in it is that the book helps YOU solve these problems. I always considered myself strong in math, but let's face it, even algebra can be confusing. With my penchant for dumb mistakes, that hurts even more. But their strategy of organizing this material in tables, works wonders. I've never seen these tables before. Now everything is so much clearer and easier. Kaplan and the $1,500 that I've shelled out has not shown me how to solve these problems as clearly and as easily as the Manhattan GMAT. I'm up to combinatorics and am actually looking forward for more strategies that will help me solve these problems and save time. Thanks guys for letting me know about this series, this book is highly recommended. Thank you! I have added your review to our Math Book Thread.
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The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review, 2nd Edition is out! There are 44 new Problem Solving and 31 new Data Sufficiency Questions (a total of 75 new questions out of 300). List of Changes:Problem Solving (PS) 4 new easy questions  21 new medium questions  19 new hard questions Data Sufficiency 13 new easy questions  8 new medium questions  9 new hard questions The main issue with the first edition was low question difficulty. This edition addresses the issue slightly, but as you can see, not by much. One issue that was fixed is the total number of questions. The first edition claimed (just like this one) to have 300 questions, but only had 294  how can you make that mistake in the Official Guide for Quantitative Review? The question split is 176 for PS and 124 for DS. As to content, changes, it is interesting to see many of the tables and datainterpretation questions go and addition of sequence questions. Also, DS lost many of its arithmetic questions, which were replaced by Word Problems. Overall  pretty much the same book  would have loved to see more new questions, but $12 for 28 new hard and 29 medium REAL questions is not bad. By the way, the first edition is on sale right now The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review for $6.78! Here is the full list of new questions for reference:PS: 1, 2, 7, 41, 56, 60, 61, 62, 64, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 78, 79, 80, 81, 83, 102, 103, 108, 112, 117, 131, 135, 142, 145, 146, 147, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 160, 162, 173 DS: 1, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 21, 22, 24, 31, 33, 43, 48, 51, 66, 70, 73, 79, 82, 85, 96, 102, 104, 106, 107, 111, 116, 117, 122 Good Luck on your GMAT!
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Just one small question... Which book replicates the difficulty level of the actual gmat math questions the best?
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urchin wrote: Just one small question... Which book replicates the difficulty level of the actual gmat math questions the best? Since GMAT is an adaptive test and adapts to YOUR level of difficulty, this is not the right question to ask. If you are wondering which book has more of harder questions or ones that resemble the real GMAT, then that's the GMAT Official Guide 12th edition. The Quant OG lacks harder questions.
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Thanks BB ... I guess i put the question in a wrong way. What i meant was which book has questions of the 700+ level difficulty.
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tweakxc03 wrote: new to the forum... Is it me, or is Princeton Review 1012 absolutely riddled with errors? So far I have found at least 8 mistakes in the answer keys or diagrams. thanks, acc I have not solved through the questions, but that's what the feedback comes back. The unfortunate reality of a new book  was released not fully proofed, definitely makes studying more complicated. By the way, if you can, would REALLY help everyone if you can post question numbers and a list of issues  would help a lot!
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Here are the books that I have from the Manhattan GMAT so far and my thoughts: 1) Word Translation Loved it. The most difficult material from the math books that I had from them. That's probably because this material is in fact the most difficult in the quant section. Even the easiest Word Translations are more difficult than some medium difficulty numbers property questions. I feel like this taught me some strategies that Kaplan never taught me. Such as the RTD/RTW table. The anagram method (though I don't use it much, for some reason I find the regular formula more intuitive). 2) Numbers properties Pretty good. However a great majority of it was stuff that I can easily solve. However things like number of factors might help on test day. Also helps with many data sufficiency problems. 3) Geometry Good book. Some of the stuff it goes over, is stuff that I got wrong before on CATs and wouldn't have if I knew it. Like the largest possible area of a triangle when you know 2 sides. Also, similar triangles. Diagonal of a rectangular solid. It seems like it didn't go over the hardest problems (polygon's within polygons etc.)

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has anyone tried veritas course books? I am taking the Quant portion of the class and wondering if I should go thru their math workbook as well or opt for MGMAT mathbooks.

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Some Errors in PR 1012: Page 314, Question 2, Lines and Angles Drill  They placed either the x or the y in the wrong space in the figure. The answer explanation indicates that x and y comprise both a "large angle" and a "small angle" created by the line intersecting 2 parallel lines. This is not the case as both are large angles. Page 320, Question 5 of Triangles Drill  They don't indicate that any of the triangles in the figure are right triangles, making it impossible to determine if a triangle is indeed a Pythagorean Triple. Page 333 Question 8 of Circles Drill  Answer explanation gives B as the answer, but you need A to provide the radius of the circle. Answer should be C. Page 334, Question 10 of Circles Drill  Statement 1: x =72. There is no X in the diagram!! retarded.... Page 335, Question 13 of Circles Drill  Answer explanation says "Statement 1 gives you the second of two of the three sides of the smallest triangle." Incorrect... It only gives you one of the three. They may have left out a number they meant to put in. That's what I have so far. There are some others but I can't find them at the moment.

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I have been referring to Veritas course material. Its pretty good. It has good tricks and shortcuts.

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How are veritas compared to MGMAT math books? any idea?

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The McGrawHill gets a really really bad review in amazon by the Gmatclub, but it is because the text has tons of errors that could mislead you on your study.
The practice tests dont have hard questions, they are just average, o a little above it. The answers to those questions are not deep, they just state it with one simple sentence or two. So i didn't find that much of a learning opportunity by doing them.
However, the book has chapters dedicated to the admitions process, and life during and after Bschool. I think the value of the book is on how the authors put the admitions process, your career and the gmat into perspective.
It is a good read, but not because of the excercises and math theory. So if you don´t have much time to study, stay away from that book.

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fmckee wrote: The McGrawHill gets a really really bad review in amazon by the Gmatclub, but it is because the text has tons of errors that could mislead you on your study.
The practice tests dont have hard questions, they are just average, o a little above it. The answers to those questions are not deep, they just state it with one simple sentence or two. So i didn't find that much of a learning opportunity by doing them.
However, the book has chapters dedicated to the admitions process, and life during and after Bschool. I think the value of the book is on how the authors put the admitions process, your career and the gmat into perspective.
It is a good read, but not because of the excercises and math theory. So if you don´t have much time to study, stay away from that book. Thank you for sharing
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I recently completed the Kaplan Math Foundations book and I agree that the few errors in the review explanations (I noticed only a handful throughout the book) did not outweigh the benefit of the book. I think the book is best for people who either 1) need to begin at square one with math, or 2) notice that their math foundations are holding them back from achieving a higher score. Since I was a liberal arts major in college (and have not really dealt with math since high school), I felt like I needed the book before delving into the MGMAT guides. In that regard, it has served me well and I feel like my footing is much stronger.

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