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# Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations)

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Top Best GMAT Quantitative Books

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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 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.
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

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

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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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Has anyone read Total Gmat MAth by jeff sachmann. Please let me know your comments on the same
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Has anyone read Total Gmat MAth by jeff sachmann. Please let me know your comments on the same

The book is good, but perhaps most effective for those with an already decent grasp of the material. For those who are starting at a more basic level, the Manhattan Math series is a superior product overall.
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I highly recommend the GMATclub Math book, it has every core concept that can show up on the gmat. also, does not attempt to teach you short-cuts / tricks in place of vital concepts that need to be understood to have any chance of a good quant score

Truth be told, where I derived the most benefit and observable performance gains vs any study guides / instructional material, was by browsing the PS/DS sub-forums and studying Bunuel's approaches/solutions to all the various problem types and difficulties....and doing the necessary to make sure I truly understood what he did, and why he did it.

Sorry, if a bit OT.
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This is a post from 2009. I'm wondering what is the current standing considering numerous new editions of the products mentioned and also some new cool products? I'd be great to see the up to date version.

The original post was edited on Mar 19, 2013. So, info is up-to-date.
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You can take the tests on the iPhone or iPad (using the safari)
there is a GMAT Club Toolkit App that you can download a free copy of. It comes with 100 free questions. The paid version comes with 992 questions (and 300 of those are from GMAT Club tests) but the app only does quizzes. It does not offer full length tests. Those you can take in a browser as you would on the computer.

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It contains all the important tips ,tricks and formulas for all quantitative aptitude topics.
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I didn't find Kaplan 800 Quant to be 700+ level
Verbal in kaplan 800 is certainly good and a must do!!
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Can i find official guide 2015 online??
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I wanna brush up my math skills, what's better between Manhattan GMAT and Veritas quant guides? I can get both for free from friends who took the GMAT before so don't consider the cost but only the actual content. Or it's better to review everything from the Gmatclub Math Book and use these guides later for strategies only?
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I'm a big fan of Manhattan textbooks as well as its online packages.

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barrons math workbook to master fundamentals. gmat quantum online is a good resource
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Hi all,

i wanted to know that if i have to practice questions from a particular topic in quant, where can i find the link to those questions?
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Hi all,

i wanted to know that if i have to practice questions from a particular topic in quant, where can i find the link to those questions?

Check our questions bank: viewforumtags.php

Also, you might find the following topic useful ALL YOU NEED FOR QUANT ! ! !.
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is their is any online practice test for GMAT.
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I recently scored Q46 in 15 days of practice and want to score Q50.
I heared about "math revolution prep" by Mr. Lee
Could anybody guide me? How is this source and kindy suggest if there is anything else good for refer to achieve Q50.
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Hi I recently started preparing the quant section of the Gmat. I find some of the approach given in the OG to be tedious one. Is there a link where certain OG problems are explained in a simple manner?
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Hi I recently started preparing the quant section of the Gmat. I find some of the approach given in the OG to be tedious one. Is there a link where certain OG problems are explained in a simple manner?

Check the topics on the top of the main math forum.

Also, you might find the following topic useful ALL YOU NEED FOR QUANT ! ! !.
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Do you think combining KapMath workbook with MGMAT's Number Properties and Word Translations books would work for building good understanding needed for the quant section?
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