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# Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations)

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Top Best GMAT Quantitative Books

This post is a part of a series on best GMAT Books. Also see:
Best GMAT Guidebooks
Best GMAT Verbal Prep Books
GMAT Fiction - improve reading skills on GMAT
Top 20 Best GMAT books - ranked by GMAT Club members

2017-2018 version of this discussion is here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ma ... 35162.html

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.
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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03 Nov 2009, 07:13
Thanks!
Yes, probably the fact that quite a few questions in the Kaplan Math Foundations are not GMAT-format questions does not help either. So, not recommended?

No I would not recommend the Kaplan Book, right now I am trying to make my way through all of the Manhattan GMAT Quant Books. I actually was going to buy the Kaplan Verbal Foundations but after going through the Quant I think I am just going to stick with the Manhattan GMAT set.

The only reason you may need the Verbal Foundations book is if your grammar is very weak. If you are not international, don't get it. If you are, do the MGMAT SC first, and then see your results - you may need to.
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11 Nov 2009, 10:10
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Guys, I am not sure if this had been addressed before but how useful is MGMAT Word Translation? From most of the posts so far, it seems that a lot people skipped it.

I am actually planning to add it to the list. The word-translations book has Combinations and Probability coverage.

See this list of the most popular GMAT Books: top-20-best-gmat-books-on-gmat-club-76582-20.html

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14 Nov 2009, 03:41
I am a bit suprised to find that no one has mentioned this book:
EZ Solutions - Test Prep Series - Math Practice - Advanced Workbook - GMAT (Ez Solutions: Test Prep Series)(http://www.amazon.com/EZ-Solutions-Prac ... 362&sr=8-1)

Has anyone else used this?

Like the title implies, this is definitely not the book you want to get if have just started studying for GMATs. But if you have studied Quant quite a bit and you are looking for extra practice, this is definitely the book to get.

One caveat: The problems in this book do not resemble the GMAT questions at all. Instead what you will find is A LOT of different problems, each aimed at giving you practice or testing a very specific topic. If you can complete the problems in this book, that means you have already mastered the key topics you will need to do well in the GMAT.

I this this difference is very important. With a lot of these GMAT books, we often get caught up trying to solve problems that we forget that the most important thing to do is to make sure that we understand the concepts being tested in GMAT.

The book covers a broad range of topics including, Number Properties, Word Problems, Geometry, and Prob&Statistics.

After completing the problems in this book, I am sure you will see an improvement in your overall quant scores (I'm talking to 600-690 group here).
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19 Dec 2009, 22:07
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gottabwise wrote:
During a conversation with a friend, it hit me that I really haven't been exposed to GMAT math content since high school. I was an urban studies major and was able to satisfy a math requirement with a game theory course..lol. A while back, another friend (SAT tutor) recommended Peterson's GMAT/GRE Math Review. I also took note of GMATClub's review of Kaplan's Math Workbook. Initially, I looked at both but opted to really digg into the Peterson's book. I haven't really touched the Kaplan book maybe because of it's organization? Peterson's seemed to break down the content really well and in my case, served as a good primer to some Manhattan GMAT materials I'll be using the rest of the way.

Thanks for the feedback (I will try to review the book) - would be interested to hear your feedback about Peterson's after you are done with MGMAT guides.

Peterson's is great as a primer for leading up to quant review. It starts with the basics...PEMDAS...and builds up from there. Kaplan's book on the other hand starts with a concept like ratios and gives you no initial foundation. The tips are good but where's your foundational knowledge if you've been away from math for years? Ultimately, Manhattan GMAT's strategy guides are super. I'm progressing very well. However, I wouldn't recommend them to until after you've done an initial review with something like Peterson's or even Princeton's basic math review book.
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08 Jan 2010, 11:45
Hi,
I've taken 2 practice tests already and my scores have ended up WELL below where I want to be. At this point, I think I need to go back to basics before I can move forward with GMAT specific stuff and taking practice tests again. I looked over the wrong answers I had on the practice tests, and my weak areas are sentence correction, reading comprehension, a mix of math issues, and data sufficiency (far and away the area where I missed THE MOST questions).

Based on that, I plan to revisit general math concepts using "The Ultimate Math Refresher for the GRE, GMAT, and SAT (Paperback)" before going back to studying GMAT specific math concepts again. Has anyone else used this book?

Also, does anyone have recommendations on the best book(s) for data sufficiency?

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Also, does anyone have recommendations on the best book(s) for data sufficiency?

Thanks

The only DS book I know of is this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/188905 ... 1889057541

I have this book but have not spent time to review it yet - it is LONGGGG
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Hi, I am hoping somebody can help me with my selection of maths guides.

I was a physics UG and am now finishing my PhD so I have been using maths daily for the last 7 years. Of course, for the standardised tests one generally needs to know "shortcut rules" to do well under timed conditions. If there is no time pressure one will approach questions differently...

Given this difference, I was wondering if other physicists or engineers had any advice on the choice of maths books. (Or anybody else...)

I am considering the MGMAT Guides but are they really useful for somebody with my background? Or should I just do problems and try to concentrate on the questions that make me stumble? (I am preparing for 750+.)

Also while we are at it: in the forum "the four quant MGMAT guides" is often mentionned. Are there not five? (i.e. the guides numbered 1-5.)

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Hi, I am hoping somebody can help me with my selection of maths guides.

I was a physics UG and am now finishing my PhD so I have been using maths daily for the last 7 years. Of course, for the standardised tests one generally needs to know "shortcut rules" to do well under timed conditions. If there is no time pressure one will approach questions differently...

Given this difference, I was wondering if other physicists or engineers had any advice on the choice of maths books. (Or anybody else...)

I am considering the MGMAT Guides but are they really useful for somebody with my background? Or should I just do problems and try to concentrate on the questions that make me stumble? (I am preparing for 750+.)

Also while we are at it: in the forum "the four quant MGMAT guides" is often mentionned. Are there not five? (i.e. the guides numbered 1-5.)

Many thanks!

You are correct - there are 5 MGMAT Math Guides; 3 Verbal Guides and 1 Intro Guide (Foundations of GMAT Math)
If you are good with math, take a diagnostic test and see how you do. If you get above 42, would suggest you try a Kaplan Math Workbook - it is shorter and gives you a decent review. If less, then MGMAT.
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can you kindly advice me some books as a good review of data sufficienty questions?
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can you kindly advice me some books as a good review of data sufficienty questions?

There is only one dedicated DS book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/188905 ... 1889057541

I would suggest focusing on areas you lack rather than question types, though you can if you want to. PR 1012 also has DS questions (though it has some typos here and there).
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Hi guys!

I've read through this section, and I see that to get the best practice for the quant section of the GMAT, you guys recommend the Manhattan Guides. Based on the thread, the Manhattan Guides lack practice questions and the books often refer to the OG for questions. You pointed out that the OG's difficulty ranges from easy to medium. My question is - what's in the Manhattan Guides that provide additional value over the OG's material? Are these books good if you're aiming for 700+? Are there other books out there that provide a 700-800 difficulty collection of questions?

I know that EZ guides got a bad rap in this forum because of their unethical practices but has anyone used them and did you find them useful, or would it just muddle your brain?

Thanks for the tips here! They really are quite helpful. :D
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I am picking up a few misunderstandings from your note, let me address them:

1. Official Guide is not a textbook but a collection of questions. If you think you can improve your score considerably by simply going through 900 questions, think again.

2. There is no magic guides. Search for feedback on the EZ books - they are too easy, even the title says it.

See this post for details: gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html
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Hi All

Im planning to give my GMAT by the end of November this year. Before I drop in my question, I would give you a brief background of myself... I have done my grad 4 years back and not in touch with math since the past 7 years or so, really forgotten all the basic and concepts. I wont mind shedding few more funds on buys books.

After going through various post and threads I have developed 2 plans for my study material, I would really appreciate if you could provide your advice on the same:

Plan A:

Math- I will start with Kaplan Math Foundation, moving forward to Kaplan math workbook and then the MANHATTAN GMAT book

Verbal- Will Start with Kaplan Verbal Foundation, moving on to Kaplan verbal workbook and then the MANHATTAN GMAT books.

Will use All OG's for practice and Kaplan GMAT Live Online 2010 for general strategies (won’t use this for practice as I have a major phobia for this book)

Plan B:

Math- I will start with Kaplan Math Foundation, moving forward the MANHATTAN GMAT books ( Will Skip the Kaplan Workbook)

Verbal- Will Start with Kaplan Verbal Foundation, moving to the MANHATTAN GMAT books ( Will Skip the Kaplan Workbook)

Will use All OG's for practice and Kaplan GMAT Live Online 2010 for general strategies (wont use this for practice as I have a major phobia for this book)

The only difference between Plan A and Plan B is that I won’t use the Workbooks in plan B

Please advice me keeping in consideration that im really poor in math and have some good amount of time to spend for my preparation.

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Plan B.

You only need the "foundations" books if you are very rusty with math/verbal.
For your plan, since you will be using MGMAT Guides, would suggest you get the MGMAT Foundations of GMAT math (fits in better and has fewer typos)

For verbal, Kaplan Verbal Foundations is grammar only - helpful if you are international but may be boring if you are very familiar with grammar/english.
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what books do you guys suggest for dating sufficiency

GMAT Data Sufficiency Prep Course - This is the only pure DS book out there. I have gone through it and am not convinced.

To BB or anyone else:

Can you please comment on the Quant Workbooks from Veritas? I have read some debriefs where people mention that the questions were the closest the the real GMAT, yet I do not see them ranked in the best Quant prep material. Any reason for this?
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I bought the 2.4 Kaplan Math Foundations
I confirm all of the points listed in the description but I would also add a personal observation, I feel this book isn't meant to break the 80th-85th percentile of the quant section.

For example:
- I clearly remember I had a question with cones involved but the geometry section doesn't even mention it! (no big deal but anyway)
- I would have expected a formula of the distance of a point from a line...again missing.
- Another question I had was about a triangle whose sides were not parallel to any axes of the coordinate plane. The question was asking the area... No hint in the book about the strategy to follow (how to calculate the area of a trinagle knowing the measure of its sides).

I scored Q47 and I feel my score could improve to Q48 after reading this book (no need to say that this increase it's not statistically significant) and therefore I do not recommend this book to those who are seeking a high score in the Quant section...a total waste of money.

Hope I read this post before !

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Also, what do you guys think about GMATHacks? The opinion seems to be split and reviews far in between. What are your takes on it? Reviews?
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Also, what do you guys think about GMATHacks? The opinion seems to be split and reviews far in between. What are your takes on it? Reviews?

I think it can boiled down to (please jump in anyone) is that:
1. Expensive
2. The extreme challenge is good
3. The 1,800 question collection is an overkill; the OG 12 and OG Quant should be sufficient;
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20 Jul 2010, 06:47
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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? (that is, before beginning to work on OG).

Thank you for your time and detailed responses - its GREATLY appreciated!

Yes. There are 3 options basically (from least to most effort and supposedly score):

1. Kaplan Math Workbook
2. Kaplan Math Workbook + MGMAT Number Properties and MGMAT Word Translations
3. 5 MGMAT Guides

P.S. If you have a hard time with quant you find in these books, you can also consider getting MGMAT Math Foundations.
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20 Aug 2010, 07:49
My first post:
I´m studing for the Gmat and i started some days ago with the Quant part of the test, I want to have some hope bc i´m not a english nativ speaker and in the Verbal part I really suck, i´ve failed almost the 50% of the questions.
but i did all the OG 12th edition problems of the Quant part. I want to do harder problems.
Any one can recommend me any guide book with difficult problems? Are the questions in OG Quant book in the same level of difficulty?

Thank you
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