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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

3. 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. Price: $250 2. 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 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.

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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: combinations-permutations-and-probability-references-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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10 Jan 2010, 06:09

It does not talk about 4GMAT material.

Also , how about GMAT Focus quant tests which costs 25 dollars per test and supposed to be very good diagnostic tool. Do we have some input on that from users ?

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12 Jan 2010, 23:45

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.)

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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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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04 Feb 2010, 06:52

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

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.

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04 Feb 2010, 08:51

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:

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)

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.

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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12 Feb 2010, 14:16

Folks I need some help here:

I started on a wrong approach. didnt browsed much and bought OG and started doing quant. Its been a good time since I left college but i didnt found OG quant much difficult. I scored close to 90% (without refereshing any quant fundamentals apart from some basic stuff from princeton and kaplan). Most of the mistakes were either overlooking something in the question or calculation. found few topics I made more (wont say frequent)mistakes in and am revisting them now. I havent seen the OG quant review 2nd edition. Which is the recommended book for more quant questions so that i can test myself post a review of my fundamentals (and also to build some speed) and before I start on the quant review 2nd edition.

There are only about 60 new questions in the Quant OG2, so not sure that it will be worth it. If you want just question collections then PR 1012 is one of them and also you can try GMAT Club Tests - they will all be open this Monday and you can try targeted practice.

Other good books are MGMAT Number Properties and MGMAT Word Translations. not a ton of questions there (actually not many at all) but good material and strategies. You can also try Kaplan Advanced - it is a terrible guidebook but a neat collection of questions.
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28 Mar 2010, 10:18

I have a question: which one is better The ultimate refresher or mgmat math foundation? or are they just the same. The thing is am looking for a basic book to start the math preparation and then after that I'll move on to more advanced books. also have anyone tried "critical Thinking by larry wright" its not a gmat book per se but I heard its great book to build the necessary skills to attack the CR portion of the exam. thanks.
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