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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.
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 Veritas Prep Combinations & Probability - added 08/24/10 [Reveal] Spoiler: Table of Contents Attachment: veritas_probability-TOC.gif [ 42 KiB | Viewed 650701 times ] 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 . - added 11/11/09 1936240122 [Reveal] Spoiler: Table of Contents Attachment: wordtranslations.png [ 24.83 KiB | Viewed 649798 times ] 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 - Added 2/5/2010 [Reveal] Spoiler: Table of Contents Attachment: mgmat_foundations_TOC.gif [ 24.12 KiB | Viewed 649315 times ] 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 [Reveal] Spoiler: Attachment: math_refresher.jpg [ 5.02 KiB | Viewed 818806 times ] Attachment: Math_Cliffs.jpg [ 10.78 KiB | Viewed 819024 times ] Attachment: pr_math.jpg [ 12.1 KiB | Viewed 818380 times ] Attachment: kaplan_foundations.jpg [ 7.13 KiB | Viewed 807826 times ] Attachment: kaplanmathfoundations.png [ 46.86 KiB | Viewed 719787 times ] _________________ Founder of GMAT Club US News Rankings progression - last 10 years in a snapshot - New! Just starting out with GMAT? Start here... Need GMAT Book Recommendations? Best GMAT Books Co-author of the GMAT Club tests Last edited by bb on 01 Mar 2017, 15:23, edited 51 times in total. Updated  Manhattan GMAT Discount Codes e-GMAT Discount Codes EMPOWERgmat Discount Codes Intern Joined: 12 Feb 2010 Posts: 26 Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 12 Feb 2010, 15:16 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. Founder Joined: 04 Dec 2002 Posts: 15153 Location: United States (WA) GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42 Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Feb 2010, 03:09 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. _________________ Founder of GMAT Club US News Rankings progression - last 10 years in a snapshot - New! Just starting out with GMAT? Start here... Need GMAT Book Recommendations? Best GMAT Books Co-author of the GMAT Club tests Manager Status: Mesmerized Joined: 24 Jan 2010 Posts: 174 Location: UAE, Dubai Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 28 Mar 2010, 11:18 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. _________________ Nanquam Fractum Last edited by elevinty on 26 Nov 2010, 15:42, edited 1 time in total. Manager Joined: 24 Mar 2010 Posts: 104 Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 05 Apr 2010, 21:46 1 This post received KUDOS I'm going to get the kaplan 800 book soon...it better be good...their promises were indeed lofty in some other forums.. _________________ Please do consider giving kudos if you like my posts Manager Joined: 26 Mar 2010 Posts: 186 Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Apr 2010, 18:15 what books do you guys suggest for dating sufficiency Intern Joined: 03 Feb 2010 Posts: 29 Schools: HBS Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 27 Apr 2010, 12:50 DAYNE wrote: 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? Founder Joined: 04 Dec 2002 Posts: 15153 Location: United States (WA) GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42 Re: Best GMAT Math Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations) [#permalink] ### Show Tags 27 Apr 2010, 20:26 1 This post received KUDOS Expert's post youven wrote: DAYNE wrote: 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? You are talking the$450 set of books here: http://www.veritasprep.com/course-materials/#fullset ?
Edit: These books are currently available for $299 or$199 at Amazon

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28 Apr 2010, 03:13
yea those books, i was going to buy them off from someone else for \$100
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03 Jun 2010, 00:58
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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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 !

Oleg

Thank you for the feedback!
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hi,
can anyone suggest me a quants book which has 700+ difficulty level questions???
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05 Jun 2010, 05:41
Hi,

I am looking for 700+ level math questions. Can anybody please suggest which one I should buy GMAT club tests or MGMAT question banks.

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18 Jun 2010, 13:31
For data sufficiency which book one should refer ?
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I am looking for 700+ level math questions. Can anybody please suggest which one I should buy GMAT club tests or MGMAT question banks.

Hello, prac.

Without question, GMATClub Tests. Just make sure that you adequately cover the concepts and exhaust the OG before using these.

I also bought the Manhattan Math challenge bank - a collection of over 250 difficult math questions. Don't buy these. But if you're talking about the Manhattan tests, you can access these for free if you buy one of their books.

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Can anyone suggest me a quants book which has 700+ difficulty level questions???

Hi, vasureddy18!

I'm not aware of any book that focuses exclusively on 700-level questions. The closest thing would probably be Kaplan GMAT 800, which (I think) has been renamed Kaplan GMAT Advanced. This is not a proper guidebook, however. It's basically a collection of 650 to 700-level questions.

Hope this helped! If not, just wait for bb to respond.
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Hey guys, I need some advice, I'm planning on retaking the GMAT - and I think my major problem is the DS. Is the gmatclub tests good an excellent resource specifically for DS? Just need some thoughts - it's kind of expensive.
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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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RGM wrote:
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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bb wrote:
RGM wrote:
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;

Hmm, sounds like the extreme challenge is worth pursuing. Thanks for the input!
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RGM wrote:
bb wrote:
RGM wrote:
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;

Hmm, sounds like the extreme challenge is worth pursuing. Thanks for the input!

If you end up getting, please do share your thoughts
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If you end up getting, please do share your thoughts

Sure will! Detailed debriefs, the works, I promise. Right after my retake.
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