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Different GMAT Quant Guides teaching different concepts?

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For the last few weeks I've been going through the study material of various GMAT test prep companies (mostly India based). Having gone through the Manhattan guides I noticed that there are many concepts in these study materials that aren't present in the Manhattan guides. To name a few in Geometry- Basic Proportionality theorem, Angle Bisector Theorem, Cyclic Quadrilateral, Centroid, Medians etc are not present in the Manhattan guides.

Most of the concepts discussed by Brunuel in the Math Triangles thread are missing from the Manhattan Guides. Can someone please bring clarity to this point? What is the point in spending money to buy the Manhattan guides if they're missing more than half the information?

The larger point however is, how does one confirm if a particular concept is part of the GMAT syllabus?
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In ten years of experience and tons of books I can certainly say one thing for sure:

The GMAT club math book here https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-math-bo ... 30609.html is THE only thing you do need for the GMAT quant without a shadow of the doubt.

What other books explain MORE is superfluous, what they explain LESS is missing to tackle the exam, then you will find in that math book.

Hope now everything is more clear to you.

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If I were you I would take the advice carcass gave and run with it. :-)

Also, a pro tip would be to get the GMAT Club math book printed ( one side per page) and use the other blank side to keep making important pointers from all the badass questions ( 700 level and above) from Bunuel 's signature (Not to mention a ton loads from carcass's signature as well)

I wish I knew what you do now at the start of my GMAT Quant journey. :-)

All the best.

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Thank you carcass and Gladiator59 for the replies. I've gone through the GMAT Quant book and I found it to be very very concise. For example, the formulae to get the number of factors of a particular integer is given without any explanation on how the formulae was arrived at. I need a book that will take me from the basics to the advanced level with sufficient examples, explanations and practice questions. My only concern at the moment is that I don't want to spend time learning concepts that are irrelevant to the GMAT.
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For the last few weeks I've been going through the study material of various GMAT test prep companies (mostly India based). Having gone through the Manhattan guides I noticed that there are many concepts in these study materials that aren't present in the Manhattan guides. To name a few in Geometry- Basic Proportionality theorem, Angle Bisector Theorem, Cyclic Quadrilateral, Centroid, Medians etc are not present in the Manhattan guides.

Most of the concepts discussed by Brunuel in the Math Triangles thread are missing from the Manhattan Guides. Can someone please bring clarity to this point? What is the point in spending money to buy the Manhattan guides if they're missing more than half the information?

The larger point however is, how does one confirm if a particular concept is part of the GMAT syllabus?


I had this same question a few days ago and then later realized that this forum should be my only source for concepts AND practice. I would recommend you to stick with the gmatclub books for quants and to skim the manhattan guides from time to time.
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For the last few weeks I've been going through the study material of various GMAT test prep companies (mostly India based). Having gone through the Manhattan guides I noticed that there are many concepts in these study materials that aren't present in the Manhattan guides. To name a few in Geometry- Basic Proportionality theorem, Angle Bisector Theorem, Cyclic Quadrilateral, Centroid, Medians etc are not present in the Manhattan guides.

Most of the concepts discussed by Brunuel in the Math Triangles thread are missing from the Manhattan Guides. Can someone please bring clarity to this point? What is the point in spending money to buy the Manhattan guides if they're missing more than half the information?

The larger point however is, how does one confirm if a particular concept is part of the GMAT syllabus?


You may alos consider doing the Quant mocks:-

https://gmatclub.com/tests-beta/?fl=menu

Whenever you come across a new question which you could not solve then there is definitely a takeaway from these questions!! Make a note of your learnings!! This will surely boost your confidence.
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amitkumar2019 wrote:
For the last few weeks I've been going through the study material of various GMAT test prep companies (mostly India based). Having gone through the Manhattan guides I noticed that there are many concepts in these study materials that aren't present in the Manhattan guides. To name a few in Geometry- Basic Proportionality theorem, Angle Bisector Theorem, Cyclic Quadrilateral, Centroid, Medians etc are not present in the Manhattan guides.

Most of the concepts discussed by Brunuel in the Math Triangles thread are missing from the Manhattan Guides. Can someone please bring clarity to this point? What is the point in spending money to buy the Manhattan guides if they're missing more than half the information?

The larger point however is, how does one confirm if a particular concept is part of the GMAT syllabus?
There is no official "GMAT syllabus" as such, but the GMAT is quite limited in terms of what it tests. One way to check whether you have done enough is to check how many times you are unable to solve a (preferably official) question (or solve it in time) because you were not aware of the concept(s) being tested.
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amitkumar2019 wrote:
For the last few weeks I've been going through the study material of various GMAT test prep companies (mostly India based). Having gone through the Manhattan guides I noticed that there are many concepts in these study materials that aren't present in the Manhattan guides. To name a few in Geometry- Basic Proportionality theorem, Angle Bisector Theorem, Cyclic Quadrilateral, Centroid, Medians etc are not present in the Manhattan guides.

Most of the concepts discussed by Brunuel in the Math Triangles thread are missing from the Manhattan Guides. Can someone please bring clarity to this point? What is the point in spending money to buy the Manhattan guides if they're missing more than half the information?

The larger point however is, how does one confirm if a particular concept is part of the GMAT syllabus?


You may alos consider doing the Quant mocks:-

https://gmatclub.com/tests-beta/?fl=menu

Whenever you come across a new question which you could not solve then there is definitely a takeaway from these questions!! Make a note of your learnings!! This will surely boost your confidence.


I do intend to do to purchase the GMAT Club Tests but that would be once I've reached the Q46 level in my mocks. For the beginner, I think, the GMAT Club tests would be quite intimidating :roll:
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amitkumar2019 wrote:
For the last few weeks I've been going through the study material of various GMAT test prep companies (mostly India based). Having gone through the Manhattan guides I noticed that there are many concepts in these study materials that aren't present in the Manhattan guides. To name a few in Geometry- Basic Proportionality theorem, Angle Bisector Theorem, Cyclic Quadrilateral, Centroid, Medians etc are not present in the Manhattan guides.

Most of the concepts discussed by Brunuel in the Math Triangles thread are missing from the Manhattan Guides. Can someone please bring clarity to this point? What is the point in spending money to buy the Manhattan guides if they're missing more than half the information?

The larger point however is, how does one confirm if a particular concept is part of the GMAT syllabus?
There is no official "GMAT syllabus" as such, but the GMAT is quite limited in terms of what it tests. One way to check whether you have done enough is to check how many times you are unable to solve a (preferably official) question (or solve it in time) because you were not aware of the concept(s) being tested.


In the last few days I've contacted a number of my friends - those who've given the GMAT earlier and those who're preparing for it. According to them, the Geometry concepts that I referred to in my question - Incentre, Orthocentre, Centroid, Basic Proportionality Theorem etc are outside the ambit of the GMAT. Thank you for the tip AjiteshArun, makes a lot of sense. :cool:
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amitkumar2019 wrote:
In the last few days I've contacted a number of my friends - those who've given the GMAT earlier and those who're preparing for it. According to them, the Geometry concepts that I referred to in my question - Incentre, Orthocentre, Centroid, Basic Proportionality Theorem etc are outside the ambit of the GMAT. Thank you for the tip AjiteshArun, makes a lot of sense. :cool:
My pleasure.

After a few weeks, you yourself will be someone that others reach out to for answers to such questions :thumbup:
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