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# GMAT prep books sequence

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12 Jan 2012, 18:41
Hi,

I just started to study for GMAT and is planning to apply by the end of this year (2012). I've read thru the study plans and recommanded books on the GmatClub, and I've bought several books but don't really know which one to start. here are the books I got:

1. Kaplan GMAT 2012 Premier
2. The Official Guide for GMAT Review
3. The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review
4. The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review
5. Foundations of GMAT Verbal (Manhattan GMAT Preparation Guide: Foundations of Verbal)
6. Foundations of GMAT Math: GMAT Strategy Supplement (Manhattan GMAT Preparation Guide: Foundations of Math)
7. Manhattan GMAT Set of 8 Strategy Guides, Fourth Edition (Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides)

Is there any suggested sequence?

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14 Jan 2012, 04:14
jasjaa wrote:
Hi,

I just started to study for GMAT and is planning to apply by the end of this year (2012). I've read thru the study plans and recommanded books on the GmatClub, and I've bought several books but don't really know which one to start. here are the books I got:

1. Kaplan GMAT 2012 Premier
2. The Official Guide for GMAT Review
3. The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review
4. The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review
5. Foundations of GMAT Verbal (Manhattan GMAT Preparation Guide: Foundations of Verbal)
6. Foundations of GMAT Math: GMAT Strategy Supplement (Manhattan GMAT Preparation Guide: Foundations of Math)
7. Manhattan GMAT Set of 8 Strategy Guides, Fourth Edition (Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides)

Is there any suggested sequence?

start with a gmatprep practice test so that you can get to know about your current level of understanding of the gmat related topics. then decide where to start based on your score.
if you get 40+ in quant section of gmatprep, i don't think foundations of gmat math will be much help for you. also a 35+ verbal score will mean that you don't need to spend much time on foundation of gmat verbal.

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14 Jan 2012, 07:00
Definitely start off with a diagnositc test first, to figure out which section -- math or verbal -- you should devote more time to. Then plan study schedule accordingly.

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16 Jan 2012, 04:09
jasjaa wrote:
1. Kaplan GMAT 2012 Premier
2. The Official Guide for GMAT Review
3. The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review
4. The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review
5. Foundations of GMAT Verbal (Manhattan GMAT Preparation Guide: Foundations of Verbal)
6. Foundations of GMAT Math: GMAT Strategy Supplement (Manhattan GMAT Preparation Guide: Foundations of Math)
7. Manhattan GMAT Set of 8 Strategy Guides, Fourth Edition (Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides)

Is there any suggested sequence?

But given the books you use think about going through Kaplan Premier and whenever you don't understand the "short" explanation at the beginning of the chapter grab a hold of the foundations book. The official guides are more a big collection of questions.

I would recommend a test - see where you are. Big weak spots --> take the foundations.

Decent performance (>25 Verbal, >30 Quant) go for Kaplan Premier and work your way thorugh and go back in fundamentals if needed.

Do another test and then go through the questions in the official GMAT. Keep track of errors and find your weak spots.

Use the MGMAT Guides for the weak spots and you have a great chance of a really nice score.

What prep time did you have in mind? Or what score?
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GMAT 2: 700 Q42 V44
GMAT 3: 680 Q44 V39
GMAT 4: 740 Q49 V41
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16 Jan 2012, 07:16
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Hey,

good book collection you have

I'm just starting with nearly the same materials as you. I have a slightly different approach than the one, offered by the other people. It all depends on the you view.

As you think to dedicate the entire year to your preparation (I would rather change that and try to do until the 6th of June one attempt, as then the GMAT format will change and there will be new MGMAT, Kaplan and OG books as well), I would start with both Foundation book, no matter in what sequence, and then make a GMATPrep CAT in order to gauge my level. Should be dobe in around 3-4 weeks.

Than have a look on the Kaplan Premier to get some general feeling about the strategies, used in exam preparation and the GMAT itself.

Finally, start reading all 8 MGMAT Strategy Guides, whereas I think they are the most important source of information. Study them slowly, write down everything you don't know cold, and complete OG's questions mentioned in every chapter. If you succeed doing this in 2-2,5 months, then the remaining time until June can be dedicated to completing the remaining MGMAT CAT's as well as GMAT Prep tests.

The error log is obligatory!

At least that's the approach which I aim to apply.

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16 Jan 2012, 07:48
I agree. I also have just started with the 8 MGMAT guides. I have read dozens of posts, plenty recommending starting with a CAT to gauge my starting position. I just took my first pass through the first chapter book #1, 'Number Properties'... boy am I rusty.

I am going to slowly make my way through, similarly, and take notes on the important things and what I don't know cold. Work my way through the problem sets at the end of each chapter and do this for a couple of weeks, repeating the problems and getting the process down. Once my OG 12's arrive, I might do a few problems from there (only a few) but am more likely to do practice problems from my Kaplan Premiere '12 book. Then do a CAT, gauge where I stand, and continue along. I will likely spend anywhere between my last 2-3 weeks doing CATs.

This is a tentative outline. I plan to be flexible with my studies, and address my problem areas the most, as the develop/make themselves apparent.
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16 Jan 2012, 14:19
Looks like a plan. I've also just begun. From what I've gathered about the OG's, you may be underestimating the value of completely exhausting those resources.

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