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# How much theory do OG/VR/QR provide (as opposed to just questions)?

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24 Aug 2017, 17:32
It looks like most people preparing for the GMAT will use the latest versions of the OG, VR, and QR. But that made me wonder: Are these 3 books mostly just a list of questions, or do they provide any help on how to answer the questions?

For example, if there's a gap in my education for the VR section, can I fill in the gap by reading the OG and the VR, or would I have to look to third-party sources for help on the theory itself?
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24 Aug 2017, 17:48
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wholenineyards wrote:
It looks like most people preparing for the GMAT will use the latest versions of the OG, VR, and QR. But that made me wonder: Are these 3 books mostly just a list of questions, or do they provide any help on how to answer the questions?

For example, if there's a gap in my education for the VR section, can I fill in the gap by reading the OG and the VR, or would I have to look to third-party sources for help on the theory itself?

Official guides provides doesn't provide much theory. It's only collection of retired gmat questions.
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24 Aug 2017, 19:59
wholenineyards wrote:
It looks like most people preparing for the GMAT will use the latest versions of the OG, VR, and QR. But that made me wonder: Are these 3 books mostly just a list of questions, or do they provide any help on how to answer the questions?

For example, if there's a gap in my education for the VR section, can I fill in the gap by reading the OG and the VR, or would I have to look to third-party sources for help on the theory itself?

Hello wholenineyards,

Welcome to GMATClub.

The OG does contain some theory(especially for math) but this only gives you
a slight idea about the question types(CR/SC/RC). But from my experience, in order
to get better at them you will have to go through the 3rd party material in order to
bridge this knowledge GAP, as it teaches you how to solve higher difficulty questions.

Almost all these 3rd party prep companies come with a free trial which you
can use in order to understand which of their methodologies work for you.
However,for practice strictly stick to questions in the OG or questions from
other official sources.

You could buy the GMATPrep bundle - which contains 4 official GMATPrep Tests
(EP1 and EP2) & about 400+ practice questions(QP1) in addition to the
2 free tests available on mba.com

Hope that helps you!
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24 Aug 2017, 22:01
wholenineyards wrote:
It looks like most people preparing for the GMAT will use the latest versions of the OG, VR, and QR. But that made me wonder: Are these 3 books mostly just a list of questions, or do they provide any help on how to answer the questions?

For example, if there's a gap in my education for the VR section, can I fill in the gap by reading the OG and the VR, or would I have to look to third-party sources for help on the theory itself?
Apart from a short introduction at the beginning of each section (although the math review is slightly better), the OGs don't do much in terms of theory. The explanations at the end of each section do give you a lot of insight into how the GMAT expects you to think, but that is not a very efficient way to prepare.
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25 Aug 2017, 16:42
Ok, so it sounds like I have to look to third-party sources for theory. Any recommendations?
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26 Aug 2017, 16:19
Hi wholenineyards,

It sounds like you're just starting out. Is that true? Have you done any studying so far?

If you're just beginning, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a bit of practice first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the general content and question types first, then that's fine - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. A FULL CAT takes about 4 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

To help you to establish your own expectations, you should know that most Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) studying for the GMAT; during that time, it's common to spend 10-15 hours per week on the process.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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