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# Manhattan Quant Books Study Plan & Foundations of GMAT Math?

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08 Apr 2011, 08:35
Hello everone,

I recently took the gmat and did poorly on the quant section. I did not prepare adequately and am confident I can improve my score significantly.

As background info, I have never been a gifted math student but I have managed to get mostly A's in college level math & stats, including calc 1 & 2. I did this mainly through hard work rather than a natural aptitude.

To become better prepared, I have made arrangements to acquire the 5 book Manhattan quant set, the 12the ed OG, the 1st ed Quant OG, as well as the Manhattan OG companion.

My question to you is how to best use these books? I should have them in my hands on Monday, and will be eager to begin my prep at that time. Do I simply review them in order, and then attack the OGs? Or is there some other plan or process that would help me build my knowledge more effectively?

Also, the only Manhattan book I do not have access to is the Foundations of GMAT Math book. Is this book worth having, especially since I will have all the others? What if anything does it provide that the other books do not?

Thanks!

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11 Apr 2011, 11:07
Does anyone have any thoughts?

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Hello everone,

I recently took the gmat and did poorly on the quant section. I did not prepare adequately and am confident I can improve my score significantly.

As background info, I have never been a gifted math student but I have managed to get mostly A's in college level math & stats, including calc 1 & 2. I did this mainly through hard work rather than a natural aptitude.

To become better prepared, I have made arrangements to acquire the 5 book Manhattan quant set, the 12the ed OG, the 1st ed Quant OG, as well as the Manhattan OG companion.

My question to you is how to best use these books? I should have them in my hands on Monday, and will be eager to begin my prep at that time. Do I simply review them in order, and then attack the OGs? Or is there some other plan or process that would help me build my knowledge more effectively?

Also, the only Manhattan book I do not have access to is the Foundations of GMAT Math book. Is this book worth having, especially since I will have all the others? What if anything does it provide that the other books do not?

Thanks!

I would recommend you to finish all the solved examples at the end of each chapter first from the MGMAT rather than trying to solve all the related question from OG as well. Problem with latter is that you may be stuck with MGMAT and OG for a long time that way.

If you just solve the exercises from MGMAT, you will be done with the guides faster and it will be less boring. After you are all done with MGMAT theory and solve examples, try to solve related topics that's mentioned at the end of every guide. This way you will get a chance to revisit the topics you may have forgotten from your first reading of the MGMAT theory. Also, if you get bored of doing too many OG problems, you can take practice problems from other sources and try to solve them. After all, you are already done with your theory.

I feel MGMAT guides are pretty decent for startup. You may have to practice problems, read from other sources to better yourself in advance topics of inequality and permutation/combination/geometry.

As for other source, I feel GMAT Club math book does a pretty decent job in summarizing most of the formulas and technique:
gmat-math-book-87417.html

I remember taking a cursory look into "Foundations of GMAT Math". I didn't find it to be too valuable.

You can read this if you have ample time:
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It depends on what kind of time you have. If you can go through all of them, then go through all of them. MAKE SURE YOU DO THE PROBLEMS AS SOON AS YOU FINISH THE CHAPTER. Also DO the DATA SUFFICIENCY REPHRASINGS.

If you don't have a lot of time go through
• Number Properties
• world translations
• geometry

Then memorize FDPs (i.e 16.67% = .1666666 = 1/6), factorials up to 10 (i.e. 4! = 4*3*2*1 = 24), and squares/roots up to 20 (i.e. 20^2 = 400, sqrt(400 = 20). I think all of these are outside of the 3 books I mentioned. Also, get your butt on GMATCLUB and answer questions. You'll be a champ by test day

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13 Apr 2011, 07:13
Thanks all! Much appreciated

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