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Are these books worth taking the time to read/work through?

I get the feeling I can better utilize what little free time I have for studying by focusing on the other MGMAT books.

What is the general consensus on them?
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03 Sep 2011, 15:17
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I wouldn't waste time on Reading Comprehension, it's very hard to improve in a short period of time. You get better bang for your effort by doing Sentence Correction or Critical Reasoning and use the extra time gain from there to compensate for RC.

Regarding the Quantitative section, you need to figure out what're your weakest topics then hit the books accordingly. Keep in mind that with very little time to prep, you can't hit up every topic so just aim for the best value for the effort.
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05 Sep 2011, 19:45
I wouldn't waste time on Reading Comprehension, it's very hard to improve in a short period of time. You get better bang for your effort by doing Sentence Correction or Critical Reasoning and use the extra time gain from there to compensate for RC.

Regarding the Quantitative section, you need to figure out what're your weakest topics then hit the books accordingly. Keep in mind that with very little time to prep, you can't hit up every topic so just aim for the best value for the effort.

I agree with mostly everything that deadlycat said; however, I am not quite sure about the recommendation to NOT spend (waste? hmm...) on RC. Maybe that's true for most (few?) native speakers, but I have known a handful on native speakers in this forum who had to work through some sort of strategies in RCs. Nonetheless, if you are a non-native speaker, then you MUST spend some, if not significant, time working on your RC strategies; otherwise you will realize it will KILL YOU in the test, not only with the time, but also with the accuracy - getting a string of wrong answers will hurt your score more than anything.

Regardless, whether you are native or non-native speaker, GMAT RCs are not like other CAT RCs. GMAT RCs are dense, convoluted and, perhaps, a big giant CR - at-least if you are aiming to score high, you would expect the complexity to grow. Moreover, the RC question stems expect you to stay within or outside the scope, at different level, for different types of problem. Not trying to exaggerate or scare, but I didn't realize all this until recently. It is so important to know what scope you need to be in while picking the answer choice for different types of problems.

Having said all the above, I will recommend to start with Powerscore Verbal's RC section, if RCs scare you in-general. I have read both Powerscore and MGMAT, and hats off to Powerscore for making things so much clearer. It does not give you ton of strategies, but teaches you for what you should be looking while reading a passage. MGMAT book is more about attacking strategy, but Powerscore is more at the fundamental level, which is definitely recommended for non-native speakers, at the least.

Hope this helps
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05 Sep 2011, 21:19
your exam day is very soon , so good luck man and i'm waiting your debrief
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If you are good with RC, then sure.
I was not thrilled with the MGAT RC and personally liked the MGMAT Verbal Foundations better for RC..... just me.
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05 Sep 2011, 22:05
I didn't MGMAT RC very useful, but that was because RC is probably the hardest to improve in a very short time.
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06 Sep 2011, 04:15
Thanks for the replies.

I ended up going through the MGMAT RC book during some unexpected free time during work. I noticed that the strategies they outlined were decent, at best. I did not do well on the questions using them, however.

Instead, I found Rhyme's rather unconventional RC strategy (verbal-rc-help-30247.html) and ended up doing MUCH better. It was almost as if I never needed to read that book in the first place.

It seems like Powerscore puts out better products for improving the verbal score. I will look into it for RC and CR.

Thanks again!
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