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Hi GMAT folks,

Does anyone recommend the OG GMAT guides (all 3) 2016 OR 2017?

I noticed online on Amazon, the 2016 version is selling for $65, and the 2017 for $41 minimum. The fact that the 2016 version is more expensive makes me lean towards that. Please guide me in which version is more effective with their Questions database, strategies, etc.

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priteshw wrote:
Hi GMAT folks,

Does anyone recommend the OG GMAT guides (all 3) 2016 OR 2017?

I noticed online on Amazon, the 2016 version is selling for $65, and the 2017 for $41 minimum. The fact that the 2016 version is more expensive makes me lean towards that. Please guide me in which version is more effective with their Questions database, strategies, etc.

Thanks in advance!
They're actually quite similar. As in, a lot of the questions are the same, and you won't go wrong with either. As it makes no difference whether you go for the 2016 or the 2017, I suggest you go with the cheaper set. Of course, it'd be great if you could get your hands on the questions that are not common to both as well.
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Hi priteshw,

Those sets of books have a lot of 'overlap' - meaning that they present much of the same material and practice questions - so either one would be fine. It's important to note that you will almost certainly end up using lots of additional study materials besides just those books though.

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, 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 little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. 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.

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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priteshw wrote:
Hi GMAT folks,

Does anyone recommend the OG GMAT guides (all 3) 2016 OR 2017?

I noticed online on Amazon, the 2016 version is selling for $65, and the 2017 for $41 minimum. The fact that the 2016 version is more expensive makes me lean towards that. Please guide me in which version is more effective with their Questions database, strategies, etc.

Thanks in advance!
They're actually quite similar. As in, a lot of the questions are the same, and you won't go wrong with either. As it makes no difference whether you go for the 2016 or the 2017, I suggest you go with the cheaper set. Of course, it'd be great if you could get your hands on the questions that are not common to both as well.




Thank you Ajitesh. Looks like i will go with the OG 2017. Since you are a Verbal instructor, do you recommend any guides to improve CR & RC? My verbal is pretty weak, Math will be refreshed bu Verbal will take long. What should I read or practice to achieve a score of 40 - 45 in Verbal?
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priteshw wrote:
Thank you Ajitesh. Looks like i will go with the OG 2017. Since you are a Verbal instructor, do you recommend any guides to improve CR & RC? My verbal is pretty weak, Math will be refreshed bu Verbal will take long. What should I read or practice to achieve a score of 40 - 45 in Verbal?
There's a lot of material out there. As a general rule, you'll be fine if you stick with the top prep companies (I try very hard not to push test takers towards any one particular source but I do suggest you go through this post and take a decision on what you'd like to start using).

You're targeting a very high score (V40=91% and V45=99%) so it'll also be a good idea to take an adaptive test sometime to get an idea of how much effort this is likely to involve. All the best!
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Let me correct myself, realized diff scoring than Quant, i would like to shoot for Verbal score of 32-38. I'd like to take an adaptive test but since i have been out of school for 5yrs, I feel like I will score poorly on most topics and hence rather just study everything before taking a test. what do you think?
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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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1)My goal score is 700-740
2)Im planning to take the GMAT early August
3)Applying to Business School next year for joining class 2019
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Hi priteshw,

You've given yourself a nice chunk of potential study time - which is good. Hitting a 700+ score will require some serious effort though (only 10% of Test Takers ever score at that level, regardless of how many times they take the GMAT). As such, you have to have a variety of skills (more than just content knowledge) and the only way to properly assess whether you have those skills or not is to take FULL-LENGTH CATs under realistic conditions AND at regular intervals. That initial Diagnostic CAT Test will help to define some the 'weak spots' that you might need to work on - including pacing, endurance, focus, note-taking, stress, ability to 'let go' of a question, etc. Right now, we have no measure of your skill level in those areas and it's better to know about them earlier on (so that you can spend more time 'fixing' them) then discovering them too late in the process. As such, I suggest that you take that initial CAT soon (perhaps this weekend), so that you can get this process properly started.

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