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Should I replace my 2016 GMAT Books to 2020 ones

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New post 27 Sep 2019, 16:10
Hi everyone,

I just have a quick question about GMAT books. I started preparing for GMAT in 2016 and unfortunately, I did not take the test for several reasons such as fear. However; I think now it is the time to ace the GMAT test and forget about it. So, I am thinking to start preparing with my old books 2016. what do you think guys it is worth to buy the new 2020 books or it is the same as 2016.

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New post 27 Sep 2019, 17:36
I personally don’t think it would be a make or break kind of difference.
OG 2016 should do just fine.

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Hi Mohammed,

To start, much of the content of the GMAT has not changed since 2016, but the FORMAT of the GMAT has (it's now a slightly shorter Exam). Thus, you would probably be fine studying with those older books, although it's highly unlikely that a set of books would be enough on their own to help you "ace the GMAT."

Based on your post-history, it appears that you are coming back to your studies after more than 1 year "off", so it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can refamiliarize 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 current strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 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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Hi mohd_int,

While you could use a prep book from 2016, I think that the larger question is whether you need additional materials to improve your verbal and quant skills. That said, I’m happy to provide some further advice but would like to learn more regarding your situation with the GMAT. Once you respond to the questions already asked, I can provide further advice.
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mohd_int wrote:
Hi everyone,

I just have a quick question about GMAT books. I started preparing for GMAT in 2016 and unfortunately, I did not take the test for several reasons such as fear. However; I think now it is the time to ace the GMAT test and forget about it. So, I am thinking to start preparing with my old books 2016. what do you think guys it is worth to buy the new 2020 books or it is the same as 2016.

Thank you


What books are you referring to exactly? If you're talking about the Official Guide, then you'll be fine using the 2016 version. But if you're referring to books from a test prep company, whether there have been significant updates between 2016 and 2020 depends on the company.
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