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This is GMAT Club's Most Popular 20 GMAT Books

Please also see this recommendation: Best GMAT Books

Did you ever wonder which GMAT Books are most popular? We did!
We looked at our forum and counted the number of times each of the GMAT prep books has been mentioned by our members and created a popularity ranking.

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Not sure about you, but I was surprised a little to see the books that made it to the top. On the other hand, the search results included all references starting with 2003, so potentially popularity of some books is inflated as others were not yet available back then. But again, at the end of March we will release the updated ranking that will reflect only results for March.

I am not sure how to best post tables in the forum, so here is one version and also another version with links at the bottom:
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#   References   GMAT Club's Top 20 GMAT Books
1   2985   The Official Guide for GMAT Review
2   1667   Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction
3   1332   GMAT 800
4   557   Official Guide for Verbal Review
5   494   Official Guide for Quantitative Review
6   427   Kaplan Verbal Workbook
7   360   Kaplan Math Workbook
8   334   Cracking the GMAT by Princeton Review
9   311   Kaplan Premier Program
10  215   Manhattan GMAT CR Book
11  195   Powerscore Critical Reasoning Bible
12  79   Manhattan GMAT Number Properties Guide
13  73   Project GMAT Advanced Math
14  71   Manhattan GMAT Word Translations Guide
15  57   Powerscore Sentence Correction
16  45   GMAT for Dummies
17  36   Manhattan GMAT Geometry Guide
18  6   Manhattan GMAT Fractions, Decimals, and Percents Guide
19  4   Manhattan GMAT Equations Inequalities and Vics Guide
20  4   The Ultimate Math Refresher for the GRE, GMAT, and SAT

Also, let me know if there other notable books we should include into our ranking and we will keep track of those as well.

[b]Here is the same list but linked to Amazon.com - you can read their reviews as well.

1. The Official Guide for GMAT Review
2. Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction
3. GMAT 800
4. Official Guide for Verbal Review
5. Official Guide for Quantitative Review
6. Kaplan Verbal Workbook
7. Kaplan Math Workbook
8. Cracking the GMAT by Princeton Review
9. Kaplan Premier Program
10. Manhattan GMAT CR Book
11. Powerscore Critical Reasoning Bible
12. Manhattan GMAT Number Properties Guide
14. Manhattan GMAT Word Translations Guide
15. Powerscore Sentence Correction
16. GMAT for Dummies
17. Manhattan GMAT Geometry Guide
18. Manhattan GMAT Fractions, Decimals, and Percents Guide
19. Manhattan GMAT Equations Inequalities and Vics Guide
20. The Ultimate Math Refresher for the GRE, GMAT, and SAT

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08 Jan 2010, 20:25
bb wrote:
it depends on your weaknesses - if you wanted to cover A to Z, then yes, 8 Manhattan Guides and OG is the right way to go.
There are actually all 8 of them bundled up here to save $$: Thanks again for the rpy.I havn't tested my strengths and weakness yet, but would really appreciate if you could suggest any additional books which concentrate on geometry (i think the last time i studied it was during my 10th grade Q_Q) P.S: i removed ur link for amazon as i dont have the privilege to post links _________________ Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. Founder Affiliations: AS - Gold, HH-Diamond Joined: 04 Dec 2002 Posts: 14650 Location: United States (WA) GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42 GPA: 3.5 Followers: 3836 Kudos [?]: 24133 [0], given: 4611 Re: Top 20 Best GMAT Books on GMAT Club [#permalink] Show Tags 08 Jan 2010, 21:02 coolprasanth wrote: bb wrote: it depends on your weaknesses - if you wanted to cover A to Z, then yes, 8 Manhattan Guides and OG is the right way to go. There are actually all 8 of them bundled up here to save$$\$:

Thanks again for the rpy.I havn't tested my strengths and weakness yet, but would really appreciate if you could suggest any additional books which concentrate on geometry (i think the last time i studied it was during my 10th grade Q_Q)

P.S: i removed ur link for amazon as i dont have the privilege to post links

There is MGMAT Geometry for one. Kaplan Math Workbook also has an extensive coverage. THere are a few others, but I can't remember the exact names right now.
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08 Jan 2010, 21:03
run4run wrote:
any recommendation on powerscore vs Manhattan for CR?

Thanks!

That's coverered in here: best-gmat-verbal-prep-books-reviews-recommendations-78094.html
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08 Jan 2010, 22:29
Checked the kaplan books, what do you think is the difference between kaplan and mgmat?
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08 Jan 2010, 22:39
coolprasanth wrote:
Checked the kaplan books, what do you think is the difference between kaplan and mgmat?

Kaplan does not nearly go into the depth of MGMAT.
Kaplan has 3 books -Kaplan Premier, Kaplan Math Workbook, and Kaplan Verbal Workbook + Kaplan Math Foundations and Kaplan Verbal Foundations
MGMAT has 8 guides + MGMAT Math Foundations; MGMAT also relies on the OG for additional practice (which is nice to tie it in). You will get more practice and more online content with MGMAT as well.
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09 Jan 2010, 01:19
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coolprasanth wrote:
Checked the kaplan books, what do you think is the difference between kaplan and mgmat?

Kaplan does not nearly go into the depth of MGMAT.
Kaplan has 3 books -Kaplan Premier, Kaplan Math Workbook, and Kaplan Verbal Workbook + Kaplan Math Foundations and Kaplan Verbal Foundations
MGMAT has 8 guides + MGMAT Math Foundations; MGMAT also relies on the OG for additional practice (which is nice to tie it in). You will get more practice and more online content with MGMAT as well.

Thank you thank you thank you
Now i'll go ahead and get order the books
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09 Jan 2010, 10:25

I actually prepared using the Kaplan books (the three I listed) and got 750, but I do feel the MGMAT 8 guides are a stronger offering (though potentially are more time-consuming). My guess is that Kaplan agrees with me since they decided to purchase Manhattan GMAT a few days ago (confirmed-kaplan-test-prep-aquired-manhattan-gmat-88887.html)
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04 Feb 2010, 22:27
Can someone please tell me the difference between the GMAT 800(by kaplan) and Kaplan Premier Program books?

Is it true that the only difference is that one comes with a CD and the other without? Perhaps people who have used one or both of these resources could shed some light?

Since the Kaplan books come highly recommended, I would like to get one of the above. I'm planning to get mine in a couple of days and am soo confused by the number of gmat books out there! Please help!

(FYI - I have the OG 11, OG 12 & Manhattan SC. If I focus on these + Kaplan will these resources suffice?)
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welcome Pixie - see you have registered a long time ago.

These are two completely different books. I believe there is no overlap between the two. Please read my reviews on Amazon.com about each:

Kaplan Premier

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04 Feb 2010, 22:51
both kaplan books have pretty bad reviews....would you recommend using them?
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bb wrote:
welcome Pixie - see you have registered a long time ago.

These are two completely different books. I believe there is no overlap between the two. Please read my reviews on Amazon about each:

Thanks! Just read the reviews. So basically the Kaplan Advanced is, as the name suggests, more advanced? Is Kaplan 800 off the market?

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Most Popular GMAT Books January 2010 List
I am highlighting books that lost positions in red and books that gained positions in green.

The most interesting changes this month are:

Other than that, just minor movements among the usual suspects.

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27 Feb 2010, 02:36
Hi! I want to buy the 8 Manhattan Review Guides, however i heard that the 4.edition was based on OG12 and OG Verbal and OG Quant 1. edition (written on the Beat the Gmat site). Since i already have the OG V&Q 2. edition, do you think that i shouldn't buy them? Will i still be able to use them completely? What would you suggest?

Thanks for the answer in advance & btw this is a great forum, very useful
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27 Feb 2010, 09:53
You can find a conversion table on Manhattan GMAT's website that helps you to use 4th edition with OG Quant 2 and OG Verbal 2.
So, you won't have any issues.

Look for conversion tables below (in each of the sections).
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Thank you very much... i looked on their website but couldn't find this.
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Thank you very much... i looked on their website but couldn't find this.

I know - they don't make it very obvious - takes me time to find each time I provide this link
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21 Mar 2010, 22:04
Whoops. Looks like I missed February
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Thanks for the booklist. I started off using the Official Guide as everyone suggests. I guess it's a good introduction to the test, but as it clearly lacks any strategies one must complete it with one or more books. I'll tell you what I think after I finish the OG... see you in a few weeks time
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