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Using 2016 Official Guide and MGMAT Prep Books?

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Hi All, back in 2016 I was getting ready to studying for the GMAT and got the Official Guide 2016 and the 6th edition of the Manhattan Prep guide books but unfortunately life got in the way and I was unable to complete my studying. I'm now trying to start back up and was wondering if these books are outdated or if they're still viable. I'm looking to probably take the test in early 2019. Should I get the latest editions or will it be okay to use these books?
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Hi All, back in 2016 I was getting ready to studying for the GMAT and got the Official Guide 2016 and the 6th edition of the Manhattan Prep guide books but unfortunately life got in the way and I was unable to complete my studying. I'm now trying to start back up and was wondering if these books are outdated or if they're still viable. I'm looking to probably take the test in early 2019. Should I get the latest editions or will it be okay to use these books?


Hello! It is totally ok to use these the only concern is that maybe the MGMAT books will not provide you access to MGMAT CAT.

The OG changes few questions every year.

You can refer to OG directory here in GMATclub


https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmac-officia ... 40610.html

This might help you out.

All the best!

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Hi jy6537,

Those books are perfectly fine to use during your studies - since the content and patterns behind the GMAT are essentially the same as they were back in 2016. That having been said, the TEST itself has gone through some changes. Earlier this year, the Quant and Verbal sections were both shortened (in terms of number of questions per section and total time per section), so you will have to account for those differences during your studies.

Since you've been away from the GMAT for the last couple of years, it would be a good idea to start off by taking a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). That score will give us a good sense of your current strengths and weaknesses (including what you may have retained from your prior studies) 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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jy6537 wrote:
Hi All, back in 2016 I was getting ready to studying for the GMAT and got the Official Guide 2016 and the 6th edition of the Manhattan Prep guide books but unfortunately life got in the way and I was unable to complete my studying. I'm now trying to start back up and was wondering if these books are outdated or if they're still viable. I'm looking to probably take the test in early 2019. Should I get the latest editions or will it be okay to use these books?


Hello! It is totally ok to use these the only concern is that maybe the MGMAT books will not provide you access to MGMAT CAT.

The OG changes few questions every year.

You can refer to OG directory here in GMATclub


https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmac-officia ... 40610.html

This might help you out.

All the best!

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Thank you for the reply! Yeah I think my CATs expired so I'll have to use another resource for that!

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Hi jy6537,

Those books are perfectly fine to use during your studies - since the content and patterns behind the GMAT are essentially the same as they were back in 2016. That having been said, the TEST itself has gone through some changes. Earlier this year, the Quant and Verbal sections were both shortened (in terms of number of questions per section and total time per section), so you will have to account for those differences during your studies.

Since you've been away from the GMAT for the last couple of years, it would be a good idea to start off by taking a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at http://www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). That score will give us a good sense of your current strengths and weaknesses (including what you may have retained from your prior studies) 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?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

I actually took a full CAT 2 years ago and scored pretty poorly. I know my quant was a weakness and I need to definitely start from the basics. I've started going through the MGMAT Quant books and I've been struggling with the problem sets. I would read through the lessons which were very basic and then go move onto Problem Sets that were drastically more difficult. Is this normal? Most of the problems I would have to keep looking back to the answers to know how to get started because I wouldn't know how to tackle the question. Does this mean I need to spend more time on the lessons? The lessons I thought were very straightforward...
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Hi jy6537,

Many of the essential skills that are required to score at a high level on the GMAT are skills that you learned before you went to College - so if you have not used those skills in awhile, then it's understandable that you might be a bit 'rusty' (and by extension, you might need to (re)learn certain concepts). That having been said, the GMAT is a big 'critical thinking test' - it's built in a consistent, predictable fashion, so you can train to take advantage of Tactics and all of the built-in patterns that exist in the Exam.

To properly plan out your studies, it's important to define your overall Goals (even if they're just a bit 'general' at this point).

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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jy6537 wrote:
I actually took a full CAT 2 years ago and scored pretty poorly. I know my quant was a weakness and I need to definitely start from the basics. I've started going through the MGMAT Quant books and I've been struggling with the problem sets. I would read through the lessons which were very basic and then go move onto Problem Sets that were drastically more difficult. Is this normal? Most of the problems I would have to keep looking back to the answers to know how to get started because I wouldn't know how to tackle the question. Does this mean I need to spend more time on the lessons? The lessons I thought were very straightforward...
Practice questions and explanations are as much a part of the learning process as working through theory is. Keep at it, and use a GMATPrep sometime to make any necessary course corrections (high quality non-official questions are useful, but may lack the "feel" of actual GMAT questions).
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