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Cracking the GMAT with DVD, 2009 Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0375428593 ISBN-10: 0375428593 Edition: Pap/DVD

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  • Series: Graduate School Test Preparation (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; Pap/DVD edition (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375428593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375428593
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book and the Official Guide 11th edition.
Chris
I spent about a month on this book (on and off) and having seen no improvement, switched to Kaplan guies instead and was able to score 750 with those.
GMAT Club (Expert)
This is a very good book to understand techniques for GMAT.
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Nathan L. Sandland on October 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
I only had 2 weeks to study for the GMAT. I bought three books to help me, all of which were highly rated on Amazon. They were:

1. Cracking the GMAT with DVD, 2007 Edition (Princeton Review)

2. Kaplan GMAT 800, 2006-2007

3. Verbal Workout for the GMAT, 2nd Edition (Princeton Review)

My thinking went like this: I'll learn overall skills for the GMAT using #1. Then I'll get some advanced pointers from #2, and finally, since my weakness is the verbal part, I'll fill in any gaps I can with #3.

#1 (this book) was excellent. It had very useful tricks and strategies. Additionally, it comes with 4 full length online CAT tests. To me, this was the most important thing. If anything, the questions on those CAT tests were a little tougher than those actually on the GMAT, which I also thought was good--it gives you good practice instead of wasting your time with easy questions. I read and skimmed the book cover to cover.

#2 (from Kaplan) was awful. It's first problem was that it did more identifying of tricks used to fool you on the GMAT than it did in explaining ways you can avoid those tricks. The second problem was that the practice problems in the book were trivially easy compared to those in #1. It also didn't come with any full length exams. I returned the book to the store.

#3 Was helpful, and was a good supplement to #1, as I had hoped it would be. My fear with buying two Princeton Review books was that they might completely overlap in their recommendations, a fear that went unrealized. The book also had useful practice problems, though sadly it didn't offer any full exams.

During the course of my study, I took three of the four available practice exams from #1, spaced out at regular intervals. My scores on the practice exams were 630, 680 and 730, in that order. My score on the real test was 760. I truly believe I owe that improvement in large part to this book.
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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful By DR on July 9, 2008
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This book does a nice job of introducing the format of the GMAT, what it is, etc. If you are completely ignorant about what the GMAT is, then it may be worth your time to drive over to the local bookstore and thumb through the first couple of chapters. Beyond that there is very little useful information to be found in this book. In fact, I think that the strategies outlined for the quantitative section are simply misleading and wrong.

For example, early on the book describes a guy named "Joe Bloggs," who is essentially a complete idiot who did not prepare at all for the exam. Most every math problem explanation shows one or two answer choices that Joe would have selected because either they are intermediate solutions (solutions that are found during necessary, but preliminary steps on the way to the final solution), or they are just "too obvious." That's real cute, and perhaps makes people more comfortable with the test, but let me tell you that it will not help you on test day, and will likely hurt you.

The best thing that you can do in your preparation is learn the basics cold. Do this by frequenting some of the GMAT prep site forums, where a plethora of practice problems with expert solutions can be found. To sum up the quantitative tutorials in this book- "Make sure that you find out what the question is asking, and make sure that you do not stop short of the full solution, as they will tempt you with answer choices that they know you will encounter during your work to solve the problem." Well, that is sound advice, and much harder in practice than it sounds, but hardly worth basing an entire book upon.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Rouzbeh Brumand on September 5, 2006
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Although I liked the way the authors went through and reviewed the topics I needed for the exam, I did not execute most of their strategies during the actual exam.

While most of their strategies to "crack" the test were easily applicable to the sample questions they had, I had a harder time applying them to the actual GMAT questions (both questions on the test itself and the questions in the official guide)

The REAL key to cracking the GMAT is practice, practice and practice, so make sure you buy the Official Guide to GMAT as well and try to do as many sample questions as you can.

One last comment, I consistently kept getting lower scores on the Princeton Sample CATs (around 640) than the sample tests from mba . com and the actual GMAT (around 710) I don't know if anyone else had this problem or not.

Hope this helps
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful By scanman7 on July 2, 2006
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i have now had the chance to read through this book. i also have the kaplan one. i find pr to be more focused and concise compared to any of the other gmat books. i feel like the authors respect my time, schedule and tell me EXACTLY what i need to know. very impressive book and very well organized. it's obviously smart to buy several gmat books - this should be one of your purchases. highly recommended.....
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Glen Mehn on January 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
I got this book and took the GMAT yesterday. I scored a 750 on the GMAT, and many of the techniques were VERY useful. One of the big bonuses that the book touts, however, is "4 free online practice tests." These tests were horrible.

Compare: Using the ETS/GMAC practice tests, I scored 650 ad 690, then 750 on the actual test.

When I took the PR practice tests online, the site was slow and buggy, I scored 570-610, and several of the questions were just plain wrong: Bad editing, etc. There were several that had wrong answers inthe math section. I remember one question in reading comprehension where they used "Antebellum" in place of "Postbellum". A fairly important distinction.

By all means, get the book-- just get the $14 one. The extras in the DVD and online tests are not worth your money. If you want practice tests, get the ones from GMAC at [...] .
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