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Cracking the New GMAT, 2013 Edition: Revised and Updated for the New GMAT (Graduate School Test Preparation) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0375427466 ISBN-10: 0375427465 Edition: Rev Upd

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  • Series: Graduate School Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; Rev Upd edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375427465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375427466
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has too many errors in it to be taken serious.
Tom Eckhardt
If you're using the books for the strategies it provides, it would be okay.
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All in all, spend your money on a different GMAT prep book.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Zi on June 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
As I am going through this book, I caught an example mistake on integers. Now on page 141, I found another mistake. The example question is:

"Jim is now twice as old as Fred and two years older than Sam. Four years ago, Jim was four times as old as Sam. How old is Jim now?"

When you read it, it seems fine until you read the explanation. Apparently, the second clause of the sentence, "Jim is now twice as old as Fred and two years older than Sam," was talking about two different subjects. It should have been written as "Jim is now twice as old as Fred, and Fred is two years older than Sam."

After finding two mistakes, I am now disappointed with Princeton Review. I feel they quickly published this book without carefully proofreading it. I wouldn't be surprised if I find more mistakes.

If you are an easily confused person or haven't been in touch with your math or grammar, don't bother getting this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By joepa on June 29, 2012
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I borrowed this book from the local library specifically for the Integrated Reasoning questions and this book is full of mistakes. I think they rushed it out of the door before it was ready and hence the content is not accurate. I would avoid using this book for prep and refer to something else. Suggestions for a good book for the new GMAT are welcome!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian on July 23, 2012
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There are way to many errors in this book for it be considered a good stand-alone study guide.
When I read other's reviews I thought they were just being petty but there are some serious issues that can actually cause you to stumble on the test. Beside the issues already listed by others a couple of the more glaring errors are:

1. In a table they tell you MEMORIZE for the math section they have: 1/4 = 0.333, 1/2 = 0.333, and 1/3 = 0.333. Really?! 1/4 equals the exact same thing as 1/2 and 1/3.

2. They flip back and fourth on whether a 0 is considered to be a positive or negative number or neither. At least twice they state that 0 is NEITHER a negative or positive number. Then two other times they state that can be BOTH a positive and negative number. Then they actually show math questions that the answer would change on depending on the real state of 0. I had to actually go look on the Internet to figure out what was actually true (it is neither).

3. For the verbal section, the Conclusion of a statement was "In video and movies, images can be manipulated". The question for the quiz was What can be inferred from the passage. One of the answer choices was that "image manipulation can be used for video and movies". The guide said this was not the right answer because the reader was reading to much into the passage (from the guide: this statement goes to far to be the correct answer).

A few other issues I have is the make most of their questions too easy. A lot of it is done for simplicity to drive home a point, but for almost all of the example questions the answer is so obvious that you don't need their tricks or techniques to figure out the answer.

On the plus side their tips and tricks are great (i.e.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kari Hale on August 9, 2012
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I used this book in my 3 week cram session for the GMAT in July 2012. I used this book for the strategies, and a gauge of where I was at. I definitely used the help and tips on tackling Data Sufficiency questions fast. Another reviewer mentioned some errors, which I also noticed. There was a question on the online practice test that was wrong... but this is not the real thing so don't worry about it. The vast majority of the content is correct and the answer explanations are better than those in the official GMAT online prep. I just accepted my offer to the UW LMBA program so the strategies and test timing worked!

There are actually 4 practice tests available and then two on the official GMAT website. Do them all if you have time. This is the only way to know if you are ready for the timed, difficultly changing test. Good luck!
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Shane on May 13, 2012
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Preview the contents of this book and check page 46 (in the print edition). The question reads "How many integers are between 17 and 27?"

Despite the fact that the answer to this question is 9, the book states that the answer is 5. The only way 5 would be the answer is if the question was instead "How many EVEN integers are between 17 and 27?"

Somehow, either the editors of this book published the wrong question, or are giving the reader a false positive answer. Either way, how can anyone trust the validity of the rest of the information (or at least other practice questions) in this book? Readers should not have to worry about whether or not this question was structured correctly, or whether or not the answer marked as correct is actually correct.

This is simply one careless mistake, but it ruins any trust one can have that the information in this book is valid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on July 3, 2012
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As other people have noted, I have found a number of typos and mistakes in the Princeton Review GMAT Guides. I have identified errors in the questions themselves as well as the answer keys. I understand missing a couple of items, but mistakes are in almost every chapter. This has made me lose faith in their preparation materials. I am switching to the Official Guides.
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