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GMAT For Dummies Paperback – September 12, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0764596537 ISBN-10: 0764596535 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 5 edition (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764596535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764596537
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

GMAT scores are an important part of any graduate business-school application, so you need to perform well. Suzee Vlk, long time test-prep specialist and author of several Dummies books, can help. The GMAT for Dummies is packed with useful information and strategies to help you prepare for the test. The book includes advice on how to use the book efficiently (Vlk estimates you'll need 28 hours to work through it), review chapters for all three sections of the exam, and two complete practice exams. Two chapters focusing on the analytical writing assessment portion of the exam will help you write effective essays--and remind you that schools differ regarding the importance of this section. Vlk also offers special advice for "computer illiterates" worried about taking this computer-based exam. In familiar Dummies style, Vlk includes a handy tear-out "Quick Reference Card" with a summary of the most important information and a "Part of Tens" section with "10 Dumb Things You Can Do to Mess Up Your GMAT" and 10 relaxation techniques to use before and during the exam. With its witty writing and helpful icons in the margins pointing out important information, The GMAT for Dummies makes test preparation easy and relatively painless. --C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Then I tried GMAT for dummies which I think is a great book!
RAE
I definitely recommend this book along with the GMAT official guide for optimal preparation.
Nadine
This "dummies" book, like all "dummies" books is very straightforward and simply written.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By LimeyLe on February 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
The GMAT prep books can be overwhelming, especially for those of us who have been out of college more than 5 years! I tried starting w/ the OG and my morale was crushed! This "dummies" book, like all "dummies" books is very straightforward and simply written. Which is a good thing! If you have the luxury of having at least 2 months to study and therefore have the time to work through this book, invest in it! it is a good book to start with to not only explain the test, but to also give you some basic practice questions, some tips on strategy and some decent solution explanations. Good confidence builder prior to moving onto the OG, Kaplan, Barrons, EZ Solutions. From this book(again assuming you have at least 2 months to study) I would move onto Crackin the Gmat, then onto Kaplan and Official Guide(OG), for extra practice throw in Barrons and for subject specific help, look into EZ Solutions and PowerScore...=)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By remixer on March 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is a good place to start if you are just starting on your GMAT journey. It puts a lot of daunting concepts into simpler terms that are easier to understand and tries to break down the complex nature of the GMAT into bite-sized pieces. I went through this book as my first book before tackling on the Kaplan study guides, Manhattan guides and the official guide.

There are a few mistakes found in this book, which instantly warrants it nothing higher than 2-stars. Why? In my view, a study guide that is supposed to teach you how NOT to make mistakes on a major test shouldn't contain mistakes of its own, let alone a number of them. For example, one of the problems on pg. 150 told me to solve for X and Y provided with these equations: 6x + 4y = 66 and -2x + 2y = 8. The book came to the conclusion that x = 7 and y = 9. Plug in those numbers into the equation and you can clearly see the answer is wrong. After solving it correctly on my own, I had to go back and figure out why the book was telling me otherwise, adding a lot of confusion and wasting precious time. All the editors had to do was double-check that the answers were indeed correct. I started second guessing every problem and solution, and wasted even more time going through its entirety.

There are not a lot of these mistakes (I counted maybe 3 or 4 of them), but they are there. Overall, the book is still somewhat helpful, but only as a beginners guide. It doesn't go too deeply into the harder problems you will encounter if you are reaching for anything even remotely close to a 700 score, but if you don't know where to begin studying for the GMAT, or if a friend has a copy you can borrow, it is a good place to start.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Fritziferd on February 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
The previous reviews must be about an earlier edition of this book because I thought it was an excellent study aid for the GMAT. There were no typos that I could see, and the material was right on relevant to the way the questions are presented on the GMAT test.

The book was easy to read and actually (gasp!) made studying for the GMAT enjoyable. The practice test seemed to be at the same level as the actual GMAT, not harder and not easier.

This is a great prep tool. Check out this new edition by new authors. You won't be disappointed!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lee on February 1, 2009
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This is an excellent book to start with. Very quick to go through, and once you get the basics/tricks down the problems in the Barron's/Kaplan/Princeton Review books become much easier. There are a few errors in the questions (not more than two or three), but nothing that isn't immediately obvious. Definitely recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Calintz on June 8, 2012
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This is a wonderful book to begin studying for the GMAT. It contains almost everything you will need to learn in order to succeed in the exam. At the point when I write this review I am about 2/3 into the book and well into the quantitative section. I have also purchased several other books to help achieve my business school goals including the books Your MBA Game Plan and Great Applications for Business School. I have taken practice GMAT exams before and after reading most of this book my score did improve considerably on the practice tests. I can only imagine that my score will improve even more once I finish the entire book and review all of the concepts in preparation for the real GMAT.

A few bits of advice I can provide those thinking about buying the book are the following....

1. If your goal is to get into a top 20 MBA program and need a score of 700+ this book will absolutely not be enough to achieve that. GMAT for Dummies would be an excellent choice to start your studying for the GMAT and boost your confidence as well as introduce you to the basics of what you will find on the GMAT. If your goal is a top business school then you will want to supplement this book with the Manhattan GMAT Complete Strategy Guide Set.

2. If your goal is a more modest institution where you only require a 550-600 score on the GMAT then this book could prove to be enough for you. I would still recommend you buy at least one other preparation book to supplement this with because this book really makes the GMAT appear easier than it really is.

3. Do not skip the first two chapters of this book. They are essential strategies for handling the GMAT exam as a whole.

4. There are a few errors in the quantitative section as well as some in the qualitative section.
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