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GMAT Math Prep Course

3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1889057507
ISBN-10: 1889057509
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I think it might be worthwhile for you to go through another good math book: checkout Nova's 'GMAT Math Prep Course'. I went through the MGMAT books and still found Nova's book a good alternative. Nova's exercises emphasize more creative thinking than do the MGMAT's books. --A Student
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Nova Press (August 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889057509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889057507
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I liked the book - it is positioned as a Math Course, but I'd say it is a bit too intense. It jumps right away into pretty high level and dense material, so the best use for this book if you are aiming for a high quant score and willing to sweat for it. If you are just starting out, I'd probably suggest to start with Kaplan Math workbook and then grab this book (Kaplan seemed to have been laid out a bit better, but definitely not as detailed and did not include much of probability, combinations, statistics questions).

THE GOOD:
* Probably one of the most thorough GMAT quant books though sometimes a tad over the top
* Has good coverage of exotic question types: probability, statistics, combinations, fuctnions, counting, etc
* Questions arranged in Easy, Medium, Hard sections - you can skip right away to the harder questions or vice versa
* Some strategy elements
* Diagnostic test in the book
* Data sufficiency practice (about 100 questions)
* Tons of practice questions and a fair share of hard ones

THE BAD:
* Not a book for beginners and assumes familiarity with basic strategies and format of the test; has a potential to frustrate a person who is just getting into it
* 500+ pages - easy to get bogged down and can take quite a while to cover
* Does not point out which items are critical/most important to remember
* Structured in a slightly unorthodox fashion (pretty much starts with symbol-type questions and then jumps to Geometry)
* Does not help spot some of the easier solutions, but instead does a head-on approach (which is probably more reliable, but takes time)
* Has a few sections that may not be very important for the GMAT such as Graphs and Charts

Overall, good 500+ page math book and if nothing else, is a good collection of questions.
Let me know if you have any questions about this book,

BB, GMAT 750
Founder of GMAT Club
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I used this book after using some of MGMAT's books. The GMAT Math Prep Course text is excellent, with many, many examples and reasonably good explanations. HOWEVER, you have to have a SOLID FOUNDATION to be able to use this book because it focuses (mostly) on 600-800 level problems without explaining all the finer math principle details (author assumes that you know them, and you will, if you use the MGMAT guide Manhattan GMAT Set of 8 Strategy Guides, Fourth Edition (Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides)).

WARNING: the Kindle version contains many errors! The errors are OK and you figure them out after reading the problem explanations, but these errors CAN and WILL get frustrating at times. The number of errors greatly decreases towards the middle of the book. I contacted Amazon support about this issue and the support personnel told me that the errors are a publisher issue and that the issue will be escalated. Haven't really heard anything since.

With the above said, I would still highly recommend the book and even the Kindle version (that's what I used). The Kindle version is an absolute joy to use when studying from iPad.
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This book is great if your math is rusty and you need a more in depth refresher. It only covers more basic GMAT math so don't expect to master the most difficult math problems after using this book.

The book's main shortcoming was the lack of tricks and shortcuts. There simply isn't time to fully solve every problem fully on the GMAT and sometimes I knew of easier methods to find the answer quickly with skills I learned with the Kaplan book.
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If your Quant Skills are rustic and you have 3-4 weeks of time at hand. This is by far the most comprehensive and detailed book available. The best part about this book is its language and approach. The entire Quant section is broken down in a set of multiple chapters and it it's so much fun to work one chapter daily.

You might find some other well known brands to have more sex appeal and some flashy stuff to turbo charge your skill set. This book on the other hand is basic,honest and offers a very enjoyable learning curve. It will help you to gradually develop your skill set by taking you through easy questions to tough one.

I will strongly recommend this book to anyone out there who fears GMAT quant. You will enjoy this book and build a solid foundation. Its the simplicity and detail of this book that makes it so unique!!

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Great book. The first time I attempted the Gmat i studied on the cracking the gmat and placed in 45th percentile in math. I bought this book and the advance math prep book and after a month from my 580 i got 700 with 80% in quantitative. The problems are slighly different from the ones on the test but the difficulty is similar. It covers more aspects than the cracking the gmat book.
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First off, this is a great little book that I'd absolutely recommend to anybody that is looking to brush up on the quant part of the test. It goes into all the topics in great detail, includes simple and easily remembered tips for eliminating answer choices on the harder questions, and gives you small equations which (while unnecessary) can really help you come test day. The reason I give the Kindle version four stars instead of five is it has a few problems. The big thing is typos. I don't know how these came about, probably from the use of scanning in lieu of actually taking the time to enter in the data and tables, but the book has a lot of typos in the question sections, some of which make the question ask something completely different than what it's actually asking. I've seen 1=l, A=4, 6=b, (=C, and others. Usually you can tell what they meant, but in a few circumstances, particularly 6=b, it can really throw you off.

The only other things I could complain about:
1: Some of the difficulty levels seem to be off, with some medium questions being hard and hard questions being painfully easy. I remember one 'very hard' question (Counting section, around 60% of the way through) where if understood weighted averages the only possible way I saw to screw it up would be to accidentally subtract .05 from .55 instead of .5 from .55.
2: The books favors long solution explanations. In a lot of ways, this is an extremely good thing because it's almost impossible to get lost in their explanation. Unfortunately, on the actual test you have time limits so you can't afford to do the extremely drawn out solutions the book favors. I wish they would have occasionally taken the time to show how you would do the problem quickly. A good example of this is 6 & 7 in Sequences.
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