on March 23, 2000
A really useful guide, if, like me, you have not done math for a while. Covers useful material in a good level of depth. Also an excellent source of practice questions. In my opinion, a great deal better than the Princeton Math Workout, which spent too much time on ways to "crack" the test rather than actually teaching you how to do the math. The Kaplan Guide is much more focussed on the latter.
on August 31, 1999
This was an alright book. I found its best use was as a source for additional math problems. If you're trying to really nail the GMAT, this is a good book in that you will encounter a variety of different math questions. You gain some experience, and that is good. But on the other hand, I feel like Kaplan did a bit of a lazy job putting this book together. First off, 99% of the questions are incredibly easy. Secondly, I found several typos and this should just not happen unless the writers are being lazy. Third, it does not do a good job of explaining answers. If this is a thorough review, it should provide at least two ways to solve the more difficult questions - ie plugging in numbers and algebra, not just one. But considering there is only one other book out there, this is the best you can get. Unfortunately, with the exception of the Princeton Review, a lot of those other companies are just plain trash.
on September 2, 1998
It was a good idea to produce a book exclusively for maths, but for people who did not graduate from a technical university, it is difficult to learn maths from one book in just one month! You need the background and the exercise!
on February 13, 1999
This book is a fine book. I am currently using the book for my own review of the math that was taught to me 9.5 years ago. I find that the book provides a great format of reintroducing or even educating its student(s) in the areas of Arithmetic, Algebra,Word Problems,Geometry, and Data Sufficiency. Math takes alot of practice and this book provides one with plenty of practice within each sub-section through basic, intermediate, and advanced problems. The best supplementation for additional problems, for me, has been the 9th addition of the Official Guide For GMAT Review written by the Graduate Management Admissions Council. It is organized by category- Arithmetic, Algebra, Word Problems, Geometry, Data Sufficiency, Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction, and Analytical Writing. Also the questions presented here are real GMAT Questions! So my suggestion is to learn the concepts Kaplan teaches in their GRE and GMAT Math Workbook, work their example problems followed by working additional practice problems within the Official GMAT Review for an even more real experience . I am partial to Kaplan's organization thus I would like to see them produce a comprehensive workbook of real GMAT problems as a supplement to the GRE & GMAT Math Workbook.
on July 5, 1999
For those people studying for the GMAT who need a little more help with Math, this book fits the bill. It goes a little more in-depth in some areas than the GMAT books from either Kaplan or Princeton Review. Anyone who has been through either of those books and is looking for something else to help boost their Quant score should pick this book up.