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Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guide Supplement: Foundations of GMAT Verbal Paperback – May 29, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1937707019 ISBN-10: 1937707016 Edition: 5 Pap/Psc

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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Manhattan Prep Publishing; 5 Pap/Psc edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937707016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937707019
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chapter by Chapter

Introduction to GMAT Verbal

PART 1: SENTENCE CORRECTION

1. Words & Sentences
2. Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives
3. Verbs & Adverbs
4. Prepositions, Conjunctions, Mixed Drills
5. Subject/Predicate, Fragments & Run-ons, Punctuation
6. Modifiers, Parallelism, Comparisons
7. Idioms, Subjunctive, Wrap-Up

PART 2: CRITICAL REASONING

8. Arguments & Conclusions
9. Patterns & Flaws
10. Diagrams
11. Putting It All Together

PART 3: READING COMPREHENSION

12. Phases of Reading Comprehension
13. Main Ideas & Difficult Information
14. Inferences & Improving Your Reading

PART 4: VOCABULARY & RC IDIOMS

15. Vocabulary & RC Idioms
Appendix A: Helpful Hits for Indian Speakers of English

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In the last decade, Manhattan GMAT has grown from a single, dedicated tutor to a major test prep company with locations across the country. Our philosophy is simple: We aim to help students achieve their goals by providing the best curriculum and the highest-quality instructors in the industry. Manhattan GMAT hires fewer than 1 in 10 qualified applicants for its teaching positions, ensuring every instructor has years of experience and a 99th percentile score. So you can trust our books are developed by the very best.

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In the last decade, Manhattan GMAT has grown from a single, dedicated tutor to a major test prep company with locations across the country. Our philosophy is simple: We aim to help students achieve their goals by providing the best curriculum and the highest-quality instructors in the industry. Manhattan GMAT hires fewer than 1 in 10 qualified applicants for its teaching positions, ensuring every instructor has years of experience and a 99th percentile score. So you can trust our books are developed by the very best.

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This is a book I intend to go back to before the actual test and I think it will be a great use of anyone's time to read.
Robert Kirk
If you think GMAT tests some advanced topics, then this book is for you because the key to getting a high score, is having solid background and solid basics.
GMAT Club (Expert)
The book is laid out in a systematic order and has plenty of mini quizzes that help you test what you are learning to make sure you grasp the concepts.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By GMAT Club (Expert) on June 14, 2011
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Before I jump into the book, let me ask you this question: Do you know what GMAT Tests?
It tests high school math, basic level of grammar, basic logic, and basic reading skills. What makes GMAT tough is the time limit. If you think GMAT tests some advanced topics, then this book is for you because the key to getting a high score, is having solid background and solid basics. You want to do as much as you can to build that foundation because without a sound foundation, the rest of the house falls apart and your fancy roof or granite counters will not help you when walls start settling.

~~~~ This is the right book if: ~~~~
- You are looking for a review to polish some of your skills (this is a good book to thumb through)
- You are an international applicant. Enough said probably but there is value from grammar as well Idioms/RC vocabulary (25% of the book is devoted to this)
- You are short on time (you can use this book instead buying the 3 verbal Guides). You can cover this one in 1 week as opposed to 3 weeks for the CR, RC, and SC Guides (overlap is minimal but you get the most important skills here)
- You keep failing to get a high verbal score and can't quite pinpoint the reason (most likely you have skipped right to the more advanced topics & strategies, so this will be a good way to refresh/review)

~~~~ This is the wrong book if: ~~~~
- Your English is poor (you must learn English first). This is not an ESL guide or a shortcut
- You are looking for an in-depth Grammar guide (this touches on MAIN subjects but it is rather short for a grammar book - 90 pages of content and about 50 if you take out the examples and drills)
- You are looking for advanced strategies or hard questions (there are some but very few).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ro on December 16, 2012
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Quick review. I've read through 4 chapters only so I can't comment on the entire book. So far I'm glad I purchased the book. Manhattan GMAT books are great. I have all of the strategy guides (paperback) and went ahead and got the Verbal and Math foundations as Kindle Editions. Overall the Verbal foundations does what it says. It goes back to the basics as a previous reviewer wrote. It's a great refresher for me so I don't mind that. Furthermore there are some great tips in the book that I find are very helpful. Now another reviewer said that you need other books as well, and I think it's fair to say but I believe that regardless of what GMAT book you're going to end up purchasing more than 1 book.

Now comes the annoying part of the kindle editions. There are drills throughout the GMAT Verbal foundations book that ask the reader to for example analyze the parts of a sentence that are underlined. In the kindle edition, nothing is underlined!!! I thought well maybe it might be different on a kindle reader versus a kindle app. It's the same thing. If this will annoy you as it does me, spend the extra money and get the paperback.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scrapple8 on June 16, 2012
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There are some useful tools in the Strategy Supplement from Manhattan GMAT entitled `Foundations of GMAT Verbal.' It is designed as a book to develop an approach to attacking the questions in the Verbal section of the GMAT. The `Official Guide for the GMAT, 12TH edition, is a required accompaniment to using this book. You can get something out of this book without the required accompaniment, but your use of it will not be optimal.

The first seven chapters are a review of grammar. Its content is necessary to understand for Sentence Correction questions. Particular concern is paid to the types of errors found in the Sentence Correction questions: Pronouns, Misplaced Modifiers, Subject and Verb Agreement, Parallel Construction, Verb Tenses, and Idioms. While the underlying review of grammar is adequate, you can find a better primer in Kaplan's `GMAT Verbal Foundations.'

This book has a phenomenal section that lists twelve flawed argument types, which can help you for not only Critical Reasoning questions, but also for Analysis of an Argument. The second question type is an essay, and there will be useful jargon for you to use in your essay from this section. If you can get a copy of this book - even if only to use for a few days - you should do so for this one chapter.

The sections that refer to the Analysis of an Issue essay became obsolete on June 6, 2012. On that day, the GMAT eliminated the Analysis of an Issue essay, and replaced it with Integrated Reasoning. Don't waste time preparing for a question type that is no longer asked.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sumer on August 20, 2011
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You are supposed to consider this book in the beginning and later graduate to the 8 book series.

I went the other way round. I first completed the 4th edition of the SC guide but then realized that my grasp on the subject is weak. I found out that my basic understanding of grammatical terms is pretty rustic now (after 8 years of high school). I was a bit skeptical about purchasing this book just for SC basics, as I am pretty strong in CR and RC, however I just ordered this book not knowing whether it will be any worth for my money or not.

I am sooooo glad I did, all the missing pieces in my understanding of SC are falling right into the place. I am halfway through the SC part and now considering going through the entire book.

I will highly recommend this book, especially to non native English Speakers. Kudos to Manhattan.

Cheers!!
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