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The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 11th Edition 11th Edition Edition

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ISBN-10: 0976570904
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Real Questions - Real Answers - Real Experience

The only book on the market written by the creators of the GMAT® exam.

With real GMAT® questions from previous GMAT® exams, this new edition contains more than 800 multiple-choice questions, plus a brand-new diagnostic section to help you pinpoint your skill level so you can focus your test preparation.

  • More than 800 practice questions with answers and detailed explanations
  • New grammar review covering concepts tested on the GMAT® Verbal section
  • Comprehensive math review of the topics tested on the GMAT® Quantitative section
  • Actual essay topics, sample responses, and scoring information
  • Insights into the GMAT® exam that debunk test-taking myths
  • Real questions from past GMAT® tests
  • NEW diagnostic section helps you assess where to focus your test-prep efforts
  • NEW organization of questions in order of difficulty saves study time

The only study guide with 800 real GMAT® questions —and their answers— by the creators of the test.

GMAC®, GMAT®, GMAT CAT®, Graduate Management Admission Council® and Graduate Management Admission Test®, are registered trademarks of the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Graduate Management Admission Council®
A Champion of Graduate Management Education

The organization now called the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®) began in 1953 as an association of nine business schools whose goal was to develop a standardized test to help business schools select qualified applicants. was taken just over 2,000 times; in recent years Graduate Management Admission Test®, or GMAT®, has been taken more than 200,000 times annually. Initially used in admissions by 54 schools, the GMAT® is now used by more than 1,500 schools and 1,800 programs.

The Graduate Management Admissions Council® is composed of representatives from leading business schools worldwide. As a not-for-profit education association, it is dedicated to creating access to graduate management and professional education.

Through their professional development programs for people who work at business schools, and through the information they provide to potential business school applicants and the media, the GMAC help people around the world realize success in business education --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Graduate Management Admission Council; 11th Edition edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976570904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976570905
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The secret for the GMAT is practice and stamina.

For my own preparation, I used The Princeton Review, Kaplan's Book and ETS' The Official Guide for GMAT Review.

I will go through the advantages and disadvantages of each, and explain why The Official Guide for GMAT Review was the best of the three and why you should give it more time than the others.
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This book, coupled with the Official GMAT Verbal and Quant Review Guides (by the same company, GMAC) is enough to give you a thorough understanding, of the type of questions that can be expected in the GMAT and the reasoning needed to answer them correctly. I found the reasoning provided with each answer, especially useful. Another nice thing about these books is that the questions are arranged in increasing order of difficulty. So, if you find some questions very easy, just jump a few questions forward. The only setback with these books is that they do not give detailed explanations in the 'concepts review sections'.

You will need to turn to other books/websites to get tips and tricks for the exam. I recommend Princeton for this purpose: The Princeton guide gave me very clear and effective test taking strategies that helped me a lot. I highly recommend NOT USING Kaplan, especially to take practice tests. The scoring is very tough, and you are tested in areas that are absolutely unnecessary for the GMAT. Also, very low scores on these tests are discouraging. I highly recommend taking the two Powerprep practice tests available for download from the GMAC website. These tests consist of 'retired' GMAT questions, and are very much identical to the actual GMAT. Your scoring on these tests would be identical to your actual GMAT score.

My practice scores are as below (in chronological order):
Powerprep Test 1: 630 (35 days before my GMAT)
Princeton Test 1: 650
Kaplan Test 1: 600
Princeton Test 2: 670
Princeton Test 3: 700
Princeton Test 4: 720
Kaplan Test 2: 530 (One day before my GMAT - Very, very discouraging!!
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After 3 months of study, I just took the GMAT last week. This is my first and only attempt at the GMAT-CAT. In fact this is the first standardized test I have taken in 12 years. Overall I am happy with my score (770 Q51 V44).

The only study materials I used were:

- Official 11th Edition
- Official Verbal Review Guide
- Official Quant Review Guide
- Official GMATPrep Software (sent to you once you schedule your test)
- Manhattan GMAT Guides (reviewed for techniques only)

The three official books are the absolute bible for sample problems. I am a firm believer in quality over quantity. I NEVER did any problem that was not provided by the real GMAT company...NONE. Using problems written by other vendors is not needed, and could be counter productive. I would rather fully understand 200 official problems, than slog through 1000 non-official problems.


- First master all the problems in the printed official guides (11th, Verbal Guide, Quant Guide). NOTE: Getting the correct answer is not the same as "mastering" a question.

- Any problem you miss or find changing, repeat many times (even after you may have memorized the answer). Keep repeating the problems, until the basic skill is fully understood.

- Keep accurate records every time you do a problem (correct / incorrect, easy / challenging / stuck).

- Focus on core concepts. In truth, the GMAT tests very few concepts, but will use these simple building blocks to construct an unlimited number of tricky problems. Know the core concepts, become aware of the tricks, and the rest is timing.
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