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The Official Guide for GMAT Review Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1118109793 ISBN-10: 9781118109793 Edition: 13th

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  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 13 edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781118109793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118109793
  • ASIN: 1118109791
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Includes: The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 13th Edition; The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review; The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review
Includes official sample questions from the new Integrated Reasoning section and exclusive online access to Integrated Reasoning practice questions.
The only official verbal review for the GMAT Exam. Includes 300 actual questions from past GMAT tests.
The only official quantitative review for the GMAT Exam. Includes 300 actual questions from past GMAT tests.

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The only study guide bythe creators of the test

  • More than 900 questions from past GMAT® exams

  • NEW! Companion website includes 50 Integrated Reasoning questions

  • Diagnostic section helps you assess where to focus your test-prep efforts

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The Official Guide For GMAT® Review 13th Edition

Here's what you'll find inside the only book on the market written by GMAC, the creators of the exam.

  • Full answers and detailed explanations for practice questions

  • Grammar review covering concepts tested in the GMAT Verbal section

  • Comprehensive math review of the topics tested in the GMAT Quantitative section

  • Actual essay topics, sample responses, and scoring information

  • Questions organized in order of difficulty to save study time

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Very detailed book, with good test review.
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This is a great book that will help you prepare for the exam and this is a must-have for anyone looking to take the exam in the future.
The Official Guide book for the GMAT exam is the essential standard book you need for the GMAT exam.
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207 of 213 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Williams on March 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
The OG13 has flaws, as did its predecessors. Why five stars, then? Because, hands down, this latest incarnation of the OG is still the one book to get, if you can only get one book to prepare for the GMAT with. There's simply no better all-in-one source of retired GMAT problems.

Could the explanations be better? Sure.
Could the GMAT folks have replaced more than just 1 in 6 problems from the OG12? Absolutely.
Why did some repeated problems illogically jump the line backwards or forwards, given that both OG12 and OG13 are supposed to be in order of difficulty? Who knows.

All that said, the OG is still THE primary religious text of the GMAT. Everything else--including all that we write in print or in byte--is commentary.

The 158 new problems in OG13 all exude that sweet, ineffable air of GMAT-ness. Even if you're taking the GMAT before the changeover (on June 5), in your shoes I'd buy this book for those new problems alone. In the grand scheme, I'd consider that a good investment.

If you're taking the GMAT on June 5 or after, you also need to prepare for the new Integrated Reasoning section. This book gives you access to 50 IR practice problems on a separate site online. Another reason to purchase.

Now, on to the analysis...

Analysis of the 13th Edition Official Guide

(This analysis was originally published with additional content at [...])

The 13th Edition of the Official Guide for GMAT Review has finally been released publicly. Here at Manhattan GMAT, we've done an initial analysis of the OG13 book.

1. Not Radically Different

OG13 contains 907 practice problems for the "main" part of the GMAT (Quant & Verbal). Of those 907 problems, only 17% are new.
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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful By GMAT Club (Expert) on March 21, 2012
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I started GMAT Club - online MBA community; my GMAT score is 750 (49, 42), and here are my thoughts about this book:

~~~ Strengths ~~~
1. 907 real GMAT questions retired from past tests (158 new questions in this edition). The total has not changed
2. Practice questions are organized by level of difficulty
3. Practice questions follow actual GMAT test patterns (it's great to have one's ear trained, esp. in verbal)
4. Contains a 100-question diagnostic test
5. Overview of the Integrated Reasoning section (50 questions)

~~~ Weaknesses ~~~
1. Does not include any test-taking strategies
2. Though it has a few short review sections for each area, they are weak and very unfriendly
3. Questions are predominantly low to medium in difficulty which is often not representative of questions one encounters on the test
4. There is an 83% overlap with the previous edition (12th edition). Compared to 66% overlap between OG 12 and OG 11

~~~ Contents (number of questions per section)~~~
1. Diagnostic Test - 100 questions
2. Problem Solving - 230 questions
3. Data Sufficiency - 174 questions
4. Reading Comprehension - 139 questions
5. Critical Reasoning - 124 questions
6. Sentence Correction - 140 questions
7. Integrated Reasoning - 50 questions (not included in the 907 count)

~~~ What Questions Are New? ~~~
* Problem Solving
12, 13, 14, 15, 37, 49, 56, 57, 60, 61, 69, 71, 75, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 91, 92, 108, 110, 112, 113, 114, 117, 118, 119, 127, 128, 129, 137, 158, 163, 166, 170, 177, 178, 182, 183, 196, 198, 199, 218, 229.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 18, 2012
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I have this recurring dream that - some day, GMAC will publish an Official Guide that will cater to the entire spectrum of students taking the GMAT (from those aiming a score in the low 500s to those aiming in the high 700s). Alas, if you aim to be in 96 percentile or above, then nothing has changed. I'd stick my head out and venture that the book's still not good enough to get you into the 700s. Unless you are one of those 'GMAT pingers' - keep taking (pinging) the GMAT every few months and hope that you miraculously cross that magic number. FWIW, my review of this book is strictly addressed to the crowd that aspires to get 700+.

Problem Solving: The publishers have tried to up the game in this edition but it's still not good enough. Don't be thrown off by marketing terms like '20% new material', etc. Remember it's quality over quantity. Most of the problems are still very easy and straight forward. Don't expect to encounter the same level of questions in the exam (especially, if you are tracking higher).
For e.g; problem #s 28 and 61 are deceptively simple. You would be tracking a score in the 400s if you'd ever see one of these problems in the exam! Unless I somehow missed it, I didn't a single Permutation and Combination question in this section.

Data Sufficiency: GMAC ups the game in this section and you can see discernibly harder problems. But the jury's still out whether the caliber of questions is good enough to prepare for the actual exam. Even the GMAT Prep software has much harder problems than these.

Verbal: A lot of new passages in the Critical Reasoning section. I see a new emphasis on the question type - 'Which of the following...'. Sentence Correction remains the same, albeit with some newer questions.
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