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How to Debate: A Debater's Handbook: Tips and tricks for debating like a pro!
How to Debate: A Debater's Handbook: Tips and tricks for debating like a pro!
by Rameez M Virji
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A genuine waste of money, August 19, 2011
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I realize this review will not be anywhere near positive, but this book really isn't a book and merits no positive comments. It is basically a collection of notes that anyone could get from the internet with a few minutes of searching (feel free to visit or just type in "APDA" for instance. I suspect the author was probably "publishing" this to supplement his university application and write about how he wrote a book - yes, it turns out this young author is a high school student. I wouldn't mind so much if he had given it away for free or at least labelled it better, but the "knowledge" is either overtly obvious or inaccurate. While I don't generally write reviews (either negative or positive), this "book" was so misrepresented, I simply must warn others to not buy it. If you have any doubt, just take note that the whole book is 22 pages long in at least Times 16 font. Please save your money and use it for other books. One good recommendation is "The Debater's Guide". That book is a great introduction for new debaters to understand the real process of debate.

Here is one of the gems from this "book":
"Make the opponents look like they are horrible people"
Actually, I don't know if I can agree with that. Just consider for a moment that the adjudicators are also judging your character and objectivity. I wouldn't mind if he had gone on to explain HOW you can make them look like horrible people while looking objective, but he provides no such clarification.

NEVERNEVERNEVERNEVER....agree with the opponent:
I get what he is trying to teach you, but sometimes a bit of concession is nice if you can manipulate it afterwards. He simplifies debates but doesn't consider the advanced debaters/debate teams. If this were titled "a very basic intro guide for newbies" or something similar, i probably would have refrained a bit. But this book is really
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Kaplan GMAT 800, 2005-2006 (Kaplan GMAT Advanced)
Kaplan GMAT 800, 2005-2006 (Kaplan GMAT Advanced)
by Eric Goodman
Edition: Paperback
50 used & new from $0.01

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for the Potential High Scorer, November 4, 2005
The Kaplan GMAT 800 book is a great study guide in tandem with the 11th Edition (or 10th) Official GMAT Guide. DO NOT RELY SOLELY on this book. The GMAT 800 book does indeed do what it promises to - offer more difficult level questions. However, don't be mistaken into thinking that practicing and getting all hard level questions right automatically means getting a 700+ on the real GMAT. The GMAT format is ADAPTIVE, which means that you start out with medium (and easy) level questions which progress if you continue to improve.

Although working on GMAT 800 questions trains your brain to work through more challenging questions on the real GMAT, students might start to miss the short cuts that are available to many answers near the beginning of the real GMAT. Additionally, students who have an issue with consistency will face great problems if they only work with hard questions. Hard questions force you to double-check, easy questions is a killer for many test-takers because they forget to double-check the most simplest of questions (which causes them to get questions wrong in the beginning of the test - subsequently, they won't even get to the more difficult questions no matter how much they prepared for them).

This book should be for students who consistently get 80-90% above accuracy in the Official Guide. The Official Guide is definitely easier than the real test for 600+ scorers. So if you practice the Official book for accuracy and timing, and the GMAT 800 book for challenge sets, you will be in a good position to do well on the test. Additionally, if you are self-preparing (which I assume many of the readers here are), you want to get one of the more "normal" level guides from either Kaplan or Princeton Review to lay the foundation for the basic strategy.

Full Disclaimer:

I oversee a test preparation center located in Hong Kong (Capstone Prep), and part of our job is to make sure our courses are updated and presented to the best and most stringet of standards. To that effect, I filter through nearly all test prep books in the market (for the SAT, GMAT, LSAT, GRE and TOEFL). We have on affiliations with Kaplan or Princeton Review, in fact, they are our competitors here. However, their guides are great resources for those that wish to go at the exams alone.

The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 11th Edition
The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 11th Edition
by Graduate Management Admission Council
Edition: Paperback
292 used & new from $0.01

203 of 231 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Guide vs 10th Edition (Little Difference), November 3, 2005
The previous comment about all questions in RC and CR being the same is incorrect. There are definitely new questions in both the Reading Comp and Critical Reasoning sections (I would say at least half the RC passages are new whe compared to the 10th edition). That said, there are a few things for any person preparing for the GMAT to consider.

Do you already have the 10th Edition?

If you do, this might not be necessary. There are less questions in the 11th Edition than the 10th Edition overall. One reason for you to HAVE to take the new version over the 10th is that you have used up all the questions in the old book.


Its way more expensive than the older version. Originally the 11th edition guide was set for $32.95 retail (pre-release stated price)but now, the website and everywhere else is pricing it at $36.95. Again, unless you have done all the questions in the 10th edition, or can't get your hands on the 10th edition anywhere, you might want to consider the 10th rather than the new.


Supposedly, the explanations for the answer choices have gotten better. I have yet to review the answer choices, but i must say that the answer explanations, in the 10th Ed, in nearly all the Verbal sections were absolutely useless. If you used their methodologies to arrive at the answer, you are more likely to hurt yourself than to help yourself. The explanations in the 10th edition were not systematic, so it always relied on internal logic for each question. More often than not, GMAT questions are similar to one another and I am sure the people at ETS (The people who wrote this book) knew that, but they seem hesitant to reveal the "tricks".

Overall it's not a bad book. Considering I been staring at my green/blue 10th edition for so many years, its nice to see a bright orange cover and nicer paper material inside the new book.

As for actual functionality, if you have a guided instructor, the 10th and 11th edition might not be that big of a difference. If you are working alone, and the rumors are true about better answer explanations, then you might benefit from the 11th Ed.

Irregardless of which one you decide, I really want to emphasize - all GMAT students MUST practice with the Official Guide. There is nothing out there that develops "air-tight" questions free from inconsistencies like the GMAT does. You can always use additional questions from various vendors as supplements, but the Official Guide is a must for your foundational GMAT preparation.
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