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1.0 out of 5 stars It didn't do me justice., November 9, 2010
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This review is from: The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review, 2nd Edition (Paperback)
I just took the Gmat. As in 30 minutes ago. I already wrote a review on the verbal gmat review and now came over to review the quantitative. The exam was much harder than this book. There were questions on the GMAT that are far more complex and difficult than are contained in this review or the official GMAT review. This book is ok for giving you the basic layout and ideas, but it just didn't come close to what I just went through. I know it sounds like I'm griping because I did poorly on the quantitative section. But take it as a warning. I know I studied well and had other books to go along with this review guide. I studied the principles and problems contained within this book, but when it came to the actual test, there were questions I simply didn't recognize. The practice tests on MBA.com didn't do me much good either apparently. Where I excelled at the verbal, I fell far short on my expectations on the quantitative. On average of the practice scores compared to my actual score, I dropped 24 percentile points!!! THAT'S 24 PERCENTILE POINTS!!! This book and the practice tests aren't difficult enough. They aren't in depth enough. My +17 points on the verbal, netted me at a percentile ranking 10 percentile points below what the practice test told me. Basically, 30 points lower than I averaged on the practice tests and 60 points lower than I wanted to score on the actual test. Needless to say, I am more than disappointed by this book.

It will help to get you started. But don't trust that this is the level to be expected. You have to find harder problems!!
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Initial post: Apr 18, 2011 2:04:28 AM PDT
Thanks! Your reviews were really helpful! May I ask what books you would suggested for the highest score on math? I mean test practicing books. For fundamentials Ive got the MGMAT set. What esle would you advice? Thanks in advance!

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2011 12:41:06 PM PDT
I would suggest GMAT 800 by Kaplan. It helped me a lot.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2011 10:47:01 AM PDT
Cassie says:
go Kaplan all the way. I used the GMAT book to study and did bad, used Kaplan and improved my score so much I got a scholarship.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 2:39:52 AM PST
D. Siddiqui says:
Your review doesn't make any sense... pretty much all reviewers mention the practice GMAT exams are reasonably good indicators of the actual GMAT score so I think what most likely happened in your case is you didn't answer some questions and that lead to a heavy penalty on the exam.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 1:26:08 PM PDT
BronxRev says:
Thanks for your input. I agree that these GMAT books don't prepare you for the test... so that in the end it is a waste of time and money... And yes, I'm not sure who the people who claim it does prepare you are talking about..
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