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Cracking the GMAT with DVD, 2011 Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation) Csm Pap/Dv Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0375429767
ISBN-10: 037542976X
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Product Details

  • Series: Graduate School Test Preparation (Book 11)
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; Csm Pap/Dv edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037542976X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375429767
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I only had 2 weeks to study for the GMAT. I bought three books to help me, all of which were highly rated on Amazon. They were:

1. Cracking the GMAT with DVD, 2007 Edition (Princeton Review)

2. Kaplan GMAT 800, 2006-2007

3. Verbal Workout for the GMAT, 2nd Edition (Princeton Review)

My thinking went like this: I'll learn overall skills for the GMAT using #1. Then I'll get some advanced pointers from #2, and finally, since my weakness is the verbal part, I'll fill in any gaps I can with #3.

#1 (this book) was excellent. It had very useful tricks and strategies. Additionally, it comes with 4 full length online CAT tests. To me, this was the most important thing. If anything, the questions on those CAT tests were a little tougher than those actually on the GMAT, which I also thought was good--it gives you good practice instead of wasting your time with easy questions. I read and skimmed the book cover to cover.

#2 (from Kaplan) was awful. It's first problem was that it did more identifying of tricks used to fool you on the GMAT than it did in explaining ways you can avoid those tricks. The second problem was that the practice problems in the book were trivially easy compared to those in #1. It also didn't come with any full length exams. I returned the book to the store.

#3 Was helpful, and was a good supplement to #1, as I had hoped it would be. My fear with buying two Princeton Review books was that they might completely overlap in their recommendations, a fear that went unrealized. The book also had useful practice problems, though sadly it didn't offer any full exams.

During the course of my study, I took three of the four available practice exams from #1, spaced out at regular intervals. My scores on the practice exams were 630, 680 and 730, in that order. My score on the real test was 760. I truly believe I owe that improvement in large part to this book.
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This book does a nice job of introducing the format of the GMAT, what it is, etc. If you are completely ignorant about what the GMAT is, then it may be worth your time to drive over to the local bookstore and thumb through the first couple of chapters. Beyond that there is very little useful information to be found in this book. In fact, I think that the strategies outlined for the quantitative section are simply misleading and wrong.

For example, early on the book describes a guy named "Joe Bloggs," who is essentially a complete idiot who did not prepare at all for the exam. Most every math problem explanation shows one or two answer choices that Joe would have selected because either they are intermediate solutions (solutions that are found during necessary, but preliminary steps on the way to the final solution), or they are just "too obvious." That's real cute, and perhaps makes people more comfortable with the test, but let me tell you that it will not help you on test day, and will likely hurt you.

The best thing that you can do in your preparation is learn the basics cold. Do this by frequenting some of the GMAT prep site forums, where a plethora of practice problems with expert solutions can be found. To sum up the quantitative tutorials in this book- "Make sure that you find out what the question is asking, and make sure that you do not stop short of the full solution, as they will tempt you with answer choices that they know you will encounter during your work to solve the problem." Well, that is sound advice, and much harder in practice than it sounds, but hardly worth basing an entire book upon.
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Although I liked the way the authors went through and reviewed the topics I needed for the exam, I did not execute most of their strategies during the actual exam.

While most of their strategies to "crack" the test were easily applicable to the sample questions they had, I had a harder time applying them to the actual GMAT questions (both questions on the test itself and the questions in the official guide)

The REAL key to cracking the GMAT is practice, practice and practice, so make sure you buy the Official Guide to GMAT as well and try to do as many sample questions as you can.

One last comment, I consistently kept getting lower scores on the Princeton Sample CATs (around 640) than the sample tests from mba . com and the actual GMAT (around 710) I don't know if anyone else had this problem or not.

Hope this helps
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i have now had the chance to read through this book. i also have the kaplan one. i find pr to be more focused and concise compared to any of the other gmat books. i feel like the authors respect my time, schedule and tell me EXACTLY what i need to know. very impressive book and very well organized. it's obviously smart to buy several gmat books - this should be one of your purchases. highly recommended.....
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The DVD is very low budget and does not give very useful information. The DVD is short, with only 2 or 3 example questions from each the verbal and quantitative sections. Not a good effort. This is the first book review I have ever written and I only wrote it because I felt so incredibly ripped off by the DVD. Get the book, but not the DVD.
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