- 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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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The book arrived exactly as advertised. Very pleased with item and seller!Published 19 months ago by VTratings
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This book is great, low priced prep for the GMAT. I highly recommend buying it before spending big bucks on a course. The included DVD is a great tool also.Published on February 19, 2014 by Elvis
I used The Official Guide for GMAT Review more often. I was married to that book for 3 months, but this book I barely even touched. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by T. Chu
This book is a good beginning. If you're not familiar with the GMAT, I would recommend starting with this bookPublished on April 29, 2012 by VinceCA415
If you want 600+, forget it. But if you are a complete idiot, esp when it comes to Math, then this book is for you. Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by AlyxisPaige