- Series: Graduate School Test Preparation
- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Review; Rev Upd edition (April 17, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375427465
- ISBN-13: 978-0375427466
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.7 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Jim is now twice as old as Fred and two years older than Sam. Four years ago, Jim was four times as old as Sam. How old is Jim now?"
When you read it, it seems fine until you read the explanation. Apparently, the second clause of the sentence, "Jim is now twice as old as Fred and two years older than Sam," was talking about two different subjects. It should have been written as "Jim is now twice as old as Fred, and Fred is two years older than Sam."
After finding two mistakes, I am now disappointed with Princeton Review. I feel they quickly published this book without carefully proofreading it. I wouldn't be surprised if I find more mistakes.
If you are an easily confused person or haven't been in touch with your math or grammar, don't bother getting this book.
When I read other's reviews I thought they were just being petty but there are some serious issues that can actually cause you to stumble on the test. Beside the issues already listed by others a couple of the more glaring errors are:
1. In a table they tell you MEMORIZE for the math section they have: 1/4 = 0.333, 1/2 = 0.333, and 1/3 = 0.333. Really?! 1/4 equals the exact same thing as 1/2 and 1/3.
2. They flip back and fourth on whether a 0 is considered to be a positive or negative number or neither. At least twice they state that 0 is NEITHER a negative or positive number. Then two other times they state that can be BOTH a positive and negative number. Then they actually show math questions that the answer would change on depending on the real state of 0. I had to actually go look on the Internet to figure out what was actually true (it is neither).
3. For the verbal section, the Conclusion of a statement was "In video and movies, images can be manipulated". The question for the quiz was What can be inferred from the passage. One of the answer choices was that "image manipulation can be used for video and movies". The guide said this was not the right answer because the reader was reading to much into the passage (from the guide: this statement goes to far to be the correct answer).
A few other issues I have is the make most of their questions too easy. A lot of it is done for simplicity to drive home a point, but for almost all of the example questions the answer is so obvious that you don't need their tricks or techniques to figure out the answer.
On the plus side their tips and tricks are great (i.e.Read more ›
There are actually 4 practice tests available and then two on the official GMAT website. Do them all if you have time. This is the only way to know if you are ready for the timed, difficultly changing test. Good luck!
Despite the fact that the answer to this question is 9, the book states that the answer is 5. The only way 5 would be the answer is if the question was instead "How many EVEN integers are between 17 and 27?"
Somehow, either the editors of this book published the wrong question, or are giving the reader a false positive answer. Either way, how can anyone trust the validity of the rest of the information (or at least other practice questions) in this book? Readers should not have to worry about whether or not this question was structured correctly, or whether or not the answer marked as correct is actually correct.
This is simply one careless mistake, but it ruins any trust one can have that the information in this book is valid.
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