- Series: Manhattan GMAT Preparation Guide: Foundations of Verbal
- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Manhattan Prep Publishing; Csm Pap/Ps edition (May 31, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935707167
- ISBN-13: 978-1935707165
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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From the Author
Chapter by Chapter
Part I: Sentence Correction
1. WORDS & SENTENCES
What Is Tested, Listening to Your Ear versus Learning Grammar, The Answer to the Question
2. NOUNS, PRONOUNS, ADJECTIVES
Nouns, Ways to Spot Nouns, Categories of Nouns, Singular and Plural, Pronouns, Categories of Pronouns, Antecedents, A Special Note About the Pronoun "One," Making Flashcards, Adjectives, Categories of Adjectives, Pronoun Errors Related to Adjectives, Absolute Adjectives
3. VERBS & ADVERBS
Verbs, Categories of Verbs, Gerunds, Infinitives, Subject-Verb Agreement, "Has/Have" Verbs, "Had" Verbs, Adverbs, Adverbs Modifying Adjectives and Other Adverbs, Adverb Errors on the GMAT, Adverbial Phrases
4. PREPOSITIONS, CONJUNCTIONS, MIXED DRILLS
Prepositions, Prepositional Phrases, Prepositions Separating Subjects and Verbs, Ending a Sentence with a Preposition, Conjunctions, Coordinating Conjunctions, Correlative Conjunctions, Subordinating Conjunctions
5. SUBJECT/PREDICATE, FRAGMENTS & RUN-ONS, PUNCTUATION
How Sentences Are Constructed, Subjects and Predicates, Sentence Fragments and Run-On Sentences, Punctuation, The Colon, The Semicolon, Dashes
6. MODIFIERS, PARALLELISM, COMPARISONS
Modifiers, Introductory Modifiers or "Warmups," That, Who, When, and Where, Parallelism and Comparisons, Phrases Beginning with "That" and "When"
7. IDIOMS, SUBJUNCTIVE, WRAP-UP
Idioms, List of Common GMAT Idioms, The Subjunctive, Answers to Pop Quizzes, Sentence Correction Wrap-Up, Now Go and Do Likewise
Part II: Critical Reasoning
8. ARGUMENTS & CONCLUSIONS
Valid Arguments Versus Sound Arguments, The Structure of Arguments, Getting Rid of Extras
9. PATTERNS & FLAWS
How GMAT Critical Reasoning is Unlike Real-World Decision Making, Identifying Patterns in Arguments, Logical Flaws on the GMAT, Gaps in Critical Reasoning Arguments, Gaps Related to Conclusions
Introduction to Argument Diagramming, Decoding the Question Stem
11. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Putting It All Together, A Detailed Look at the First 5 Critical Reasoning Problems in the Official Guide
Part III: Reading Comprehension
12. PHASES OF READING COMPREHENSION
Why GMAT Reading Comprehension is Hard, Kill the "Gist," The Phases of Reading Comprehension, Practicing the Four Phases of Reading Comprehension
13. MAIN IDEAS & DIFFICULT INFORMATION
What is a Main Idea?, Organizing Difficult Information
14. INFERENCES & IMPROVING YOUR READING
Inference Questions, Improving Your Reading in General, How to Study from the Official Guide
Part IV: Vocabulary & RC Idioms for GMAT Verbal
15. VOCABULARY & RC IDIOMS
Why Learn Vocabulary for the GMAT?, How to Learn Vocabulary for the GMAT, Vocabulary List for the GMAT, RC Idioms for the GMAT
APPENDIX: HELPFUL HINTS FOR INDIAN SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH
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It tests high school math, basic level of grammar, basic logic, and basic reading skills. What makes GMAT tough is the time limit. If you think GMAT tests some advanced topics, then this book is for you because the key to getting a high score, is having solid background and solid basics. You want to do as much as you can to build that foundation because without a sound foundation, the rest of the house falls apart and your fancy roof or granite counters will not help you when walls start settling.
~~~~ This is the right book if: ~~~~
- You are looking for a review to polish some of your skills (this is a good book to thumb through)
- You are an international applicant. Enough said probably but there is value from grammar as well Idioms/RC vocabulary (25% of the book is devoted to this)
- You are short on time (you can use this book instead buying the 3 verbal Guides). You can cover this one in 1 week as opposed to 3 weeks for the CR, RC, and SC Guides (overlap is minimal but you get the most important skills here)
- You keep failing to get a high verbal score and can't quite pinpoint the reason (most likely you have skipped right to the more advanced topics & strategies, so this will be a good way to refresh/review)
~~~~ This is the wrong book if: ~~~~
- Your English is poor (you must learn English first). This is not an ESL guide or a shortcut
- You are looking for an in-depth Grammar guide (this touches on MAIN subjects but it is rather short for a grammar book - 90 pages of content and about 50 if you take out the examples and drills)
- You are looking for advanced strategies or hard questions (there are some but very few). I would rather recommend to you GMAT 800
- You are looking for more practice questions(very few GMAT-like questions) but there are drills and exercises.
- You are looking for shortcuts or something quick. This book has a lot of material to learn and memorize (esp in the SC section)
- If you have Verbal at 35+. Unless you are struggling with many gaps, you will probably know most of the topics and subjects. I felt it was a nice refresher but I could not tell how much it actually would help
~~~~ Pros ~~~~
- Nice Pop Quiz questions to spot-test your comfort level (there are 19 of them)
- Advanced Tips are highlighted in a box
- There is coverage of Gerund!
- The answers to Drill questions (these are not exercises or GMAT style questions) are posted on the same or next page which helps to keep the momentum when you are working through the chapter and also "makes" you read through some of the explanations to the questions you answered correctly and this is recommended for topics you have little comfort with
- Self-evaluation box at the end of each section that asks about your comfort level. I love this dumb and simple thing - I see so many people moving on past sections they have no clue about (but they have read them and therefore "covered"). You do not want to move past a section until you are very comfortable with it. If you find the provided material insufficient to give you an in-depth review, google or find a more detailed grammar book. I found this to be unique to this book.
- Idioms and Vocabulary coverage international students will benefit from (though GMAC claims there is no added value in studying GRE-level words, so do not get too carried away). There are 70 pages (25% of the book is devoted to Idioms)
- Very interesting section in the Appendix: Helpful Hints for Indian speakers of English. It is only 5 pages but covers things such as Progressive, Subjunctive, Adverbs, and usage issue related to GMAT Math (actual math language)
~~~~ Cons ~~~~
- The biggest weakness is the lack of practice questions. Many people need a series of examples and exercises to apply the material to and as with most MGMAT books, there are very few GMAT-like questions. Since the 8-book series, which rely on the Official Guide for practice questions, cover the entire Official Guide, there is nothing left for this supplement.
- Makes the main guides a bit redundant - there is some overlap in material (more or less naturally)...
- Answers to pop quizzes are on page 120 whereas drills are covered right there (?)
- Handwritten notes, though they do give an idea how an actual person takes notes and keeps records, etc, they take a bit getting used to (see image I uploaded). Not sure if this is a real Con... the value here is to learn how to take notes and do your work on a scratch pad. Perhaps this is because I disagree about the need to diagram the arguments in the CR but this may be your golden strategy. If you are having a tough time with CR's definitely try it
- If your English is weak, this book is probably not going to really help you. It does not have a list of irregular verbs, or coverage of articles, or other marginal review
- It does NOT come with access to the MGMAT Tests (none of the supplements do, only the Guides have this feature)
I would recommend that in addition to the Official Guide 12, you get the Princeton Review 1,012 questions book - the questions are not perfect but it does a great job at categorizing questions properly and providing very specific target practice.
If you care, here is a full list of topics covered (beyond just the Table of Contents)
- Ways to spot nouns
- Categories of nouns
- Singular and plural
- Categories of pronouns
- Pronoun "one"
- Making flashcards
- Categories of adjectives
- Pronoun Errors related to adjectives
- Absolute Adjectives
- Categories of verbs
- Subject-verb agreement
- Has/Have verbs
- Had verbs
- Adverbs modifying adjectives and other adverbs
- Adverbs errors on the GMAT
- Adverbial phrases
- Prepositional phrases
- Prepositions separating subjects and verbs
- Ending a sentence with a preposition
- Coordinating conjunctions
- Correlative conjunctions
- Subordinating conjunctions
- How sentences are constructed
- Subjects and predicates
- Sentence fragments
- The colon
- The semicolon
- Introductory modifiers
- That, who, when, and where
- Parallelism and comparisons
- Phrases beginning with that and when
- Common idioms
- The subjunctive
- Valid arguments vs sound arguments
- The structure of arguments
- Getting rid of extras
- How GMAT critical reasoning is Unlike
- Real world decision-making
- Identifying patterns in arguments
- Logical flaws on the GMAT
- Gaps in critical reasoning
- Gaps related to conclusions
- Argument diagramming
- Decoding the question stem
- Putting it all together
- Looking at the first 5 questions in the Official Guide (Interesting)
- Why GMAT RC is hard
- Kill the "gist"
- The phrases of reading comprehension
- Practicing the four phases of reading comprehension
- What is the main idea?
- Organizing difficult information
- Inference Questions
- Improving your reading in general
- How to study from the official guide
- Why learn vocabulary for the GMAT
- How to learn vocabulary for the GMAT
- Vocabulary list
- RC idioms
- Helpful hints for Indian speakers of English
BB, Founder of GMAT Club
GMAT 750(q49, v42)
P.S. Let me know if any questions about this book - i reply to comments!
I went the other way round. I first completed the 4th edition of the SC guide but then realized that my grasp on the subject is weak. I found out that my basic understanding of grammatical terms is pretty rustic now (after 8 years of high school). I was a bit skeptical about purchasing this book just for SC basics, as I am pretty strong in CR and RC, however I just ordered this book not knowing whether it will be any worth for my money or not.
I am sooooo glad I did, all the missing pieces in my understanding of SC are falling right into the place. I am halfway through the SC part and now considering going through the entire book.
I will highly recommend this book, especially to non native English Speakers. Kudos to Manhattan.
The first seven chapters are a review of grammar. Its content is necessary to understand for Sentence Correction questions. Particular concern is paid to the types of errors found in the Sentence Correction questions: Pronouns, Misplaced Modifiers, Subject and Verb Agreement, Parallel Construction, Verb Tenses, and Idioms. While the underlying review of grammar is adequate, you can find a better primer in Kaplan's `GMAT Verbal Foundations.'
This book has a phenomenal section that lists twelve flawed argument types, which can help you for not only Critical Reasoning questions, but also for Analysis of an Argument. The second question type is an essay, and there will be useful jargon for you to use in your essay from this section. If you can get a copy of this book - even if only to use for a few days - you should do so for this one chapter.
The sections that refer to the Analysis of an Issue essay became obsolete on June 6, 2012. On that day, the GMAT eliminated the Analysis of an Issue essay, and replaced it with Integrated Reasoning. Don't waste time preparing for a question type that is no longer asked.
However, if you are aiming at a really good score, you will need to supplement this with some specialist books like those from gmat pro.
Overall, this book helped me brush up my fundamentals and was a good choice to kick start my prep.