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Fractions, Decimals, & Percents (Manhattan GMAT Preparation Guide: Pre-Algebra) Paperback – October, 2008
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About the ManhattanGMAT Strategy Guides
The ManhattanGMAT Strategy Guides offer students a unique balance between two competing emphases: test-taking strategies and in-depth content understanding. Most prep courses focus on the strategic portion of the GMAT - timing, shortcuts, etc. However, we believe that unless a student has a solid understanding of the content, the tricks won't be of any use. Therefore, we include practice problem sets that build specific foundational skills in each topic as well as advanced content that many other prep books ignore.
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Chapter by Chapter
1. Digits & Decimals
6. FDP Strategies
7. Extra FDPs
Appendix A: Official Guide Problem Sets --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I have found only 7 questions which I personally found somewhat challenging. Worse yet, the real GMAT questions are signficantly (but not substantially) more difficult than the questions presented in this book.
Still, this book provides valuable review of arithmetic. I was going to grant this book 4 stars but the explanation of the answers were really dumbed down to those who would have trouble with rudimentry arithmatic. Given that I could solve most of the problems in this book in my head, I have found book's advocacy of grids to solve basic arithmatic problems to be counterproductive.
The Manhattan Quant series books cover the concepts only to the degree that gets asked in the GMAT, and do not overwhelm you.
Plus, as each of the Manhattan books then turns to the Official Guide for practice, each of the books has a section where the appropriate questions for that topic are numbered from the OG. They also detail the toughest of the lot from OG. Here I think the book is useful for anyone, irrespective of the personal comfort level with maths.
Therefore if you are true to yourself and practice the questions marked from OG as you go along, this would prove to an excellent resource for cracking the quant part of the GMAT.
I wasn't going to buy the whole series but was so impressed by the first book I used (Sentence Correction), that I bought a couple of the quantitative prep books. I was so impressed by those, that I ended up buying all the rest of them. I can not stress enough how much more focused and useful this material is than Kaplan. When used in conjunction with the Official Guide, you have everything you need to break 700.
The things these books provide make so much sense as the best way to prepare, that it makes you wonder why everyone else doesn't do it. My guess is that Manhattan benefits from a focused business model of limiting itself to the GMAT. If you're not looking to score that well and only need to practice some and get used to the questions, the Official Guide is enough. But the Manhattan series is also nice in that it allows you to pick and choose the certain topics you need extra help with. Also, by only buying one book, you get access to six practice tests that are very difficult and provide invaluable information in its readouts of your performance (much more detailed and useful than Kaplan's. Hate to keep hating on Kaplan, but it's the only thing I have to compare to. It's not horrible really, it just pales in comparison to Manhattan. I think of the Kaplan material like I think of McDonald's, very well-known but pretty junky. It'll fill you up, but you won't feel great afterward...)
I've never taken the time to review any items on Amazon.com before, but I have been so impressed with this product that I felt compelled to let others know about it.
Don't waste your money on a class, get the Manhattan series instead. You'll save over a thousand dollars and be better prepared as well!
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