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Integrated Reasoning and Essay GMAT Strategy Guide (Manhattan GMAT Instructional, Guide 9) 5th Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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Chapter by Chapter

1. Introduction to Integrated Reasoning

2. IR Quant

3. IR Verbal

4. IR Preparation and Review

5. The Argument Essay

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Manhattan Prep Publishing; 5th edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935707833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935707837
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is suppose to do a number of things according to its covers:
1. "Illuminates the Two Initial sections of the GMAT"
2. "Teaches Effective Strategies for the New IR Section."
3. "Enables Optimal Performance on the Argument Essay"
4*. This book is also "Updated for The Official Guide for GMAT Review 13th Edition"
(*I am sure some of you are wondering why #4 is relevant. I will get to that point in a bit.)
5. "Includes 6 Free Online Exams"

To rate this book, I will explain whether this book delivers the above 5 promises on the cover.

IR section:

Long story short, this book does indeed provides comprehensive overview of IR section.
So item #1 on the cover is true.
At first, I thought it was organized little bit weird because this book breaks down the problem types into two types (IR quant and IR verbal) instead of the actual problem types (table, graphs, etc).
However, this approach works and helped me understand what these problems are about.

On the flip side, I didn't feel that the "strategy" in the book was very good.
Below is the strategy of the book:
1. Understand the prompt
2. Understand the question
3. Plan your approach
4. Solve the problem
I mean, come on. I don't need to buy a book to know this "4 step approach".
I was hoping to get some tips on how to get through the problem quickly because I kept running out of time during practice test.
This book didn't really help in that regard.
So item #2 was not true for me.

Essay section:

Again, this book provides comprehensive overview of essay section as it did for IR section.
So item #1 on the cover is true.
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You can really get prepared for the GMAT exam by using this book. Have "fun"... Hah! Nope the exam wasn't fun but thanks to this book and a couple of others I scored high enough to get admitted to a good graduate program. Don't kid yourself. The GMAT is NOT an easy exam. This is a great book you can use.
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The good thing is that the book actually relaxes you about the IR section. Shows you how to look beyond the questions. Some of the strategies are helpful and when I started reading them I actually developed some on my own. There isn't much to practice on in the book but they do give you a special code in the end page for 6 full-length computer adaptive exams which are very useful considering how hard it is to find full exams. But what the book did for me is that it taught me how to overcome the panic and annoyance with the IR questions. I actually started to enjoy them and appreciate their trickiness. The Writing Strategy Section was ok, it points out the things that you should bear in mind to get a high grade. In general, I am very happy with the Manhattan books, they have helped a lot! Especially with Math so I would recommend them all, including this one.
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I was really disappointed in this book. It barely tells you any strategies for the questions other than read the question and use the skills you learned from quant and verbal. And there are no practice problems, just a few examples. There are some practice essay prompts, but they basically tell you if English is your first language and you write well you don't need to worry about the essay because most B-schools won't even read essays that score a 4 or better. The only good thing about purchasing this book was access to the "six" practice exams. I put six in quotation marks because one of the free tests is available to everyone without buying anything, and I had already taken it before buying this book. It is not a full exam and does not include IR or essay practice. So really you get 5 full length practice exams by buying something from Manhattan. HOWEVER if you buy any of the other Manhattan books you also get these tests- they only have 5 tests total available with the same questions no matter how many books you buy. I am glad I have access to more practice tests but this is a really weak resource. If you want a much better explanation of IR with strategies for the section, targeted strategies for each question type and lots of practice problems check out Cracking the New GMAT 2013. I got it from my library for free.
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This book is primarily about strategies for solving IR section, but whats the point of all those strategies when you do not have sample problems to practice on. I would recommend to spend your money on sample problems instead.
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Mostly strategy.. and that's a good thing. This book series has a tough job in some of the verbal areas of focus. I think everyone would like to see both strategy and practice but this subject matter of the GMAT essay is really a tough one to practice. I loved the section on describing the IR and I also thought the essay part was quite useful... for it's strategy purpose. In summary, a book that lays the truth about the GMAT on the table and let's you decide which strategy works for you.
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Although IR comes before the quantitative and verb sections, Manhattan offers sound advice in focusing of quantitive and verb review before devoting much time to IR. Likewise, developing the analytica skills for CR should come before spending much time on the Argument Essay. Buying the book provides access to Manhattan's online resources--another reason to buy this book.
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