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Kaplan GMAT 800: Advanced Prep for Advanced Students (Perfect Score Series) 8th Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
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Product Details

  • Series: Perfect Score Series
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 8th edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419553429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419553424
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am not blasting this book - I am giving you a rating based on the expectation that the description of this book sets. It does not live up and you are bound to be disappointed. However, it is actually a valuable book but you need to be aware of what you are buying and probably how to use it best when you buy it:

As a pure guidebook - 1 star
As a question collection - 3.5 stars

What You Will Find Inside:
28 Critical reasoning questions
31 Reading comprehension questions
110 Sentence correction questions
107 Problem solving questions (only 7 of which cover combinations and probability)
37 Data Sufficiency questions

***** CONS *****

* No review of math principles or grammar rules. This book assumes that you have gone through the Kaplan's main GMAT book. If you need help with basics look into getting the Math or Verbal Workbooks before getting this one.
* Illogical structure. Instead of the typical approach of providing a rule and then questions to practice that rule on, this book just lists questions in each of the sections. All of the valuable information and tips are scattered around the explanations section. The book assumes you will read/review explanations for every question. In defense, the main point is often emphasized, so they are not too hard to find.
* Question difficulty. Fewer than 50 people per year score 800 on the GMAT, and most of the lucky guys get past 700. To appeal to a broad audience, Kaplan designed this book at a 650/700-level
* Math section is fairly easy and lacks meaningful practice in advanced subjects such as probability, combinations, or coordinate geometry, statistics.
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This is an excellent book for one searching for examples of difficult questions that appear on the GMAT with accompanying explanations. While others may be disappointed the book doesn't provide an in-depth explanation of the test format and structure, it doesn't claim to do that-it claims to provide difficult examples problems with explanations. This it does superbly.
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By Michael on December 30, 2013
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Unless you are already testing really well and understand the madness that is reading and comprehension sections of the GMAT this book is probably not worth your time. In trying to understand the explanations for some of the answers I was more confused than when I started. Unless you are already testing over 720 probably and really need that extra boost I don't see it being worthwhile. I got a 660 and don't recall seeing anything like these questions on the exam.
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Its a good book to practice from. However if math is your weak spot, the explanation of how to solve the math equations is like a person who speaks english only, is all of a sudden forced to read chinese.

It's a good idea to purchase an additional math book for this GMAT exam
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If you are looking to improve your 600+ score, this book is ideal. I would only recommend it for the final stage of your preparation, and only if you are very ambitious about your score.

PROS
- Questions for every section are challenging.
- Detailed answers/explanations
- Content structure makes the book easy to follow

CONS
- Strategies are not covered in depth

The book shouldn't be taken as reference material, but rather as an additional practice before your exam.
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It approaches differents topics of the GMAT using highly complex exercices. I do recommend for those who are close to take the test or who have taken and need to improve score. Verbal exercices bring really great challenges and prepare practioners to the test. Highly recommended. Helped me to improve from a 660 to a 720 in one month (Verbal - from 31 to 38).
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Just finised the Sentence Correction, PS and DS sections on the Kap 800 .. Here is my take :

Quant: It should not be considered anything more than a collection of questions, and should be used as a question supplement to the Kaplan Premier or MGMAT quant books (for basic concept development and understanding). As a question source, i seriously doubt that this book is a collection of 700-750 or 750+ level questions. I will go as far as guessing that no more than a fourth of this book includes 700 level questions(at the maximum), and majority of them are in the 650 range. Having said that, i do not think that this is all that disappointing. Any person looking to go from a 600-650 GMAT score to a 700+ score will most likely need to get PAST the HUMP that is - "The 650 level questions" .. Anyone who gets say a 700-720 will get a lot of 650-700 level questions that he or she would need to get right in order to move to higher questions.. What this book tries to simulate are the tough questions that are tough because the test makers have laid traps in order to trick you towards a particular answer choice. I feel that a lot of the quant questions towards the back end of the OG problem set do the same thing (questions that could be safely clubbed in the 650+ level), therefore these questions on the Kap 800 do make you better at avoiding common traps especially in word problems. The DS section is a bit disappointing, and i seriously feel that the last 20-25 questions on the OG13 (DS section) are better for practice.
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