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Kaplan GMAT 800: Advanced Prep for Advanced Students (Perfect Score Series) 8th Edition
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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.Read more ›
It's a good idea to purchase an additional math book for this GMAT exam
- Questions for every section are challenging.
- Detailed answers/explanations
- Content structure makes the book easy to follow
- Strategies are not covered in depth
The book shouldn't be taken as reference material, but rather as an additional practice before your exam.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All i did was go through this book and I passed and got into the school I wanted, soooo.... Good job, Kaplan!Published 19 months ago by ljg98
Didn't actually have time to use this one, but if it's as good as the first Kaplan book I got, I expect it to have been great.Published 21 months ago by Kyle
Great prep for GMAT, particularly the quant section. Strongly recommended for those who want to take their quant into the upper 40s or 50s.Published 23 months ago by Art Vandelay
Absolutely loved it! Great tips and explanations!! It's a really good study guide for those who aim for 800 points!Published on February 22, 2014 by Carolina
Overall the quality of the material is really good and challenging. The only thing the book needs is more practice questions/problems. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by Ali Nasser
Practice problems are so less. Sentence correction analysis is too short. Not worth spending the money on this book. Tips are not so usefulPublished on July 31, 2013 by Ramasamy
this book alone would not help to prepare for the GMAT but is a great addition to other review material because it is more in-depth in some areas.Published on June 20, 2013 by Katharina N.