- Series: Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 6 edition (August 5, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419552163
- ISBN-13: 978-1419552168
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook 6th Edition
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After a quick search, and a little online research I selected the Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook 6th edition, because it had a good mix of what I was looking for:
1. Fairly comprehensive review of the basic math concepts needed for the GMAT
2. Structure of the book allows you to work from start to finish, building on previous skills learned
3. Sections devoted to Word problem and data sufficiency questions
4. Large number of questions to practice on
After barreling through it, in one week, I would give this book a B or B-.
It did what I needed it to do. I was not gravely disappointed and I was not amazed. Some things to note:
* There were some holes in the information covered. Not the end of the world, you can find the information it lacks and you need elsewhere... online, etc.
* The book has answers and explanations for the questions on the section tests but only has answers not explanations for the section exercises which seemed like a silly omission to me for math review workbook.
* The book has a few errors. Without noticing or recognizing these in advance could throw off someone working through the book. [see below**]
Not that I have worked with any other comparable book to weigh it against but in summary the Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook, Sixth Edition gave me enough of a review of the material and enough experience with the question formats that I feel confident to take quantitative practice tests and diagnostics to start my regular study schedule.
Overall the Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook is worth getting, particularly if you feel like you haven't done math in ten years and are looking to reestablish a good baseline. Having said that if you're looking for a comprehensive Quant solution to score over a 750, this probably won't be it.
**if you decide to get the Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook, Sixth Edition here are the errors to look out for:
* p. 22, Q9 - the fraction 2/4 in the question is supposed to be 2/5 like in the answers and solutions but it's 2/4
* p. 105, Answer/Explanation 14 - in the first set of equations its supposed to say 27n = 94 to match the question, it doesn't
* p. 117, Q17 - there are two "when"s in the second sentence.
* p. 259, Q17 - Diane find that... >>> should be >>> Diane finds that [&] "more cans of" is repeated twice in a row.
* p. 332 Answer/Explanation 24 - The answer/explanation listed here is not for the listed Q24 on p. 320 in the Data Sufficiency Test One. There is no answer or explanation for the original Q24 on p. 320 anywhere I can find in the book. This Answer/Explanation on p. 332 appears to go with Q24 on p. 324 from Data Sufficiency Test Two however that question already has an answer. [see note below++]
++Note: This Q24 from Data Sufficiency Test Two already has an answer on p. 340. This answer does not agree with the misplaced answer on p. 332 that relates to the same question. In other words, this book contains no answer/explanation to Q24 from p. 320, and gives two different answers/explanations for Q24 on p. 324
If anyone knows the correct answer/explanation for Q 24 on either Data Sufficiency Test One or 2, please post it here in reply.
- Very short and condensed math reviews - straight to the point
- No smart-aleck advice about some stupid tricks - only math review - exactly what I needed
- Solid problems that illustrate a lot of traps and multiple ways of solving them
- Starts with the basics - arithmetic, integers, primes, etc - the stuff that anybody can uses a review of. A lot of applicants underestimate how much they forgot the basics and skim/skip them. I would not do that, and that book does not either.
- Finally, the number of questions and quizzes in this book is impressive. I am giving a short summary of some of the sections of the book and number of quizzes and test questions. Quiz questions are math only; Test questions are GMAT-type questions.
- No probability or combinations review, which would be very helpful. Get something. I bombed my probability question on the GMAT.
- I went through this book at least 3 times (helping others) and I found that solutions don't include some of the most genius ways to handle the problems. I think the authors of the questions went beyond themselves.
- Errors (even though this is the 6th edition and it barely changed compared to the 1st and 2nd, there are a few typos and just careless errors - it's a shame)
-Number operations (15 quiz questions and 15 test questions)
-Number properties (15, 19)
-Averages (10, 19)
-Ratios (10, 24)
-Percents (25, 25)
-Powers and Roots (12, 17)
-Level One (20, 26)
-Level Two (15, 15)
-Level One (10, 26)
-Level Two (37)
-Lines (6, 14)
-Triangles (16, 21)
-Quadrilaterals (15, 19)
-Circles (19, 13)
-Multiple Figures (4, 15)
-Solids (6, 8)
-Test 1 (25)
-Test 2 (25)
Also, here is the list of the Most Interesting GMAT questions from this book (some are hard and others require an unusual approach) - make sure you can answer every one of them and know how to solve them by heart:
Number properties test: 8, 13, 14, 17, 19
Averages test: 4, 6
Percents: 4, 7, 8, 22
Powers and Roots: 5, 12
Algebra test 2: 2, 6
Basic Word Problem Exercise (p. 131): 6, 8, 9
Word Problems Test 1: 4, 19, 24
Percents, Ratios, and Rates: 34
General WP Test: 31, 35, 40
Triangles Exercise: 7, 11
Triangles Test: 2, 15, 18
Quadraliterals and other polygons: 14, 16, 17
Circles: 2, 5, 10
Multiple Figures: 2, 6, 9, 14
DS1: 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24
DS2: 3, 7, 9, 10, 15, 21, 23, 24
The gmat is frustrating enough as it is, don't make your studying for it even more so.