GMAT Roadmap (Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/12/2
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The GMAT Roadmap guide provides the definitive blueprint for students to follow as they get ready for the GMAT. All the test-taking wisdom gathered over the years by Manhattan Prep GMAT instructors has been distilled into practical advice and helpful tips. Success of the GMAT requires far more than content knowledge – it requires excellent strategy and proper execution of that strategy. The Guide helps students map out their studying, stick to their game plan, and manage test anxiety on the GMAT itself. It's like having a Manhattan Prep instructor at your fingertips! Purchase of this book includes one year of access to 6 full-length, computer-adaptive practice exams. All of Manhattan Prep's GMAT Strategy Guides are aligned with both the 2015 Edition and 13th Edition GMAC Official Guide.
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I actually really enjoyed reading this book.
This book is kind of unnecessary for test re-takers. You won't learn anything new here because you already know how the GMAT works.
In general, the book looks fine; however, there are some text tables in the book that do not dynamically resize and have their far right columns truncated by the screen in portrait view. To be able to read all of the columns, you need to switch your kindle from portrait to landscape. It took me a little while to figure this out, and thought I would share my (very small) discovery with the rest of you here.
Out of fear that there would be formatting problems, I decided to buy the kindle version of this book before committing to buying the other books that make up the Manhattan GMAT Complete Strategy Guide Set, 5th Edition (Manhattan Gmat Strategy Guides: Instructional Guide). Given that this kindle book has generally been readable and well-formatted, I will probably buy a content-area kindle book to see how it is. I am curious to see how the sample questions are formatted in kindle version.
The information in this book is very useful. I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, and the Manhattan GMAT authors have done a very good job of using current ideas about learning and applying them to the problem of preparing for the GMAT. If the other books in the GMAT series are as well-written and well-grounded in education/learning theory as this volume, I imagine they will be quite helpful.
I received the book on Friday and scarcely put it down before it was finished two days later. The book doesn't give any real test content instruction, but it gives the basics of many of the question types and the strategies needed to conquer every aspect of the test. It walks the reader through present to CAT tests to advanced prep and then the test itself.
If you have any doubts about the test, buy this book. It will help you.
If you know the answers to these questions, then skip the book, otherwise, get it.
~~~ Summary ~~~
Yes, this book teaches you how to crawl, but you must know how to crawl before you walk or run. You will get much more value from getting a few of these tips nailed rather than working on those 750+ questions). This book is the collective MGMAT wisdom on anything from a good study routine all the way to what to eat. It is missing a few things and is not perfect but I feel anyone can learn from it quite a bit (I did with my 750 and I felt it was well worth the $16 and includes access to 6 MGMAT tests).
~~~ Pros: ~~~
- Includes access to 6 online CAT's
- All advice is interesting to read whether you know it or not
- Provides good study habits (don't study for more than 2 hrs without a break)
- Tips from other test takers and instructors (separate sections)
- Tips for international students (though very brief)
- Good section on timing
- Includes a detailed overview of the test (in case you missed it on MBA.com or other books)
- Good tips for each question type (most of these covered already in other guides)
~~~ Cons ~~~~
- Some advice is too obvious to be useful
- Some sections and common questions are not covered such as re-taking the GMAT
- The RC tips and suggestions were very weak
- The chapter on the test day expectation is very short and misses many questions that come up with applicants
- I would welcome more longer success Stories (such as on page 167, instead of snippets)
- The brain foods section (no joking) could be substantially improved -I have seen some great tips on GMAT Club on brain foods as well as what to eat on the exam/during break/etc (and no, it is not as obvious as "no burritos por favor")
~~~ My Own Suggestions (in addition) ~~~
- Start with a practice (diagnostic test)
- You need quality time. The book provides a lot of suggestions for getting snippets of time here or there but it is really the quality time (morning for some and evening for others) that provides the most improvement
- Don't skip or move past a section until you're able to solve 90% of the questions correctly (timed of course). That is if you want 700+
- Never solve questions without timing yourself (unless it is quick drills)
- Don't jump into the hardest areas first - build confidence instead with what you know and can demonstrate progress at
- Start every new day with the review of what you have learned the day before
- Finally, make notes for everything you cover - it helps tremendously to retain what you have learned
BB, Founder of GMAT Club
GMAT 750 (49, 42)
P.S. Let me know if any questions - I reply to comments.