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THE OFFICIAL GUIDE FOR GMAT® REVIEW 11TH Edition
Real Questions - Real Answers - Real Experience
The only book on the market written by the creators of the GMAT® exam.
With real GMAT® questions from previous GMAT® exams, this new edition contains more than 800 multiple-choice questions, plus a brand-new diagnostic section to help you pinpoint your skill level so you can focus your test preparation.
- More than 800 practice questions with answers and detailed explanations
- New grammar review covering concepts tested on the GMAT® Verbal section
- Comprehensive math review of the topics tested on the GMAT® Quantitative section
- Actual essay topics, sample responses, and scoring information
- Insights into the GMAT® exam that debunk test-taking myths
- Real questions from past GMAT® tests
- NEW diagnostic section helps you assess where to focus your test-prep efforts
- NEW organization of questions in order of difficulty saves study time
The only study guide with 800 real GMAT® questions —and their answers— by the creators of the test.
Also available - The Official Guide for GMAT® Quantitative Review and The Official Guide for GMAT® Verbal Review. Visit www.blackwellpublishing.com/gmat for details.
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For my own preparation, I used The Princeton Review, Kaplan's Book and ETS' The Official Guide for GMAT Review.
I will go through the advantages and disadvantages of each, and explain why The Official Guide for GMAT Review was the best of the three and why you should give it more time than the others.
- Good review sections (both quantitative and verbal)
- Practice tests similar to the GMAT
- Online tests are easy to review
- Provides you with a test strategy on how to crack the questions
- Explicitly advises you to practice also with The Official Guide for GMAT Review
- Does not explain why a choice is wrong
- Not enough practice questions
- Good quantitative review sections (appendix was great)
- Interactive software for reviewing the Kaplan GMAT strategies
- Practice tests similar to the GMAT
- Practice tests and sections are difficult, this creates in you a sense of urgency
- Plenty of practice questions
- The software interface is old and slow, you are left to work with a little box on the screen
- Practice tests and sections' answer choices are not very well explained
- The questions are far fetched and do not fall in the spirit of the GMAT, this might lead you the wrong path
The Official Guide for GMAT Review:
- More than plenty of practice questions
- You might get the same or similar questions on the GMAT (like I did)
- The practice questions are organized by level of difficulty, the last ones are the most difficult
- Free PowerPrep software that has two practice tests exactly similar to the GMAT in look and feel (free online tests at the mba dot com website [...])
- The practice questions reveal actual GMAT test patterns
- Absence of test taking techniques
- The skills review sections are poor
- Only the last 200 questions in every practice section will be like the ones you will see on the GMAT (unless you perform poorly)
This Official Guide from GMAC should be the cornerstone of your preparation, simply because the questions are from past tests and are very thoroughly researched. This will allow you to develop insight into the test mentality.
Equally important the correct and the wrong answer choices for each question are explained in detail. You will learn the various ways used to lead you in error and consequently, you will develop the feel to spot and eliminate wrong answers.
The rules of grammar on which the GMAT Sentence Correction questions are based are best outlined in this guide. I had a lot of difficulty with the Verbal section until I read through the explanations here.
Overall, this book shows you all the tricks of the GMAT. I did not have bad surprises when I took the actual test; it seemed that I had seen all the questions before.
The guide has a review of all the things they are going to test you on during the test. First you can take a diagnostic test that will let you know which sections you should focus on improving more, and which ones you are quite good at. The diagnostic test results are separated by question TYPE so you don't waste time once you have the results.
The guide then offers you a good review of each question type, and the things being measured. For quantitative sections, it lets you know the math you are expected to be able to do, and how to approach the problems. It also shows you where many people fail to answer correctly by pointing out some common mistakes. This is particularly useful for the Data Sufficiency part since most of us don't usually have to answer this kind of question ever in our life.
This book is quite good at offering you what it should, familiarity with the questions you will be asked during the test so you know what to work on. The main purpose of this guide is for you to be able to use your time wisely during the test, and not waste time (or get an answer wrong) because you are not quite sure what the question is looking for. The guide shows you the specific wording used in the test, and how this wording should point out to you what to focus on, which is useful when answering questions based on reading passages. Another useful thing was getting familiar with the sentence correction questions, cause there are some quite repetitive things that will help you discard wrong choices right away, thus saving you time.
Overall, this is the best guide for you to save time during the test without hurting your chances to get a great score.
I would not even think of taking the GMAT without this book. I recommend buying the latest editions of both "The Official Guide for GMAT Review" and "Cracking the GMAT." Study hard and good luck!
No. Label, date, and score the answer sheets, and keep them in a stack. After you have a good number of them, make another answer sheet with all the questions you got wrong the last time, with the page number and question number noted, and do them again. Every time you get a question wrong you should go back and look at that question and think about what went wrong. Why did you get it wrong?
I did this over and over again until I got about 86% of the questions right consistently, and I thought that's not enough to get me the score I wanted, but it turned out this book is a weebit harder than the official GMAT, so I scored very well on the test.
I credit this book more than I credit the Princeton Review book for my score. I hardly even touched the Princeton Review book because I didn't feel it had much to offer. However, my husband found the Princeton Review book to be helpful. I'm guessing if you need help setting the foundation for your math skills or teaching you basic grammar, then the Princeton Review book will be helpful, otherwise, this is the only book you need.