The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2017 with Online Question Bank and Exclusive Video (英語) ペーパーバック – 2016/6/7
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The ultimate in GMAT Verbal preparation, with over 300 practice questions and answers
The Official Guide for the GMAT Verbal Review 2017 provides practical preparation focused on the verbal portion of the exam. Written by the Graduate Management Admission Council, this guide is designed to provide targeted review based on your needs. You’ll review the fundamentals of reading comprehension, grammar, and critical reasoning, and learn just what the test is measuring so you can tailor your approach for each question type. Over 300 additional practice questions—45 of them brand new to this edition—allow you to test your understanding, with full answers and thorough explanations to help you pinpoint where you need to improve. The companion website (gmat.wiley.com) allows you to create personalized practice sets, so you can get more out of your study time by skipping what you know and focusing on what you don’t. You also get access to practice exams and videos featuring valuable insight and advice to help you be fully prepared on exam day.
Hone your skills and build your confidence with essential review, valuable insight, and plenty of practice, fully customizable to your specific needs.
- Brush up on grammar, reading comprehension, and critical reasoning skills
- Learn helpful tips and strategies specific to the GMAT verbal section
- Create custom practice sets to target your weaker areas
- Practice over 300 verbal questions from past exams
You read, write, and think every day, so you think you’re prepared for the GMAT Verbal—but are you really? With less than two minutes per question, you need a clear plan and reflexive understanding. This book gives you both, with advice straight from the exam’s creators. The Official Guide for the GMAT Verbal Review 2017 is your ideal resource for complete and thorough preparation.
The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) is the association of leading graduate business schools around the world. GMAC's mission is to meet the needs of business schools and students through a wide array of products, services, and programs, and the organization serves as a primary resource of research and information about quality graduate management education. GMAC is the owner and administrator of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Created in 1954, the GMAT is the first and only standardized test specifically designed for graduate business and management programs. Available in over 100 countries, it is the global standard for entry to the MBA degree course. Currently about 2,100 schools and 5,900 programs have adopted the GMAT, and the test is taken approximately 230,000 times annually.
OVERVIEW of OFFICIAL GUIDE
The Official Guides for GMAT Review contain retired real GMAT questions, and are an essential component of your GMAT preparations. The GMAC places questions in order of increasing difficulty, based on its assessment of difficulty. The Verbal Official Guide has no overlap with questions in the main Official Guide.
The 2017 edition of this book contains 45 new questions out of the 301 total questions, representing 15% new content. These are new questions that we have not encountered before; they are not questions recycled from older GMAC resources. One formatting change in the 2017 edition is that all questions are now numbered from 1 to 300, whereas previously each question type was numbered independently.
This book contains 113 Sentence Correction questions. The GMAC classifies question difficulty into three categories as follows:
Easy – 31 (27%, same as 2016)
Medium – 51 (45%, same)
Hard – 31 (27%, same)
The Sentence Correction section contains 17 new questions, with difficulty of Easy / Medium / Hard as follows: 6 / 7 / 4. This is in lieu of 17 questions from the 2016 edition that have been removed, with difficulty of Easy / Medium / Hard as follows: 5 / 6 / 6. The GMAC has upgraded the difficulty of one Easy and two Medium questions from the prior edition.
GMAT Genius classifies question difficulty into five categories. Our assessment skews slightly further away from the center, but contains notable differences from the GMAC. Our difficulty assessment is only 71.3% correlated with the GMAC’s assessment, clearly showing that there is subjectivity involved in assessing question difficulty. Here’s our breakdown:
Super Easy – 5 (4%, 1 fewer than 2016)
Easy – 30 (27%, 2 fewer)
Medium – 43 (38%, 4 more)
Hard – 28 (25%, 3 more)
Very Hard – 7 (6%, 4 fewer)
Although Sentence Correction questions typically entail multiple grammar concepts (as described on our website), GMAT Genius classifies questions based on our assessment of the primary tested concept. We break down the 113 Sentence Correction questions as follows:
Verb Agreement: 7 (6%, 1 fewer than 2016)
Verb Tense: 14 (12%, 2 more)
Pronoun Ambiguity: 9 (8%, 2 fewer)
Pronoun Agreement: 11 (10%, same)
Parallel Construction: 32 (28%, 4 fewer)
Misplaced Modifiers: 15 (13%, 3 more)
Idioms: 10 (9%, 2 more)
Comparison & Quantity: 8 (7%, same)
Expression & Meaning: 7 (6%, same)
Here’s a list of the 17 new Sentence Correction questions: 189, 190, 200, 210, 211, 216, 241, 243, 245, 250, 254, 258, 260, 279, 281, 296, 299
Here’s a list of the 113 Sentence Correction questions categorized by question type:
Verb Agreement: 204, 230, 251, 267, 274, 277, 285
Verb Tense: 202, 203, 211, 216, 219, 226, 227, 228, 229, 257, 258, 273, 287, 294
Pronoun Ambiguity: 214, 256, 259, 260, 263, 271, 275, 278, 286
Pronoun Agreement: 190, 206, 207, 208, 210, 234, 236, 240, 261, 284, 299
Parallel Construction: 191, 192, 194, 195, 197, 205, 212, 213, 218, 222, 223, 224, 225, 244, 245, 246, 247, 249, 253, 254, 255, 262, 264, 269, 282, 283, 289, 290, 293, 295, 297, 298
Misplaced Modifiers: 189, 196, 198, 220, 231, 232, 237, 238, 248, 265, 266, 268, 279, 281, 288
Idioms: 193, 201, 217, 235, 239, 243, 250, 272, 276, 296
Comparison & Quantity: 200, 221, 233, 242, 252, 291, 300, 301
Expression & Meaning: 199, 209, 215, 241, 270, 280, 292
This book contains 83 Critical Reasoning questions. The GMAC classifies question difficulty into three categories as follows:
Easy – 34 (41%, same as 2016)
Medium – 26 (31%, same)
Hard – 23 (28%, same)
The Critical Reasoning section contains 13 new questions, with difficulty of Easy / Medium / Hard as follows: 6 / 3 / 4. This is in lieu of 13 questions from the 2016 edition that have been removed, with difficulty of Easy / Medium / Hard as follows: 7 / 3 / 3. The GMAC has downgraded the difficulty of one Medium and one Hard questions from the prior edition.
GMAT Genius classifies question difficulty into five categories. Our assessment skews slightly more towards the middle, but contains notable differences from the GMAC. Our difficulty assessment is only 64.9% correlated with the GMAC’s assessment, demonstrating tremendous subjectivity involved in assessing question difficulty. Here’s our breakdown:
Super Easy – 1 (1%, 1 more than 2016)
Easy – 24 (29%, 5 fewer)
Medium – 38 (46%, 2 more)
Hard – 14 (17%, 2 more)
Very Hard – 6 (7%, same)
We have grouped the questions based on the question type categorization that GMAT Genius uses for Critical Reasoning (as described on our website). We break down the 83 Critical Reasoning questions as follows:
Weaken: 19 (23%, 2 fewer than 2016)
Strengthen: 17 (20%, 1 fewer)
Assumption: 6 (7%, 1 fewer)
Reasoning: 3 (4%, 1 more)
Conclusion: 7 (8%, same)
Explain: 7 (8%, 1 more)
Evaluate: 6 (7%, 1 fewer)
Boldface: 4 (5%, 1 more)
Complete the Passage: 14 (17%, 2 more)
Here’s a list of the 13 new Critical Reasoning questions: 106, 110, 117, 124, 133, 139, 146, 153, 158, 166, 172, 180, 188
Here’s a list of the 83 Critical Reasoning questions categorized by question type:
Weaken: 111, 123, 126, 127, 130, 131, 135, 140, 144, 147, 152, 163, 167, 172, 173, 177, 180, 186, 187
Strengthen: 106, 112, 116, 122, 139, 141, 142, 143, 145, 149, 160, 162, 168, 171, 179, 182, 188
Assumption: 121, 153, 161, 174, 181, 184
Reasoning: 125, 156, 158
Conclusion: 107, 114, 119, 120, 128, 151, 166
Explain: 110, 115, 136, 137, 138, 159, 170
Evaluate: 113, 117, 150, 155, 165, 178
Boldface: 124, 164, 169, 183
Complete the Passage: 108, 109, 118, 129, 132, 133, 134, 146, 148, 154, 157, 175, 176, 185
This book contains 105 Reading Comprehension questions across 18 passages. The GMAC classifies question difficulty into three categories as follows:
Easy – 28 (27%, 2 more than 2016)
Medium – 37 (35%, 10 fewer)
Hard – 40 (38%, 8 more)
The Reading Comprehension section contains 15 new questions, with difficulty of Easy / Medium / Hard as follows: 6 / 9 / 0. This is in lieu of 15 questions from the 2016 edition that have been removed, all of Medium difficulty. The GMAC has upgraded four Easy questions to Medium, and eight Medium questions to Hard.
GMAT Genius classifies question difficulty into five categories. Whereas the GMAC assigns the same difficulty to all questions for a given passage (except for one passage split between Medium and Hard), GMAT Genius assesses the difficulty of each question individually. Our assessment skews easier, but contains notable differences from the GMAC. Our difficulty assessment is only 49.0% correlated with the GMAC’s assessment, in large part due to different difficulty assessment methodologies. Here’s our breakdown:
Super Easy – 6 (6%, same as 2016)
Easy – 29 (28%, 5 more)
Medium – 39 (37%, 2 fewer)
Hard – 22 (21%, 3 fewer)
Very Hard – 9 (9%, same)
We have grouped the questions based on the question type categorization that GMAT Genius uses for Reading Comprehension (as described on our website). We break down the 105 Reading Comprehension questions as follows:
Primary Purpose: 14 (13%, 1 fewer than 2016)
Author's Tone: 6 (6%, same)
Organization: 3 (3%, same)
Function: 15 (14%, 1 fewer)
Specific Reference: 25 (24%, 2 fewer)
Inference: 39 (37%, 3 more)
Critical Reasoning: 3 (3%, 1 more)
Here’s a list of the 15 new Reading Comprehension questions: 11 to 16, 46 to 54
The book includes an access code (see inside back cover) that provides 12-month usage of an online version of this Official Guide. Since the GMAT is a computer-based test, we believe that it is advisable to work though the questions online. We recommend that you use Exam Mode rather than Practice Mode, since we recommend that students practice using timed question sets that replicate test day conditions.
The online practice interface has improved significantly from last year’s version. The publishers implemented most of our recommendations. In particular, note the following improvements:
1) The test interface more closely resembles GMATPrep.
2) Exam Mode is now default mode, and you cannot skip questions in Exam Mode.
3) The overview screen shows the number of questions answered and that remain unanswered, for each question type and difficulty level.
4) All questions now indicate the corresponding book number, for easier cross-referencing.
5) The system now has a significantly longer period before it logs-out your session.
6) All session timing is now fully accurate.
Our only significant concern with the online interface is that the system limits you to 10 saved sessions. Once you reach this limit, you must delete at least one saved session in order to keep practicing. But doing so puts all the questions from that saved session back into the unanswered question pool. As such, we recommend that you separately track which question types / difficulties you have already completed. Furthermore, complete all Easy questions in a maximum of 10 sessions, advance to Medium questions in max 10 sessions, and focus on the Hard questions in max 10 sessions towards the end of your prep.
The Official Guides are for practicing with real GMAT questions, not for learning the underlying concepts. The brief introductions to the concepts tested on the verbal section are highly inadequate. We recommend that you use additional study materials to learn the verbal concepts.
Although all questions include answer explanations, many GMAT test takers are far from satisfied with these explanations. Most GMAT test takers consider the Sentence Correction explanations quite cryptic. The Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension explanations, however, are reasonably good overall.
The Verbal Official Guide has two primary weaknesses, in our opinion:
1) An insufficient amount of difficult practice questions, particularly based on GMAT Genius’ assessment of difficulty
2) Sentence Correction explanations are too cryptic
Despite these flaws, the Verbal Official Guide is an essential source of GMAT practice, and nicely supplements the main GMAT Official Guide for additional practice questions. We believe that every GMAT aspirant must use this book (or the prior edition). For these reasons, we give this book a 5-star rating. For the best value, we recommend purchasing this book as part of The Official Guide to the GMAT Review 2017 Bundle + Question Bank + Video. If you already have the 2016 edition of this book, however, the replacement of 45 verbal questions is not sufficient to make this book worth purchasing.
GMAT Genius provides extensive analysis of the Official Guides on the GMAT Genius blog at GMATgenius.com/blog/. Click on the category Official Guides. You will also find extensive free GMAT preparation advice on the GMAT Genius website at GMATgenius.com/gmat-preparation/. In addition, we offer the highest-quality private GMAT tutoring to students worldwide. We wish you tremendous success with the GMAT!
BUY THIS BOOK IF:
1. You are studying using Manhattan GMAT books (there are only a few practice questions in the books and for additional practice,they refer to questions in the OG 2015 and this book)
2. You need more practice with average and low difficulty verbal questions
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK IF:
- You have OG 10 (there is quite a bit of overlap)
- You have used or were planning to use power prep (previous version of the GMAT prep software has quite a bit of overlap too)
- You have purchased paper GMAT tests from GMAC (overlap again)
- You have not gone through OG 2015 yet
Yes, this book is a cheap source of Real retired GMAT questions; (first being the Free GMATPrep software, second, The Official Guide), but the questions are easy and quite a bit dated. Bet the Main Official Guide first, go through 900 questions, and then decided if you really need more questions - most people don't. Also, it's not practicing thousands of questions that get your high score, rather it is a strong knowledge of basics, strategies, and control of the test.
The quiz system is too simplistic and cumbersome. For example I have no idea how to start working on question 10. I have to restart from the beginning every single time and it seems it is not even tracking what questions I have attempted??? Very odd... perhaps I have been spoiled with good GMAT Prep and other CAT Test interfaces. I am struggling here.
Top 6 Mistakes People Make on the GMAT:
1: Rushing to take tests before learning basics
2: Starting with the Official Guide instead of a guidebook/textbook
3: Giving GMAT the worst quality time of the day - studying after a long day
4: Skipping basics and rushing to advanced topics
5: Starting to prepare with poor English proficiency
6: Not following strategies exactly or cutting corners
BB - Founder of GMAT Club
GMAT Score 750 (49, 42)
Let me know if you have any questions about GMAT books - I have read and reviewed all of them.
That said, I'd like to cut through some of the marketing BS and point out some flaws:
- When I purchased this and read "300 practice questions, plus access to online question bank", I got the impression that the book contained 300 questions, and then there would be MORE old questions online. This is not the case. The online question bank contains the EXACT same questions. You are paying for 300 practice questions, period.
- The online software is nice since it keeps track of your time and progress. However, one BIG flaw is that it will give you old questions that you have already seen before, with the tendency that the first few questions you see will be the exact questions that you got WRONG in your last session. Then, every once in a while you will see older questions that you got wrong.
There is NO way to ask the software for fresh questions only, so usually if I want a practice set of say, 20 fresh questions, I will ask the software to give me 25-30 questions (depending on how many I got wrong in the last set) so that after the initial set of stale questions, I get new ones.
This is silly, but you can work around it. Otherwise, great value, and the only official set of practice questions out there besides the 2 practice exams that you get when you sign up for the GMAT.