The 10 Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides included in this set are designed to be clear and comprehensive. Consistently reviewed by students as offering the opportunity for dramatic score improvement, each book delves deeply into a single area of the exam, providing detailed and specialized instruction. When used together, these guides produce a substantial learning impact, helping students develop all the knowledge, skills, and strategic thinking necessary for success on the GMAT. Students will benefit considerably from high-level resources such as: - Six full-length, computer-adaptive practice exams - Over 200 additional free practice questions - A brand new guide designed to address the new 2012 Integrated Reasoning section - Topical sets of Official Guide practice questions and detailed answer explanations The Complete Strategy Guide Set is aligned to the 13th edition GMAC Official Guide and includes: The GMAT Roadmap (264 pages; ISBN: 9781935707691) The Number Properties Guide (144 pages; ISBN: 9781935707653) The Fractions, Decimals, & Percents Guide (132 pages; ISBN: 9781935707639) The Algebra Guide (180 pages; ISBN: 9781935707622) The Word Problems Guide (156 pages; ISBN: 9781935707684) The Geometry Guide (132 pages; ISBN: 9781935707646) The Critical Reasoning Guide (276 pages; ISBN: 9781935707615) The Reading Comprehension Guide (168 pages; ISBN: 9781935707660) The Sentence Correction Guide (312 pages; ISBN: 9781935707677) The Integrated Reasoning & Essay Guide (132 pages; ISBN: 9781935707837)
Purchase of this set includes one year of access to Manhattan GMAT's online computer-adaptive practice exams and Question Banks.
The Official GMAT Review Guides for Verbal and Quantitative
Supplementary Fundamental Guides for Verbal and Quantitative
Eight Manhattan GMAT Study guides
Manhattan Prep Publishing
April 24, 2012
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68 of 70 found the following review helpful:
Get this collection and an Official Guide 13th and you are setApr 25, 2012
By GMAT Club (Expert)
I has a chance to review a preview set, and I see a number of meaningful changes in this edition:
- GMAT Roadmap and IR books are now included with this set, making it a total of 10 books - The Quant books have been improved in terms of layout and structure (though content is mostly the same) - The Verbal books have undergone a pretty significant improvement in terms of content (still analyzing the changes; check back in a few days for complete analysis) - Now the series start with Fractions/Decimals/Percents, then go into Algebra, Word Problems, Geometry, and Number Properties. (I feel this is a good improvement - first, it is getting rid of some of the strange names MGMAT used and second, Number Properties was a pretty tough book to use as the first step)
If you are just starting out with GMAT prep - get this bundle; it's a good deal for the Manhattan GMAT Guides (separately they cost close to $150). These books don't emphasize tricks or easy ways to 700+ score, instead they methodically cover areas tested, and should be pretty much all you will need (besides the Official Guides - see below for links). If this is above your budget, then would recommend you pick the best of the pack: - The GMAT Roadmap Great collection of wisdom (see my review of this book) - Number Properties Guide (condensed overview of Arithmetic and strategies for saving time/solving questions more effectively) - Word Propblems Guide (includes some of the hardest topics - probability, combinations, and statistics) - Sentence Correction (the best book out there on SC) - Critical Reasoning (only second to PowerScore CR but by a slim margin) - Reading Comprehension (there are no other dedicated RC books on market really) Between these 5 books you should have 80-90% of the GMAT covered and the rest could be picked up from the remaining books and practice with the Official Guides. You can throw in a Kaplan Premier as well - a good intro to GMAT book with 6 free GMAT Tets. It is a good starter book to get your feet wet, but definitely not a must.
To make the most use out of the MGMAT guides, you will need the Official Guide 13th and also OG Verbal 2nd and OG Quant 2nd editions are recommended. The guides refer to these 3 books for additional practice questions. If you own previous versions of the Official Guide books, you can use those too with a translation table available from MGMAT's website. *** Each book comes with access to 6 online gmat tests and additional question banks. Don't spend money on these as they are pricey ($40 for 6 tests on the MGMAT website).
Also, if you are new to the GMAT, download 2 official practice tests from GMAC and take one of them before you start prepping to get your level - very helpful to track your progress along the way but don't waste these tests - they use real retired gmat questions and though it is possible to recycle them (there are close to 900 questions in the banks), would recommend you use something less valuable for your practice such as MGMAT tests included with these books).
One more thing, don't rush into questions and tests - you will only hurt your self confidence, instead methodically cover each math and verbal topic and only after you are done with each of the sections move on to take the tests (take math only after you are done with math and verbal only after done with verbal). Final word of advice - the main mistake (esp in verbal) is not following strategies. Whichever books or strategies you use (they are all pretty similar between MGMAT, PowerScore, and Kaplan) - follow them EXACTLY. These people are getting big bucks to develop methods to improve score and maximize performance - don't try to be smarter and change things around. Unless you are scoring 750+, I would follow each step of the strategy to the "T". If the book says to read the CR question twice, then that's what you do even though it may seem that it is faster to read it once - trust me, there is a reason why you read it twice. If you want to get 700+ and not worry about the GMAT, stick to the strategies and keep creativity low.
Hopefully this will get you started. For more details on each of the guides, see my reviews of each of the individual books BB - Founder of GMAT Club.
P.S. Let me know if you have any questions about GMAT Books - I reply to comments and appreciate any feedback (especially negative and suggestions for improvement).
~~~ Coming soon: Comparison of the 4th edition vs 5th edition. ~~~ I have so far compared all of the quant books in the 5th and the changes are mostly on the layout and structure side but not so much the content.
Good luck on your GMAT.
18 of 19 found the following review helpful:
Excellent if you have time to investJul 21, 2012
By AK89 I created my amazon account just to be able to express my thanks and review this product. The Manhattan GMAT series is very thorough, expanding on all the relevant concepts to an appropriate level of depth. Studying for 7-9 weeks on a daily basis (approx. 2 hours/day) allowed me to raise my initial practice score results of around 640 to around 740. The questions on the final exam are comparable and I managed to hit 730. I'm sure I couldn't have done this without these books which were much more helpful than the more simple Kaplan alternatives. If you have time to invest in studying the GMAT (1-3 months), buy this set along with the 13th edition official guide (which you NEED to answer the end of section questions of Manhattan).
23 of 26 found the following review helpful:
BEWARE - The discount vs the Manhattan website is not free moneyNov 14, 2012
By Nathan I recently purchased the Manhattan guides from amazon on the recommendation of a colleague. I found them to be very helpful, and decided to register for a local live Manhattan GMAT class as a result of the purchase. Here is the catch- Manhattan GMAT forces you to purchase the books along with the class. They will grant you a waiver if you already own the books, however YOU MUST PURCHASE THE BOOKS DIRECTLY FROM MANHATTAN GMAT TO QUALIFY FOR A WAIVER. If you order from amazon, you will save money up front but realize you will be forced to pay for the books again should you later decide to get additional prep through Manhattan GMAT. Of course, there is no documentation of this policy anywhere on the Manhattan GMAT website, but they magically expect you to know it.
8 of 9 found the following review helpful:
I didn't really see the results, but I don't think i can fault the books.May 15, 2012
By Douglas J. Paulsen So took the GMAT today and scored a 620, 89th percentile verbal and 42nd percentile quantitative (yeesh....) I wasn't looking for a killer score as I am looking to go to a part time school around my area. The highest average GMAT score of the schools I'm looking at is 608, so 610 was my goal. So in that sense, I exceeded my goal.
On the other hand, I put a large chunk of my life into the quantitative portion of the test over the last 3 months, and I didn't really see the results. I am a philosophy major, 4 years out of school, so I wasn't really all that concerned with the verbal part(outside of a little bit of grammar refresher.) I spent the first couple weeks doing the verbal books, and really put in a lot of time since on the quantitative. I felt pretty confident going in (I scored a 680 and 620 on the GMAT prep tests) and felt pretty good in most of my answers. So in my quant score I am disappointed.
Now about the books: I don't think I can really fault them, as they were excellent. At times, you kind of forget that you may only see (for example) 3 or 4 geometry questions when you are pouring through a 100+ page book on geometry. The reviews are exhaustive, and I really liked how they had their own problems to work through as well as giving the problems in the official guide that dealt with the subject at hand.
So on balance, perhaps I just had a little bad luck. But the guide is awesome and well recommended, even if I didn't see the results I was looking for...
11 of 14 found the following review helpful:
The most helpful GMAT prep material known to date.Aug 13, 2012
By Ryan Huang
I got the 4th edition so I am using that as a reference. Note to current takers: GET THE NEW BOOKS - the GMAT has changed it's format this year and old books are no longer applicable.
Regardless, the Manhattan's style of learning is the best. After reviewing the tricks and advises in the books, I did the online practice and then finally the simulation tests which helped the most. The questions in the online test bank, especially those six full length online exams are EXTREMELY similar to the actual exam. The math problems are very challenging and some more challenging than the actual exam. Each mistake you make, the test bank will provide a detailed explanation of which strategy you should use and how to spot it. I recommend doing these online practice tests at least 3 times until you know them inside out.
B-schools focus greatly on quant so the more difficult quant questions really helps. A word of warning: if you THINK you are good at math and can do all the quant problems right on the official guide (a piece of #$%@#%!), you'll be disappointing. The office guide problems are WAY too easy and so is the official GMAT prep software. So far, the Manhattan exercises bears the most resemblance to the actual exam. I owned just about every book out there and none of which was as helpful as the Manhattan.
Some say verbal questions on Manhattan are easier than the actual exam, but I didn't feel that way. I was able to discover many neat tricks as I was practicing verbal and improved from a 29 Raw score to a 38.
The most useful too yet is how the Manhattan online software analyze your strengths and weaknesses. E.g. I was good at Geometry but was terrible at Combinatorics. The software analyzes every problem I did online and tells me that I was able to get many 700 level questions right on Geometry but I am only at 500-600 level for Combinatorics. This is very, very useful So I know exactly what I need to study.
FYI I improved from 620 to 730 after studying this. Good luck to all.
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