I am planning to start prepping for the GMAT next summer during my internship (it will be in F500 corporate finance so I will have plenty of time on the side lol) and I was wondering what books and materials do you fellow monkeys recommend for self studying?
I would do a course if there was any courses located in the city I will be working in but I do plan on doing a course (if needed) during my final year in school since they offer many prep courses in the city I go to school in. So if you have recommendations on courses I should look into as well please do share as well!
What GMAT Materials Should I Purchase?
Generally speaking, our users think that either the official GMAT books or the Manhattan prep materials are the best way to prepare for the GMAT. Our users shared their thoughts below.
The Official Guide for GMAT books (general, quant, verbal) and the Manhattan GMAT series should be all you need to score above 700.
Official Guide, uses actual exams questions. Other guides may use questions that are more difficult or easier. For the most accurate go Official
In addition to the OD, Knewton GMAT worked very well for me. It's an online course with on-demand sessions. I highly highly recommend it, got a 740
I would use a Kaplan or some throwaway book to familiarize yourself with the test and questions, then move on to the official "real" questions. You don't want to "waste" all the real questions before you know what you're doing. When you buy a Manhattan GMAT book it gives you something like 5 online adaptive tests, those are helpful too.
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Many of our users believe that the Manhattan course is the best offered.
I'll agree with the above - I did the Manhattan GMAT prep series, and they tell you the practice questions to do for each topic. Ultimately, in combination with the Official Guides to Verbal and Quant, which I also used, the only other piece you can spend a lot of time on is practice exams. While MGAMT's were not quite the same as the official GMAT practice exams (which you get when sign up), they did provide a new set of practice problems and perhaps more importantly, developed the stamina you need to make it through the test and understand where you fall in terms of timing it so you use the time but don't go over.
I found the Manhattan GMAT books to be the most comprehensive and the practice tests to be the most accurate. If you really want to learn the fundamentals of the concepts, I suggest using those (plus the Official Guides). Otherwise, Kaplan provides a good overview of all the concepts. You might find this comparison table helpful: MBA Stand Best GMAT prep book.
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