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Cracking the GMAT, 2011 Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 8. Juni 2010

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Adam Robinson graduated from Wharton before earning a law degree at Oxford University in England. Robinson, a rated chess master, devised and perfected the Joe Bloggs approach to beating standardized tests in 1980, as well as numerous other core Princeton Review techniques. A freelance author of many books, Robinson has collaborated with the Princeton Review to develop a number if its courses. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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3.5 Stars Actually 24. Juli 2007
Von RegGuyTX - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
I thought this book was pretty good for the review portions. It helped me relearn a lot of math (especially) that I had forgotten over the past 15+ years. However, the practice tests in the The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 11th Edition Official Guide were better. Those are old questions from actual tests.

As I wrote in my Official Guide review, the best thing you can do is to download the free (as free as the $250 you just paid to take the test) practice tests from the GMAT site. They look and feel exactly like the real test. I believe the reason I scored 70 points higher then when I took the practice test was because I was more comfortable with the process. It wasn't because I got smarter over the 36 hour period between the practice and real tests.
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OK for an intro book but not enough to get to 700 11. Juli 2010
Von GMAT Club (Expert) - Veröffentlicht auf
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I felt it was an OK starter book that explained how the GMAT works and logic behind the test, etc but after that it started to fall apart. In particular, I had a few issues with the strategies and expectations this book set - it gave an impression that GMAT was pretty easy and it was a guessing game rather than a test of skill and knowledge (it is definitely not a game).

- Approaches GMAT from high level strategies such as POE, getting into the mind of test writer, backsolving, and others, which are all great strategies but they really belong at the very end of the book, not upfront. Basics such as blocking and tackling need to go first; otherwise it works in a controled practice environment but fails on the test
- Lack of basics coverage for Verbal (very little review of questions, grammar)
- Reading Comprehension strategy needs to be reconsidered. Every other provider such as Kaplan, Manhattan GMAT, Manhattan Review, PowerScore, Veritas, and others suggest to read the passage in its entirety. Which I strongly agree with. Princeton continues to insist on briefly reading the passage and then jumping into the question - the result is the same as above - jumping into hot water unprepared and fumbling through questions. By changing my reading strategy I was able to go from 30% success rate to about 60-70. Literally within 2 days.
- Weak AWA section (thoug this is not anything you should spend more than a day on)
- A few typos carried over from the 2010 edition
- The online interface for tests does not resemble the actual GMAT

- Has a pretty good math review section covering even topics such as Statistics and Probability
- 2 GMAT tests are included (online) - there is a code at the back of the book to be redeemed online
- Practice questions in the book are structured by difficulty (convenient)
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Bottom Line: I felt this book emphasized tricks and tips more than a solid knowledge of Math, Grammar, and Logic, which is Ok if you are looking for a 600 but not enough to get past that.

P.S. This book officially comes with 2 online tests (though for some reason I got access to all 4). The same book with DVD, provides access to 4 online tests. The actual DVD does not have much besides a few practice questions in video format. All of the tests are online. The trade off for $10 is the 2 extra tests.

* How do I get 700 then?
There are several options:
1. Review each section separately using other books such as the Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook and Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook
2. Thorough/Methodical review of each area - If you have a bit more time, grab the collection of 8 Manhattan Guides. These books are excellent and are actually used in the classroom setting for their classes, so you are defintely get the top books. If you dont need/want the entire collection, see my review for what stand-alone books to get. This plan is likely to get you a higher score with this section but it will also take up more time (about a month more). Decide on the approach based on your starting position, target score, time you have, and willingness to study math and grammar for months without a break.

* Any other books I need to know about?
YES. There is one - The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 12th Edition. This book is published by the creators of GMAT and contains real GMAT questions. You should also download the Official GMAT Prep software from GMAC's website [...] - they offer 2 tests for free. These are great to get a feel for the official GMAT interface, official questions, and also the official score (make sure you don't click past that at the end; if you do, you can't recover it and it will remain a mystery). I would suggest taking one at the very beginning of your prep. Many feel that it's a waste of one practice test but in reality it is not. You can take these multiple times and after a few months, your level will be much higher than when you started (hopefully), and the questions you will encounter on the re-take will be froma differen difficulty level, thus not overlaping and thus not wasting anything :)

* What if I have trouble getting through this book? Where can I find help?
There are several books that can help you get up to speed with quant and grammar:
1. For Quantitative section: Foundations of GMAT Math by Manhattan GMAT
2. For Verbal Section: Kaplan GMAT Verbal Foundations (grammar only)

Let me know if you have any questions about the book - I reply to comments!
Good Luck,
BB, Founder of GMAT Club
GMAT 750 (q49, v42)
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frustrating 31. August 2008
Von David A. Hill - Veröffentlicht auf
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I'm in the midst of studying to take the GMAT test and have been using the Princeton Review "Cracking the GMAT 2009 Edition".

This book does some good teaching. Lots of basic knowledge that I had forgotten in the years since high school and college math. However, significant amounts of the book are more about how to take the GMAT test, not on teaching the basic skills. When it does impart important information, it mostly just encourages you to memorize formulas while not following through on why the formulas are important.

Most frustrating is that the book contains many typos and misinformation. It is maddening that the test questions require so much attention to detail, and that the editors apparently did not use the same level in proofing the book. There have been numerous examples that I have come across. For example, on pg 196, there is a data sufficiency question. After giving the sample question, the explanation misquotes the question! In some of the review areas, answers are given to questions that are not even in the quizzes. It seems like they didn't fully proof the book between editions or something.

It would be great to be able to use this book without continually questioning whether the given answer has been proofed correctly by the editors. Highly disappointing and frustrating.
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Don't waste your money. 8. Juli 2008
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This book does a nice job of introducing the format of the GMAT, what it is, etc. If you are completely ignorant about what the GMAT is, then it may be worth your time to drive over to the local bookstore and thumb through the first couple of chapters. Beyond that there is very little useful information to be found in this book. In fact, I think that the strategies outlined for the quantitative section are simply misleading and wrong.

For example, early on the book describes a guy named "Joe Bloggs," who is essentially a complete idiot who did not prepare at all for the exam. Most every math problem explanation shows one or two answer choices that Joe would have selected because either they are intermediate solutions (solutions that are found during necessary, but preliminary steps on the way to the final solution), or they are just "too obvious." That's real cute, and perhaps makes people more comfortable with the test, but let me tell you that it will not help you on test day, and will likely hurt you.

The best thing that you can do in your preparation is learn the basics cold. Do this by frequenting some of the GMAT prep site forums, where a plethora of practice problems with expert solutions can be found. To sum up the quantitative tutorials in this book- "Make sure that you find out what the question is asking, and make sure that you do not stop short of the full solution, as they will tempt you with answer choices that they know you will encounter during your work to solve the problem." Well, that is sound advice, and much harder in practice than it sounds, but hardly worth basing an entire book upon.

If you are somebody who is really struggling with sentence correction, I would actually recommend that section, as I feel it does do a nice job of summing up the ideal approach to those questions.

In closing, I would say that if you are somebody who is simply trying to get to a 550-600 score, then this book may well be right up your alley, as the concepts are introduced in a very friendly and frankly, childish way. However, if you aspire to a 700+ score, this book is beneath you, and you really need to pass this one up. I bought this book on a whim early in my preparation, because I heard good reviews of it, but promptly closed it and set it aside for the duration of my studies and only used it once for the aforementioned reasons, and I scored a 750. I honestly believe that the reason these books sell so well is that reading them is in a way therapeutic, as it makes you feel comfortable with the test. Trust me that that is not a good thing. You have to make a realistic assessment of your weaknesses, and work to improve those, not waste your time practicing some cutesy methods that you won't have time to use on test day.
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2 books is all you need: Princeton Review and The Official Guide 4. Juli 2007
Von seventhseal - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
You DO NOT need the version with the DVD. Save the money and either use it for lunch or buy a set of practice tests from the website. At least they are official.

Now on to the review...

I've tried The Official Guide, Arco, Kaplan and Princeton Review books. After taking the test the first time using only the Kaplan and Arco guides I was not happy with my score, nor the review material in either book. I then purchased and used the Princeton Guide and the Official Guide (big orange one). An important point concerning me was that it helped raise my score by 90 points to where I needed it to be. More importantly, for this review, is to let you know that the tips, practice tests, questions and hints on how to prepare and take the exam were top notch in the Princeton Guide. Using the Princeton Guide as your strategy and the Official Guide for the practice questions is the best way to raise your score. The diagnostic test in the Official Guide helps and the warm up tests in the Princeton Review both help give you a feel for what type of questions you'll need to practice most. Use the 2 online practice tests from Princeton Review after you buy the book also since the Official Guide only comes with questions in the book, no CAT.
My advice:
1) Read the information about the test and thoroughly understand the time limits per question to finish on time
2) Take the warm up test and the diagnostic test to determine your strong and weak points
3) Go through the Princeton Review, every section to learn strategies
4) Go through the Official Guide and answer the first 20, middle 20 and last 20 of each section to get a feel for what level of difficulty you are consistently scoring well at
5) Then take a practice exam and time it
6) Go back and answer the next 20/20/20 from the Official Guide
7) Then take the other practice exam
8) Then just finish as many questions in the Official Guide as you have time for

I would recommend at least 1 month preparation and if you don't score as good the first time, take it the very next month after studying the addional weeks.

The best things are having a very good feel for timing (practice timed tests) and do as many practice problems from the Official Guide as you can. Finish the book if possible. I did about 75% of all the questions in each section. I answered like 30 questions almost each night for a month until I was sick of GMAT type questions but well aware and familiar with all the questions types.

So 2 books: Official Guide and Princeton Review and you are off to the score you'll need. Practice and endurance. And drink a red bull 30 min before the test.
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