What Are The Best GMAT Prep Books?

Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) administers and conduct the Graduate Management Admission Test commonly known as the GMAT. The GMAT is accepted in more than 114 countries for many programs, including MBA, Master’s in Finance, Master’s in Accountancy and many more.

The GMAT is structured to measure analytical writing skills, quantitative skills and verbal and reading skills in English. GMAT differs from the other entrance tests in a way that it is an adaptive computer test, unlike others which are not a computer-based tests. Each question of GMAT exam appears at a single time, and the next questions appear based on the accuracy of previously given answer with an increased difficulty level.

A candidate can choose the order of the sections in which they want to sit their exam. The maximum score in GMAT is 800. As GMAT test patterns differ from the other tests such as GRE, SAT, TOEFL, etc. proper guidance and study planning is required to score high in GMAT.

A student must consider a few criteria before buying the GMAT preparation books to get full benefit from the book. A candidate must choose a book which contains realistic questions, like the original test, to get accustomed to the pattern of questions.

The book, with detailed discussion of the answers to the questions, will help the candidate to understand the requirements and areas required for improvement. Finally, a book with full-length tests is beneficial to prepare properly for the exams.

The critical book candidates must have is the Official Guide to the GMAT Review. This comes in a bundle of three books called the GMAT Review, the GMAT Quantitative Review, and the GMAT Verbal Review. This book contains real questions from the tests with explanations.

The online practice interface gives the experience a candidate will face on the exam day. However, this book is not very useful if you want to score more than 700 GMAT scores and it does not contain full-length practice tests.

The Complete GMAT Strategy Guide Set, by Manhattan Prep, is considered by many as the best GMAT preparation book, so far. This book comes in a bundle of ten books named GMAT Road Map; Fractions, Decimals, and Percent; Algebra; Word Problems; Geometry; Number Properties; Critical Reasoning; Reading Comprehension; Sentence Correction; and Integrated Reasoning and Essay.

All these books cover the overall concepts, strategies for exams and most importantly, six full-length, computer adaptive practice tests.

Another recommended book for GMAT is Veritas Prep Complete GMAT Course Set which contains 15 guides for quantitative, verbal and writing. However, although these books include many practice questions, it only has one full-length test.

There are books which only focus on a particular section of the exam. Total GMAT Math by Jeff Sackmann, Kaplan’s GMAT Verbal Workbook, GMAT Advanced Quant by Manhattan Prep contains either quantitative or verbal questions which help to improve the scores’ section.

The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible is much helpful to deal with the critical reasoning section. A candidate must choose the book based on the score he or she is targeting and the requirement of preparation.