- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Review; 2016 ed. edition (28 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080412602X
- ISBN-13: 978-0804126021
- Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 4.2 x 27.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,79,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Cracking The GMAT Edition 2016 (Graduate School Test Preparation) Paperback – 28 May 2015
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I felt like the Math review section was really good. It covers all the topics with good depth and I found that I felt very well prepared for the Math section after going through this book. It might have had something to do with my Engineering background, but I don't think people without that should have a problem either. Maybe you'd require more time, but this book covers enough material to boost your confidence!
I was a bit disappointed with this section. Not that it wasn't good, but I just thought that it just didn't provide me with enough information to get a great score on this section. Like a previous reviewer said, it doesn't give a good review of grammar. Also, I found their Reading Comprehension strategy really weird. I have never heard anyone doing that (reading sections, jumping to questions) and getting a good score and I wouldn't recommend that. It might get your through the RC much faster, but I wouldn't recommend it.
Adequate enough. In my opinion, no book can teach you how to write. The review gives you an idea of what kind of material is expected and give you a general feel for the section. So like I said, its adequate.
The two tests, which are to be taken online, are good practice for the real thing. Except that the UI doesn't look anything like what the real GMAT looks like, so don't try and learn the UI from these tests. This book is not the complete solution, but its a good starting point. Try Kaplan's prep book for the Verbal section.
Likewise, I found the (apparently unpopular) POE strategies and shortcuts refreshing; amidst the realization that you have a LOT to cover in a short amount of time, those heuristics serve to remind you that, hey, at the end of the day this is a multiple choice test like the thousands of others you've taken.
I would recommend blasting through this over the course of a weekend or week to learn test topics and formats quickly then purchase a few more advanced guides for honing in on your suspect areas of weakness. Good luck!
1) it requires you to first understand what average really means and this is very relative. For instance, I consider myself above average (scored a 800 on GRE math), but in some one else's opinion who is much better than me, I could be an average. Also, we all have areas where we tend to differ in strengths/weaknesses. So how do you define 'average''? Unless one can think of an average Joe for Math and an average Joe for verbal, I am certain that some one trying to identify the Joe Blogg's answer will most likely end up picking the wrong answer.
2) You may end up spending more time in the test trying to figure out how Joe Blogg's would think than if you actually attempted to answer the question using a straight forward approach.
The rest of the stuff in the book should be helpful.
Other than that the book is great and teaches you how think as GMAT writers think when they come up with the questions and how to avoid traps.
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