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Top Ten Books for GMAT Preparation

If you’re on the lookout for some excellent GMAT preparation materials, here are the present top ten guide books for the GMAT that you may want to invest in, for a promisingly high score.

Kavitha Vijeyavelan
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The Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook gives effective advice on how to master the GMAT’s verbal component and has a grammar guide and provides numerous practice questions.

If you are on the lookout for some excellent GMAT preparation materials, here are the present top ten guide books for the GMAT that you may want to invest in, for a promisingly high score. 

1. The Official Guide for GMAT Review

This guidebook has been created by GMAT’s official creators and is considered an absolute must-have for GMAT prep. It comprises a general overview of the test, 907 real GMAT questions and a diagnostic review. The Integrated Reasoning Section of its test has an online component with 50 questions for additional practice. Of all the guide books available, this one is the only one that contains actual GMAT questions - making it one of the best possible sources of GMAT prep. 

2. Manhattan GMAT Complete Strategy Guide Set

The guidebook, Manhattan GMAT Complete Strategy Guide Set, will provide you with a thorough and complete set of strategies for good GMAT preparation. The set includes 10 well written books, including GMAT Roadmap; Algebra; Fractions, Decimals, and Percents; Geometry; Critical Reasoning; Sentence Correction; Integrated Reasoning and Essay; Word Problems. The set also offers many online resources that is inclusive of 1,000 practice questions with answers. This is one of the best comprehensive GMAT preparation materials available in the market. 

3. Complete GMAT Course Set – 12 Books (Veritas Prep GMAT Series)

This GMAT study guide is basically the Veritas prep course without the instructor. It comprises a set of 12 books that includes Arithmetic; Foundations of GMAT Logic; Critical Reasoning; Sentence Correction; Algebra; Data Sufficiency; Advanced Verbal Strategy; Advanced Word Problems; Analytical Writing Assessment and Integrated Reasoning; Statistics and Combinatorics.

4. Kaplan GMAT Premier 2014 with 6 Practice Tests

This guide book will provide you with a good introduction to the GMAT test and helps students familiarise themselves with the structure and the mechanisms of the test. The book offers thorough coverage of the test’s Verbal and Math sections and takes you in depth through Integrated Reasoning. It offers 6 GMAT tests, of which five are online and the other one in the book; video lessens; digital versions of the book to be viewed on iPads, smart phones, and computers.

5. The GMAT Roadmap: Expert Advice Through Test Day

This guidebook provides you with an introduction to the GMAT and will give you a thorough knowledge of all that is required for a top score. This is considered to be among the top guides when it comes to GMAT prep. Starting from study tips to timing to even the best kind of diet for GMAT preparation, this book truly gives you the complete preparation experience. It has six computer based tests and also provides advice on how to handle each and every kind of question you will find in the test. 

6. The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible

As the name suggests, this guide book is for critical reasoning and is the best possible book for it. This book was written by an ex-LSAT instructor and the kind of explanations this book has are easy to follow. The author has broken down the different varieties of critical reasoning questions and given out specific techniques on how to master each one. It may not have a huge number of practice questions but it’s still is a fantastic buy for those looking to improve in critical reasoning. 

7. Total GMAT Math

Total GMAT Math is the best comprehensive mathematical guide you could possible find in the market for the GMAT. It takes you in-depth into different sort of mathematical questions and covers various methods and ways of solving each one. This book has over 300 practice problems for you to work on and also more than 500 non-GMAT style exercises which are useful.  It offers endless tips, detailed coverage, and numerous insightful strategies for different kinds of questions. 

8. Advanced GMAT Quant

The Advanced GMAT Quant is an excellent condensed study material that gives you all you need to know to perform excellently in the quantitative section of the GMAT. This is mainly focused on bettering those who score over 70% on an average in this section. Its chapters cover numerous topics including Problem Solving Tactics & Strategies; Problem Solving Principles; Data Sufficiency Strategy & Tactics; Hybrid Problems; Pattern Questions. Its final chapter comprises 150 questions in its “workout sets.” Those looking to score high in quant should definitely get their hands on this book. 

9. The PowerScore GMAT Verbal Bible

The PowerScore GMAT Verbal Bible is for those who would like to quickly master the verbal section of the GMAT.  It offers detailed explanations and strategies for scoring well in the section and has 125 practice questions and 85 drills. These drills offered are aimed at helping students master various strategies required for the verbal section.

10. Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook

The Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook is considered an “all-in-one guide” of the GMAT’s verbal section. It gives out effective advice on how to master the GMAT’s verbal component and has a grammar guide and provides numerous practice questions. 
Now that you have a general idea of what to look for, grab yourself a guidebook that is suitable for your requirements and commence your GMAT preparation with full confidence now!  

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