5 Books to Help You Ace the GMAT

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Applying for an MBA program? Here, online tutor Marcus S. shares the best GMAT books to help you study for the big test…


Even after doing great on the SAT and all of those endless college exams, preparing for the GMAT can still be scary. You’re going to grad school, after all, and that’s something most people never get the chance to do. Fortunately, you’re not alone on the test prep battlefield. With the right combination of expert tutoring and the best books to help you ace the GMAT, you’ll be on your way to an MBA in no time.

1. The GMAT Roadmap: Expert Advice Through Test Day

This book is the latest from the test prep gurus at Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides. Manhattan provides you with six online practice tests, but does something even more important as well. Their book gives you a blueprint for creating a test prep foundation. This holistic test-taking system includes tips for eating the best foods to help you stay sharp and focused, study schedules that maximize your brain’s ability to learn, and ways to get over your test-taking anxiety. The GMAT Roadmap also teaches you methods for approaching each of the specific types of questions on the exam, and much more.

2. The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible

If you want to focus on studying for argumentation questions, the GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible from PowerScore will be your new best friend. The author of this book is one of the leading authorities on critical reasoning for the LSAT, which is known for having even tougher questions in this subject than the GMAT. (We all know lawyers love to argue!) He has also written several other GMAT books for PowerScore, so you can be sure the Critical Reasoning Bible is meant for test takers who are aiming for big time scores and not just trying to squeak by.

3. Total GMAT Math

The title of Total GMAT Math is straight to the point and so are its lesson plans. When you want to submerse yourself in the quantitative section of the GMAT, this book is the ideal spot to dive into. It not only has hundreds of practice questions and exercises, but starts you off with in-depth tutorials that help you understand each kind of math question you could possibly encounter on the GMAT. Total GMAT Math also lets you shoot for a top percentile score with more than 100 “challenge” level practice questions.

4. Veritas Prep Complete GMAT Course Set

Take a deep breath before you continue reading. The Compete GMAT Course Set from Veritas comes with a whopping 12 volumes, but don’t let that deter you. If it were easy to ace the GMAT, your future degree in business management wouldn’t mean much. This set includes books that will help you attack every category of question on the GMAT with titles such as Advanced Verbal Strategy, Foundations of GMAT Logic, and Sentence Correction. Purchase of this book set will also allow you to use the online Veritas Prep Question Bank, an adaptive GMAT computer test, and other exclusive resources.

5. Official Guide for GMAT Review

There’s only one place where you can get access to the exact questions that have been asked on real GMAT exams, and that’s the Official Guide for GMAT Review. Turn on the coffee maker and dig into a stockpile of more than 900 practice questions taken from past GMAT tests. You’ll also receive free access to online videos, questions, and a diagnostic test provided by GMAC, the makers of the GMAT.

Once you’ve reviewed these GMAT books and worked with a tutor to get extra help, you’ll have just one more step to go — ace the test — before you can move forward with your business education and successful career. Good luck!

MarcusSMarcus S. tutors online in a variety of subjects. He has been trained and certified to teach classes and give individual tutoring to students in the SAT, GMAT, GRE, and LSAT for the Princeton Review. Learn more about Marcus here!



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