Kaplan GMAT Advanced: Your Only Guide to an 800 (Perfect Score Series): Advanced Prep for Advanced Students Paperback – 27 Apr 2010
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Kaplan GMAT 800 The most difficult questions brought to you by the company that publishes the #1 GMAT bookTop-tier business schools routinely accept only 20 percent of their applicants. Students who aspire to get the highest scores can count on "Kaplan GMAT 800 "to help them accomplish their goals. Developed for students who want to score in the top 10 percent, "Kaplan GMAT 800 "provides the additional preparatio... Full description
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I have prepared the GMAT, and I study on all kind of books, this is my ranking:
1) Manhattan, the best, expensive but really good (they normally require for exercise the official guide, so you need buy them together. (Read the free guide that they give on their site.
2) The official guide, realistic.
3) The Princeton Review, good explanation.
4) McGraw, Hill a bit too easy, but I love the 6 GMAT test.
5) Kaplan, good for the difficulty of exercise but not a good explanation. .
My counsel does not give extra time at the beginning and try only to be more precise at the beginning.
Finally, I find more exercise on Coordinate Geometry than any books have prepared me. But still nothing more than triangle.
And as you can guess I am not English.
Why Kaplan chose to fill its "Advanced Students" guide mainly with ridiculously simple questions is beyond me. This book is misleading and dangerous as it gives you a completely warped view of what is demanded in the GMAT. Use only as a supplement to other materials, if at all. (This applies especially to math - the verbal section does have a bit of merit)
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As a pure guidebook - 1 star
As a question collection - 3.5 stars
What You Will Find Inside:
28 Critical reasoning questions
31 Reading comprehension questions
110 Sentence correction questions
107 Problem solving questions (only 7 of which cover combinations and probability)
37 Data Sufficiency questions
***** CONS *****
* No review of math principles or grammar rules. This book assumes that you have gone through the Kaplan's main GMAT book. If you need help with basics look into getting the Math or Verbal Workbooks before getting this one.
* Illogical structure. Instead of the typical approach of providing a rule and then questions to practice that rule on, this book just lists questions in each of the sections. All of the valuable information and tips are scattered around the explanations section. The book assumes you will read/review explanations for every question. In defense, the main point is often emphasized, so they are not too hard to find.
* Question difficulty. Fewer than 50 people per year score 800 on the GMAT, and most of the lucky guys get past 700. To appeal to a broad audience, Kaplan designed this book at a 650/700-level
* Math section is fairly easy and lacks meaningful practice in advanced subjects such as probability, combinations, or coordinate geometry, statistics. If these are your weak areas, you should look elsewhere
***** PROS *****
* The book does what it was supposed to do - provide advanced selection of questions, giving the necessary practice with relevant questions. Though Kaplan's questions are not one-for-one official GMAT questions, I found them fairly close overall. I also liked the explanations - they were very detailed
* Good verbal section with valuable RC practice; huge selection of SC's
* Good quality publishing and paper; good layout
* Price - I thought it was worth every penny :)
Bottom Line: This is not a guidebook or a book to start with - if you need to get better in a certain question type, then get it but don't expect it to be sufficient to give you the background often needed to score 700+.
[+++] Here is the list of the hardest questions in the book (if this is all you are looking for).
CR tough questions:
Chapter 2: Prob # 3, 7
Chapter 3: #9,10,11
Chapter 4: #1,2,4,7,9,10,13,16,20,21,27
RC tough questions:
Chapter5: Has no questions
Chapter6: Passage 1: #1, #4, Passage 2: #1, #3, Passage 3: #4, Passage 4: #3
Chapter7: Passage 1: #2, Passage 2:None, Passage 3: #3, #4, Passage 4: #1, #2.
Chapter 8- no questions
Chapter 9: Ques #: 8,10,13,15,16,19,20,25,27,29,32,35,36,37
Chapter10: Ques #: 44,45,46,49,57,58,59,60,62,63,64,66,67,68,72
Chapter 11: Ques #: 2,6,11,14,16,23,25,27,29,34,35,36,37,39
Chapter 12: no questions
Chapter 13: #14
Chapter 14: #3
Chapter 15: #13
Chapter 16: no questions
Chapter 17: #3,16,17,27,28,29,36
Chapter 18: #9
Chapter 19: #1,3,7
Chapter 20: No questions
Chapter 21: #7
Chapter 22: #4,8,16,17,18
FYI: This book is the re-branded edition of a book previously called Kaplan GMAT Advanced
The two books are identical in terms of content (very minor changes); for exact changes see:
CHANGES IN THIS EDITION:
* CR Section: Several questions have been clarified/corrected
* RC Section: Half-page write up about Road Mapping passages; periods have been added at the end of each answer choice
* SC Section: Unchanged
* PS Section: Extra note added to the strategy section to double-check answers at the end
* DS Section: New sentence in the DS strategy section; several explanations have been clarified/corrected. Parentheses added for answer choices
I regularly review all and every GMAT book - do not hesitate to post your questions here; I reply to comments!
BB, Founder of GMAT Club, GMAT 750.
This books is tough and painful to get through. But, if you are serious about getting into a Top 10 Business School, then this is the best book you can get. Look, if you are even considering a Top 10 school you probably score reasonably well on the GMAT to begin with. This book is a collection of the toughest questions that can be found. It gives some guidance on how to get through the questions, but the real value is simply going through them all and figuring out the patterns yourself. I was scoring in the high 600's before this book. I then spent about an hour every night going through it until I had done every question in every section twice. It was painful, to be sure, but the 780 I got at the end of it all made it all worthwhile.
This book is not for everyone. If you are an average test taker or student you will simply find this book to be too nuanced and specific for your needs and it will likely not help you much. But, if you are a serious candidate for the top schools, this is a really great book and is something I recommend to everyone I meet who is applying to top tier b-schools.
There are some good time-saving techniques in this book, but overall an advanced student won't find every page challenging or even useful. Most, if not all, of the "challenging" Quant questions are covered in the Official Guide. From my experience, you will face a greater depth and breadth of challenging questions by practicing the last third of the questions in the Official Guide, and most importantly reviewing your mistakes diligently. With a 77th Quant percentile in a practice test, I'm obviously not a genius in Math who would find most concepts super-simple; like most students, I'm someone who needed a lot of basic practice to get to where I am now. Given that similarity, I think most fellow test-takers won't benefit immensely from Kaplan 800.
However, it is possible that students will find the Verbal section useful. My verbal score was already at an advanced level before picking up this book, but I still found some of its techniques noteworthy. This book doesn't offer a large number of practice questions, rather it focuses on theory, which it then exemplifies through a couple of questions following each theoretical concept. The concepts, as I mentioned, can be useful, but as the book itself states they are not comprehensive. If you want comprehensive, go Manhattan.
Overall, my recommendation is to focus instead on the Official Guide, Manhattan books depending on the areas you need to focus on the most, and the main Kaplan book (especially the Kaplan practice tests). This set of materials was recommended to me by someone who got a 760, and I know others who've used the same; their scores were 740 and 710. Save your money and (more importantly?) your time instead of perusing this book. Good luck!
- Questions for every section are challenging.
- Detailed answers/explanations
- Content structure makes the book easy to follow
- Strategies are not covered in depth
The book shouldn't be taken as reference material, but rather as an additional practice before your exam.