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Best GMAT Books and Resources 2014

Update: Wondering which GMAT study materials are the most up to date and comprehensive in 2014? Look no further. We reviewed the most popular GMAT study materials on the market, and updated our list of the best GMAT resources available. Enjoy!

The first step in preparing for the GMAT is finding the best resources. With the welter of test prep companies touting their respective books, this first step can be downright daunting.

Below is a list of the only GMAT books and resources you will ever need to use. So don’t feel overwhelmed. Your prep starts and stops with the material below.

 

Best of the best  books – Manhattan GMAT  (MGMAT)

This series is the GMAT bible. Don’t just learn a bunch of nifty tricks; learn the fundamentals behind the questions, so you won’t just be flailing about test day, relying only on guessing strategies.

 

The GMAT Official Guide (OG)

Some would argue that the Official material is the actual bible, and the rest mere Apocrypha. After all, these are the guys  (and gals!) who actually write the questions you’ll see test day. But don’t rely on the Official Guides for strategies (the way you would with MGMAT), use Official material for the best source of GMAT questions.

  • Official Guide 12th Edition
  • Official Guide 11th Edition
  • Official Guide 13th Edition
  • GMATPrep Tests (downloadable)

 

Magoosh.com

Want to get accustomed to taking a stressful test on a computer? Magoosh (that’s us!) offers hundreds upon hundreds of practice questions, all with the stress-inducing timer. Want to learn the fundamentals a la MGMAT, but on a computer? Magoosh has hundreds of lessons modules to get you up and running. Sure we’re a little biased toward our own study prep program, but it’s seriously a great online resource! Check out our free GMAT eBook here.

  • Lesson Modules
  • Questions
  • Mock Tests

 

Nova

Need even more math questions? Nova’s GMAT Math Bible is filled with nail-bitingly tough Data Sufficiency questions and Problem Solving ones.

  • GMAT Math Bible

 

PowerScore

PowerScore built its reputation as an LSAT company with its LSAT Critical Reasoning Bible. For those who don’t know, the LSAT is the GMAT Critical Reasoning section on steroids, so you can bet that PowerScore really knows how to dissect one of the most difficult question types on the GMAT.

  • GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible

 

Forums

No man is an island, John Donne once intoned. So don’t be an island, and get out there with you newly acquired GMAT knowledge. Think you can provide a strong explanation to a question? Help the community out. Stumped? Then there are experts waiting to give you a hand over at the GMAT forums. You’ll probably even run into our GMAT expert Mike while you’re at GMAT Club!

  • beatthegmat.com
  • gmatclub.com

 

 

Don’t see your favorite study materials? Want a review of a book we haven’t gotten to yet? Let us know below!

About the Author

Chris Lele has been helping students excel on the GRE, GMAT, and SAT for the last 10 years. He is the Lead Content Developer and Tutor for Magoosh. His favorite food is wasabi-flavored almonds. Follow him on Google+!

13 Responses to Best GMAT Books and Resources 2014

  1. Yegnesh January 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    Hey Chris,
    I have just signed up for Magoosh. Really enjoying the practice question and lessons.
    I am finding the verbal really tough. So thinking about joining Full courses. I am really confused between Veritas Prep And Manhattan GMAT. What would you recommend.
    Can you please provide some insight?

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele January 16, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

      Hi Yegnesh,

      It’s really hard to choose between those two, which are the best regarded in the industry. I think MGMAT has the more rigorous hiring process, they take only the top 1% test takers. That doesn’t mean you will automatically have a better experience at MGMAT; you may very well have an excellent teacher in Veritas.

      The next factor is content. Since MGMAT’s materials are some of the best regarded on the market (though I think their RC passages are somewhat weak), whereas Veritas doesn’t really have much of presence, MGMAT may be the way to go.

      Ultimately, try out both places to see which one feels right for you.

      Good luck :)

  2. Sumanth January 15, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Hi Chris ,

    I have a GMAT scheduled in 3rd week of feb ,I have been doing fairly well in quant and only cause of worry is in verbal ,I have been preparing from Barrons ,Could you suggest me the best way to prep for the verbal part and which materials will help me achieve that in the give time frame !

    Thanks in advance !!

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele January 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

      Hi Sumanth,

      Even though Barron’s is a highly respected name in test prep, it falls woefully short for the GMAT, especially in the verbal section. I would ditch that book as soon as possible :), and pick up a copy of the MGMAT Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning guides. Also make sure to use the GMAT Official Guide so that you can practice those techniques on actual test questions.

      Hope that helps, and good luck!

  3. sid January 9, 2014 at 4:16 am #

    Hey Chris,

    CR has been a Critical Issue.. wats it the best way to beat it and wat are the books to b followed for good.

    Thanks,
    Sid

  4. uppala praveen January 6, 2014 at 4:00 am #

    hi chris, i’m totally new to GMAT and i want to give GMAT this september…so could u please, which one (the one which provides me the resources) can take me from basic to advanced level…my intention is to get 750+..so that there will be more chances to get a seat in HBS..awaiting ur reply…thankyou

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele January 8, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      Great! I admire your ambition :).

      A great resource to get you acquainted with the GMAT is our free ebook:

      http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-ebook/

      In here, you’ll not only find the “Holy Grail” of resources to help you go from the basic-level to the most advanced, but you will also have access to a variety of study schedules to help you stay on track.

      Let me know if you have any questions along the way :).

  5. Nikhilesh November 27, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    I came across Magoosh when I was searching the web for best GMAT Prep course. I took the one week trial and loved it so much that I ordered the whole GMAT module. I then followed the 12 week preparation Schedule and loved it. Manhattan and Magoosh are must for any GMAT taker. Gonna give my GMAT in second week of January. Keeping fingers crossed.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele December 3, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      I’m happy you are enjoying Magoosh. Good luck on the GMAT!

  6. Ratna April 25, 2013 at 1:41 am #

    Chris,
    I have been reading your blogs and reviews. I agree with most of your points. I did have similar opinion about Kaplan’s (i used) modules.

    However, how do you rate Veritas Prep materials against

    Powerscore for CR
    MGMAT for SC
    Nova for Quant

    Cheers,
    Ratna

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele April 26, 2013 at 11:15 am #

      That’s a great question! From what I’ve seen Veritas Prep has some pretty good questions to practice with. They aren’t really big on the fundamentals though. It seems they rely mainly on big picture strategies. In that sense, they are more like Nova (great as a question bank but wanting in terms of guidance).

      Powerscore is the reverse in that it really helps break down the logic and principles behind a question type so that you can better tackle actual GMAT questions.

      Finally, MGMAT combines the best of both worlds: great questions and comprehensive coverage of the fundamentals.

      Hope that helps!

  7. Eulalia February 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Hi Chris, I am a college grad (December 2012] with a degree in poli sci. I was wanting to take the GMAT asap but I would like to know what are the best tools/study guides to prepare for the exam. Thank you.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris February 27, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

      Hi Eulalia,

      The best tools is definitely the Original Guide by GMAC, together with the two practice tests. These questions were written by those who write the questions you’ll see test day. Manhattan GMAT is also very helpful, esp. from the standpoint of walking you through concepts–from basic to advanced.

      Hope that helps!


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