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.
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 Manhattan GMAT Series, Books 1 – 5
- The Manhattan GMAT Series, Book 6
- The Manhattan GMAT Series, Books 7
- The Manhattan GMAT Series, Books 8
- Manhattan GMAT Advanced Quantitative
- Manhattan GMAT 6-online tests
The GMAT Official Guide (OG)
Some would argue that the OG 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)
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 General eBook here.
- Lesson Modules
- Mock Tests
FREE Magoosh GMAT Math and Idioms Flashcards
Study on the go, even without internet!
Need even more math questions? Nova’s GMAT Math Bible is filled with nail-bitingly tough Data Sufficiency questions and Problem Solving ones.
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.
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!
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