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Best GMAT Books and Resources 2015

Wondering which GMAT study materials are the most up to date and comprehensive in 2015? 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. (Note: Sometimes the best GMAT books aren’t the newest editions.) 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.

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! Not to mention, this blog is awesome. I mean, have you seen GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin? And don’t forget to check out our FREE GMAT eBooks:

Magoosh's Complete Guide to the GMAT eBook Magoosh's GMAT Idiom eBook Magoosh's Complete Guide to GMAT Integrated Reasoning 

Best GMAT Books of 2015: 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 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)


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!


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

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36 Responses to Best GMAT Books and Resources 2015

  1. Mariana September 11, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    Whatever you do, if you have an apple computer, do NOT buy the GMAT programs and softwares !

  2. hamsa August 27, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    hey , how can i download the powerscore sat math bible , or where can i get it in Eygpt ?

  3. Shruthi August 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm #


    I would like to know if there is any other good book that explains the basics of grammar for Sentence correction. I am already following MGMAT SC book. But i need a little more understanding of grammar basics.


    • Rahul Sehgal December 22, 2015 at 3:54 am #


      You can start with Verbal Foundation book by MGMAT before moving to the SC book. That foundation book will give you the details you need to know from scratch and will lay a strong foundation before you start with the SC book.

      All the best !!

  4. Sam December 6, 2014 at 10:58 am #


    I am in the phase of collating information in order to choose the the best path to start my prep for GMAT. And through this page your inputs are extremely valuable.

    I have a doubt in context to OG mentioned in your recommendation (OG 11, OG 12 and OG13 and now OG 2015.

    Do they have vast difference amongst them in terms of questions. etc?
    Should one choose the latest edition and ignore the other editions?


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele December 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

      Hi Sam,

      Good questions!

      Typically, a new OG will ditch about 20% of the questions from the previous edition, supplanting that with a new batch of question (it’s usually an even swap in terms of number of questions).

      It would be a good idea to get OG 2015, because that includes Int. Reasoning, and maybe get OG 11, since that will contain a few questions not contained in OG 2015, assuming that the same questions aren’t swapped out.

      Hope that helps!

  5. Gauri November 12, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    Hi Chris

    Could you please review the free Question Bank of Veritas prep.


  6. Gauri Punekar November 12, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    Hi Chris

    Could you please review the free Veritas Prep question bank.

    – Gauri

  7. Akber November 8, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I have no idea how to study for GMAT. I just finished my CPA exams earlier this year and would like to tackle the GMAT. I am not sure what study material to go with. I am more like a visual learner (old school). Any suggestions

    How do i practice more. Do these official gmat guides help


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 10, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      Hi Akber,

      You’ve come to the right place! The Magoosh GMAT ebook has all you need to get started. And the fact that you are a visual learner fits well with Magoosh’s video learning model.

      As for the ebook, you can download it for free here:

      Good luck!

  8. Rakesh November 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    Hey Chris,

    I am a newbie to GMAT, could you please suggest me basic startup guide for GMAT.


  9. Prashish Rana October 30, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Hi Chris,
    I am looking for gmat mock exams. Which mock exams would you suggest. I have gmat prep exams right now. Is that sufficient?
    Thanks in advance. 🙂

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele October 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

      Hi Prashish,

      The truth is none of the practice exams are as good as GMAT prep, but many come close on the quant section: MGMAT (slightly harder) and GMAT Club Tests (quant comes very close to replicating the real deal). Verbal is a bit more of a mixed bag. MGMAT is okay; Kaplan is okay (but both aren’t that great for different reasons).

      Still, you might be fine using just the GMAT prep exams, but if not than I’d say MGMAT is your best bet.

      Good luck!

  10. Tony October 29, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    Hi Chris:
    I took the Veritas Prep and after 3 takes I’m stuck on 630. I’m thinking of taking the MGMAT Saturday course to see if I can improve my score. Would appreciate your advise.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele October 31, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

      Hi Tony,

      Before taking another CAT, you should try to figure out where you are making mistakes. It’s actual a very important step, but one many overlook. This “autopsy”, if you will, should be pretty complex. As much as is possible put yourself in your head the moment you made the mistakes. What led to the mistake? What could you have done differently? You should also look at the correct answer and get a sense of what makes it correct. If possible, look for a faster way to do that problem and internalize it so, if necessary, you can use it in the future.

      Finally, you should identify any pacing issues. Sometimes, we go too fast, making an obvious careless mistake; other times, we don’t want to let go of a problem even if it costs us four or five minutes.

      Once you have a better sense of what happened on previous tests, you can review questions from the Official Guide, working on any areas you identified as points of weaknesses. Then–and only then–should you take another test. All that said, MGMAT tests tend to be significantly harder than Veritas tests (whether that’s a good thing is debatable). So keep that in mind when you get your MGMAT score.

      Best of luck!

  11. Jane October 20, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I’m preparing for my GMAT and I have the Princeton Cracking the Case 2015 edition and the soft copies of the MGMAT strategies/chapters given to me by my bf…

    I was wondering if there was any point using the Princeton (seen some poor reviews) at all or just focusing on the MGMAT.. Also is it worth going through the MGMAT chapter by chapter or should I mix it up.. i.e. do some verbal today and math tomorrow etc…

    I don’t have a MGMAT study guide like I do on the Princeton which spells out what to study on each day so i just want to make sure I’m approaching this the right way if I do decide to use the MGMAT instead…


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele October 31, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

      Hi Jane,

      The PR tests are kind of like training wheels on a bicycle–a good thing if you are just starting off or need a refresher.

      If you are already getting over 600 on a GMAT prep test and you feel you are being held back by the more difficult questions, then you might want to use the PR material. In that case, the MGMAT is a much better resource. That said, I’d recommend getting the Official Guide by GMAC. Those are the questions you should be trying out your MGMAT strategies on (the MGMATmath questions can sometimes be overly difficult and the verbal ones not entirely representative of what you’ll see on the test).

      Hope that helps 🙂

  12. Ad October 1, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I have found this page very informative & unique. I have a simple question regarding the verbal section. Some people suggest that doing the official guide and the verbal book thoroughly is in itself sufficient for a good score .One is further advised to practice from the GMAT prep software after completion of the mentioned two resources.Do you reckon that it is sufficient practice ? However, if after completing the above, one needs to do more

    Could you kindly suggest a question bank for practicing the best

    1) SC questions
    2) CR questions
    3) RC questions

    It doesn’t necessary have to be from one publisher or source. Based on your recommendation, One could buy 3 different books for the verbal section, each representing the best practice sets for SC,RC & CR respectively

    For eg . In one of your earlier reviews you have recommended Kaplan 800 for RC but not so much for SC . So I guess the RC questions in Kaplan 800 can be used to supplement the official material

    Does Magoosh has a similar question bank for practice that mirrors the level & quality of OG questions ?


    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele October 2, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi Ad,

      Generally speaking, I’d say the official materials are pretty sufficient, since there are such a plethora of questions. I’m more partial to using MGMAT guides for the foundation building and official questions for the actual passage (MGMAT verbal questions are kind of a mixed bag).

      The Magoosh questions are pretty solid across the board. I think we shine in SC questions, though. For more RC practice, I’d recommend doing official material from official LSAT tests. You’ll also get oodles of Critical Reasoning style questions from those tests (each 100-question test has 50 CR questions. There are 25 RC questions).

      Hope that helps 🙂

  13. Alessandra Almeida July 3, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    Hi Chris,
    I am just starting to study and as a complete begginer I am thinking about going with Kaplan. My question is if I should buy only the Kaplan Gmat 2014 Strategies, Practice, And Review With 2 Practice Tests or if I should also buy the Math & Verbal Foundations and Workbook. I would also like to ask you if you have an idea of the maximum age that the universities usually accept for their students. I am Brazilian and 36 years old. Thank you.

  14. Chu June 29, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    Was hoping i can get a recommendation on what Quant and Verbal books to get.
    I already have have the manhattan 4th ed SC book. I need a CR book as that is a weak area for me. Which will you recommend between the Manhattan and the Powerscore.

    Also, any feedback on using the Manhattan Advanced quant book. I have good basic math skills but I seem to not consistently get higher scores.


  15. 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 🙂

      • Raj July 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

        Hey Chris,

        I did my GMAT and gotta 370. I didn’t prepare as well as I could’ve. I think I lack the basics of Quantitative mostly. Do you recommend taking a Manhattan online prep course? My goal is 650-700. What do you suggest?


  16. 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!

  17. 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.


  18. 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 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:

      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 :).

  19. 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!

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

    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


    • 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!

  21. 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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