So how is Nova’s GMAT Math Prep Course Book? Well, I might recommend this book in a specific context to a certain kind of student. Yet, I do not recommend it in general. Why is this? Well read further in the Nova’s GMAT Math Prep Course book review to find out.
What Nova’s GMAT Math Prep Course is and what it isn’t
First of all, this book only has math in it, so it doesn’t prepare you for Verbal or Integrated Reasoning at all. As far as the math goes, this book is a collection of problems, nothing more. It contains essentially no formal instruction and relatively terse explanations. We would not recommend this book for someone struggling with math, for someone who hasn’t done any math in several years and who feels very rusty with math. This book will not help at all with math anxiety. This book will not contribute a great deal to your understanding of important GMAT Math strategies, such as estimation.
A nerd utopia
Given all that, to whom would we recommend this book? Well, this book is an incredibly large and thorough collection of math questions, some of them very hard. Suppose you are already a math nerd, perhaps someone who majored in, say, something like physics or mechanical engineering. Suppose you have a large amount of time until you take the GMAT, say 6 months, and you have already worked exhausted the math in the OG and other sources, and you just want a giant bucket of math problems against which to sharpen your teeth — then, this is precisely the book for you! If you already are very confident in math, very talented in math, and you just want a plethora of practice GMAT math problems, this would be a wonderful resource. For this type of student only, and for this purpose only, we would highly recommend this book.
Nova’s GMAT Math Review Summary
For math nerds who have no doubt about their mathematical abilities, and just want more problems to practice, this book is a wonderful resource. For the much larger portion of the population, who does not feel quite as confident with math and actually needs to learn some of the fundamental math, I would not call this book the go-to source. These folks can find much more support in the articles on this free blog.
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