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Magoosh's Complete Guide to the GMAT eBook

This eBook is a compilation of the best of the Magoosh GMAT blog, and weโ€™re happy to be able to share it with you for free, via PDF!

Magoosh’s Complete Guide to the GMAT includes:

  • An introduction to the format of the GMAT
  • General exam strategies (CAT, skipping, guessing, study strategies)
  • Overviews of each section (AWA, IR, Quant, Verbal)
  • Recommended strategies and practice questions
  • Links to all of our study plans
  • 100+ pages!

We hope you like it! Print it out, share it with friends, and use it as an introduction to the GMAT as youโ€™re starting out, or reference it throughout your GMAT journey.

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46 Responses to GMAT eBook

  1. z May 14, 2018 at 9:41 pm #

    HI, will this be updated to reflect the recent changes with the shorter test? Can I rely on this version of the guide for the newer format? Starting prep soon and would love to read through this

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 15, 2018 at 9:22 am #

      Hi there,

      We are still working on updating all of our materials to reflect the new format of the GMAT test. However, it’s important to realize that very little has actually changed with the shorter test. You will complete the entire test around 30 minutes faster, but the test has the same content, question types and strategies. The average time per question remains exactly the same, so even your pacing strategy remains unchanged. So, the information in this eBook remains just as relevant for the new test as it did for the old ๐Ÿ™‚

      • z May 22, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

        great thank you!!

  2. Lauren January 27, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

    Hi there, On page 61 and 61 the formula for area of a triangle is not complete, there is a series of boxes. Could that be updated?


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 28, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

      Hi Lauren,

      You’ve got sharp eyes! Thanks for bringing this typo to our attention! I’ll send this along to our content team so that they can work on it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Valery January 23, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    Is it possible to download this to a kindle?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 24, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

      Hi Valery,

      You can download this as a PDF and add it to your kindle, but we don’t have this file available in the kindle format right now. I suggest that you click on the link, right click and press “Print” and then choose the option to “save as PDF.” Then, you can transfer it to your kindle ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. AMI PATEL January 10, 2018 at 9:52 am #

    Hi – can I get a PDF version of the ebook.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 10, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

      Hi Ami,

      This already is a PDF! To save it, right click > Save as… and the document can be saved to your desktop. I hope this helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jose A. December 3, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

    Great book so far!!

    On Page 16: Guessing and Skipping Strategies for the GMAT.

    The explanations on this section are a bit confusing if the recommendation is to guess or skip. I believe the content and message is there but the paragraphs should be clear and to the point. My suggestions are as follow:

    1) In bullets, clearly define: guessing/random guessing and solution behavior
    2) Simplify the paragraphs for Verbal skipping recommendations and Quant skipping recommendations
    3) Make the “Summary” more robust to emphasize the main suggestion for verbal vs. quant. Answer the question: To skip or not to skip?
    4) Another idea is to create a summary table that summarizes what to do depending on the circumstances


    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 4, 2017 at 11:21 am #

      Hi Jose,

      Thanks for this feedback! We always appreciate when students provide us with information to help us improve our product :D. Our goal with this book is to provide students with enough information to make their own informed decisions regarding their strategy, and students generally need to experiment with strategies on their own. However, I can definitely see the value of having more concise and simplified language here! Our content improvement team has a lot of projects and will probably not be able to implement any of these suggestions in the near future, so my recommendation is for you to create your own study sheet with the information laid out in a way that makes sense for you! That will help you to synthesize and process the information, which will help you to remember it ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Bobby June 12, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    Hi! Not sure if I read wrong, but on page 82 it says, “The primarily skills RC tests are (a) the ability to determine the main idea of a passage; (b) the ability to draw connections between facts and concepts; (c) the ability to extend the pattern, to see where the argument is heading.”

    I could be wrong, but I believe it should be “The primary skills…” or “The skills RC primarily…”

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 14, 2016 at 9:18 pm #

      Hi Bobby!

      Thanks for pointing this out. You’re correct that there’s a small typo on that page. I’ve let our content editors know about the mistake, so that it can be corrected when we update the eBook ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again for your message!

  7. Devansh Naidu May 30, 2016 at 12:35 pm #

    An Awesome book indeed ! ๐Ÿ™‚

    But there is a small printing error on page 74.

    The formula of percent change is given as = amount of change / starting amount x 100.
    Shouldn’t 100 be in numerator ?

    Devansh ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 2, 2016 at 7:46 am #

      Hi Devansh,

      Firstly, it’s awesome to hear you like the book ๐Ÿ˜€

      Also, yes, you’re correct! Thanks for pointing out that typo ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve let our content team know about the mistake so that it can be correct in the next edition of the eBook ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks again and happy studying!

      • Saurabha May 6, 2017 at 10:24 pm #

        Hi Team,

        I do not see this being rectified in the above pdf even after almost 1 year.
        I do not see the one pointed out by Bobby as well.
        What is the update cycle for this document ?

        SAurabha J

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 9, 2017 at 12:51 am #

          Thanks for bringing this back to our attention, Saurabha. And I’m sorry– and surprised– that no changes have been made yet. I’ll submit this issue to Magoosh’s Content Improvement Team– they should be able to get this fixed ASAP.

  8. Ryan April 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    On page 57, there is an example DS question. The answer explanation finishes on page 58 and ultimately says the answer to the practice question is “D”, however there were never any answers to choose from (i.e. A, B, C, D).

    I guess I do not have much experience with DS and did not realize that A through E answers are always the same for DS.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 3, 2016 at 10:48 pm #

      Hi Ryan,

      It sounds like you worked it out, but just to clarify, Data Sufficiency questions always have the same answer choices, so you may find our materials not specifying answers fully, like you did in this case. If you had any other doubt on this topic, let us know! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Corey March 27, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

        That doesn’t actually answer the question. If the “D” is an arbitrary letter it needs to be defined. When reading this guide we are looking for the answer choice, however, none are listed below the problem. Is there an assumption being made that I don’t see?

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 30, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

          Hi Corey,

          I’m sorry that we weren’t clear here! The answer choices for DS students are always the same:
          (A) Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient.
          (B) Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient.
          (C) BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient.
          (D) EACH statement ALONE is sufficient.
          (E) Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient.

          This is the assumption that we are making in the book, and I apologize that this wasn’t clear! I will send your comment along to our content improvement team so that they can keep it in mind for future editions.

  9. Judy March 21, 2016 at 6:03 am #

    great resource, thank you so much for pulling this together. ๐Ÿ™‚

    thought I’d point out a minor typo in case it confuses anyone:
    pg. 74 (Understanding Percentages) – the end of the 2nd paragraph should say “changing a decimal to a percent simply involves sliding the decimal to the right”

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 27, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

      Hi Judy,

      Good catch! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve made a note of this for our content improvement team. Thanks for taking the time to bring this to our attention!

  10. Linh Nguyen January 17, 2016 at 11:58 pm #

    Other than a few minor typos here and there, this is a great intro guide! It provides very detailed insights to each part of the GMAT and offers practical tips plus cool life lessons! Thank Magoosh! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Joel January 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm #


    You probably already know, but I just wanted to point out that at the last sentence of page 87, there is a small error: words that simply are “two” extreme for the tenor of GMAT RC.



    • Dani Lichliter
      Dani Lichliter January 13, 2016 at 10:55 am #

      Hi Joel,
      Thanks for catching that! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll pass along a note to our content team about this.

  12. Alexis October 9, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    I’m loving this GMAT eBook, especially since it’s kind of like listening to a friend tell you about the test and it’s very easy to understand. However, I don’t know if other people have the same issue, but I think some of the symbols are missing. For example, on page 66, the formula for the number of combinations has no symbols (for me). It’s just a series of boxes.

    But like I said, I’m not sure if anyone else is having this problem.

    Otherwise, this book is great! Thank you so much for posting it!

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel October 9, 2014 at 11:46 am #

      Hey Alexis,

      You’re right — we’ll go ahead and fix this. Thanks for pointing it out!


  13. Solomo June 7, 2014 at 2:42 am #

    Neatly Done….loved it.

  14. Chulo December 9, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Thank you. your book really rocks!!!

  15. ABDUL MUQEET November 25, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    It is an important book for me to prepare for the GMAT ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks

  16. Sarika August 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    CR practice question in ebook is not available. If we click on the question link, it says ‘We could not find the question you are looking for’. Could you please provide the correct link?

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 21, 2013 at 11:53 am #

      Hi, Sarika

      Sorry about that, and thanks for letting us know! We will be fixing the question link in the eBook shortly :).


  17. amit raj gupta January 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Book is awesome! can you help me out in preparation for verbal and essay-writing?? i will be really thankful if u can teach me some lessons online….

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette January 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      Hi, Amit

      We’re glad you like the eBook! We have a lot of great Verbal and Writing lesson videos that you have access to through your free trial, so I’d definitely recommend watching those :).


      • amit raj gupta January 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

        thank you! but i want some live classes for that. if you take live classes then please let me know.

  18. Piyush Jain January 17, 2013 at 3:11 am #

    The end bit is very enlightening. Thank you for including it.

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette January 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

      You’re very welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Prem Kumar December 21, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    I am loving this book and it is an important asset for me to prepare for the GMAT.

    Thanks alot.

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette December 21, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      You’re very welcome, we’re glad you’ve been finding it helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. siddarth malik September 20, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    Hi Margaratte,

    I tried to download this ebook but somehow cannot. Could you please lemme know how to download the free ebook. Also pls advise me about other sources for the preparation of IR section and GMAT as a whole.

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette September 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      Hi, Siddarth

      You can click on the “Download the eBook link” or the purple cover on the right– I would recommend using Google Chrome as your browser, and making sure that your Adobe software (or similar program) is updated as well.

      Does that work? Let me know!

      As for more GMAT/IR help, I’d recommend our IR eBook ( and signing up for Magoosh.

      I hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚


  21. Avinash D'Souza August 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    This is the 2nd ebook I’m downloading from Magoosh. Probably as good as the one on IR!!

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette August 2, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      We hope so too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. domenico July 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    as usual………….one of the lead resource for gmat and how to beat it……….Magoosh blog.

    Thank you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette July 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

      Thanks, Domenico! We’re glad you found it helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚

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