Gmat Books (Or Other Resources)

I would like to know how to prepare the GMAT test in only two weeks

and without attending courses and spending as little money as

possible. Something effective, quick and cheap 🙂

Is there one (or two maximum) books I should focus on, and which are



3 thoughts on “Gmat Books (Or Other Resources)

  1. Hi Timu,

    I used to prepare students for standardized tests, including the GMAT

    so I would be happy to answer your question.

    Most of the things you will need to study in two weeks will be

    test-taking strategies. While you are unlikely to be able to improve

    your vocabulary much or dramatically increase your knowledge of math,

    you will be able to learn more about the test, and learn more about

    how to best approach it.

    Before you start, you will want to ask yourself "How well do I need to

    do on this test to meet my educational goals?" The next question is

    "How far am I from that goal?" this will determine how much work you

    have ahead of you.

    In order to make that assessment, you will need to take a practice

    GMAT test. Older tests are sometimes available at libraries, or

    university bookstores often have books of tests available. The

    important thing when you take a practice test is that you time

    yourself, and that you try to approximate real testing conditions as

    much as possible: upright in a chair, sitting at a desk or table, NO

    interruption, etc. Take the entire test in one shot, just as if you

    were in a real testing situation. Score yourself, then make some


    Princeton Review does have one online test that you can take on their

    website with no obligation, you might want to try that to start with.

    It can be found here:

    Depending on your level of discipline, you may be able to sit down

    with a good test prep book and grind through it. You also may want to

    find a testing buddy [someone who is also going to take the test, or

    perhaps someone who you are close to] who can help you move yourself


    Some of the more popular test prep companies have online pages

    describing the structure of the GMAT

    Princeton Review

    Kaplan Prep [click on GMAT, scroll down, click on

    "about the GMAT"]

    Google Directory GMAT section

    Once you've familiarized yourself with the test, and the task at hand,

    you will have to evaluate how you best learn new information. If you

    are more of a book learner, getting a prep book out of the library,

    training some and then taking *actual practice tests* frequently to

    evaluate your progress is a good approach. I have had good luck with

    Princeton Review's materials because I think they do a good job

    explaining the workings of the test so it appears less daunting. Their

    books are available at most major libraries. Using only their training

    manuals, I scored quite well on my GRE. Your local library or

    bookstore should have an entire section on test prep materials. I

    would recommend getting some older practice tests to assess your

    progress, as well as a test prep book. The Princeton Review has a book

    called "Crash Course for the GMAT : The Last-Minute Guide to Scoring

    High" which may be right up your alley.

    If you are a more point-n-click oriented person, Test Tutor offers a

    free online GMAT counrse at this URL

    Some advice for the essay portion of your article, as someone who has

    worked scoring essays for ETS — good handwriting, clear

    organizational style and interesting sentence structure are all key

    points to making a good impression with your essay. Do not be nervous

    at the prospect of having to do some writing, this is one of the

    easier places on the test to really do well.

    Also, at test time, since you will be taking a computer aided test

    [CAT] make sure you have plenty of scratch paper and use it to keep

    track of the answers you are mentally "crossing off" for each

    question. Making use of scratch paper helps you keep track of where

    you are, helps you organize your thoughts and is often essential to

    doing complicated math.

    Since the test — as with many standardized tests — has a timed

    element to it, one useful strategy is making sure you are doing the

    problem in the quickest, most efficient way. Many of the math

    questions will have a long way to do it, where you make all the

    calculations, and a shorter way, where you "guesstimate" but the

    guesstimation allows you to eliminate all the other answers. Tricks

    like this can help you really save time and having more time to spend

    on questions that are actually hard and challenging is what it is all


    When test day comes around, make sure to know where the testing room

    is beforehand, dress comfortably, eat well and try to follow your

    normal routines [i.e. don't go to bed four hours early if that is your

    normal pattern, don't stop drinking coffee if you always drink

    coffee]. Make sure to stretch often, look around the room to reduce

    eye strain, and be careful if your body is getting into tense postures

    that will create tension in your brain.

    I hope these tips and links have helped you. While two weeks isn't a

    ton of time, it should be enough time to get you on the road to

    scoring well on the GMAT. Best of luck to you.



  2. This is not exactly a request for clarification, as your answer is

    very clear and detailed!

    I just wanted to point out that I am in Barcelona, Spain and therefore

    I am not going to be able to find test books in any library. I have

    spotted one that does have 4 or 5 different test books. Those books

    and online resources are going to be all I can put my hands on in the

    next few days.

    So two questions:

    – Is the official GMAT guide and Princeton's a good combination.

    Meaning if I had to choose two, that would be a good combination?

    – Are there any 'must do' online, like the that you suggest?

    Thanks for your help!

  3. Hi Timu,

    I understand your concerns. I think that yes, the Princeton Review

    GMAT book plus a combination of actual GMAT tests would be a great way

    to study. I personally am unfamiliar with the website

    techniques, but their methods seem sound and they also seem to be one

    of the better-organized online scoring prep websites that I saw when

    preparing this question.

    Bootsy's advice below is also very useful — make sure you understand

    why you got every question wrong when you go back and correct your

    answers, do not just say to yourself "oh, I see why that answer is

    different" make sure you can actually do similar questions and get

    them correct.

    good luck.


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