A Note on GMAT Books
We strongly advise all prospective MBA applicants to purchase at least 2 books on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test). First, we recommend an official guide from GMAC (Graduate Management Admissions Council), the test’s author. There is a difference between the official questions you will be asked on the exam and the practice questions contained in all other books.
Secondly, we recommend an “unofficial” guide since there is indeed a way to study for this test and materially improve your score. The better unofficial guides contain many time-proven test-taking strategies as well as excellent explanations for the correct answers to the practice problems. You will greatly increase your chances of receiving a higher test score if you are armed with GMAT test-taking strategies and actual questions from previous exams.
The GMAT is a Computer Adaptive Test
Since the GMAT test is computer adaptive, we believe you should practice the test in its computer adaptive test format. We strongly encourage you to download the Powerprep software free from GMAC as soon as possible. It is a great compliment to the Official Guide for the GMAT Review described below. Bear in mind that, even with several hundred questions, this free software represents only a small subset of questions due to the many different types of GMAT questions as well as the many different tiers of difficulty for each of the question types.
The Official Guide to the GMAT Review 2020
With the 2020 edition, the GMAC gets it right by bundling everything you need into one handy resource that includes over 1,700 official practice questions that include 300 never-before-seen questions. This bundle, along with an “unofficial” GMAT strategy test-taking guide, should be all that you need to prepare yourself for the exam. (See our note above about downloading the Powerprep software free from GMAC!)
GMAT Official Advanced Questions, First Edition
This guide contains 300 additional, never-before-seen hard GMAT questions with answer explanations. Additionally, this guide includes the ability to compile your own online question bank to categorize these questions by type and a mobile app. This is a must-have guide if your official practice GMAT tests are already over 650.
Kaplan GMAT Prep Plus 2020 by Kaplan
This guide includes six practice tests as well as a mobile version of the book for your phone or tablet and a set of updated videos featuring Kaplan instructors.
Nova’s GMAT Prep Course (with Online Course) by Jeff Kolby
It’s our obligation to help you guys find the best guides and not just necessarily the best marketed guides. (Hopefully, you’ve come across numerous examples of this very thing if you have gone through all of our review pages.) A case in point is Nova’s online GMAT prep course. We’ve personally known Jeff Kolby for well over a decade. He’s been doing this full time for quite a while longer and he is as excited today about helping GMAT test takers as he was when we first spoke to him. The book is well organized and detailed and the online material is top notch.
Full Potential GMAT Sentence Correction Intensive by Bara Sapir and Karen Van Hoek
Authors Bara Sapir and Karen Van Hoek may be the two most talented GMAT verbal tutors alive. This guide is by far and away the most advanced study aid available for the sentence correction section of the GMAT. We highly recommend this guide to all test takers seeking the 700+ scores the top business schools like to see.
Magoosh, a test preparation website created by renowned GMAT experts and MBAs from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, offers hundreds of GMAT questions, detailed explanations written by 99th percentile experts, and statistics to compare your score and pace against other users – all in an easy-to-use online interface, with no software to install or CD to run.