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The 5 Best GMAT Prep Books

Looking to exceed expectations on the GMAT Exam? Here’s five of the best GMAT prep books to help you achieve a top GMAT score

By  Cara Skikne

Wed Mar 31 2021


Preparing for the GMAT Exam is not a simple task. While practice questions are important, it’s crucial to think in detail about test-taking strategies, as well as the theory around certain question types. 

Luckily, there are many GMAT prep books available which will help you ace the all-important business school admission exam.  

Here are five of the best GMAT prep books which will help you achieve a top GMAT score:

1. The GMAT Official Guide 


The GMAT Official Guide is the number one book you cannot do without. 

There is no substitute for the real GMAT questions in the Official Guide to help with building up your GMAT understanding and intuition. There are patterns in real GMAT questions that are missing in questions devised by test prep companies, so much so that a seasoned GMAT coach is often able to tell real GMAT questions from imitation ones. 

Part of the learning process is going over questions to deepen your understanding of concepts. From critical reasoning to reading comprehension, the book takes you through problems as well as detailed explanations to the solutions. 

Check out our GMAT Official Guide 2022 Review.

2. The Critical Reasoning Bible (PowerScore)


The PowerScore Critical Reasoning Bible comes highly recommended. This in-depth guide is packed with theory and mini-drills to get your head around Critical Reasoning concepts. 

It covers all the strategies you’ll need for the different Critical Reasoning question types and provides good explanations to solve questions. It is well worth your time if you want to boost your Critical Reasoning understanding and score.

3. The GMAT Sentence Correction Strategy Guide (Manhattan Prep) 


The Sentence Correction Strategy Guide has a reputation as the ultimate Sentence Correction guide. It provides a thorough look at all the English grammar concepts you’ll need for Sentence Correction and gives you a break-down of questions in the Official guide.

It’s also relatively well laid-out and easy to read, unlike many other good but unfriendlier GMAT resources. 

4. Total GMAT Math (Jeff Sackmann) 


Sackmann’s Total GMAC Math falls firmly into the good but unfriendlier category. It is a great resource to build up your maths knowledge. 

It covers topics extensively, but you’ll need a good foundation to get value from this book. If you are rusty with math, or you need to go over the basics, this book might leave you confused and intimidated rather than enlightened. 

For those test-takers who don’t come to their GMAT prep with a good math foundation, Foundations of GMAT Math (Manhattan Prep) can help you fill in the gaps. It is a good refresher of math concepts, to kick off your studies by going over the basics. Note that this book only works as a foundational tool, and is not enough to really unpack all the strategies you’ll need for Quant. 

5. GMAT Advanced Quant (Manhattan Prep) 


If you are looking to boost your Quant score, GMAT Advanced Quant by Manhattan Prep is another great resource. 

It goes through advanced questions and strategies for test-takers already scoring well in the quantitative section of the test. The level can be higher than the level of many questions in the actual GMAT, so it is a good way to make sure that you are ahead of the pack.

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