GMAT Official Guide 2020: Book + Online Question Bank (英语) 平装 – 2019年5月7日
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The GMAT Official Guide 2020 (currently $30) receives my strong recommendation because it provides a great source of over 1000 real GMAT practice questions at a decent price—100 more questions than the previous edition, which had “only” 958. It also includes access to an online version of the questions in the book, as well as free access to the GMAT 2020 mobile app.
This newest edition of the GMAT Official Guide (OG) is still the gold standard for realistic GMAT practice. For optimal results, use it in combination with other learning and strategy guides. If you think that you need all 3 books at once, then go ahead and buy the OG bundle to save a few dollars on the individual books: However, keep in mind that many students buy the bundle and end up only having the time to use this book, which by itself has 1000 questions (the additional 58 Integrated Reasoning questions are accessible only through the companion website, accessible with a code, due to their multimedia nature).
You might also want to consider purchasing the 2019 edition instead. Everyone always wants the newest edition, but sometimes the price difference can be significant, and the questions on the GMAT haven’t changed at all since 2012, so older editions of the OG are still helpful (though the structure of the test has changed slightly).
I recommend the “blind review” method, where you buy two books: one for taking notes and one for keeping blank so you can re-try questions without bias.
Is this book enough for a full preparation? For most students, the answer is no: although the very best source of practice questions, the GMAT OG is lacking from a learning and strategy standpoint. In addition, the answer explanations in the book are often convoluted, overly simplistic and/or incomplete. Thus, it is a good idea to use online forums such as GMAT Club (which provide answer explanations to official questions, as well as question classifications and links to similar practice questions) and other GMAT strategy books such as “Ace the GMAT: Master the GMAT in 40 Days” by Brandon Royal to help you decode this complex standardized test. If you still need more help, then consider a class, an online learning program, and/or a private GMAT tutor.
For my full list of personal GMAT prep recommendations, google "GMAT Action Plan: How to Study and Prepare for the Graduate Management Admission Test."
Best of luck on your GMAT and beyond,
Here is what is new in this guide. In the quantitative section, the number of problem solving questions remains at 230, out of which 6 are new. The number of questions in the data sufficiency category jumps to 230 from 174, and 59 of them are new to the 2020 guide. So there are a total of 65 questions. The largest category of new questions, 21, are in the geometry category. The quantitative diagnostic test in the beginning of the guide remains identical to the last six versions of the official guides. And if you need to refer to my free video explanations to all of the quantitative questions in the 2020 Official GMAT guide, then just google gmatquantum and official GMAT guide.
The following is my general recommendation for starting out your GMAT preparation. If you are new to the world of GMAT test, then start with this book, which consists of official GMAT questions and accurately reflects the style and content of the test. Start by reviewing the first thirty problems of each category, this will give you a feel for the format of the questions. The first thirty questions are the easiest, all of the questions are organized in increasing order of difficulty, however the questions do not strictly follow this rule, but it is a rough enough guideline. Once you have familiarized with the question formats, go ahead and take the diagnostic test in the beginning of the book. The diagnostic test is on the hard side, which is a poor design for a diagnostic, but it will give you a good idea of what the real test will be like. If you performed really well on the diagnostic test, then I would recommend you to take the free GMAT Practice Exam 1 or 2 available from mba.com. If you didn't do well, say below average, then you need to first strengthen your foundations and concepts before proceeding to full length practice tests. At this stage you can either choose to buy additional books to strengthen your fundamentals or subscribe to one of the online courses. Either way the first step is to strengthen your foundations, before proceeding to timed test. If you just follow the above path, you would at least started your GMAT preparation the right way. The subsequent steps would need to be tailored based on an individual's target score and timeline available for preparation. Best wishes.