Best GMAT Books | 2020 – 2021
Best GMAT Books | 2019 – 2020
Before you even start preparing for the GMAT, pick up a copy of Beyond The MBA Hype. It’ll give you a solid grounding on what to expect in your international MBA journey – right from GMAT preparation to internships to MBA jobs.
Once you’ve got the big picture clear in your mind, start drilling deeper – step by step.
The first step is, yup, you guessed it – GMAT preparation. Always remember that the best GMAT books mean nothing if you don’t have the discipline and the patience to develop a good GMAT study plan and stick to it.
The Official Guide for GMAT Review
If you are going for only 1 book, this one wins the fight. Read why almost everyone considers the GMAT Official Guide to be THE best GMAT book.
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Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides (10 Books)
This ones for beginners who have the capacity and the patience to go through 8 separate GMAT prep books. They’ll help you build a good foundation of concepts used in each section of the GMAT syllabus. The individual guides are also available separately if you need help only with specific weak areas.
Get it here: Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides (10 Books)
Kaplan GMAT Prep Plus: 6 Practice Tests + Proven Strategies + Online + Mobile
If you thought the other guides were too easy, Kaplan raises the bar with this guide. you might want to pick this up after you’ve completed the GMAT Official Guide.
Get it here: Kaplan GMAT 800
Top GMAT Quantitative (Maths) Books
The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review
Though this book does have a several sample GMAT questions that go beyond the primary GMAT Official Guide, you may not want to go for both. Instead, you could get the basics sorted out with the Official Guide 2020 and then look for an advanced level guide for the quantitative section.
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Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook
There have been lukewarm responses to this guide. Some have found it to be good to get the basics in place. Others who were expecting many more difficult 700-750+ questions have not been too impressed.
Get it here: Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook
Best GMAT Verbal Books
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review
This verbal guide continues the good work done by the GMAT Official Guide. There are more real GMAT questions to give you practice on how the real test would feel like. Don’t jump into these before getting the verbal concepts clarified.
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Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction Strategy Guide
GMAT Sentence correction is a pain area for most non-native test takers. The Manhattan SC guide has been a favourite among Indian and international MBA applicants for several years.
Get it here: Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction Strategy Guide
Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook
This book just like Kaplan’s quantitative guide tries to go beyond the basics. It’s a good option for folks who want to get an understanding of various verbal sections and how to use advanced strategies to tackle verbal questions.
Get it here: Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook
Best GMAT Forums
Forums such as Pagalguy, GMAT Club, Beat The GMAT offer a huge amount of free study material. You’ll also find like minded folks and GMAT experts to help you solve your problems.
MBA Crystal Ball has a modest little forum too. If you have any doubts, post your queries on our GMAT forum.
If the sheer number of options is intimidating, the good news is that you don’t need to drown in the ocean of GMAT prep material. To find out how you can invest the bare minimum in your preparation, check out how to use the GMAT Official Guide along with the free official software.