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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (Aug. 17 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470449756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470449752
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.4 x 27.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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The Official GUIDE FOR GMAT verbal review, 2nd EDITION

Anyone preparing for the GMAT knows it's important to study with the experts. With The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition, you'll get questions, answers, and explanations straight from the source. An excellent supplement to The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 12th Edition, this book helps you target your study and further hone your written and verbal skills. Inside you'll find:

  • 300 actual questions from past GMAT tests—including more than 75 questions new to this edition

  • Sections on Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction

  • Questions organized in order of difficulty to save study time

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By Rudsack on Feb. 22 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a great book, especially once you've gone through all the OG12 verbal questions. The verbal questions in this book are probably the closest questions to the real thing as possible.

If you need more material, it's definitely worth the purchase.
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If you are writing the GMAT this is one of a series of official guide books. It is critical. The questions, content and disposition of this material will make or break your GMAT success.

Good luck. See you in Biz school.
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However, it doesn't really prepare them for the actual exam. The exercises are complicated but not necessarily because of linguistic complexity.
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the book is in new condition but all the edges were chipped/scratched. Very useful book for GMAT preparation.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
You may not need this book... questions are easy! Aug. 20 2009
By GMAT Club (Expert) - Published on
Format: Paperback
Note that questions in this book are on average somewhat easier than ones found in The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 12th Edition. If you are looking for 700+ Verbal practice - look elsewhere.

1. You are studying using Manhattan GMAT books (there are only a few practice questions in the books and for additional practice,they refer to questions in the OG 12 and this book)
2. You need more practice with average and low difficulty verbal questions

- You have OG 10 (there is quite a bit of overlap)
- You have used or were planning to use power prep (previous version of the GMAT prep software has quite a bit of overlap too)
- You have purchased paper GMAT tests from GMAC (overlap again)
- You have not gone through OG 12 yet

Yes, this book is a cheap source of Real retired GMAT questions; (first being the Free GMATPrep software, second, The Official Guide), but the questions are easy and quite a bit dated. Bet the Main Official Guide first, go through 900 questions, and then decided if you really need more questions - most people don't. Also, it's not practicing thousands of questions that get your high score, rather it is a strong knowledge of basics, strategies, and control of the test.

In terms of difference between 1st and 2nd editions - there are 75 new questions and it seems all sections got a bit of a refresh, so you will find about 25 new questions in CR, RC, and SC sections. No other changes have been made. If you own the first edition of this book - don't bother.

Top 6 Mistakes People Make on the GMAT:
1: Rushing to take tests before learning basics
2: Starting with the Official Guide instead of a guidebook/textbook
3: Giving GMAT the worst quality time of the day - studying after a long day
4: Skipping basics and rushing to advanced topics
5: Starting to prepare with poor English proficiency
6: Not following strategies exactly or cutting corners

BB - Founder of GMAT Club
GMAT Score 750 (49, 42)
Let me know if you have any questions about GMAT books - I have read and reviewed all of them.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
barely improved from the 1st edition Aug. 13 2009
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If you're new to the GMAT and you're trying to figure out what book to purchase, the GMAT Verbal Review is absolutely indispensable. The first three books you should purchase are the Official Guide (preferably the 12th edition), and the official GMAT quant and verbal reviews. The GMAT is a bizarrely nuanced test, and it's tough for even the best test-prep companies to mimic the style of the actual test. Other books can definitely be useful, but you'll want to start with the official guides.

The bad news is that the 2nd edition doesn't really break much new ground. There are 82 new questions in this edition (31 RC, 23 CR, 28 SC--some weirdo at a website called GMAT Ninja counted all of them), and they aren't all that dissimilar to the ones they replaced. It's arguably worthwhile to pay $13 for 82 "real" GMAT questions, but only if you really feel like you need all the help you can get. Otherwise, you'll be fine with the 1st edition if you already have it, especially if you're pretty confident on the verbal section.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Worked awesome Nov. 15 2009
By Jonathan Lanterman - Published on
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My math skills are far superior to my verbal skills so I bought this book to try to improve my verbal score. SOMEHOW I scored Higher on the verbal than on the math and I did awesome in both parts so these official guides REALLY work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great deal Dec 17 2012
By Jose Javier - Published on
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Everything went as expected.
The item arrived on time.
It is very useful when studing.
It has a lot of examples.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very helpful. Nov. 21 2012
By S. Majocha - Published on
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I read this book front to back and did every single problem and I passed the GMATs the first time. Well, you don't really pass or fail you just get a grade, but I felt like it was a high enough grade to apply to business school and I got accepted after my very first application. This is essential and was so helpful and gave me enough confidence to take the test. BUY THIS.