Important Books for GMAT Preparation

GMAT prep books that you cannot do without

In order to crack the GMAT, one needs to avail various media viz internet, book, mobile phone, group study, consultation with experienced people etc. But the most important mode of preparation is by using books. One can either buy a study guide from book stores or can access them in the form of e-books.

GMAT books in print:

  • The Official Guide for GMAT Review: This book is referred to by most of the GMAT aspirants. It is available both in print as well as in an electronic form (CD is available for taking diagnostic tests and online simulated tests). It has been written by the GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council), published by John Wiley & Sons and is marketed by Wiley, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. The 12th edition of this book can be accessed through i-phone, i-pad and i-pod. This is the latest one and holds actual test questions from the exam. Besides, a grammar review, a math review and actual test essays are cited. In addition, scoring information (how the scores are calculated) and test center information (characteristics of GMAT test centers) are also mentioned.

  • Barron’s How to Prepare for the GMAT (13th edition): This study guide has been written by Eugene D. Jaffe & Stephen Hilbert. It includes diagnostic tests and practice tests from each section along with their answers and analysis. Every topic of the Verbal Ability section, Quantitative Ability section and the Analytical Writing Assessment section has been discussed in detail. Besides, five full-length practice sets with their answers and analysis have been mentioned in the book. In addition, one can access the list of B-Schools that accept GMAT scores.

  • Kaplan GMAT: Kaplan GMAT 2012 premier is one of the most referred books of Kaplan which is sold along with a CD which holds 5 full-length online practice tests, video sessions by Kaplan experts to teach lessons, advanced reasoning section, hundreds of difficult questions with full explanations along with advice to students regarding choosing a business school. Kaplan GMAT800 is an advanced book and is recommended for those who want to know more than what the general book of Kaplan for GMAT test offers.

  • The Princeton Review book for GMAT: Cracking the GMAT which has been created and published by Princeton Review contains not only the previous question sets but also about 200 practice sets. Besides, it includes proven strategies and techniques to crack the test. One can even go online for full length practice sets using the CD available with the book. The other books created by Princeton Review for GMAT test are The 1,012 GMAT Practice Questions (contains questions with their full explanations), The Verbal Workout for the GMAT (contains verbal ability section questions with full explanations), The Math Workout for the GMAT (contains quantitative ability section questions with full explanations), The Best 300 Business Schools, 2011 edition, etc.

  • Manhattan Book for GMAT: This study guide contains 6 online full length practice tests and an online question bank.

  • Peterson’s Logic and Reading Review for the GMAT:
    As the name suggests, Peterson’s book is aimed at getting a tight grip on the verbal section of the exam.

Study guides has an electronic avatar as well. With the advent of tablets, e-book readers and mobile phones with large displays and powerful processors, accessing and using e-books has become fun and easy. One can access the study materials in an electronic form on i-phone, i-pad or i-pod of Apple by downloading MGMAT Flashcards App, GMAT Club App, and GMAT Toolkit App etc. This facility can be availed even on an Android phone. This has helped students significantly. One can delve into the following websites to access content of the different books online.


One used to work to one’s bone in order to crack an exam. But with the introduction of books both in print and online, the task has become much easier. Nevertheless, one needs to do meticulous planning to choose the best ones and the search ends here.