Most Preferred Preparation Books for the GMAT

Which GMAT Prep Books Are Most Preferred

GMAT is considered to be the standard benchmark for some of the top management courses in the world. It is evident that a management degree will provide greater opportunities and this test is the gateway to these opportunities. When it comes to preparation, the student needs to be aware of the books available in the market. The details and reviews of the best books available are given here.

There are 3 sections in the GMAT, so there are books that deal with all the 3 sections comprehensively; but for those of you who would like to pay attention to 1 or 2 sections, there are also books that deal with those exclusively. The list of books covered here are-

  • The official guide for GMAT review
  • Cracking the GMAT
  • Kaplan GMAT
  • Writing skills for GRE/GMAT
  • The official guide for GMAT quantitative review
  • Verbal workout for GMAT

The official guide for GMAT review:

This is undoubtedly one of the best study guides available out there. This is mainly because this is the only one available in the market that is written by the creators of the exam and therefore it is the standard one. It contains a large number of examples as well as exercises in all 3 sections to give the user plenty of insight into the various aspects of these sections. It also includes sample responses and various tips and techniques to maximize your score in the exam. It will help you to bust lots of myths that surround the exam and you will get a real time experience on how the test works. There is also a diagnostic section that will help you in recognizing your weaknesses so that you can work more productively. This book is a must for anyone who is aiming to score high and only after going through this should one attempt others. Overall it is a wonderful guide for your test preparation.

Cracking the GMAT:

This book will be helpful for those of you who don’t have much time for their preparation as it provides detailed explanations and easy to understand examples. The best feature about this book is that that it comes with a DVD including excellent video tutorials by the faculty from “The Princeton Review". They provide some very useful shortcuts and pacing tips for the exam which will help you to increase your scores. However, it is quite simple for someone who would like to prepare exhaustively for a high score because the level of the questions is very basic. It can be used as a reference for concepts but not as a complete preparation material.

Kaplan GMAT:

If you don’t consider the official guides, this can be called the best book around. It comes with a CD and email support so that you can continuously monitor your progress and ask for online guidance as well, but the sheer variety that it provides makes it exhaustive. It also comes with mock exams that will rate you very critically so that your actual score will be much higher. It gives some invaluable strategies in some sections like data sufficiency and critical reasoning. It’s a good book if you want to score above 600.

Writing skills for GRE/GMAT:

This is an excellent book not only for people who want to ace GMAT but also for non-native English speakers who are not very familiar with writing skills. There are several high quality examples and tips on competitive writing and overall it is fun to read. This is the bible for the essay writing section and an indispensable resource. So those of you who find writing difficult should definitely have this one.

The official guide for GMAT quantitative review:

This book is only recommended for those who want to practice more questions from quantitative ability section. This is not the book you would want to begin your preparation with. However it gives you the insight on what types of questions are officially considered difficult and easy. Since this is a standard one it is better to go through it once you are done with your preparation.

Verbal workout for GMAT:

This book would be advisable for those of you who are not strong with the basics in the verbal sections. It deals very well with the basics and therefore, for beginners, this book is a must have. But that’s about it because there are very few examples and most of them are not really relevant in the present GMAT scenario. So for serious practice any of the books suggested above will do fine.

Apart from these there are several other books like “MBA Admissions Strategy: From Profile Building to Essay Writing”, “Acro GRE/GMAT Math Review”, “Kaplan GRE & GMAT Exams Math Workbook” etc. All these can be bought online at However be sure to buy only the recent editions to get the best out of them.
On a concluding note it will be very beneficial for you to consult the official website for more details on the study guides available and use it as a guiding tool. All the best!!