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Study group member scores 770 , study material recommendations, INSEAD in town and this week's study group

From: Ravish S.
Sent on: Friday, December 3, 2010 12:49 AM
Hi All,

Apologies for the delayed update this weekend but it has been a long week at work. Tomorrow couldn't be a more anticipated T.G.I.F for me.

I would like to start of by congratulating Nikhil Mungre, a regular member of our weekly study group meetups, who gave his GMAT this past Saturday and pretty much nailed it, scoring a 770 (Q 51 , V 44). I have been in touch with Nikhil and he has informed me that he had put together a compilation of concepts for both Verbal as well as for Quant that he would be ready to share with the group. He can make it to the study group this Saturday but we don't have any RSVP's yet so please do RSVP if you plan to attend so that i can inform Nikhil to keep his schedule free.

I was hoping we could work on some Sentence Correction this weekend so please let me know if you do plan to attend.

For the December 11 weekend, I will be out of town so will not be able to organize the study group but I would also like to point out that, for those of you looking abroad to pursue your MBA, INSEAD is hosting an information session in San Francisco. You can register for the event at the link below:

Also, I would like to recommend 2 books that i recently completed that I found to be extremely helpful. The first includes the entire Quant section and the second is what many refer to as the bible of Critical Reasoning (and not just because it happens to be the name of the book)

The Quant book that i am referring to is called 'Total GMAT Math' and is authored by Jeff Sackmann, the founder of the website which in itself is an extremely informative website with tons of free content and tips/ tricks.

The book itself is not to big (about 400 pages including answer explanations) and covers every single topic tested in Quant down to the nitty gritty. What i like about the book is that, Jeff divides the question types into 3 sections - Drills where you perform the bare basics of each topic such as finding 20% of 55 (in the percents chapter) , Practice which is a collection of 3-5 medium difficulty level questions and challenge which is collection of 3-5 very difficult questions.

The only downside of the book is that, the chapter explanations are only 2-3 pages long (except for the chapter for coordinate geometry which is 11 pages) so my personal opinion was that one needs to have at least a basic familiarity with quant topics before using this book. Otherwise , it's a very solid book and, with daily studying, can easily be finished in 2 weeks.

The book retails for 59.99 but is currently on amazon for 47 . Link below ( you can see a more detailed review written by the founder of which perfectly summarizes the book.

If you prefer an E-book, you can purchase this in pdf format directly from for 49.99

For Verbal, I would like to recommend the Powerscore Critical Reasoning Bible. I initially studied CR using the Manhattan guides and while they were fairly effective, i was still making silly mistakes during my CR practice. This book really has some solid techniques and the central theme of the book is to pay attention to the structure of various questions and how to break them down into premises and draw a conclusion. I wont spend more time reviewing the book as you can find plenty on amazon as this book is the most well known CR book on the market.



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