GMAT Prep: Top Study Materials

Individuals bent on advancing in their career field understand the effect GMAT scores have when applying for an MBA degree. With several GMAT preparatory methods available, locating leading resources may seem incomprehensible. For decades, students have invested their time in numerous publications meant specifically for GMAT prep. However, as the growth of technology enters numerous aspects of our daily lives, we’re noticing an undeniable GMAT prep shift from printed to electronic materials. A recent study shows 73% of college students own smartphones and roughly 30% own a tablet. Therefore, we at George Mason University would like to provide you with an all-inclusive list of recommended books and websites for GMAT prep.

Top Books:

    • Cracking the GMAT, 2011 Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation)

With an extensive collection of questions covering each GMAT section, two practice tests, and tips for maintaining an organized study plan, Cracking the GMAT is considered a top resource among MBA applicants.

    • Kaplan GMAT 800: Advanced Prep for Advanced Students (Kaplan Gmat Advanced)

If you’ve been looking for the most advanced GMAT prep book, the Kaplan GMAT 800: Advanced Prep for Advanced Students is meant for you. This book covers hundreds of the toughest practice questions, difficult concepts, and most revered testing strategies.

    • Kaplan New GMAT Premier 2013 with 5 Online Practice Tests (Kaplan Gmat Premier Live)

As an all-in-one guide composed specifically for students seeking test questions ranging from simple to complex, the Kaplan New GMAT Premier 2013 book has been deemed one of the leading study guides of 2013. Contents include prep questions covering multiple test sections, detailed answer explanations, and a thorough section dedicated entirely to Integrated Reasoning strategies/practice questions. Upon purchase, you’ll have access to 5 online practice tests, on top of a free version of the book made iPad compatible.

Top Websites:

    • Beat the GMAT

Review study plan suggestions, post your questions, locate online study groups, or delve into various GMAT courses on Beat the GMAT’s extensively adept website.

    • Crack GMAT

Crack GMAT provides multiple study tools and courses to help boost your scores. Learn proven testing techniques, how to avoid the most commonly made mistakes, and an assortment of other beneficial strategies covering each test section.

    • offers a plethora of thorough GMAT courses, copious MBA school facts, and testing advice specifically meant to provide quality results. Download the free GMAT guide and software before you begin prepping for your exam.

Practice multiple mediums of study to determine your preferred method. We hope this list helps effectively increase your GMAT score, and in turn, gain acceptance to the MBA program of your choosing.

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Paige Wolf

As director of graduate programs at George Mason's School of Business, my vision is to have a vibrant, collegial community of active learners who develop enduring professional relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students while pursuing their degrees. Prior to this position, I spent 11 years with the School of Business as an associate professor of management teaching both MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and human resource management. I have more than 16 years of experience as an internal and external consultant on strategic human resource initiatives including team building, organizational development, competency modelling, performance management, employee selection systems, career planning, employee training and development, leadership assessment, and human resource audits.

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