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# GMAT For Dummies, 5th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-09964-3
364 pages
December 2006
If you’re planning to apply for an MBA program, you’re required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). And you thought your days of sharpening number 2 pencils were over! How do you prepare for such a comprehensive test? Never fear.

GMAT For Dummies, Fifth Edition, puts at your fingertips everything you need to know to conquer the GMAT. This highly readable, friendly guide makes the study process as painless as possible, providing you with complete math and grammar reviews and all the preparation you need to maximize your score and outsmart your competition. You’ll discover how to:

• Understand the test’s format
• Bring the right stuff
• Make educated guesses
• Avoid the exam’s pitfalls
• Calm your nerves
• Save time and beat the clock

This Fifth Edition is packed with plenty of updated practice questions so you can see just how the GMAT tests a particular concept. Our sample questions read just like the actual test questions, so you can get comfortable with the way the GMAT phrases questions and answer choices. You get plenty of tips on correctly answering the sentence correction, reading comprehension, and critical reading questions and tackling the analytical essays. There’s also a comprehensive math review of everything from number types to standard deviation and expanded coverage of statistics and probability. Each section ends with a mini practice test to prepare you for the two full-length practice tests featured in this easy-to-digest guide. You’ll see how to:

• Quickly eliminate incorrect answer choices
• Read passages quickly and effectively
• Break apart and analyze arguments
• Write a well-organized, compelling essay
• Tackle the data sufficiency math question type that only appears on the GMAT
• Use relaxation techniques if you start to panic during the test

Complete with a scoring guide, explanatory answers, timesaving tips, math formulas you should memorize, and a list of writing errors to avoid, GMAT For Dummies is all you need to practice your skills, improve your score, and pass with flying colors.

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Introduction.

Part I: Putting the GMAT into Perspective.

Chapter 1: Getting the Lowdown on the GMAT.

Chapter 2: Maximizing Your Score on the GMAT.

Part II: Vanquishing the Verbal Section.

Chapter 3: Applying What You Learned (We Hope) in Grammar Class: Sentence Correction.

Chapter 4: Not as Enticing as a Bestseller: Reading Comprehension.

Chapter 5: Getting Logical: Critical Reasoning.

Chapter 6: Bringing It Together: A Practice Mini Verbal Section.

Part III: Acing the Analytical Writing Section.

Chapter 7: Analyze This: What to Expect from the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA).

Chapter 8: Present Perfect Paragraphs: How to Write a GMAT Essay.

Chapter 9: Deconstructing Sample GMAT Essays.

Part IV: Conquering the Quantitative Section.

Chapter 10: Getting Back to Basics: Numbers and Operations.

Chapter 11: Considering All the Variables: Algebra.

Chapter 12: Getting the Angle on Geometry: Planes and Solids.

Chapter 13: Keeping in Step: Coordinate Geometry.

Chapter 14: Manipulating Numbers: Statistics and Sets.

Chapter 15: It’s All in the Presentation: GMAT Quantitative Question Types.

Chapter 16: All Together Now: A Practice Mini Quantitative Section.

Part V: Practice Makes Perfect.

Chapter 17: Putting the GMAT into Practice: Test #1.

Chapter 18: Explaining the Answers to Practice Test #1.

Chapter 19: Putting the GMAT into Practice: Test #2.

Chapter 20: Explaining the Answers to Practice Test #2.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Questions You’ve Got a Good Shot At.

Chapter 22: Ten Writing Errors to Avoid.

Chapter 23: Ten Formulas You Need to Know on Test Day.

Index.

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Scott and Lisa Hatch have prepared students for college entrance exams for over 25 years. While in law school in the late ’70s, Scott Hatch taught LSAT preparation courses throughout Southern California to pay for his education. He was so good at it that after graduation, he went out on his own. Using materials he developed himself, he prepared thousands of anxious potential test-takers for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, LSAT, GRE, and GMAT.
Years ago, Lisa took one of Scott’s LSAT preparation courses at the University of Colorado and improved her love life as well as her LSAT score. Lisa’s love for instructing and writing allowed her to fit right in with Scott’s lifestyle, teaching courses and preparing course materials. They married shortly thereafter.
Since then, Scott and Lisa have taught test preparation to students worldwide. Currently over 300 universities and colleges offer their courses online and through live lectures, and the Hatches have written the curriculum for both formats. The company they have built together, the Center for Legal Studies, provides not only standardized test preparation courses but also courses for those who desire careers in the field of law, including paralegals, legal secretaries, legal investigators, victim advocates, and legal nurse consultants.
Scott has presented standardized test preparation courses since 1979. He is listed in Who’s Who in California and Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and he was named one of the Outstanding Young Men of America by the United States Jaycees. He was a contributing editor to The Judicial Profiler (McGraw-Hill) and the Colorado Law Annotated (West/Lawyers Co-op) series, and he was editor of several award-winning publications. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law.
Lisa has been teaching legal certificate and standardized test preparation courses since 1987. She graduated with honors in English from the University of Puget Sound, and she received her master’s degree from California State University. She and Scott have co-authored numerous law and standardized test texts, including Paralegal Procedures and Practices, published by West Thomson Publishing, and SAT II U.S. History For Dummies, SAT II Biology For Dummies, SAT II Math For Dummies, and Paralegal Career For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing.
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