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The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 13th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-10979-3
840 pages
March 2012
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Jumpstart your GMAT exam preparations with the official study guide, featuring real GMAT questions—and their answers— written by the creators of the test.

In addition to more than 900 questions, the 13th Edition features:

  • A new online study companion with 50 Integrated Reasoning questions and answer explanations*
  • An Integrated Reasoning chapter with details about the new GMAT exam section
  • A 100-question diagnostic exam to help focus your test preparation efforts
  • Grammar review covering concepts tested on the GMAT Verbal section
  • Comprehensive math review covering concepts tested on the GMAT Quantitative section
  • Helpful tips to help you prepare for the GMAT exam

Please note: There is no overlap between questions found in The Official Guide for GMAT® Review, 13th Edition, The Official Guide for GMAT® Quantitative Review, The Official Guide for GMAT® Verbal Review, and GMATPrep® software.  The new practice questions in the 13th Edition replace 155 practice questions from the 12th  Edition. The remaining questions overlap.

*To use the Integrated Reasoning companion website, you must have one of the following browsers: Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer version 7 or higher.

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Table of Contents

1.0 What Is the GMATExam? 6

1.0 What Is the GMAT Exam? 7

1.1 Why Take the GMAT Exam? 7

1.2 GMAT Exam Format 8

1.3 What Is the Content of the Test Like? 9

1.4 Integrated Reasoning Section 10

1.5 Quantitative Section 10

1.6 Verbal Section 11

1.7 Analytical Writing Assessment 11

1.8 What Computer Skills Will I Need? 11

1.9 What Are the Test Centers Like? 12

1.10 How Are Scores Calculated? 12

1.11 Test Development Process 13

2.0 How to Prepare 14

2.0 How to Prepare 15

2.1 How Should I Prepare to Take the Test? 15

2.2 What About Practice Tests? 15

2.3 How Should I Use the Diagnostic Test? 16

2.4 Where Can I Get Additional Practice? 16

2.5 General Test-Taking Suggestions 16

3.0 Diagnostic Test 18

3.0 Diagnostic Test 19

3.1 Quantitative Questions 20

3.2 Verbal Questions 27

3.3 Quantitative and Verbal Answer Keys 45

3.4 Interpretive Guide 45

3.5 Quantitative Answer Explanations 46

3.6 Verbal Answer Explanations 65

4.0 Math Review 106

4.0 Math Review 107

4.1 Arithmetic 108

4.2 Algebra 120

4.3 Geometry 127

4.4 Word Problems 140

5.0 Problem Solving 148

5.0 Problem Solving 149

5.1 Test-Taking Strategies 150

5.2 The Directions 150

5.3 Practice Questions 152

5.4 Answer Key 186

5.5 Answer Explanations 188

6.0 Data Sufficiency 268

6.0 Data Sufficiency 269

6.1 Test-Taking Strategies 270

6.2 The Directions 272

6.3 Practice Questions 274

6.4 Answer Key 292

6.5 Answer Explanations 293

7.0 Reading Comprehension 358

7.0 Reading Comprehension 359

7.1 What Is Measured 360

7.2 Test-Taking Strategies 362

7.3 The Directions 363

7.4 Practice Questions 364

7.5 Answer Key 418

7.6 Answer Explanations 419

8.0 Critical Reasoning 496

8.0 Critical Reasoning 497

8.1 What Is Measured 498

8.2 Test-Taking Strategies 498

8.3 The Directions 499

8.4 Practice Questions 500

8.5 Answer Key 539

8.6 Answer Explanations 540

9.0 Sentence Correction 664

9.0 Sentence Correction 665

9.1 Basic English Grammar Rules 665

9.2 Study Suggestions 670

9.3 What Is Measured 670

9.4 Test-Taking Strategies 670

9.5 The Directions 671

9.6 Practice Questions 672

9.7 Answer Key 698

9.8 Answer Explanations 699

10.0 Integrated Reasoning 776

10.0 Integrated Reasoning 777

10.1 What Is Measured 777

10.2 The Question Types 778

10.3 Test-Taking Strategies 785

10.4 The Directions 787

11.0 Analytical Writing Assessment 788

11.0 Analytical Writing Assessment 789

11.1 What Is Measured 789

11.2 Test-Taking Strategies 790

11.3 The Directions 790

11.4 GMAT Scoring Guide: Analysis of an Argument 791

11.5 Sample: Analysis of an Argument 793

11.6 Analysis of an Argument Sample Topics 797

Appendix A Percentile Ranking Tables 829

Appendix B Answer Sheets 832

Diagnostic Answer Sheet - Quantitative 833

Diagnostic Answer Sheet - Verbal 833

Problem Solving Answer Sheet 834

Data Sufficiency Answer Sheet 835

Reading Comprehension Answer Sheet 836

Critical Reasoning Answer Sheet 837

Sentence Correction Answer Sheet 838

Integrated Reasoning Answer Sheet 839

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Press Release

April 09, 2012
The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 13th Edition

Reston, Virginia (April 9, 2012)—The only GMAT study guide with real questions from past exams has been updated with new questions and an online companion to help you prepare for the Integrated Reasoning section, which will become part of the exam in June. The 13th Edition of The Official Guide for GMAT Review (Wiley Paperback; April 9, 2012; $42.95) is on sale at mba.com, at online retailers, and in bookstores around the world.

The 13th edition of the guide includes more than 900 real questions and answer explanations from past GMAT exams, including 205 that have never before been released to the public.

A new chapter provides details about the new Integrated Reasoning section, as well as instructions on how to access an online study companion with 50 Integrated Reasoning questions and answer explanations. These questions simulate the actual Integrated Reasoning section, which includes questions that require you to toggle between multiple screens and manipulate data in tables and charts.

The guide also features comprehensive math and grammar reviews that cover concepts tested on the quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT, plus a diagnostic exam to help you focus your test preparation. The guide includes more than 400 quantitative questions and answer-explanations and more than 400 verbal questions and answer explanations; both types are in order of difficulty.

Beginning in June, the Analytical Writing Assessment section of the GMAT will include only one essay; the previous version of the test included two. The 13th edition of the guide, however, still has 135 essay topics with sample responses and scoring information to best help test-takers prepare for the exam.

The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 13th Edition, is written by the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), a nonprofit organization of leading business schools around the world that owns the GMAT. The guide is published and sold by Wiley.

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