GMAT Exam Prep Books and Resources - ISBNs and Best Prices

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) offered by the non-profit Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a standardized, generic test unrelated to any particular field of study. It aims to measure Math and English language skills deemed necessary to succeed in graduate business studies. It is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT). Registration is steep with a base fee of $250. Fee waivers for economically disadvantaged test takers are available: up to ten fee waivers are offered to schools to be used at their discretion – so, the game plan would be to check with the schools under your consideration and see if one of the schools approve you for a fee waiver. A free GMAT test preparation software and certain other free resources are available at their website for registered users. The software mimics the technology used by the official GMAT computer based exam.

The format and timing details of the 3.5 hour test is as follows:




The quantitative and verbal sections of the test draw on a computer-adaptive format. From a large pool of potential questions ranging from low to high levels of difficulty each section starts with a question of moderate difficulty. Questions in these sections are dynamically selected based on the answer – a correct answer will result in the subsequent question being more difficult. The logic is to adjust the test to be in sync with the test takers ability level. This process continues until the number of questions required for the section is completed. The negatives are that the test taker has to answer all questions presented, and that random guessing can result in a low score because the software considers even the wrong answers when selecting the next question.

Below are ISBNs and best prices of study resources for the GMAT Test:


ResourceFormat/Media OptionsBest PriceDescription
GMAT Official Guide Bundle978-111910819$40.94Official Bundle from GMAC. 900 retired questions from the official exam. Separate guides for quantitative and verbal portions.
Cracking the GMAT Premium Edition with 6 Computer-Adaptive Practice Tests
  • Kindle Edition at $22.99
  • Paperback: 978-0804126014 at $24.03.
$22.99Proven techniques, drills, and questions. Online video tutorials along with extra online practice.
Kaplan GMAT 800: Advanced Prep for Advanced Students978-1618654069$12.99Focus on questions that most people get wrong. 300+ high-difficulty practice questions with detailed explanations. Online resources including 100+ challenging questions.
The Official Guide for GMAT Review with Online Question Bank and Exclusive Video by Graduate Management Admission Council
  • Kindle Edition at $23.99
  • Paperback: 978-1119042488 at $22.99.
$22.99Over 900 actual questions from the past GMAT tests with answer explanations. Create own practice tests online. There is also a 100-question diagnostic test, study tips, and test-taking strategies.
Complete GMAT Strategy Guide Set - Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategies Guides978-1941234105$100The best preparation set (10 guides) available to achieve a very high score.Six full-length practice exams. 200+ additional practice questions. Includes one year of access to Manhattan's online computer-adaptive GMAT practice exams and Question Banks.
Kaplan GMAT Premier with 6 Practice Tests: Book + Online + DVD + Mboile
  • Kindle Edition at $17.27
  • Paperback: 978-1625231352 at $27.80.
$17.27Sixfull-length practice tests with answer explanations. 1,200+ practice questions with explanations. 200 question online Quiz Bank, DVD with bite-sized video lessons, and targeted for test takers shooting to break 700. 




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