GMAT preparation - Books and study materials
Updated on Jun 22, 2016 - 9:38 a.m. IST by Bedasree Das

GMAT study materials:
With almost 3,00,000 management aspirants appearing for the exam annually, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)  is easily one of the most popular standardised tests taken for admission to business school programmes across the world. According to a Test Prep survey of 222 business schools by education body Kaplan, 25% of the admission officers at business schools say applicants who submit a GMAT score have an admission advantage over students who submit other exam scores like GRE. Further, the selection process of most of the top rung business schools are very competitive and demand high GMAT scores from applicants among other requirements. So, if you are aiming to crack the selection process of some of the best business schools in the world, your first step should be to devise an effective GMAT preparation strategy.  To guide test takers through the right GMAT preparation plan, Careers360 brings some of the important GMAT study materials that GMAT candidates should study from.

Now, the computer based GMAT paper consists of four sections- Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The duration of the exam is  three and half hours and the total score range for the exam is 200-800. The break-up of the four sections is given below:

GMAT Test Section

Number of Questions

Question Types


Analytical Writing Assessment

1 Topic

Analysis of Argument

30 Minutes

Integrated Reasoning

12 Questions

Multi-Source Reasoning
Graphics Interpretation
Two-Two Part Analysis
Table Analysis

30 Minutes


37 Questions

Data Sufficiency
Problem Solving

75 Minutes


41 Questions

Reading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction

75 Minutes

Total Exam Time



3hrs, 30 minutes

Find below GMAT study materials for preparation:

Official guide by GMAC: The official authority of GMAT, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) comes out with a series of GMAT study materials and guides for preparation. The official guides by GMAC can be accessed through, which can take aspirants through the entire process of GMAT preparation starting from the introduction of the topics to sample questions. The Official Guide for GMAT Review 2017, which is the most popular of the lot, includes 220 new questions in the Quantitative, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning sections of the GMAT exam and boasts of 15% new content. The guide is a set of three books comprising the Official Guide for GMAT Review, the Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review and the Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, and offers access to more than 1,500 past GMAT questions.

Besides the GMAT preparation reviews, GMAC also offers exam packs which include full length online practice tests which can be taken under actual time-bound circumstances. Here are the official GMAT study materials to study from:

  • The Official Guide for GMAT Review

  • The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review

  • The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review

  • The Basic GMAT Study Collection

  • The Premium GMAT Study Collection

  • The On Demand GMAT Study Collection

  • GMATPrep Exam Pack 1, 2

Manhattan Prep: Apart from the Official GMAT guides, Manhattan Prep’s collection of GMAT study materials are most sought after by GMAT takers. The education body, known for its test prep materials for a large number of standardised tests like GRE and TOEFL, brings out a series of GMAT preparation materials which focus on each area of the international level management aptitude test. The most popular of the series is the Complete GMAT Strategy Guide Set, which in its sixth edition, and is one of the most highly ranked business school guide by Amazon. The GMAT study material consists of 10 sets with instruction on each section of GMAT- Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment. Besides the series, Manhattan also offers guide on Sentence Correction, a simulation booklet and a separate guide to build your mathematical foundation. Here are the GMAT study materials by Manhattan Prep to study from:

  • Complete GMAT Strategy Guide Set

  • Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction

  • Manhattan GMAT Test Simulation Booklet

  • Manhattan GMAT Foundations of GMAT Math

  • Manhattan GMAT Reading Comprehension

Kaplan GMAT Premier: Kaplan’s Premier series, which targets important study abroad exams likeIELTS and TOEFL, among others, has its own special guide for GMAT preparation. Kaplan’s GMAT should be in the must read list of every GMAT aspirant. Kaplan’s Premier guide on GMAT currently has 6 full-length practice tests which also include 1300 questions, 200 quiz banks and 130 video tutorials covering all the topics in GMAT. What more? It also includes a mobile compatible test preparation set by Kaplan. Apart from the Premier, Kaplan also offers Verbal and Math Workbooks. Another interesting element of the Kaplan series is the Kaplan GMAT 800, which focuses on advanced preparation strategies for students who want to go beyond just conceptual building. Here are the GMAT study materials by Kaplan to study from:

  • Kaplan GMAT Premier 2016 with 6 Practice Tests

  • Kaplan GMAT 800: Advanced Prep for Advanced Students

  • Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook

  • Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook

GMAT preparation- Online and practice sets: Apart from the major GMAT study materials,there are many online materials available for GMAT preparation that aspirants can practice from. You have the option of downloading pdfs on the various topics of GMAT and take mock tests online to check your time-management skills. Aspirants have the option to either download the materials or buy online preparation kits.  Besides that, you can also refer to GMAT preparation sample papers.


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