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I took approximately a month and a half to study for the CISSP. I started off using this book. I read it from cover to cover doing the end of chapter exams and exercises. I found the book to be well place together as are most of the sybex books. I also watched the free cybrary videos and took every practice exam i could obtain my hands on. The book is a amazing supplement to a layered study approach. I wouldn't recommend just reading the book and taking the basic criticism would be with the supplemental tests provided. Unlike the traditional CD or download, this book provides access to a web based try engine. The interface doesn't let you to bookmark a question and go back to it later, your session will time out and you'll be logged off it you sit idle too long. I found both of these to be very frustrating as it can be next to impossible for a person like me to be able to carve out hours at a time to dedicate to practice at being said i feel the book is worth purchasing and reading. Amazing luck i hope this helped.**Edit 1/11/16 Since the publisher has fixed the problems with the supplemental tests and now provided a pdf copy of the book i have changed my rating from 4 stars to 5. I'd like to add that this is the first time I've ever had a publisher read, answer and create changes based on reviews and suggestions. Thank you!
I bought both the Kindle and paper versions of this book. I'm weird like that. If you don't wish to read my really long review I summarize as obtain the Kindle version, read the entire thing, take advantage of the Sybex online content (sample tests) and that should be enough to pass.I should note I have about 15 years of experience as a jack-of-all-trades UNIX admin and I have been working specifically in security for about 3 years. I had a really amazing foundation but I learned a LOT from this SSP EXAM COMMENTSI liked the book. I learned a lot from it. I read the entire book. I took all the chapter questions (I always waited a day or two after reading the chapter so I could obtain a better idea on what I really learned). I took all four sample exams after reading the entire book. I passed my CISSP exam on 2/17/2016 and I felt like almost everything I required to know was in the book. There were a few questions that I don't think the book covered but I felt like they were practical things that a security engineer would already basic comment concerning the book and the chapter questions and practice exams is that most of the provided questions are fairly straightforward. When taking the true exam, I found the questions notably more difficult because I often had to read the question a second (or third!) time to really understand what was being asked. I took all four practice exams as if they were true exams. I completed all four in under two hours each and scored 78%, 82%, 84% and 89% (I think the final try was the easiest of the four). The true CISSP exam took me about 3.5 hours and all I know is that I passed. TAKE YOUR TIME. READ EVERY QUESTION CAREFULLY. READ ALL THE ANSWERS AND AFTER YOU PICK ONE, REREAD THE QUESTION TO MAKE SURE YOUR ANSWER STILL SOUNDS GOOD. It's not a race or a contest. What matters is that you pass it and don't have to pay for a retake!Every CISSP exam is a bit various but I found mine hit a couple locations really hard (SDLC specifically) but the practice exams just barely touched on them. It is necessary to read the entire VERSIONI did about 80% of my reading in the Kindle application on an iPad and in general I prefer my iPad over paper books these days (portability and low light reading). In the case of this book, there is a lot of formatting that is lost in the Kindle version. The Kindle tends to squish whitespace and indents and such so some of the visual layout just becomes text. This is the first technical book I have used Kindle for and though I did 70% of my reading there, I was not fully happy with it. Another annoyance on the Kindle was that the TOC drop down interface only had the chapter heads and no simple jump to a specific subsection. Some of these chapters are about 80 pages which is like 200 swipes on an iPad mini. It does help all the amazing things you expect from Kindle like bookmarks and highlights and such. I used highlights to tag things I knew I wanted to review multiple times like the huge encryption algorithm comparison table and some of the model definitions or process PER BOOKThe paper book is a goddam tome. For fun I like to drop it loudly on my desk and say "THIS is what I am working on." I loved the experience of reading the paper book compared to the Kindle ver but I only spent about 10% of my time on the paper book because of the size. It was difficult to transport and I could not easily read it in bed or reclining. The paper is very thin which did not bother me but may bother some. I can't imagine how huge and massive it would be if they did't use such thin paper. I really love paper books but considering the size of this one I think I have to recommend you skip it unless you really really just wish paper or you really really wish this on your shelf as a trophy and/or a warning unto BEX ONLINE MATERIALThe Sybex online material is a mixed bag. You can access the material using info in the introduction of either ver of the book. One amazing feature is that after you are registered and verified your purchase you can download a PDF ver of the book. This is what I spent the other 20% of my time reading. The PDF ver is a tough read on an iPad mini but more manageable on a full size iPad or MBA and it looked amazing on my 24" monitor. The PDF ver has a really nice TOC in the sidebar with all the subsections marked and that feature really underscored one of the huge shortcomings of the Kindle version. The PDF also has all the perfectly perfect formatting that the paper book includes. I, uh, didn't know I could download the PDF when I bought the paper book or I probably would not have bought the paper e Sybex online material also contains electronic versions of all the chapter tests. The web interface is a small clunky on this but it works. A complaint about the chapter tests is that they do not randomize. The 20 questions after each chapter are always in the same order. This becomes painfully apparent if you select several chapters but only wish (AKA have time for) a limited number of questions. Early on I selected the first three chapters but limited the question count to 20 and what I got was all 20 Chapter 1 questions in the order they appear in the book (sigh). This online resource is nice but it could have been so much e Sybex online material also contains four 250 question practice exams. This seems like a beautiful amazing gift and it is nice but the interface for the exams is slightly various from the chapter tests. You can bookmark a question but there is no method to go back to a previous question and review or change your answer. In the online support is says this is a feature to mimic the actual CISSP exam which generates a giant WTF from me. This is another resource which is nice but could have been awesome. To add insult to injury there is a timeout on the web page that can kick you out. I am guessing it is a two hour timeout but my way is less than scientific. I finished all practice exams in under 120 mins but while I was reviewing my wrong answers on two of the exams I got a session timeout which kicked me out and restart my exam. In both cases I was in the effect summary screen and closed it to go back to the try review screen. I theorize that as long as you are in the review screen you won't have issues but there is some sort of session check when you transition. I said it wasn't e online material also contains a glossary which I will probably review before taking the exam and set of online flashcards which I don't plan to use because I'm just not a flashcard guy. I may end up regretting that of course.
Compared to the (now outdated) Shon Harris books, this one reads more like a college textbook. Less fluff, jokes, and conversationalism and more pure content. For a try like the CISSP, I prefer this style of book. Just give me the info I need to know and nothing else. If I'm going to sit down and read 900+ pages over the course of a month, the latest thing I wish to do is spend time reading unnecessary short, I passed the CISSP today, 8/17/2016, after using online this book and the online Sybex practice tests that come with it. This is in addition to 6 years of on the job infosec experience. I had SEC+, CEH, and GCIH before attempting the I studied:1. Read the entire book front to back. I did this by reading 1-2 chapters an evening, and with breaks and vacations, this took about a month. After reading a chapter, I would immediately read and respond the written lab questions for that chapter, and compare my answers to those in the back of the book. (At this point is when I purchased my exam seat.)2. After reading all of the chapters and completing all of the written lab questions, I spent a few days completing the practice exams for each individual chapter using the Sybex online tool. Of course, I reviewed any questions I missed and took mental notes of those questions and answers.3. I then spent a week completing the four full 250 question practice exams. I'd do one exam per day, and after I finished the exam, I'd go through with a word document and type up the answers for every question that I missed in order to drill those facts into my head.4. After completing my incorrect answers document for every chapter exam and full practice exam, I had a 10 page word document typed up with the weak spots I required to focus on before taking the exam. I still had 2 weeks remaining until the try date so every evening I read through portions of this document and either opened the book to research the locations I was still weak on, or I'd delete the section from the document if I felt I had covered it enough to be prepared for it on the test. The true pro-tip here is to focus your studies on what you *don't know*. No need to rehash what you've already got down. This is the most efficient study way I've place into practice through undergrad, post-grad, and my other ments on the exam:-What I read elsewhere is true; the exam questions require a keen eye for what exactly they're asking you to answer. Don't be fooled by questions that include extraneous, unnecessary info that is not needed to respond the question being asked.-This book does cover everything you need to know, but I was surprised by the difference in the knowledge covered in the exam versus what was covered in the practice exams. If you *only* studied the practice exams in this book and Sybex, you would not be prepared to pass the true test. Use the practice exams to identify weak locations of your knowledge and obtain up to speed in those areas. A thorough understanding of the topic of the question is often required to choose the best answer. I noticed several questions where one respond would be correct upon an initial read of the question, but then a more correct respond would be selected upon reading the question a few times and getting an idea of what they're really asking. You've got ask yourself, what knowledge are they expecting you to prove your mastery of by with this question? I'll admit I was a small allow down by the amount of studying I did for certain subjects that were not touched in the exam. Just remember, the exam is various for each individual so be sure to have all of your bases covered and amazing luck.
I purchased this book because of the customer reviews and it is an official ISC(2) book. I spent three months at my pace reading the book entirely. Then I spent a month studying the book and taking notes. You definitively need an additional tool to study just to play safe. I used CBT Nuggets, and I purchase the official iPhone App. The Application has the same questions you will search in the book, so you don't have to respond the questions and then go to the end of it to check your answers (Which is annoying in the Kindle version). The result: I passed the very first time. For some people, I may recommend buying the official Book of Knowledge because there are some terms in the exam that got lost in this book (Nothing significant).
I bought this book to prepare for the CISSP. I read it from cover-to-cover. I also took the official (ISC)2 boot camp, where they supplied me with the (ISC)2 CBK. This book is the best of those two books by far. I felt more well-prepared for the boot camp after reading this book. The book had very few errors in it and is very well written. In contrast, the (ISC)2 product is terrible: full of typos, etc. This book is the best in class, but it's long (and detailed). Also, the practice questions in the book and online were better than any of the other trash out there on the Internet, etc. I did pass the exam on the first try, but I've also worked in the field for some time. Amazing luck.
I have read through few of the major subjects and I am very happy with the book. The reviewer who wrote about the missing link between 21 chapters and 8 domains, simply did not read the Intro and notes on the book’s organization – they are very well stated in the 7th obtain the extra study tool, you must register at and they will send you a link to the study tools.
This was a decent study guide. As a lot of other reviewers said, there is a bit of repetitiveness on several stuff as you go through the chapters. This helped to reinforce some subjects, but sometimes it was just overkill. I think I would have preferred a hard back book option, which wasn't a large deal, however, the thin paper pages are ridiculous. I tore so a lot of pages just by flipping from one to the next. The additional materials online (flash cards and practices tests) are a amazing bonus, even though there are a few questions which I didn't agree with the rational, and a couple had the acronyms wrong (e.g. OSCP instead of OCSP). Also, the www service timeouts became a bit of an annoyance.Even though I passed the exam on the 1st try, I'm not sure that I would say you can do it with only this guide. This was my basic means of studying (I also supplemented with the Shon Harris book and a couple practice exam books), but I found that there were several questions on the exam that I didn't feel were covered very well in this book. Although, in the books defense, some of the questions were just difficult to decipher what they were asking. Regardless of how you study, before you take the exam, I strongly recommend you do A LOT of practice questions, read the questions carefully and slowly, and create sure you know how to eliminate incorrect answers. Don't memorize questions and answers, know the content. I found the questions on the exam to be written in a various manner than most of the ones in this book. Each exam is various but I found mine to deal heavily on SDLC and cloud.
Read this book first before any other CISSP prep l concepts are clearly and intelligently explained without any assumptions of preconceived uber-nerd expertise. Most other CISSP prep books take an approach of an expert writer teaching an expert student. Honestly if we were already experts then why would we need ONLY expert-level prep books? The dummies books are method too elementary for this type of topic matter and like I said most other prep books on this topic are method too advanced (to begin with). This book is an amazing CISSP prep book that should be book #1 to read. THEN move to the more advanced prep books!
Easier to use than the Shon Harris book or the big, green, ISC2 CBK. This book and CCcure practice exams were my main source of study.***UPDATE 04/25/2016*** I passed the exam today. It didn't damage that I have A+, Network+, Security+, CEH and CCENT plus I'll be sitting for the CCNA exam (ICND2) in six weeks. It all adds up to a base of knowledge that I am not sure one book can replicate...but I do like this book more than the others (I also have the Shon Harris book, the CBK, and the Exam Cram book).There are outlines available on the web that are useful.
Passed the test. Amazing application for studying when you'd normally be reading news or playing games. Don't rely on this as your only study material though. I had an problem with my Nexus 5 where the answers would disappear. The developer was friendly professional and just released an modernize (less than a week later). Worth the money.
This is amazing for on-the-go and spur of the moment studying, but it includes exactly the same questions as the book i had already purchased. Would have been nice to know that in advance. It foiled some of my study plans as well, because i had planned on taking a practice try from the book later, but had already been through the questions at that point.
I have a Samsung S7. You can not view the entire questions in this app. You can only view the bottom half and the answer. I have tried to move to various questions and had the same result. How can you respond a question only seeing half the question?
Just got the application but it pairs with reading the official text by Sybex well. Flashcards and questions are great. Haven't tried the tests yet though. But I used this company's Security+ application extensively before taking that try and passed it the first time. I'm one month away from my CISSP boot camp and exam. So I am hoping this application and book supplement the gaps in my work experience and professional knowledge. Seems to be doing the trick so far!
This is study tutorial application is right in line with the Sybex online try bank. This application is amazing for on the go. I mostly used this application to maximize tge day with studying. Whenever, I was on break or waiting around I would begin this app. This was better than surfing twitter and facebook. The mock try were short and sweet. This application is awesome
I have this application on iPhone and Android. The iPhone ver is more stable than the Android device version. For some reason this ver started flickering and not showing the answers while I was taking one of the assessment test. The only method I was able to see the screen was to close the application or minimize it and reopen it for each question. I'm currently using a Nexus 5
So far is very amazing source of info. I have application on my phone and have been studying and testing instead of wasting time on FB. I took CISSP boot camp and I took the CISSP try and did not pass yet. This application has lots of good, useful information you will wish to know before testing.
Amazing application for those who are studying for the CISSP. Just one suggestion though. Implement a random function with the flashcards and questions. People have a tendency of memorizing the same thing if repeated enough times. Key to CISSP should be to know the info not to memorize it. Again, though, amazing app!
I found the application useful for reviewing subjects when I had just a few minutes, like when waiting for meetings to start. I was disappointed in the flashcards - some of them provided details, but a lot of indicate subjects you need to know, without any info on the subjects themselves.
I passed the exam on the first try. However, you should NOT expect to just do the questions in this application and pass. I read the Sybex book (that the application is based on) cover to cover, did a bunch of sample questions that came with the book, have worked in the industry for over 10 years, and took a one week boot camp before sitting the exam. I'd recommend at least the book, the sample questions and the application if you wish to have a decent possibility of passing. It's a tough test.
Pros- official application should provide the most accurate possible question bank Cons- application itself feels immature and lacking as a study tool. I still prefer PocketPrep which provides immediate feedback, contains metrics and much nicer overall.
Here are a few locations where it does great. 1. The try questions are worded with some complexity just as in the exam. 2. Try reviews present the correct respond with an explanation. 3. Timed try exercise helps assess your speed per question, extremely helpful in the exam. Hoping the application gets progress tracking to support see improvement over time. Not a huge issue.
Amazing app! Flashcards are great, gives you ideas on what you need to research and become more familiar with. For the questions, it's unbelievable that the explanation of not only the right respond is given, but why it is right and why the other options are incorrect.
I was hoping for something a small more extensive, with a small more material than what was offered for the application. I would have gladly paid more for the more extensive app that helps to study for the CISSP exam. It's real that a person gets what they pay for, and for a study app with as much material as what the Certification covers, I think I would have been willing to pay up to $50 for a very amazing study app with extensive study material covered within for this particular certification exam. That said, it's decent for the $10 the that a person pays for it.
Questions are top notch. It's a amazing value for $10. I almost gave it 5 stars because the questions are that amazing and helpful compared to other more expensive material. The application is stable (I use it often). I'm very disappointed that you can't randomize the order of the answers. That is a must have feature! Amazing thing there's alot of questions. However I am starting to mind map some unfortunately . Also the ability to disable the timer would be nice.
There's something you need to be aware about this book if you're fresh to AWS. It seems that it is either outdated (hard to believe given that it was released just a couple of days ago, but maybe they started to be write it years ago and released just now..) or it was written with an outdated ver of the AWS website that is served to old AWS clients, which would be understandable if you read the authors bio at the beginning but it's an unforgivable editing oversight since the reader isn't warned about this. I'm just starting but there have been several assumptions created in the book that are just weird. For example they hold telling you to choose either EC2-VPC or EC2-Classic but EC2-Classic isn't available for fresh clients anymore and they don't tell you this in the far it's a amazing book and I will modernize this score when I finish reading it or search another method to contact the authors (I found no contact info regarding errata listed in the book). I was waiting to finish the book before posting but I thought I should allow everyone know before everything else is drowned out by the 5 stars reviews written by people that haven't finished reading it either.UPDATE 10/31/2016 (comment I posted answering someone)I haven't taken the exam yet. I'm going to modernize my review eventually (I haven't finished the book) but the best I can tell you is that I can follow the book more effectively because I previously read: Amazon Web Services in Action they compliment each other very well since the latter is more hands on but doesn't describe the concepts as throughly as I expected it would (this is my review of that book: but in a method the same can be said of this one too since it expects you to delve into the online documentation in order to do the exercises at the end of each chapter. For some it's not required but for others it definitely is if you're completely fresh to AWS. In a method this book kind of outsources the "In Action" part to the online docs. Which is kind of ridiculous because most people that are looking to learn AWS from a book are doing so specifically to avoid the messiness of the online documentation. Luckily what I learned from the AWS in Action book has saved me from having to go into the online docs for most chapters so far but in others I definitely had to delve into it and do some google searches in order to finish the exercises. If you decide to buy this book you definitely need to read the online resources before going into the exercises because a lot of the practical fundamentals are actually described there (like setting up the CLI interface, etc.). The book is dedicated almost exclusively to describe the theory behind AWS which I take it to mean that that's what the exam does for the most part. This book is the first exam similar resource that I read, if I decide to take it I'll have to do some further research.UPDATE 12/01/2016:I just finished the book and sadly, I can't say that it created me change the score. While there's a lot of content crammed inside the book (enough to point you in the right direction when starting AWS) my first observations remained accurate throughout the book, not only that but it got worse in some aspects. For example, some chapters seem like they were taken straight out of the online documentation. The editing is not good and some review questions are just wrong or out of put (in some chapters they ask you something they talk about in a future chapter). Reading other reviews from people that took the exam it seems that it is advisable to do as much online exam prep as possible before taking the exam which is what I'll do next. It's not a complete waste but it's not a silver bullet for learning AWS either. The book doesn't add that much to the online docs so do consider taking a look at it before buying.UPDATE 05/02/2017: As J. Norman says, after a while they do mention in the book that EC2-Classic is no longer available to fresh clients but it was method after they had already referenced EC2-Classic several times from the beginning of the book. They should've mentioned this fact since the very beginning, otherwise it can be a small bit disorienting.
To obtain straight to the point - I passed on 10 April. Having said that, this was not my only training resource (I also used "A Cloud Guru" and "Linux Academy," both online video training sites).But what this book did do was give me the ability to sit down and read, at my own pace, and fill in the gaps inevitably left by the videos. YES, this book was written for the old interface. It doesn't mean you can't search anything on AWS now. In fact, if UI changes have completely derailed your study of the AWS CSA-A syllabus, then you're probably going to have problem passing the exam anyway. It's not easy, even the Associate level. I am not a developer, I am a sysadmin. I will quickly become an obsolete dinosaur if I do not obtain up to speed on the "Dev" side of "DevOps", at least to a baseline degree of competency, and on the world's biggest cloud azon changes things on AWS at a frightening pace. No book ever published is going to be able to hold up with those changes. But the mechanics, the fundamentals, the underlying frameworks, are still the same. This book will teach you those. I highly recommend you also use a video training course. The video courses I used are for the 2017 exam - and you will never be tested on the UI itself. Having trained for the 2017 exam, I also agreed to take a beta exam (because it was 50% off) when registering on WebAssessor. The exam I took was 80 questions, instead of 60, and included questions on Kinesis, as well as making a clear distinction between NAT Gateways and NAT instances. Lots of VPC questions, lots of EC2, lots of tom line - don't rely on only a single source for study, especially on a platform as vast and complex as AWS. I became very frustrated a few days before my exam. Frankly, I didn't expect to pass. It didn't support that the staff at the Kryterion testing center had never given an Amazon exam before and I saw them refer to handwritten notes repeatedly (!!). You will not keep any sort of hardcopy confirmation that you passed from the testing center, so if they're not really sure what they're doing, stick around and create sure it gets submitted properly. I had an email from Kryterion waiting on me when I arrived home with a PDF of my certificate and the Certified AWS logos you're entitled to use once you pass. I don't even know if I'll keep a paper certificate in the mail!But if you study hard and you do the labs, you can pass. I'm living proof of that.
I've got this book as my study tutorial and companion to online training for the Solutions Architect Associate exam. It was a amazing reference, helped me remembering and cementing knowledge that I got on the online training and the exam simulation were a very amazing help on measuring readiness for the exam. At least I would recommend reading the book twice, and doing the on-line training (A Cloud Guru as mentioned on other reviews), not only to pass the exam, but to practice AWS which is the learning goal after all.I learned of a few fresh exam subjects by the time I've took it, Dec/2016 so that was really helpful to know.Just be aware that the book will teach you about AWS, what it is, some of the services covered by the exam, but it is not the focus teaching or guiding you on how to use and deploy code or services. While I recommend the book, I advise getting AWS exam blueprints to be updated on tested knowledge areas, read the white papers and do on-line training.
It's from Amazon, which gives the test, so it's obviously the gold standard. My main complaint is that the quizzes are after each chapter, but the answers are in the back, so one has to flip back and forth electronically, which is annoying. It's not as though we're going to cheat, right? It would be nice if a sample try were included in the price.
Yes, its outdated but than in IT everything is outdated in a 6 months.I like Sybex style of writing and providing examples that are simple to understand and e this along with other MOCC training material Acloudguru, cloudacademy...etc
It's a amazing book to realize the core services from AWS. It's, however, not the only materials that you have to read to pass the mates and I spent a lot of time reading every chapter in this book, and got much insight on the services mentioned in this was written in a amazing order for the persons who wish to know ain, it is not the only thing that you need to pass the exam.
I bought this book as a supplement to accompany a boot camp I had taken. I search it is doing an perfect job of filling in my knowledge gaps and the end of chapter review quests are exactly what I was looking for. This is a amazing text.
I really like the book but there are quite a few errors in the answers to exercises and also quite a few problems with the content itself, was proof reading skipped? Overall it was still useful but it could be confusing for some people.Would give 4 stars once the book is updated to fix issues.
It's a nice begin to learn about AWS CSA. It lacks emphasis in serverless technologies as e final chapter is something confuse, because it's a mix of all previous chapters but without an order. The Kindle ver looks various than web and kindle pc reader, the chapters don't look the same.
Just got the book today. Was packaged well. It had a nice assessment try before the actual chapters in the book start, so that one can gauge themselves. It does look like it's a book written by people who encourage practical learning and getting your hands dirty while learning. Be aware that this book assumes that you are already to some extent familiar with AWS console. So far I've gone through 2 chapters and the tip and knowledge is helpful and accurate. I got my AWS SA cert by self studying, online FAQs and case studies/documents available on Amazon but wanted to test the Study tutorial route for this one. Will definitely come back to modernize my review if I need to when I delve further into the book, for better or for worse.
This was the only study material I used. The try isn't easy, and without this book I would have had no possibility of passing. Pay unique attention to the "Remember This" sections - they have very appropriate and useful suggestions. Amazing luck!
I never write reviews for products I buy, but I'm grateful for those of you who do. Your raving reviews of this book is what prompted me to buy it. And I couldn't agree more! I required to pass the Security+ exam for a potential job, knowing that I'm losing my job at the end of this month. I was not given much to time to prepare for this exam, and I wanted to do everything I could (within reason) to learn what I required to learn to pass this certification. So I bought this book, read it from cover to cover. Taking all the practice tests at least twice. And after a small over 2 weeks of studying this book alone, I was able to pass the exam on the first try.A small bit about my background, so as to support base your judgment on where I started and what it took for me to pass this test...I graduated with a bachelors in management info systems in 2012. In my studies, I only took one primary networking class and one network security class (neither of which I did well in, but I passed them both). Since, I have worked as an IT systems analyst, not a networking position by any means, but I have been exposed to normal IT security awareness (i.e. password rules, disaster recover plans, clean desk policies, etc.). The CompTIA recommends 2+ years of networking experience and having the Network+ certification before attempting the Security+ certification. I did not have either of those. Just this book and a determination to learn the material as best as I can a short amount of time.What worked for me:I started with the pre-assessment to judge my knowledge level. Then just read a chapter a day, taking notes on all the "Remember this" bubbles and answering the chapter practice questions at the end of each chapter. This book is amazing with the practice questions in that the respond sections didn't just provide the right multiple choice answer. They provided explanations as to why the answers were correct, and more importantly, why the wrong answers were wrong. When I finished the latest chapter I jumped right into the post test. Pre-assessment: 64/100; Post-assessment: 83/100. A decent improvement, and I knew which were my problem chapters. Went back and reread them. Read my notes. Retook all the tests and chapter quizzes and felt ready for the test.I'll admit, that try is not a joke, and the questions were not easy. I came out of the try thinking I failed. But that's the crazy thing about those types of tests. You never know how you did until you actually obtain the results. Needing a 750 to pass, I got an you might need a small more than I did. You might need a small less. But if you're needing to pass the Security+ certification, this book is a amazing put to start.
I was sweating over my Security+ try but thanks to this book, I managed to pass on the first try! Saved me time and cash from having to take a whole class. The info is simple to digest thanks to the tables and figures that display the most relevant information with regards to subjects like port security, and other information can be easily looked up near the end of each chapter. Create sure you carefully read how some practice questions are worded. Much like the true test, there are 2-3 answers that COULD be correct, but they may wish you to search the BEST/WORST answer.
I used this book as my basic resource when studying for the Sec+ exam and passed after studying about 3 months. I did use other resources as well but this one was the major one. I found it well-organized and simple to understand even for some of the more complex topics. I would highly recommend it. The only improvement I'd recommend is the end-of-chapter questions. They are far easier than the actual exam and thus do not prepare you for the ambiguity that is Sec+ exam questions. Use another resource to prepare yourself for how the Sec+ exam questions are asked.
I am an Instructor and I recommend this to all of my students. I have had several students that have very small to no Cyber Security experience that have read this book from cover to cover and they were able to pass the CompTIA Security+ exam. From the brief topics that I have read in the book...it is broken down in layman terms.
Short and sweet : If you plan on taking the CompTIA Security+ exam, and don't feel like paying a lot of cash to take a prep-course, this book is your best bet. It is thorough enough to give you a solid foundation in the various topic locations on the exam, but also well edited and well laid out. Which makes for a reasonably paced ior to reading this book my only true contact with Security+ occurred when I took a Sec+ online summer course two years ago through a local community college. The course was alright, but I decided not to go for my certification after I completed it for a lot of various forward to show day. I required to pass Sec+ to create myself competitive for an employment opportunity. I saw how high ranked this book was on Amazon and bought it.I was not bson provides enough info in each section to give you a solid foundation in all the various topic locations for the Sec+ exam. More importantly, he provides section summaries, chapter summaries, and lots of sample exam questions. The best part is that for each sample exam question he doesn't just give you the right answer, but goes into explaining why the respond is "right" and also describes why every other option (for multiple choice questions) was incorrect. He goes the additional mile in his respond explanations. Those explanations, combined with the amazing chapter summaries, create the book such a amazing ing this book, it took me about 5 weeks to study for and pass the exam (on my first try). I read the text all the method through one time and took lots of notes. Two days before the exam I skimmed through the book and focused on chapter summaries & sample questions. Honestly, I could have read the book, studied, and passed the exam in 3.5 - 4 weeks if I had been more diligent in studies. And I'm no IT e only down side is that Gibson constantly plugs ads for his blog throughout the reading. Most/all of his useful blog material must be paid for, so I stayed away from it altogether. All those plugs got a small annoying, but ultimately the book was a amazing buy and well worth the money.
This book claims you can pass the Sys401 within 30 days of the purchase of this book. I'd say that's beautiful accurate. The info is comprehensive and simple to digest. Passed my exam the 1st time primarily off this book and all of chapter end review questions. Perfect source material. This book will give you a very amazing understanding of the principles so that you will be able to break down each question and search out what they are really asking. Highly recommended.
I used this book as the only study method. I read it on and off for a year before forcing myself to take the try due to my voucher expiring. The subjects covered enough and the practice questions helped to reinforce the material. The try itself was a bit off from the book, but understand the try changes all the time. I used this book based on a recommendation from a boot camp instructor and I would also recommend it. I would also look at any other official training material sponsored by CompTIA.
Used this book and some extra material from Professor Messer and passed the exam this morning. I studied for a month, read the book from front to back and took all the exams in the book. Any material I had difficulty with, I jotted down on index cards for extra studying. I also used Mr. Gibson's online material for the performance-based questions and it helped tremendously. Please create sure that you are scoring 90-100 on the chapter questions from Mr. Gibson's online try e exam is not simple and the wording can trip you, so you have to understand what they are asking when you see BEST answer. A much required certification for most IT jobs involving the government.
Darrill Gibson's books, website, and study materials are fantastic. I bought this Kindle edition as soon as it came out so I can look ahead to the fresh material. One option to retaining my Security+ certification is to retest in three years. With this book and all study materials, I'm confident that I will pass again. A note to other buyers -- If you buy this book and the study pack available on his website, do yourself a favor and do everything he tells you. Take all the advice. If you don't play around, but follow this tutorial and place in the time, you will pass. Thanks, Darril, for everything!
For you purists who insist we should only critique the content, and not flaws in the kindle format, I strongly disagree in this case. With a Table of Contents (TOC) that has no links to individual chapters, or subsections in those chapters, a reader is left to navigate page by page. With this TOC, I’d be better off returning the book. So I did. You see, I don’t just read the book sequentially; after reading the book sequentially, I do jump around as I study to review specific topics. The SYO-401 book is great. It has a usable and helpful TOC in the kindle to the content in this fresh edition itself, I guess it’ll be ok. Since I wish a TOC that’s useful I guess I’m out of luck as to finding o poor because the previous ver was key to my passing the SYO401 the first time I tested.With a worthless TOC, this is a flawed book for me. Perhaps Darril will obtain this fixed. I hope so.P, I hoped, Darril has this TOC flaw being fixed. Based on his fast response AND my known quality of his previous edition, as I hinted above, I raised my rating to 4. When I see the fix TOC in place, I plan to raise my rating to a 5. His previous book was that good.
Pluses: 106 questions (vs 30); no ads; can take it over and over Not-so-pluses: Some grammar and spelling issues; some poor answers; no score; same answers for each question each time; no explanation; All in all, I think it was very amazing at the price (free). I appreciate that fact that it's available. A reasonable free test.
I am a Harvard grad, 99% GMAT scorer and professional GMAT tutor since 2002, and am fairly obsessed with this test. I also take the GMAT about once a year to stay up-to-date, including a private best of 770 (47Q / 48V / 8 IR / 6.0 AWA). The GMAT Official Tutorial 2018 (currently $29) receives my powerful recommendation because it provides a amazing source of 900 true GMAT questions at a decent aspect of this book that you must understand is that it is not meant to teach you GMAT test-taking strategy. For that, look elsewhere (see product links below). However, it contains some of the very best practice materials available, straight from the test-maker, and although the respond explanations are often convoluted, they are still useful in understanding how the GMAC thinks.Why is the 2018 Official Tutorial the very best put to begin your GMAT preparation, other than the free GMATPrep software? Because the questions within are super-realistic. They are just like the questions on the true GMAT, because the book is written by the test-maker and uses actual, retired GMAT questions. Don't waste your time and cash practicing on questions created by any other companies--these are merely inferior imitations of the true thing. If you must use other materials for try strategy, then that's fine, and in most cases necessary, but test your best to stick to official questions whenever tip: You can take each of the 6 GMAT Prep CATs more than once, because the GMAT is an adaptive try (it adjusts the difficulty level of later questions based on your previous responses). There are about 4 to 16 times as a lot of questions in the GMAC's question pool as there are in any given test, which means that every try you take will be different. Tests 1 and 2 draw from a (gigantic!) pool of about 1,500 questions, and tests 3, 4, 5, and 6 draw from a more modest pool of about 400 questions each. To re-take your GMAT Prep tests, click "reset" in the lower-left hand corner of the GMAT Prep software window, but create sure to take screenshots of your previous try sessions beforehand--frequent screenshots are a amazing idea anyway because the software is prone to crashing and losing your data. For your screenshots, use either the "Print Screen" (Windows Key + PrtScn) button on a PC or (Shift + Command + 3) on a though the official GMAT books are extremely helpful, the GMAT is still a computer-based test, which means that you should still spend at least 50% of your preparation time reading a screen instead of reading a piece of paper. For this reason, consider buying the Kindle versions of the guides, as well as making full use of the computer-based practice options (Exam Packs, Question Packs, Mobile App, etc.) available from the GMAC (see detailed product links below). Or, if you prefer to buy the physical books, then you can also use the access codes located in the sealed pouches in the back covers of the books to access a free web-based ver of the books, where you can test most of the questions in the books in an online format, and organize quizzes by question type / difficulty level (easy, medium, hard). You will also have to make a Wiley account, which is mostly painless. I strongly suggest that you save your login info on your browser so that you won’t have to enter your username / password every time you access the Wiley stead of giving you a paper and pencil, the GMAC also requires you to use a water-based maker and a laminated sheet like this one: Manhattan GMAT Try Simulation Booklet w/ Marker I don't recommend always using the laminated sheet when you study, because it's messy and harder to hold track of your notes that way. But it makes sense to at least use it a few times, just to obtain the feel of it before try day.——“130 NEVER-BEFORE SEEN QUESTIONS” / 15% NEW QUESTIONSApproximately 15% of the questions in this 2018 edition of the OG are fresh to the Official Guide. However, it is worth noting that “never before seen” is not entirely true, since all of these questions are retired questions from past GMAT computer exams (it says so right there on the cover). A more accurate description would be “never before seen on paper,” but that probably wouldn’t sell as a lot of copies.(For explanations and classifications of every question in the 2017 Official Guide, google "GMAT Club Tutorial to the GMAT Official Tutorial 2017.”)Are the questions from the 2018 ver any better than the questions they are replacing from the 2017 edition? No, not really. All of the questions within are old questions from past GMAT exams (“retired questions”), so there is no guarantee that these 130 “new” questions are either any newer or any more helpful than are the questions they supplant from the 2017 edition of the GMAT OG. Moreover, early adopters of the 2018 edition will search that certain questions are so fresh that it’s hard to access online explanations until GMAT tutors like me (GMATClub username: mcelroytutoring) begin posting them, which could take weeks or even months.While I will concede that the questions in this book are roughly ordered from simple to hard, there are some curious locations where low-numbered questions are quite difficult for most of my students, and vice-versa. Thus, I think that we can’t necessarily take GMAC at its word here, especially since there has already been evidence in past official tutorials of the GMAC moving the exact same questions to radically various areas in the books, which suggests that we shouldn’t trust the GMAC at its word in this regard. If the questions are truly ordered from simple to hard, for example, then why would a question numbered in the 30s suddenly present up numbered in the 90s in the next year’s edition?— —A WARNING ABOUT THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF THE QUESTIONS IN THE OFFICIAL GUIDES:It is necessary to note that the difficulty level of questions in this book is sufficient for most try takers, but is admittedly a bit lacking on the high end. High scorers take note: If you are aiming for a GMAT score of 700-plus, then you should spend more time practicing on questions from the GMATPrep software and Exams Package 1 and 2, which offer more difficult questions that will bear a closer resemblance to the questions you will see on your actual try member: the GMAT is an adaptive exam. If you respond a lot of questions right, then the try keeps getting harder (as your score rises), and if you respond a lot of questions wrong, then the try keeps getting easier (as your score lowers). And especially on the Quant section, the questions on the try are “front-loaded” so that the first 1/3 of questions have a much larger impact on your score than does the final 1/3 of questions. (There is a SEVERE penalty for not finishing the sections, however, so create sure that you give yourself time respond all the questions before time expires, even if they are just random guesses. At all costs, create sure to respond every question before time expires.)If you do run out of official GMAT Prep computer tests (the first two are free, and you can buy four more from GMAC), then I can recommend the Manhattan GMAT CATs (computer adaptive tests). Just buy one book from the Manhattan GMAT series, and it will give you access to all 6 online CATs: GMAT Sentence Correction (Manhattan Prep GMAT Tactic Guides)For free video explanations to all the math questions in these books, google "GMAT Quantum," or if you prefer to read your explanations, then just test google searching the first few lines of your question's text. I would also strongly recommend that you check out informative www services such as GMAT Club, Beat the GMAT, and Atlantic GMAT, and that you consider retaining the services of a qualified personal tutor such as myself.— —For those of you who are just getting started, here is the overall structure of the GMAT:1) Analysis of an Argument Essay (AWA or Analytical Writing Assessment): 30 minutes, 1 question.2) Integrated Reasoning (Multi-Source Reasoning, Table Analysis, Graphics Interpretation, Two Part Analysis): 30 minutes, 12 questions. Please note: unlike the Verbal and Quantitative sections, the IR section is not adaptive. For this reason, every time you test a GMATPrep Exam you will see the same 12 IR questions.3) Optional 8-minute break4) Quantitative Section (Problem Solving, Data Sufficiency): 75 minutes, 37 questions (2 mins per question)5) Optional 8-minute break6) Verbal Section (Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction): 75 minutes, 41 questions (1.8 mins per question)The GMAC has also recently announced that it will be rolling out a program, starting July 11, 2017, where GMAT test-takers will be able to select (out of 3 possible options) the order of their try sections! This promises to be a large advantage, because the Verbal and Quant sections, which are not only the two toughest sections of the GMAT, but also the only two sections that contribute to one’s 200-800 composite score, have always been located at the end of the 4-hour test, when it’s harder to maintain focus. You will have the option to choose 1) Quant, 2) Verbal, 3) IR and 4) AWA or 1) Verbal, 2) Quant, 3) IR and 4) AWA. Personally, I prefer the final ep in mind that on the GMAT you cannot go back or skip any questions, and that the first 12-15 questions of the Verbal and Quantitative sections have the most impact on your score due to the adaptive scoring algorithm. A correct respond will yield a slightly harder question in most cases, and vice versa, and the GMAT will gradually determine your score as you go. The biggest adjustments are created at the beginning of the test, which is why the first 1/3 of questions are so essential. Also, approximately 10 to 25% of the questions on the actual GMAT (and 4 of the 12 IR questions) are experimental—you don’t know which ones they are, and they don’t count toward your TO STUDY FOR THE GMAT:My core philosophy: use official GMAT questions only! It’s OK if you end up memorizing all the solutions and answers—that’s part of the point, as is repetition of certain questions until you fully understand them. There are thousands of true GMAT questions available from the GMAC, so it’s unlikely that you will ever run out. Imitation questions are not quite the same, so why settle for anything less than the true deal?For purposes of brevity, I am only including a one-month study plan, but the truth is that most students need at least 3-6 months to study for the GMAT. To turn this 1-month study plan into a 3-month or 6-month study plan, simply break the study plan into smaller eally, your studying should be done at regular intervals throughout the day, instead of one huge chunk, to maximize retention. Take frequent breaks, but also test to obtain used to working for 4 hours straight at least once a week, to simulate try conditions.If you don’t have time to take a full section, then don’t use the GMAT Prep Exams, because you will need to finish the entire try in order to review the questions afterward. Even if you only wish to test a Quant section, for example, you will have to click through the rest of the test, or wait for time to expire, which is annoying. Better to use the Question Packs, the OGs or the Mobile Application for smaller increments of time. Also, if you’re a Mac user like me, then you should know that the “Escape” button does not work on the GMAT Prep software. Instead, test (Command + Tab) to switch to other begin n’t forget to utilize GMAT club for explanations to any questions whose explanations in the books don’t create sense. Just google find the first few lines of your question’s text.— —MY RECOMMENDED GMAT STUDY PLAN:"Section" = a timed, scored section from the GMATPrep Software (Exams 1 through 6). Helps you practice test-taking techniques, and leveraging the GMAT algorithm."Practice" = unscored (no composite score, only correct/incorrect) and the time limit is less strict. Take as long as you need for member that you don’t necessarily need to pay for Exam Packs 1 and 2, because there are approximately 1,500 potential questions in (free) Exams 1 and 2, so you can just hold resetting the tests and using them again. The IR sections will be exactly the same (not adaptive!), but the quant and verbal sections will be various every time.Another option is to install the GMAT Prep software on 2 various computers. 2 various computers = 2 various versions of the try = nearly twice as a lot of questions to is a sample weekly schedule that I would recommend IF YOU ARE TRYING TO PREPARE IN ONLY ONE MONTH (see modifications for 2-6 month study plans below).Day 1: COMPUTER DAY1) 75 min Quant Section - GMATPrep2) 75 min Verbal Section - GMATPrep3) Review Incorrectly Answered Quant Questions + Math Concepts and Strategies4) Review Incorrectly Answered Verbal Questions + Verbal Concepts and Strategies5) 30 min IR Section or Practice - GMAT Prep / IR tool from Wiley6) 30 mins Essay PracticeDay 2: BOOK (OG) / WILEY DAY1) 37 Quant Questions in OG / Wiley2) 41 Verbal Questions in OG / Wiley3) Review Incorrectly Answered Quants4) Review Incorrectly Answered Verbals5) 12 IR Questions - Any SourceDay 3: COMPUTER DAY1) 37 Quant Questions in GMATPrep (Question Packs)2) 41 Verbal Questions in GMATPrep (Question Packs)3) Review Incorrectly Answered Quants + Math Concepts and Strategies4) Review Incorrectly Answered Verbals + Verbal Concepts and StrategiesDay 4: BOOK (OG) / WILEY DAY1) 37 Quant Questions in OG / Wiley2) 41 Verbal Questions in OG / Wiley3) Review Incorrectly Answered Quants + Math Concepts and Strategies4) Review Incorrectly Answered Verbals + Verbal Concepts and Strategies5) 12 IR Questions - Any SourceDay 5: COMPUTER DAY1) 75 min Quant Section - GMATPrep2) 75 min Verbal Section - GMATPrep3) Review Incorrectly Answered Quants + Math Concepts and Strategies4) Review Incorrectly Answered Verbals + Verbal Concepts and Strategies5) 30 min IR Section or Practice - GMAT Prep / IR tool from Wiley6) 30 mins Essay PracticeDay 6: BOOK (OG) / WILEY DAY1) 37 Quant Questions in OG / Wiley2) 41 Verbal Questions in OG / Wiley3) Review Incorrectly Answered Quants + Math Concepts and Strategies4) Review Incorrectly Answered Verbals + Verbal Concepts and Strategies5) 12 IR Questions - Any SourceDay 7: Take a rest! You’re only peat for three more weeks, and you’ve completed approximately 2,160 true GMAT questions out of the approximately 4,000 official GMAT questions are my modifications for 2-6 month study plans:2-month study plan: complete 3 assignments (numbered above) per day.3-month study plan: complete 2 assignments per day.4-month study plan: complete 1-2 assignments per day.6-month study plan: complete 1 assignment per e founder of the GMAT Club forum has also written an perfect GMAT Study Plan on GMAT club. To see it, google “GMAT Study Plan - 2016 Edition : General GMAT Questions and Strategies.”— —A QUICK AND IMPORTANT NOTE ON HOW TO REVIEW INCORRECTLY ANSWERED GMAT QUESTIONS:Yes, the correct answers (along with mildly helpful explanations) are all right there in the books. But at all costs, don’t check the correct respond right away, because in a lot of ways it ruins the utility of that question.When it comes time to re-try the questions that you answered incorrectly, I recommend that you either buy a 2nd copy of the books to hold blank, or that you simply re-try the questions on your computer screen…BEFORE checking the answer. It's what I call a "blind review": going over all the questions you got wrong without first checking the correct answer/explanation, or seeing any of your previous s, I know…when you obtain something wrong that you thought you got right, your first instinct is to immediately check the correct respond choice. However, test your best to avoid this my opinion, blind review is one of the key facets of effective try prep. Thus, when using the physical book, you should only tag your answers in the book as correct or incorrect (this is easier when working with a partner). Most importantly, don't write down or look at the correct answers before you obtain a possibility to review / re-try them at least once.Obviously, this type of study is much easier with a partner. If you’re working by yourself out of the physical books or the Kindle editions, then there is no method to check your answers without actually looking at the correct letter answers. So, if you’re studying solo, then I recommend that you write your answers—only your answers, not your work— on a separate sheet of paper. Do at least 40 questions at a time, to obtain a feel for what a GMAT Quant or Verbal section feels like. When you correct them, don’t indicate the correct answers in the book yet—simply tag incorrect answers as incorrect. And test to correct your questions all at once instead of one at a time, so that when you review the actual question afterward, you are less likely to remember the correct contrast, if you go over questions by checking the correct answers right away, then you can make false confidence by fooling yourself into thinking that you understand the questions fully, when in fact you are still prone to those types of mistakes. The best method to know for sure is to test the questions again, from scratch, *without* the aid of the respond key, your previous answer, or the respond explanations. Only then should you confirm the correct respond and read the explanation provided.— —Here are my recommended GMAT Resources:Practice:1) Free GMATPrep Software - 2 diagnostic CATs (Exams 1 and 2: 180 questions total) and 90 practice questions out of 1,500 possible questions2) GMAT Official Tutorial 2018 - (you are here) - about $29, or the GMAT Official Tutorial 2018 Bundle: GMAT Official Tutorial 2018 Bundle: Books + Online - about $493) GMATPrep Exam Package 1 - 2 diagnostic CATs (Exams 3 and 4: 180 questions total) out of 400 possible questions - GMATPrep Exam Package 1 [Online Code] $504) GMAT Prep Exam Package 2 (New Release with 2 Fresh Tests -- not yet available on Amazon) - 2 more diagnostic CATs (Exams 5 and 6: 180 questions total) out of 400 possible questions - $50Please note: you can save $10 by buying #3 and #4 together as an Exam Package Bundle from the GMAT www service for $90.5) GMATPrep Question Package 1 - 404 questions with respond explanations and ability to sort questions by type and difficulty - $30 GMATPrep Question Package 1 [Online Code]6) The Official Tutorial for GMAT® Review 2016 Mobile App The Official Tutorial for GMAT® Review 2016 -$5 for 50 questions and $30 make batter for an extra 800 questions7) GMAT Focus Quizzes - 24 questions per quiz (math only) - $30 per quiz and 4 total. GMAT Focus Online Quantitative Diagnostic Tool: Single Use GMAT Focus Online Quantitative Diagnostic Tool: Single Use [Online Code]8) IR Prep Tool - 48 Integrated Reasoning Questions GMAT IR Prep Tool [Online Code] - $209) GMAT Write - 4 Auto-Graded Essays for $3010) GMAT Enhanced Score Report - Technically this is not a practice tool, but it provides an in-depth look at your score, including overall rankings, rankings by question type, time management info and a summary of your strengths and weaknesses, which can be helpful if you plan to take the try more than once. - $25Strategy:1) GMAT Club Forum - Free explanations to nearly every official GMAT question, as well as questions written by other companies (I do not recommend practicing on non-official questions).2) GMAT Quantum - Free video explanations to nearly every official GMAT quantitative question.3) GMATPrepNow - Free video explanations to a lot of GMAT questions in both Quant and Verbal.4) Manhattan Prep GMAT Series: $144 for the entire series Complete GMAT Tactic Tutorial Set (Manhattan Prep GMAT Tactic Guides) or about $49 for access to 6 online CATs.5) Ace the GMAT by Brandon Royal: $8 for Kindle version Ace the GMAT: Master the GMAT in 40 Days6) LSAT Preptests for Additional Critical Reasoning and Critical Reading Practice: $20 for 10 tests 10 More, Actual Official LSAT PrepTests: (PrepTests 19 through 28) (Lsat Series)7) Magoosh Free Online Materials8) Powerscore Critical Reasoning Bible: $21 The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible9) Powerscore Reading Comprehension Bible: $35 The PowerScore GMAT Reading Comprehension Bible10) The Complete GMAT Sentence Correction Tutorial by Erica Meltzer The Complete GMAT Sentence Correction GuidePrinceton and Kaplan are OK for tactic too. I prefer Princeton Review’s GMAT tutorial (full disclosure: P.R. is my former employer) to Kaplan’s (in my humble opinion, a mediocre, corporate behemoth who somehow always manages to rank #1 on Amazon with lots of suspect 5-star reviews), but any effort to write an "all in one" tutorial to a try as complex as the GMAT is destined to be at least a partial failure. The Kaplan and Princeton tutorials can be helpful if you are a below-average scorer trying to get an above-average score without too much effort, but the perfectionists among us will be frustrated by their lack of depth and unrealistic practice ly, you can google "GMAT Action Plan - McElroy Tutoring" to read my personal, frequently updated recommendations for GMAT ease feel free to leave comments and/or ask questions below--I have fun analyzing the intricacies of this challenging test.
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Wishing you tremendous success with the GMAT!OVERVIEW of OFFICIAL GUIDEThe Official Tutorials for GMAT Review include retired true GMAT questions, and are an essential component of your GMAT preparations. The GMAC locations questions in order of increasing difficulty, based on its assessment of difficulty. This book has no overlap in practice questions with the Quant and Verbal Official e 2018 edition includes 130 fresh questions out of the 957 total questions (including Integrated Reasoning). Excluding the 100 questions in the Diagnostic Exam section of the book, the fresh questions represent just over 15% fresh content. These are fresh questions that we have not encountered before; they are not questions recycled from older GMAC BLEM SOLVINGThis tutorial includes 254 Issue Solving questions, including the 24 Issue Solving questions in the Diagnostic Exam portion of the book. The GMAC classifies question difficulty into three categories as follows:Easy – 96 (38%, 14 more than 2017)Medium – 59 (23%, 4 more)Hard – 99 (39%, 18 fewer)The Issue Solving section includes 35 fresh questions, with difficulty of Simple / Medium / Hard as follows: 22 / 7 / 6. This is in lieu of 35 questions from the 2017 edition that have been removed, with difficulty of Simple / Medium / Hard as follows: 8 / 3 / 24. Unlike in prior years, the GMAC has not reclassified the difficulty of any AT Genius classifies question difficulty into five categories. Our assessment of this section skews significantly easier, and includes notable differences from the GMAC’s assessment. Our difficulty assessment is only 69.9% correlated with the GMAC’s assessment, demonstrating tremendous subjectivity involved in assessing question difficulty. Here’s our breakdown:Super Simple – 23 (9%, 3 more than 2017)Easy – 70 (28%, 2 more)Medium – 104 (41%, 5 fewer)Hard – 38 (15%, 2 fewer)Very Hard – 19 (7%, 2 more)Although math questions often entail multiple math concepts, GMAT Genius classifies questions based on our assessment of the basic math concept. We break down the 254 Issue Solving questions as follows:Arithmetic - Basic: 10 (3.9%, 3 more than 2017)Arithmetic - Absolute Value: 4 (1.6%, same)Arithmetic - Divisibility/Factors/Mult.: 17 (6.7%, 2 more)Arithmetic - Exponents & Roots: 18 (7.1%, 4 fewer)Arithmetic - Fractions & Ratios: 28 (11%, 2 fewer)Arithmetic - Percents: 20 (7.9%, same)Arithmetic - Pos/Neg & Odd/Even: 1 (0.4%, same)Arithmetic - Primes: 4 (1.6%, same)Algebra - Inequalities: 5 (2%, same)Algebra - Linear Equations: 14 (5.5%, 1 more)Algebra - Quadratics: 8 (3.1%, same)Algebra - Simultaneous Equations: 7 (2.8%, same)Algebra - Variables in Answers: 8 (3.1%, 1 more)Geometry - Circles: 4 (1.6%, 1 fewer)Geometry - Coordinate: 7 (2.8%, 1 fewer)Geometry - Rectangles: 7 (2.8%, same)Geometry - Triangles: 8 (3.1%, 2 more)Geometry - Other: 7 (2.8%, same)Statistics - Averages: 18 (7.1%, 1 fewer)Statistics - Other: 7 (2.8%, 1 more)Word Issues - Combinatorics: 7 (2.8%, same)Word Issues - Functions & Sequences: 10 (3.9%, 1 fewer)Word Issues - Groups/Sets: 7 (2.8%, same)Word Issues - Probability: 7 (2.8%, 1 fewer)Word Issues - Revenue/Profit/Interest: 9 (3.5%, 1 more)Word Issues - Rate & Work: 12 (4.7%, same)Here’s a list of the 35 fresh Issue Solving questions: 3, 5, 6, 16, 22, 23, 24, 26, 33, 34, 40, 42, 50, 53, 55, 60, 68, 69, 72, 79, 81, 85, 90, 96, 98, 104, 122, 125, 139, 140, 151, 173, 201, 224, 229Here’s a list of the 230 Issue Solving questions, excluding those in the Diagnostic Exam, categorized by basic math concept:Arithmetic - Basic: 2, 19, 22, 37, 46, 79, 157, 173, 219Arithmetic - Absolute Value: 25, 27, 65, 193Arithmetic - Divisibility/Factors/Multiples: 33, 44, 54, 73, 81, 98, 121, 126, 136, 141, 154, 175, 176, 178, 195Arithmetic - Exponents & Roots: 66, 68, 71, 74, 90, 92, 112, 147, 161, 180, 200, 209, 213, 216, 223, 230Arithmetic - Fractions & Ratios: 3, 4, 5, 28, 30, 36, 45, 59, 63, 72, 75, 82, 91, 97, 103, 124, 131, 133, 135, 139, 160, 163, 189, 192, 203, 220, 222Arithmetic - Percents: 1, 6, 10, 15, 55, 70, 80, 86, 87, 89, 94, 106, 108, 119, 122, 125, 153, 169, 172, 207Arithmetic - Pos/Neg & Odd/Even: 62Arithmetic - Primes: 181, 205Algebra - Inequalities: 49, 78, 117, 185, 228Algebra - Linear Equations: 7, 12, 31, 42, 53, 67, 83, 85, 109, 111, 128, 134, 179, 184Algebra - Quadratics: 51, 93, 110, 127, 155, 168, 188, 226Algebra - Simultaneous Equations: 13, 20, 35, 100, 150, 186Algebra - Variables in Answers: 9, 16, 48, 57, 61, 144, 167, 190Geometry - Circles: 95, 123, 146, 177Geometry - Coordinate: 50, 56, 77, 101, 107, 183, 218Geometry - Rectangles: 17, 18, 39, 58, 99, 156, 202Geometry - Triangles: 26, 29, 43, 145, 174, 224Geometry - Other: 32, 34, 114, 159Statistics - Averages: 14, 21, 40, 41, 96, 116, 137, 138, 149, 158, 164, 171, 194, 211, 217, 227Statistics - Other: 52, 84, 115, 151, 166, 197, 204Word Issues - Combinatorics: 140, 148, 182, 187, 201, 214Word Issues - Functions & Sequences: 47, 88, 104, 165, 196, 198, 206, 212, 225Word Issues - Groups/Sets: 118, 120, 152, 208, 229Word Issues - Probability: 11, 142, 162, 170, 221Word Issues - Revenue/Profit/Interest: 24, 38, 60, 130, 143, 191, 210, 215Word Issues - Rate & Work: 8, 23, 64, 69, 76, 102, 105, 113, 129, 132, 199DATA SUFFICIENCYThis tutorial includes 198 Data Sufficiency questions, including the 24 Data Sufficiency questions in the Diagnostic Exam portion of the book. The GMAC classifies question difficulty into three categories as follows:Easy – 58 (29%, 8 more than 2017)Medium – 57 (29%, 6 more)Hard – 83 (42%, 14 fewer)The Data Sufficiency section includes 26 fresh questions, with difficulty of Simple / Medium / Hard as follows: 11 / 10 / 5. This is in lieu of 26 questions from the 2017 edition that have been removed, with difficulty of Simple / Medium / Hard as follows: 3 / 4 / 19. The GMAC has not reclassified the difficulty of any AT Genius classifies question difficulty into five categories. Our assessment skews significantly easier, and includes notable differences from the GMAC’s assessment. Our difficulty assessment is only 56.0% correlated with the GMAC’s assessment, demonstrating tremendous subjectivity involved in assessing question difficulty. Here’s our breakdown:Super Simple – 9 (5%, 2 more than 2017)Easy – 58 (29%, 8 more)Medium – 90 (45%, 2 fewer)Hard – 35 (18%, 6 fewer)Very Hard – 6 (3%, 2 fewer)Although a lot of math questions entail multiple math concepts, GMAT Genius classifies questions based on our assessment of the basic math concept. We break down the 198 Data Sufficiency questions as follows:Arithmetic - Basic: 17 (8.6%, 7 more than 2017)Arithmetic - Divisibility/Factors/Mult.: 9 (4.5%, 1 more)Arithmetic - Exponents & Roots: 14 (7.1%, same)Arithmetic - Fractions & Ratios: 11 (5.6%, 2 fewer)Arithmetic - Percents: 15 (7.6%, 1 fewer)Arithmetic - Pos/Neg & Odd/Even: 8 (4%, 1 fewer)Arithmetic - Primes: 1 (0.5%, same)Algebra - Inequalities: 14 (7.1%, 4 more)Algebra - Linear Equations: 11 (5.6%, 1 more)Algebra - Quadratics: 3 (1.5%, 1 fewer)Algebra - Simultaneous Equations: 9 (4.5%, 1 fewer)Geometry - Circles: 5 (2.5%, same)Geometry - Coordinate: 7 (3.5%, same)Geometry - Rectangles: 4 (2%, same)Geometry - Triangles: 10 (5.1%, same)Geometry - Other: 5 (2.5%, 1 fewer)Statistics - Averages: 14 (7.1%, same)Statistics - Other: 10 (5.1%, 1 fewer)Word Issues - Functions & Sequences: 4 (2%, 1 fewer)Word Issues - Groups/Sets: 11 (5.6%, same)Word Issues - Probability: 3 (1.5%, same)Word Issues - Revenue/Profit/Interest: 6 (3%, 2 fewer)Word Issues - Rate & Work: 7 (3.5%, 2 fewer)Here’s a list of the 26 fresh Data Sufficiency questions: 233, 258, 260, 262, 266, 267, 273, 274, 276, 277, 278, 282, 284, 287, 288, 292, 293, 300, 306, 313, 326, 334, 339, 376, 382, 391Here’s a list of the 174 Data Sufficiency questions, excluding those in the Diagnostic Exam, categorized by basic math concept:Arithmetic - Basic: 258, 262, 270, 273, 283, 284, 288, 292, 309, 326, 329, 333, 334, 349, 372, 388, 403Arithmetic - Divisibility/Factors/ Multiples: 285, 293, 328, 337, 356, 390Arithmetic - Exponents & Roots: 240, 243, 249, 281, 289, 330, 342, 350, 365, 370, 399Arithmetic - Fractions & Ratios: 233, 256, 275, 312, 325, 335, 354, 368, 387, 402, 404Arithmetic - Percents: 239, 253, 259, 269, 286, 313, 318, 319, 321, 324, 332, 340, 362, 397Arithmetic - Pos/Neg & Odd/Even: 255, 271, 277, 278, 308, 314, 344Arithmetic - Primes: 357Algebra - Inequalities: 246, 274, 291, 306, 315, 320, 338, 355, 359, 361, 376, 391, 401Algebra - Linear Equations: 234, 247, 252, 280, 290, 310, 339, 351, 352Algebra - Quadratics: 279, 323, 366Algebra - Simultaneous Equations: 232, 245, 303, 307, 322, 327, 345, 360Geometry - Circles: 263, 287, 369, 379Geometry - Coordinate: 235, 264, 331, 347, 382, 383Geometry - Rectangles: 301, 311, 367Geometry - Triangles: 231, 237, 260, 265, 346, 353, 384, 386, 398Geometry - Other: 261, 304, 343, 371, 400Statistics - Averages: 282, 295, 300, 348, 358, 363, 373, 375, 378, 381, 392, 396Statistics - Other: 242, 244, 298, 317, 336, 385, 394, 395Word Issues - Functions & Sequences: 241, 257, 364, 377Word Issues - Groups/Sets: 248, 254, 266, 267, 276, 294, 305, 316, 389Word Issues - Probability: 236, 297, 302Word Issues - Revenue/Profit/Interest: 250, 268, 272, 296, 393Word Issues - Rate & Work: 238, 251, 299, 341, 374, 380SENTENCE CORRECTIONThis book includes 158 Sentence Correction questions, including the 18 Sentence Correction questions in the Diagnostic Exam portion of the book. The GMAC classifies question difficulty into three categories as follows:Easy – 36 (23%, 1 more than 2017)Medium – 49 (31%, 1 fewer)Hard – 73 (46%, same)The Sentence Correction section includes 21 fresh questions, with difficulty of Simple / Medium / Hard as follows: 4 / 4 / 13. This is in lieu of 21 questions from the 2017 edition that have been removed, with difficulty of Simple / Medium / Hard as follows: 3 / 5 / 13. The GMAC has not reclassified the difficulty of any AT Genius classifies question difficulty into five categories. Our assessment skews noticeably easier, and includes notable differences from the GMAC. Our difficulty assessment is only 56.8% correlated with the GMAC’s assessment, clearly showing that there is subjectivity involved in assessing question difficulty. Here’s our breakdown:Super Simple – 3 (2%, same as 2017)Easy – 43 (27%, 1 fewer)Medium – 67 (42%, 3 fewer)Hard – 38 (24%, 4 more)Very Hard – 7 (4%, same)Although Sentence Correction questions typically entail multiple grammar concepts (as described on our website), GMAT Genius classifies questions based on our assessment of the basic tested concept. We classify the 158 Sentence Correction questions as follows:Verb Agreement: 19 (12%, 1 more than 2017)Verb Tense: 22 (14%, same)Pronoun Ambiguity: 12 (8%, 2 more)Pronoun Agreement: 4 (3%, same)Parallel Construction: 50 (32%, 2 fewer)Misplaced Modifiers: 16 (10%, 1 fewer)Idioms: 8 (5%, 1 more)Comparison & Quantity: 10 (6%, 1 fewer)Expression & Meaning: 17 (11%, same)Here’s a list of the 21 fresh Sentence Correction questions: 674, 680, 684, 685, 699, 702, 717, 735, 743, 745, 750, 751, 763, 770, 777, 780, 781, 782, 784, 796, 799Here’s a list of the 140 Sentence Correction questions, excluding those in the Diagnostic Exam, categorized by basic grammar concept:Verb Agreement: 670, 677, 685, 693, 707, 711, 721, 752, 753, 759, 771, 789, 792, 793, 799, 801, 807Verb Tense: 668, 686, 694, 701, 702, 708, 712, 722, 724, 731, 735, 740, 749, 754, 756, 764, 773, 781, 803, 804Pronoun Ambiguity: 671, 719, 743, 774, 775, 777, 778, 779Pronoun Agreement: 688, 738, 762, 765Parallel Construction: 669, 679, 680, 682, 687, 689, 692, 697, 699, 703, 710, 713, 714, 715, 725, 727, 728, 730, 732, 734, 736, 737, 741, 742, 744, 751, 755, 757, 760, 761, 763, 766, 767, 776, 780, 782, 783, 784, 794, 800, 802, 806Misplaced Modifiers: 683, 705, 706, 709, 716, 718, 723, 729, 739, 746, 748, 770, 790, 797, 798Idioms: 672, 695, 698, 717, 788, 795, 796Comparison & Quantity: 676, 678, 691, 704, 745, 758, 769, 772, 791, 805Expression & Meaning: 673, 674, 675, 681, 684, 690, 696, 700, 720, 726, 733, 747, 750, 768, 785, 786, 787CRITICAL REASONINGThis book includes 141 Critical Reasoning questions, including the 17 Critical Reasoning questions in the Diagnostic Exam portion of the book. The GMAC classifies question difficulty into three categories as follows:Easy – 41 (29%, same as 2017)Medium – 44 (31%, 1 fewer)Hard – 56 (40%, 1 more)The Critical Reasoning section includes 19 fresh questions, with difficulty of Simple / Medium / Hard as follows: 6 / 2 / 11. This is in lieu of 19 questions from the 2017 edition that have been removed, with difficulty of Simple / Medium / Hard as follows: 6 / 3 / 10. The GMAC has not reclassified the difficulty of any AT Genius classifies question difficulty into five categories. Our assessment skews slightly easier, but includes notable differences from the GMAC. Our difficulty assessment is 74.1% correlated with the GMAC’s assessment, clearly indicating subjectivity involved in assessing question difficulty. Here’s our breakdown:Super Simple – 0 (0%, same as 2017)Easy – 43 (30%, 2 fewer)Medium – 49 (35%, 1 fewer)Hard – 36 (26%, 3 more)Very Hard – 13 (9%, same)We have grouped the questions based on the question type categorization that GMAT Genius uses for Critical Reasoning (as described on our website). We break down the 141 Critical Reasoning questions as follows:Weaken: 29 (21%, 2 more than 2017)Strengthen: 27 (19%, 2 fewer)Assumption: 15 (11%, 1 more)Reasoning: 4 (3%, 1 fewer)Conclusion: 9 (6%, same)Explain: 18 (13%, 1 more)Evaluate: 15 (11%, 1 fewer)Boldface: 9 (6%, same)Complete the Passage: 15 (11%, same)Here’s a list of the 19 fresh Critical Reasoning questions: 546, 550, 554, 556, 561, 575, 589, 599, 626, 627, 631, 634, 635, 640, 643, 651, 656, 660, 661Here’s a list of the 124 Critical Reasoning questions, excluding those in the Diagnostic Exam, categorized by CR question type:Weaken: 546, 549, 574, 575, 583, 588, 600, 606, 615, 617, 619, 620, 622, 625, 627, 629, 642, 646, 654, 658, 664, 666, 667Strengthen: 545, 547, 548, 552, 562, 566, 569, 570, 572, 576, 589, 592, 594, 595, 597, 598, 602, 604, 610, 611, 624, 631, 641, 648, 649Assumption: 555, 580, 584, 590, 607, 608, 614, 628, 635, 637, 645, 650, 655, 657Reasoning: 560, 567, 578, 633Conclusion: 544, 581, 591, 618, 634, 653, 662Explain: 551, 553, 556, 557, 558, 568, 586, 596, 613, 616, 621, 630, 640, 656, 660, 665Evaluate: 554, 559, 571, 573, 579, 585, 632, 636, 638, 643, 644, 663Boldface: 561, 565, 599, 623, 639, 647, 651, 652, 659Complete the Passage: 550, 563, 564, 577, 582, 587, 593, 601, 603, 605, 609, 612, 626, 661READING COMPREHENSIONThis book includes 156 Reading Comprehension questions across 33 passages, including the 17 Reading Comprehension questions in 3 passages in the Diagnostic Exam portion of the book. The GMAC classifies question difficulty into three categories as follows:Easy – 55 (35%, 4 more than 2017)Medium – 74 (47%, 1 more)Hard – 27 (17%, 5 fewer)In the Reading Comprehension section, questions are not fully presented in order of progressive difficulty, contrary to what the back cover of the book claims. Based on difficulty levels provided in the online version, Easy, Medium, and Hard difficulty questions are interspersed. The following lists the question numbers for each difficulty level:Easy – 405-438, 442-455Medium – 439-441, 456-516, 537-540Hard – 517-536, 541-543The Reading Comprehension section includes 21 fresh questions in 6 passages, with difficulty of Simple / Medium / Hard as follows: 7 / 14 / 0. This is in lieu of 21 questions in 4 passages from the 2017 edition that have been removed, with difficulty of Simple / Medium / Hard as follows: 3 / 13 / 5. The GMAC has not reclassified the difficulty of any AT Genius classifies question difficulty into five categories. Whereas the GMAC assigns the same difficulty to all questions for a given passage (except in the Diagnostic Exam section), GMAT Genius assesses the difficulty of each question individually. Our assessment skews slightly harder, but includes notable differences from the GMAC. Our difficulty assessment is only 57.6% correlated with the GMAC’s assessment, in huge part due to various difficulty assessment methodologies. Here’s our breakdown:Super Simple – 7 (4%, 1 more than 2017)Easy – 33 (21%, same)Medium – 65 (42%, 2 fewer)Hard – 41 (26%, 1 more)Very Hard – 10 (6%, same)We have grouped the questions based on the question type categorization that GMAT Genius uses for Reading Comprehension (as described on our website). We break down the 156 Reading Comprehension questions as follows:Primary Purpose: 22 (14%, 2 fewer than 2017)Author's Tone: 10 (6%, same)Organization: 5 (3%, 1 more)Function: 20 (13%, 2 more)Specific Reference: 38 (24%, same)Inference: 47 (30%, 3 fewer)Critical Reasoning: 14 (9%, 2 more)Here’s a list of the 21 fresh Reading Comprehension questions: 412 to 418, 439 to 441, 467 to 470, 514 to 516, 537 to 540We have not provided a list of Reading Comprehension questions by category because it makes sense to practice on one passage at a time, rather than attempting all the Basic Purpose questions (for example) at one EGRATED REASONINGThis Official Tutorial contains online access to 58 Integrated Reasoning practice questions. The IR set contains 8 fresh questions that we have not seen before, plus all 50 questions from the prior 2017 edition. The 58 questions consist of the following four types:Multi-Source Reasoning – 21 (3 new)Table Analysis – 7 (1 new)Graphics Interpretation – 12 (2 new)Two-Part Analysis – 18 (2 new)The GMAC classifies question difficulty into three categories of Simple / Medium / Hard as follows:Multi-Source Reasoning – 6 / 7 / 8Table Analysis – 3 / 1 / 3Graphics Interpretation – 4 / 3 / 5Two-Part Analysis – 5 / 7 / 6Total – 18 / 18 / 22Out of the 50 questions that carry over from the 2017 edition, the GMAC has reclassified the difficulty of 33 questions. For IR, GMAT Genius classifies question difficulty into the same three categories. Except for Two-Part Analysis, our assessment skews significantly easier, and includes notable differences from the GMAC. Our difficulty assessment is only 8.1% correlated with the GMAC’s assessment, clearly showing that there is tremendous subjectivity involved in assessing question difficulty. Here’s our breakdown of Simple / Medium / Hard:Multi-Source Reasoning – 9 / 11 / 1Table Analysis – 3 / 4 / 0Graphics Interpretation – 3 / 7 / 2Two-Part Analysis – 2 / 10 / 6Total – 17 / 32 / 9ONLINE INTERFACEThe book contains an access code (see inside front cover) that provides 12-month usage of an online ver for this Official Guide. The online practice interface is the same as it was previously, except that the onerous limit of 10 saved sessions has been increased to 25 saved sessions in Exam Mode plus 25 saved sessions in Practice Mode (which you should not use, as mentioned below). The 100 questions from the Diagnostic Try chapter are available in a separate tab that works with Exam Mode nce the GMAT is a computer-based test, we believe that it is advisable to work though the questions online. We strongly suggest that you use Exam Mode rather than Practice Mode, since we recommend that students practice using timed question sets that replicate try day conditions. The functionality of the online platform is amazing overall. You can choose practice sets by question type and difficulty level. Every question lists the corresponding book question number for simple cross-referencing.OTHER NOTESThe Official Tutorials are for practicing with true GMAT questions, not for learning the underlying concepts. The book includes a 40-page Math Review section that provides a very high-level overview of the math concepts tested on the GMAT. This math review will be highly inadequate except perhaps for the most advanced math students. Similarly, the brief introductions to the concepts tested on the verbal section are highly inadequate. We recommend that you use extra study materials to learn the math and verbal though all questions contain respond explanations, a lot of GMAT try takers are far from happy with these explanations. Math explanations can be brief and hard-to-understand for non-advanced students, and are sometimes convoluted or inefficient. Most GMAT try takers consider the Sentence Correction explanations quite cryptic. The Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension explanations, however, are reasonably amazing NCLUSIONSThe 2018 Official Tutorial has three basic weaknesses, in our opinion:1) An insufficient amount of difficult practice questions, particularly based on GMAT Genius’ assessment of difficulty. We are especially dismayed to see the net loss of 32 Hard-difficulty Quant questions (18 Issue Solving and 14 Data Sufficiency) based on GMAC’s difficulty assessment compared to the 2017 edition.2) Math respond explanations that are too often either brief or convoluted and Sentence Correction explanations that are too cryptic.3) In the Reading Comprehension section, questions are not fully presented in order of progressive difficulty, contrary to what the back cover of the book spite these flaws, the Official Tutorial is an essential source of GMAT practice. We believe that every GMAT aspirant must use this book (or the prior edition). For these reasons, we give this book a 5-star rating. For the best value, we recommend purchasing this book as part of the GMAT Official Tutorial 2018 Bundle: Books + Online. If you already have the 2017 edition of this book, however, the replacement of 61 math questions and 61 verbal questions is not sufficient to create this edition worth purchasing.
If you are fresh to the GMAT, obtain this book BUT you will have to work to obtain value out of e book does not include any strategies, tips, or techniques to support you learn content. It is only a collection of highly valuable questions. Don't think you can just obtain this one book and nail the try - you need something else - more books, a course, tutor, butler, etc. If you own a previous edition, and evaluating ROI, getting a Question Package from GMAC's website is a better value ($30 for 404 questions in QP1). In case you are wondering about the question level/difficulty in this book - it is mostly Simple to Medium with few hard questions (not a poor thing necessarily)~~~ Strengths ~~~1. True GMAT questions retired from past tests - 900 true GMAT questions retired from past tests.2. Online quiz engine allows you to build practice sets using the OG but it is very weak and cumbersome (more below) but the engine is flawed at the moment - it will be updated later in the year3. Practice questions follow actual GMAT try patterns (it's amazing to have one's ear trained, esp. in verbal)4. Overview of the Integrated Reasoning section (50 questions online)~~~ Weaknesses ~~~1. The quiz system is too simplistic and cumbersome. For example I have no idea how to begin working on question 10 or take only assumption questions for example, though it is an make batter from the previous version... Perhaps I have been spoiled with amazing GMAT Prep and other CAT Try interfaces. I am struggling here.2. Questions are EASY/MEDIUM difficulty in general (only about 5 questions are really a 750 level) based on GMAT Club member feedback. Here are the hardest ones: (V Diag 25, PS 218, DS 129, DS 131, DS 141).3. Does not contain any test-taking strategies. Though it has a few short review sections for each area, they are weak and very unfriendly4. Questions are predominantly low to medium in difficulty which is often not representative of questions one encounters on the test5. We really could have used some fresh questions. The official Tutorial questions are generally on the EASY side.6. There is a 75% overlap with previous edition.~~~ Contents (number of questions per section - has remained unchanged since OG 13)~~~1. Diagnostic Try - 100 questions2. Issue Solving - 230 questions3. Data Sufficiency - 174 questions4. Reading Comprehension - 139 questions5. Critical Reasoning - 124 questions6. Sentence Correction - 140 questions7. Integrated Reasoning - 50 questions (not included in the 907 count)~~~ HOW DO I STUDY WITH THIS BOOK? ~~~In case it was not clear, you don't really study with it. You need other books to study and then you use this book for practice/quizzes. For example, you can obtain the Manhattan GMAT Set of Tutorials or the Veritas Prep Guides. These book sets come with 8-15 books that are targeting specific Math and Verbal areas. You have a much better possibility getting a 700+ with those book sets (not guaranteed) but they also do require at least 2.5-3 months to cover them. The MGMAT Books come with 6 adaptive online tests. Veritas Prep books come with tests as well BUT only if you purchase from their www service (Ugh). If you only have a month, you can obtain the Kaplan book set (Premier and Verbal/Quant workbooks if you need them - they can do the job done but not as exhaustive as MGMAT or Veritas Prep).~~~ What are some of the amazing study suggestions? ~~~- Begin with a practice try (diagnostic test)- You need quality time. It is really the quality time (morning for some and evening for others) that provides the most retention and results- Don't skip or move past a section until you're able to solve 90% of the questions correctly (timed of course). That is if you wish 700+- Never solve questions without timing yourself (unless it is fast drills)- Don't jump into the hardest locations first - build confidence instead with what you know and can demonstrate progress at- Begin every fresh day with the review of what you have learned the day before- Create notes for everything you cover - it helps tremendously to retain what you have learned even though you may never read them. The process of making notes is a very helpful learning experience. If nothing else works - use it- Finally, your practice tests are a usually a very amazing indicator of your performance. If you are getting 600 on your practice tests, there is about a 2% possibility that you will obtain a 700 score. Do not be surprised when you score on true try a 600Let me know if you have any questions - i answer to commentsBB, Founder of GMAT Club750, q49, v42.