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Review Of The New GMAT Official Guide 13th Edition

GMAT Offical Guide TealYesterday I received my copy of the new GMAT Official Guide 13th Edition, which I had preordered. The book was originally listed as shipping in early April, so they moved the shipping schedule up by a week. I’ve spent a couple hours looking through the book and comparing it to the previous OG 12th Edition. Here’s my synopsis.

1. I scanned through the Quant section and tried to estimate the number of new questions. For Problem Solving section I counted 66 new questions out of 230; for Data Sufficiency it was 44 new questions out of 174. Overall, that’s 110 new Quant questions, which is about 27% of the total. I didn’t look at the Verbal too closely, but I’d imagine the percentage of new questions is about the same. Keep in mind I estimated these numbers (Edit: I’ve read elsewhere that’s there a total of 156 new questions out of 907 for the whole book, so my numbers for Quant might be too high). 

2. The overall difficulty of the questions doesn’t appear to have changed. I didn’t see any new Combinatorics or Probability questions in the Quant section. Thus, the chief complaint with the Official Guide remains the same – it doesn’t provide enough practice with 700+ level questions.

3. For Integrated Reasoning, there’s a 10-page brief synopsis that introduces the 4 different question types, but no examples within the book itself. Instead, for practice IR questions, you have to visit the publisher’s website and register with a unique code that’s found in the back of the book. Once you register and create a login, you have access for 6 months. On the website, there are a total of 50 example questions; however, each question can have multiple sub-questions, as per the screenshot below:

gmat integrated reasoning 2

4. Amazingly, the Integrated Reasoning sample questions allow you to use an on-screen calculator. This should help save some time on this section. I don’t think the calculator will be available in the regular math/ verbal section.

5. The Diagnostic Test at the beginning of the Official Guide hasn’t changed since the last edition

6. In the Analytical Writing section, the Analysis Of An Argument question is still in; the Analysis Of An Issue question has been removed.

That’s my first impression of the book; it’s available for order on Amazon here.

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Comments

  • Vivek

    Hi Matt, thats a great analysis of the book. I am sure there must be more to the book in addition to what you have showed here. For the Indian aspirants would just like to inform that the GMAT Official Guide 13th Edition is also available in Indian reprints and the website is http://wileyindia.com/gmat the website has a sample test which is available free. Please do visit. Cheers!!!

  • Shishir Rawat

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks for the brief on the New book, Can you please point out the new questions that are there..
    for the people like me who are movie from OG 12 to this book

    Regards
    Shishir Rawat

    • TheGmatTutor

      Hi Shishir,

      Here’s all the problems that are new, which I found on an Amazon review:

      Problem Solving: 12, 13, 14, 15, 37, 49, 56, 57, 60, 61, 69, 71, 75, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 91, 92, 108, 110, 112, 113, 114, 117, 118, 119, 127, 128, 129, 137, 158, 163, 166, 170, 177, 178, 182, 183, 196, 198, 199, 218, 229

      Data Sufficiency: 11, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 32, 33, 34, 37, 39, 41, 42, 52, 57, 65, 70, 74, 75, 79, 80, 83, 85, 92, 96, 97, 99, 102, 109, 123, 131, 133, 141

      Reading Comprehension: 1, 2, 3, 4; 11, 12, 13; 14, 15, 16, 17; 37, 38, 39, 40, 41; 52, 53, 54, 55; 84, 85, 86; 111, 112, 113, 114 (passages separated by semicolons)

      Critical Reasoning: 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 17, 19, 22, 29, 33, 39, 49, 59, 65, 69, 74, 81, 86, 94, 100, 106, 114, 124

      Sentence Correction: 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 15, 19, 26, 35, 38, 40, 48, 56, 65, 68, 71, 74, 79, 87, 97, 107, 111, 114, 132, 138

  • GMAT Prepster

    Thanks for the review of the problems. This was really helpful in my studies… Didn’t have to spend figuring out how to find the new material.

  • GMAT Prep

    Do you know anything about the new GMAT prep pack with 400 questions? Is it helpful?

    • TheGmatTutor

      Yes, I think the new GMAT prep pack is really helpful. I plan to write a post about it soon.