Thatte’s first study guide provides not just a systematic approach to solving math problems on the Graduate Record Examinations and Graduate Management Admission Test, but also the strategies to help readers do so as quickly and easily as possible.
Thatte’s greatest accomplishment here may be breaking down word problems—often a bane for math test takers—and clearly explaining the intuitive, comprehension-heavy process that goes into solving them. But before he teaches readers how to translate words into mathematical equations and vice versa, Thatte lays a solid groundwork of mathematical concepts. Starting from scratch and working his way up to geometry, he provides a fast, thorough review of the types of math found on the GRE and GMAT. His experience in prepping students for competitive exams shines through with spare, to-the-point explanations and collected tips and tricks for streamlining calculations, spotting trends, and tackling problems to reach the answers efficiently and accurately. He even breezes painlessly through an explanation of absolute value equations, a topic that often flummoxes algebra learners. Thatte creates a handful of practice problems to help reinforce each new concept and problem-solving strategy. “The more you practice, the faster you will get. On the GRE/GMAT speed is as important as accuracy,” he writes, warning that test takers have two minutes or less to solve each problem. The number of practice problems and space given for computations might be a bit skimpy, particularly for readers new to the mathematical concepts, but for a streamlined, skill- and strategy-intensive review, it’s still workable. The inconsistently formatted fractions can look a bit odd, but that’s only briefly distracting and barely reduces the quality and ease of Thatte’s teaching style.
Perhaps too fast-moving for beginners but an astute, well-paced review for anyone looking to conquer the logistical and mathematical challenges of the GRE and GMAT.