Princeton Review: Cracking the System: the GMAT
Martz, Katzman, and Robinson
Submitter: When doing an inventory of test preparation books held at my community college library, I discovered the only three GMAT books we owned were from 1989, 1990, and 1992. What was even worse was that I had to request the books to get them back, since they were currently checked out. I shudder to think how this student will fare on the test using only these as their guides.
The 1989 one in particular is a hoot. It’s the first edition from the Princeton Review and the cover falls into the “many fonts and too many words” trap. I can only venture a guess that the test may have changed slightly in the last 21 years.
The official book from 1992 isn’t much better. Nauseating colors and inexplicable geometric shapes, complete with errata!
These books are being chucked ASAP and replaced with something more current. I’ll leave you with a few peeks inside. From the official 1992 book, a newfangled concept of electronic transmittal of mail. And the Princeton Review book gives a list of tips for the reading comprehension section that’s great–the minority passage is always positive! Words of wisdom to live by.
Holly: I can’t believe these were checked out! Test prep books have to have a close eye kept on them for currency. They are a high-theft item in many libraries, too, so it feels like you are always replacing them. What measures have your libraries taken to keep these titles up to date and avoid theft?