I need to stop wasting money though, haha. But if you only have a couple of weeks to study rather than a few months, my advice would be to focus on the newer ones, or at least to do a mixture of the older and newer ones. They include the tests, answer key, score breakdown, and test answer sheets in the back of the book. This way you are thinking through things as you will when you are actually taking the test. The test mostly goes on logic and uses puzzles and short questions to test your logic. I need to stop wasting money though, haha.
They're prices are just insane compared to what you get with 7Sage. And usually once you know the basics its time. Only taking the tests won't get you as high of a score increase. Although it does not contain answer explanations, it is great practice to take as many of these as possible before the real thing. That's when i opted to subscribe to their plan simply because it was a different learning experience than self-study books. The cost per test for the triple preps is comparable here.
If you have the money and time, buy and take all three 10 Prep books. Lastly, as far as Testmasters, I have heard some horror stories of instructors that just wouldn't show and didn't know much about the test. The Cambridge packets are pretty amazing, too, so no regrets there. I need to stop wasting money though, haha. I just like collecting these damn things. Each PrepTest contains the 4 scored sections of the exam, as well as the writing sample.
Hoardersareawesome Haha I just moved and am still in the process. October does seem a bit on the later side. I think they are decent at breaking down the very basic fundamentals. Yeah, each tests is between 5 and 8 bucks. There is a short description of the test at the begining of the book, but no study materials other than the tests and keys. I need to stop wasting money though, haha. Through this book, I got familiar with the newer types of games, which enabled me to solve them on the real test.
You need all the practice you can get. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. . So if you can, finish 7Sage I think its the best and most comprehensive then reach for the outside resources for different perspectives as needed. I just like collecting these damn things. Hoardersareawesome Haha I just moved and am still in the process. I find that mixing resources tends to be fine, but doing one at at a time is usual best.
I am beginning to see my book collection has gotten out of control. I need to stop wasting money though, haha. I need to stop wasting money though, haha. One trap people often fall into is just trying to study as many books, for as long as possible. It is arguably the best resource as far as the classes I know, especially price wise. I wish I got 7Sage and Manhattan first, but I think Powerscore first wasn't the worst thing for me.
These PrepTests do not contain comparative reading questions, which were added to the exam in June 2007. My goal was to study each question type from across the courses and consolidate their ideas for their specific tips on the question types. I am beginning to see my book collection has gotten out of control. The tests released after this book tests 39-52 , have a format where the analytical reasoning games have become much easier, but the reading comprehension section has become more difficult. Having another book handy which explains the test and question types--I recommend Kaplan's--is extremely beneficial, though. These tests are older so while they are still great for studying you are better off buying test packets that includes tests that are more recent. This may just be a function of the order in which I took the practice tests, but I found the games in this book harder than the games in the previous two.
So studying isn't a big issue because there is nothing to memorize. I think they are decent at breaking down the very basic fundamentals. It was an insanely boring way to prepare, but I was satisfied with my results. However taking practice tests will familiarize you with the test and reaquaint you with the standardized test not seen since highschool. If not, you won't really have a good idea of which strategy is working or not. I'm trying to get through 7sage and then fininish off the rest of the other material, while tagging important details that must be part of the habits required for the test. However, 7Sage sort of has their version of them now, anyway.
If you have time to finish all of those then add this book. My goal was to study each question type from across the courses and consolidate their ideas for their specific tips on the question types. Hoardersareawesome Haha I just moved and am still in the process. I had a sticky post from a youtube video staring at me for two months look i to 7sage, then one week in june for 3 days i watched most of the webinars and lessons and was regretting purchasing blueprint. But so far, I couldn't be happier with 7Sage. The only thing that would be nice is if there were explanations for the answers, but then the book would be much longer.