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Should I use Manhattan 5lb for my GRE Preparation? Is this book enough? Is this book outdated? Is the Verbal Section good? Are the sentence equivalence questions and text completion questions close to the actual test? These are some of the frequently asked questions regarding Manhattan 5lb. Having read the book thrice, cover to cover, I think I am qualified enough to answer most such queries. In this article I will try to review each aspect of the book. Hope the review is useful


Sentence Equivalence/ Text Completion Questions:

Although the Manhattan Strategy Guide on Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion does a really good job of communicating the essential concepts and gives some really nice tips and tricks on cracking this part of the verbal section, the 5lb question bank just isn’t up to the mark. The litmus test is simple, go through the ETS Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion questions and then go through the Manhattan 5lb question bank. The difference is enormous. 5lb relies too much on vocabulary and does not pay as much attention to the logical part of the sentence as is required. I will not recommend using 5lb as the primary source of preparation, Barron’s 6 Practice tests and Magoosh do a better job than Manhattan 5lb.

Reading Comprehension:

Manhattan 5lb provides more than 150 RC questions and I especially like the last 100 questions. In my opinion, the primary role of Reading Comprehension question bank from any source is to enable the student to come up with his own strategy. Should you read the passage first or the questions first? How much time do you require to an attempt RC? And other such personal strategy related questions. No prep firm can enhance your comprehension ability exponentially in a period of one or two months, all any test prep firm can do is to provide high quality passages- and Manhattan does that. The down side of using Manhattan is that the answer choices are not as close as the one’s in the exam especially on the harder section, so Manhattan does not exactly test you in the same way as ETS does.


If you are a Mathematics wizard, you probably don’t need much preparation for GRE Quant, just go through the last half of each chapter. If you are not a mathematics wizard, but are familiar with the fundamentals, this book will provide you enough questions for practice. If you need help with the basics, you can use 5lb with strategy guides and hopefully you will see some improvement. I wouldn’t say that the 5lb question bank is as good as the actual questions since the ETS tends to place a lot of focus on the logical part, but the book is definitely good and can help you improve your quant score. The downside of using 5lb is that some of the questions are irrelevant in my opinion, such as the one’s with double humps in Bell Curves, I wouldn’t recommend my students to worry about those.

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