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440 on Mock. What is best way to learn CONTENT? [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2014, 05:16
Hey Guys,

I would love to gain some insight on how to improve my score and get above 700. I have no time restriction in regards to when I want to do the exam. I have the net 3 - 6 months as my time frame. My target score is a 710 - 720. My knewton mock exam breakdown is as follows 30q and 24v.

I have taken many online prep courses and also have a tutor, but all they focus is on strategy (GMAT tricks, fast ways of doing stuff etc...) but not on the actual CONTENT of the exam. Are their any resources that could help me with CONTENT rather than strategy? are there any online courses that do the same?

Thanks in advance for the solid advice.
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Re: 440 on Mock. What is best way to learn CONTENT? [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2014, 11:54
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Hey Guys,

I would love to gain some insight on how to improve my score and get above 700. I have no time restriction in regards to when I want to do the exam. I have the net 3 - 6 months as my time frame. My target score is a 710 - 720. My knewton mock exam breakdown is as follows 30q and 24v.

I have taken many online prep courses and also have a tutor, but all they focus is on strategy (GMAT tricks, fast ways of doing stuff etc...) but not on the actual CONTENT of the exam. Are their any resources that could help me with CONTENT rather than strategy? are there any online courses that do the same?

Thanks in advance for the solid advice.

Dear hamburglar,
I'm happy to help. :-)

Here's a six-month study plan, very thorough:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/6-month-gm ... -schedule/
If you stick to that carefully, it will help you reach your potential.

Magoosh has a great deal of content. We have 150+ video lessons, full of content information. Here's a video lesson on grammar:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/lessons/1046-in ... of-purpose
Here's a practice SC question:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3225
Here's a practice DS question:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/926
For each one of those practice questions, when you submit your answers, the following page will have a complete video explanation. That's even more content! Every question has its own video explanation, so you can learn even more content as you practice.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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Re: 440 on Mock. What is best way to learn CONTENT? [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2014, 19:29
I was going to purchase the gmat club question pack. There is also a combo with Magoosh. Do I get access to the mobile app as well or is it strictly just web premium package?
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Re: 440 on Mock. What is best way to learn CONTENT? [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2014, 07:28
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Hello,

700 is a great goal and our course, Economist GMAT Tutor, can help you get there. We have over 5,000 practice exams (mostly retired real GMAT questions) that will help you hone your skills. I would recommend that you try it for yourself -- we offer a free 7-day trial with no obligation to continue. Check us out at http://gmat.economist.com.

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Re: 440 on Mock. What is best way to learn CONTENT? [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2014, 07:43
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Hey Guys,

I would love to gain some insight on how to improve my score and get above 700. I have no time restriction in regards to when I want to do the exam. I have the net 3 - 6 months as my time frame. My target score is a 710 - 720. My knewton mock exam breakdown is as follows 30q and 24v.

I have taken many online prep courses and also have a tutor, but all they focus is on strategy (GMAT tricks, fast ways of doing stuff etc...) but not on the actual CONTENT of the exam. Are their any resources that could help me with CONTENT rather than strategy? are there any online courses that do the same?

Thanks in advance for the solid advice.


Hey there ham!

Personally, I found that the best way to deal with content was to work on "low level" GMAT books. Here are two that I used:

http://books.google.co.in/books?id=52NIs40n5rYC
http://books.google.co.in/books?id=esT0bNJoxDQC

I used these books to "boot strap" my future preparation. They focus more on the content than on the tricks.
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Re: 440 on Mock. What is best way to learn CONTENT? [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2014, 10:47
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I was going to purchase the gmat club question pack. There is also a combo with Magoosh. Do I get access to the mobile app as well or is it strictly just web premium package?

The Magoosh GMAT mobile app is a streamlined version of the Magoosh product. You can download this app for free. If you are not a Magoosh premium user, you only get access to a little bit. If you are a premium Magoosh user, then you can sign in and use the app to watch all the lesson videos on your phone. For Magoosh practice questions, you still have to use the web, although of course, many Magoosh users also answer our practice questions by accessing the web via a mobile device.
Does all this make sense?
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Re: 440 on Mock. What is best way to learn CONTENT? [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2014, 15:39
I greatly appreciate the feedback. Although I highly respect the different sales pitch, I am not inclined to purchase any more prep courses. The spiel for each one is exactly the same. I did ask for course but would like to adjust my concern.

Would love to hear about strategies for someone who was weak in both areas and how they overcame the challenge?

I won't give up because giving up is too easy.
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Re: 440 on Mock. What is best way to learn CONTENT? [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2014, 11:26
hamburglar wrote:
I greatly appreciate the feedback. Although I highly respect the different sales pitch, I am not inclined to purchase any more prep courses. The spiel for each one is exactly the same. I did ask for course but would like to adjust my concern.

Would love to hear about strategies for someone who was weak in both areas and how they overcame the challenge?

I won't give up because giving up is too easy.


Ok, it is slightly ironic that you have folks coming in from test prep companies and they all pitch for their material...quite funny!

However, if you'd like to have an impartial account of some of the sources that helped me on my GMAT you could click on the link in my signature to go to my debrief.

In short - MGMAT guides for SC and RC, Power Score CR bible for CR, MGMAT quant guides, 6 MGMAT club tests, GMAT Club tests for quant and 800 Kaplan book constitute what helped me do well on the GMAT.

Also you have a brilliant test resource in GMAT Prep tests that come with GMAT prep software from the official makes of GMAT, all for free! Go to mba.com However, use these tests very judiciously when you really want to get a hang of your preparedness. These two tests are very precious cos they give you a very good idea on your score range on the real GMAT.
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Re: 440 on Mock. What is best way to learn CONTENT? [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2014, 18:38
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hamburglar wrote:
I greatly appreciate the feedback. Although I highly respect the different sales pitch, I am not inclined to purchase any more prep courses. The spiel for each one is exactly the same. I did ask for course but would like to adjust my concern.

Would love to hear about strategies for someone who was weak in both areas and how they overcame the challenge?

I won't give up because giving up is too easy.


Ok, it is slightly ironic that you have folks coming in from test prep companies and they all pitch for their material...quite funny!

However, if you'd like to have an impartial account of some of the sources that helped me on my GMAT you could click on the link in my signature to go to my debrief.

In short - MGMAT guides for SC and RC, Power Score CR bible for CR, MGMAT quant guides, 6 MGMAT club tests, GMAT Club tests for quant and 800 Kaplan book constitute what helped me do well on the GMAT.

Also you have a brilliant test resource in GMAT Prep tests that come with GMAT prep software from the official makes of GMAT, all for free! Go to mba.com However, use these tests very judiciously when you really want to get a hang of your preparedness. These two tests are very precious cos they give you a very good idea on your score range on the real GMAT.


Great de-brief!

I have read it again and again for insight. A lot of great tips. You started off extremely well at 700. I have a long uphill battle and mountain are only fun to climb when they are uphill.
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Re: 440 on Mock. What is best way to learn CONTENT? [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2014, 07:13
hi, I am thinking to take GMAT some 3 months later, could any 1 plz advise what type of reading I must start what type of fictions are suggested,? siraj samemon75
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Re: 440 on Mock. What is best way to learn CONTENT? [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2014, 07:14
hi, I am thinking to take GMAT some 3 months later, could any 1 plz advise what type of reading I must start what type of fictions are suggested,? siraj samemon75
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Re: 440 on Mock. What is best way to learn CONTENT? [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2014, 10:20
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hi, I am thinking to take GMAT some 3 months later, could any 1 plz advise what type of reading I must start what type of fictions are suggested,? siraj samemon75

Dear Siraj,
I'm happy to respond. :-)

Here's a blog articles giving detailed recommendations about what to read in preparation for the GMAT:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-reading-list/
Here's a free GMAT Idiom ebook:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idiom-ebook/
Here's a three-month study schedule designed for folks who want to improve their verbal performance:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-gm ... l-focused/

Best of luck to you! Let me know if you have any further questions.
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