Let me first introduce myself: I am a 22 year old student from outside the US and I just finished my bachelor (B.Sc. in Business Administration). Currently, I am thinking of doing a GAP year with several internships after which I want to pursue a M.Sc. (either CEMS or SIM at Uni St. Gallen).
Currently, I have about 2 months of free time and therefore, I wanted to take my first GMAT test in about 6 weeks from now. Because I am totally new to this subject and I find all overviews provided in this forum kind of overwhelming, I wanted to ask you guys what the best strategy would be for me?
I have not taken any practice tests yet but I assume that I am considerably weak in quant and average in the verbal section (I hope around 450-500 in total). My realistic aim for the final test is a solid 650, a dream would be 700+ but I think this is not really achievable in the short period of time.
Within the next 6 weeks I plan on studying about 5-8hrs/ day with a few small breaks in between (doing sport – meeting friends etc.). Which materials do you recommend me for using?
Being silly and fussy, I already purchased the OG 13
+ OG 13
Quant + OG 13
Verbal. I guess, after having read a few topics, that this isn’t the best choice since they are mostly a collection of questions and do not provide any strategies?!
Thus, what could I buy in order to prepare adequately during the next few weeks? Is the MGMAT set helpful in this case (kinda expensive, isn't it) ? And if so, where can I purchase it in Europe without having to wait at least 1-2 weeks before it gets delivered?
Are there any other major points that I should consider during preparation? I already have a mental check list, consisting of:
1) Keeping an error log
2) Learning basics comes before solving questions
3) Understanding concepts before skipping to harder questions
4) … ?
I think I really do not qualify to give you a piece of advice, but then I thought I may help you a bit as I have also struggled on similar lines.
For strategies I think MGMAT are better as they kinda explain basics and tell you how to approach a problem. So, they are a good option.
But considering the time constraint, my suggestion is to cover following
1. Number properties Guide
2. Algebra guide
3. Geometry guide( after the first two).
For Verbal MGMAT SC
is very good.
For practice first priority is to do OGs and Individual OGs for Quant and verbal and If you still find time Kaplan Verbal
an Quant workbooks can be considered.
Lastly, Out of my experience so far
I thought I was also better in Verbal than Quant since it did not sound as alien as Quant to me( I am from accounting background). However, I have been observing since right from first mock and further practice, my quant score has a very short learning curve when compared to Verbal. I find it is harder for verbal to improve score than for Quant. So you may not want to give less weightage to verbal. My suggestion is to start off with a mock and see how you go and make suitable adjustments to your preparation.
All the best
I would not mind a Kudos If you feel this is useful