I might be applying to Grad School in the Winter of 2014, possibly later. I have low math skills so I do plan on starting my studying soon. I plan on being able to study for 6mo to year. I do work a lot and have a big course load so this on top of my weakness in Math it would just make me feel comfortable to pace things and have a lot of time to study hard and retake the GMAT as many times as needed.
I know a lot of people on here say their math is really bad but just to let you know how bad mine is: I barely got out of Middle School Pre-Algebra alive, and in HS I flunked out of basic Algebra COMPLETELY. I ended up taking a really low level Math class that was not Algebra just to graduate. I took Geometry and did just enough to pass. As you can see, no real Math skills aside from the basics were ever really developed. I did not have a lot of guidance in school so when I first started having these issues they were swept under the rug and no extra attention was given. I was only able to advance every year in Math because I did enough to skate by and fulfill minimum graduation reqs. As I said, I did not even pass Algebra. I also have not taken any Math in over 4 years.
Most people my age have already taken Calc and Physics. I have heard here on GMAT Club that the GMAT is on HS Math and you wont see any Calc but I do feel having taken these classes and having the average Math Foundation that most students have at this age does help with problem solving and critical thinking skills.
I am sensing from browsing various forums and discussions here, the consensus that Manhattan GMAT
is the gold standard. I'm pretty set on buying their "Quantitative prep set". I've also heard of a few experiences with other sources such as Kaplan
and things like GMAT Pill
. I have not looked too extensively into this because Manhattan GMAT
has hands down gotten the favorable vote around here. However, having no experiences with any of these sources at all and having never even opened a GMAT prep book EVER I of course do not know for myself which is best and encourage suggestions or comparisons regarding these companies and prep tools!
I guess the main goal of this post is that I plan on buying Manhattan's Quantitative Prep Set and was wondering if you all feel this is enough for someone who is really starting from scratch here, and wants a >700. I have heard many people say all Manhattan's books are all you need! However, I also do not know the various situations and experience levels of those who have stated this. Would you suggest paring this set with something else for Quant? Has anyone used the Prep Set I mentioned?
I am really starting from scratch but an excellent score on the GMAT is very important to me so I will take whatever measures necessary.
Open to all ideas and suggestions!!!!
(I've always been pretty solid in Verbal so I will focus on that after I have my Math down pat).