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Average preparation time .??? [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2006, 23:11
Hi everybody

First of all congratulations to the founders and members of this website.

It is great to know we are not alone in this world to fight vs GMAT :-D

I decided to apply to a MBA in JAPAN next year. Deadline : first week of January 2007.

I will study everyday (2h) and weekend (5h a day) to win vs GMAT and get around 650/680.

I think I have enough time to prepare GMAT, TOEFL and essays (this is first time for me to experience GMAT)
I took TOEIC in June and I get 880 after one month preparation.

Could you tell me how long did you prepare to win vs GMAT ?

Thanks in advance

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 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2006, 00:07
Hi SebZen,

Welcome to u :)

880 in TOEIC is amazing... Congratulations :). It should reflect your very good level of English.

From what I read here or there, the average of time is about 2 or 3 months. Of course, it's greatly depending on people. Other members would probably complete me on it ;)

By my side, I'm studing for GMAT since last mid April and I hope to conclude this long journey by the end of September.

In addition, I would like to add that u have found here the *website* for GMAT. I recommand u to spend time here to read tons of fantastic topics: it worths it ! :)
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2006, 00:31
Hi Fig,

Thank you very much for your advice and your compliment about my TOEIC score :wink:

I did not "feel" my level was so good (great surprise when I received the diploma :-D ) .
I guess I have to work harder to win GMAT and TOEFL.

GMAT exam seems quite difficult for non native english speaker (I am french like you :wink: ).

Will it be your first time to take GMAT exam ?

I decided to take GMAT because I want to get a MBA from a japanese business school.

Where would you like to study ?
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2006, 03:20
Yes... I saw your location as well ;) A japanese BS, very nice :) I believe that u plan to work in Japan, isn't it? :)

Yes, It will be my first attempt. I'm a bit scared but I try to remain confident on my preparation :)

My wished B school is HEC. Hence, I would be glad to achieve a score within the range that u discribed as fitted for u :)
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2006, 22:27
I wish you good luck for HEC and please send me your results as soon as you took GMAT Exam.

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Re: Average preparation time .??? [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2006, 06:04
SebZen wrote:
Hi everybody

First of all congratulations to the founders and members of this website.

It is great to know we are not alone in this world to fight vs GMAT :-D

I decided to apply to a MBA in JAPAN next year. Deadline : first week of January 2007.

I will study everyday (2h) and weekend (5h a day) to win vs GMAT and get around 650/680.

I think I have enough time to prepare GMAT, TOEFL and essays (this is first time for me to experience GMAT)
I took TOEIC in June and I get 880 after one month preparation.

Could you tell me how long did you prepare to win vs GMAT ?

Thanks in advance

Seb


As far as I know, there are only two AACSB accredited b-schools here in Japan. 1) McGill and 2) Temple. Both are in/around Tokyo. There is another school in Niigata (IUJ), and other brand name private schools: Keo, Waseda, Hitotsubashi...etc, but the last I heard they don't require a GMAT for admissions. Have you passed the MOJ Government Japanese Proficiency Test Level 1?
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2006, 10:24
Hi GMATT73,

I am thinking about Hitotsubashi (Public university) and Waseda (Private university) next year.

These 2 universities have a very good reputation IN Japan. As a consequence, you never see them mentioned in international rankings such as Business Week, FT, ......
Because of no AACSB maybe....certainly (!)

The other universities you named are good too.

I also do confirm Hitotsubashi and Waseda require GMAT and TOEFL. I went to HITOTSUBASHI ICS last month and the score for GMAT should be around 650 to avoid disappointment :lol: and 600 for TOEFL.
Waseda is quite same but, as a foreign applicant, I have to show motivation writing more essays (almost double !!).

I did not take JLPT 1 because my japanese level is farrrr from being bilingual.
That's why I looked for a MBA taught in english. As soon as I know I am accepted (during 1st semester 2007), I will learn seriously japanese in order the following semester (courses start in September or October).
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 05:57
I plan to take GMAT exam in the beginning of next year, certainly first week of January; which means I have about 4 months to be ready !

As a very beginner (and I am not a native english speaker), I decided to try GMATprep without any preparation the last weekend.

I had the following result : 390.

I had this score with 22 incorrect answers in quantitative section and 23 in verbal section.

This score does not reflect at all my level but I was curious to see my starting point (!). I noticed I am weak everywhere :oops:

My target is still 650 - 680.

Following advice from Praetorian, I will study with OG 11th (orange cover) first.

I will also use Kaplan 2006 (CD included) + Kaplan 800 + all the books from Manhattan GMAT books.

I will not forget to use the several materials which are available on this great website !
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2007, 21:26
Do you keep an error/practice log? Keeping track of your mistakes is a must for this test. For your aimed score range, I´d tell you to concentrate on your math weaknesses and SC, which is the easiest of the verbal sorts of questions to master. Also, try to practice at least a couple of PS, DS, SC, CR, RC every day. It´s a bit like a gym routine: you don´t want to do all legs for one week, then arms for another week, etc, but develop all muscles together progressively.

Good luck!
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2007, 22:03
It will mostly depend on your pre-study level. You can figure that out by doing some diagnostic test or prep (and then use the score estimator on this site or just ask).

I took 3 months at about the same rate as you (2hs/day on weekdays, etc.) with specific course. I then took some extra 15 days for additional preps and waiting for the exam. I suggest you get started ASAP, you never know if you'll need more than 1 attemp.

Hope it helps. L.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2007, 12:02
I would recommend about 3 months. Beyond this you will probably find you get diminishing returns from your extra study and you will find it hard to keep up your focus on the test.

That said everyone takes a different amount of time. There are more than 20 detailed accounts of preparing for the GMAT linked to from Tips from successful GMAT takers and it's definitely worth reading a few to get a sense of the different approaches that people have found worked for them.

Best of luck,

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2007, 07:50
I'm here with 1 week to go (with 2 days elapsed) - it's all about execution!!
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2007, 09:59
you're right, it is all about execution at this point...don't forget to eat a hearty breakfast full of protein on test day. i made the mistake of eating lightly and just cereal. i burned out halfway thru the test and hate hearing the same thing from other people, so in order to execute best on test day have yourself a filling omelette!
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