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Best GMAT test prep? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 07:27
I would really appreciate any suggestions on what test prep courses folks have found successful. I taught the LSAT at Kaplan and was not entirely impressed with their teacher training. I'm thinking about doing an online course as I find that the classroom courses can be dull and tutors are too expensive. Many thanks
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Re: Best GMAT test prep? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 07:53
Is there a specific reason you want to take a class of some kind?

I realize everyone is different, but I don't see any reason why someone couldn't prepare just as well using books and this website to ask questions. Buy the right books, study hard and come here when you need clarification. Why spend the extra $$$ on a class that may or may not work for you?
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Re: Best GMAT test prep? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 07:57
No, I am not married to taking a class. I am glad you mentioned that. I suppose my thinking for taking the class is my insecurity over my math skills.
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Re: Best GMAT test prep? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 08:55
My $0.02 - I took the PR course and in the end did worse on the test than when I took it the first time. The will not really help with math, but more so with the strategy to help you eliminate wrong answers, etc. I felt that made it harder for me on the real test, especially when harder questions popped up that I had no clue as to how to solve.

For math review, I have been using the Arco GMAT/GRE book. It has been very helpful, since my biggest problem was remembering basic math (been out of school for 8 yrs).
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Re: Best GMAT test prep? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 09:00
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No, I am not married to taking a class. I am glad you mentioned that. I suppose my thinking for taking the class is my insecurity over my math skills.


If that's all it is I would then recommend you buy the MGMAT math books and use them to learn all the math you'll need to know. Veritas Project GMAT is another good one for combinatorics. Then, come on here and answer/ask questions to practice!
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Re: Best GMAT test prep? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 09:50
I don't recommend classes of any kind, unless they are free.
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Re: Best GMAT test prep? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 10:10
you should try out

http://www.800score.com for online they have good material and test.
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Re: Best GMAT test prep? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 10:16
My husband went from a 640 to a 710 after taking the Veritas private tutoring program. He basically focused on math, which is what they are really good at and scored in the top 90% for the math section. (He was pretty good in the beginning and just needed some strategies for the DS though.)

So if you have a hard time in math, Veritas can help you a lot. In verbal, it's a coin flip.

But note that those who score really high usually have a high verbal score. It seems that a few extra points in verbal can result in a 700 going to a 730, but a few extra points in math keeps the score at 700.
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Re: Best GMAT test prep? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 10:37
but going from 640 to 710 is something you can reasonably expect from studying by yourself.

The problem with stories about improvement from courses is that you cannot say for sure what the cause of the improvement was.
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Re: Best GMAT test prep? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 14:42
I think good courses can save time. Working with instructors who have scored above 750 and who have spent years thinking about the GMAT can help you gain insight. A private tutor can examine your scratchwork and suggest time-saving techniques. Classes can also provide discipline for those that need structure. An intelligent and self-disciplined person can get a good GMAT score without them, especially with online forums such as gmatclub, but doing so may take longer.
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Re: Best GMAT test prep? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 15:06
kevincan wrote:
I think good courses can save time. Working with instructors who have scored above 750 and who have spent years thinking about the GMAT can help you gain insight. A private tutor can examine your scratchwork and suggest time-saving techniques. Classes can also provide discipline for those that need structure. An intelligent and self-disciplined person can get a good GMAT score without them, especially with online forums such as gmatclub, but doing so may take longer.

yeh it does, i am still in the club and have not taken any official.
i can afford for course but cannot afford for a spare time.

good points thanks Kevin
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Re: Best GMAT test prep? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2008, 22:01
I'm going to say taking a class is really worth it only if you aren't disciplined enough to sit down and make you follow a somewhat structured program of study on your own. I'll also say that I, the uncrowned emperor of procrastination, wasn't that driven to do everything myself, so taking a class made sure I was "preparing" for the test at least 8-10 hours a week. And that helped!

It's really all about how much faith you have in yourself to study effectively on your own.
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Re: Best GMAT test prep? [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2008, 11:27
being in the club is a really good help for me though, but if one is in a rush then better take a course. some of my friends did take a course and got what they had wanted.
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