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# Can I achieve this in two months?

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05 May 2010, 03:47
Hi guys, forum+GMAT newbie here! I'm hoping some kind members could provide instructions as how to best prepare for the GMAT as I only have two months to revise. I can dedicate max. 6 hours a day, Monday to Sunday. My target is approx. 650 but this is not rigid (600 should do, but I prefer to push myself a bit). I scored 510 on my first GMATPrep test. My quant skills are pretty poor as it's been 5 years since I studied maths; my verbal skills are ok.

I have the following books available to work with:
>OGv12, OGv2 for Verbal, OGv2 for Quant;
>Kaplan GMAT Premier Program 2010, Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook
>All 8 Manhattan Strategy Guides
>PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning

MY PLAN:

Week 1-4
>Start by going through all 5 Manhattan Quant guides
>Test knowledge using Kaplan Premier, Math Workbook and OGv12 questions
>Take 1 Manhattan online test + 1 Kaplan online test

Week 5-7
>Go through the 3 Manhattan Verbal guides + PowerScore CR
>Test verbal knowledge using Kaplan Premier and OGv12 questions
>Take 1 Manhattan online test + 1 Kaplan online test

Week 8
>Spend entire week going through OGv2 Verbal + OGv2 Quant books
>Do GMATPrep test, remaining Manhattan tests and Kaplan tests
>Brush up on any weaknesses.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated !!
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05 May 2010, 11:01
Thanks username123 for your excellent tips, really helpful! Unfortunately the test date can't be changed so I have to be super efficient with my study time.

I agree with studying either the MGMAT CR or the PowerScore CR (I will read the latter only). I'm really interested in what you say about dropping the Kaplan Math Workbook and possibly the Kaplan Premier as well if I am pushed for time. I thought these two books would be vital to cover or am I mistaken? I was even thinking of adding the Kaplan Verbal Workbook but from what you say this could be overkill. I take it then that the prep tests, 7 x MGMAT books, 3 x OGs and the 1 x PowerScore CR book should be enough? I'm hoping this should strengthen my quant and re-enforce my verbal.

Thank you again for your help!
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07 May 2010, 03:45
Ah, what a brilliant post Username, you have really put my mind at ease. There I was thinking I had to use as many of the mainstream books as possible but evidently this approach is not necessary for 600-650 scores.

I think you will be fine with:

7 x MGMAT books <--VITAL
3 x OGs <--VITAL
1 x PowerScore CR book <--VITAL
with Kaplan Premier for 4 x CAT's and additional practice problems <--DECENT FOR EXTRA PRACTICE
GMAT Prep <--VITAL

I'll definitely follow your above advice and study these relevant books. This strategy seems much more sensible for the score I am aiming to hit.

I can't thank you enough for the excellent tips! They've been a great help.
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