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I have scoured this site to formulate a simple yet effective study plan which I am hoping will help me score in the 690-720 range. My plan is to study for 4 months while working full-time (320 hours total). I have decided against classroom formats because I am someone who enjoys learning on my own and tend to perform better this way (but I would consider online class format if it comes highly recommended). Please evaluate my study plan and give me any feedback that you believe would help me reach my goal.
Just to give you all a little background on myself, I have a finance/accounting background and have a fairly decent grasp of the English language.
Thank you for your reply. Are those books enough for me to score 700 or should I consider picking up any extra material? I just finished my level 3 CFA exam and am used to having all the necessary material to just wreck the exam. I find that with the GMAT I am having trouble getting assurances that these books will give me enough of an understanding to be able to answer any type of question the GMAT folks may throw my way.
i suggest completing og verbal and og quant while you are in the process of completing the 8 mgmat guides. the guides will provide you with a problem list of relevant problems in og verbal/quant.
the books should give you enough of an understanding to be able to answer any type of gmat question thrown at you. however, you might need additional practice problems to make sure that you have a full grasp of the concepts taught.
To answer your question Vann, by that comment I meant that I would attempt to complete as many questions as possible-perhaps any sample exams that may be available for purchase or for free. I would really appreciate it if you helpful bunch would direct me towards where I can find more questions.
Yes, I would also recommend that you include OG Quant Review and the OG Verbal Review in your study plan.
Furthermore, once you're done with your initial study plan, you could gauge your progress by taking practice tests and determine what your weak areas are. You target those weak areas by practicing further from resources such as MGMAT question banks and challenge problem archives that you can access on their website.
official material: og10 (some overlap with og quant, og verbal, powerprep, gmatprep v1) og11 (a lot of overlap with og12, ~70 new questions) gmat paper tests (some overlap with the og's) gmat focus software (i don't know anything about this) powerprep (overlap with everything above on the list) gmatprep v1 (2 cat's and you can reinstall the software for more uses) gmatprep v2 (2 cat's and you can reinstall the software for more uses)
nonofficial material: gmatclub challenge problems sets sackmann's problem sets lsat material mgmat books come with 6 cat's kaplan premier book comes with 4 cat's to practice with knewton free cat pr free cat
Don't be too rigid with that outline. You will be able to overlap some of it. The MGMAT guides provide additional questions at the end of every chapter. These questions are referenced to the OG 12th edition and OG Verbal/Quant books. You can save yourself a bit of time if you make sure you do the questions as Rx'd by MGMAT.
Pushing the envelope you can practice harder questions provided by GMATClub Tests (Quant) or some of the LSAT material for CR/RC.
The MGMAT practice exams are great practice and doing those will make life a bit less stressful when you do attempt GMATPrep tests.
First of all, I want to thank all of those who have taken the time out of their busy days to help this newbie out .
gparmar16- What does rx'd mean? Do you mean that the guides will point me towards a set of questions in the official guides? Should I then ignore the end of chapter questions on the MGMAT and just go to the OG for questions?
the mgmat guides will point you to a list of og questions to complete. do not do them all at once. choose to do either og12 question or verbal/quant review questions first. save the other source of questions for later.
i would suggest that you do the mgmat end of chapter questions before attempting the og ones. they are good practice and will make your og experience more valuable.