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Evaluate my study plan PLEASE [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2010, 17:54
Hi,

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.

1. Will read the Manhattan GMAT math foundations book.
2. Will read the Manhattan GMAT 8 book guides.
3. OG 12th- Will do all of the question
4. OG verbal & OG verbal- Will do all of the question
5. Write any practice exams I can get my hands on (any good suggestions?)

Please provide me with ANY feedback that you believe will help me score at 690+

Thank you,

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Re: Evaluate my study plan PLEASE [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 03:55
The plan looks quite reasonable to me. I would recommend you to use an error log.
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Re: Evaluate my study plan PLEASE [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 05:22
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.
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Re: Evaluate my study plan PLEASE [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 08:51
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.
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Re: Evaluate my study plan PLEASE [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 08:52
"5. Write any practice exams I can get my hands on (any good suggestions?)"

What do you mean by this? Are you writing your own exams or taking someone else's practice exams?
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Re: Evaluate my study plan PLEASE [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 08:56
Thank you all for your replies,

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.
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Re: Evaluate my study plan PLEASE [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 09:02
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.
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Re: Evaluate my study plan PLEASE [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 09:06
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
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Re: Evaluate my study plan PLEASE [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 12:44
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.
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Re: Evaluate my study plan PLEASE [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 17:38
Hi,

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?
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Re: Evaluate my study plan PLEASE [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2010, 22:05
rx'ed means prescribed.

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.
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Re: Evaluate my study plan PLEASE [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2010, 14:21
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The strategy is good. You can work on the OG in parallel with the MGMAT guides - they reference OG and give you a specific list of questions to work on, so it works very well.


How long are you planning to take before the test?

Also, take a look at this one just in case: gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html
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Re: Evaluate my study plan PLEASE [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2010, 19:42
Good plan but make a schedule and be sincere to it
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Re: Evaluate my study plan PLEASE [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2010, 09:00
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You can use a gmat calendar template
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