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30 Jun 2010, 00:35
Hi all

I fear I am falling behind on my study schedule, having been stuck on the MGMAT number properties book for 2 weeks. My exam is in 2 months and 6 days,
and I've only just started on book 2 of MGMAT (Fractions, Decimals and Percents)...

Are the MGMAT guides enough for studying? Some people have said to buy the Kaplan Premier 2010-2011 guide as well?

Basically, how long have people taken to complete the MGMAT books?

Thanks
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30 Jun 2010, 05:37
I think the time it takes to complete studying is strictly dependent on one's own pace and studying abilities and which study environment you perform better under. Don't worry about this too much and just try to set a fixed date by which you intend to complete each book.
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30 Jun 2010, 06:35

I think the number properties book seems the trickiest. Is a realistic schedule 1 week for each book, with number properties being 2 weeks?

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30 Jun 2010, 06:40
it is realistic, again depending on time you put in per day and you might want to leave a couple weeks for practice
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30 Jun 2010, 17:06
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You still have a lot of time so I wouldn't panic quite yet. The MGMAT quant books are good for building a base, but you should look at them as only warm-up. To improve you need to do a lot of practice problems and practice tests after you have picked up all the basics. I only had about 6 weeks to study for the GMAT so I ended up doing each of the MGMAT books in one sitting, except for Number Properties (2 sittings over two days), Geometry (2 sittings) and Equations (3 sittings---by far the hardest of the three books). Note that I only did practice problems in the books and not the list of OG problems at the end of each chapter. I ended up doing all the OG problems after I felt comfortable that I knew all the basics.
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30 Jun 2010, 19:04
slingfox wrote:
The MGMAT quant books are good for building a base, but you should look at them as only warm-up. To improve you need to do a lot of practice problems and practice tests after you have picked up all the basics.

Hey Slingfox, what such practise material do you recommend ? My plan after MGMAT guides is the following :

OG12, MGMAT CATs 1-4 , GMAT Prep I and II CATs

Anything else I should consider adding ?
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30 Jun 2010, 23:31
From what I can gather, it seems the MGMAT books are all one needs to study, then do the practice tests...
Are there any other resources that people recommend on top of this?
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kuharido wrote:
slingfox wrote:
The MGMAT quant books are good for building a base, but you should look at them as only warm-up. To improve you need to do a lot of practice problems and practice tests after you have picked up all the basics.

Hey Slingfox, what such practise material do you recommend ? My plan after MGMAT guides is the following :

OG12, MGMAT CATs 1-4 , GMAT Prep I and II CATs

Anything else I should consider adding ?

I would do the following:

1) Go through all the MGMAT books first, reading the lessons and doing the problems at the end of each chapter.

2) Do half of each section in OG12

3) GMAT Prep I

4) Do as many GMATClub Math Tests as possible, mixing in the various MGMAT CATs. i.e., practice during this phase consists of GMAT Club tests and MGMAT CATs

5) Do second half of OG 12

6) GMAT Prep II, perhaps several times

Review notes and errors throughout process above.
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01 Jul 2010, 15:30
slingfox wrote:
kuharido wrote:
slingfox wrote:
The MGMAT quant books are good for building a base, but you should look at them as only warm-up. To improve you need to do a lot of practice problems and practice tests after you have picked up all the basics.

Hey Slingfox, what such practise material do you recommend ? My plan after MGMAT guides is the following :

OG12, MGMAT CATs 1-4 , GMAT Prep I and II CATs

Anything else I should consider adding ?

I would do the following:

1) Go through all the MGMAT books first, reading the lessons and doing the problems at the end of each chapter.

2) Do half of each section in OG12

3) GMAT Prep I

4) Do as many GMATClub Math Tests as possible, mixing in the various MGMAT CATs. i.e., practice during this phase consists of GMAT Club tests and MGMAT CATs

5) Do second half of OG 12

6) GMAT Prep II, perhaps several times

Review notes and errors throughout process above.

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01 Jul 2010, 15:51
my exam is less than 1 month and i haven't even opened any math books (i've done the OG Math book already though, but really, that's the only thing i've done).

well, to be fair, my strategy is to allocate only 1 week to math (as i'm fairly comfortable w/ most of the stuff)... but then again, i feel your pain! work has been slow recently, but it's going to get really busy soon. NO TIME LEFT ahhh...
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08 Jul 2010, 12:23
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08 Jul 2010, 23:05
Sailing in the same boat. Have about 2 months to prep and the Number properties book is just eating up my time. To add to my misery, I keep forgetting what I read 2 days back
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