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hi im new to the forum . by profession am a banker and Non Native. Have decided to give my GMAT by 29 th July . Started preparing from 5 th May . I want to know that is this enough time till 29 th july and from when should I start my Mocks . Currently after almost 180 plus hours of study in 30 days have touched the below courses -
1. Manhattan Verbal all Books completed twice .
2. OG 2015 PS and DS completed .
3. have registered for a classroom coaching and completed their 1000 plus sums .
4. OG SC and CR completed .
5. E-Gmat SC course completed .
6. Grockit 200 plus Quant's and verbal done .
I need realistic view as to how soon I can give the test from experts . I have scoring experiences in CAT and XAT in India scoring more than 97% ile in those . Currently I need to improve in quants geometry , inequalities , and in verbal Reading Comprehension .... Pls guide ...
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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2015, 14:22
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Hicoolrahine,

It sounds like you've worked through LOTS of practice problems over the last month, but we don't have any data on how well you perform when you face the FULL Test. As such, you really should plan to take a FULL-LENGTH CAT (including the Essay and IR sections) sometime soon. When you have that first set of scores, you should post back here.

Given that you already have a Test Date, there are a few other details I'd like to know about:

1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to apply to School?
3) Do you know what Schools you'll be applying to?

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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2015, 15:03
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Hi coolrahine,

The short answer is yes. But you need to start taking your practice exams now. You have worked through a ton of problems. My concern would be whether or not you are truly learning the takeaways from all of those problems? A common mistake that test makers make is just doing hundreds and hundreds of problems, without fully learning from them, and then assuming that they will get a good gmat score. It sounds like you have been working through the Manhattan GMAT verbal books. If those are the books that you prefer to stick with, then make sure that you are learning strategic takeaways. Also make sure you find a way to learn solid strategies for quant topics. The OG books are great for problems, but they fall short on strategic insights. In addition to the concern about takeaways and true learning, taking actual tests involves a new skill set that requires practice. You have to deal with pacing strategy, knowing when to make educated guesses, etc. These are very real skills, so I would encourage you to take the test on July 29th and to take a practice test every week from now until then. Review your practice tests, and shore up any weaknesses using your study time in between. You can also shore up the quant topics that you mentioned you are weaker at, and make sure that your pacing on the tests is in check.

I hope that helps!
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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2015, 19:42
Yes , will give the practice tests now and will post the scores . I wanted yo know whether about 2.5 months is good enough to prepare for gmat ....
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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2015, 19:49
The score you get in the first diagnostic test is going to decide how many months of prep you require

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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2015, 16:16
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Hi coolrahine,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) on the Study process to hit their 'peak' scores. Now that doesn't mean that you necessarily need 3+ months to study, but until we have some CAT data to work with (and you define your goals), there is no real way to answer your question. 2.5 months might be enough time, but it might not.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2015, 19:33
Which would be the best Quants course for getting higer level points in the rangr of 50-51 . I heard Gmat club tests are good ... Does it give scaled score for each test ... And how about enpoer gmat ... Am aiming for a score of 750 ..
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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2015, 20:42
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Hi coolrahine,

A Q50-51 score requires an effort that most Test Takers are incapable of. To gauge YOUR chances, we need a realistic assessment of how you perform (your natural abilities and your progression through your studies). This is all meant to say that taking REALISTIC CATs at regular intervals is how we're going to measure your scoring potential. As we better define YOUR strengths and weaknesses, we can put together the proper Study Plan to maximize your chances at a high-level score. In the end though, you have to remember that the GMAT will give you the score that you EARN, so you are responsible for that performance on Test Day.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2015, 07:54
I am getting a 75% strike in EGMAT verbal practice tests in SC ... How it can be gauged
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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2015, 07:55
I am getting a 75% strike in EGMAT verbal practice tests in SC ... How it can be gauged
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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2015, 09:57
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Hi coolrahine,

There are 2 difficult aspects to facing the Verbal section on Test Day (and neither has anything to do with the content):

1) Verbal questions have no 'safety net', which means if you make a silly mistake, then you will NEVER realize it - you'll just pick one of the wrong answers.
2) The Verbal section is the final 75 minutes of a 4-hour Exam; you'll naturally be tired, prone to making silly mistakes and at a certain point you will "just want the Test to be over...."

Doing well on practice problems and quizzes is great, but you still have to perform well in the context of the FULL Test - the CATs I mentioned will help measure those skills too.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2015, 11:25
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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2015, 16:58
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Hi coolrahine,

The EMPOWERgmat Course is similar to a gym membership - you'll have access to ALL of the materials for as long as you need to study (then you can cancel at any time). You can choose the Study Plan that best fits your specific needs and timeframe. If you were just starting out, then I would recommend the full 3-month Study Plan, but since you've done a bunch of work already, one of the Score Booster Study Plans is probably more appropriate. I'd need to see a CAT result (or Official GMAT score) to make the most appropriate recommendation though.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2015, 17:47
Hello , I am new to ths forum . I am very weak in probability , combination and permutation . kindly suggest me a book to build up my basics
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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2015, 18:12
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Hi chandan1988,

Many Test Takers have difficulty in those subjects, so you're not alone. The good news is that those subjects are NOT going to show up too often on Test Day (and sometimes, when they do show up, they're actually really easy to solve), so you don't have to spend too much of your study time focused on them.

You mentioned that you are new to the Forums, but how long have you been studying? Are you just starting out?

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Re: GMAT Study Plan 2.5 months [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2015, 18:38
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coolrahine wrote:
hi im new to the forum . by profession am a banker and Non Native. Have decided to give my GMAT by 29 th July . Started preparing from 5 th May . I want to know that is this enough time till 29 th july and from when should I start my Mocks . Currently after almost 180 plus hours of study in 30 days have touched the below courses -
1. Manhattan Verbal all Books completed twice .
2. OG 2015 PS and DS completed .
3. have registered for a classroom coaching and completed their 1000 plus sums .
4. OG SC and CR completed .
5. E-Gmat SC course completed .
6. Grockit 200 plus Quant's and verbal done .
I need realistic view as to how soon I can give the test from experts . I have scoring experiences in CAT and XAT in India scoring more than 97% ile in those . Currently I need to improve in quants geometry , inequalities , and in verbal Reading Comprehension .... Pls guide ...


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Here is a customized 2-3 month study plan that can help boost your score: http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... study-plan

Use this as a guideline. You don’t have to follow it exactly but the structure of the study plan should be the same structure that you take in your approach. This helps to optimize your retention and learning.

As you study, we recommend that you focus on one particular subsection for multiple consecutive days before moving onto the next. You can see this in our study plan where we recommend 5 days on nothing but SC -- before moving onto CR and then RC.

You can choose to target the quant PS, where the geometry and inequality problems lie, before targeting the RC section.

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