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GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep

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21 Jun 2012, 22:54
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Hi Guys,

I gave my GMAT in Jan this year and have loads of material which I am reluctant to give away to the 'radiwala'. Kindly let me know if any gmat aspirants in Mumbai are open to buying the material at a cost that is almost free.

Following is the list:
1. GMAT Kaplan premier program (hardcopy)
2. GMAT Review (official guide - 11th edn) (hardcopy)
3. Mitul Gada notes (Maths + Verbal)
4. Mitul Gada cd - all the possible simulation tests
5. Sentence correction compilation (my notes - they are awesome! + all d possible tricks mentioned on all forums)
6. The GMAT Knewton verbal pdfs
7. The Gmat Knewton pad + marker - the one actually used in the exam! (just to get a hang before yr final prep)
8. Miscellaneous practice notes - none of it have d answers marked

Kindly reply me here or mail me at cfa_l3_complaint@yahoo.in.

Thanks!
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I think you are in a good spot if you have about 3 months. I have started with 540 and ended with 750. You can definitely get there.

Would recommend getting the MGMAT Roadmap for a collection of the GMAT wisdom about simple and little things (how to structure your prep, day, etc).

Other than that, you can follow this plan or modify it to your liking.

P.S. You have a good quant score for the first test. If you have not had left those verbal questions unfinished, you could have gotten 570 or even 600 - that may be the first useful tip for you!
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07 Aug 2012, 00:33
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Try Manhattan GMAT...I read through the MGMAT Roadmap and I found it pretty good...Will be using all their strategy guides....use OG as a source of questions rather than your sole prep material...you'd ideally want to equip yourself with strong understanding of concepts, different question types and a working exam attach strategy.....try to apply the strategies on mocks....that's what I'll be doing at least.....

try out Amazon or a local e-commerce website...you should be able to find OG 13, the supplement official guides and MGMAT as well. I'm using these three for my prep....Good luck!

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Hey guys, new poster here. I was browsing through the web searching for information and stumbled upon gmatclub. From where I am sitting, its the best source for everything related to gmat!

My question to all the experts out there is as follows. Where I live (Slovenia, EU) you can only buy/get the official guide for gmat review, and only the 12th edition at that; I assume the abbreviation OG I keep seeing stands just for that. I went through the whole book and the questions seem to be a bit on the easy side. Some of them, 10 % at best, are a bit more challenging.

I had not taken any kind of prep test just yet - I am planning to learn as much as I can first. Since I successfully tackled the OG12 and, as already mentioned, found it relatively easy, what book (or other kind of material) would you recommend me to read next? Remember, while I am not in USA, there are not many to choose from. If someone would be so kind and post some links to sites which offer e-books to purchase, that would help allot. Thank you for your help!
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13 Dec 2012, 09:45
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vugi wrote:
Hi everyone!just quick question, i've read/solved the Quantitative preparation set of MGMAT within 3 days.Almost everything(except the sufficiency problems) was familiar to me, so i didn't have any difficulties solving them. However, i'm not sure if i'm on the right way, since according to your study suggestions I am supposed to spend about a month working on quantitative part. I was actually planning to start studying the verbal part and to solving tough math questions, since the verbal part is my weakness(i'm non-native speaker).So couldn't you please give me any advice regarding what i should better do now? I guess you are more experienced in it than i am)Thanks in advance.

Hi Vugi,

The one month suggestions is based on an average test taker's experience. Most people need that much time to go through Quant. But if you were able to cover it in 3 days with enough confidence then good for you. I would suggest you take a quick prep test to see if you are scoring in the high 40 range for Quant to assess your skill levels. If not then you may need to dig deeper and figure out areas where you are weak in the quant section. If you score good then move on to verbal and focus on that part.
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Hello boys and girls, this is my first post in the forums and i hope that I'm welcome to ask my silly questions.

My plan is to take the GMAT test in about 3 months, exactly 100 days from now. I have never done it so it is going to be my first and hopefully last. I am 28 years old and been off school for 5 years since i took my bachelor degree (very rusty). My plan for the moment is to study math the first month, verbal second month and for the third month a full repetition by taking different kind of tests. This is basically BB´s study plan.

I got MGMAT Prep books, OG13, Verbal OG and Quant OG.

As you can see my english is quite poor after all these years since i graduated....I have an A in english, believe it or not. I've bought a couple of books and an subscription on The Economist to freshen up the language.

I aim at 550-600, do you guys think its possible if i study 8 hours per week for 3 months?
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29 May 2013, 11:08
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Hello Experts,
I am a newbie to GMAT Club and planning to take the GMAT. I have gone through some of the posts here and have a basic question. As I am from India and we have a percentage gradation system in Xth, XIIth, Graduation, Post Graduation. So my question of experts from India, how the GPA is being calculated? (e.g 80 % in Xth Std, 78 % in XIIth Std, 88% in Graduation, 82% in Masters)
Any help is highly appreciated.
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29 May 2013, 11:24
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While giving the practice tests, I feel easier if I have a rough white sheet & pencil, to make rough calculations/scribbles etc. Is it allowed to use rough white paper/sheet while taking the actual GMAT exam? Does the GMAT officials supply these sheets if required?
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bb, Thanks for the g8 post!

"Note2: This approach of specialized prep takes closer to 2 months for verbal" - Does this add up to 4 months of studying?
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11 Jun 2013, 12:54
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Hey...can someone tell me what is better..self study or taking a prep course....considering i m weak in Quant.

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Jyotisoni78, it completely depends on how you learn and how you want to manage the study process. If you're organized and self-motivated and learn well from books, then start with self-study and see what happens. If you need some extra guidance, then you might be better off getting started in a classroom. If the cost of a course doesn't mean much to you, then there's probably very little harm in taking a good class.

You might want to check out these links for similar discussions on this topic:
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And reviews of specific GMAT courses can be found here: gmat-prep-course-reviews-discount-codes-78451.html

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gmat0806,
I am also new to GMAT. All the best.
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04 Jul 2013, 06:36
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Hey BB,

Thanks a ton for taking time and publishing such a detailed post for the starters. I am a GMAT noob and have just started the preparations; I truly believe your tips are gonna be handy through out my whole GMATing process.

Thanks and keep posting

Cheers ! ! !
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04 Jul 2013, 15:42
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Hey BB, thank you indeed for this great layout. I just have a quick question for you and everyone else who think they may be able to answer it. I currently have the MGMAT 8 Set Strategy guide, Kaplan Premier 2014, and the OG 13. I'm definitely going to follow the layout you have up here, but I'm wondering if I should(could still), add the Kaplan premier book into this plan somehow. My test date is on August 30th so I have about 2 months. Also, I'm an idiot when it comes to quant and dread everything about math....mostly. The only reason why I haven't added the Kaplan book into the plan yet is that I'm afraid of getting overwhelmed or just end up wasting time. Any thoughts? Sorry if I'm not so clear. Thanks!
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Hi to all club members... I would be writing my GMAT on Sep 19th and not much of a time left as such.. I gave my first ever MGMAT mock and scored 660 (47,34) though I believe I can surely improve on them given it was my first ever mock and there were butterflies .. My questions are as follows and would be great if i find some help in these regards..

1: I have planned to get more question practice from Verbal review, manhattan advanced quant and CR 700-800 question sets (which i found here in gmat club).. Would this be sufficient (guess a bit too many but i will be on leave for 2 weeks and planning to get the best out of it..)??

2: Presently I have 5 MGMAT CATS and 2 gmatprep tests left with me which I am planning to attempt only after some practice from other prep sites like kaplan, veritas etc.. sectional tests of good quality would do as well.. My question is given my requirement which tests should i go for which would help me get some test practice, after which I would attempt the MGMAT CATS and GMATPREP religiously???

3: I also could get hold of some sectional tests of 800score.. how are they to practice and get your timing strategies right???

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BB,
I am studying for GMAT from MGMAT books and at the end of each book there is a list of official guide tests related to that book. I study each book and take the test after I finish a book. However, here you said that starting with OG tests is a waste of these tests. What should I do instead? I thought it is a good strategy.
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Hey BB .... I am using the Princeton Review guide (2013 edition) for my GMAT prep ... planning to give it 3-4 months from now .. just wanted your opinion on this book ... this is the only book i am planning to use , along with the forums and self tests available on this website ... dont want to cloud myself with a lot of material ... Please advise
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dilipramesh wrote:
Hey BB .... I am using the Princeton Review guide (2013 edition) for my GMAT prep ... planning to give it 3-4 months from now .. just wanted your opinion on this book ... this is the only book i am planning to use , along with the forums and self tests available on this website ... dont want to cloud myself with a lot of material ... Please advise

Hi,

What is your target score? If its anything above 650 then this book wont be sufficient..You may want to check this link...

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dilipramesh wrote:
Hey BB .... I am using the Princeton Review guide (2013 edition) for my GMAT prep ... planning to give it 3-4 months from now .. just wanted your opinion on this book ... this is the only book i am planning to use , along with the forums and self tests available on this website ... dont want to cloud myself with a lot of material ... Please advise

prateekbhatt wrote:
Hi,

What is your target score? If its anything above 650 then this book wont be sufficient..You may want to check this link...

Thanks for your reply Prateek .... Just want to know why u feel it wont be sufficient for anything > 650 .. are the problem solving/verbal techniques explained in the book not good enough ?? Or is it because the practice questions (not tests) are not challenging ?? Or both ?? .. I went through the link you sent me ... There's no mention of Princeton Review (is it actually that bad ??) ... So before I invest more money into buying an entirely new study guide, I want to know if i can go ahead and learn the techniques mentioned in Princeton Review and then buy the Official GMAT guide for practicing real GMAT questions ... As I mentioned earlier I will be doing all the practice tests available from the GMAC website and the 4 free tests provided with the guide (along with the questions in this forum) .. Let me know your opinion on this and if its sufficient for a score above 720 .. Thanks again !!
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hi
Your suggested plan is good. I am not able to improve my score beyond 500.
Pls advice for improvement. Is it possible to improve upto 700?
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