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Hey guys,

I'm considering taking the GMAT in approximately 2 months.
I'm thinking of coupling the 13th Official GMAT review guide with the MGMAT guides (5th edition).

No real previous experience in this field... would appreciate any tips/suggestions!
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Hi faisalkakar,

If you're looking for a prep course, I recommend you take the time to figure out which course is right for you. Many courses offer score guarantees and practice tests. What sets them apart are the teaching methods. Are you a person who likes using books to study or do you prefer a computer-based course? Do you wish to travel to your prep classes in a classroom or would you prefer to have one on one Skype sessions with expert GMAT tutors? Determining what aspects of a course you might value the most will help you select the right course for you.

Most courses offer some sort of free trial, so sign up for a couple and see what you like best.

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Hi I'm new here and have a question.

I can only study 2 weeks (not full time) until the test and have never done it before. How should I study? I dont need a specific point, but I want to do as well as a can with 2 weeks study time.

I have the Manhattan book but dont think I have time to read all of it.

Sorry for my bad english
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Hi I'm new here and have a question.

I can only study 2 weeks (not full time) until the test and have never done it before. How should I study? I dont need a specific point, but I want to do as well as a can with 2 weeks study time.

I have the Manhattan book but dont think I have time to read all of it.

Sorry for my bad english

No idea.... study the areas that can improve your score the most....
P.S. There is no such thing as "The Manhattan Book" so whatever you have and whatever you plan to do, I would double-check your plan.
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Hi I'm new here and have a question.

I can only study 2 weeks (not full time) until the test and have never done it before. How should I study? I dont need a specific point, but I want to do as well as a can with 2 weeks study time.

I have the Manhattan book but dont think I have time to read all of it.

Sorry for my bad english

No idea.... study the areas that can improve your score the most....
P.S. There is no such thing as "The Manhattan Book" so whatever you have and whatever you plan to do, I would double-check your plan.

Think it's called Manhattan GMAT Guide.
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I can't agree more with the above statement. Start with what is easy first, as that will help you move forward and feel like you are covering ground (because you are). Cover as much ground as possible this way, each time moving on to harder material, so that way you actually end up with more material under your belt. I also am a strong proponent of focusing on one section at a time. Sniper-like focus, and then move on to the next thing with sniper-like focus. Hope this helps, and always willing to talk more!

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So, how did you finally start to prepare?

Did you take a course or do you study alone?
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My opinion is, if your score doesn't break 700 on the practice, I recommend taking a course. It's been my experience that the organized courses can help you more than studying on your own - in most cases. It keeps you very focused, and actively moving through the material.

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Hi Karthick,

Now until August is definitely enough time to prepare for the GMAT. In terms of how many hours per day to study, you should look at how much time you have available versus the hours recommended above. We suggest that you study for at least 1.5 hours per weekday and 4+ hours on weekend days (assuming you have a traditional work-week schedule). You should also pay attention to your personal needs. For example, if you find that 4 hours of study is too much and you are not absorbing information, then reduce the number of hours you study at one time. It would be counterproductive to continue studying if you’re too exhausted.

You should also take short breaks after each hour of studying to clear your head and renew your energy. Ideally 10-17 study hours per week is good goal, but this can easily go up or down based on your availability and how soon your test is coming. Part of the your study time should also involve reviewing summaries and notes you take along the way. In total, it’s ideal to allow 8 to 12 weeks to study properly for the GMAT.

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Hi BB,

I completed two practice tests from Free Official GMAT Prep Software.

My resutls: 1 test: 560 (Q43;V24)
2 test: 480 (Q44; V14)

I would like to choose the right strategy that can help me a lot to increase my scores. Also, I 'm ready to work hard in order to achieve the result.

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Will gmatclub math book suffice to cover all topics of the examination ?
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I started studying about 4 months before I took the test, 2 hours a day 6 days a week, and I got a 620 the first time.

I recomend buying the GMAT prep books if you study well by yourself, if not probably the Economist GMAT prep program is the best option.
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Great post bb!
Loved each and every part.
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I need some advice. I scored a 730 in my GMAT prep 2 exam (Q 50 ,V 38), however, i am not satisfied with this score as I feel I can do better in verbal. So what strategy or tips do you suggest for crossing 40 in verbal. Thanks a ton. ( Ive dont the OG, MGMAT Books, given one exam on the GMAT Club test and also done the 400 extra questions of GMAT prep)

Have you debriefed after taking your prep exams? If so, try and identify your weakness and focus on that when studying. If you don't find a recurring weakness, it may be your timing strategy.We have advised folks to give themselves nine minutes to answer five questions, and then adjust accordingly.
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I have a strange issue. When I work normally on weekdays and weekends I get most of the questions right.
But when I give the exams I make silly mistakes.Though I don't repeat the same mistakes I had done earlier but I do new set of mistakes.

Is giving more tests going to help me.

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Just wondering, why do you recommend tackling SC first? I'm actually debating right now whether to go through the Powersore CR or the Manhattan SC book first, since both will cover the last half of my prep. I was planning on tackling SC last so that the rules will be fresher in my memory. Thanks!

Good question - it does not matter which section per se you start with.
What matters is that You tackle the EASIEST section first and then dedicate the remaining time to the one you have the most issues with.

SC was the easiest for me, then CR, and RC was the hardest, so my "recommendation" follows that path.

Hi,

Giving more tests is definitely helpful. Now, the key is that whenever you give a a practice test, spend more time in analysing the same than in giving it. Typically, if you spend 2 hours in taking the mock test, spend at least 4-5 hours in analysing your performance. Go over each and every question and find out better, smarter and faster way to do each and every question. Take a note of all the points and then apply the same in the next test.
Keep doing this consistently and hopefully you will see the desired results coming in soon.
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I started my GMAT prep about a month back. Am not giving any practice tests but studying all the sections so that am familiar with all the areas and it will also help me brush up my basics. Am planning to give practice tests regularly after I complete my studying.

Would this be a good idea?

Hi andyplaz,

It's absolutely a good idea to NOT to take tests until you are ready to take the CAT with your full efficiency because the good CATs are limited and we never prefer to waste them just for practising when we are not even completely ready to take the tests.

However, NOT taking Full length tests at all is certainly a bad idea hence you must take Full length tests (atleast 10) after you have gained command over all the necessary concepts and fundamentals of GMAT test sections and topics so that you are aware about all the factors like fatigue, Concentration and problem areas before you take the actual GMAT test.

Also Taking tests takes you no where to improvements without proper test analysis. Hence the best way to utilize the tests is to DEEPLY ANALYSE the mistakes and Improvement areas that the Test performance represent.

Don't take the test scores on the face value as many test series don't represent the real projected test score. Your score of GMAT PREP can only be considered reliable.

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The best way to start is...... to start.
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Discipline and determination. The GMAT is a sacrifice and you have to really want it.

A lot of it is not so much learning material but getting the rhythm of answering those questions under 2 mins. That takes a lot of practice, there aren't that many shortcuts for the GMAT.

Here are my 2 cents of advice:

1. Most quant problems have several different ways to solve them, pick one you are comfortable with and stick to this method. You will become a pro after going through many problems and attacking them using your chosen method.

2. Don't be afraid of problems that seem difficult. Make an effort to understand them, get a tutor, whatever it takes. Once you nail these you will smile when you get a similar problem in a practice test or even better, in the real thing.

3. Data sufficiency is your friend. These problems are quicker to solve, they just seam daunting because it's a completely foreign type of question. Some of the problems you can solve just by estimating and discarding the answers that are way off. When your running low of time, DS questions are often easier to guess. Memorize what all the letters mean, so you don't have to look at this during the test.

4. You should take some of your practice including all parts of the exam, not just verbal and quant. The reason for this, is that you want to measure what real exam conditions are like. By the time you get to the verbal section you are already tired and your reading comprehension abilities are not perfect. If you do just the verbal and quant, you are tricking your brain into believing the exam is a lot shorter than it it.

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