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28 May 2010, 16:32
Dear GMAT Club,

PLEASE help. I a little less than 2 months to study for the Gmat, and I NEED at least a 730.

I have already roughly reviewed the Princeton and Barron's Quant sections and know what math topics are tested.

So, my plea for help:

What specific books should I get? What specific game plan should I follow?

I have reviewed the Novice game plan, but still it's too general. I would really appreciate a specific game plan, example, do what book/section first, then do what test, because there are too many very general game plans.

I have about 4 hours each day after work to study, and 10 hours/day on weekends...so I guess average of 40hrs/wk. If I have a specific game plan, I will follow it very studiously.

I got a 1360 on my SAT, 700 math, 660 verbal, and that's 3 years ago, so high school math is still kinda of fresh in my head. My scores aren't very high, but I think 2 months of prep mayyyy cut it? I really don't have more time, because I have to take it by the end of July/Very beginning of August to apply to a MSF program.

Thank you very much in advance. If I get over a 730, and when I do well on wall street, I will donate a lot of money to this club.

Very Sincerely,
Knabi.
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28 May 2010, 18:29
Hi All,

I have one query for recommended books and for study plan

W.r.t. recommended books, can anyone plz tell me if books mentioned under below mentioned columns should be followed in below sequence ?

2)Ultimate Plan
3)Beyond Hardcore Plan

And w.r.t study plan , it 3 months study plan and I just have 2 months. I have done OG 12 and had 70% accuracy in within time limit. Can you please further advise on this.

Quick reply will be much appreciated.

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28 May 2010, 18:48
Continue -

I have made a study guide, please advise. I have 2 months and I just want to make sure this plan will prepare me well for 730-750. 50hrs/wk. Please ignore all the EXAM #2s, they're just copy and pastes. Thanks.

Study Plan
1. Take Official GMAT Test online, review all questions 5/29 Sat
2. Review math 5/30 – 6/3
a. Books:
i. Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook for concept review and practice problems
ii. Kaplan GMAT Premier Live Online for concept review and practice problems
iii. Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review for practice problems
iv. Official Guide for the GMAT Review, 12th Edition for practice problems – mostly easy and medium questions
b. Tips:
i. Take notes, make flashcards on important materials
ii. Keep error log
iii. Time: 90seconds/questions
iv. Review all questions wrong thorough. Make notes to avoid in future.
3. Practice Math Questions 6/13 – 6/16
a. Continue to practice problems
b. Search for the hard 10% and practice

4. Review Verbal, continue to practice math problems 6/17 - 6/23
a. Books:
i. Manhattan GMAT’s Sentence Correction Guide for concept review
ii. PowerScore’s Critical Reasoning Bible for concept review
iii. Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook for concept review
iv. Official Guide for the GMAT Verbal Review for practice problems
v. Official Guide for the GMAT Review, 12th Edition for practice problems
5. Practice Verbal Questions, continue to practice math 6/23 – 7/1
a. Should be devoting more and more time as material accumulates
6. Build stamina through taking official exams and target weak points JULY
i. Practice Questions, review, and read test tips 7/2 FRI

1. Official GMAT Exam #2 and go over ALL solutions 7/3
• Work on weak math 7/3
• Work on weak verbal 7/4
2. Official GMAT Exam #2 and go over ALL solutions 7/5
• Work on weak math 7/6
• Work on weak verbal 7/7
3. Official GMAT Exam #2 and go over ALL solutions 7/8
• Work on weak math 7/9
• Work on weak verbal 7/10
4. Official GMAT Exam #2 and go over ALL solutions 7/18
• Work on weak math 7/18
• Work on weak verbal 7/19
5. Official GMAT Exam #2 and go over ALL solutions 7/20
• Work on weak math 7/21
• Work on weak verbal 7/22
6. Official GMAT Exam #2 and go over ALL solutions 7/23
• Work on weak math 7/24
• Work on weak verbal 7/25
7. Official GMAT Exam #2 and go over ALL solutions 7/26
• Work on weak math 7/27
• Work on weak verbal 7/28
8. Official GMAT Exam #2 and go over ALL solutions 7/29
• Work on weak math 7/30
• Work on weak verbal 7/31
9. Official GMAT Exam #2 and go over ALL solutions 8/1
• Work on weak math 7/1
• Work on weak verbal 7/2
10. Official GMAT Exam #2 and go over ALL solutions 8/3
• Work on weak math 8/4
• Work on weak verbal 8/5

Tentative test date 8/7
TARGET SCORE: 750
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30 May 2010, 05:43
Well, what is your score right now?
have you taken a diagnostic?

knabi wrote:
Dear GMAT Club,

PLEASE help. I a little less than 2 months to study for the Gmat, and I NEED at least a 730.

I have already roughly reviewed the Princeton and Barron's Quant sections and know what math topics are tested.

So, my plea for help:

What specific books should I get? What specific game plan should I follow?

I have reviewed the Novice game plan, but still it's too general. I would really appreciate a specific game plan, example, do what book/section first, then do what test, because there are too many very general game plans.

I have about 4 hours each day after work to study, and 10 hours/day on weekends...so I guess average of 40hrs/wk. If I have a specific game plan, I will follow it very studiously.

I got a 1360 on my SAT, 700 math, 660 verbal, and that's 3 years ago, so high school math is still kinda of fresh in my head. My scores aren't very high, but I think 2 months of prep mayyyy cut it? I really don't have more time, because I have to take it by the end of July/Very beginning of August to apply to a MSF program.

Thank you very much in advance. If I get over a 730, and when I do well on wall street, I will donate a lot of money to this club.

Very Sincerely,
Knabi.

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31 May 2010, 07:32
bb wrote:
Well, what is your score right now?
have you taken a diagnostic?

knabi wrote:
Dear GMAT Club,

PLEASE help. I a little less than 2 months to study for the Gmat, and I NEED at least a 730.

I have already roughly reviewed the Princeton and Barron's Quant sections and know what math topics are tested.

So, my plea for help:

What specific books should I get? What specific game plan should I follow?

I have reviewed the Novice game plan, but still it's too general. I would really appreciate a specific game plan, example, do what book/section first, then do what test, because there are too many very general game plans.

I have about 4 hours each day after work to study, and 10 hours/day on weekends...so I guess average of 40hrs/wk. If I have a specific game plan, I will follow it very studiously.

I got a 1360 on my SAT, 700 math, 660 verbal, and that's 3 years ago, so high school math is still kinda of fresh in my head. My scores aren't very high, but I think 2 months of prep mayyyy cut it? I really don't have more time, because I have to take it by the end of July/Very beginning of August to apply to a MSF program.

Thank you very much in advance. If I get over a 730, and when I do well on wall street, I will donate a lot of money to this club.

Very Sincerely,
Knabi.

No I have not yet. I was going to on Sat, but I got insecure and decided to review more before I take it. I know the gmat tests from the official website are the most legitimate, so I didn't want to waste them. Should I just take a diagnostic from Kaplan's book?
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02 Jun 2010, 20:34
Hello all, first off, thank you BB for posting such useful information. While researching various study materials on Amazon I came across your various reviews and found each one extremely helpful. The six steps and three month study plan you present in the initial post to this thread are exactly what I was looking for, but I would like to run my situation by you and receive any advice you can offer.

I am currently working full time, approximately 30hrs a week. I am also taking a class during Summer Session 1 at the university where I received my undergraduate degree and will be taking another in Summer Session 2.

I am planning on applying to grad school before the November 15th deadline for my school of choice and plan to take the GMAT around the 1st of September.

Based on one of your reviews, here are the materials I considered purchasing:
1. Manhattan GMAT Set of 8 Strategy Guides
2. OG 12th Ed.
3. OG Verbal 2nd Ed.
4. OG Quant 2nd Ed.

I have no prior experience with the GMAT but my goal is score in the 650-700 range. I am diligent in my study habits and have focused my summer to the two classes and studying for this test. As recommended on this site, I plan on taking a practice exam as soon as possible to determine where I stand at this point.

Here a few questions I have:
1. Do I have enough time before the test to properly utilize all of these materials in preparation?
2. If not, what combination would you recommend for someone in my position?
3. Are there any other materials not listed you would advise me to use (I saw another review where you recommended the Manhattan GMAT Test Simulation Booklet)

I have been speaking with numerous people about study materials ranging from books to the Kaplan prep class and feel I have found the best information on this site. I would really appreciate any advice, not only from BB but from anyone else who can provide helpful insight.

Thanks so much

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Here a few questions I have:
1. Do I have enough time before the test to properly utilize all of these materials in preparation?
2. If not, what combination would you recommend for someone in my position?
3. Are there any other materials not listed you would advise me to use (I saw another review where you recommended the Manhattan GMAT Test Simulation Booklet)

I have been speaking with numerous people about study materials ranging from books to the Kaplan prep class and feel I have found the best information on this site. I would really appreciate any advice, not only from BB but from anyone else who can provide helpful insight.

Thanks so much

J

Welcome to the Club!
1. You do have enough time; it won't be a walk in the park but absolutely doable in 3 months
2. N/A
3. Test Simulation Booklet is a nice addition; other than that, I can only suggest 2 books in case you need extra help with quant or verbal:

Quant: MGMAT Math Foundations (only if you are rusty)
Verbal: Kaplan Verbal Foundations (if you are international; this book only has Grammar)
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20 Jun 2010, 15:27
Hey Everyone,

I am begining the journey and would like to know what is a good diagnostic to take to determine where I stand? I've read through the this post and the one on exams. I don't want to waste the GMAT prep exams. So what should I use? Kaplan? I bought some manhattan GMAT books from a friend but I am not sure I have access to the test. I'm thinking no. Should I use one of the GMAT club exams as my baramoter instead? Or should I invest in that kaplan premier book?Or purchase the 30 GMAT club tests available? I don't have deep pockets so I'm trying to be smart with any GMAT prep materials. Any advice you all can give would be great.

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20 Jun 2010, 21:32
I would suggest using gmat prep for your diagnostic....
we have a free quant diagnostic too but it does not have the same purpose as the GMAT prep. I have a discussion somewhere why it is NOT a bad idea to use gmat prep for your diagnostic.... and it is not
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21 Jun 2010, 12:24
Thanks BB. You da man!

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24 Jun 2010, 06:57
hi,
i have exactly two months to go for my gmat. i have taken classes early this yr so i have a fair idea of the concepts however due to my travel i have not been able to study. but now i am starting. my first diagnostic score without any clue of GMAT was 440 on princeton test. before i started classes i took another gmat prep and my score dropped to 350. the reason being i took it after a really tiring day at work.
since then i havent taken any more tests.
any inputs here will help. i will be spending approx 20 hrs per week.
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24 Jun 2010, 09:26
Welcome - good luck with your prep
I would definitely be methodical and not move past a topic until you have a good understanding of the subject matter. Don't worry about the scores going up and down - they always do that esp if you take tests from different providers.
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29 Jun 2010, 00:18
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Welcome - good luck with your prep
I would definitely be methodical and not move past a topic until you have a good understanding of the subject matter. Don't worry about the scores going up and down - they always do that esp if you take tests from different providers.

thanks bb. i always find great value in your posts.
just a follow up ques, considering i have just two months would you recommend doing some specific topics first or any order that i should follow.?
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30 Jun 2010, 21:49
hi,
i have to start my preparation but before that i want to take a test so that i can locate my weaknesses.

Which test resembles the exact GMAT closely??
i donwloaded the tests from official gmat website but dont want to waste them.

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03 Jul 2010, 03:37
Hi everyone!
This is a great forum and a great help for me like
mentioned before for approximately a thousand times .

I am a non-native speaker (I am from Germany)
and I have just finished my "Abitur" (which is the German
university entrance diploma and it can be compared with the British A-levels).
The point is, I have no Bachelor degree and I have no

I was really good in maths and physics (best grade somebody can reach).

Where do I have to start?
My question is if i have a disadvantage because i am not familiar with

My target is (of course) to reach 700+!
think I am going to study 6 month for my first attempt.
During these 12 month I am staying in New York City to make
a voluntary year of social service.
That is quite good to improve my English vocabulary or so.

And keep up the excellent work!

all the best,
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03 Jul 2010, 10:57
I have MGMAT RC and SC books. Do I need to take any classroom courses from Kaplan or Manhattan..?? I am pretty new to GMAT (had taken CAT, India one time with decent score)..Please assist me how should I proceed for my GMAT preparations, I am a working profesional.
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04 Jul 2010, 22:28
thanks for such great info!
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08 Jul 2010, 00:17
Dear BB, thanks for detailed guide!

I've just started "gmat journey". You gave advice not to use OG at the very beginning.
Repeating MontrealLady 's question - by which books do I have to start?

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11 Jul 2010, 09:21
I'm sure this will come off like a shameless plug, but I can't imagine getting a Quant score above 45without using GMAX and Manhattan GMAT's diagnostics. I am not affiliated with either company but used their products to improve from a Q39 to a Q47 in 1 month of study time.

GMAX's videos are great, especially the Quant w/ Aner, amazing time savers and scoring strategies.

Once you've studied the core concepts, I would then use Manhattan GMAT's tests as a diagnostic of your weakest areas. Then review the videos / OG's on problems that relate specifically to those areas.. 6 weeks with these two tools could easily be the difference between RanDom State University and Ivy League.

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13 Jul 2010, 06:11
Hi bb,

I am familiar with the GMAT, i took it 3 years ago and didn´t score well, i´m now studying for it an plan to take it in 2 months.

I started with verbal using the Manhattan gmat books, i already finish RC and CR and i am about to finish SC. I haven´t take any practice test beacause i don´t want to waste them. Still I want to know how my preparation is working. I have the 6 tests that came with the books and the 2 official practice test form mba webpage. The thing is I havent go to any of the math books and I think is where I need more preparation, so I don´t see the point of going to a full test if I know my math is going to be horrible. What is yor take on this? how should I work on practice test? when? should I take just the verbal part of a couple of tests?

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