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Hi bb, i have another question. I already finish all 3 verbal books of Manhattan gmat. I read each book and then went to the OG and solved all questions available for each section, SC, RC, CR. I was correct in 75% - 80% of the questions. Is that usual? or i´m doing something wrong? I´m not a native speaker, and haven´t take any practice test yet. I did took the gmat in 2007 and got 590 (V31, Q41) without any study.

Recommendations? my target score is 680-700
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This is exactly what I needed to get started. Thank you!
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Hi bb, i have another question. I already finish all 3 verbal books of Manhattan gmat. I read each book and then went to the OG and solved all questions available for each section, SC, RC, CR. I was correct in 75% - 80% of the questions. Is that usual? or i´m doing something wrong? I´m not a native speaker, and haven´t take any practice test yet. I did took the gmat in 2007 and got 590 (V31, Q41) without any study.

Recommendations? my target score is 680-700


i think thats good considering you are not a native speaker.... i am also at 70-75% accuracy after going through verbal manhattan books...i hope it gets better for both of us..
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What is the ideal no. of mock tests one should take before giving GMAT and which ones..?? I am planning to give it in 3 weeks time from now. I will have about 2 weeks before I am done with the concepts..
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I have started preparing based on this study plan and book recommendations.
I am glad I came across this thread, else I would have started off with OG.

I have started studying using Princeton Review and Kaplan Premier 2009. Planning to finish in 2 weeks and then start with Manhattan SC.Will start doing OG questions as given in each chapter of SC.
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Question - how do you increase your "general knowledge" if most of the test prep materials (like the mgmat books I'm using) are strategy books?
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Hi, has anyone tried the Veritas 15 book series? I never see it mentioned in any forum
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Hi BB

It is indeed a very well layed down plan. I Plan to take my GMAT by mid sept. I have been studying for about a month's time now. I have finished some of the Quant MGMT Books ( 3 Guides) and did take two sample tests. Scored 510 both times.

Could you please advise me on how should I move further from now on, so that I can accelerate my score exponentially!

I am targeting 700 +.

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BB, thank you for the excellent advice and congratulations for all the great work and effort you have invested in GMAT club.

You are a true leader, a true mentor, a highly esteemed role model and an inspiration to many. :-D
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HI the site looks great. Could you give me some pointers on how to use my materials effectively?

I have:
1. OG 11
2. Kaplan GMAT 800

I was thinking about getting the 8 MGMAT guides, but will they reference the OG12? It looks like I have the top and bottom of your study outline pyramid.

Any idea how the math is compared to statistics in the CFA Level 1 Exam?

I'm in no rush to get it done, but I want to aim high. I was thinking about dedicating Aug-Oct to study and take it in November.

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HI the site looks great. Could you give me some pointers on how to use my materials effectively?

I have:
1. OG 11
2. Kaplan GMAT 800

I was thinking about getting the 8 MGMAT guides, but will they reference the OG12? It looks like I have the top and bottom of your study outline pyramid.

Any idea how the math is compared to statistics in the CFA Level 1 Exam?

I'm in no rush to get it done, but I want to aim high. I was thinking about dedicating Aug-Oct to study and take it in November.

Thanks.



Get the MGMAT guides and use this table for conversion: manhattan-gmat-books-3rd-4th-edition-conversion-tables-91671.html or here is a crazy idea - spend another $20 and get OG 12.

P.S. CFA exam and GMAT don't have much overlap/correlation. Many CFA folks flunk GMAT and vice versa.
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GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - [work-in-progress - suggestions welcome]


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Common Mistakes with GMAT preparation
2: Starting with the Official Guide - waste of official GMAT questions
so by which books do I have to start?



Couldn't find answer to this.
I have been using OG questions (did ~20 Qs on each section so far)
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Couldn't find answer to this.
I have been using OG questions (did ~20 Qs on each section so far)


See the plan or go here: top-gmat-prep-books-guides-reviews-comments-77703.html?highlight=ml306
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Couldn't find answer to this.
I have been using OG questions (did ~20 Qs on each section so far)


See the plan or go here:

However for practice question in quant, only OG is mentioned in this list
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Each book comes with practice problems/questions - usually those are enough. You can use OG 12 for additional practice. However, generally OG is on the easier side. Also, time yourself whenever you work on the OG or with any other questions. It is important.
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There have been many awesome strategies that have been posted in this forum.
Let me share my strategy that i am going to follow for the last few days just before Giving GMAT.

<note, this post is Verbal section specific>
The Final Sprint
The last 10 days for GMAT i feel are the most crucial days for gmat. The funda is that one should score increasingly higher in each of their mock GMAT so as to peak exactly during the GMAT. As much us one must concentrate on their weaknesses, one must not let their strengths rust. So i propose the following

The First Five Days
The first five days, i will be doing daily 15 sentence corrections from three different sources( 2 online and one book). the rationale behind this is that I will be able to get diverse set of questions to practice from.
I will go through my wordlists that i had collected over the period of my preparation so that i will be able to tackle every new word that will come my way.
For RC, i am going to continue to read 5 articles of diverse nature everyday. I am planning to focus on current affairs as that will help me get connected with the world in ways more than one.
For Critical reasoning, i will practice in a similar way as i had mentioned for sentence corrections.
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The Next two days
In the next two days, i plan to step up my preparation. I am planning to take off from work so that i will be able to give intensive preparation. Simply speaking i will be increasing the scale of preparation like what i said for the first five days. this will keep me confident and i will give at least 3 mocks during this period.

The Final Three days
The final three days, i will set aside for revising the concepts. i will go back to the notes i ve made during my preparation, various tips given online in the forums. This will be the relaxation phase for me. even during relaxation, i wanna feel confident that i will crack the examination. With a positive attitude i will carry out the tasks for the day. I will read lots of poems that my friend has selected for me and reflect at the beauty of the language. understanding these poems will take me a long way to understanding RCs.
The final day before the examination, i will go to the beach, chill out, drink lots and lots of water and relax to the max. i will catch up on my fav hindi movie(jaane tu ya jaane na) and english movie ( V for vendatta ) and relax. a short quick look at the notes for half hour will be the only studies i will do before the day.

This is my strategy. Please advise and give more suggestions for the same.

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joined this forum recently..plannin to give gmat in aug end..CheriInfinite post is really helpful..gonna follow this strategy
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