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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2010, 09:58
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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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<continued from my previous post>
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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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2010, 15:02
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Question for BB – Should I read the Kaplan Premier book simultaneously with the MGMAT quant series or do I first read the Kaplan Premier book, then start the MGMAT series? I plan to start studying next week and take the GMAT in Dec/Jan. Thanks for the advice. Great forum.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2010, 00:59
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<continued from my previous post>
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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Nice post :). I am writing my Gmat again in another 20 days or so and I can feel the tension / nervousness building in me. I will see how to unwind from work few days before my test :).
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2010, 08:17
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i wish i'd gone through this post before taking my GMAT. Anway, this should come in handy for my second attempt at GMAT.

thanks for the post.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 07:50
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bb,

I seem to be having trouble finding any information as far as pacing advice is concerned. Have we had any topics on the issue specifically about what we should target or is this issue something that by nature will fluctuate from member to member?

Disclaimer, I have searched on the forum for this information but I can't seem to find any threads with expert advice.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 07:58
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Do you mean something like this?
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Do you mean something like this?
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Exactly, the notation got the best of me. Thanks
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Excellent post BB..
I think gmatclub is amazing place to be.. thanks to all the members for creating such an wonderful community
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 20:40
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Do you mean something like this?
timing-strategies-on-the-gmat-80176.html


Exactly, the notation got the best of me. Thanks


See also, gmat-cat-timing-planner-82513.html

This is basically what I was looking for except more of a 'what do you recommend' instead of allowing myself to make it up.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 20:43
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2010, 04:40
I agree. You'll really loose track of time thinking that 3 months is more than enough
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Hi,
I have been reading the GMAT study plan suggested by all bb and other members.
Here's my plan, based on several combinations which I think will suit me. Would like to have your insights on this one -

1. Day Zero - Princeton Review CAT1
2. Princeton Review, after completing half of the PR book, CAT2
3. After completion of PR, CAT3
4. OG 11th edition - Here I plan to complete the book in 3 parts, after 1/3rd of the questions in all the sections are exhausted, I will take a test and gauge my progress. I will go on doing this until I am done with the OG.
5. After building on the basics, I'll take upon the MGMAT SC and such other specific material ( like the PowerScore CR, or the Verbal and/or Quant review) to iron out the flaws
6. Take the CAT7
7. Kaplan 800 - Quant & Verbal to solve some of the tougher problems - here I'll use the same strategy as with the OG.
8. GMAT Prep 1 - After exhausting the MGMAT, PR and Gmat Club tests and on completion of the Kaplan 800
9. Towards the end of my prep, I'll go back to the OG, so as to remain fresh with actual questions for my exam.
10. GMAT prep 2.
11. OG
12. Exam day!!!

The reason, I am preparing in this distributed manner, and not sticking to a single section for a month is because I believe after a month of Quant and thereafter a month of Verbal, my Quant would again become dodgy and so on.

I've booked a late december date for the exam, so I've roughly 4 months.
Is this a good enough plan or do I need any improvements?? Your suggestions would be really welcome

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I don't see enough books that would cover basics well (arithmetic, grammar, etc). I would strongly encourage you look into other books here: top-gmat-prep-books-guides-reviews-comments-77703.html?highlight=ml306
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Thanks for all your posts.

I am brand new here. I start this long journey to GMAT and I have many questions about How to plan my work.

I started my revisions a week ago. Most of my work will be on the quantative section as I don't have a profile background in engineering. In fact, all this stuff sounds relatively "new" to me, but anyway, I expect at least 680, and why not 700+.

I am 25, currently working as junior key account manager in a MNC (Cadbury, for 2 years ), graduated from a French business school.

I really want to improve my knowledge in arithmetic, algebria and geometry before registering to the test.

How long do you think is needed to be good enough to hope a 700 GMATscore (Q41;V41)???

I'll take time if 4months of work or more, I won't hesitate!!

thank you for your report!

I have not registered to the GMAT yet.
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I think you can (and should) do better than Q41 - just get the MGMAT Guides or Kaplan Math Workbook or the Veritas Prep Guides and you should be good to go.

As to how long it takes, it really depends on your starting point - have you taken a GMAT Prep or another diagnostic test?
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excellent post bb.
One thing I would emphasize is how quickly procrastination time goes by. It is way too easy to begin studying with 3 months left, take a short break, and resume studying with only weeks left. On the one hand, it seems like one month is plenty of time to study for just a single test, but after really starting, you realize that you have a LOT to cover and begin panicking. I know that's the case with me. 2 months ago I thought I had an eternity to study, but a couple of days ago I realized I am screwed and wish I had more time. :(


Thank you!
Great point - the message should be clear: If you only have 3 months left and need 700+ score - you are already late!


bb just one thing..iv asked u this before also...i badly want a 700+ score..so if i follow the 3 month plan (even though uv mentioned above that its not enuf) its not possible to get the desired score?? need some clarification here..cos iv set a 5 to 6 month study plan..then i started considering the 3 month plan u have suggested..now a lil confused.. help! :roll:
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2010, 09:30
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Thanks for keeping me honest Jayanth2689!

1. There is no absolute. Your improvement depends on your starting point. Obviously if you are at 650, a month maybe enough to 700
2. The study plan is about 3 months, but the full cycle is closer to 4 months (2 extra weeks to get books and 2 extra weeks to get the exam scheduled and enough courage to schedule the test)

Bottom line - if you have no clue about GMAT and rusty, chances are you need 3-4 months commitment to get a solid score. If you are at a decent place and have an idea about what GMAT is, you can do it much faster. The key is the starting point!

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excellent post bb.
One thing I would emphasize is how quickly procrastination time goes by. It is way too easy to begin studying with 3 months left, take a short break, and resume studying with only weeks left. On the one hand, it seems like one month is plenty of time to study for just a single test, but after really starting, you realize that you have a LOT to cover and begin panicking. I know that's the case with me. 2 months ago I thought I had an eternity to study, but a couple of days ago I realized I am screwed and wish I had more time. :(


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Great point - the message should be clear: If you only have 3 months left and need 700+ score - you are already late!


bb just one thing..iv asked u this before also...i badly want a 700+ score..so if i follow the 3 month plan (even though uv mentioned above that its not enuf) its not possible to get the desired score?? need some clarification here..cos iv set a 5 to 6 month study plan..then i started considering the 3 month plan u have suggested..now a lil confused.. help! :roll:

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Thanks for keeping me honest Jayanth2689!

1. There is no absolute. Your improvement depends on your starting point. Obviously if you are at 650, a month maybe enough to 700
2. The study plan is about 3 months, but the full cycle is closer to 4 months (2 extra weeks to get books and 2 extra weeks to get the exam scheduled and enough courage to schedule the test)

Bottom line - if you have no clue about GMAT and rusty, chances are you need 3-4 months commitment to get a solid score. If you are at a decent place and have an idea about what GMAT is, you can do it much faster. The key is the starting point!

Jayanth2689 wrote:
bipolarbear wrote:
excellent post bb.
One thing I would emphasize is how quickly procrastination time goes by. It is way too easy to begin studying with 3 months left, take a short break, and resume studying with only weeks left. On the one hand, it seems like one month is plenty of time to study for just a single test, but after really starting, you realize that you have a LOT to cover and begin panicking. I know that's the case with me. 2 months ago I thought I had an eternity to study, but a couple of days ago I realized I am screwed and wish I had more time. :(


Thank you!
Great point - the message should be clear: If you only have 3 months left and need 700+ score - you are already late!


bb just one thing..iv asked u this before also...i badly want a 700+ score..so if i follow the 3 month plan (even though uv mentioned above that its not enuf) its not possible to get the desired score?? need some clarification here..cos iv set a 5 to 6 month study plan..then i started considering the 3 month plan u have suggested..now a lil confused.. help! :roll:
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lol :-D no problem at all! i have to be honest that iam very much rusty with the concepts! like my post in a different topic..i scored oly a 460 on the GMATPrep Test :oops: but it duznt bog me down cos i havnt started an indepth prep for the test! and when u ask if i know what the GMAT is..its like how Neo asks Morpheus what the Matrix is :lol: Maybe u can tell me how deep the rabbit hole goes!? ergo what the GMAT is..so that next time somebdy asks me what the GMAT is..i can explain to them in the same way as u are going to (i hope) :roll:
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