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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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<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.

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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14 Aug 2010, 09:17
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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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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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17 Aug 2010, 08:58
Do you mean something like this?
timing-strategies-on-the-gmat-80176.html
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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
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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
Really loving it
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17 Aug 2010, 21:40
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bb wrote:
Do you mean something like this?
timing-strategies-on-the-gmat-80176.html

Exactly, the notation got the best of me. Thanks

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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17 Aug 2010, 21:43
Or see this one: gmat calendar
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19 Aug 2010, 05:40
I agree. You'll really loose track of time thinking that 3 months is more than enough
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19 Aug 2010, 10:57
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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

Thanks
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19 Aug 2010, 11:04
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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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!!

I have not registered to the GMAT yet.
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21 Aug 2010, 14:37
Welcome to GMAT Club!
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!
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23 Aug 2010, 10:30
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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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!

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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!
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lol 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 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 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)
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bb wrote:
Kilian - that's a great result! Fantastic Verbal Score.
I have scored 540 on my first one

See this tool: (won't let me post a link as a new member)
In general MGMAT tests are pretty accurate.

Very cool tool - thanks for posting it.
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You should be good with 100 point increase in the next 2 months, just make sure you can actually remember something after you close the book at night. The next day review what you covered the day before and you should be good with that.

Go ahead and start with the Foundations book. You may also want to get the Test Simulation Booklet if have not already (probably worth 10 points )

Will do. I'll post updates as things progress. Thanks again!
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