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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2010, 14:33
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Hi BB and everyone on this forum,
I'm new to this forum, and I find it extremely helpfull. I began to read on some GMAT prep material and taking some exercizes a manth or so ago, untill I stumbled onto this website.
I read a thred about taking the GMAT prep test to assess my "GMAT skills"...made 660 (Q:44, V:37)...made a bunch of dumb/simple mistakes(both PS and DS) in Quantative part and answer the ones more complicated...In verbal--the mistakes came mostly from the RC and CR
So, I guess, my question to you guys is should I follow the novices study plan or follow the "650 to 700+" approach?
I bought following:

GMAT official guide,12th Edition
both GMAT official quant and verb reviews
Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction
Manhattan GMAT Reading Comprehesion
Power Score Critical Reasoning Bible

Planing to spend 2.5-3.5 months for preparation. will be using error log, and timer (although had no problem of completing the GMAT prep on time)...
Please advise on the prep schedule...any suggestions will be appreciated
Alex



Alex, you are in a great/fantastic shape! My first test was 540. If you are able to eliminate a few of your simple/novice errors, you should be close to 700, so definitely welcome to pick the higher level one.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2010, 19:16
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thankyou for the quick response...will start to prepare next week.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2010, 06:01
hi guys
can you advice me a plan for praparing for the gmat in 13 days??
i know it is reallu hard but i need to get at 650 and I hope to be able to score it.
i dont know how to deal with it...
if you have some material or for some advice you can reply here or to my personal email:pacciablond@hotmail.it
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 18 Jan 2010, 18:43
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can you advice me a plan for praparing for the gmat in 13 days??
i know it is reallu hard but i need to get at 650 and I hope to be able to score it.
i dont know how to deal with it...
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Here you go: GMAT Cramplan
Also get some practice tests such as GMATPrep or MGMAT.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2010, 09:33
Hi to all!
First of all, I am new to this site & slowly getting fond of this site. Great work done bb and all other who contributed.

Now coming to point, I have some questions to ask and some suggestions for my future plan.

1) I am an engineer currently working as an System Integration Engineer for Motorola (not a direct employee). I have 2+ years experience in Wimax (Radio Access Network). And wanna change my Career Path so what would be your suggestions regarding this. actually I wanna move to management as mostly in my profession people move to management ultimately. And I really don't know in which area of management I should move keeping my background experience in my mind.

2) I have 2 years to study GMAT (plenty of time) as I plan to go for MBA after 4 or 5 years of experience. So, I'll be starting from scratch, reviewing basic concepts first then move to more hardcore preparation. My target is 700+ ( desired 740+ ) minimum 680+. I know! I have high hopes but it's not impossible so gotta practice a lot. And, I can manage to get most of the time to study on weekends and may be 3 to 4 hours on weekdays. So my question is what should be my schedule?

3) Keeping all of this in mind what books you'll suggest for me to start from and then adopt after getting a firm grasp on basic concepts. By the way! I don't wanna waste money :).
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2010, 14:10
Hey guys,
I plan on starting my GMAT studying this month.. once I purchase my books and all that.

I've been reading the 3-month study plan posted here but I just have a quick question. It says that you should first take a GMAT exam to see how well you score, and study accordingly from that so you know what to improve on etc.

But when you take that first GMAT test, should we be taking it cold or review some basic material beforehand?

Thanks for the help! I'm so glad I found this forum. :D
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2010, 15:47
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I plan on starting my GMAT studying this month.. once I purchase my books and all that.

I've been reading the 3-month study plan posted here but I just have a quick question. It says that you should first take a GMAT exam to see how well you score, and study accordingly from that so you know what to improve on etc.

But when you take that first GMAT test, should we be taking it cold or review some basic material beforehand?

Thanks for the help! I'm so glad I found this forum. :D


It does not matter. You have to walk 100 steps, so whether you measure the distance when you stand at point 0 or at point 10, the total distance does not change, just the remainder of distance still to be walked.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2010, 15:53
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It does not matter. You have to walk 100 steps, so whether you measure the distance when you stand at point 0 or at point 10, the total distance does not change, just the remainder of distance still to be walked.


That is a very profound statement, lol, thanks. I think I'll review a bit before I take my first test.. taking it cold will definitely skew my score lower.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2010, 12:27
Great u r really doing wonderful job. Thanks this site is kiosk 4 GMAT. I hope I can take my score 550( q46 , v20) to 700 in next 4 months.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2010, 10:30
bb! thanks for your suggestion & reply ( highly appreciated ). Actually it's been along time since I dealt with basic stuff, so I think I gotta review a bit before I take GmatPrep. May be I am afraid that I would do badly on them ( as I've been totally out of them, I don't even remember basic formulas such as perimeter of a circle). And, I am an international that's why, not that much into CR etc.
I think I should take a week to have a look at them ( or how much do you suggest? ). What do you suggest? Any suggestion would be really appreciable.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2010, 10:35
And yea is it possible that I may take only Quant portion of GmatPrep and then take Verbal when I feel like? What books would u suggest to just have a look on basic stuff before I take GmatPrep ( so that I can recall them ).
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2010, 19:01
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And yea is it possible that I may take only Quant portion of GmatPrep and then take Verbal when I feel like? What books would u suggest to just have a look on basic stuff before I take GmatPrep ( so that I can recall them ).


Yes, it is possible. You are welcome to do as much or as little as you wish - it does not really matter.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2010, 09:52
Hello 2 all!
Bb, fantastic site! Thanks a lot for nice-looking working plan! I will start my prep in accordance with it from February 1, 2010. My ultimate target is 700+.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2010, 18:58
Bb,

This is my first post after five months of being a member of the GMAT Club... I ve already enrolled to a Kaplan course and I will start it in a couple of weeks. The only experience I ve had with the GMAT is from a couple of books that I purchased over year ago but that never really studied them. I am decided to get as high score as I can in the first try, so that's why I enrolled. I believe I am just the kind of person that learns better in a classroom. My score in the Kaplan Diagnostic Test was 570... but I am, like many in this forum, aiming to a 700+ score... I will participate often in the discussion forums since I ve read wonderful things about them... I think I am in the right path, we will find out soon if that's true...

Thanks for your advices, you guys have a lot of experience with this process, so I believe it is really worth it to listen and learn... by the way... I ve just downloaded Sidartha for Kindle... people should know that book is for free in that store... I hope that improves my verbal score...

Good luck to everyone that is starting the MBA journey... it should be a wonderful ride...

Greetings from Mexico... :-D
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2010, 21:43
gmat newb here...really learning a lot from this place...thanks to you all!

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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2010, 21:56
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Welcome guys and good luck.
If you have any suggestions, please do let me know and I will try to include them regularly.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2010, 13:33
Hello,

So far I have followed the plan the past two months...I went from a diagnostic of 480 (v25 q32) to a 570 (v29 q41). I have 3 weeks left until the test.

Thank you soo much!! I love this website and all the advice has been awesome.

I need a 570 to get into the Depaul Ms in Finance program, so I think I am in good shape.

What areas do you think I should concentrate the most these last three weeks?

I have all my days to study (I am unemployed), I am using Knewton (have way through the course, I will post a review after I am done with the test), Gmat hacks math book and Mgmat SC book. I have like 10 more gmats left to take.

Also, what point increase should I realistically expect from 570 in this three week span?

I am planning on taking the Gmat again in June in hope of getting 700. (I will have 2 1/2 more months to study after a 2 week break from this first exam), to improve my employment opportunities after graduation.

Thanks a lot!

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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2010, 15:20
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Thanks and congratulations - looking forward to your debrief and a big success story :wink:
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2010, 16:45
Hi bb ,

been away for a long time from gmatclub !

took the test in december and scored a 690 , very disappointed :cry:

got an ISB ding :? was the only school I applied to this year

want to hit 740+ . any suggestions for me . planning to retake in june.

my breakdown :arrow: (Q: 48 V:37 AWA:5.0)
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Re: GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices - Start your GMAT Journey [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2010, 17:07
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My suggestion would be this plan: gmat-study-plan-go-from-650-to-80235.html
By the way, 690 is not a bad score at all. ISB of course is highly competitive but 690 is not bad at all.
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