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# GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep

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Schools: Fuqua(no int), Darden(no int), McCombs , Kenan-Flagler, McDonough, Smith(w/$$) Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] 23 Aug 2010, 20:16 First of all - thanks to those responsible for putting together all of the great information on this site. I've only just begun to delve into the site and am extremely grateful to have found it before getting too far into the process of studying. I just received my MGMAT books, including the Fundamentals of GMAT Math book, and OG12 yesterday, so I decided to take my first practice test with GMATPrep tonight after work. I took it cold - no review prior, just downloaded the software and started. Here's how it went: Quant: 35 (39%) Verbal: 41 (92%) Overall score: 640 Clearly my quant needs more work than my verbal, but I plan on bumping up the verbal too. My questions for the experts around here (BB and anyone else) are how accurate is the GMATPrep practice test as an indicator of future scores and is it feasible to increase my quant score enough to get me to a 700+ score in the next 2ish months? I haven't scheduled my test yet, but will need to take it in the next few months. Probably by the end of Oct. I work full time, but am able to study ~2 hours a night and will probably study (realistically) 8-10 hours total a weekend. What do you think?  Manhattan GMAT Discount Codes Kaplan GMAT Prep Discount Codes Veritas Prep GMAT Discount Codes Founder Affiliations: AS - Gold, HH-Diamond Joined: 04 Dec 2002 Posts: 13023 Location: United States (WA) GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42 GPA: 3.5 Followers: 2920 Kudos [?]: 15202 [0], given: 3940 Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] 23 Aug 2010, 20:28 Expert's post Kilian - that's a great result! Fantastic Verbal Score. I have scored 540 on my first one See this tool: http://gmatclub.com/gmat-score-calculator/ In general MGMAT tests are pretty accurate. 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 ) _________________ Founder of GMAT Club Just starting out with GMAT? Start here... | Want to know your GMAT Score? Try GMAT Score Estimator Need GMAT Book Recommendations? Best GMAT Books Co-author of the GMAT Club tests Have a blog? Feature it on GMAT Club! GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings Manager Joined: 23 Aug 2010 Posts: 111 Schools: Fuqua(no int), Darden(no int), McCombs , Kenan-Flagler, McDonough, Smith(w/$$)
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  23 Aug 2010, 20:43
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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.
bb wrote:
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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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  29 Aug 2010, 14:15
GMAT Study Plan- Target 750

I have already given the GMAT twice and scored a 540 (V26, Q38) first on Jan 4, 2009 and a 460 (V24, Q30) on March 19, 2009. I have now set to down to score a massive increase through a determined study plan. I am currently out of a job and so can devote a lot more time but also am spending time in my job search and other part time jobs. Current plan is to attack the GMAT in 10 weeks from now.

Target Score: 540 to 750
Time Period: 1 Sept 2010 – 15 Nov 2010

Primary Concepts Review & Practice- 7 weeks
Comprehensive Practice Review- 3 weeks

Books:
1. Kaplan 2011 Premier
2. Manh. SC Guide
3. Manh. CR Guide
4. Manh. RC Guide
5. Manhattan NP Guide
6. Manhattan Geometry Guide
7. Manhattan Equations, Inequalities, & VICs Guide
8. Manhattan Fractions, Decimals, & Percents
9. Manhattan W Trans Guide
10. The OG for GMAT 12TH Edition
11. The OG for GMAT 11TH Edition
12. Kaplan Verbl Wbook
13. Kaplan Math Wbook
14. Power Critical Reasoning- EBook

Practice Tests:
6 Manhattan GMAT online
5 Kaplan CAT online
2 GMAT Club test
2 GMAT Prep

Phase 1- General Overview & Diagnostic

I plan to study an overview of all sections before giving my Diagnostic test and am planning to use Kaplan Premier for doing that. This will entail going through all the sections of the GMAT using this book to give me a good overview. And then I plan to do a diagnostic from either Kaplan or Manhattan GMAT. I am choosing to do this, as I want a higher diagnostic start for my mental preparation since I don’t have much time.
* Kaplan Prem- Introduction & overview of all areas
* Diagnostic Test (Manhattan GMAT or Kaplan)
* Setup of Error lit
* Schedule of Study and Timer

Phase 2

Verbal Preparation Plan
I know I want to start my study with verbal and will vary the weeks of preparation based on the diagnostic test. The planned study order may change depending on the results.
1. Sentence Correction
2. Critical Reasoning
I plan to work through each section one by one methodically by going through all books explaining that particular verbal subsection and practicing questions at the same time for them.
Books Used
* Manh. SC Guide
* Manh. CR Guide
* PowerScor CR Bible
* Manh. RC Guide
* The OG for GMAT 12TH Edition- Verbal Practice qs
* Kaplan Verbl Wbook- Concepts & practice
* Kaplan 2011 Prem- Verbal Practice qs
* Kaplan Adv-Verbal Practice qs
Partial Verbal CATs
* Use verbal sections of CAT once all 3 areas are completed.

Phase 3

I plan to follow a similar methodical pattern for my quantitative preparation and go through specific areas starting with the Manhattan guides.
Quantitative Preparation
1. Problem Solving
2. Data Sufficiency
Books Used
* Manhattan NP Guide
* Manhattan Geometry Guide
* Manhattan Equations, Inequalities, & VICs Guide
* Manhattan Fractions, Decimals, & Percents
* Manh. Word Transl Guide
* The OG for GMAT 12TH Edition- Math Practice Qs
* Kaplan Math WBook
* Kaplan 2011 Prem- Math Practice qs
* Kaplan Adv-Math Practice Qs

Phase 4-Practice CAT tests

Initially I would have used a few of these tests for section specific practice rather than completing entire tests. But as soon as I am comfortable I will be practicing complete tests with essays.
2 GMAT Prep- taken multiple times
6 Manhattan CATs
5 Kaplan CATs
2 Club tests
Other recommended CATs.

I would like the opinion of members on this plan of execution. What would you recommend to change for each of the phase I have highlighted and if the time is realistic for a 750 score. Thanks for taking the time to offer your comments and advice.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  31 Aug 2010, 06:22
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GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices

Hope you find this study plan helpful - please let me know any of your tips or suggestions for those just starting out on their GMAT Journey

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In the General Knowledge stage cover basics for a chapter/section/area
In the Question Strategies stage start practicing questions either for the area you just covered or for an entire section but don't attempt questions for sections you have not covered yet
In the Test Strategies start taking full length tests and practice on putting questions and knowledge together

Here is one of the most common GMAT study plans used by GMAT Club Members:

Use one of the general guidebooks i.e. Kaplan Premiere Book (see here for a full list of recommended books) to learn basic concepts and strategies. You can see how you perform on the Kaplan tests after going through the Premiere book. (Note that Kaplan scores are sometimes off compared to the real GMAT, so don't get too hung up on it).

Month 1
• Start with Math section first and focus just on math alone (you can do both math and verbal but I suggest you put all attention into one). Plan to spend 4 weeks on it.
• Start using an Error Log - keep track of your mistakes and guesses -this will become your study guide in Month 3.
• Optional Step: If you are feeling the load is too heavy and you are really weak in Math - get MGMAT Math Foundations book; it is great in providing a more general overview of math concepts.
• At the same time, start reading GMAT Fiction (see below for details on what it is for)
• Get involved with the Math Forum - you will learn a lot esp. when you try to teach someone or explain something
• After you are done with the math section - start taking the math portion of the tests you have.
• Evaluate results and decided if you need to spend more time in Math and patch up certain weak areas or move on to Verbal. This decision will be based on your target GMAT score. If you are looking for high 600's and 700's, I would not move past Quant unless I was able to score around Q44 (again Kaplan tests excluded as they are much harder)
• If you need additional help in Quant - refer to the Math Resources on GMATClub or the GMAT Math Books section. In particular Manhattan GMAT Number Properties book comes highly recommended by many members. Another book you may consider is the PR 1012 - it contains targeted GMAT practice questions, which could be helpful in honing one's skills.
• If you are comfortable with Quant but want to get to Q50+, use the GMAT Club Tests - they contain only hard questions and were designed as practice for high-level math scorers.

Month 2
• Start working on the Verbal section. You can start with any section, but my suggestion would be to tackle Sentence Correction first
• Error Log!
• Sentence Correction Optional Step: If you are not a native speaker, you will need a good grammar book that steps beyond GMAT and gives you a strong background that you can use as a foundation for GMAT-specific books. Several grammar books are recommended on the Forum (best-gmat-grammar-book-for-international-students-79934.html) but the one that comes up most often is Doing Grammar by Max Morenberg. Another book to consider is Kaplan Verbal Foundations - it is more suited for the GMAT but not as detailed in some areas. This is for you to decide how much help you need or how much time you have. Kaplan Verbal Foundations is quicker and probably easier but incomplete. Also, take a look at GMAT Club's Verbal Resources for many copies of study notes.
• For your verbal practice, you can start with Kaplan Verbal Workbook - it has good strategies. However a very good alternative is the PowerScore Verbal Bible - i would say it is a good notch higher in terms of value and score improvement. It covers SC, CR, and RC.
• Optional Step: A large number of GMAT Club members actually skip the step above and instead use specialized books to tackle each of the questions types. The books they use are:
• Sentence Correction - either MGMAT SC or PowerScore SC
• Critical Reasoning - either MGMAT CR or PowerScore CR
• Reading Comprehension - MGMAT RC
• Note1: MGMAT CR and MGMAT SC come without any practice questions. Instead they refer to questions in the Official Guide 12 and OG Verbal, so you must have those two books to practice and preferably should not have covered it in the past. On the positive note - all Manhattan books come with access to 6 online CAT tests, so you should buy at least one Manhattan GMAT book (any one of them).
• Note2: This approach of specialized prep takes closer to 2 months for verbal
• Critical Reasoning Optional Step: If you need additional help with Critical Reasoning - Do not get both PowerScore CR and Manhattan GMAT CR - the books are virtually identical (not really but kind of). Instead you can again use the PR 1012 book for targeted practice with Assumption or Conclusion questions or you can go very heavy weight and use LSAT books, but that's a tad too hardcore and usually unnecessary.
• Reading Comprehension is often the hardest areas to conquer - there are no clear rules and it is all about understanding of the passage. Unless you strongly feel that Reading is your forte, I would recommend you pick up a reading habit for the time being. I have written a large post on what I call GMAT Fiction and its benefits - take a look. I felt that reading books was a big contributor to my SC and RC abilities. There are no downsides to this really - worst thing possible is that you would have read some great books. And yes - make sure you read them during your low productivity time (at night, during transit, etc).
• Verbal forum should be your hobby by now
• Take the verbal-only portion of the tests to evaluate your progress (compare to how you did in the diagnostic test).

Month 3
• This month should be spent on 2 things: taking full length tests (polishing your test taking techniques, timing, stamina) and Reviewing your error log (going through your weaknesses, making sure you understand why you keep making mistakes and how to solve every problem you encountered). You can start using Error log earlier than this by the way - the earlier the better.
• Schedule your test if you have not done so already.
• Start taking full length tests (including AWA) - this is important for your test stamina. Plan to spend a Saturday on this and then subsequent test review.
• Spend a few weeks taking tests and drilling down into your areas of weakness. Create a "black list of questions" that you continue to struggle with and find a way to solve them with minimal mental effort.

 ! Common Mistakes with GMAT preparation1: Rushing to take tests before learning anything - waste of tests2: Starting with the Official Guide - waste of official GMAT questions3: Giving GMAT the worst time of the day - studying after a long day4: Skipping basics and rushing to advanced topics5: Starting to prepare with poor English proficiency

Other thoughts/suggestions:
A recommendation which seems to be working for me... SUDOKU and RUBIK's CUBE...! Bit abstract just like your recommendation to read GMAT fiction... these to me have been working as priming tools... by DestinyChild

Hello bb,

Thanks for this plan.

Can you please advise tests that should be used to test only quant and only verbal part. In case, if we are using GMAT Prep then, when we will be giving full length test we may see same question again.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  03 Sep 2010, 13:14
Can someone please help.. I need help organizing my study plan. I've joined Knewton and watch their videos. I also plan on studying from the 8 MGMAT guides & the OG12 which I already have. Trouble is, I learn best when I practice lots of different problems as opposed to learning rules or theories.
Could someone more organized please suggest a way I could incorporate all 3 tools (Knewton, MGmat & OG) in an efficient manner? Thanks a mil..
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  03 Sep 2010, 21:52
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Can someone please help.. I need help organizing my study plan. I've joined Knewton and watch their videos. I also plan on studying from the 8 MGMAT guides & the OG12 which I already have. Trouble is, I learn best when I practice lots of different problems as opposed to learning rules or theories.
Could someone more organized please suggest a way I could incorporate all 3 tools (Knewton, MGmat & OG) in an efficient manner? Thanks a mil..

Hi and welcome to GMAT Club.
There are actually recommended questions from the OG listed in the MGMAT Guides, so that should help you integrate the OG questions and your MGMAT guides.

As to Knewton, that should be self-sufficient.
You are actually doing double the work, so would be careful with being able to focus on each set of materials. Double the books does not equal double the score, unfortunately.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  03 Sep 2010, 21:56
BB,
Thanks for your reply. So you recommend I simply follow the 8 MGMAT guides with the recommended problem sets? I could watch the Knewton videos as reference and just follow the MGMAT guides to the tee. What do you think? Thanks a mil again..
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  03 Sep 2010, 22:01
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BB,
Thanks for your reply. So you recommend I simply follow the 8 MGMAT guides with the recommended problem sets? I could watch the Knewton videos as reference and just follow the MGMAT guides to the tee. What do you think? Thanks a mil again..

I am suggesting that you put your full attention into one or the other. If you have some time/energy left, you can absolutely do more but make sure you give the minimum needed attention.

Also, as an FYI - make sure you do all the Knewton exercises - you have to in order to have Money Back Guarantee apply to your score.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  05 Sep 2010, 07:17
I want to quote here the reply that I gave to mhasan in his own topic.

These are simple calculations, but they can show that even 3 months preparation period is not really too long for someone who is limited by say 2 hours of preparation per day. Otherwise one can readily get an illusion that he has plenty of time before the real exam, and then not to fulfill even a half of the planned preparation program.

evp2000fr wrote:
Hi mhasan!

I'm definitely not an expert here, but I think that I can also give you some info worthwhile to consider.

My advice - be realistic in your time management. As you have a definite date limit you can estimate your total time budget and make some simple calculations.

For example, there are a little bit more than 800 questions in the OG12. Even if you take 2 min per question on answering it and 5 min on revision (check the answer, analyze the solution, draw the conclusions and memorize the strategy) that gives you 6000 min budget or 100 hours of PURE work time. On three hours a day basis it makes one month only to work through the OG12.

Each CAT that you will take is 4 hours of test (it goes without saying that you have to take the full format CATs with AWA part to put yourself in the real test conditions) plus at least 3 hours of revision (you have to analyse EACH question, even those that you answered correctly). So, if you plan to make 2 GMATPreps + 6 MGMATs, that will give you 70 hours more of PURE work time.

Put in the time that you'll have to spend on theory reading (you bought all the MGMAT manuals, didn't you?) and the 10 week deadline that you have will seem to you really too close!

Just from my personal experience, three months ago I began my preparation by getting old Kaplan GMAT and Kaplan 800 (old editions but for free). I also bought OG12 and MGMAT SC as I had real problems with SC. And I thought that I had plenty of time to go through of all these manuals and to do all the MGMAT CATs. I even planned to buy OG Quant & Verbal as I thought that I was going to have some spare time.

The result is that...
Well, of course I had my job and my family (so, not more than 12 hours of study time per week), and I had also those two weeks seaside vacations (where I took the OG12 but never opened it ), but anyway...

So, I have the real exam in one week, and up to date I have only done through the both Kaplan manuals (quantitative part of Kaplan 800 really sucks! ), MGMAT Number properties, and I've done some 100 quant problems from OG12, and 3 CAT exams (GMATPrep #1 and MGMAT #1 & #2).

I still haven't opened the MGMAT SC guide, nor have I done any verbal problem from OG12. That's what I call a bad time management!

So, to stick to the structure of the AWA essay, my CONCLUSION: Be realistic on the time that you have, plan your workload through the phases that you defined, and do not postpone the work with the OG problems!

Good luck!

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  06 Sep 2010, 15:15
Hello,

Thank you so much for this helpful resource. I am preparing to take the GMAT some time in November and had a quick question. Currently, I have purchased the Kaplan GMAT Premier 2011, the OG, OG Verbal, OG Quant and the set of 8 Manhattan books so I am stocked up on study material. (Is there anything else I need??) My questions is, do you recommend taking the first of the two free GMAT Prep tests prior to any studying with the aforementioned books? Or should I take it after reviewing the Kaplan book once I am more comfortable with the test and the material? Most resources I have consulted seem to think these two free tests are very valuable so I want to use them to the maximum benefit. Thanks!
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  06 Sep 2010, 15:42
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Hello,

Thank you so much for this helpful resource. I am preparing to take the GMAT some time in November and had a quick question. Currently, I have purchased the Kaplan GMAT Premier 2011, the OG, OG Verbal, OG Quant and the set of 8 Manhattan books so I am stocked up on study material. (Is there anything else I need??) My questions is, do you recommend taking the first of the two free GMAT Prep tests prior to any studying with the aforementioned books? Or should I take it after reviewing the Kaplan book once I am more comfortable with the test and the material? Most resources I have consulted seem to think these two free tests are very valuable so I want to use them to the maximum benefit. Thanks!

You are good with materials!
Yes, take a gmat prep now (before studying), so you understand where you are right now - you may want to get familiar with question formats, types, etc and other basics, but it is helpful to know your standing position and your improvement later on.
No, you are not wasting it. Here is why: what-is-the-best-way-to-start-the-gmat-journey-98067.html#p754966
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  07 Sep 2010, 07:52
I took my test last December and scored a 660 (Q45, V36) with a month of prep. I am aiming for top schools (Top 15) so I would need at-least 720 or maybe even more as my GPA is not very high.

I realized that the big mistake I made was I was overconfident about math and dived right into OG. OG questions seemed doable but the exam was much harder. Now I am using the MGMAT for SC and some math. But MGMAT keeps referring to OG questions. What should I do as I already did the OG (with not so nice results)?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  07 Sep 2010, 18:31
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I took my test last December and scored a 660 (Q45, V36) with a month of prep. I am aiming for top schools (Top 15) so I would need at-least 720 or maybe even more as my GPA is not very high.

I realized that the big mistake I made was I was overconfident about math and dived right into OG. OG questions seemed doable but the exam was much harder. Now I am using the MGMAT for SC and some math. But MGMAT keeps referring to OG questions. What should I do as I already did the OG (with not so nice results)?

You have a few options - you can get the PowerScore SC, you can also buy GMAT Paper tests. (gmat-paper-tests-84064.html)

Secondary options are to get PR 1012 book or Kaplan Verbal Workbook but those won't be as high quality as the OG questions.
I also assume you have bone through Verbal OG?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  09 Sep 2010, 15:32
Hi everyone
Very helpfull the informations in there, thanks to the owner.
I plan to take the gmat by december and i will try to follow your study guide.
Hope that will help me beat the GMAT
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  10 Sep 2010, 14:24
My friends,

As most of you know that i have just started my GMAT preparation (like a week back) and i assume some of you already know me through my post on introducing myself section.

I plan to appear for GMAT at the end of March'11 and i would like to give myself sufficient time to ensure that i score 700 + (my target is 730). I am planning to get admitted to LBS MiFinance programme or RSM's MFM programme.

Following is the study programme i plan to pursue and i would really appreciate your expert opinion if its enough for a 700 score...(Just to give you a briefer; i am pretty decent in vocabulary but i find quant very tricky; especially i suck at geometry therefore i would really focus on Quant)

QUANT
1. Manhattan GMAT Quantitative Strategy Guides (Finish all 5 books)
2. Finish OG 12 Quantitative Questions
3. Finish OG 12 QR Questions
4. GMAT MATH BIBLE (Jeff Hackman's ebook; i suppose most of you know of it) - only solve GMAT type questions at the end of the topic (Not concept questions)
5. Solve Jeff Hackman's "100 Challenging Quantitative Question Set"
6. Browse through and work on GMAT Club's , Mid 600 and 700+ PS and DS Questions (also work on GMAT Math and other general tips on the forum such as memorizing arithmatric for gmat,shortcuts,time management etc)

VERBAL
1. Manhattan GMAT Verbal Strategy Guides (Finish all 3 Books)
2. Finish OG 12 Verbal Questions
3. Finish OG 12 VR Questions
4. Browse through and work on GMAT Club's Mid 600 and 700+ SC,RC,CR Questions (or shall i only practice with 700+??)

CATS
1. 6 MANHATTAN Tests
2. GMAT Prep 2nd Sample Test
3. GMAT CLUB Prep Tests

Please let me if my gmat prep study plan is enough to meet my target score of 700+. if you think there is some more valuable resources i can utilize for practice, kindly let me know. Kindly also suggest if i could improve my study plan based on your personal experience.

Thanks

PS: I also have Kaplan books (namely Kaplan Premier, Kaplan Math workbook, Kaplan GMAT 800) but i am not working on it as i have read at some forums (including GMATCLUB) that methodology deployed therein is quite confusing and the questions are nowhere close to what actual GMAT test looks like...is this true or u think there is something i can utilize from Kaplan? I also have PR Cracking the GMAT but also heard that its too basic.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  10 Sep 2010, 14:32
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You can use the Kaplan Math Workbook to do the exercises when you run out of the GMAT and OG 12. otherwise, don't need to spend too much there.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  10 Sep 2010, 15:04
bb wrote:

You can use the Kaplan Math Workbook to do the exercises when you run out of the GMAT and OG 12. otherwise, don't need to spend too much there.

Hi there!
Thanks for you reply...
I have Kaplan Math Workbook; but are the questions good enough to be considered as GMAT Stature? Plus. does it have like 700 type questions...
Whats your opinion on Math Bible questions of Jeff Sackmann's; plus i am also planning to purchase his 100 challenging quantitative problem sets" later on ,i.e. when i reach that level.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink]  10 Sep 2010, 15:11
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bb wrote:

You can use the Kaplan Math Workbook to do the exercises when you run out of the GMAT and OG 12. otherwise, don't need to spend too much there.

Hi there!
Thanks for you reply...
I have Kaplan Math Workbook; but are the questions good enough to be considered as GMAT Stature? Plus. does it have like 700 type questions...
Whats your opinion on Math Bible questions of Jeff Sackmann's; plus i am also planning to purchase his 100 challenging quantitative problem sets" later on ,i.e. when i reach that level.

Thanks

Kaplan Math Workbook is GREAT (my opinion). I studied using it.
Here are my tips for it:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html? ... ive=390957

Here are my thoughts about Total GMAT Math Bible:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html? ... ive=390957
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