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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 08:18
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I have got OG11th edition and corresponding MGMAT books that my brother used, are they good enough for my preprations or shall I buy new editions. Please help....



Yes - they are just fine.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 08:24
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 07:43
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Have a question on the Veritas Gmat prep books. Would they have a drastic change from 2009 to 2011 version. I have the 2009 version and would like to check if there is a lot of difference then may be i need to get the latest version
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 09:32
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I'm about to start my GMAT prep. I have 7-8 months to prepare for the test (I'm aiming at international top-10 and want to take the test BEFORE the next-gen GMAT comes out in June 2012). According to your comments, the MGMAT bundle + OGs are the way to go. I'm planning on going through this material up until the end of this year.

That being said, I have two questions:
1) Would it make sense to take Kaplan's (only the Advantage course is avl. where I live) on-site course after I've gone through MGMAT's material? I've been saving money for a while now and I'm willing to invest as much as needed to get a high score, but it is one thing to invest and quite another to throw money and time away.

2) Since my aim is to send my application on Q3 2012, am I choosing right by taking the test before the next-gen GMAT comes out?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2011, 08:26
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Hi ,

I took a decision to give GMAT just 3 weeks ago. Did some research about some good prep material , practice tests and the importance of timing and test Strategies for advanced (700 + level) questions.

Next, i took a diagnostic test (580), and after assessing my areas of improvement, came up with a study plan that is most appropriate and suitable to working professionals like me.

Please go through it , provide your inputs and improvements. Who knows it might help some one else too. Atatching as a pdf here !

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2011, 00:37
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Starting My Gmat Study from tomorrow :

Pre-Work done for two weeks :
1. Looked around for best gmat books , read their reviews and recommendations
2. Bought some of them
3.Took a diagnostic test and assessed my weak areas.
4. Devised a study Plan ( Attached in PDF in above posts )

I am posting my plan section wise. Starting my study tomorrow. please suggest any improvements or changes. moire than happy to learn from your experiences and make them a part of my ammunition before i go on the war ! ;)

My Study Plan has the following Sections :

1. My GMAT GOAL
2. GMAT concepts distribution
3. GMAT Materials & Books
4. GMAT Club Material
5. Mock GMAT CAT'S
6. Preparation Schedule in 5 phases

Posting them section wise in next few posts !
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2011, 00:42
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SECTION 1 : MY GMAT GOAL





Test Date : Oct 25 , 1.30 pm
Preparation Time : Aug , sept , till oct 20 ( 2months -20 days )

Goals :

1. Review of GMAT Skills -Grammar, reasning, arguments, reading and Math Skills, Make my own Notes and Practice of all concepts i reviewed using OG , OG Companion guide and error Log

2. Advanced Quant and Verbal Strategies - Avoid Traps, Silly Mistakes , Advanced Strategies and Advanced Practise
( 700 + level questions ).

3.Timing and test strategies - Improve my timing and Test taking strategies.
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SECTION 2 : GMAT concepts distribution



QUANT topics:

Number Properties,
Fractions-Decimals-Percents,
Ratios-Proportions,
Exponents-Roots,
Statistics-Data Interpretation,
Sets,
Combinatorics-Probability,
Linear Equations, Non-Linear Equations,
Inequalities-Absolute Values,
Rate-Work,
Functions-Sequences,
Lines-Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Circles, 3-d Geometry and Coordinate Geometry.
(17 topics )


VERBAL topics:

Verb tense,
Pronouns,
Idioms,
Modifiers,
Parallel Structures,
Subject-Verb Agreement,
RC-Science,
RC-Social Science,
RC-Economics,
CR-Weaken,
CR-Strengthen,
CR-Evaluate,
CR-Inference, and
CR-Resolve-Explain
(14 topics)
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2011, 00:47
SECTION 3 : GMAT Materials & Books




Books & Materials

1. Manhattan Gmat all strategy guides and 9-session Videos
2. Power score CR bible
3. Aristotle RC 99
4. Aristotle SC Grail
5. Aristotle CR set ( Lsat 101 CR )
6. Gmat Official Guide 12
7. Manhattan OG 12 companion
8. Gmat official verbal review - second edition
9. Gin's RC guide and Gmat Club RC guide from Gmat Club RC forum section.
10. Kaplan 800 - only sections on CR and RC techniques
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2011, 00:57

SECTION 4 : GMAT Club Material



Gmat Club Tools :



Gmat Club practice :

    1000 SC list and ansers explanation on Threads
    Brutal 100 SC List and their answers ,explanation on Thread
    perumtations and combinations practise problems on Gmat club threads.
    idioms test for GMAT
    Gmatclub toolkit iphone app - 311 Hard quant questions.
    Reference - Gmat prep SC and CR List

Gmat Club concepts :

    Gmat Math book
    ellipsis in comparisons and parallelism
    SC & CR comprehensive guides
    CR Shortcuts and Notes
    All Idioms list
    Sc strategies Checklist
    Gin's RC strategy
    Gmat Club RC strategies.

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SECTION 5 : Mock GMAT CAT'S



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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2011, 01:04

SECTION 6 : PREPARATION SCHEDULE



THE PLAN :



Note :

    * Reading for RC - Every day 2 articles each from economist and Wall Street Journal
    * Read two RC Fiction books over iphone , catch speed and sentence formation
    * 1 Gmat clubtest referes to 36 quant questions.
    * P&T week is Practise on weekdays and tests at weekends.
    * Target to cover 12 Gmat club quant tests or 12*36 = 413 quant questions ).

Concepts are covered from :

    SC - mgmat guide , aristotle grail and SC checklist ,ellipsis from gmat club forum, comprehensive SC guide
    SC Idioms - All idioms and Gmat Idioms list
    CR - powerscore CR concepts, comprehensive CR guide
    RC - Gin's Rc strategies, Gmat Club RC strategies,
    Math - Gmat Math , Mgmat Math guides , Aristotle Math reference.
    Others : Mgmat videos, also read Kaplan 800 - only sections on CR and RC techniques

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2011, 01:16

SECTION 6 : PREPARATION SCHEDULE - PHASES



PHASE I - August weeks :



    ( Core Week ) 1 week : Study Core Basics of verbal and Quant from Manhattan Guides, materials listed and Videos - Make Flash Cards & Notes
    ( OG weeks ) 3 weeks : OG Complete Practise and AWA basics & some Practise

PHASE II - September 3 weeks :


Target Practice for each day - 20 SC and 10 CR in morning & 20 Math and 3 RC in evening

Practice week 1 :

Weekdays -

·
    100 SC from Brutal SC
    · 100 Math from Gmat took kit Hard Math,
    · 50 CR from 101CR ,
    · 15 RC from RC99

Weekend -


Practice week 2 :

Weekdays -

    · 100 SC from SC#
    · 100 Math from Gmat tool kit Hard Math,
    · 50 CR from 101CR
    · 15 RC from RC99

Weekend -


Practice week 3 :

Weekdays -

    · 100 SC from SC#
    · 100 Math from Gmat Tool Kit Hard Math
    · 20 RC from RC99

Weekend -

    · MGMAT Tests 1 and 2 with Analysis.

Yet to Practice - 800 from SC#, 413 math from Gmat Club tests, 50 RC from RC99

PHASE III - September Last Week (Free-Test-Week ) :



Weekdays -

( take test on Morning bet 4am - 7 am ) and Analyse in night after work . Take below free tests on first 3 days of week .

    · Gmat Prep Test 1 and Analysis (cycle 1)
    · MGMAT Free test and Analysis
    · Kaplan free test and Analysis
    · 100 Math from Gmat club tests and 10 RC from RC99 on last two weekdays.

Weekend -

    · Gmat Prep test 2 and analyse (cycle 1)
    · repeat Gmat Prep test 1 and analyse ( cycle 2 )

Yet to Practice - 800 from SC#, 313 Math from Gmat club tests, 40 RC from RC99

PHASE IV - October 3 weeks

:

Target Practice for each day - 40 SC# in morning & 20 Math and 3 RC in evening

(P&T Week 1) :

Weekday -


Weekend -

    · Repeat Gmat prep test 2 and analyse ( cycle 2 )
    · Repeat Gmat prep test 1 and analyse (cycle 3 )

(P&T Week 2) :

Weekday -


Weekend -

    · MGMAT test 3 and Analyse
    · MGMAT test 4 and Analyse

(P&T Week 3) :


Weekday -

    · 200 SC#
    · 100 Math from Gmat Club tests
    · 10 RC from RC99
    · AWA Practice

Weekend -

· MGMAT test 5 and Analyse
· MGmMAT test 6 and Analyse


PHASE V - October Last week :



oct 22 (Saturday ) : Review MY Notes
MY Notes consists of Flash Crads, Notes during 1st core week, Notes from practise ( OG , RC99, 101CR, SC, gmat club tests quant part ) and Notes from TEST Analysis Gmat prep , MGMAT and other test Analysis

oct 23 (Sunday ) - Go through GMATPrep CR and SC questions list
Oct 24 - Relax
Oct 25 - D Day

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2011, 05:52
Parker! bb!! I got a 710!!! JUST got back!
horrible breakdown if you see my prep tests, M42, V45, but whatever, I'm done!! And that's a 70+ increase.
THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH words can not express my gratitude.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2011, 03:04
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2011, 22:10
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How much more difficult is it to go from ~730 to ~780 than from 670 to 730?


Well, it is pretty darn difficult since 780 is a 99th percentile, which means only a handful ever score that high.
730 is 96th percentile gmat-scores-83890.html

It all really depends and it is quite relative (depends on where you start and what you need to improve). Nothing is easy with the GMAT :)

P.S. I don't think you can quantify really but you are welcome to try.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2011, 23:28
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Hi Daridar, I cannot see the attached pdf ( your study plan). Just wanted to check if its working for others or not
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