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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2012, 22:46
Hey guys, new poster here. I was browsing through the web searching for information and stumbled upon gmatclub. From where I am sitting, its the best source for everything related to gmat!

My question to all the experts out there is as follows. Where I live (Slovenia, EU) you can only buy/get the official guide for gmat review, and only the 12th edition at that; I assume the abbreviation OG I keep seeing stands just for that. I went through the whole book and the questions seem to be a bit on the easy side. Some of them, 10 % at best, are a bit more challenging.

I had not taken any kind of prep test just yet - I am planning to learn as much as I can first. Since I successfully tackled the OG12 and, as already mentioned, found it relatively easy, what book (or other kind of material) would you recommend me to read next? Remember, while I am not in USA, there are not many to choose from. If someone would be so kind and post some links to sites which offer e-books to purchase, that would help allot. Thank you for your help!
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2012, 23:33
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Try Manhattan GMAT...I read through the MGMAT Roadmap and I found it pretty good...Will be using all their strategy guides....use OG as a source of questions rather than your sole prep material...you'd ideally want to equip yourself with strong understanding of concepts, different question types and a working exam attach strategy.....try to apply the strategies on mocks....that's what I'll be doing at least.....

try out Amazon or a local e-commerce website...you should be able to find OG 13, the supplement official guides and MGMAT as well. I'm using these three for my prep....Good luck!

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Hey guys, new poster here. I was browsing through the web searching for information and stumbled upon gmatclub. From where I am sitting, its the best source for everything related to gmat!

My question to all the experts out there is as follows. Where I live (Slovenia, EU) you can only buy/get the official guide for gmat review, and only the 12th edition at that; I assume the abbreviation OG I keep seeing stands just for that. I went through the whole book and the questions seem to be a bit on the easy side. Some of them, 10 % at best, are a bit more challenging.

I had not taken any kind of prep test just yet - I am planning to learn as much as I can first. Since I successfully tackled the OG12 and, as already mentioned, found it relatively easy, what book (or other kind of material) would you recommend me to read next? Remember, while I am not in USA, there are not many to choose from. If someone would be so kind and post some links to sites which offer e-books to purchase, that would help allot. Thank you for your help!
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2012, 23:43
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Try Manhattan GMAT...I read through the MGMAT Roadmap and I found it pretty good...Will be using all their strategy guides....use OG as a source of questions rather than your sole prep material...you'd ideally want to equip yourself with strong understanding of concepts, different question types and a working exam attach strategy.....try to apply the strategies on mocks....that's what I'll be doing at least.....

try out Amazon or a local e-commerce website...you should be able to find OG 13, the supplement official guides and MGMAT as well. I'm using these three for my prep....Good luck!


Thank you for your help. Just now I found the Manhattan GMAT Set of 8 Strategy Guides, 4th Edition and am going to give them a go. Will report my opinion.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2012, 00:28
Just wanted to inform you that there's edition 5 that's available as well.....that refers to the OG 13....the 4th edition points to OG 12....

I'm assuming that you'll be purchasing OG 13 anyway, so it makes sense to buy 5th edition instead...there are a few updates to that book (for difference see bb's post somewhere on GC) and moreover, they have 2 additional guides - one on the new IR section and the other on general test strategy (the MGMAT Roadmap)....if you are spending money on MGMAT anyway, might as well purchase the 5th edition.....my 20 cents!



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Try Manhattan GMAT...I read through the MGMAT Roadmap and I found it pretty good...Will be using all their strategy guides....use OG as a source of questions rather than your sole prep material...you'd ideally want to equip yourself with strong understanding of concepts, different question types and a working exam attach strategy.....try to apply the strategies on mocks....that's what I'll be doing at least.....

try out Amazon or a local e-commerce website...you should be able to find OG 13, the supplement official guides and MGMAT as well. I'm using these three for my prep....Good luck!


Thank you for your help. Just now I found the Manhattan GMAT Set of 8 Strategy Guides, 4th Edition and am going to give them a go. Will report my opinion.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2012, 00:40
worldofecofin wrote:
Just wanted to inform you that there's edition 5 that's available as well.....that refers to the OG 13....the 4th edition points to OG 12....

I'm assuming that you'll be purchasing OG 13 anyway, so it makes sense to buy 5th edition instead...there are a few updates to that book (for difference see bb's post somewhere on GC) and moreover, they have 2 additional guides - one on the new IR section and the other on general test strategy (the MGMAT Roadmap)....if you are spending money on MGMAT anyway, might as well purchase the 5th edition.....my 20 cents


Thanks again for your help. I am aware there is an OG 13 out, but unfortunately there is no way to get it where I live, paper or electronic basted. Since I do have the OG 12 in my possession and the aforementioned 4th edition of Manhattan GMAT Set of 8 Strategy Guides, I am going with that for now. In your opinion, wold buying the latest editions of all the book mentioned yield more points? Also, if I understand correctly, the new IR section does not account for the general GMAT score, its rated seperately. Naturally I am going to prepare for latter section as well, but don't see the need to buy the OG 13 solely for that reason, since practice questions can be obtained elsewhere?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2012, 16:01
Hi bb,

I want to start my GMAT Prep with a target of 700 ,planning to give my GMAT 2013 Jan.
Want to start my Prep with Math,Verbal, AWA etc..

I am not good at math, want to do math by Arunsharma with time frame of 6 weeks.Please suggest if that book doesn't suit GMAT needs or standards.


Feel free to suggest your views or approaches to improve Math & other areas as well.


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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2012, 06:21
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Hey BB..

I am planning to take GMAT in 8-9 weeks time from now.
And below details explain where I stand now.

I started my GMAT prep 4 weeks back. Being an engineer , Quant is my fav area and I am very much comfortable with it.
However CR and RC are my pain areas.
Took my 1st CAT test(manhattan) a week back ans scored : 670 ( 48QA and 33 VA).
Toom my 2nd CAT test(manhattan) today and scored :690 (48QA and 35 VA)

The books I am using:
Maths: Manhattan (all 5 quants) + Maths Bible NOVA
Quant: Manhattan(RC , SC , CR) , powerscore CR and Aristotle SC and RC.
OG 12 , GMAT Verbal + Quant review.

750+ is the target here as I represent the most common test taker.(Computer science engineer from India with an average GPA + 4 years of IT exp (1 yr in Europe))

Need suggestion on the following points:

1. What I need to do to take my Quant to 50 +.
2. What I need to do t improve my RC.
3. Can you please suggesst any overall verbal plans.
4. Is 8-9 weeks of prep from now good enough ?
5. I am planning on 2 CATs per week (total 15 + ) , is that a good stratergy or you think it is going to prove fatal.
6. 2-3 hours per day is max I can put into my prep. So do I need to focus on any other material and cut down few I am currently using.

Thanks a ton in advance!
Cheers
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Hi BB,

In addition to my previous post:

MGMAT CAT 3 : 700 (50 QA and 31 VA)
MGMAT CAT 4 : 630 (48 QA and 28 VA)
MGMAT CAT 5 : 710 (49 QA and 38 VA)
MGMAT CAT 6 : 670 (49 QA and 31 VA)
GMAT Prep 1 : 720 (50 QA and 35 VA)

I feel, I am struggling with the verbal section .
I am just not able to crack that 750 barrier .

Can some one please suggest what needs to be done to take the VA to 40 + and QA to 51.
Any suggestion where I can find a good collection of authentic difficult questions.

A response is much appreciated.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2012, 16:20
Hi,

I gave my first GMAT last year without studying for it and got 510 (Q35, V25). Yes I know it's abysmal. I have registered to give it again on Nov. 5, 2012 1pm. So I have about 2 months left. According to some it's not enough time for a 700+ score but I will only be studying, don't have any work or other commitments. My target is to aim for 99th percentile as my GPA and work exp. aren't exactly exemplary. I do understand if most of you are laughing right about now but it is something I simply I have to do. Worst case scenario if my practice test scores aren't good enough 10 days before the test date I'll postpone the test. I don't want to postpone right now as I'm targeting a couple of universities in their first deadline.

I would really appreciate if someone with a 750+ score considers me as their "mad scientist" project and guides me with a study plan.

I already have the following course material:

1. Set of MGMAT 5th edition.
2. Official Guide latest ed.
3. English Grammar for Dummies.
4. The Elements of Style by Strunk & White
5. GMAT Club Grammar
6. Powerscore GMAT Critical Reasoning
7. Powerscore LSAT Logical Reasoning (if I do well on my GMAT, I might also give the LSAT)

I plan to get the OG Verbal and Quant later on unless advised to do so earlier.

Please suggest a detailed study plan like a daily or weekly plan. I would like to work on both Quant and Verbal daily and not divide them into different months/periods.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2012, 09:30
Is there a definite answer to when you should start practicing with full length tests regularly?

Apart from the third month (for a standard study plan) would it be appropriate to take one full cat simulation every weekend after the first month or so?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2012, 10:50
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Hello All,

First off I'm very nervous!! I haven't sat for a competitive exam in 10+ years. I'm 32, me and my wife just had a baby (1 year old), I have a good job in a medium size company but I've started to feel my career progression has stopped and I need to do study further to move ahead both financially and for moving to a better place (something more cosmopolitan than the rusty old town I'm stuck in).

I took my first GMAT prep test the day before yesterday without preparation and I got only 590 (Q38, V34). I'm kind of worried about this score. When I took GRE about 12 years ago, I was in the 99th percentile, but has age gotten to me so soon?? I have committed several silly mistakes in problem solving, couldn't organize data clearly to solve problems in quant, all solutions to sentence correction looks correct to me... the list is endless. RC was the only area I did well without mistakes, I pretty much sucked in all other areas.

My test date is exactly 3 months from now on Oct 24. Can I ever dream of getting 750+?

I have OG13 to start with, what else do I need? Any good recommendations for reading materials SC, PS, CR, DS? Online question banks? CAT tests? I've attached a question bank for RC that I found online today if anybody is interested.

Thanks a lot for your help!! I'll try to post my progress or otherwise regularly....



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Lets consider 3 levels to reach your best figure.
With my experience and knowledge,Since OG13 have all the official questions Suggest it to use at 2nd level.

At start Analyze your 590 Mark test thoroughly figure out your worried locations.Your Quant score can be improved more.So would suggest to use MGMAT material for overviewing test strategies. Once you were done with it suggest you to go with some practice questions repeat the above until you cross 45 in Quant.

Once you reach 45 Mark you can use OG13 for solving questions and also parallely prepare error logs for it.

Use all the error logs and some practice tests in Level 3.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2012, 02:18
Thanks BB for this post. Must admit I entered into this community as a lost soul - with only my vision to do a masters. And GMAT seemed too complicated a maze to get through. Thankfully GMATclub makes average brains like mine feel at ease with GMAT prep.

I just need a help with the following. Though I am able to grasp almost everything I read, I particularly seem to have difficulty in deciphering percents problems. Like to clearly comprehend the wordings of Percents problems seems an uphill task and I end up spending 1/6th of an hour for even a simple problem (worst still I always end up referring to answers to understand the question and approach) Is there any particular advise to overcome this hurdle.

Also, I would like to take topic wise tests- Number properties, percents, probability, geometry etc - where should I begin with and is it advisable to buy access to all the tests than individual ones? Please help me. Thanks in advance.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2012, 07:35
hello,,,its maryam,,,i am already working on GMAT preparation from past 10 days and I've spent time on revising quantitative basics from Academy I want to work even more than what I am covering these days in Academy,,as I have to appear in GMAT by Oct 2012 my minimum score requirement is 553,,any suggestions for me as I can't follow 3month plan,,,I appreciate any useful suggestions,,,Thanks,,,
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2012, 08:36
Quick question - for those using the MGMAT strategy guides, do you go through 1 book at a time or do you alternate working through books? i.e. 1 day do 2 hrs with Number properties, next day do 2 hrs using percentages, decimals?

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2012, 02:50
Hello Guys,

I have been trying or pretending to study from past 2 months for GMAT, but just couldnot kick start in full throttle because of my job change.
Now after changing the job in new company I am almost settled and want to give GMAT in NOV -2012 . :( (I know I am already running short of time)

I have only 2 months time I took GMAT PREP - I and scored a mere 590 and I aim to score 700 +

I am ok with quant only thing is CR and SC, slowly I am getting comfortable with both oof these topics but still far away from confident.
Can any one please help me what else I should study on the way.Following books I have been reading till now.

OG -12, OG 13
Aristotle SC GRAIL
Powerscore CR Bible
Manhattan Arithmetic guides 1, 2 ,3

What other boooks shall I refer for 700 + .

Any one else from Delhi, Noida and wants to joine me for study group please mail me or pm me.

Thanks in Advance
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2012, 21:58
Hi bb,

I would like to make an attempt for GMAT but my verbal is really weak. Any suggestions on how to improve it.


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New to GMAT Preparation [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2012, 09:42
:-D Hi,

I am new to this forum, I plan to take GMAT next year mostly and apply for admission to B-School by end of next year only. I want to give as much time preparing for GMAT. Considering that I have bulk amount of time, when does the universities starts accepting applications? I also need to know about the GMAT's strategies of Verbal & Quantitative. Is it similar to GRE Verbal. I am good at argumentative analysis and reasoning but not good at the verbal vocabulary section. Please advise for getting up to the vocabulary expected to get into a good B-school with Fedral Financial Aid Scholarship.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2012, 09:51
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Quick question - for those using the MGMAT strategy guides, do you go through 1 book at a time or do you alternate working through books? i.e. 1 day do 2 hrs with Number properties, next day do 2 hrs using percentages, decimals?

Thanks in advance!


I completed 3 of them within the past 4 days...now just picking up the 4th book....plan to finish all the 10 books within 10 days...let's see how that works...
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2012, 04:41
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Planning to start off with my GMAT prep. Would like to know if there is anybody in Mysore who has similar Plans.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2012, 03:42
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2: Starting with the Official Guide - waste of official GMAT questions
so by which books do I have to start?


Could someone please answer this question? What would you recommend? I am currently reading the Manhattan Guides (quant). Would you start practicing with the indicated questions of the Quantitative Review instead of the one of the Official Guide or are they both equally "valuable"?? So are there other questions than those?
I feel like just reading the strategies and not applying them immediately to real questions will make me forget most of the stuff soon.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2012, 19:39
Hi, I have just started with GMAT Prep. Can someone please suggest me the study plan how to approach solving pbms in Math, as I am not good at that?
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