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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2011, 07:54
The problem for me is that in exam mode , I just cannot concentrate on the passages in both RC and CR questions. On other times ,I would read those same passages with ease. This killed my first GMAT attempt ,only 33 in Verbal .
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2011, 08:01
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2011, 04:07
bb i just love your topic(study plan).Whenever i am off track,i come and see that and i am up & running towards my goal.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2011, 00:05
This is a great post-I was stuck in a rut and this post has given me gr8 ideas-Thanks!
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2011, 17:25
Quick question

I have purchased the Kaplan Premier 2012 Edition and inherited the 8 Manhattan guides from 2007. In addition, I have the 2011 OG and the Verbal and Quant companion.

When devising my study plan should I go through the Kaplan book first in its entirety? Or a better approach is to go through Kaplan and the Manhattan review books concurrently?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2011, 18:00
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Quick question

I have purchased the Kaplan Premier 2012 Edition and inherited the 8 Manhattan guides from 2007. In addition, I have the 2011 OG and the Verbal and Quant companion.

When devising my study plan should I go through the Kaplan book first in its entirety? Or a better approach is to go through Kaplan and the Manhattan review books concurrently?


You can actually drop Kaplan - I like to recommend as it is a faster way to get an overview and then you can do a deep dive. But that's not required really.

P.S. the manhattan GMAT is different from manhattan review..... I know, very confusing.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2011, 18:08
I feel like I need a bit of a primer so Kaplan might give me a good base as I have forgotten tons of stuff. So sad... Possibly I can go through the book in a month and retake diagnostic and then focus on the other material?

I have the Manhattan GMAT set of 8 Strategy Guides - you had given them a glowing review :)

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2011, 08:16
Hi BB, can you please share some tips on SC.I am struggling like nuts in that area. Gave up trying for now. Located in a remote place, unable to seek one on one professional help. So have to depend on substantial study plan and correct guidance from forum. Referring MGMAT guide, but I guess mostly I am struggling on VERBS part.....surprising, but that is so true, I have messed up my Wren & Martin knowledge of school completely. Seems I am loosing out on the game. Please help me recover.Everyone is requested to share any means of getting grasp of verbs and concrete study plan of SC.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 03:21
What about an "accelerate" study plan ? I found many different strategies for studying the GMAT while you have a job. In my case, I am not working and I can focus only on the GMAT preparation but I have only one month. As I am studying only for the GMAT and as I can study 8 or 10 hours a day if needed, I wanted to know if you could give me a plan for a one-month preparation..

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 06:36
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Hi martindc,

I suppose this is a frequent situation that one can devote 100%, but for a limited period of time. In fact, you don't have that much time to go through many books, which are suggested here (as the 8 strategy guides of MGMAT). It all depends on your current quant and verbal level. Maybe the best idea is to have a CAT and see where you currently are. Use GMATPrep or PowerPREP (as they both are the most reliable source). Then you can post the result here, and we can give you some book suggestions, which will be rather specialized and will target your problem areas. It will depend on you if you are going to be able to study thethroughout the day for the GMAT, as this can be very tiring. If you are not familiar with the GMAT exam format, you may buy a more general book (as Kaplan Premier) and see some strategies. However, in my opinion this would rather be wasted time. Better have a CAT and tackle directly your weaknesses.

Feel free to ask, if you have any further questions.


Thank you for your answer, I will do the CAT and then I will post the result. I know that studying the GMAT all the day can be painful but I need to get +700 so I have no choice than studying like a nerd :)
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 09:10
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2011, 17:05
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I really like this plan and I thank you for putting this up. I am planning to start with Verbal instead of Quants because on my diagnostic test (GMAT Prep1 ) which I took almost a 1.5months back I scored 570(42Q, 26V). I am starting my preparations now and I want to focus on verbal during holidays as I can devote 6-8 hours of studying and focus on my weak areas. What do you think about this approach?

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2011, 18:56
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I really like this plan and I thank you for putting this up. I am planning to start with Verbal instead of Quants because on my diagnostic test (GMAT Prep1 ) which I took almost a 1.5months back I scored 570(42Q, 26V). I am starting my preparations now and I want to focus on verbal during holidays as I can devote 6-8 hours of studying and focus on my weak areas. What do you think about this approach?

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Don't spend more than 2 hours studying without taking and hour break, so spend at most 4 hours with an hour or two hour break.

Ideally, redo your schedule even before the holidays or after so that you can study early in the morning or perhaps take an extra long lunch break (work it out with your boss) so that you can focus on your studies and study as well as you can.

I would also recommend getting the MGMAT Roadmap book if you can.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2011, 19:51
bb wrote:

Don't spend more than 2 hours studying without taking and hour break, so spend at most 4 hours with an hour or two hour break.

Ideally, redo your schedule even before the holidays or after so that you can study early in the morning or perhaps take an extra long lunch break (work it out with your boss) so that you can focus on your studies and study as well as you can.

I would also recommend getting the MGMAT Roadmap book if you can.



Thanks bb! I am planning to take my GMAT by end of March. Instead of starting with quants, I decided to start with verbal since it needs more work. My vacation starts tomorrow :-D and I am going to start with MGMAT SC guide and follow it up with CR Bible.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2011, 00:26
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I am planning to write the GMAT after June 2012. Is there an updated version of the Study Plan that factors in the Integrated Reasoning Section?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2011, 14:58
Hi Everyone,

I plan on taking my GMAT early February and have been studying on and off since roughly July. I am using Veritas prep and Kaplan to study for the test. Since I am on winter break ( taking GMAT for Grad School to get masters, not MBA ) I have been studying everyday for roughly 4-6 hours. Is it realistic for me to get 650 based on 440 GMAT prep test result? I plan on following this study plan although I will try to take a test every week or so just to get experience and get use to taking a computer adaptive test. Thanks everyone, if you have advice please let me know because it would really help me out a lot.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2011, 22:28
Does GMAT club test provide full length test ?
I have seen quant and verbal are different .
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2011, 22:32
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Does GMAT club test provide full length test ?
I have seen quant and verbal are different .



The GMAT Club tests are split into 2 separate sections. There are 25 math and 6 verbal tests.
The main strength is really the quant - they are really good. Verbal, on the other hand, are more of a compliment for the quant and are not as legendary and I would say not the reason to get access to the tests. You really want them for the quant.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2011, 22:33
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I am planning to write the GMAT after June 2012. Is there an updated version of the Study Plan that factors in the Integrated Reasoning Section?



There is not much available about Integrated Reasoning at this time - a few sample questions have just been released a week or two ago and that's it.

OG 13 is coming out in April - I would not worry about it until then (when it will be clear what the section is and at least one company comes out with a guide on addressing this section) - none are available at this time.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2011, 22:35
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Hi Everyone,

I plan on taking my GMAT early February and have been studying on and off since roughly July. I am using Veritas prep and Kaplan to study for the test. Since I am on winter break ( taking GMAT for Grad School to get masters, not MBA ) I have been studying everyday for roughly 4-6 hours. Is it realistic for me to get 650 based on 440 GMAT prep test result? I plan on following this study plan although I will try to take a test every week or so just to get experience and get use to taking a computer adaptive test. Thanks everyone, if you have advice please let me know because it would really help me out a lot.

- Chris W.


This means a 200+ point improvement.... it is possible but tough and takes a lot of studying and review of the basics.
I would get MGMAT math foundations and MGMAT Verbal foundations to brush up the basics. It is not clear if one of the sections is lacking more than the other but that's my advice with the info I can get.
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