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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2012, 03:14
Hey!

I am just getting started on 'Mission GMAT' and your forum is a blessing for newbies like me! I have a couple of quick questions that I was hoping you could help me with:

1 - I have been out of touch with Math for a long time so I want to start from the basics. I have the 'Kaplan Math Workbook - Sixth Edition' from 2008. Should I buy the latest edition which according to my research is the Seventh Edition from 2011 or stick to the old one I have? If you suggest buying the new one, please let me know if there is a another book that you recommend instead of Kaplan.

2 - I have 'The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 12th Edition' from 2009. Is it OK if I stick to this one or do you recommend I buy the latest, 13th edition?

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 06:30
great post! thanks!
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2012, 11:00
That helps...Thanks so much!
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2012, 02:38
Hi,

Is it enough to have OG12 + the integrated reasoning guide(which was sold till june 5th) provided by GMAC?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2012, 06:39
Guys/Girls, is it really worth taking a test right before even starting to study or looking at earlier questions. I know that it will give you an picture of what i need to study, but is it it worth to waste one?

And to be honest im also very scared of getting a score around 460, beacuse that will indicate that i wont able to reach 700+ in a very long time.....
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2012, 21:54
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2012, 19:28
Hey guys,

I've just started off my GMAT journey. Took the GMATPrep and scored a dismal 530 (Q41, V23). Couldn't complete the verbal section; ended up leaving 7 questions. I thought I was smart :P ....I was expecting a 600 at least. A bit shocked with the result. I'm thinking of giving this 1-1.5 month's time. Any suggestions will definitely help.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2012, 17:04
Thanks a lot for the reply.

Well, I took a diagnostic test (GMATPrep 2011 version) around a year back just to see where I stand...scored 560 (Q47, V21) on that one... back then, I faced the same issue....struggled with Verbal and couldn't complete the test, although I can't recollect the number of questions left unanswered.....I postponed my GMAT plan and focused on work...This year I've decided to take the exam and I find myself starting off with a poorer score, especially quant :( ....Now I understand why people suggest to take the exam before you grow too old :P

I'm a bit confused about the right material to use.....had a look at the 2012 book list on GMATClub.....Do you recommend using most of the books mentioned out there? Also, any strong recommendations? Was thinking of the following:

1. Official guides (13th, and the quant and verbal one)
2. Kaplan Premier 2013 and Kaplan 800
3. Manhattan complete set of 10 (8 strategy guides + roadmap + IR book)

Wanted to know if any updates to Kaplan 800 and the Official guides to quant and verbal are expected, given that the GMAT has undergone a change....The existing editions for these are 2-3 years old....I discovered that Manhattan has an updated set (5th version) referring to the OG 13th edition...I'll go for the updated one...just don't want to end up purchasing the older versions of the books mentioned above...

Also, I remember someone mentioning about Powerscore CR instead of Manhattan CR, should I give that a try?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2012, 17:13
And thanks for the useful tip....that has definitely increased my confidence!

Must mention that you have a really good score, given your diagnostic score....Let's hope I replicate the same! :)
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2012, 14:47
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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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 13:11
Thanks. Good study plan.. I will try and stick with it
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2012, 09:17
I just want to say thanks for creating this forum and study plan. Honestly, I have been planning to take the GMAT for a long time and I just had no idea where to begin. I have three months until I take the test. I sure hope that's plenty of time.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2012, 16:26
Hey all, I am reviving my prep. With the new format of the exam, can anyone suggest what are the latest editions that I refer to. had lost touch with prep for a while, will really appreciate opinions.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2012, 18:59
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Hey all, I am reviving my prep. With the new format of the exam, can anyone suggest what are the latest editions that I refer to. had lost touch with prep for a while, will really appreciate opinions.


It is going to be tough to restart - think of a bad dream - you remember only the worst part and only vaguely.
Would recommend to take a look at some good "foundations" books and would recommend at least getting the MGMAT Roadmap. Very decent (and cheap) book to get you started.

Also MGMAT Math Foundations and MGMAT Verbal Foundations are quite good in building up confidence and providing a good coverage of basics.

I would recommend to start there.
On your question specifically, MGMAT just released a set of the new books a few months back - the 5th edition of the MGMAT Guides. Those are pretty good!

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2012, 16:17
rakesh38 wrote:
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
Rakesh



HI BB,

I dont know what I have to do to get your attention.
I need your guidance . I am left with 8 more weeks of prep.

Took my 3rd test today.
Manhattan = 720 ( 50 QA , 36 VA) .

I need to take my VA to 40 +.

Please review my study plans and suugest some improvments for a 750+ score.
I seek for your special guidance on verbal.

Thanks a ton.
Cheers!
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2012, 11:29
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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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, 23:43
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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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worldofecofin wrote:
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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