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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 17 May 2013, 09:16
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 20 May 2013, 11:08
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Hello boys and girls, this is my first post in the forums and i hope that I'm welcome to ask my silly questions.

My plan is to take the GMAT test in about 3 months, exactly 100 days from now. I have never done it so it is going to be my first and hopefully last. I am 28 years old and been off school for 5 years since i took my bachelor degree (very rusty). My plan for the moment is to study math the first month, verbal second month and for the third month a full repetition by taking different kind of tests. This is basically BB´s study plan.

I got MGMAT Prep books, OG13, Verbal OG and Quant OG.

As you can see my english is quite poor after all these years since i graduated....I have an A in english, believe it or not. I've bought a couple of books and an subscription on The Economist to freshen up the language.

I aim at 550-600, do you guys think its possible if i study 8 hours per week for 3 months?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 29 May 2013, 10:08
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Hello Experts,
I am a newbie to GMAT Club and planning to take the GMAT. I have gone through some of the posts here and have a basic question. As I am from India and we have a percentage gradation system in Xth, XIIth, Graduation, Post Graduation. So my question of experts from India, how the GPA is being calculated? (e.g 80 % in Xth Std, 78 % in XIIth Std, 88% in Graduation, 82% in Masters)
Any help is highly appreciated.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 29 May 2013, 10:09
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I am a newbie to GMAT Club and planning to take the GMAT. I have gone through some of the posts here and have a basic question. As I am from India and we have a percentage gradation system in Xth, XIIth, Graduation, Post Graduation. So my question of experts from India, how the GPA is being calculated? (e.g 80 % in Xth Std, 78 % in XIIth Std, 88% in Graduation, 82% in Masters)
Any help is highly appreciated.



Many schools take the India GPA. But otherwise, see this: how-to-convert-indian-gpa-percentage-to-us-4-pt-gpa-scale-124249.html
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 29 May 2013, 10:24
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While giving the practice tests, I feel easier if I have a rough white sheet & pencil, to make rough calculations/scribbles etc. Is it allowed to use rough white paper/sheet while taking the actual GMAT exam? Does the GMAT officials supply these sheets if required?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2013, 17:14
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bb, Thanks for the g8 post!

"Note2: This approach of specialized prep takes closer to 2 months for verbal" - Does this add up to 4 months of studying?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2013, 09:26
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I read somewhere that you should not start with OG. So, what should we start off with?
I am a novice to GMAT and have just started preparations. I have taken OG Diagnostic test and got 32 out of 48 in Quants and 33 out of 52 in Verbal. Please suggest.
Thanks in advance.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2013, 11:54
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Hey...can someone tell me what is better..self study or taking a prep course....considering i m weak in Quant.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2013, 13:11
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Jyotisoni78, it completely depends on how you learn and how you want to manage the study process. If you're organized and self-motivated and learn well from books, then start with self-study and see what happens. If you need some extra guidance, then you might be better off getting started in a classroom. If the cost of a course doesn't mean much to you, then there's probably very little harm in taking a good class.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2013, 08:28
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I am also new to GMAT. All the best.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2013, 05:36
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Hey BB,

Thanks a ton for taking time and publishing such a detailed post for the starters. I am a GMAT noob and have just started the preparations; I truly believe your tips are gonna be handy through out my whole GMATing process.

Thanks and keep posting :-D

Cheers ! ! !
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2013, 14:42
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Hey BB, thank you indeed for this great layout. I just have a quick question for you and everyone else who think they may be able to answer it. I currently have the MGMAT 8 Set Strategy guide, Kaplan Premier 2014, and the OG 13. I'm definitely going to follow the layout you have up here, but I'm wondering if I should(could still), add the Kaplan premier book into this plan somehow. My test date is on August 30th so I have about 2 months. Also, I'm an idiot when it comes to quant and dread everything about math....mostly. The only reason why I haven't added the Kaplan book into the plan yet is that I'm afraid of getting overwhelmed or just end up wasting time. Any thoughts? Sorry if I'm not so clear. Thanks!
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2013, 15:16
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I took a manhattan gmat course that ended in February of this year. Unfortunately due to work committments and a lack of focus, I pushed off taking the actual GMAT. Having taken a prep course and learning many of the strategies necessary to tackle the GMAT, how long would one suggest I study/practice GMAT problems before taking the test. My current plan is to study for around 20 hours/week for 4 weeks and then take the exam Note this would also be my first time taking a "real" GMAT exam.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2013, 07:05
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Hi to all club members... I would be writing my GMAT on Sep 19th and not much of a time left as such.. I gave my first ever MGMAT mock and scored 660 (47,34) though I believe I can surely improve on them given it was my first ever mock and there were butterflies .. My questions are as follows and would be great if i find some help in these regards..

1: I have planned to get more question practice from Verbal review, manhattan advanced quant and CR 700-800 question sets (which i found here in gmat club).. Would this be sufficient (guess a bit too many but i will be on leave for 2 weeks and planning to get the best out of it..)??

2: Presently I have 5 MGMAT CATS and 2 gmatprep tests left with me which I am planning to attempt only after some practice from other prep sites like kaplan, veritas etc.. sectional tests of good quality would do as well.. My question is given my requirement which tests should i go for which would help me get some test practice, after which I would attempt the MGMAT CATS and GMATPREP religiously???

3: I also could get hold of some sectional tests of 800score.. how are they to practice and get your timing strategies right???

Thanks lot in advance!!!!
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2013, 11:04
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I am studying for GMAT from MGMAT books and at the end of each book there is a list of official guide tests related to that book. I study each book and take the test after I finish a book. However, here you said that starting with OG tests is a waste of these tests. What should I do instead? I thought it is a good strategy.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2013, 01:20
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Hey BB .... I am using the Princeton Review guide (2013 edition) for my GMAT prep ... planning to give it 3-4 months from now .. just wanted your opinion on this book ... this is the only book i am planning to use , along with the forums and self tests available on this website ... dont want to cloud myself with a lot of material ... Please advise
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Hey BB .... I am using the Princeton Review guide (2013 edition) for my GMAT prep ... planning to give it 3-4 months from now .. just wanted your opinion on this book ... this is the only book i am planning to use , along with the forums and self tests available on this website ... dont want to cloud myself with a lot of material ... Please advise


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What is your target score? If its anything above 650 then this book wont be sufficient..You may want to check this link...

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Hey BB .... I am using the Princeton Review guide (2013 edition) for my GMAT prep ... planning to give it 3-4 months from now .. just wanted your opinion on this book ... this is the only book i am planning to use , along with the forums and self tests available on this website ... dont want to cloud myself with a lot of material ... Please advise


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What is your target score? If its anything above 650 then this book wont be sufficient..You may want to check this link...




Thanks for your reply Prateek .... Just want to know why u feel it wont be sufficient for anything > 650 .. are the problem solving/verbal techniques explained in the book not good enough ?? Or is it because the practice questions (not tests) are not challenging ?? Or both ?? .. I went through the link you sent me ... There's no mention of Princeton Review (is it actually that bad ??) ... So before I invest more money into buying an entirely new study guide, I want to know if i can go ahead and learn the techniques mentioned in Princeton Review and then buy the Official GMAT guide for practicing real GMAT questions ... As I mentioned earlier I will be doing all the practice tests available from the GMAC website and the 4 free tests provided with the guide (along with the questions in this forum) .. Let me know your opinion on this and if its sufficient for a score above 720 .. Thanks again !!
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Hey BB .... I am using the Princeton Review guide (2013 edition) for my GMAT prep ... planning to give it 3-4 months from now .. just wanted your opinion on this book ... this is the only book i am planning to use , along with the forums and self tests available on this website ... dont want to cloud myself with a lot of material ... Please advise


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What is your target score? If its anything above 650 then this book wont be sufficient..You may want to check this link...




Thanks for your reply Prateek .... Just want to know why u feel it wont be sufficient for anything > 650 .. are the problem solving/verbal techniques explained in the book not good enough ?? Or is it because the practice questions (not tests) are not challenging ?? Or both ?? .. I went through the link you sent me ... There's no mention of Princeton Review (is it actually that bad ??) ... So before I invest more money into buying an entirely new study guide, I want to know if i can go ahead and learn the techniques mentioned in Princeton Review and then buy the Official GMAT guide for practicing real GMAT questions ... As I mentioned earlier I will be doing all the practice tests available from the GMAC website and the 4 free tests provided with the guide (along with the questions in this forum) .. Let me know your opinion on this and if its sufficient for a score above 720 .. Thanks again !!


By my statement i didnt mean that the PR book is bad, its nice and teaches you guessing techniques but unfortunately guessing wont take you above 700. It is extremely important to have an indepth theoretical knowledge.

If you feel that you have the knowledge of a subject only then you can use guessing strategy and get benefit out of it.

So my recommendation would be to take a Gmat mock exam from mba.com see your score and understand what you need from there.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2013, 22:56
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Your suggested plan is good. I am not able to improve my score beyond 500.
Pls advice for improvement. Is it possible to improve upto 700?
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