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Second, Can you, please, suggest how I can be confident about my AWA? I have searched like hell, but i could not find any good link. I don't have a teacher who can highlight my writing mistakes.

Chineseburned's guide, search it on forums, it got me an AWA 6, and I read it three times, 91st percentile

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Absolutely, giving the test cold should help you know where you are and more detailed breakdown can point you to your problem areas.

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This is always better to work on Official Guide first. Because those have the questions asked in GMAT, so they will give the idea of pattern and real taste of the GMAT questions.
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I am non-English native speaker. I planned 3 month to retake the Gmat. My last score was 520, the problem is verbal, only 19. I always nervous when I take the real verbal section. But when I practice, I can have better score.

I guess it doesn't matter whether you are a native english speaker or non-native. If you just complete the study material honestly and follow all the rules of the game, It will not be far from the reach. your score 520 shows that though you have low score on verbal but quant is fair enough, so just have to focus on verbal. I feel you need to keep yourself motivated and practice, practice & practice.
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thank you

very helpful plan..

it is gona be my first time taking the exam in 8 weeks time and i really don't know how to start but my initial plan as follows:

2 weeks math reveiw

3 weeks verbal review

and 2 weeks test practicing
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Hi Aximili,

It sounds like you've really been working hard and paying attention to your weaknesses. You mentioned that you've been taking the MGMAT exams-- have you been running the assessment reports on them? I've found the breakdowns of question categories to be really helpful for my tutoring students, especially when there is as large a volume of data to draw from as you have (from multiple CATs)--you can also analyze the payoff in time on questions--for higher-scoring students (especially ones used to working hard and doing well in school) I often find a big problem is staying too long on questions that should be abandoned in favor of strategic guessing...remember that, due to the adaptive nature of the test, even if you scored a 700+ you would miss a huge chunk of questions--being ok with that and picking your battles is a strategic, psychological step that can often get overlooked. And if you can nudge your guessing percentage up on questions that aren't worth your time (which I find almost always to be the case), those are free/cheap points that can have a huge difference in your score--especially since saving that time allows you to have more time on other questions you can do. If you see that you are spending longer on questions you get wrong than questions you get right, that could be an area that needs attention.

I generally recommend saving the GMATPrep test for 1 week before the exam, to do as your final CAT. The score and algorithm are more accurate, but it is much more difficult to draw conclusions from the question material since all you can see is wrong/right instead of categorization, time, etc.

It sounds like you're planning to do sub-chunks of 50 questions a day-- that may be too many! Doing a really detailed review is preferable to burning through a lot of new questions--especially if you haven't mastered the old questions. If you've seen a question before and mastered it, then any time you see it again you will be able to CATEGORIZE it (and know why it fits into that category), and then select from possible STRATEGIES to do it QUICKLY and ACCURATELY. If that's not the case for questions you've worked on, you haven't squeezed the value out of the work that you've done. A student I worked with, who had the biggest score jump I've ever seen, was a martinet about review, and made a separate page for each question she ever did (other students do notecards), and if that question still troubled her she reviewed it and left it in the stack to hit again a little later. You don't have to go that far, especially if you've already done a TON of questions, but that kind of deep review works a different part of the brain and is just as important as doing new questions.

Finally, whenever anyone's working as hard as you are I like to remind him or her to keep an eye out for burnout. No full CATs a few days before the test...the closer you get the more you'll want to taper off to conserve your energy for the main event. After the detailed content review you've plotted out, the next few days (days 13-16?) should involve timed sets from the supplemental OG books --mixed content (PS and DS, CR/SC/RC) to give you practice shuffling back and forth between types, as well as identifying question types.

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Thanks a lot BB. You are awesome. Just ordered the MG MAT foundations book. What was your strategy with this book, I like your suggestions, much more logical, please help

Nothing special - just read, learn, make notes, and review again what you missed - everything you would do for other books.
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the MGMAT guides are a must, but what books specifically should I use to focus on for my Math month and my verbal month? I'm thinking of reading Kaplan and Princeton Review before hand as a base to build, as well as Doing Grammar. Also during my study schedule how many tests should I do all together in the final month?
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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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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?

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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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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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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
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Hello,

I am just starting out my GMAT journey. Just finished reading the MGMAT Foundations of GMAT math. I bought all MGMAT guides and the OG 12.

I had a specific question about the study plan. In the first month, I will read all of the MGMAT math guides. In this month, do I ONLY solve questions in these MGMAT math guides? Do I need to wait until I finish all MGMAT math guides to start covering OG math sections?

Thank you so much!

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The MGMAT Guides refer to the OG 12 for additional practice, you definitely want to take advantage of this and work on the questions from the OG (but only the ones that the MGMAT books refer to).
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. So, that means after I solve all suggested OG questions, there won't be any more OG questions left?

Yes, that's correct. That's the point.
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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.

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Anyone recommend any plans for the MGMAT series? Tried doing a search but the engine picked up all results for "GMAT", not "MGMAT".

Thanks.

Just open the book 1 and continue until you reach the end of book 8 - pretty straightforward....
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