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Hey guys,

I'm considering taking the GMAT in approximately 2 months.
I'm thinking of coupling the 13th Official GMAT review guide with the MGMAT guides (5th edition).

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If you're looking for a prep course, I recommend you take the time to figure out which course is right for you. Many courses offer score guarantees and practice tests. What sets them apart are the teaching methods. Are you a person who likes using books to study or do you prefer a computer-based course? Do you wish to travel to your prep classes in a classroom or would you prefer to have one on one Skype sessions with expert GMAT tutors? Determining what aspects of a course you might value the most will help you select the right course for you.

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Hi I'm new here and have a question.

I can only study 2 weeks (not full time) until the test and have never done it before. How should I study? I dont need a specific point, but I want to do as well as a can with 2 weeks study time.

I have the Manhattan book but dont think I have time to read all of it.

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FBSK wrote:
Hi I'm new here and have a question.

I can only study 2 weeks (not full time) until the test and have never done it before. How should I study? I dont need a specific point, but I want to do as well as a can with 2 weeks study time.

I have the Manhattan book but dont think I have time to read all of it.

No idea.... study the areas that can improve your score the most....
P.S. There is no such thing as "The Manhattan Book" so whatever you have and whatever you plan to do, I would double-check your plan.
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FBSK wrote:
Hi I'm new here and have a question.

I can only study 2 weeks (not full time) until the test and have never done it before. How should I study? I dont need a specific point, but I want to do as well as a can with 2 weeks study time.

I have the Manhattan book but dont think I have time to read all of it.

No idea.... study the areas that can improve your score the most....
P.S. There is no such thing as "The Manhattan Book" so whatever you have and whatever you plan to do, I would double-check your plan.

Think it's called Manhattan GMAT Guide.
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I can't agree more with the above statement. Start with what is easy first, as that will help you move forward and feel like you are covering ground (because you are). Cover as much ground as possible this way, each time moving on to harder material, so that way you actually end up with more material under your belt. I also am a strong proponent of focusing on one section at a time. Sniper-like focus, and then move on to the next thing with sniper-like focus. Hope this helps, and always willing to talk more!

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So, how did you finally start to prepare?

Did you take a course or do you study alone?
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My opinion is, if your score doesn't break 700 on the practice, I recommend taking a course. It's been my experience that the organized courses can help you more than studying on your own - in most cases. It keeps you very focused, and actively moving through the material.

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How did you prepare finally? Was your prep successful?
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Yes, please tell us what you decided.

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12 Mar 2014, 11:02
Hi everyone. I have looked over the posted GMAT Club study plans. I see myself in between Novice and Advanced GMAT Takers. I have taken 3 times GMAT test. First time, I relied on The Official Guide for GMAT® Review, 13th Edition for about month. Score was epic fail. Second time, I joined The Princeton Review Prep Course. The result was another fail 350. Third time, I reviewed The Official Guide for GMAT® Verbal Review and The Official Guide for GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2nd Edition. Another third fail.
1) Not visiting GMAT Club website until today
2) Not asking former test takers.
3) Not taking full time test practice
4) Timing is problem. (Finishing only one third of questions for every exam part)
5) Not sticking to scheduled plan

I score 25 to 30 in math but 12 to 18 in verbal section.

I do not want to waste my time and money again. I trust and see myself scoring above 6oo, especially I am an A student, pilot, engineer, and have passed difficult exams.

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13 Mar 2014, 07:06
Come on guys! I need a help start a plan based on your experince
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16 Mar 2014, 02:55
Dear Omar,

it seems that timing is your biggest weakness.

In this case it makes no sense to visit another class course. To watch a video course is also not very helpful in your articular situation.

To address your personal weaknesses you have to take a private tutor. This tutor will teach you how to properly approach all different question types. If you know how to apply all learned concepts the most efficient way timing will be no issue anymore.

To score 600+ is actually not very difficult because about 60% of all test takers worldwide do so. If you score below average but prepared already for a long time ago this simply means that your prep was not effective. If you are serious about your academic future you have to improve!

Because of our score improvement or 100% money back guarantee you have nothing to lose anyway!

Do yourself a favor and get help from experts who provide an INDIVIDUAL SERVICE FOR YOUR PARTICULAR PROBLEMS!

In your case 23 hours online private tutoring (or if you like face to face) should be enough. Our 60+ hours GMAT video course is included and you get access to many GMAT simulations and numerous practice questions.

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19 Mar 2014, 07:37
Hello Everyone,

I have been an old member of GmatClub. The last time I gave GMAT exam was over 3 years ago. I have given the exam three times and my highest score has been 600. The first time I got Q 49 V 21 and since then my verbal score has not improved much and my Quant has came down a bit to 46 or so.

I want to give the exam again now and am targeting a score at around 700. Though my native language is not english but I have been learning it since I started school. I am myself surprised as to why my verbal score has been so low. I have to practice everything (Q+V) again and this time work hard and smart enough to meet my goal.

Please advice as to how should I go about it. I can give 1-2 hours on a weekday and more on weekends.

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23 Mar 2014, 07:59
hi guys I am a newbie. Kindly help me. I am with a global mfg company for the past 2 yrs. I am planning to give my gmat around last week of august. Is the time sufficient. Kindly suggest me if i need any other material.

i have the following:

1. OG 12
2. MANHATTAN 5TH EDITION - all guides + foundation book
3. Power score CR bible
4. Math workout for the gmat - princeton...

Kindly help me which material to start with and whether the above materials suffice my prep.

my CGPA: 3.8/4.0

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Hi Karthick,

Now until August is definitely enough time to prepare for the GMAT. In terms of how many hours per day to study, you should look at how much time you have available versus the hours recommended above. We suggest that you study for at least 1.5 hours per weekday and 4+ hours on weekend days (assuming you have a traditional work-week schedule). You should also pay attention to your personal needs. For example, if you find that 4 hours of study is too much and you are not absorbing information, then reduce the number of hours you study at one time. It would be counterproductive to continue studying if you’re too exhausted.

You should also take short breaks after each hour of studying to clear your head and renew your energy. Ideally 10-17 study hours per week is good goal, but this can easily go up or down based on your availability and how soon your test is coming. Part of the your study time should also involve reviewing summaries and notes you take along the way. In total, it’s ideal to allow 8 to 12 weeks to study properly for the GMAT.

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Hi Karthick,

Now until August is definitely enough time to prepare for the GMAT. In terms of how many hours per day to study, you should look at how much time you have available versus the hours recommended above. We suggest that you study for at least 1.5 hours per weekday and 4+ hours on weekend days (assuming you have a traditional work-week schedule). You should also pay attention to your personal needs. For example, if you find that 4 hours of study is too much and you are not absorbing information, then reduce the number of hours you study at one time. It would be counterproductive to continue studying if you’re too exhausted.

You should also take short breaks after each hour of studying to clear your head and renew your energy. Ideally 10-17 study hours per week is good goal, but this can easily go up or down based on your availability and how soon your test is coming. Part of the your study time should also involve reviewing summaries and notes you take along the way. In total, it’s ideal to allow 8 to 12 weeks to study properly for the GMAT.

Regards,

Elizabeth

Thanks maam for ur kind reply. Can u pls sequence the order of the books i should deal with. I have the following material. Is that enough?

1. OG 12
2. MANHATTAN 5TH EDITION - all guides + foundation book
3. Power score CR bible
4. Math workout for the gmat - princeton...
5. Kaplan premier
6. Kaplan 800

THANKS & REGARDS

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01 Apr 2014, 15:39
Hello:
I have tried to search the information before post, but I have a question. Which is the English level to start study GMAT? I need 600 , but my English is not the best, it is about b1+ or B2. Do you think I have to wait untill I get more english knowledges?

Thanks for the replies, and sorry if someone has asked it before.

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Hello:
I have tried to search the information before post, but I have a question. Which is the English level to start study GMAT? I need 600 (mínimum sub scores arround 23), but my English is not the best, it is about b1+ or B2. Do you think I have to wait untill I get more english knowledges?

Thanks for the replies, and sorry if someone has asked it before.

hi more than the level of english, it is the strategy which is going to sail people through the exam. So once techniques on sentence correction and critical reasoning are honed up, then you will see a considerable improvement in ur scores . So start with the basics.

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