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Hi All,

I just started GMAT preparation and my plan is to give it in May-June'14.

My background - Bachelor's in Engineering, 7+ years of technology experience. Plan is to study everyday 3-4 hrs per day.
Goal = GMAT score = 700-750

I have done basic preparation, read GMAT Manhattan books (8 of 9 - except RC)
Gave diagnostic test from OG and got average marks in about all sections (little disappointed there :( ).

Last sunday I gave GMAT practice test (without any practice) & got 550.
I know I gave practice test too early and without much preparation but wanted to see how I do it? & also wanted to know my weaknesses.

Weak points:
1. Maths = I did more than 20 questions right. But still very long way to go
2. Verbal = 21/41 ==== could not concentrate & read fast = RC paragraphs and did not get enough time for last 8-9 questions
3. Concentration & time management = sitting at one place for 4 long hours was really tough

My plan is to do Maths, CR, RC, SC = 10-15 questions everyday and SC revision (I'm using Manhattan material.)

Please let me know if you have better advice for me on improving my score & concentration.

Thanks!
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Hi All,

I just started GMAT preparation and my plan is to give it in May-June'14.

My background - Bachelor's in Engineering, 7+ years of technology experience. Plan is to study everyday 3-4 hrs per day.
Goal = GMAT score = 700-750

I have done basic preparation, read GMAT Manhattan books (8 of 9 - except RC)
Gave diagnostic test from OG and got average marks in about all sections (little disappointed there :( ).

Last sunday I gave GMAT practice test (without any practice) & got 550.
I know I gave practice test too early and without much preparation but wanted to see how I do it? & also wanted to know my weaknesses.

Weak points:
1. Maths = I did more than 20 questions right. But still very long way to go
2. Verbal = 21/41 ==== could not concentrate & read fast = RC paragraphs and did not get enough time for last 8-9 questions
3. Concentration & time management = sitting at one place for 4 long hours was really tough

My plan is to do Maths, CR, RC, SC = 10-15 questions everyday and SC revision (I'm using Manhattan material.)

Please let me know if you have better advice for me on improving my score & concentration.

Thanks!
SGMAT2014


hi to write a full time gmat test is indeed tiring. For improving RC`s especially on reading speed, you can go with " how to read faster and better" by norman lewis.
Just relax and enjoy the process. Dont plan to write more than 2 full test per week.

cheers and all the best

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New post 15 Apr 2014, 21:42
this is perfect plan for GMAT exam preparation. If you follow this plan regularly than surely you got 80% up marks in examination.
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I am just starting with GMAT preparation and want to get into good B School. But my academic profile is not very impressive. Please let me know the chances of getting admission if i get a decent score in GMAT.

Graduation: CPG 8.1 from YPR college (Local engineering college)
Work Experience: 3 Years as Software Engineering in Wipro and currently working in Accenture.

Please let me know the chances of getting into a good B School if i score 680+ in GMAT.
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Hi there jgnmhn29,

This seems like a great question for GMAT Club's resident admissions experts. You might want to ask your question in their forum:

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Hi All,

I just started GMAT preparation and my plan is to give it in May-June'14.

My background - Bachelor's in Engineering, 7+ years of technology experience. Plan is to study everyday 3-4 hrs per day.
Goal = GMAT score = 700-750

I have done basic preparation, read GMAT Manhattan books (8 of 9 - except RC)
Gave diagnostic test from OG and got average marks in about all sections (little disappointed there :( ).

Last sunday I gave GMAT practice test (without any practice) & got 550.
I know I gave practice test too early and without much preparation but wanted to see how I do it? & also wanted to know my weaknesses.

Weak points:
1. Maths = I did more than 20 questions right. But still very long way to go
2. Verbal = 21/41 ==== could not concentrate & read fast = RC paragraphs and did not get enough time for last 8-9 questions
3. Concentration & time management = sitting at one place for 4 long hours was really tough

My plan is to do Maths, CR, RC, SC = 10-15 questions everyday and SC revision (I'm using Manhattan material.)

Please let me know if you have better advice for me on improving my score & concentration.

Thanks!
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Isn't the time a bit on the lower side ? Incidentally I am also starting preparation.


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Hi BB

Thanks for your advice. I am new to the group. I intend to appear for my gmat exam by early August 2014. This leaves me with approximately 3 months to prepare. I work full time as a manger in the retail sector, this gives me very little prep time during weekdays. I do not plan to quit my job to prepare for the GMAT. Although I have joined a classroom programme to help me brush up relevant subjects, I am really doubtful on the plan that I need to follow.
I understand the regular methodology mentioned at most places, which involves giving a test, analysing weak areas etc. but I find it very difficult to formulate a plan to strictly follow for these 3 months.

Can you please help me formulate a guideline/study plan for me?

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Hi BB

Thanks for your advice. I am new to the group. I intend to appear for my gmat exam by early August 2014. This leaves me with approximately 3 months to prepare. I work full time as a manger in the retail sector, this gives me very little prep time during weekdays. I do not plan to quit my job to prepare for the GMAT. Although I have joined a classroom programme to help me brush up relevant subjects, I am really doubtful on the plan that I need to follow.
I understand the regular methodology mentioned at most places, which involves giving a test, analysing weak areas etc. but I find it very difficult to formulate a plan to strictly follow for these 3 months.

Can you please help me formulate a guideline/study plan for me?

Thanks
Zoheib


I am on the same boat .


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Hi BB,
This is my first post so still a rookie on this site. I have started my GMAT prep and would appreciate if I can get some guidance from experienced folks. I have given my first GMAT exam 6 months ago with 3 weeks of preparation. I had scored 650 which was above my expectations(was thinking 620-630). I want to extend my score to 700+ In order to achieve that I have to work upon verbal area which is my weak area. Can you suggest a verbal intensive strategy. I am bit concerned about RC section. I am looking for a good online course which is verbal intensive and also has good amount of complete GMAT practice tests.

Would appreciate if you can help me in resolving my queries.


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Hi guys,

Today I 've finished the second official practice test. I didn't expect to receive such a low score - 480. First attempt - 560. I prepared about a month for my second attempt. Each day - 2 hours + holidays 4 + hours. But still I haven't improved my score.

This month I studied SC book Manhattan + read fiction books; for math I reviewed foundation of Math Manhattan and after that finished quant part of 1 037 Q Princeton a couple of days ago.

My weakest point is Verbal section. I think that I need to take a strong online course in order to improve my score.

Also, I can't strongly improve my Math score, usually I have 63-68 percentile.

My purpose is 700+ and i would like to pass GMAT in August. But I 'm very nervous because of previous test resutls.


Hope, you will help me!:)
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Hi guys,

Today I 've finished the second official practice test. I didn't expect to receive such a low score - 480. First attempt - 560. I prepared about a month for my second attempt. Each day - 2 hours + holidays 4 + hours. But still I haven't improved my score.

This month I studied SC book Manhattan + read fiction books; for math I reviewed foundation of Math Manhattan and after that finished quant part of 1 037 Q Princeton a couple of days ago.

My weakest point is Verbal section. I think that I need to take a strong online course in order to improve my score.

Also, I can't strongly improve my Math score, usually I have 63-68 percentile.

My purpose is 700+ and i would like to pass GMAT in August. But I 'm very nervous because of previous test resutls.


Hope, you will help me!:)


It is common for the scores to go down - don't waste tests or your time taking tests until you have finished your prep.
Think of it this way - you are training for a triathlon. You have mastered running but not swimming or biking, and you keep taking triathlons.... the question is why you keep doing that and not just focus on running or the next area?

You should include the raw scores since your overall scores mean little. Also, it is not clear which tests you have taken.... you also should not be surprised by a practice test. YOu should be getting regular results from your exercises which I hope you time.
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Hi BB,

Thank you for your previous reply!

I completed two practice tests from Free Official GMAT Prep Software.

My resutls: 1 test: 560 (Q43;V24)
2 test: 480 (Q44; V14)

I would like to choose the right strategy that can help me a lot to increase my scores. Also, I 'm ready to work hard in order to achieve the result.

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I started studying about 4 months before I took the test, 2 hours a day 6 days a week, and I got a 620 the first time.

I recomend buying the GMAT prep books if you study well by yourself, if not probably the Economist GMAT prep program is the best option.
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been 7 days of starting. thanks anyways
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been 7 days of starting. thanks anyways
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My I ask you dear gmatclub members, why do you need to start from Math? Maybe it will be good idea to Math and Verbal simultaneously? Thank you
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Hello,
I am planning to give my GMAT in August end 2014. I am not really good at math or verbal either. I want to score between 680-720. Can anyone give me a 2 months exhaustive plan?? I am in desperate need of a study plan. I reviewed BB's study plan. It's really good and thorough but I needed a 2 months plan. I have GMAT OG-13, Manhattan Sentence Correction Guide and Power-score CR bible. (PDF versions, so no CD-ROMs or tests) Can anyone please suggest me what all other books I need to buy? Is Manhattan's Math Foundation a reliable book? Thanks!
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