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Dear fellow members can you please tell me how to start with grammar. If i cover each and every topics of "gmatclub Grammar Book" whether it will be sufficient or i need to start with any grammar book like Wren and Martin etc etc.
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New post 17 Jun 2014, 04:22
Brilliant guidance, thanks for this!

Constant, incessant practice is the key really isn't it.

One site I can't rave about enough is Business Because.

Very good for finding the right admissions consultants too!
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Hey guys,

I took the GMAT about 4.5 years ago as an undergrad and didn't really know how to study for it. I kinda winged it, doing some problems for 1-2 hours per day for 12-13 days and took the test and hit 640. Since then, I've been through all 3 levels of the CFA program and have become a studying machine. I plan to start studying after the World Cup final and dedicate 9 weeks of 14-18 hours per week (130-160 hours) to studying for an early September test.

I'm targeting over 700 and would like to hit >720. Am I being realistic?

EDIT: I've got the MGMAT books, MGMAT Advanced Quant, OG, and Kaplan 800 to work with.
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New post 18 Jun 2014, 04:17
Admin has shared very good study plan. Apart from online resources there is an alternate option to prepare for GMAT exam. Specially when you are finding it hard to take out more time. You can also study on mobile. There are many mobile App available in the market which offer good GMAT exam prep course like magoosh, gradestack and many more. The best part is that you can study on the go. Infact lot of students are using these app and finding it helpful. All the best with your preparation.
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I think minimum 3 months to 6 months are required for GMAT specially if you are out of touch in studies. And for non-natives it is good to spend some work on fiction and magazine reading. Trust me this is not a crash-prep kind of examination.

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I think minimum 3 months to 6 months are required for GMAT specially if you are out of touch in studies. And for non-natives it is good to spend some work on fiction and magazine reading. Trust me this is not a crash-prep kind of examination.

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I don't know many people that have spent six months studying for the GMAT. In my two month plan, I plan to log approximately 160 hours. I'm VERY much in touch with studying as I just finished preparing for L3 of the CFA exams. I can't see spending the same amount of time studying for the GMAT as I spent studying for CFA Level 2 (6 months), as there's but a fraction of the material there. Moreover, my job requires significant reading and writing for sophisticated audiences.
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New post 29 Jun 2014, 20:44
Hi BB,

I have started studying the MGMAT guides. I want to ask whether after reading formulae and theorem for say: geometry shall i solve the questions in OG and OG quants.Questions related to the specific topics are mentioned at the end on the MGMAT books.( As you must be already knowing). Or shall i finish going through the maths guides first and then start solving the questions.
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Thanks for the very helpful tips.
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My name is Ani and I am from Lebanon-Beirut, Armenian and I am struggling with the GMAT. My highest score was 310 and I am stuck with a low GMAT score. I liked your post. I took several courses at GMAT, took several practice tests, Studied the OG, and read a lot of how to sit for the GMAT exam but in vain. When I submitted to the University in Beirut, the GMAT was not a requirement. I finished my MBA courses last year and defended my thesis successfully and now at the end I was not allowed to graduate because of my low GMAT score and that I have to submit a GMAT score of 450. I am stuck with a low GMAT score. I am very confused and do not know how to re-study. Now I hate GMAT. Is there any possibility that I can overcome this? Your advise is very much appreciated.
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Great post!

My name is Ani and I am from Lebanon-Beirut, Armenian and I am struggling with the GMAT. My highest score was 310 and I am stuck with a low GMAT score. I liked your post. I took several courses at GMAT, took several practice tests, Studied the OG, and read a lot of how to sit for the GMAT exam but in vain. When I submitted to the University in Beirut, the GMAT was not a requirement. I finished my MBA courses last year and defended my thesis successfully and now at the end I was not allowed to graduate because of my low GMAT score and that I have to submit a GMAT score of 450. I am stuck with a low GMAT score. I am very confused and do not know how to re-study. Now I hate GMAT. Is there any possibility that I can overcome this? Your advise is very much appreciated.


Hi Ani, what is the break-up of your quant and verbal scores?

If you are good at QA, I think you should focus on getting that to 40+ range and pulling your GMAT score to a good level.. all the best!
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These all steps all very helpful for us and these clearly explain that "How to Start your GMAT Prep ". Thanks for this post..
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Great Help !! I think this kind of road-map was much required before I start my prep. Kudos!!
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Whether it is your first time or whether you have taken the GMAT test before and are hoping to better your score, we recommend the following

1. Personalize your practice test

Take an initial test to evaluate where you stand. You will know the areas that you need to work on. Try to follow a personalized study plan based on your strengths and areas for improvements.

2. Get familiar with the questions

Unless you know the type of questions that come on the GMAT, you cannot possibly practice. Get familiar with the question types by picking up a relevant and reliable practice book.

3. Practice a little each day

Don’t get burnt out; however, don’t procrastinate either. The best way to prep is practice each day. Remember it is important to practice on relevant material which will eventually help you get comfortable with all types of questions.

4. Take simulated tests

A GMAT standardized test is more a test of endurance than merely content. GMAT tests content that you have studied at some point in your life in school. Hence, more than content it tests how good a test taker you are. Make sure you time yourself to get a better feel of what the actual testing experience will be like. Schedule in section stops and breaks just like on test day. You should at least take 5 to 6 simulated tests with adequate sectional practice in between.
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I have just given a Princeton review mock and i got 31 out 41 questions correct with just 29 score. followings questions were wrong 1, 7, 8, 12, 20, 21, 23, 25, 29 and 30. Is the score correct. Please help.

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Hi All,

I just started my GMAT preparation weeks ago after solid decision that I will pursue an MBA degree. I plan to attend enrollment next year and hope to get admitted by 2016 in any top 10 US MBA. I took my first CAT with Manhattan Prep CAT and the score was 490 :( . This will need a lot of effort since my target is to exceed 700.

It is great to find this gmatclub, such a very big resource that I will follow most of the suggestion from GMAT master here.

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Hello BB,

I have made my study plan according to the strategy suggested by you. I've dedicated 20 days each to Quant & Verbal, and then another 20 days for full review; given I'm not working at the moment. My question is, while I am preparing for Quant & Verbal, how do I incorporate mock tests to evaluate my quant and verbal separately? My idea was to write full mock tests during the review week and only prep for Q&V during the first 40 days? Does this make sense? Any suggestions by you would be much appreciated! :)

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New post 25 Aug 2014, 11:41
Dear BB,

I am a new member at this Forum and right now I am aiming for Harvard's application round which is due on 5th Jan 2015.

Having read one of your post where you wrote that if someone is aiming to hit a score of 700+ with 3 months remaining then he is already late, I am a bit demotivated as I only have a little over 3 months left till the application deadline for Harvard.

So what do you suggest?? Shall I put off my Harvard application and apply at some later date??

Any suggestion would be highly appreciated.

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Dear BB,

I am a new member at this Forum and right now I am aiming for Harvard's application round which is due on 5th Jan 2015.

Having read one of your post where you wrote that if someone is aiming to hit a score of 700+ with 3 months remaining then he is already late, I am a bit demotivated as I only have a little over 3 months left till the application deadline for Harvard.

So what do you suggest?? Shall I put off my Harvard application and apply at some later date??

Any suggestion would be highly appreciated.

Thanks and Regards,
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It is 4.3 months technically until Jan 5th....

I suggest you don't sit on your behind any longer and jump up and grab the books/courses and kick into gear and start working on your GMAT. it depends on where you start obviously. If you are already at 650, then you only need a short hop to get to 700 as opposed to many of us who started at 550 or below.

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