1) IR: How much time to spend? and where from should I study? Books/Exs recommendations?
With so few resources and sample of scores, it would be hard to find a credible number of hours that you should spend. Keep in mind, it's only a 30 minute section so just get comfortable with it. The OG 13th
Edition should be a perfect guide. In addition, Magoosh
has just released a free ebook. http://gmatclub.com/blog/2012/05/free-m ... ing-ebook/
2) Quant: Should I review the OG again or focus on doing new exercises? Where from? There's tons of options out there so I need some input that will fit my time frame.
2 months is definitely plenty of time to get your score up. Whether or not you can increase it 100+ points is up to your efficiency and effectiveness at studying. Personally, I'm using all 8 Study Guides with other supplemental material. Many on the forum would also suggest the "Thursdays with Ron" video series where he goes over many of the GMAT concepts. You can find them here: http://www.manhattangmat.com/thursdays-with-ron.cfm
. Finally, you want to practice, practice, practice! There are so many questions on the forum. Use it! And if you really want to take a crack at tough questions, I've heard that the GMAT Club Tests
are difficult and good practice.
3) Verbal: I found the MGMAT RC
and CR to be, in my opinion, not so good; maybe focus on PowerScore CR
/SC? How long will it take?
You're not the only one to have said this. I personally found them to be okay and good enough for me. I've had great English teachers in High School and loved Rhetoric writing in college so maybe that has helped laid the foundation for me. There's also the Aristotle Prep books that many on this forum have used. Again, you have access to plenty in the "verbal" section. Furthermore, starting June 5th there will be plenty of professionals contributing to our Verbal section here so you'll find that very helpful.
4) CAT's: take every available CAT! (MGMAT + free ones) all-gmat-cat-practice-tests-links-prices-reviews-77460.html?fl=menu
- BB has done all the worked for us. For me personally, I have 12 GMAT practice exams all lined up together (6 came with my Study Guides).
If you have any questions, let me know. However, many of your questions can be more thoroughly examined by searching throughout the forum. There's so many great and more detailed posts here on each of the above questions. I do have one comment though. While 2 months is ample amount of time, that does assume that you're putting in 10-15 hours a week. I think that the difference per point requires more and more time once you start approaching 700. Good luck and update us on your progress. If you want to form a group to hold each other accountable, feel free to reply here: study-group-in-austin-tx-or-accountability-group-online-133199.html
Stats by August 2014
28, Asian-American, Raised in the Bronx, NY. Moved to Houston by myself to graduate HS.
2.64 (downward trend) Economics degree from UT-Austin in Dec. 2009. No excuse, I spent 100% building a student organization that I'm still very active with today.
GMAT Goal: 710+, exam scheduled for September 14, 2013 at 8AM CST
WE: Sales Team Manager at Apple - business development and strategies for the Apple Online Store, Australia. I've also built my own consulting practice working with a successful Startup in Austin, TX, managing their online brand and helping them with analytics.
Past WE: Financial Services advising at Northwestern Mutual Financial, Equities Trading at Kershner Trading Group
Post-MBA Goals: Strategy Consulting or Brand Management in Tech/Fashion
EC: 3 years of National Council on Fraternity (VP, President), Current Chairman of Texas Exes, Asian Alumni Network (2012-2014)
Target: (1) Stern (2) Fuqua (3) McCombs (FT/PT)
Giving this 110%. I appreciate all advice and encouragement. Thank you, everyone.