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How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2010, 07:26
Hey all. I've been hesitant to ask about this, because it seems like I'm coming across as bragging, but I'm legitimately looking for advice. I've been studying for the GMAT for about a month now. I'm using OG11, but I've found it to be mostly easy. When I did the diagnostics tests at the beginning of the book, I only got a few questions wrong in each one, and when doing the problems for each section, it seems like more of the same. I get the first 50 or so correct, then the difficulty starts ramping up and I get only a handful wrong. Yesterday I did the last 75 CR problems and only got 5 of them wrong.

I'll probably be taking the test in a couple weeks, and will do as many practice exams as I can beforehand. Before I started studying, I did a Kaplan (non-CAT) practice test and got a 630, but who knows how accurate that actually is? I'm aiming for 750+ and worried that this book is too easy to get me to that level. When I read problems on these forums, they tend to be much, much more difficult than what is in the OG.

I only have the sentence correction and AWA parts of the book left to go. Should I look elsewhere to help me get better at the tougher problems?
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Re: How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2010, 07:36
If you are looking for a score of 750+, OG certainly isnt enough.
Did you use Manhattan study material for Verbal and Quant ?
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Re: How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2010, 07:44
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If you are looking for a score of 750+, OG certainly isnt enough.
Did you use Manhattan study material for Verbal and Quant ?


Well damn. Have I wasted the past month?

I haven't used any other books. I read in the book thread that this was one of the best all-around ones, so I got it. My biggest weakness is actually in the Quant section, which is funny because I have a math degree. I've been downloading and studying a lot of the material I've found in the Quant forum here, which has helped, but do you think I should get the Manhattan book too?
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Re: How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2010, 07:58
Read this thread for suggestions on which study materials to order:

best-gmat-books-77703.html

If you haven't yet, I also suggest reading these:
gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html

and:
everything-you-need-to-prepare-for-the-gmat-revised-77983.html
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Re: How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2010, 08:17
Since you're working from the OG11, you may find this analysis of the differences between the OG11 and the OG12 helpful as well: http://www.manhattangmat.com/official-guide-12.cfm

You might also try taking our free practice test, since the free analytics that come with a test might help you identify where it is that you'll be able to make the progress you're looking for: http://www.manhattangmat.com/free-gmat.cfm

In addition, we've heard generally that OG problems do get more difficult the higher the numbers get, though there are a few outliers (there are a few easy questions sprinkled throughout.) If you're looking to get more strategy guides, and ours are in the running, I would suggest looking at the problems we reference in the "Advanced" section of each book, since we've categorized those as more difficult problems.

If you're not looking to buy more study materials at this point, you might find some of the free articles we have to be useful. This one, for example, discusses the distinction between a 700-level scorer and a 760-level scorer: http://www.manhattangmat.com/articles/7 ... erence.cfm

Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions about any of our materials (free or otherwise.)

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Re: How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2010, 09:13
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Re: How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2010, 09:25
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If you are looking for a score of 750+, OG certainly isnt enough.
Did you use Manhattan study material for Verbal and Quant ?


Well damn. Have I wasted the past month?

I haven't used any other books. I read in the book thread that this was one of the best all-around ones, so I got it. My biggest weakness is actually in the Quant section, which is funny because I have a math degree. I've been downloading and studying a lot of the material I've found in the Quant forum here, which has helped, but do you think I should get the Manhattan book too?


Oh, doing OG is certainly not a waste of time. Infact now that you've completed OG, you may have an idea of the sections where u need to improve. Accordingly, you may want to look at only a particular (or may be even none) MGMAT Quant Book.
GMATClub, indeed, is very resourceful.
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Re: How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 01:05
I am confused on which addidtional book to buy for practice. I am currently doing OG 12 edition. best-gmat-books-77703.html - says Verbal OG & Quant OG+ Princeton for an ultimate plan. Should I buy these 3 or Kaplan 800. Please advise.
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Re: How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 02:24
libra269 wrote:
I am confused on which addidtional book to buy for practice. I am currently doing OG 12 edition. best-gmat-books-77703.html - says Verbal OG & Quant OG+ Princeton for an ultimate plan. Should I buy these 3 or Kaplan 800. Please advise.


OG Quant and OG Verbal are pretty good considering they contain retired GMAT questions.
I have heard good things about Kaplan 800 (good practice questions).
If you want to brush up your math skills then i would suggest you to have a look at the Manhattan books.
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Re: How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 02:26
libra269 wrote:
I am confused on which addidtional book to buy for practice. I am currently doing OG 12 edition. best-gmat-books-77703.html - says Verbal OG & Quant OG+ Princeton for an ultimate plan. Should I buy these 3 or Kaplan 800. Please advise.


I am using Manhattan Turbocharge Verbal Companion and it s gr8 for practice.Definitely prefer over Princeton.Gmatclubtests for quants.Rest Powerscore CR and OG for RC.
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Re: How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 03:20
Subhash,
Where can I get this Turbocharge Verbal Companion?
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Re: How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 05:11
If you want a higher quant score then I think the gmatclub math tests are better prep than the OG11.
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Re: How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 05:20
I took the GMATClub math diagnostics test last night. Got 28/45 right, so not great. Definitely learned some things and will study it intensely. I'm also going to pick up the Manhattan Number Properties guide, since number theory seems to be my weakest category in quant. Thanks for the advice!
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Re: How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2010, 19:36
TehJay wrote:
I took the GMATClub math diagnostics test last night. Got 28/45 right, so not great. Definitely learned some things and will study it intensely. I'm also going to pick up the Manhattan Number Properties guide, since number theory seems to be my weakest category in quant. Thanks for the advice!


The Manhattan Numbers Properties Guide will also give you access to 6 CATs online plus some more questions to try. I think gmatclub Quant section is a better resource than anything else.
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Re: How hard is OG11 when compared to the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2010, 04:37
From what i red, I m pretty sure that you will get a 680+ score. While OG is easier than the hardest questions on GMAT, it gives you a good insight! Wish you all the best!!
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