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08 Aug 2006, 17:46
Hello!
I'm very new to this wonderful forum and I'd like to know your opinion on how I should go forth with my GMAT preparation. I'm currently enrolled in a Kaplan live lecture course (paid by the company I work for), however I feel that, for a couple of reasons, it still has not prepared me well. I was browsing through the Kaplan book+cd 2006 at the local bookstore and found out that it teaches most of the concepts in the live lecture course and it costs less! So I bought the Kaplan book+cd 2006, OG 10th ed. and PR Cracking the GMAT 2007. My question is what would be the ideal sequence in going through those books? Thanks in advance, and I wish everybody the best in their preparation efforts!
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09 Aug 2006, 04:09
The kaplan book probably deserves being in the trash and being replaced with Manhattan guides, but ....

Start with either the Princeton or Kaplan book, get the basics down. Understand the concepts. The idea here is just to learn the concepts, formulas, methods, tricks, tips, etc. You need to be able to think "look! 6:8:x ! thats 3:4:5 ! " - those books should get you there. Do practice problems out of these books and if you feel weak on the subject, try doing some from the OG.

Then, when you feel you've got the basics down, move onto the Official Guide.

I personally like the method of studying one particular subject (say Geometry), doing the practice questions in wahtever book you have, then doing the ones in OG after I feel comfortable before moving on to another subject (algebra or whatever).
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09 Aug 2006, 06:06
rhyme wrote:
The kaplan book probably deserves being in the trash and being replaced with Manhattan guides, but ....

Start with either the Princeton or Kaplan book, get the basics down. Understand the concepts. The idea here is just to learn the concepts, formulas, methods, tricks, tips, etc. You need to be able to think "look! 6:8:x ! thats 3:4:5 ! " - those books should get you there. Do practice problems out of these books and if you feel weak on the subject, try doing some from the OG.

Then, when you feel you've got the basics down, move onto the Official Guide.

I personally like the method of studying one particular subject (say Geometry), doing the practice questions in wahtever book you have, then doing the ones in OG after I feel comfortable before moving on to another subject (algebra or whatever).

Thanks Rhyme! And congratulations on your awesome score! (read it at the other forum) It is very inspirational and proof that this exam CAN be beaten!
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10 Aug 2006, 04:06
It absolutely can. If I can do it, seriously, anyone can. (Not that it came easy, but still).
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11 Aug 2006, 18:44
I'm not sure why you bought the Kaplan book when the course is already covering those topics...seems kinda redundant.

Anyway, I agree with Rhyme. Start with the PR book and master GMAT strategies, and then practice as much as you can with the OG, GMATPrep, and the PR tests. Conquering one question type at a time is the best way to master each one, because you stay focused and pick up patterns and learn formulas/grammar rules much faster that way. It becomes second nature.

Good luck!
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