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How to start? [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2009, 17:26
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I started GMAT prep last month.I started with Princeton.Now I am going through Manhattan quant and verbal books.I agree with most members about the Manhattan sentence correction book. My CR improved a lot after going through the Manhattan CR book.I am done with Kaplan Verbal book.I got 55-65% right in all the sections.What is the difficulty level of Kaplan verbal workbook.Now my question is how to proceed now? Do I start OG now? Is it good to practice the 1000 series?

Which CAT tests are good to invest?
I have Kaplan 800 book and Kaplan premier books.
Are the questions in Kaplan books close to the real GMAT?
When should I take the Gmatprep tests?

Please guide me.

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Re: How to start? [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2009, 22:57
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I started GMAT prep last month.I started with Princeton.Now I am going through Manhattan quant and verbal books.I agree with most members about the Manhattan sentence correction book. My CR improved a lot after going through the Manhattan CR book.I am done with Kaplan Verbal book.I got 55-65% right in all the sections.What is the difficulty level of Kaplan verbal workbook.Now my question is how to proceed now? Do I start OG now? Is it good to practice the 1000 series?


If you feel that you feel comfortable with questions and you have done a thorough job of reviewing Kaplan/POwerscore/Manhattan materials, then Yes. Working through OG will also help you figure out your weak spots.

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Which CAT tests are good to invest?

Take a look here: all-gmat-cat-practice-tests-links-prices-reviews-77460.html

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I have Kaplan 800 book and Kaplan premier books.
Are the questions in Kaplan books close to the real GMAT?

Usually somewhat harder in my experience. Math is fairly close but verbal is not on the spot (it is made harder by being a bit off), so you need to top it off with OG at the end to get your mind "tuned"
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When should I take the Gmatprep tests?

You can save them until the point a month away from the test and a week or few days away from the test but you can be fairly liberal with them. Here is a post discussing just that: gmatprep-gmat-prep-powerprep-power-prep-free-tests-77548.html
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Re: How to start? [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2009, 18:38
Thanks for the suggestions..
Is it useful to solve the 1000 series?

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Re: How to start? [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2009, 07:27
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For me, Kaplan was not much of help. I usually scored 550 to 590 on Kaplan and ended up getting 460 on real test. I would put more time on GmatPrep and Gmat Club tests if you want to score high. That's what i am planning to do
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Re: How to start? [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2009, 10:20
Thanks, dharame. Let's crack it.

I have to give the test by sept end.would four months of perfect preparation put me in 700+ club?
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Thanks, dharame. Let's crack it.

I have to give the test by sept end.would four months of perfect preparation put me in 700+ club?



Worked out to be the perfect amount of time for me. That's the amount of time I spent (3-4 months) - not too short and not too long to still have all the concepts recorded in my mind. I went from 540 to 750 - definitely possible if you put your aspirations and ambition behind it.
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Re: How to start? [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2009, 06:46
Thanks bb for those encouraging words..

Could you answer the below question, please?
Is it useful to solve the 1000 series?

My RC is inconsistent. What should I do be consistent? Do we get various subject matters in the RC in the real GMAT? I am good if the topics are science related. When it comes to history, I loose interest..I want to know how the RC topics are split..Is there some kind of proportion - science vs history topics in the real exam?
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