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Hello,

Alright I am new to this and I just need some help getting off the ground. I am 2 years out of undergrad and I'm not sure what the first step is in the process of getting into a top tier b-school. But I think one of the first steps is to take the GMAT but I would love some insights on study material and step up of the exam, i.e. length, # of questions, time, all in costs (including study material etc...) Or if anyone has any links or links to other posts like this, it would be most helpful.

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Hello, and welcome.

For prep material I would suggest the following:
Kaplan Premiere (Good for starting)
Kaplan 800
Manhattan GMAT Books - All math and sentence correction (Highly recommend)
Official Guide 11th ed. (Highly Recommend)
OG Verbal and Math Supplements (Highly Recommend)

While studying for your gmat, I would browse this forum & the knowledge vault, and start researching schools.
Then narrow down on the schools that fit your needs.

After taking the gmat, I would start outlining the essay questions from each school you plan on applying to get a good feel of which school essay questions might overlap one another to get a time plan set up on which schools to apply first.

At this point, I would also suggest that you start to think of people who you can ask for LOR's.

I am sorry if this is to general and all over the place. I suggest reading Montauks book called How To Get Into the Top MBA Programs. I have just started reading it. I won't be applying for another 2 or 3 years for B school, but been researching since Sept. 07 and still learning; however this is a great forum with a lot of people willing to help you get into your dream school.
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16 Jun 2008, 05:34
Hey thanks for the input much appreciated. Sorry if this is a stupid question but what are LOR's? I've started reading up on the knowledge vault and alot of posts have been helpful. And I have been looking for a book so maybe I'll take a look at that one. Another questions how may hours do people study for the exam ( I am looking to get 700+), I just finished studing level III of the CFA exam so I am kinda burnt out but still have some left in the tank.

Thanks again.
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16 Jun 2008, 07:41
from the text, I infer that LORs is short for letters of recommendation, I could be wrong.
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16 Jun 2008, 08:15
Gmatnub is correct. AM23Finance CFA level III, that is great. I am looking into prepping for level I, but I am still researching if a CFA would be beneficial or not. I am actually new to the whole process as well. I just graduated, but I have been planning on going to business school, and trying to get into finance with my engineering background, since my 3rd year in college.

I just purchased my gmat prep material, but I have previously studied for the lsat, and I put in roughly 4 hr on weekdays and more on weekends as a student. Once I start working, I would probably put in 2 to 3 hrs on weekdays, and more on the weekends.
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16 Jun 2008, 17:46
Hey great thanks. 89nk how long do you plan on studying for months wise?
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16 Jun 2008, 19:45
I plan on giving myself 3 months, where I will set up a rigid study schedule, and study intensely for it. Then, I will take a preptest, and hopefully I will be scoring in my preferred range, and then I will take the real exam.

Some posters have told me to follow a rigid study schedule, and prep with a deadline so you do not prolong the study period and burn yourself out.

I prepped for the LSAT for over a year, and I got burnt out. I do not plan on making the same mistake twice. Hopefully the GMAT won't be as bad.
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