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# Is Kaplan too simple - will it help?

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Is Kaplan too simple - will it help? [#permalink]  10 Aug 2009, 02:33
Greetings Everyone,

I have started preparing for GMAT from 2nd August this year.

I am through with the first section of Kaplan Math Workbook and somehow have a feeling that its too simple. Can someone please let me know if it would be worth it to continue with the book - or should I go for something else.

I am just very confused!!!!
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Re: Is Kaplan too simple - will it help? [#permalink]  10 Aug 2009, 05:26
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That really all depends on what your needs are. Some people only need simple refreshers and some general tips on standardized tests. If that's the case for you, then Kaplan might be all you need.

My case: I benefited very little from Kaplan. The Kaplan program did not address my deficiencies nor provide me with adequate feedback to come up with a study plan. Two friends of mine took the Kaplan classroom program, one scored a 700 and the other scored a 750.

Knowing what I know now, I could have self studied. To solidify myself, I opted for the MGMAT program.

Have you gone through the threads for beginners and/or taken a diagnostic test to assess where you are?
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Re: Is Kaplan too simple - will it help? [#permalink]  10 Aug 2009, 05:41
mohater wrote:
That really all depends on what your needs are. Some people only need simple refreshers and some general tips on standardized tests. If that's the case for you, then Kaplan might be all you need.

My case: I benefited very little from Kaplan. The Kaplan program did not address my deficiencies nor provide me with adequate feedback to come up with a study plan. Two friends of mine took the Kaplan classroom program, one scored a 700 and the other scored a 750.

Knowing what I know now, I could have self studied. To solidify myself, I opted for the MGMAT program.

Have you gone through the threads for beginners and/or taken a diagnostic test to assess where you are?

Thanks mohater!

Yes I have given the diagnostic test and know that baring a few topics such as Number Properties/Geometry and Permutation/Combination I need only brief refreshers.

Gioven the info you have shared - I guess combining MGMAT for these topics and finishing off
Kaplan might work for me....

Thanks a bunch appreciate your help (Kudos to you)
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Re: Is Kaplan too simple - will it help? [#permalink]  10 Aug 2009, 08:55
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Agree with Mohater - tell us your raw Quant score and we'll answer your question. By chapter 1 you mean Arithmetic? (that's probably the most important chapter in the book)

Keep in mind that GMAT is really about basics. It is a little about fancy probabilities (but those are only 1 question per test). I see this mistake done over and over again - a person will know how to solve probability and combinations questions but not how to solve $$\frac{x}{y}$$ where y < 0 and as the result - they never get to that one probability question they know how to solve. Sad but it repeats itself over and over.
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Re: Is Kaplan too simple - will it help? [#permalink]  10 Aug 2009, 21:55
Hi bb and Mohater,

My raw score in the gmat club diagnostic test for maths was 25.
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Re: Is Kaplan too simple - will it help? [#permalink]  10 Aug 2009, 22:00
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Hi bb and Mohater,

My raw score in the gmat club diagnostic test for maths was 25.

have you taken gmatprep?

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Re: Is Kaplan too simple - will it help? [#permalink]  10 Aug 2009, 22:09
not yet
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Re: Is Kaplan too simple - will it help? [#permalink]  12 Aug 2009, 05:10
hi bb - would you please guide me?

for now I am going ahead with the Kaplan Workbook. I plan to follow this up with MGMAT series for areas that I identify as my weaknesses.

Is this a correct approach?
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Re: Is Kaplan too simple - will it help? [#permalink]  12 Aug 2009, 05:15
rookieR wrote:
hi bb - would you please guide me?

for now I am going ahead with the Kaplan Workbook. I plan to follow this up with MGMAT series for areas that I identify as my weaknesses.

Is this a correct approach?

rookieR,

That can work for you. One of the main keys with preparation for the GMAT is to ensure when you're studying, you're actually benefiting from the time spent. Far too many people prepping for the GMAT (on this forum and otherwise) spend countless hours studying and see little to no benefit.

The key is to identify the deficiencies and figure out how to address them

The MGMAT practice test provides the best feedback, while the GMATPrep is the most applicable as it was made by the GMAC group (the people who run the GMAT). Once you get a MGMAT book, you'll have access to six online exams w/a promise for no overlap in questions.

Make sure you read the AWA guide as well:
how-to-get-6-0-awa-my-guide-64327.html
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Re: Is Kaplan too simple - will it help? [#permalink]  12 Aug 2009, 11:53
I am just getting started. but i noticed kaplan has an advanced class that requires 600+. Since I'm shooting for a top program that seems logical. mgmat doesnt appear to have any advanced class or a moneyback
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Re: Is Kaplan too simple - will it help? [#permalink]  13 Aug 2009, 09:53
gmatterking wrote:
I am just getting started. but i noticed kaplan has an advanced class that requires 600+. Since I'm shooting for a top program that seems logical. mgmat doesnt appear to have any advanced class or a moneyback

Be very wary of the fine print.
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Re: Is Kaplan too simple - will it help? [#permalink]  13 Aug 2009, 13:28
gmatterking wrote:
I am just getting started. but i noticed kaplan has an advanced class that requires 600+. Since I'm shooting for a top program that seems logical. mgmat doesnt appear to have any advanced class or a moneyback

check out Knewton online - hearing good feedbacks and also money back guarantee ( 50+ of your diagnostic or old GMAT score)
Re: Is Kaplan too simple - will it help?   [#permalink] 13 Aug 2009, 13:28
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