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07 Jul 2010, 19:48
Hi! I have just decided to take the business school route and am planning on taking the GMAT mid September. I took the Kaplan test and scored a 600, but I don’t know where to go from there. I am confused how to approach the studying. I’ve read all the plans on the forums but I can't really put my finger on the FIRST thing I should do. I'm currently a junior in college and do not really know anyone else who is taking the GMAT right now. Any help would be appreciated because I am in uncharted territory. Thank You
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07 Jul 2010, 19:50
Hi! Welcome to GMAT Club.

Take a look here: gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html

By the way - congrats on 600 - good starting score.
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07 Jul 2010, 19:53
Would you say it is worth it to "waste" a official GMAT test to see where I am officially? or should I just ge started on the material?
I am aiming for a 740 and am dedicating the entire summer to studying.
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07 Jul 2010, 20:06
ALSO! what GMAT test prep books are the best?
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07 Jul 2010, 20:22
The MGMAT Guides come highly recommended - see more here: top-gmat-prep-books-guides-reviews-comments-77703.html
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07 Jul 2010, 20:23
Most people save their two GMATPrep tests, as these are the best simulators to the real thing. Right now, just get used to this website, find out what materials work best for you, and start studying!

A 700-plus score is certainly obtainable, but this requires time and hard work. I would say that, on average, one should study at least three solid months of preparation. As a junior, you have ample time. Use this to your advantage and please don't rush into this test!

Regarding books, Manhattan SC and Powerscore CR are the top choices for verbal. For quant, Manhattan's five math books have a loyal following. Kaplan is also popular as an all-in-one guidebook. And, of course, OG books are recommended.

For a very high math score, though, I urge you to look into GMATClub Tests. Once you fully complete and review these tests, you will be 100 percent ready for quant.
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09 Jul 2010, 09:09
spatel121990 wrote:
Would you say it is worth it to "waste" a official GMAT test to see where I am officially? or should I just ge started on the material?

You mean take the actual GMAT, or take a GMAT Prep test? I wouldn't recommend taking the real thing blind for the sake of knowing your score. I kicked off my studying with a GMAT Prep exam, which gave me a good idea of the topics I needed to focus on.
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09 Jul 2010, 12:51
spatel121990 wrote:
Would you say it is worth it to "waste" a official GMAT test to see where I am officially? or should I just ge started on the material?

You mean take the actual GMAT, or take a GMAT Prep test? I wouldn't recommend taking the real thing blind for the sake of knowing your score. I kicked off my studying with a GMAT Prep exam, which gave me a good idea of the topics I needed to focus on.

My recommendation is the same - take a GMAT Prep as a measure of your level. At first you will be at 500-600 level. Hopefully in a few months, you will be at 700 level, so question overlap (should you need to retake that test) will be close to zero.
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