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27 Sep 2011, 14:27
hi there,
I'm new to this forum but i've been lurking around here for so long reading everyone's posts the past few months.
I've decided to start preparing for the GMAT. I'm qualified to take the EMBA but it's so expensive that I'd rather take the long route.

I'm here to ask for guidance - steps I need to take before buying all the books.

Hope you guys understand.

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28 Sep 2011, 06:50
Hello Everyone

I came to GMATclub through a recommendation on my twitter. Started looking at the forums and started realizing how beneficial this could be for me

I graduated just recently in June 2011 with a BA in Business Administration, focus in Management at California State University, San Bernardino. I've been working full time as a business manager of a small commercial restaurant appliance repair business for the past 2 years, and will make 3 in September. After things broke off with my ex-girlfriend and I towards the end of my last school year, the GMAT came into mind as I knew I wanted to do more with my education. I've signed up for Manhattan GMAT personal tutoring with one of my professors at CSUSB, which I start tomorrow so I am pretty excited.

I know that I will be aiming high and may dissapoint myself, but the way I look at it, it can't hurt to try. I have been looking at Foster's program at UW and am familiar to the Seattle area. I'm ready to get out of Palm Springs, CA, and Washington is a solid #1 choice for me. My GPA isn't the greatest; I went to 4 universities and did the fraternity thing but started getting serious about my school work my junior and senior year. I held a 3.5 GPA at CSUSB (with a 2 hour roundtrip commute and working 8 hours a day and 6 hours of class per day). Unfortunately, due to my time that I wasn't really serious at my other schools, my cumulative is only 2.96.

I took my first diagnostic test in June on MGMAT, and scored a 550. I scored both a 33 in quant and 33 in verbal. I realize that my quantitative isn't that great, but part of my problem is I need to brush up on my old math. The verbal, I believe that once I get used to the strategies and practice more I can do much better. My biggest problem I believe is fulfilling my potential. I've always had it, but I usually always choose the lazy way out. The GMAT and more importantly, the preperation for the GMAT I am looking to expose my utmost potential.

I am planning on taking the GMAT on December 3rd, and fit in a few more if needed before the test change in June 2012. I suppose I am looking for around a 650 first time up; Aiming high, however I think with my motivation it's possible to do. A second test I would look to break the 700's.

Since I am starting my private tutoring on Thursday through my old professor who teaches via Manhattan, I have all of the Manhattan study guides.

Wish me luck, and hope to be a good part of the forum.
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02 Oct 2011, 08:36
Hello folks

I've been using the site intermittently for a month or so, just saw this post and thought of introducing myself

I've done my Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunication from Mumbai, India in 2007 and have since been working in an IT company in India. I've worked in the UK for an year as well (hope this proves useful somewhere down the line). I decided to appear for the GMAT last year end when I felt I needed a change from the routine work I've been doing since the past few years.
So, here I am, preparing for the tough feat to do my best - hope to get a good score (preferably in the latter 700s). I'll be appearing in November so got nearly a month and a half to prepare. I guess that's all for the moment, will keep sharing things as and when they come up.

Till then, all the best folks!

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04 Oct 2011, 11:28
Hey Guys,
With the all the rave reviews ive been reading from people here about the gmatclub,it feels good to be at a place that is widely accepted as this !
I intend on giving the GMAT this year,mostly in the second week of December.
Background has been in Civil Engg.,so theres been quite a bit of number crunching done in the past.
I seriously wish to break in to the 700+ bracket.

Here`s my Plan for the coming two months :
<Kindly tweak this if need be for better strategies to be incorporated>

1)Firstly Verbal : around 24-25 days (Starting Today)
2)Second of all dealing with Quant : around 24-25 days same as verbal.
3)With studies going parallely,i hope to do some extensive reading and writing work to build on my verbal skills.
4)At the end of the study period,i hope to go through all the problems that i faced while preparing and give it a quick revision.
5)For the remaining 10-20 days only Paper practice.

Am using OG 12 for my preparation.
If there is any thing else,i should bear in my mind while preparing kindly let me know.
Also,since am not taking any sort of Classes or coaching for GMAT,am doing it all by myself,so need to check myself on where am going wrong.
Also,where could i get more free tests from to get more practice ?
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04 Oct 2011, 18:38
Hey folks,

I'm new here too! I've been lurking for a little bit but felt I would go ahead and sign up! I went to UCLA and am currently prepping for the GMAT in December!
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04 Oct 2011, 19:20
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05 Oct 2011, 00:08
Hello Everybody,

I am newbie here from London, Uk. I find your community is very interesting and useful so i joined. Thanks you very much for allowing me to stay here.

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05 Oct 2011, 06:56
We are all happy to have you. Welcome aboard.
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09 Oct 2011, 06:14
Hello everyone...

I am from Bangladesh, have completed MBA from university of Dhaka major in Marketing. I really want to study in Canada. My target is 650+. I am studying Kaplan and OG. Hopefully I will sit for GMAT at the end of December.

GMAT Club helps me a lot by providing recent information. Thanks to Gmat club.
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11 Oct 2011, 17:59
Hello everyone,

My background is in mechanical engineering and I hail from Canada! (eh...!). I plan on taking the GMAT sometime next year, but I've already begun studying and lurking around on multiple forums. GMAT Club just happened to come up in a google search and I'm so thankful for finding this website because there are a ton of resources, answers and people who are able to help in every fashion. Kudos you guys!
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16 Oct 2011, 17:54
Hey guys, new member here looking to take my first test Dec 16th, I am already considering pushing it back and trying to properly utilize all the tools available here. My background is in Marketing/Management and International Business, Quant is where I am hoping to see growth.

Right now my study materials are:

GMAC Quant and GMAC Verbal 2nd Editions
McGraw Hill's Conquering GMAT MAth
Princeton Review Verbal Workout

OG 10 for 29 cents!
OG 12
and the MGMAT set of 8 strategy Guides.

My plan starting tomorrow is to study for 4 hours a day in 2, 2 hour parts focusing on a different section each day. However I don't know if 8 weeks will be enough to get a 650+ score.
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17 Oct 2011, 01:52
Hi guys,

I stumbled upon this forum, and it has been an invaluable resource to me thus far.

My background is probably quite unconventional. I was a chef for about 3 years, and recently finished my bachelor degree in hospitality management. As most people I meet think that I am some kind of fancy waiter, I think that scoring high on the GMAT is absolutely essential, shall I be accepted for a Msc. in business administration program. My ambition is to be accepted for a French Grand Ecole Program (EM Lyon, HEC, SKEMA etc.) Rotterdam School of Management, or Otto Beisheim School of Management.

As I did not have math since I was 17 years old, I had forgotten almost everything, and started almost completely from scratch. Concepts such as quadratic equations and permutations were completely unknown to me. Heck, I did not even really know what a prime number was. I spent the first few weeks of preperation doing the MGMAT book, and Cliffsnotes Maths for Standardized tests. On my first attempt on the GMATprep, I scored 550 (after app. 2 months of studying) I want to score over 700, so I still have a distance to go.

Thanks to all the guys who contribute to this forum.

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17 Oct 2011, 07:23
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Hi, here is my info:

College: Went to The College of William and Mary, a public university in Virginia. Graduated five years ago.
Major: Government (political science almost everywhere else), GPA of 3.1
Current industry: Working at a small software company near Washington DC, where I work with the company's sales staff and research possible new sales leads for them to sell the product. Done this for about a year. Before I spent about four years in local law firms doing legal research as a paralegal.
Target Score on GMAT: I'd like to say high 600's to 700. Any more is gravy.
How close am I to the goal: Took three CAT's with Revolution Prep and most of my work is with its course. Took another Kaplan CAT back in August when I started my prep. On the Kaplan CAT I got a 550. With Revolution Prep:

1st CAT was in early September, and I got a 580 (39Q, 31V)
2nd CAT was on 10/09, and I got a 640 (40Q, 37V)
3rd CAT was on 10/16, and I got a 670 (45Q, 37V)

In short, I have potential to score where I want, but I still have more work to do. One more month in my prep, as the GMAT is on a Saturday afternoon in mid November.
Target Schools:I am intending on going to an evening program, in the DC area. Top choice is Georgetown, then the University of Maryland. GW and American are after that respectively... I intend on staying here in the nation's capital.
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19 Oct 2011, 12:00
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Hi guys,
I've been visiting this forum for about a month now and it's really an invaluable source for all GMATicians. I'll take the test in exactly 14 days and more than ever, some stories here are really kind of "inspirational" for me...

Who am I? A finance guy living in Paris, France, willing to attend a great american MBA. So target for GMAT is 700-750. I feel a bit far from that goal as the 2 test I've taken until now showed 490 (at the very beginning) and 600 (2 weeks ago). Both were Kaplan's and now I'll try MGMAT and Veritas. My plan is to take official GMAT Prep at the end of my preparation, so 2-3 days before the test. But hopefully, by working hard I'll reach my goal.

Thanks to all of you who make this forum so unique!
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24 Oct 2011, 17:40
Hello,

My background is in civil engineering with an environmental concentration. Worked for an environmental consulting firm briefly, then the federal government as a PM. Left the workforce 8 years ago to raise the kids. Started a home business (S-corp) and kept that going for 5 years doing database and website designs/programming. Closed the business 2 years ago to focus on the kids. Long story.

Now this is my time.

Because of my location and schedule, my choice of school is limited. I'd love to get into the part-time MBA @ Michigan State because it is closer, however I am not working full-time and that is one of the suggested requirements. I'd hate to get a MBA from a so-so school but what choice do I have?

I took the GMATPrep and scored 510. That was before I read any of the books or reviewed anything. Now that I know I don't have to solve every math problem, I should be good. SC is a weak spot.

My goal is a minimum of 650, good enough to beat my husband. He has already stated that the GMAT was harder back then (11 years ago) which is why so many people get 700s now. Puh-lease. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon with an MBA in 2003.

I hope to take the GMAT in February. Maybe sooner depending on how the holidays go.

I am following the 60-day study guide provided by "Beat the GMAT" and using OG for GMAT, 12th edition, Kaplan's GMAT Premier w/CD*, Manhattan's RC and SC (per club reviews). Any other suggestions?

*Kaplan's CD does not work with Win7. I have to pop the disk in each time as if I were installing it, but it finally gets me there.

Wish me luck!
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24 Oct 2011, 17:48
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Hello,

My background is in civil engineering with an environmental concentration. Worked for an environmental consulting firm briefly, then the federal government as a PM. Left the workforce 8 years ago to raise the kids. Started a home business (S-corp) and kept that going for 5 years doing database and website designs/programming. Closed the business 2 years ago to focus on the kids. Long story.

Now this is my time.

Because of my location and schedule, my choice of school is limited. I'd love to get into the part-time MBA @ Michigan State because it is closer, however I am not working full-time and that is one of the suggested requirements. I'd hate to get a MBA from a so-so school but what choice do I have?

I took the GMATPrep and scored 510. That was before I read any of the books or reviewed anything. Now that I know I don't have to solve every math problem, I should be good. SC is a weak spot.

My goal is a minimum of 650, good enough to beat my husband. He has already stated that the GMAT was harder back then (11 years ago) which is why so many people get 700s now. Puh-lease. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon with an MBA in 2003.

I hope to take the GMAT in February. Maybe sooner depending on how the holidays go.

I am following the 60-day study guide provided by "Beat the GMAT" and using OG for GMAT, 12th edition, Kaplan's GMAT Premier w/CD*, Manhattan's RC and SC (per club reviews). Any other suggestions?

*Kaplan's CD does not work with Win7. I have to pop the disk in each time as if I were installing it, but it finally gets me there.

Wish me luck!

Welcome! Well, the good news about SC is once you understand the booby traps you can actually beat the system there. It's a lot easier to improve SC than it is to improve RC - though if you give it enough time (February should give you plenty of time) then you should be in good hands by then. With a busy schedule, it'll be tough to fit in consistent study schedules. Budget time every night to learn something new but at the same time review mistakes you made the previous day. Then budget your entire weekends towards sprint-like study sessions.

Remember, this exam is as much about GMAT psychology as it is about concepts.

Enjoy!
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26 Oct 2011, 11:04
Just signed up for the club. I am considering writing my GMAT within the next 6 months. I am in my late 30's and have been in the energy marketing/trading business for over 10 years. However, I am looking for a change in my career path. The MBA will help me with that for sure as top executives in my industry all seem to have either an MBA or CFA. I would be doing an MBA part time so it will take 3 years.
I am just curious on how much work it will be to study for the GMAT. Keep in mind that I have been out of university for 14 years, work full time and am married with a small child. I obviously dont have the time to be studying each and every day for 8 hrs. The math component will be my biggest challenge for sure. I am hoping to be ably to study for 4 months and write in March.
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28 Oct 2011, 00:09
been a member for a while but haven't really contributed a lot..

will be frequenting the forums a lot this month

GMAT set for 2nd of December
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30 Oct 2011, 08:38
Joined today, will be writing the exam in 2 months. Great forum. Lots of useful stuff.

Am applying for LBS MiF and will hopefully do so in January. Am 27, MBA+CFA; 4.5 years work ex, 3 years as M&A banker at a mid mkt shop and current job of 2 years at private equity fund. Hoping to gain some international experience and take a break from work so planning to app

Bought books today and took Gmatprep (730, thanks to CAT prep 5 years ago!) am gunning for some nice scores which can help land some schols. Hope to become more active over the coming days!

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03 Nov 2011, 19:39
Hello everyone,

I've been lurking around here for quite some time and I am ready to get started.

I have 6.5 years of investment mgmt experience. 3-years heading operations/HR in a start up. I also have a huge community development, volunteer and arts background.

Looking to focus MBA on strategy consulting (short-term) and entrepreneurship/economic development (long-term goal).

Took MGMAT class a few years ago, great instructors, but I needed something more slower paced and I missed 3 classes due to work. GMAT score under 500, but did not study or give it any real effort.

Now Im ready! Ive been reading the experiences of others and I am really inspired to give the test my all! Chicago Booth is my target school (entry: fall 2012 or fall 2013) and of course I am shooting for a score in the 90th percentile.

I just put together a 90 day study plan. I started this week. I will be starting the basics the first couple of weeks.

Week 1 - 3: building blocks
-Take GMAT prep CAT
-Veritas Math Assessment/Kaplan GMAT & GRE Math workbook
Weeks 4-8
-CAT end of each week (MGMAT CAT exams)
-Quant focus (using MGMAT quant books, Kaplan Math intensive & OG 12)
-CAT end of each week (MGMAT CAT exams/Veritas Prep CATs)
Weeks 9-12
-Verbal focus (Using MGMAT RC, SC, CR books & OG 12 ED)
-CAT at end of each week (Veritas/GMAT prep CAT)

This is my plan thus far. It may change as I continue to read through the forum. Should you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment.

Good luck to you all!

Thanks,
Chan
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