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Lack of BASIC math skills - how to start?

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Lack of BASIC math skills - how to start? [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2014, 10:12
Hey guys,

I want to start with my GMAT prep in 1 week and I still have a few questions:
I already have the OG 13th edition + verbal and quant review and all the Manhatten books.
The problem is I am severely lacking basic math skills. That's one the one hand due to my high school education and on the other hand to my current bachelor program which does not really involve math.

So how should I start? Should I first go through the math related manhatten books to get an insight into everything and then continue with the OG questions?
I am bit confused by the first practice test. Should I just take it right away before opening any book? Or should I do it after getting the basic skills and before solving any OG problem?
The next thing is, that I am not sure if I need all the math stuff (topics in Manhatten books) or are there sections which are only involved in the very hard problems? (750+ or more)
Because I am "only" aiming for a low 700 score.

Thanks for your help!
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Re: Lack of BASIC math skills - how to start? [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2014, 00:35
So how should I start? Should I first go through the math related manhatten books to get an insight into everything and then continue with the OG questions?I am bit confused by the first practice test. Should I just take it right away before opening any book? Or should I do it after getting the basic skills and before solving any OG problem?


Please take diagnostic test from any of the test prep companies(Veritas,Manhattan) and understand where you stand..That should help...
You can also try GMATCLUB Diagnostic test for Math...It can be a good indicator of your current skill levels but I think a 1 complete test will give you a good overall picture.Take the tests with only stipulated breaks and in one go to get the most out of it.

The next thing is, that I am not sure if I need all the math stuff (topics in Manhatten books) or are there sections which are only involved in the very hard problems? (750+ or more)
Because I am "only" aiming for a low 700 score.


Don't get into that mode, but yes a solid grasp on Number Properties, Geometry,Statistics and Algebra basics will give enough confidence to tackle questions of any higher difficulty levels..

Some useful links

gmat-prep-software-analysis-and-what-if-scenarios-146146.html
all-you-need-for-quant-140445.html#p1130136

This should get you started.
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Re: Lack of BASIC math skills - how to start? [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2014, 23:32
Thanks for the info!

So I should take the diagnostic test in the VERY BEGINNING BEFORE reading any books etc.?
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Re: Lack of BASIC math skills - how to start? [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2014, 23:56
Yes...because then would you know where you stand and where u need to put more efforts

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