I’m about a month into my GMAT training with another month to go before I take the test. I took my first diagnostic test yesterday from Kaplan
and got an abysmal 340. My study books are; Kaplan
2014 Premier, MGMAT Verbal and MGMAT Math Foundations
. I’m not finding the Kaplan
book very helpful and need to take corrective measures. My goals are pretty simple, I’m trying to get into a Masters of Accounting program at a local state school and I need a score of about 500 to 580. I already have over 5 years of nonprofit business experience and solid recommendations. I come up with a list of options and need help determining the best course of action. Keep in mind that in all options I will have to reschedule my test, due to the low score and time remaining. Options:
Buy the full set of MGMAT books
Buy the MGMAT self-studying subscription (plus).
Buy a subscription to Magoosh
Buy a subscription to Knewton.
Attend a GMAT class at a local university those tend to be much cheaper than the major testing companies.Options not on the table:
A full class from one of major he test companies. I don’t have that kind of money to spend right now.
, I don’t find their methodologies compatible with me. I really like my Manhattan books
I think if you can put your mind into it, all of the above can offer you a good result.
One issue, however is that you only have a month, so the option of a local university GMAT prep course is not really realistic, unless it is a really intensive class. Also, you won't be able to get as much value from the MGMAT course as you would need to justify a higher price.
I think the answer to your question is the following. Do you learn best when you:
a) Read a book? (get the MGMAT Book
b) Watch Videos (get Knewton or Magoosh
FYI - Both Knewton and Magoosh
offer a money back guarantee or a refund, though the terms are very different. I doubt you will be able to get advantage of either actually since your score is so low and the guarantee won't kick in for a while. So I think it is between Magoosh
and Knewton which allow a fairly intense prep plan.
P.S. If you decide to go with Magoosh
, there is a special deal going on which allows you to get the Magoosh
course + GMAT Cbub tests for $150 http://gmatclub.com/tests/price.html
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