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First, I must say that this forum has made me much more comfortable with taking the GMAT. The member stories are inspiring and the resources (lists/utilities) are amazing.
I'll make this quick. Grade school was spent in a private catholic school that used the time allocated to math for more religion courses. I did not know you could use letters in mathematics until my first day of Algebra in high school. To say I was far behind would be an understatement. With tutoring I tested well enough to enter a CS program but was simply crushed in Calc 2. I transferred the credits to a 2-year school and with one or two more courses I gathered my AA in CIS. I double majored in Social Sciences and Economics. I worked for a couple years and played rugby while traveling for a couple more. Now I'd like to enter a business school.
First, I reviewed these forum posts:
GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices Sahil's Grammar Notes.doc GMAT Club Test Section Basic Mathematical Principles Strategy for Picking Numbers on "Number property" GMAT Error Log New to the Math forum? Please read this first Free GMATPrep® Test Preparation Software GMAT Score Calculator
I then purchased these books (should arrive shortly) based on the research I did above:
Foundations of GMAT Math: GMAT Strategy Supplement (8 Guide Instructional Series) The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review, 2nd Edition Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook Number Properties GMAT Strategy Guide, 4th Edition The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review Sentence Correction GMAT Strategy Guide (Manhattan Gmat Prep Guide) The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 12th Edition
I can dedicate the next 2-3 months to studying.
Week 1 - 2 (before true studying begins): While I wait for the books to arrive I will take one practice exam from the MBA site to set my base line score and see where I should concentrate my studies (this will quant, obviously...). I will also familiarize myself with the error log and review online math guides.
Month 1 - 2/3: I really liked the study plan here and plan to follow that taking exams to check my progress along the way.
Well, I think that's about it. If anyone has any further recommendations do let me know.
ps Should I start a new thread after I take my baseline test or continue to update this post as I progress?
Last edited by fronds on 27 Sep 2010, 14:59, edited 1 time in total.
hi fronds, here are my 2 cents: don't attempt the test on mba site (if you haven't done so already) of what i have learnd on these forums and others is these 2 tests are closest thing to real GMAT, and best to take towards the end of you prep. (if anything try one of the free diagnostic tests from Kaplan etc) I am personally using the Manhattan guides ( 8 book set) and OG guides 11 and OG verbal/quant guide
you mentioned about working on math skills, try this website : http://www.khanacademy.org AMAZING resource, there are lectures starting from 2+2 all the way to college level algebra he also has solved the entire quant section, this will come in handy towards the end may be. but for basics watch the developmental math videos (i watched them all, they are only 10 min each, but you will brush up the math skills faster than you think!) speaking from personal experience I have a FineArts background, last I studied math was in grade 11, some 14+ yrs ago , so it will definitely help you out, Another good gmat related forum is http://www.beatthegmat.com (actually from that forum i found out about this one) If i remember anything else i will post it, cheers!
hi fronds, others is these 2 tests are closest thing to real GMAT, and best to take towards the end of you prep. (if anything try one of the free diagnostic tests from Kaplan etc)
A good idea! I just arrived at a cafe and will take a practice test here and use the score calculator to see where I place. I read your post last night, and thought I commented, and went through the entire geometry section already. That was very helpful, great link!
kissthegmat,shaselai: Thanks! and I'll post back after I finish my first practice test.
aside: I signed up for the gmat question mailing list and answered today's quant question correctly but was completely lost with the CR one. This is quite the tricky test.
Just a quick update. My prediction was accurate: "While I wait for the books to arrive I will take one practice exam to set my base line score and see where I should concentrate my studies (this will quant, obviously...)." GMAT PowerPrep Verbal: 41 Quant: 20
I answered (and when I say answered I in no way imply that I knew what I was doing) nearly every DS question incorrectly and the majority of the quant questions were DS. It was quite the stressful experience but I know where to focus my efforts and cannot wait for my books to arrive.
fronds nice to hear from you about your progress. You have a great verbal score on diagnostic test!!
I agree DS is the tricky part on GMAT, you'll get over with this soon.
Yes, on Quant section, first go through the basics and then try gmatclub tests also, those are best designed to achieve 48+ on Math!
Thanks for the link! I'm brushing up on my basic math right now and committing some formulas to memory again but will certainly head over to the testing center to improve. If I can hit even a 40 quant I will be very, very happy.