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I am graduating this year and considering taking the GMAT while i am still fresh and saving my score for several years before i apply.
Here's my situation:
U.C. Berkeley Economics B.A.
3.6 gpa
will be starting a finance job in NYC in july, and wanted to apply in 3-4 years
First off Im not sure if it looks bad to take the test 3-4 years before you apply
Second im only really interested in applying to top schools if this makes a difference

I downloaded GMATPrep and took a practice test with absolutely no prep, studying, or prior knowledge of the gmat and got a 650, 44 quant 37 verbal

my second question is regarding preparation, I am considering taking a full class but not sure if I want to fork over the cash. I would like to shoot for a 750, which doesnt seem out of the question based on my preliminary score (please correct me if i am wrong)

I know there are many different ways to study, and that different routs work for different people, for those in a similar situation would you recommend taking the course or do you think that using the resources on here and books that I could improve by 100 points

Thanks in advance for any helpful info

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Re: New Member would like some advice from the pro's [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2010, 10:28
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Some people prefer classes and other self-prep.
Usually feedback I hear is that classes don't guarantee the results but only push you to study and get into a routine and are more of a complete solution but you can get a 750 with either self study or a class.

For self study, would suggest this option: gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html

For classes, you can take a look at the reviews: gmat-prep-courses-classes-reviews-ratings-discount-offers-78451.html
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Re: New Member would like some advice from the pro's [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2010, 10:56
Congrats on a great start. 650 is a very good score. IMO, I would say that taking a class is not worth it. If you really wanted to take one I guess the best one would be Knewton, which offers a 50 point increase in your score or your money back. There are plenty of people here who score 700+ without taking a class (myself included). The key is to set up a study schedule and stick to it. Check out some of the debriefs on the GMAT Experience forum.
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