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Newbie in danger, will any member save her? [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 15:28
Hello everybody, I'm an international student and I'm taking the test on Dec. the 13th, all I need is to get 580 to get accepted on the master program I'm applying. I bought several books and I think I won't have time enough to go through all of them: MGMAT Number Properties, Word Translations, GMAT Math Foundations, CR, SC, RC and OG 12th Edition.

At first I wanted to stick to the 3 month study guide for rookies (first month math, second verbal, third OG and error log sheet) but I have two weeks with the first math book and haven't finished it. Plus, I tried to resolve several questions from the OG and I got them all wrong. So, I thought of reading the answers and explanations for all of the OG questions instead of resolving them to have more time for studying the MGMAT's. In the mean time I'll have a test weekly as practice. Somehow I feel this is wrong but can't think of a better idea.

I'm full time employee and I intend to use 18 hours a week to study (I could do 10 more but I use those for church-related-things).

I'd appreciate and thank any help.
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Re: Newbie in danger, will any member save her? [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 21:02
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Hi – welcome to GMAT club!

Happy to help, but perhaps you can clarify your question.
Your GPA looks very good. You should not have issues with getting your target score. Have you taken any practice tests? If not it would be a good idea to take a diagnostic test and understand where you stand. The easiest is to download GMAT prep tests from MBA.com or here: all-gmat-cat-practice-tests-links-prices-reviews-77460.html?highlight=ml502
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Re: Newbie in danger, will any member save her? [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 21:52
welcome to the club! 580 should not be much of a problem given your technical background and great gpa. I think you should get your feet wet with the diagnostic first then go from there.!
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Re: Newbie in danger, will any member save her? [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 02:23
Welcome to the gmatclub!

If you have any problem with Math section start over with Kaplan Math Workbook, this book is really good for the starters! And for further preparation go for gmatclub tests (http://gmatclub.com/blog/free-gmat-test ... b-members/)

As mentioned above by BB and shaselai take a diagnostic test and then start your preparation , 580 is achievable. You can do this!

Keep us updated about your journey through GMAT! Good Luck!
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Re: Newbie in danger, will any member save her? [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 09:20
Welcome.You have come to the right place!Plenty of material with plenty of help from all of us.Happy studying.
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Re: Newbie in danger, will any member save her? [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 10:53
I definitely think you should take a GMAT Prep first to see where your score is right now and try to improve on the sections where you feel it's easiest for you to improve on, instead of doing it vice versa. Your GPA is excellent! And good luck :)
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Re: Newbie in danger, will any member save her? [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 15:04
Thanks for the support, I'm needing it. I haven't taken a diagnostic test yet, I was thinking on saving MBA's prep tests for my last two weeks to have the more real experience I can get just before actually taking the test... I guess I can take the OG diagnostic test instead but, should I do it under timed basis or not?

What I'm trying to ask is: Is it a good idea to read the responses and explanations of the OG questions without trying to resolve them? (Take the guide as a text book rather than a practice one). Resolve the questions is taking me a whole lot more than 2 minutes and at the end I don't even have the right answer so I feel I'm wasting time that I could use on trying to cover all of the MGMAT books material.
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Re: Newbie in danger, will any member save her? [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 19:35
it sounds a bit like you need error log. What I would do is read the explanations, mark the problem via error log then after some studying go back and reattempt. only doing after you "forgot" about the problem
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Re: Newbie in danger, will any member save her? [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2010, 10:08
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Thanks for the support, I'm needing it. I haven't taken a diagnostic test yet, I was thinking on saving MBA's prep tests for my last two weeks to have the more real experience I can get just before actually taking the test... I guess I can take the OG diagnostic test instead but, should I do it under timed basis or not?

What I'm trying to ask is: Is it a good idea to read the responses and explanations of the OG questions without trying to resolve them? (Take the guide as a text book rather than a practice one). Resolve the questions is taking me a whole lot more than 2 minutes and at the end I don't even have the right answer so I feel I'm wasting time that I could use on trying to cover all of the MGMAT books material.

Hi there,

The OG book is not a great source for "teaching" your the concepts. MGMAT books will definitely do that a lot better. Also take a look at the MGMAT Official Guide Companion. They have GREAT explanations for quant. Even I could understand them!.

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Re: Newbie in danger, will any member save her? [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2010, 11:10
mgmat books are definitely better
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Re: Newbie in danger, will any member save her? [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2010, 04:28
Thanks! MGMAT's are my priority then.
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