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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2010, 06:54
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Hi Thomas and Pereseverance,
I have a few issues that make me think i shud take it after a full shot..

1. I work full time and do not want to underestimate my work pressure while calculating the study time..
2. Its been years since i solved a simple mathematical problem and want to run through from the basics..
3. I can give the GMAT only once at any cost.. so just taking a safer step here..

So I just plan for four months preparation from now.. which i found is almost a little more than the norm.. June is my worst case scenario.. Mid May is what i intend most likely.. Do you still think it cud burn me out?

Also I had a few things on my mind..
1. What are your book sets?
2. Where are you guys?
3. Are you clear with your career plans?
4. When are you giving GMAT?


Hey post2pras,
I work full time as well and put in about 1-2 hrs of studying a night and around 3-4 on Sat and Sun. It really depends on the person but I feel like burning out is a definite possibility for anyone, depending on the time frame and pressure one puts on oneself. For me, dusting off the cobwebs for math was a pretty quick process. Sort of like riding a bike. I would only like to take the GMAT once as well and I understand where you are coming from with the cost. However, I think psychologically being committed to taking the test only once can put undue pressure on yourself to perform at your best because you 'only have this one shot'. That, along with all the nerves that can potentially come on test day, could be detrimental to your score. Taking the test earlier can give you a window to have the option of retaking. Just something to think about.

My books include:
Kaplan Premier
Kaplan Math Workbook (good for dusting off the cobwebs)
Manhattan GMAT Number Properties (and the 6 CATs)
OG 11
OG Math and Verbal Supplements

My test is 4 weeks from tomorrow.

Best of luck with your prep.
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2010, 13:29
I can only agree with Perseverance. My study habits are pretty similar, even though I have caught myself lately skipping a day or two where all I'll do is the gmatclub question set of the day.

As for my learning materials:

Barron's Pocket GMAT (or something like that I do not quite recall the title, it was nice for starters, but lacks depth, so don't worry about it)
Kaplan Premier Live 2010
OG Verbal
OG 12
MGMAT Number Properties
GMATprep
thinking about getting the MGMAT SC
and am thinking about getting something to address my Data Sufficiency insufficiency
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2010, 14:42
Hi Thomas / Perserverance,
What kind of book is Kaplan Premiere? Is it some kind of question bank or a strategy book?
And what aspect of GMAT does it focus much on..
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2010, 15:56
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Hi Thomas / Perserverance,
What kind of book is Kaplan Premiere? Is it some kind of question bank or a strategy book?
And what aspect of GMAT does it focus much on..


The Kaplan Premiere book is essentially both. It's actually a pretty good book to start with. It lays the foundations and advises some strategies you can consider using. It also includes question banks for each type of question you will encounter on the real GMAT. I wouldn't say it focuses on any topic/aspect of the GMAT more than another.
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2010, 15:41
Happy there's an active group of class of 2013 aspirants! I have taken the 'beast' and landed a 680 (Low quant) so will be giving it one more try and I'm trying to motivate myself to begin studying. I'm also gearing up to visit some schools in the next 1 or 2 months. I am a huge proponent of everyone posting on their progress especially until the official school specific applicant threads begin!
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2010, 08:22
Hi Mbalady!
680 is not a bad score! Depending on what schools you are aiming for this might be more than enough! With a balanced 680 I don't think I would even try to bother taking the 'beast' again for one of the top schools. What was you quant subscore, if I may ask? If your application is sound otherwise, I'd take the 680 and move on. Then again it's early on in the game and if you have time and think you can do better, sure a better score certainly won't be held against you ;-) Out of curiosity what prep material did you use and how did you feel for example an MGMAT CAT compared to the real deal (in case you used their prep material)?
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2010, 13:53
Im also targeting fall 2011 entry- but mostly for 1 yr. overseas programs in the UK/Europe. I am actually looking to apply to one US program for Fall '10 for their third round (Wisconsin), but that application is somewhat riding on my GMAT score. Looking to take the test first or second week of March.

Right now am working with:

OG12
Princeton Cracking the GMAT (was a good intro/strategy book but beyond that... :))
Kaplan Premier (on hold at the library to pick up)

I will probably pick up a few of the MGMAT books in areas that I keep turning up weak.

I started studying three weeks ago and work maybe 2-3 hours a night on it, weekdays and weekends, with a day or two off here and there. Currently Im working through the quant section of OG12 and am finding my abilities, speed, and accuracy picking up with each day- which is good to see! I have a Kaplan practice test scheduled for next Thursday so hopefully Ill see some improvement on my dismal 540 initial assessment test.
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2010, 14:06
Hi ThomasD,
I wish my quant was higher (44) thats why I am considering taking it again. As far as prep materials, I took a Veritas Prep course, but I honestly wouldn't recommend it. If you are considering taking a course, I would say go Manhattan GMAT. They know their stuff. Veritas was great for helping me get back in the groove of studying but other than that, my biggest gains were made by using the resources on the GMAT club. I used the OG, MGMAT books (SC and Number Properties) and the GMAT club tests (which I didn't do enough of or I would have gotten a highere quant score. I only did like 4 out of 25). Keeping an Error Log is also invaluable and take a good amount of CATs
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2010, 08:51
I´m also in applying for admission in Fall 2011. I have studied for the last 3 weeks now on a regular basis (1-2 hours on weekdays, 4-6 hours on Saturday/Sunday).

I have also started with OG 12th Edition and will probably get all 8 MGMAT Book soon + Kaplan Advance. I hope with all the stuff i have enough t be prepared.

I hope you are all performing well and wish you just the best...good luck..
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 02 Feb 2010, 18:49
Welcome MSoS. Are you targeting European schools or schools within the U.S. Ich frag nur so aus reiner Neugierde ;-)
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2010, 00:31
Hey ThomasD, i´m not sure yet. I wish i could aim for the Top10 Business Schools worldwide, but everything depends on the GMAT-Score. ;-) And right now, i´m not really confident reaching the score i need. If i don´t get a 700+ score (maybe i´m satisfied with 650+), i might not try to apply for a MBA anyway. In Europe i´m only interested in LBS and i might go for one school in Australia.
How about you? I saw you are going for W/H? How is your prep going on? Any suggestions for a newbie like me?
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2010, 13:22
Well I think I will try to shoot for the top schools this fall, but I am far from convinced that I will either get in or that this is even the right career choice on my part. I do not fit the traditional MBA applicant profile and that will make it hard for me to get into the top programs - primarily because I lack real life experience outside of academia. Anyhow, I will take the GMAT and will make my applications dependent on that outcome, but I much rather apply and not be accepted than look back in 5 years and ponder what if I had applied. Once this GMAT beast is tackled I have some more thinking to do, but at the moment there is just no time...
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2010, 11:44
Hi Perseverance & Thomas,

I too wanted to get started on GMAT preparations.. and planning to join in 2011.
To be honest, I have very little visibility on possible options.. But I very much want to do MBA..
If I can then it has to be 2011 not later than that... reason is all complicated.. :)

Seeing your post I felt I am also on same lines of work schedule and put in same amt of timings..
But I love math but very weak in verbal section... may be need to start from A,B,c form..

Looking forwards for all inputs/corrections to make myself through 2011 batch..

Thank you much..
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2010, 11:46
also novice to this GMAT club.. but I got strong feel that this might be the right place to get started.
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2010, 12:41
Hey everyone! Glad to see there are a bunch of us already starting the process. I'm still working thru my prep schedule for the GMAT. My exam is in about 2 weeks and I'm almost done with the OG (last part of my prep). The prepping process is a pretty big pain and has taken away from my social life numerous times. But hopefully the reward is worth the sacrifice. Best of luck to you all with your prep.
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2010, 21:09
Welcome to the Club Lads and Gents!

Key is to get that studying rolling, so go and place your first amazon book order! In the meantime, look through the forum for some study guides and feedback from folks who fought the beast. Reason I say this, when I started I had never heard of any Manhattan GMAT study guides, read of them on here for the first time and some of those are GOLD. Would have never know without some reading on the forum.

Perseverance, how are things going? Ready to finish strong?
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2010, 13:21
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Perseverance, how are things going? Ready to finish strong?


Hey Thomas,
Things are progressing along very nicely. I actually took this weekend off from studying and it's been a big help. Definitely important to relax and 'get away' from the material at times. Finishing up the OG in the next week or so and then some AWA prep and then it's the test. I'll definitely be ready for the beast. How's everything going with your prep? When is your test?
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2010, 10:56
I started with OG Quant and about to start with Problem solving tomor' onwards..
for now I am picking books from Library, as I am not sure which might be the right ones or which
content might help me understand better.. seeing alot of books out there got little confused. :(
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2010, 11:14
Mansi wrote:
I started with OG Quant and about to start with Problem solving tomor' onwards..
for now I am picking books from Library, as I am not sure which might be the right ones or which
content might help me understand better.. seeing alot of books out there got little confused. :(


Hey Mansi,
Not sure if you have seen this thread but it has some good reviews of various GMAT books.

best-gmat-books-reviews-recommendations-for-your-prep-77703.html

Good luck.
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Re: Planning for MBA in Fall 2011 [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2010, 12:51
Thank you much perseverance.. will back with queries after going through this link.
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