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Please, help me to start [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 03:14
Hi, I'm new here.
I'm trying to figure out how to start my preparation for the GMAT exam.

Couple days ago I received a few books about the GMAT.
I've got MGMAT guide set (10 books) 5th edition, the OG 13th edition (plus verbal and quantitative) and Kaplan GMAT Premier 2013. I don't know whether I’m gonna need them or not but still ordered them just in case.

I did a couple of tests to determine my level.
I tried 800score and got the score of 450. Also I did the GMATPrep test and scored 400.

Well, I have problems with both verbal and quantitative section but I decided to stick with the 3 months plan suggested by bb and to prepare for the math section on the first place.

I quickly looked over my books and found out that GMAT requires only the math that we did in the middle school (We have a different school system in Russia) so I hope it's not gonna be that hard and probably I just need to recall that stuff in my memory.

But I still have problems with choosing the book to start with. Right now, I decided not to read about the actual GMAT exam at all.
I have to recall my knowledge at first.

So, I'd be very thankful if you help me to choose the right book. Also, it would be wonderful if you could estimate my chances.
As I wrote above, I got the highest score of 450 and the second score of 400.
My target is 650+ (670-680 would be great)
I have about 3-4 months to prepare. Also I have a good schedule which allows me to prepare for 4-5 hours 3-4 days a week and for 2 hours during the other days.
Moreover, twice a week I have classes with a private English tutor, who could help me with the verbal section.
According to this information, do I have the real chances to score 650+ on the exam or it's almost impossible thing to do?


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Re: Please, help me to start [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 09:34
Your score can definitely be achieved, but you will have to study a lot. I would start with the Manhattan sentence correction book and also book 1 of the math series. The SC will help you on all other facets of the exam. Good luck.
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Re: Please, help me to start [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2013, 09:12
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Sounds like you have a ways to go and ample time to prepare so that's great. You definitely should use the OG book but I would recommend other resources to get down your basics first. There's plenty of areas on the exam to get familiar with first. Students often get confused as to what the question is asking for DS questions. For SC, you'll need to learn the basics for grammar - especially if you are a non-native speaker. Then for RC, you want to use quick strategies to get through the whole passage and not lose time here. Speed and efficiency is important on the day of the exam. Prepare for exam day jitters by doing practice question "sprints" - then by the time you take your exam, you'll feel you can actually get through the whole exam without being exhausted.

Try a few of the resources available at GMATPill - you can even get some practice with the practice questions and get some video explanations as well.
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Re: Please, help me to start [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2013, 09:51
Thank you guys!

I decided that since I am already late for admission to some schools, I've got myself a plenty of time to prepare for exam and admission.
Not more than 5 months though. I don't want to spend more than 5 months for preparation because after that time I'll start to forget things.

I've already started to read the Official guide "Quantitative review". I was afraid that I'd need to read the other book "foundations of math" which I didn't order, but I found out that the first 50 pages of the quantitative review book actually did the whole job for helping me to recall the school math program in the mind.

I tryed some reading comprhension questions. It seems a little bit like TOEFL. I hope that my experience of passing the TOEFL exam will help me to handle the verbal part and the timing of course.
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Re: Please, help me to start [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2013, 13:22
hello to everyone

Bakavoice how is your progress?
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Re: Please, help me to start [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2013, 23:03
Well, I stopped for a while doing the whole GMAT preparation because of the personal stuff but I will start over in april.
Now I'm reading some books in English to increase my reading skills and grammar knowledge.
Also I remembered my math school program from 5th to 9th grade. I see you're russian too, so all what you need to remember about math is taught from 7th to 9th grade. Even discrete probability. That's the one thing that confused me because we didn't have discrete probability as part of our school math program before.
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Re: Please, help me to start [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2013, 01:25
Thanks for advice wish you good luck and 700+ score. Looking forward to have a cup of tea if you a from Moscow.

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