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Query about gmat preparation [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2012, 03:17
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Some of my friends who have already given GMAT are suggesting me not to study any other author besides the official guide and official guide verbal review or official guide quantitative review. Do you think i should really consider this advise seriously????? :|
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Re: Query about gmat preparation [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2012, 03:59
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I doubt if you should seriously follow this advice. The OG and supplements are great for review and practice, but they will not provide you with the full range of skills you will need to do exceedingly well on the GMAT. The GMAT requires more practice and greater concept building than the official guides can provide you.

The official guides, in today's day and age, are necessary but not sufficient for GMAT preparation. Use them for practice, but make sure your concepts are in place through any other guide that you need.
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Re: Query about gmat preparation [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2012, 01:39
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Some of my friends who have already given GMAT are suggesting me not to study any other author besides the official guide and official guide verbal review or official guide quantitative review. Do you think i should really consider this advise seriously????? :|


I would not doubt the intentions of your friends. Certainly, no one can do without OG. Whenever you take a test, you do go through the past papers, don't you? For some people, it could be sufficient. Say, if you are a Quant jock and are pretty comfortable with concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry etc, all you may need is checking out the type of questions specific to GMAT. If you are very comfortable with English and have been doing RCs since school time, you may not need anything other than the Verbal guide and OG12. If you know your grammar well and instinctively know what is right, what is wrong, you may be good to go.

However, OG is not written to help you prepare for the test. It is written to show what kind of questions are asked in GMAT (or were asked a few yrs back in GMAT). If you feel you need to go through the theory of mixtures or TSD or Inequalities or CR etc, OG will not be very helpful. You do not get detailed theory of various topics in OG. You do not get many high level questions in OG (the actual test is much harder now).

So if you feel that all you need is some practice to get rolling, by all means stick with OG. After all, it is closest to what you will see on the test. But if you need concept clarifications, critical reasoning explanations, many high level practice questions etc, you will need to check out some prep provider's material too.
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Re: Query about gmat preparation [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2012, 10:07
Hi, This is sandeep, looking forward to take GMAT this year. I'm a bit confused and therefore not able to concentrate on my studies. Reason for my confusion or dilemma is because of my average acads (X-58%, XII-65%, Graduation - 65% and Post Graduation - 71%). With these acads would i be able to make to the IIM'S or the ISB'S. I am a working professional having an experience of 5.5 years in IT industry. Guys ! really need some guidance here.
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