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Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2012, 02:15
Profile: Yet another GMAT hopeful. I am 23 yrs old and about to complete 2 years of exp in an IT company.
GMAT Test Prep score of 530 (37, 25).
(has been a long time since i had seen formulas :( and had given with lot of disturbance including a 20 min walk courtesy my cousin during
verbal)
I believe i am fairly good in Quants and with just some brushing up I'll be up to mark.
CR seems quite easy and comes naturally (got all correct :) )
SC and RC are my pain area :?
Planning to take GMAT before April'13 (I read it's too much time, but have only weekends to spare)

Resources i plan to use:


From my small research on numerous posts and topics here,
I plan to use:

Quants:
1. OG12 (have it from library :wink: )
2. Kaplan 800 / Kaplan Math workbook

Verbal
1. Manhattan for SC and OG12
2. Powerscore for CR and OG12
3. RC only from OG12

IR
-> some online material

Numerous CATs

Please let me know if these are good resources,
Have set a target of around 740.
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Re: Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2012, 06:49
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You should practice with official questions during the initial stages you could move on to advanced materials later on. IF you want free video explanations from OG 12 you can have a look at this link

www.gmatquantum.com

your resources look good. Good luck with your preparations.

For IR Gmat pill and magoosh both have free e-books for IR.
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Re: Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2012, 07:20
Hello Aquac,

I am also a GMAT hopful like yourself. My aim is to score 700 :). I am not sure what material you are using but I heard that the MGMAT IR is not bad. I suggest giving that a try. I am going ot be using the MGMAT material as for the most part.

Good luck to the both of us!.

How long do you plan to study for it?
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Re: Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2012, 21:52
Hello FC2012

May be even i'll refer MGMAT IR,
I have only weekends to study, will put in 5 hours on Sat and Sun each till April.

What about you?

and Good Luck!
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Re: Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2012, 00:21
I am on a tighter schedule. I have to finish my MSc defense first which i hope to by middle of december.. then i will probably prepare 4-5 hours a day until end of february. it's going to be tough! but Hopfully we can both get the marks we want and get into the school of our dreams!. why are you doing an MBA?
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Re: Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2012, 01:18
Oh my! your going for double masters!
must have lots of energy to continue this long :wink:
Which course are you planning to pursue?

I am currently working as a Developer and PL, do not see much growth continuing on technical side quickly.
A Project Management course in IT is what i am looking at.. will finalize on course soon.
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Re: Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2012, 04:34
well, my master is technically a full time research assistant position with part time studies. I am in the health research sector... but i find bench work on cancer to be too boring and i only get the chance to talk to other scientist which made me feel very trapped.

I want to do something on consulting.. so i can combine the two masters.. and work in something like health policy consulting and really interact with a broader spectrum of people.. i feel that continuing down the technical route. i would be very limited

do you have any idea what school you are going for?

I think i will start by studying the quant section... number properties... here i come! :D
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Re: Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2012, 22:34
Then you have much needed experience for applying to B schools too. Good Luck

I actually have ITPM from NUS in mind, but looking for similar courses from other good colleges, just in case :|

I too started with Quants,
completed all Problem Solving questions from GMAT Quant Review,
was a breeze, got 85% correct, only i was taking more than 2 mins for tougher questions, need to speed up :arrow:

This weekend want to nail data Sufficiency :twisted:
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Re: Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2012, 19:43
Good job! tell me how data sufficiency goes! i plan to start on monday (trying to be healthy and study at the same time lol) The MGMAT books is really good stuff .. but i get overwhelm coz there is soooo many pages and advance strat... :S gotta trek trek trek!!!!
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Re: Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2012, 09:52
Thanks Nelz for sharing the resources, gmatquantum is simply too good!
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Re: Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2012, 10:09
"Procrastination is the thief of time" :wink:
Staying healthy is alwayz good :) btw you started early i see, you had mid dec in mind, so you can take time to warm up.

Data Sufficiency too in same range got 80% (16 wrong) from the 90 questions that i solved.
I was also very lazy this weekend, should have completed the 118 odd DS qtns :(

but i am still making very silly mistakes, 8 qtns were too dumb a mistake.

Next week I'll join u in MGMAT - quants :wink: Will keep Kaplan and OG12 for later.

How is your preparation turning out?
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Re: Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2012, 15:35
yea.. i figure i will probably take a week or two to procrastinate lol... usually what happens right?

good job on the DS questions!

I have just been getting all my study materials together so to speak...

Got the MGMAT 3rd edition.. bought the PC critical reasoning bibble, got the IR and essay from MGMAT 4th edition...

I kind started reading the roadmap book... not really helpful... maybe start the number properties tomorrw.. you starting tomorrow?
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Re: Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2012, 19:38
Aquac wrote:
Thanks Nelz for sharing the resources, gmatquantum is simply too good!


Its a great site very well explained videos for free. For verbal in the initial stages I did use Aristotle prep's SC grail after that I bought the entire gmat pill course.
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Re: Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2012, 03:52
FC2012:
Nope, this weekend :!:
commuting and work leaves no time for me :(
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Re: Quest Begins [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2012, 03:53
Thanks Nelz,
For Verbal, i will stick to MGMAT and PC i think..
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