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Starting my GMAT journey at 420...need some serious help!

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Starting my GMAT journey at 420...need some serious help! [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2011, 18:44
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Greetings everyone.

I recently began studying for the GMAT, but have found its going to be a steep climb for me. I have taken two practice MGMAT tests and scored the following:

Test #1: 420 (24Q, 26V)
Test #2: 420 (20Q, 28V)

I now realize I must take my studying to a whole new level, and obviously need more preparation time. I have been preparing for roughly a month, but feel that my study tactics are weak.

I was wondering if anyone could offer some sound advice and a good study plan, as I feel dead inside after scoring so low. I have been told that MGMAT books are the best to use for getting a hold of the basics. Then Kaplan Premier for more of a holistic approach to the test, and finish off with the OG the week prior to the test.

I was hoping to take the test in about a month, but now realize how unrealistic that goal is. Please help.
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Re: Starting my GMAT journey at 420...need some serious help! [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2011, 22:19
Shalom!
I would immediately purchase the Manhattan GMAT guides. I will be taking the dreaded GMAT next month on July 16th. So far I have found that the Manhattan Guides are the best at tackling the basics. Anyone here will tell you that the Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction Guide is about the best out there. To work on the basics I recommend MGMAT Word Translation and MGMAT Foundations of GMAT Math. With these and the OG GMAT Review and membership to this GMAT Club you should have all you need.
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Re: Starting my GMAT journey at 420...need some serious help! [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2011, 01:55
I feel you.. We're in the same position.. I have to take my GMAT in 2-3 weeks now and I'm still stuck on that level.. Deifnately try Manhattan Guides.. Try OG as well and really keep an error log!
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Re: Starting my GMAT journey at 420...need some serious help! [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2011, 02:13
Studying on your own for the GMAT is very difficult if you don't have the right resources. I was in the same boat as you and I would definitely recommend signing up for a GMAT course, either online or not. I am currently doing one and I am more focused and confident than ever!
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Re: Starting my GMAT journey at 420...need some serious help! [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2011, 06:30
I would recommend starting with the OG rather than using it last. It has a great diagnostic test that will allow you to identify your weakest subjects. After taking the diagnostic, you can then use guides (I also recommend Manhattan) to sharpen your skills in the problem areas. Taking computer adaptive practice tests at the beginning of your studying can be discouraging, so don't let that cripple your effort. Identify your weaknesses and strengthen them... That is a life lesson.
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Re: Starting my GMAT journey at 420...need some serious help! [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2011, 16:13
What score are you aiming for? Jumping from 420 to 700+ is unrealistic for a month study period. You need around 3.

Getting a 420 means your fundamentals are really not sound. MGMAT + all the OG books will get you flying to 700
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