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Take this advice [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2005, 07:28
If you want to well on the GMAT, one way good technique is not to take practice right away.

Get your fundamentals down first. This is critical, because what you are doing is building your mental muscles. Then try and take on some harder and harder topics. After a month in a half or so.

Start taking practice tests. One excellent tool that is currently out is, Kaplans Qbank. This tool has no rival and believe I've looked around.

You can give yourself a timed questions or untimed your choice. It even allows you to focus on specific topics like Algebra, Geo, No. props. In verbal it gives you specifc areas in SC, RC, and CR. What I mean is, if you want to focus on strengthen/ weaken questions in CR and then switch to idioms or combine you can. This thing is completely customizable.

One more thing, if you are looking for good reading materials, let me suggest either MGMAT (Manhattan GMAT) or Kaplan. I've been through every company that is out there. Veritas, PR and I'm telling you they all stink. They give weak resources with even weaker instructors.

Don't be fooled into using to many materials. Try to focus on 2 at the most. Figure what style works for you and then make sure you are comfortable as hell. I say this because, I've taken the GMAT felt anxiety and got horrible results, because my confidence just wasn't there.

First get yourself good materials, then if you can afford it get a tutor. If not give yourself a reasonable amount of time with the above sources I mentioned.

Remember on your road to success, get what you need not what you want. What that means if you are scoring the mean which is about 540 and you can't scale that wall, don't beat yourself about it, you will most likely hurt yourself.

Just know that all the GMAT is a means to an end not the end. I know this are just a bunch random thoughts, but I thout I should get them to you guys before I forget them. If anyone has any questions for me, please feel free to email me. I've used every book out there and virtually every service and realized that not every has to be in the 700 club.

Any thanks for reading all this, and GOD bless each and every one of you.

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 [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2005, 23:31
Agree with wiseguy that the 700 treshold is not the end in itself. What is most important is that you be able to achieve your target score, a score sufficient to get you in the school of your choice. I know many of you are very smart but being a non-native english speaker, like myself, puts an extra burden on your shoulders. In that sense, the GMAT is somewhat unfair to you and hence, the GMAT does not test your intelligence but rather tests simply your ability to do basic math and your fair understanding of english.

As for the material referred to by wiseguy, I would diverge on his point of view. I am a staunch believer of PR2005 and Kaplan material although I have not used MGMAT myself. I used the above material and did achieve a decent score so I believe it did me some good. As for the tutor, I believe that if you start below 600, it could be worth considering the use of a tutor. Otherwise, the marginal utility would be very diminished at the 650+ level where only a self-disciplined study approach will make you reach the higher score levels.

Last but not least, active participation is key to better grasp the concepts tested in the GMAT. I could only imagine the days when people were studying for the GMAT and where no such GMAT forum existed to share people's ideas... Now that you have found this place, make the best use of it and I'm sure you will be able to significantly increase your score. Believe me.
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