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Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 13:38
Hello GMAT Club!

I have been lurking here for a few weeks and finally decided to register. I realize GMAT Club has helped thousands achieve their goals and I am excited to call this community home for the foreseeable future.

After reading the GMAT Study Plan for GMAT Novices, I have decided to purchase: Foundations of GMAT Math: GMAT Strategy Supplement, Manhattan GMAT Set of 8 Strategy Guides, and OG 12.

Will these materials, in combination with GMAT Club tests, error log, and toolkit (which as an avid Iphone user I plan on purchasing) be enough to carry me past 700? Assuming I am dedicated, of course.

I am in no rush to take the exam, my goal is to break 700. I feel a goal of this caliber will play an essential role in overcoming a low UGrad GPA of 2.79 considering I wish to enroll in an Elite school.

My UGrad GPA suffered largely in part due to illness. My Freshman year of college I was very sick and lost my entire first semester save 4 credits. Second semester freshman year I was tasked with rectifying Incomplete classes along with taking a full course load. Unfortunately, I relapsed 3 more times throughout my collegiate career. The one semester I was not sick, I earned a GPA of 3.5. In order to graduate on time I took classes during the winter and summer months. While cramming credits may not have been the most beneficial toward my GPA, at the time I was more concerned with graduating with my peers, getting a job, and moving on. Couple all this with a family divorce and I consider myself lucky I even graduated, in four years none the less.

I have solid, albeit short, work experience (graduated 2009) in a booming industry where MBA's provide great opportunity.

Any insight is appreciated. I have read various GMAT success stories of other members with low GPA's who have gone to great lengths in achieving their goals. I plan on doing the same. Although I am not interested in attending an Ultra-Elite school, being admitted into an Elite program will certainly prove an uphill battle.

I welcome any and all input other members may have to offer. I look forward to participating in this community.
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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 13:47
I think that your selection of books is pretty wise. The MGMAT Math guides are excellent and their SC book is hailed to be the bible of SC by many GMAT Club users. Having said that, a lot of us find the diagramming strategy that MGMAT uses for CR to be very long drawn and arduous. So you might want to purchase the Powerscore CR Bible, which is an excellent source for CR. You might also want to purchase the OG Quant and Verbal Reviews if you wish to have more practice. Apart from that, it's all down to dedication and how well you have the drive to do well on this test. Check out some other threads on the GMAT forum which have been stickied. They'll be of great help to you.
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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 15:15
also try error logs - it helps a lot
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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 16:21
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I think that your selection of books is pretty wise. The MGMAT Math guides are excellent and their SC book is hailed to be the bible of SC by many GMAT Club users. Having said that, a lot of us find the diagramming strategy that MGMAT uses for CR to be very long drawn and arduous. So you might want to purchase the Powerscore CR Bible, which is an excellent source for CR. You might also want to purchase the OG Quant and Verbal Reviews if you wish to have more practice. Apart from that, it's all down to dedication and how well you have the drive to do well on this test. Check out some other threads on the GMAT forum which have been stickied. They'll be of great help to you.



Thanks I will look into them. I also downloaded your CR Guide for future reference.

Would you suggest I take a cold GMAT Prep test or save them?
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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 16:56
Definitely take one now in order to get your baseline score clear. And then you can work on your specific weaknesses in an order that you feel is right.
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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 17:21
TIC wrote:
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I think that your selection of books is pretty wise. The MGMAT Math guides are excellent and their SC book is hailed to be the bible of SC by many GMAT Club users. Having said that, a lot of us find the diagramming strategy that MGMAT uses for CR to be very long drawn and arduous. So you might want to purchase the Powerscore CR Bible, which is an excellent source for CR. You might also want to purchase the OG Quant and Verbal Reviews if you wish to have more practice. Apart from that, it's all down to dedication and how well you have the drive to do well on this test. Check out some other threads on the GMAT forum which have been stickied. They'll be of great help to you.



Thanks I will look into them. I also downloaded your CR Guide for future reference.

Would you suggest I take a cold GMAT Prep test or save them?


I would save the GMAT Prep tests until you are close to taking the test. There are plenty of other diagnostic tests you can do if you want to get a baseline. If you plan on working through all the MGMAT books, I don't think there is much point in taking a test now. I think it is important to do all the books, because there is surely stuff to be learned from them. If you score good on a diagnostic at this point, will you just not prepare any? If not, don't waste it.
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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 17:27
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Definitely take one now in order to get your baseline score clear. And then you can work on your specific weaknesses in an order that you feel is right.



Will do. It's going to be ugly, I haven't touched any form of math since my soph year of college.

Generally I do well with any math portion of standardized testing, so hopefully it won't be too ugly.

RC and CR shouldn't be too difficult as those were some of my strong points back when I was considering the LSAT.
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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 17:37
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I think that your selection of books is pretty wise. The MGMAT Math guides are excellent and their SC book is hailed to be the bible of SC by many GMAT Club users. Having said that, a lot of us find the diagramming strategy that MGMAT uses for CR to be very long drawn and arduous. So you might want to purchase the Powerscore CR Bible, which is an excellent source for CR. You might also want to purchase the OG Quant and Verbal Reviews if you wish to have more practice. Apart from that, it's all down to dedication and how well you have the drive to do well on this test. Check out some other threads on the GMAT forum which have been stickied. They'll be of great help to you.



Thanks I will look into them. I also downloaded your CR Guide for future reference.

Would you suggest I take a cold GMAT Prep test or save them?


I would save the GMAT Prep tests until you are close to taking the test. There are plenty of other diagnostic tests you can do if you want to get a baseline. If you plan on working through all the MGMAT books, I don't think there is much point in taking a test now. I think it is important to do all the books, because there is surely stuff to be learned from them. If you score good on a diagnostic at this point, will you just not prepare any? If not, don't waste it.



Hmm you have a point.

I am in no rush to take the exam. Maybe it would be more beneficial to just study the basics and go through all the books. The two tests I can save for a month or two down the road when I am ready to record a serious benchmark. Then I can address my weaknesses, and plan the best course of action.
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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 19:28
How many hours preparation is good for GMAT. People only study for 2-3 hours a day and score good marks. Is the time calculated after basic fundamental preparation has been done or from the beginning? PLease suggest.
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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 00:18
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How many hours preparation is good for GMAT. People only study for 2-3 hours a day and score good marks. Is the time calculated after basic fundamental preparation has been done or from the beginning? PLease suggest.



It depends from person to person. If you are strong in verbal and quant already then you may require less time compared to the one who is weaker in the sections.

I'll suggest to study about 180-200 hours before sitting in real exam, but that also depends how much you are concentrating! Solving problems while logged in to facebook doesn't counts towards the study time :)
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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 00:39
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rakhisingh70 wrote:
How many hours preparation is good for GMAT. People only study for 2-3 hours a day and score good marks. Is the time calculated after basic fundamental preparation has been done or from the beginning? PLease suggest.



It depends from person to person. If you are strong in verbal and quant already then you may require less time compared to the one who is weaker in the sections.

I'll suggest to study about 180-200 hours before sitting in real exam, but that also depends how much you are concentrating! Solving problems while logged in to facebook doesn't counts towards the study time :)


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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 01:05
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rakhisingh70 wrote:
How many hours preparation is good for GMAT. People only study for 2-3 hours a day and score good marks. Is the time calculated after basic fundamental preparation has been done or from the beginning? PLease suggest.



It depends from person to person. If you are strong in verbal and quant already then you may require less time compared to the one who is weaker in the sections.

I'll suggest to study about 180-200 hours before sitting in real exam, but that also depends how much you are concentrating! Solving problems while logged in to facebook doesn't counts towards the study time :)


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Yes, it's true almost everyone commit this mistake that trying hard to solve problems when you are online on facebook :) including me :)
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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 02:29
haha facebook should be on banned site list for Gmat aspirants !! :-D
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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 06:46
Add twitter to the list as well ;)
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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 08:06
I'm guilty of working problems while trying to watch TV with my wife. Then I'll make a few silly mistakes and wonder what is wrong with me :)
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Re: Test Prep Materials and General Questions [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 08:08
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I'm guilty of working problems while trying to watch TV with my wife. Then I'll make a few silly mistakes and wonder what is wrong with me :)


Tv is more imp than Gmat, accept it :lol:
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