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Where do I even begin to start? Best approach to studying?

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Where do I even begin to start? Best approach to studying? [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2008, 18:39
Ok so I am BRAND new to all this, I have done some research on my own and luckily I found this great forum which I know will be a tremendous asset to me in the months to come. I was all set to sign up for the 9-week Kaplan course until I started reading all these reviews about how bad the course and material are. I haven't taken a practice CAT yet but I know I will probably do very average to begin with. However, I am willing to put in the time and work to get the best score I possible.

While I am willing to pay for a course such as the aforementioned Kaplan course, I want the best preparation possible and it seems like there are better alternatives. I have read through many of the stickied threads and all the info out there is extremely overwhelming. I'd really appreciate it if you gave me your opinion as to how a novice such as myself can begin my trek to a great GMAT score. Thank you in advance!

Edit: I'd also love to know what are the best online courses out there.

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Re: Where do I even begin to start? Best approach to studying? [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2008, 19:06
It all depends on how much time you have and where you're currently at. If you have a lot of time and you've got a long way to go, then figure out which subject areas need help and work most on those. For example, I knew I was going to stink at geometry and I needed to brush up on probability. Before even using GMAT materials, I found elementary sites that allowed me to get better at these. I think it's good to spend some time without CATs, then as time goes on and you have the basics, work on CATs to improve your concentration and timing. I think everyone will tell you that Official Guide materials are a must. Princeton Review is probably good when you're starting out. Manhattan GMAT will push your quant skills. Lastly, after I'd run out of material, I started to use the questions on this website in addition to repeating timed tests for practice. We'll see how it works for me...
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Re: Where do I even begin to start? Best approach to studying? [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2008, 16:44
Um, check out the sticky thread that's at the top of the forum...
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