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26 Sep 2009, 23:26
Hello fellow GMAT clubbers!

What is the order you should review the books? Should start with a general strategy guide then move into a specialized guided like Kaplan/Princeton Review Verbal/Math Workout? or vice versa? Thanks.

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26 Sep 2009, 23:41
Depends how familiar you are with GMAT. If not very much, then get a Kaplan Premier and then get into the specialized ones
If you are pretty familiar with the GMAT structure and overall strategies then you can dive into more in-depth materials.

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See this post for a good study plan: gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html
and this post for which books to get: top-gmat-prep-books-guides-reviews-comments-77703.html
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27 Sep 2009, 07:12
Thanks. This website is invaluable! I cannot believe the amount of resources people contribute.

OK, What about pacing, How long should you take to work through a book. I know it is different people and is based on how well you master the material before moving on to the next topic/book. What is the average time it takes someone to work through a book? How long did it take you work through your strategy book? I am looking for a something to gauge my progress.

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27 Sep 2009, 12:02
rbriscoe wrote:
Thanks. This website is invaluable! I cannot believe the amount of resources people contribute.

OK, What about pacing, How long should you take to work through a book. I know it is different people and is based on how well you master the material before moving on to the next topic/book. What is the average time it takes someone to work through a book? How long did it take you work through your strategy book? I am looking for a something to gauge my progress.

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That really depends on you. There is no magic pill for prep.

Have you taken a diagnostic test? That will tell you where you need to focus and how much time on the various subjects.
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27 Sep 2009, 13:54
Plan to be done with GMAT in no more than 3-4 months, otherwise, you are waiting too long and will be past the peak of your performance.

Another key to success is working on the test when your mind is fresh and doing it methodically.
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27 Sep 2009, 18:23
Gmat toppers on this forum suggest to start gmat prep with quant and then move to verbal as you can forget many rules in SC when you reach close to exam date .So its suggested to do math before verbal .
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I found the information on this site valuable. Using recommendations of others and from book reviews from this site and Amazon etc I decided to do the following:

- Take GMAT prep
- Go through general strategy (Kaplan Premier) and all questions from that book.
- Take another CAT exam
- Go through all OG questions
- Address with specific books (eg. Quant, verbal, or SC, PS, DS etc).

The general book I used was Kaplan Premier online and it’s not really too hard to get through, although it very much depends on your time. You can go through each section in 2 nights if you wanted to, which is what I did. At that rate you’ll finish the entire book, questions, properly review your wrong answers, and create your error log in about 2 weeks. After all this I realised SC was my weak point so I’m going through MGMAT SC as well as OG at the same time. I personally wouldn’t recommend going to specific books before going through general strategy, as you don’t know where to focus your efforts.

The rate you go through books depends on your own pace and date of your exam. I’m intending to take my GMAT in 2.5 months so I wrote out a schedule and am sticking to it. This helps me to keep focus. There is a sample schedule on this forum as well. Good luck.
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