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Hello Everyone,

My GMAT date is coming up (March 17th) and I’m starting to get really nervous. This is the first time I’m taking it and have to at least reach the 50th percentile since my application is due in April (Cal State school). I only have the OG which I bought earlier this week (no supplements) and so far I’m really confused with the quantitative section. I was hoping to ask for any advice on how I should approach this (Eg: Study plan or any other supplements to purchase)

I really appreciate the help. Thank you

Background: Just graduated in the spring but hadn’t taken a math class in a couple of years. Math was always one of my better subjects all throughout school though.

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Hello Everyone,

My GMAT date is coming up (March 17th) and I’m starting to get really nervous. This is the first time I’m taking it and have to at least reach the 50th percentile since my application is due in April (Cal State school). I only have the OG which I bought earlier this week (no supplements) and so far I’m really confused with the quantitative section. I was hoping to ask for any advice on how I should approach this (Eg: Study plan or any other supplements to purchase)

I really appreciate the help. Thank you

Background: Just graduated in the spring but hadn’t taken a math class in a couple of years. Math was always one of my better subjects all throughout school though.

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Hi, I definitely feel for you :-) But don't freak out! Just be very methodical during your prep. Take a look at the GMAT Club math book. You can download it for free. If you feel like you need additional material, I'd suggest the Manhattan guides. And don't skip the practice exercises there! They may not be in GMAT format, but they are very useful in pinpointing trouble areas. And after you went through all the necessary topics, just practice a lot, keep an error log, and review your mistakes. Maybe brush up again on certain topics. There are also all kinds of courses if you have the budget for them, but reading and practicing worked best for me personally. Good luck! :-)
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Hi Iamscrewed,

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 4 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) When you say that you have to get the '50th percentile' is that the 50th percentile OVERALL or a minimum of the 50th percentile in each of the Quant and Verbal sections?
2) Would that score 'guarantee' you admission or is it a minimum score requirement just to apply?

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Do you really think it's wise to "waste" an official CAT in the beginning? There are so many good diagnostic tests that will shed more light on the most lacking areas. Okay, I actually would have taken it too, but I had no laptop on which the software worked - lucky me! lol Because in hindsight, I'm quite glad I still had both of them later on :-)
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New post 08 Jan 2018, 14:12
Iamscrewed wrote:
Hello Everyone,

My GMAT date is coming up (March 17th) and I’m starting to get really nervous. This is the first time I’m taking it and have to at least reach the 50th percentile since my application is due in April (Cal State school). I only have the OG which I bought earlier this week (no supplements) and so far I’m really confused with the quantitative section. I was hoping to ask for any advice on how I should approach this (Eg: Study plan or any other supplements to purchase)

I really appreciate the help. Thank you

Background: Just graduated in the spring but hadn’t taken a math class in a couple of years. Math was always one of my better subjects all throughout school though.

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I would spend some cash and sign up for gmatclub tests for quant specifically. I believe it was solely the most crucial part in my preparation. This way you could take everyday a CAT test and later go through the mistakes, and practice, practice, practice every day. At the end of Feb you could get back to OG and go through it to get used to the official questions.

For verbal part MGMAT - go through it thoroughly - and then practice gmatclub, MGMAT CAT, and OG.

I tend to agree that going through official free CAT test is a waste for now. Also, I would advise not to spoil OG for now and leave it for Feb-March.

And one more thing, try to come to the actual exam with the mind set that you always have a chance to re-take the exam and this is just another practice. It will help to release unnecessary tension and stress.
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New post 09 Jan 2018, 08:40
Iamscrewed wrote:
Hello Everyone,

My GMAT date is coming up (March 17th) and I’m starting to get really nervous. This is the first time I’m taking it and have to at least reach the 50th percentile since my application is due in April (Cal State school). I only have the OG which I bought earlier this week (no supplements) and so far I’m really confused with the quantitative section. I was hoping to ask for any advice on how I should approach this (Eg: Study plan or any other supplements to purchase)

I really appreciate the help. Thank you

Background: Just graduated in the spring but hadn’t taken a math class in a couple of years. Math was always one of my better subjects all throughout school though.

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I strongly recommend settling on some study plan before you dive into solving OG questions. That is the only way to study in a structured way.
Taking a diagnostic test, as has been suggest here, is a good place to start. That way you can figure out your strengths and weaknesses.
Next, try and figure out as extensively as you can how much time you'll have to study from now until test date. Try and plan in as detailed a way as possible your studies. Leave a week to 10 days at the end to do practice tests and review them.
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