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GMAT from scratch in 3 Weeks - Help!

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New post 17 Jun 2018, 11:02
Hi All,

I am aiming to complete my GMAT prep in roughly three weeks and I am looking for advice.

Having just finished my undergraduate degree, I have landed a job in consulting that could potentially lead to a sponsored MBA (in 2021) so I am being proactive and doing my GMAT now. However, they will only sponsor top 10 business schools so will need 730+ as my undergrad degree is not great. Although 3 weeks is not an ideal amount of time to prepare my options are limited. I know I will struggle to revise for GMAT whilst working consulting hours so sitting it over summer seems like a good option.

I did a Kaplan diagnostic test without any prep or looking over any material and scored:
Overall 650.
Q45
V34: CR (11/14), RC (7/14), SC (5/12)
I have selected to do the test in 3 weeks to leave room for another attempt in 5 weeks but after this I will then be working full time and unable to focus on GMAT.

In terms of prepping I have decided to focus solely on verbal first as I am confident I will be able to polish my quant score in far less time.

The sticking point for me seems to be sentence correction - I have spent a few days focusing solely on this topic and cannot seem to significantly improve my hit rate. I have watched the veritas SC videos, ordered the manhattan SC strategy book and review incorrect answers on this website before moving on.

Any advice would be appreciated on how my time is best spent and if anything stands out as immediately wrong.

Thank you all in advance
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New post 17 Jun 2018, 13:09
Hi GmatBriz,

I would take official gmat CAT. You can take the official CAT at mba.com:
https://www.mba.com/global/store/store- ... -free.aspx

You might need a study plan:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-plan-217827.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-self-pr ... tml?f=menu

Books to consider:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-bo ... 18706.html

Hope this helps!
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New post 18 Jun 2018, 11:15
GmatBriz wrote:
Hi All,

I am aiming to complete my GMAT prep in roughly three weeks and I am looking for advice.

Having just finished my undergraduate degree, I have landed a job in consulting that could potentially lead to a sponsored MBA (in 2021) so I am being proactive and doing my GMAT now. However, they will only sponsor top 10 business schools so will need 730+ as my undergrad degree is not great. Although 3 weeks is not an ideal amount of time to prepare my options are limited. I know I will struggle to revise for GMAT whilst working consulting hours so sitting it over summer seems like a good option.

I did a Kaplan diagnostic test without any prep or looking over any material and scored:
Overall 650.
Q45
V34: CR (11/14), RC (7/14), SC (5/12)
I have selected to do the test in 3 weeks to leave room for another attempt in 5 weeks but after this I will then be working full time and unable to focus on GMAT.

In terms of prepping I have decided to focus solely on verbal first as I am confident I will be able to polish my quant score in far less time.

The sticking point for me seems to be sentence correction - I have spent a few days focusing solely on this topic and cannot seem to significantly improve my hit rate. I have watched the veritas SC videos, ordered the manhattan SC strategy book and review incorrect answers on this website before moving on.

Any advice would be appreciated on how my time is best spent and if anything stands out as immediately wrong.

Thank you all in advance


Hi GmatBriz,

For verbal especially for CR and SC, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu

Hope this helps. All the best.
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New post 26 Jun 2018, 07:05
Update:

Took the official GMAT mock test today.

670: Scored 35 in verbal and 46 in quant. Was very surprised that I struggled with the timing which I hadn’t expected. Have gone through the Manhattan sentence correction textbook thoroughly but am still struggling with sentence correction.
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