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I am new here. I was never trained on any competitive exam so i need your help in suggesting and guiding me in GMAT exam with a prep plan of 4 months. I am working for an IT organization and so i can study for 2hours on a working day and 3-4 hrs on sat and sunday. Thanks in advance.

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Hi meghashyam,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so having up to 4 months of potential study time could be quite beneficial.

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) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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Thanks a lot for the guidance. I would like to take the cat test which you recommended. But in the mba website i couldn't find any cat test and the basic material. Can you please help me finding them.

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Hi meghashyam,

The free GMAT Software can be found here:

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I am new here. I was never trained on any competitive exam so i need your help in suggesting and guiding me in GMAT exam with a prep plan of 4 months. I am working for an IT organization and so i can study for 2hours on a working day and 3-4 hrs on sat and sunday. Thanks in advance.


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1 Month for Quant concept learning and 20 days for practice. 1 month for learning Verbal concept and 20 days for practice and last 20 days for Mock test and review them each.
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meghashyam wrote:
Dear Members,

I am new here. I was never trained on any competitive exam so i need your help in suggesting and guiding me in GMAT exam with a prep plan of 4 months. I am working for an IT organization and so i can study for 2hours on a working day and 3-4 hrs on sat and sunday. Thanks in advance.


Hi meghashyam,

4 months is a good enough time to prepare for GMAT. You should start by giving GMATPREP to learn more about your performance. You can then know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 4 months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, 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.

I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

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 latest version of OG and the verbal review for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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meghashyam wrote:
Dear Members,

I am new here. I was never trained on any competitive exam so i need your help in suggesting and guiding me in GMAT exam with a prep plan of 4 months. I am working for an IT organization and so i can study for 2hours on a working day and 3-4 hrs on sat and sunday. Thanks in advance.


Hi meghashyam,

For GMAT preparation, you need to build the concepts/fundamentals before you jump in solving the problems. You can do so by choosing one of the following ways:
1. In person classes/private tutoring
2. Online classes
3. Self paced online preparatory course
4. Book heavy approach

Whatever you choose, make sure that you choose one. Because GMAT tests you on some concepts and fundamentals that you can learn from a course. Most of the preparatory companies including ours offer a free trial of our course. You can take the trial and see if the course suits your needs.

In addition to the preparatory material, buy the Official Guides(both the Official Guide and the Verbal Review), Question Pack 1 and the 4 official mock CATs. They should be an indispensable part of your preparation.

You need close to 3 months to prepare well for the GMAT.
1. Understand the concepts and fundamentals before jumping into problem solving
2. Solve full length CATs including AWA and IR. You can get two free GMAT Prep mock CATs and can purchase two more from mba.com
3. Make sure you solve the official questions from the Official Guide
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