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So on my last post I explained I did a cold GMAT diagnosis test and scored 530 Q36 V27. IR3. Now looking at starting my studying and getting a course. Main issue is trying to waive through the bs online and come to a conclusion on what course will benefit me the most, even on here there are biases. Need to make an informed decision based on my aim to hit 700 & my timeframe of 3 months. 10-15hours per week.

I think an online course will be the most useful (preferably adaptive?), however again i'm struggling to decide which is best and the prices are quite varied too. Also think I may get 1 or 2 books if I am particularly struggling in one area a month or so down the line ie CR/SC.

Given my target score, timeframe, current diagnosis what would you recommend to me, or how can I make an informed decision about what works best for me? I have forgotten a few basic maths concepts ie prime factors, long division, quadratic equation etc, but at the same time I dont want to spend hours going through basics of stuff that is just a waste of time, ie.. what is a fraction, simultaneous equations etc. Also somewhat interested in a good strategy particularly for the verbal reasoning and AWA.

I will as a first point buy the official books as they are widely recommended across the board and I have been advised to use those questions as a base. I could spend hours trying to decide on a good course of action but I would rather start with the studying. I also think I will trial some of the online courses.

I've looked at bb's 3 month guide but again could use some pointers down what sort of approach to take. Also some of the courses are quite expensive, not really looking to spend more than £200

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So on my last post I explained I did a cold GMAT diagnosis test and scored 530 Q36 V27. IR3. Now looking at starting my studying and getting a course. Main issue is trying to waive through the bs online and come to a conclusion on what course will benefit me the most, even on here there are biases. Need to make an informed decision based on my aim to hit 700 & my timeframe of 3 months. 10-15hours per week.

I think an online course will be the most useful (preferably adaptive?), however again i'm struggling to decide which is best and the prices are quite varied too. Also think I may get 1 or 2 books if I am particularly struggling in one area a month or so down the line ie CR/SC.

Given my target score, timeframe, current diagnosis what would you recommend to me, or how can I make an informed decision about what works best for me? I have forgotten a few basic maths concepts ie prime factors, long division, quadratic equation etc, but at the same time I dont want to spend hours going through basics of stuff that is just a waste of time, ie.. what is a fraction, simultaneous equations etc. Also somewhat interested in a good strategy particularly for the verbal reasoning and AWA.

I will as a first point buy the official books as they are widely recommended across the board and I have been advised to use those questions as a base. I could spend hours trying to decide on a good course of action but I would rather start with the studying. I also think I will trial some of the online courses.

I've looked at bb's 3 month guide but again could use some pointers down what sort of approach to take. Also some of the courses are quite expensive, not really looking to spend more than £200

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Best Books

1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides
2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides
or Aristotle Verbal Guide for CR critical reasoning bible is best book with 300+ pages of comprehensive Data


Start with Quant, learn the concepts tested on GMAT. After learning, practice your learned section with timed practice. You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT. 1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal. When completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice. Take full length CATs, know your estimated score. Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions.

Best Mocks

1. Official GMAC (50+50$)
2. Manhattan GMAT (49$)

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So on my last post I explained I did a cold GMAT diagnosis test and scored 530 Q36 V27. IR3. Now looking at starting my studying and getting a course. Main issue is trying to waive through the bs online and come to a conclusion on what course will benefit me the most, even on here there are biases. Need to make an informed decision based on my aim to hit 700 & my timeframe of 3 months. 10-15hours per week.

I think an online course will be the most useful (preferably adaptive?), however again i'm struggling to decide which is best and the prices are quite varied too. Also think I may get 1 or 2 books if I am particularly struggling in one area a month or so down the line ie CR/SC.

Given my target score, timeframe, current diagnosis what would you recommend to me, or how can I make an informed decision about what works best for me? I have forgotten a few basic maths concepts ie prime factors, long division, quadratic equation etc, but at the same time I dont want to spend hours going through basics of stuff that is just a waste of time, ie.. what is a fraction, simultaneous equations etc. Also somewhat interested in a good strategy particularly for the verbal reasoning and AWA.

I will as a first point buy the official books as they are widely recommended across the board and I have been advised to use those questions as a base. I could spend hours trying to decide on a good course of action but I would rather start with the studying. I also think I will trial some of the online courses.

I've looked at bb's 3 month guide but again could use some pointers down what sort of approach to take. Also some of the courses are quite expensive, not really looking to spend more than £200

Regards


Hi Kdoug18,

3 months is a good enough time to prepare for GMAT. It’s a good thing you have given GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 3 months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking an additional 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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Kdoug18 wrote:
So on my last post I explained I did a cold GMAT diagnosis test and scored 530 Q36 V27. IR3. Now looking at starting my studying and getting a course. Main issue is trying to waive through the bs online and come to a conclusion on what course will benefit me the most, even on here there are biases. Need to make an informed decision based on my aim to hit 700 & my timeframe of 3 months. 10-15hours per week.

I think an online course will be the most useful (preferably adaptive?), however again i'm struggling to decide which is best and the prices are quite varied too. Also think I may get 1 or 2 books if I am particularly struggling in one area a month or so down the line ie CR/SC.

Given my target score, timeframe, current diagnosis what would you recommend to me, or how can I make an informed decision about what works best for me? I have forgotten a few basic maths concepts ie prime factors, long division, quadratic equation etc, but at the same time I dont want to spend hours going through basics of stuff that is just a waste of time, ie.. what is a fraction, simultaneous equations etc. Also somewhat interested in a good strategy particularly for the verbal reasoning and AWA.

I will as a first point buy the official books as they are widely recommended across the board and I have been advised to use those questions as a base. I could spend hours trying to decide on a good course of action but I would rather start with the studying. I also think I will trial some of the online courses.

I've looked at bb's 3 month guide but again could use some pointers down what sort of approach to take. Also some of the courses are quite expensive, not really looking to spend more than £200

Regards


Hi Kdoug18,

3 months is a good enough time to prepare for GMAT. It’s a good thing you have given GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 3 months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking an additional 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.


Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing ... You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.


Hi very helpful thank you,

A lot of resources available it seems. I think I will focus on OG & a study prep course for at least the first month (will trial all the ones in my budget) and see what sort of progress I make. From there if I find any weak areas I will consider getting a specific book. Same with the e-gmat, depending on how many Cats I can get a hold of, I will try and do one very two weeks.

Regarding he mocks I hear it's only good to take the official ones because some offer unrealistic questions? Where/how can I find the official CATs?
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So on my last post I explained I did a cold GMAT diagnosis test and scored 530 Q36 V27. IR3. Now looking at starting my studying and getting a course. Main issue is trying to waive through the bs online and come to a conclusion on what course will benefit me the most, even on here there are biases. Need to make an informed decision based on my aim to hit 700 & my timeframe of 3 months. 10-15hours per week.

I think an online course will be the most useful (preferably adaptive?), however again i'm struggling to decide which is best and the prices are quite varied too. Also think I may get 1 or 2 books if I am particularly struggling in one area a month or so down the line ie CR/SC.

Given my target score, timeframe, current diagnosis what would you recommend to me, or how can I make an informed decision about what works best for me? I have forgotten a few basic maths concepts ie prime factors, long division, quadratic equation etc, but at the same time I dont want to spend hours going through basics of stuff that is just a waste of time, ie.. what is a fraction, simultaneous equations etc. Also somewhat interested in a good strategy particularly for the verbal reasoning and AWA.

I will as a first point buy the official books as they are widely recommended across the board and I have been advised to use those questions as a base. I could spend hours trying to decide on a good course of action but I would rather start with the studying. I also think I will trial some of the online courses.

I've looked at bb's 3 month guide but again could use some pointers down what sort of approach to take. Also some of the courses are quite expensive, not really looking to spend more than £200

Regards


Definitely get the OG - version doesn't matter that much as long as it's in the last 5 years - and follow along with our video solutions here (free):

http://www.gmatpill.com/official-guide- ... ition=2016
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2) Then use the practice tests from mba.com - to get an initial sense of your strengths and weaknesses

With online courses - each person learns differently. We use a very visual and think out loud approach that many of our students like. There are other approaches out there - ultimately, you have to see what works best for you.

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