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# Advice needed: Learning progess

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11 Mar 2018, 08:03
Hello there!

GMAT really drives me nuts.

I study with the Manhattan Guides 0-9 and the OG +OVG and OQG 2018.
I took the first CAT in the Manhattan online portal before starting my study and failed with a score of 480.
Since I scored better in V then in Q I decided to go through the Foundations Guide first. Yesterday, I took a glance at the OG 2018 Diagnotic Test and that made me feel as if I hadn't made any progress the last 3 couple of weeks.

I want to have my syllabus straight! I need to score 650-680, so thats my target and I have 10 weeks left.
How much exercises a day shall I do? Now that I have finished the Foundations of Math, which of the other Guides am I supposed to start with now?
Where do I get more Preptests from? I need a straight pattern.

I feel a little lost. Please help meee
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11 Mar 2018, 08:09
Hello,

Thank for your message it can help a lot of people on this forum.

Why don't you download the GMATprep software and try their official questions that are different from anything you have already seen. I believe they are really well made and you could also add more resources if needed by adding extra packs.

Also, I am myself using many https://gmat.veritasprep.com/question-b ... s/38605401 questions that are amazingly well explained. Therefore, you could learn on how to imrpove by learning tips and tricks in the veritas solutins!

good luck with everything
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11 Mar 2018, 10:04
Hi liho,

To start, a 480 is a decent initial CAT Score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years). That having been said, raising a 480 to a 650+ will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Since you've been studying for a few weeks, it would make sense to take a new, FULL-LENGTH CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) so we can get a sense of how effective your studies have been so far. Once you have that score, you should report back and we can discuss how best to proceed.

1) What were your Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for this 480?
2) What is your exact Test Date?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Re: Advice needed: Learning progess  [#permalink]

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11 Mar 2018, 10:18
liho wrote:
Hello there!

GMAT really drives me nuts.

I study with the Manhattan Guides 0-9 and the OG +OVG and OQG 2018.
I took the first CAT in the Manhattan online portal before starting my study and failed with a score of 480.
Since I scored better in V then in Q I decided to go through the Foundations Guide first. Yesterday, I took a glance at the OG 2018 Diagnotic Test and that made me feel as if I hadn't made any progress the last 3 couple of weeks.

I want to have my syllabus straight! I need to score 650-680, so thats my target and I have 10 weeks left.
How much exercises a day shall I do? Now that I have finished the Foundations of Math, which of the other Guides am I supposed to start with now?
Where do I get more Preptests from? I need a straight pattern.

I feel a little lost. Please help meee

Hey liho,

First of, GMAT is a marathon and not a sprint. You need to chill a bit and don't rush in haste for any study material. As per my experience and that of many in the club, I can tell you that if you study religiously quant from here https://gmatclub.com/forum/forum7/, then you need not to study any other material from outside to score 680. Follow Bunuel, VeritasKarishma, stonecold, to improve Quant score. Manhattan guides are best to wrap up basics in detail.

You can do 10 questions from each topic with mixed difficulties daily, but make sure to review every question from easy to difficult in detail.

You can also opt for Magoosh Quant material. I found it good.

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11 Mar 2018, 12:32
liho wrote:
Hello there!

GMAT really drives me nuts.

I study with the Manhattan Guides 0-9 and the OG +OVG and OQG 2018.
I took the first CAT in the Manhattan online portal before starting my study and failed with a score of 480.
Since I scored better in V then in Q I decided to go through the Foundations Guide first. Yesterday, I took a glance at the OG 2018 Diagnotic Test and that made me feel as if I hadn't made any progress the last 3 couple of weeks.

I want to have my syllabus straight! I need to score 650-680, so thats my target and I have 10 weeks left.
How much exercises a day shall I do? Now that I have finished the Foundations of Math, which of the other Guides am I supposed to start with now?
Where do I get more Preptests from? I need a straight pattern.

I feel a little lost. Please help meee

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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 lenght 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

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Re: Advice needed: Learning progess  [#permalink]

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11 Mar 2018, 19:58
liho wrote:
Hello there!

GMAT really drives me nuts.

I study with the Manhattan Guides 0-9 and the OG +OVG and OQG 2018.
I took the first CAT in the Manhattan online portal before starting my study and failed with a score of 480.
Since I scored better in V then in Q I decided to go through the Foundations Guide first. Yesterday, I took a glance at the OG 2018 Diagnotic Test and that made me feel as if I hadn't made any progress the last 3 couple of weeks.

I want to have my syllabus straight! I need to score 650-680, so thats my target and I have 10 weeks left.
How much exercises a day shall I do? Now that I have finished the Foundations of Math, which of the other Guides am I supposed to start with now?
Where do I get more Preptests from? I need a straight pattern.

I feel a little lost. Please help meee

Hi
In my opinion the MGMAT guides are sufficient for theory and covers all topics of the Gmat. For practice, you can refer to the OG and Quant and Verbal reviews. Regarding more preptests, attempt a Gmatprep test. Two tests can be downloaded free from the mba.com website. For additional tests, you can purchase the test pack 1 and 2, each contains two tests and are the best simulation to the actual Gmat.
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12 Mar 2018, 04:43
Thank you guys for your advices!

The Manhattan Guides come in handy but to me it seems as if the questions in the drill sets aren't hard and tricky enough.
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12 Mar 2018, 13:45
Hi liho,

With a 480, your immediate issues have NOTHING to do with hard/tricky questions. In my prior post, I suggested that you take a new, FULL-LENGTH CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) so we can get a sense of how effective your studies have been so far. That advice still applies. Once you have that score, you should report back and we can discuss how best to proceed.

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12 Mar 2018, 20:30
liho wrote:
Yesterday, I took a glance at the OG 2018 Diagnotic Test and that made me feel as if I hadn't made any progress the last 3 couple of weeks.
The diagnostic test is not particularly easy. You might want to consider doing a different test (perhaps an adaptive test).
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