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New post 18 Aug 2017, 08:44
Hi All

How are you?

I need some suggestion. Would really appreciate if anyone can read below and advice.

I have been using magoosh since an year but due to personal commitment i left preparation for gmat midway. I just renewed Magoosh service (paid nominal fees of $50) and would be planning to give gmat again. I am targeting to give gmat by Mid November considering that I had already started preparation a bit last year.
For background I am not a native english speaker and I am comfortable with math. I was struggling a lot with english with around 50% accuracy. Quant I was getting around 70-80% accuracy.

Now I have following materials available:

1. Magoosh premium service
2. GMAT Club ultimate Grammar- I referred this document for learning basics of english as i am a non native english speaker. Also i was struggling a lot with sentence correction and reading comprehension so thought of picking this up. I have also started reading books as per your recommendation on blogs and suggestions on books to read. Have taken membership of a library and hiring books from there.
3. Aristotle Sentence correction and reading comprehension
4. Powerscore Critical Reasoning- Referred this book parallel to Magoosh videos for CR
5. Powerscore Sentence Correction/ Reading Comprehension
6. GMAT Official guide 2016 along with Verbal and Math books
7. MGMAT All Book Series

I was initially following 3 months beginners study schedule of magoosh last year but half way down i realised that i was struggling a lot with Verbal, which is why I went back to basics and started referring other material that i mentioned above.

I was finding verbal videos of magoosh confusing, simply because i guess I did not have proficient knowledge of Grammar.

What would be your advice to improve my verbal? Go through grammar book of gmat club followed by magoosh videos/ aristotole SC/ Powerscore CR/ Aristotle RC and then official guide?

Before starting I would want to formulate a concrete plan for GMAT so would want your input before starting as to which material I should finalise.

For Quant I am thinking of sticking with magoosh material followed with official guide and MGMAT and free material suggestion as per your blog. What is your input?

Lastly, does it make sense to buy Official Guide 2018 along with new Quant and verbal books? Or ignore them and stick with 2016 official guide set that I already have?

I am working and can devote daily 2-3 hours on weekdays and 6-8 hours on weekends.

Let me know your input on above things so that I can plan my schedule.

Thanks in advance.


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Hi Zubin,

Since you're restarting your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from (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.

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2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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