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New post 26 Nov 2019, 08:54
Hello there,

I have been working in a consumer goods company in India for the past 18 months. And want to prepare for GMAT.
Can I get into good Indian management schools like 'IIMs' with 4 months' preparation?
Also, I have attempted CAT 2019. I am an Indian.
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Hello there,

I have been working in a consumer goods company in India for the past 18 months. And want to prepare for GMAT.
Can I get into good Indian management schools like 'IIMs' with 4 months' preparation?
Also, I have attempted CAT 2019. I am an Indian.


Hi shubhadav,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. Around 4 months is good enough to achieve your target score. You should start by taking a GMAT Mock once. You can then know your weaknesses and can work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. 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 TTP as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

If you are looking for a good course in 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 practice tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase official GMAT question from mba.com for some great additional practice.

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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Hi shubhadav,

To start, if you have a list of Schools that you are interested, you should be able to research each one individually, so that you can get a better sense of the type of GMAT Score that you might need to be considered a competitive Applicant. You would likely also find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile and plans. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admissio ... tants-124/

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice GMAT CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at 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 3.5 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 apply to Business School?

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I am planning to apply to B-schools by July 2020.
Also willing to hit more than 720 in the first attempt since in mocks I get a score of 670-690
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New post 27 Nov 2019, 18:54
Hi shubhadav,

From your initial post, it was not clear that you had done any studying or taken any practice CATs/mocks. As such, I have a few follow-up questions about your studies so far:

1) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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New post 28 Nov 2019, 19:20
For GMAT I am using the official guide
I have just started studying and have not attempted any CAT.
I don't get much time for studies because of Job by I try to study 3 hrs daily and 7 hours on Saturday(Weekly off for me).
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shubhadav wrote:
For GMAT I am using the official guide
I have just started studying and have not attempted any CAT.
I don't get much time for studies because of Job by I try to study 3 hrs daily and 7 hours on Saturday(Weekly off for me).

Three hours daily and 7 hours on Saturday is more than sufficient for the GMAT.
Be consistent in your studies; you will succeed.
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