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27 Feb 2010, 15:58
Thanks bb -- the "Ultimate" column is basically my study plan at this point. Few follow-up questions:

- Kaplan Premier is one of the starting "general" books, while MGMAT etc are the foundation of the specific quant and verbal books. So would it be fair to assume that sequence: ie, Kaplan as a warm-up, then MGMAT for true drilling / learning?

- For Quant especially, Kaplan 800 is frequently derided on other posts as "Kaplan 650" and so on. The OGs cover a lot but are exhaustible at some point (I'm planning to get 10 and 12 as 11 seems to be close to 12). There are varying views on the toughness of the Sackmann questions. For 800 level questions then (esp quant), where are additional sources for questions?

- For Verbal in the same vein, where can one find 700+ level questions?

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03 Mar 2010, 09:48
Has anyone tried "High School English Grammar & Composition" by P.C. Wren & H. Martin, published by S. Chand? If yes, please! give some reviews.
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03 Mar 2010, 22:32
hello guys,
Is "Powerscore.LSAT.logic.reasoning.bible" a good study material?
I came to know from my friend about the same but it is actually for LSAT.. can anyone pls throw some light on the usefullness w.r.t.

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08 Mar 2010, 12:35
Hi,

Can you guys please give me some input.
I already have OG 12 and GMAT Premier live online (unfortunately without the CD so fewer practice tests - in fact I think I only have 1 test online which sucks). I'm about to order MGMAT SC, as SC is a weak point for me and I want access to the 6 online CAT tests.
Are there any other books that are worth it (yes I have read the reviews in the first post)? Should I get OG 11 if I have OG 12? What about Kaplan 800, it seems to have so many mixed reviews. I'm aiming for a 700 on the GMAT.

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09 Mar 2010, 03:39
target2011 wrote:
hello guys,
Is "Powerscore.LSAT.logic.reasoning.bible" a good study material?
I came to know from my friend about the same but it is actually for LSAT.. can anyone pls throw some light on the usefullness w.r.t.

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See review and post on forum by members about the book. I think it is best if you have just Powerscore CR Bible (both are kinda same) for GMAT. You only need practice questions of LSAT if u r not satisfied with gmat questions and u think u need more to practice then get LSAT practice question with explanations. That's my point of view. Rest, others are here to help.
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11 Mar 2010, 20:03
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Hi,

Can you guys please give me some input.
I already have OG 12 and GMAT Premier live online (unfortunately without the CD so fewer practice tests - in fact I think I only have 1 test online which sucks). I'm about to order MGMAT SC, as SC is a weak point for me and I want access to the 6 online CAT tests.
Are there any other books that are worth it (yes I have read the reviews in the first post)? Should I get OG 11 if I have OG 12? What about Kaplan 800, it seems to have so many mixed reviews. I'm aiming for a 700 on the GMAT.

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Hi - sorry missed your post.
Kaplan Premier will come with 4 tests on the CD, 1 online, and 1 paper test in the book. The other books had 5 online and 1 in the book - same number of tests.

I would recommend that you get more advanced books if you want a 700+ score. Kaplan premier is just to get your feet wet and may get you to about 600-650.
Then you need dedicated math and verbal guides. Start with MGMAT SC and Possibly MGMAT CR and MGMAT RC. Then look into what you need for math. You may be able to get away with Kaplan Math Workbook, though MGMAT math guides are also recommended, esp the MGMAT number properties and MGMAT word translations.

I would save the Kaplan 800 for later - it is not a text book but rather a collection of questions.

Finally, you don't need OG 11 if you have OG 12.
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12 Mar 2010, 00:02

This is the Kaplan book that I have:
http://www.amazon.com/Kaplan-GMAT-2010- ... 224&sr=8-1
I looked around online and could only find the free test, and a few practice tests which are specific to each section (PS, DS, etc). Are these the tests you are referring to or are there actually more CAT tests I can do?

Unfortunately I've already placed my order for MGMAT SC, but I think I'll by their 2 math books too.

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12 Mar 2010, 00:11
Never mind, I found their 6 practice tests online.

I hope that between the Kaplan, MGMAT, Gmatclub and final GMAT PREP I'll have enough tests for after I'm done with the verbal section.

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12 Mar 2010, 01:43
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Never mind, I found their 6 practice tests online.

I hope that between the Kaplan, MGMAT, Gmatclub and final GMAT PREP I'll have enough tests for after I'm done with the verbal section.

That's plenty. If you are not getting the score you want, the issue may be elsewhere... I know - very helpful
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12 Mar 2010, 01:46
nickk wrote:

This is the Kaplan book that I have:
http://www.amazon.com/Kaplan-GMAT-2010- ... 224&sr=8-1
I looked around online and could only find the free test, and a few practice tests which are specific to each section (PS, DS, etc). Are these the tests you are referring to or are there actually more CAT tests I can do?

Unfortunately I've already placed my order for MGMAT SC, but I think I'll by their 2 math books too.

I believe Kaplan changed how they give access to their tests and now you have to take on test for the next one to be unlocked. (this has to do with recycling questions among the tests). So, there are more CAT tests - should have a total of 5.
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12 Mar 2010, 06:02
Regarding Kaplan Premiere online, It's irritating not to have CAT access offline (on CD). Suppose if one doesn't have online access or for some reason he can't come online then he won't be able to practice. There must be offline access to CATs if one buys the book. This facility is useful to only those people who have online access or have stable connection.
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12 Mar 2010, 10:06
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Regarding Kaplan Premiere online, It's irritating not to have CAT access offline (on CD). Suppose if one doesn't have online access or for some reason he can't come online then he won't be able to practice. There must be offline access to CATs if one buys the book. This facility is useful to only those people who have online access or have stable connection.

Fully agree, that's why the latest edition of Kaplan Premiere comes with a CD
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12 Mar 2010, 14:49
Hi BB,

I recently signed up for the forum and was hoping for some advice.

I'm trying to get into a grad program, and the score I likely need is above 600, maybe around 630-650. When I took a practice GMAT test last year, my score was 540. I don't remember the exact breakdown, but that was my overall.

I've tried searching the forum, but I can't seem to find a study plan that is exact for my situation. I have a little less than a month to take the GMAT, and in that month I have essentially as much time as possible to dedicate to studying. Do you have any suggestions or advice for improving my score from 540 to at least 600, with an upside of 630-650, in 3-4 weeks?

I'm obviously in a crunch for time, so I'm not sure if it's possible, but if there is a good study plan, I would do my best to follow it and try to make it happen. I purchased the Kaplan Premiere, but am not sure how best to go through it.

As far as my specific background, I was an Economics major. I took Calc I in college, but that's as far as I went with math. I'd say quant vs. verbal, I likely have an equal amount of struggle/need to improve. The math on the GMAT seems really strange to me, and not stuff that I really remember learning.

Any help you or anyone else can provide would be much appreciated. Thank you very much.

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13 Mar 2010, 06:51
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Regarding Kaplan Premiere online, It's irritating not to have CAT access offline (on CD). Suppose if one doesn't have online access or for some reason he can't come online then he won't be able to practice. There must be offline access to CATs if one buys the book. This facility is useful to only those people who have online access or have stable connection.

Fully agree, that's why the latest edition of Kaplan Premiere comes with a CD

Oh! that's nice but unfortunately couldn't find here in stores yet. Also MGMAT books aren't available here. And never did online purchase, so I am a bit confused here. I think Kaplan will be available sooner or later but never saw MGMAT here anywhere. Lol! Barron's GMAT is available in almost every store here
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13 Mar 2010, 11:55
Let me know if you want me to ship you the books - you can see how much it will cost to ship here: www.usps.com (get the weight of the book from Amazon).
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20 Mar 2010, 08:34
Hi everyone! I'm new here and looking for some test prep techniques. I just ordered 8 MGMAT books and OG12th( all 3 of them)and need some advice how to start my prep. From what I've been reading MGMAT books should be used with OG.? I've already went through Kaplan Foundations Q and V books to get my feet wet and know I'm ready for some serious preparation! Thanks bunch, help is much appreciated!

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20 Mar 2010, 15:58
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Hi everyone! I'm new here and looking for some test prep techniques. I just ordered 8 MGMAT books and OG12th( all 3 of them)and need some advice how to start my prep. From what I've been reading MGMAT books should be used with OG.? I've already went through Kaplan Foundations Q and V books to get my feet wet and know I'm ready for some serious preparation! Thanks bunch, help is much appreciated!

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25 Mar 2010, 18:32
Hi...

I have Kaplan Math workbook and as you have mentioned it is weak on probability and combinations..

Is there any workbook you recommend with detailed probability and combinations work??

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