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05 May 2011, 23:30
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06 May 2011, 05:57
Dear bb,
I am new to the GMAT Club. But well, I have to compliment you for this fabulous resource for GMAT Takers. Thank you so much from the heart!

I have a few questions and will be really grateful if you can answer them.
Can you please guide me regarding the complete set of books and strategy pertaining to my current status? I have already gone through all your book reviews, but would like to take your opinion to achieve my target.

My Current Status:

1. GMAT Target: 750+
2. GMAT on 20th August, 2011.
3. Not Employed: So substantial amount of Time for Preparation
(Willing to put minimum 8-10 hours daily until August – 3 Months).
4. Set of Books that I have are as follows:

General Strategy:
1. Official Guide 10th + 11th + 12th Edition.
2. Official Guide - Verbal Review (2nd Edition)
3. Official Guide - Quants Review (2nd Edition)
4. Kaplan Premier – 2010 – 2010 Edition
5. Kaplan 800. (+ Nova, McGrawHill, Spidey’s Notes, Peterson – Master the GMAT etc…etc)

Specific Quants + Verbal Guides:
1. MGMAT Number Properties
2. MGMAT Fractions, Decimals, Percents
3. MGMAT Equations, Inequalities and Vic’s
4. MGMAT Word Translations
5. MGMAT Geometry Guide
6. MGMAT Critical Reasoning Guide
8. MGMAT Sentence Correction Guide
9. Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook.
10. PowerScore LSAT Logical Reasoning
11. PowerScore Critical Reasoning.
12. Princeton Review Manual + Verbal Workbook.

Which books do you think should I essentially add to the above mentioned collection to achieve my desired score of 750+?

Nelson.
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06 May 2011, 06:59
I dont know that there are any books you need to add at this point. Focus is a good thing, and too much material can rob you of that. Perhaps start with MGMAT, and once your are finished take a CAT to gauge your progress.
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06 May 2011, 11:34
Hi,

Unlike many previous posts which have a long list of book titles,I hereby conclude that I am not privileged enough to boast of such long a list

Currently,I have the following books:

Kaplan premier 2008 edition
OG 12
Manhattan SC
powerscore CR Bible
and a host of soft copies which I don't know whether i will get time to go through.

i intend to take my GMAT exam in June end.

Please let me know,which other books are required for verbal and quant practice.

thanks a ton!

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11 May 2011, 10:04
I studied from GMAT official 11+12, verbal and quant review guides, and Veritas Data Sufficiency. I'd say as a general rule, just make sure you put in a reasonable volume of problems. A big key to doing well IMO is just to avoid making mistakes, which comes with being very familiar with just working through problems. For me, the Veritas guide for that section seemed pretty useful. It gave a general outlay for some of the tricks that you want to look for--data restatements, contradictions, etc.
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11 May 2011, 10:09
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Hi,

Unlike many previous posts which have a long list of book titles,I hereby conclude that I am not privileged enough to boast of such long a list

Currently,I have the following books:

Kaplan premier 2008 edition
OG 12
Manhattan SC
powerscore CR Bible
and a host of soft copies which I don't know whether i will get time to go through.

i intend to take my GMAT exam in June end.

Please let me know,which other books are required for verbal and quant practice.

thanks a ton!

This looks fine to me. The only thing I can see weakness in is RC and making sure you either get Kaplan Verbal Workbook or the MGMAT RC book
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11 May 2011, 10:34
bb wrote:
dkj1984 wrote:
Hi,

Unlike many previous posts which have a long list of book titles,I hereby conclude that I am not privileged enough to boast of such long a list

Currently,I have the following books:

Kaplan premier 2008 edition
OG 12
Manhattan SC
powerscore CR Bible
and a host of soft copies which I don't know whether i will get time to go through.

i intend to take my GMAT exam in June end.

Please let me know,which other books are required for verbal and quant practice.

thanks a ton!

This looks fine to me. The only thing I can see weakness in is RC and making sure you either get Kaplan Verbal Workbook or the MGMAT RC book

I have no idea from where can I get the MGMAT RC book in India ...

I also wanted to know how to strengthen CR and RCs?Any other books recommended for that?
For CR,I know that the strategies are well defined in the powerscore book,however,whenever I take a mock test and realize that i am racing against time,I tend to make a mess Ditto for RC.

Will timed sectional tests do the trick or full length tests?

Thanks!
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11 May 2011, 11:21
I would recommend that you look into GMAT Fiction

As to the mini-tests vs full length tests, both serve a purpose but they are different purposes.
You want to take any questions/exercises in a timed environment.
However, you want to take full tests to be able to experience the stress/load and have a realistic expectation about the test stamina. bottom line - you need both.
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12 May 2011, 00:49
I just finished MGMAT, and was doing some OG practices.. I got very hopeful cause I had the questions in the beginning right but then I went downwards noticing that all the harder questions were wrong Pfff I need a 700+ score but currently it's going like $@%#$%.. Not to mention, I read that most of the questiosn in the OG arent even that hard.. If I already get the 'harder' questions from OG wrong, can you imagine what I will actually score on the 'real hard' questions.. Sigh, any suggestions?
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13 May 2011, 12:06
I will take GMAT next year and I am wondering are there going to be new issue of GMAT Verbal Review or GMAT Quantitative Review or The Official Guide for GMAT Review? I read somewhere that Manhattan will put new issue in (November?).
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21 May 2011, 16:26
Going to use OG 12, Kaplan 2011 premier, and MGMT Number properties. Will this be enough to score a 650 on the GMAT? I'm looking at Tulane (Freeman) PMBA, Rice PMBA, and Thunderbird Global MBA.

Thanks
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21 May 2011, 16:34
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Going to use OG 12, Kaplan 2011 premier, and MGMT Number properties. Will this be enough to score a 650 on the GMAT? I'm looking at Tulane (Freeman) PMBA, Rice PMBA, and Thunderbird Global MBA.

Thanks

Maybe...
Depends on where you are and how much effort you put in.
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21 May 2011, 23:08
johncarlosallen2012,The books you have chosen are very important in the GMAT preparation. However,You should analyse your weaknesses and adopt a strategy accordingly to tackle the section. Then you can refer to the specialised books.Given that you are clear on the target score. Hope you can track your progress and improve on your weaknesses to make the mark. All the best!
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23 May 2011, 06:58
Hi,

I am new to GMAT club and a GMAT aspirant. Can anyone of you please let me know which set of books will be required to obtain a GMAT score of 700+ ??
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26 May 2011, 20:13
For tackling CR section- is it better to go with Manhattan CR or Powerscore CR? Pls suggest! The objective is to cover all the fundamentals and be able to tackle any question.
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26 May 2011, 20:36
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For tackling CR section- is it better to go with Manhattan CR or Powerscore CR? Pls suggest! The objective is to cover all the fundamentals and be able to tackle any question.

PowerScore CR is considered the better of the two.
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27 May 2011, 09:02
Thanks BB!
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27 May 2011, 09:13
Hi Sid,

First way of assessing your preparedness for the test is to give a test- so that you can analyse your strengths and weaknesses! So many free tests are available for the same or you can try even the diagnostic test in the Official guide. Then you can adopt a strategy accordingly to work on your improvement areas. Books usually considered essential for GMAT prepartion are Official Guide-12 Edition, Kaplan Gmat Premier- Latest is expected in June/july, Manhattan SC, Powerscore CR among the most preferred ones. I would suggest you to visit the link which BB has dedicated to Gmat books say like for basic/advanced/ultimate..... All the best!
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28 May 2011, 03:46
Not new to gmatclub, but starting my preps now. Wanted a quick suggestions on which books I should buy. Aiming a score of 700+

Currently I have the entire Manhattan guide set ONLY.

My objective is to get as many tests as possible. I was thinking of the following set:

Manhattan Set
OG12
Kaplan Math and Verbal workbook

In the above combination, I am getting 2 Free tests(GMAC) and 6 manhattan tests. Are these enough? Are the various free tests available online any good?

Does Kaplan workbooks come with any tests or Only Kaplan Premier has the tests? In which case, should I buy the Kaplan premier only for the tests?
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