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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)
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?).
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!
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!