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New post 07 Jun 2012, 02:19
Anyone using "GMATPrep® Question Pack 1" ? Is there any overlap between GMATPrep® Question Pack 1 and OG 12/13?
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New post 07 Jun 2012, 04:37
Thank you vandygrad11 and bb for the very quick responses, im not used to that fast and good responses. I was wondering also if 10 hours per day for 7,5-8 weeks is enough and if should include more kaplan. When i looked in this forum i see that kaplan and the manhattan series are the ones people use and the must have of official guide.
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New post 07 Jun 2012, 17:57
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Thank you vandygrad11 and bb for the very quick responses, im not used to that fast and good responses. I was wondering also if 10 hours per day for 7,5-8 weeks is enough and if should include more kaplan. When i looked in this forum i see that kaplan and the manhattan series are the ones people use and the must have of official guide.

Ten hours per day is unquestionably too much. Unless you are literally a sponge, then you won't be able to absorb that much information to the extent that you need to absorb information. Remember, the GMAT isn't about regurgitating formulas. It's about being asked a tricky problem, breaking it down into its pieces, and then applying the raw knowledge that you've absorbed. Obviously there's a diminishing returns argument to be made as well. After you've studied for about 100 hours, regardless of your plan, you'll want to have made sure that you studied efficiently. So, let's say you are studying for 8 weeks. Try studying for 20 hours a week to reach about 160 hours in total. That will be more than enough.

If you're not convinced, go here and scroll down to the section titled, "How long should you prep really?".


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Anyone using "GMATPrep® Question Pack 1" ? Is there any overlap between GMATPrep® Question Pack 1 and OG 12/13?

Hey, this is a good question. You made me wonder the same thing. Tracked down the answer for you from here: http://www.mba.com/store/product-info.a ... GP-SHOP-02.

"Extend your free GMATPrep® software download with this pack of 404 questions and answer explanations: 200 Quantitative, 180 Verbal, and 24 Integrated Reasoning. This pack includes questions never before seen in any other GMAT® exam product."
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New post 08 Jun 2012, 04:33
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I see what you meen. The issue for me is that its my first time and i really need to score 700+, thats why im so in to studying like a maniac. But you got a solid point there, im just very nervous about the exam and the amount of materials you have to go through. The most important thing is to be productive. My study plan was to start very early, at like 07.00-08.00, finish by 17.00-18.00 and right after hit the gym ( to clear my mind) and then relax for the rest of the day. But i will shorten it and be as productive as i can. Just gonna find a good study schedule for the next 8 weeks and then start the whole process with a prep test to see where i stand.
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New post 08 Jun 2012, 04:51
I will do the first free test in the next fews days. Never tried the GMAT before.
I have a quick question, on a similar note as the previous poster.

What's best amongst these options?

1. The Manhattan Complete Prep Set, USD290
2. The Premium GMAT Study Collection, USD 264
3. The Manhattan Complete Prep Set, USD290 + The GMAT OnDemand Study Collection, USD185
4. The Manhattan Complete Strategy Guide, USD192 + The GMAT OnDemand Study Collection, USD185

...or other packages/combinations

Thanks!

(I quoted the official RRPs, they might be cheaper somewhere else)
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New post 08 Jun 2012, 09:10
buy from amazon - a lot cheaper

BTW has anyone tried PR's new 1037 questions book? Is that any good?
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New post 08 Jun 2012, 14:11
Right, in addition to my question above...Here's another one.

Looks like the Manhattan Strategy Guides 5th Ed. (which now comprises of 10 books) + the 3 Official Guides (Review, Quant and Verbal) are a must have. Do I need to buy any other book (for example to have more practice questions/tests/etc)?
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New post 09 Jun 2012, 00:02
buy sackmann's extreme challenge set, $25 I believe.
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New post 09 Jun 2012, 06:53
Hello GMATclub!

I've been interested in taking the GMAT for a quite while and as I just finished my first semester of my BSc I thought it would be a good idea to start early with preparations.

The problem I'm facing is probably to find the best study plan for myself. I am worried cause I'm not from a country where you speak english and my math knowledge is very basic. That might require me to do some extra studying apart from the test-structure.

My question is therefore: Out of all the books out there, are there any that helps someone that's a complete blank paper to becoming ready? Or should I start learning the basics of math and english grammar before I start looking for a suitable GMAT test-prep book?

I'm sorry if my english wasn't understandable. Feel free to ask me anything to make my question clearer.
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New post 16 Jun 2012, 00:11
Hi bb,
Hi guys,

as you know - I've been quite for a while around here and am some months into my GMAT preparation. Unfortunately, starting April, I only had few possibilities to study and therefore got behind schedule. Initially, I wanted to take GMAT before the conversion in June, but then decided that the Integrated Reasoning section won't be that much of a difference.

My question:

Having in mind that I already have the MGMAT 4 Ed. 8 pack (just CR from Powescore), OG 12 pack (with VG2 and QG2), as well as both MGMAT Foundations books, which new books should I buy now to be updated? I definitely think of getting OG13 (Verbal 3? Quant 3?), but am still unsure about the new MGMAT books. I will definitely need something about Integrated Reasoning.

I surely want to sit for the GMAT until the End of July.

Thanks in advance!
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New post 17 Jun 2012, 21:39
I like "1,012 GMAT Practice Questions (Graduate School Test Preparation) (Paperback)" and i think this one is cheaper and useful for GMAT Test.
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New post 17 Jun 2012, 21:41
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I like "1,012 GMAT Practice Questions (Graduate School Test Preparation) (Paperback)" and i think this one is cheaper and useful for GMAT Test.


i think you are referring to the PR 1012 questions. They have released a new book a month ago with 1039 questions and IR section included.
It is quite good as a question collection but does not contain any strategies or materials to learn to improve, just questions and explanations.
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New post 18 Jun 2012, 07:43
Hello again

I was just wondering if these books are enough to aim for a 700+ score, or should i order some more.

FOUNDATIONS OF GMAT VERBAL (manhattan)
THE OFFICIAL GUIDE (13)
FOUNDATIONS OF GMAT MATH (Manhattan)
MANHATTAN GMAT, SET OF 8
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New post 18 Jun 2012, 21:08
I currently have the 11th edition of OG, but planning to buy the MGMAT Guides; having trouble deciding b/w the 8 books of the 4th edition or the 10th books of the 5th edition (about a $30 difference - every $ I save counts). Should I opt to buy the 5th edition of the guides and buy the 13th edition of OG? I am planning to use self-prep along with the Magoosh premium service. Just FYI - will need a strong math review. Thanks in advance for the feedback.
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New post 27 Jun 2012, 03:03
I quote my question :) What should I buy in order to be able to sit for the new GMAT?

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Hi bb,
Hi guys,

as you know - I've been quite for a while around here and am some months into my GMAT preparation. Unfortunately, starting April, I only had few possibilities to study and therefore got behind schedule. Initially, I wanted to take GMAT before the conversion in June, but then decided that the Integrated Reasoning section won't be that much of a difference.

My question:

Having in mind that I already have the MGMAT 4 Ed. 8 pack (just CR from Powescore), OG 12 pack (with VG2 and QG2), as well as both MGMAT Foundations books, which new books should I buy now to be updated? I definitely think of getting OG13 (Verbal 3? Quant 3?), but am still unsure about the new MGMAT books. I will definitely need something about Integrated Reasoning. Would you recommend me to buy the the MGMAT IR?

I surely want to sit for the GMAT until the End of July.

Thanks in advance!
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How many new questions have been introduced in OG 13 that are not available in OG 12. Does OG 13 has more SC problems that deal with meaning issues (as are seen in the new GMAT format).

Is it absolutely essential to buy OG 13 to ace the new format? How about the IR section of OG 13? Is it helpful?
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New post 05 Jul 2012, 07:52
I am a bit concerned with the answers here as there isn't much about the Manhattan GMAT Complete Strategy Guide Set, 5th Edition

and therefore I was wondering if this version is different or better than the previous edition (from 2009 I believe)

I was thus sceptical about the necessity of buying the last version !


I am also going to buy the OG13, after having read a lot of this forum I figured out those two should be a strong basis that I could complete anytime afterward with more specific material.

D'avance merci !

I am sorry that I haven't taken yet the time to introduce myself nor to complete my profile but I am in a bit of a hurry as I need to get those books asap
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There is a deal happening on Facebook's GMAT page for $185 you get a number of books. What do you think of the value of this deal?

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New post 12 Jul 2012, 00:06
Please post the link to the above deal.
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New post 16 Jul 2012, 19:47
Hi everyone,

I want to start and complete my study without leaving any gaps. Specifically, I want to make sure that I have covered all the possible quantitative parts, and all the possible verbal parts, as well as a good quality practice tests. However, I do not want to have multiple books that aim for teaching the same field. There are so many books that you may get lost among them. So, does anyone have the suggestion about the best combination of books?

Best one to cover quantitative topics A to Z: ?
Best one to cover verbal topics A to Z: ?
Best one in terms of practice tests for 750+ score: ?

After reading this thread I started thinking that having ONLY OG and Manhattan GMAT would cover everything from A to Z. What do you think?

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