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01 Oct 2017, 22:03
I have recently started studying for GMAT on my own (no coaching). I have started doing OG. I sometimes time my questions and sometimes I don't. Can somebody tell me what is a better strategy. I am tempted to see the answer every time I solve the question and timing is affected accordingly. When I see my answers is wrong I right away see the explanation and it ruins the timing. What should be the approach. Also how should I divide the time between quant and verbal.

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05 Oct 2017, 08:09
In my opinion, as u have just started your preparation, first build up on the concepts of Quantitative and Verbal.
You can use MGMAT books for theory as they are very detailed. Also u can refer the list of books mentioned in GMAT club for reference. After u practice questions from these books, it is suggested to start solving OG questions.
Regarding the timing it will come as u keep practising questions. In initial stage there is no harm at looking at explanation right after attempting the question. U can keep a timer set at less than 2 min for each question and keep solving.
In my opinion, start with either Quantitative or Verbal and start the other only after u complete all topics.
Hope this helps.

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05 Oct 2017, 09:34
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I would first recommend you to know your relative strengths and weaknesses.
Do the OG diagnostic test and then take a CAT. Identify weaknesses. Build your competency in that. Then go for solving OG.
MGMAT strategy guides are good to strengthen the areas that you are weak in. Regularly take CATs to know your progress.

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05 Oct 2017, 09:40
Jehi

Could you please elaborate what study materials you use for each section?

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Also how should I divide the time between quant and verbal.

Balance - do quant and verbal simultaneously. Working on them one after the other will invariably result in a skewed score.
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05 Oct 2017, 09:57
souvonik2k wrote:
In my opinion, as u have just started your preparation, first build up on the concepts of Quantitative and Verbal.
You can use MGMAT books for theory as they are very detailed. Also u can refer the list of books mentioned in GMAT club for reference. After u practice questions from these books, it is suggested to start solving OG questions.
Regarding the timing it will come as u keep practising questions. In initial stage there is no harm at looking at explanation right after attempting the question. U can keep a timer set at less than 2 min for each question and keep solving.
In my opinion, start with either Quantitative or Verbal and start the other only after u complete all topics.
Hope this helps.

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I would like to add that u can use the GMAT Self Prep study plan launched recently from GMAT club.
It is very useful and will make a balance between theory and practice.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-self-pr ... 45667.html
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05 Oct 2017, 11:55
Hi Jehi,

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). 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 4 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 take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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09 Oct 2017, 10:56
Jehi wrote:
I have recently started studying for GMAT on my own (no coaching). I have started doing OG. I sometimes time my questions and sometimes I don't. Can somebody tell me what is a better strategy. I am tempted to see the answer every time I solve the question and timing is affected accordingly. When I see my answers is wrong I right away see the explanation and it ruins the timing. What should be the approach. Also how should I divide the time between quant and verbal.

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RC: Manhattan RC Guide or Aristotle RC Grail

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I have recently started studying for GMAT on my own (no coaching). I have started doing OG. I sometimes time my questions and sometimes I don't. Can somebody tell me what is a better strategy. I am tempted to see the answer every time I solve the question and timing is affected accordingly. When I see my answers is wrong I right away see the explanation and it ruins the timing. What should be the approach. Also how should I divide the time between quant and verbal.

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Hi Jehi,

I would not encourage going straight into OG without building your concepts 1st. You should dedicate around 2 months to improve your score. If you study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. 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 Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for 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 practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

Hope this helps. All the best.
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10 Oct 2017, 08:41
Hi jehi,
First take a diagnostic and see where you stand.Then identify your weak areas . Practice questions on those areas . Once you feel you have good accuracy then time yourself.
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