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Dear Fellow members and administrators,

Hi. I have 2 Questions.

1. I wanted to understand what is the difference between the GMAT club directory questions https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-ps-ques ... 27957.html and the GMAT club tests? There are thousands of questions on the Directory. Does one have to do all of them OR only the questions that you identify as a weakness?

2. What is the difference between the 2 following Excellent posts by Bunuel? https://gmatclub.com/forum/all-you-need ... 40445.html ,and

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gma ... 44512.html

Is there some overlap or does one need to study both?

Thoroughly confused.

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Dear Fellow members and administrators,

Hi. I have 2 Questions.

1. I wanted to understand what is the difference between the GMAT club directory questions https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-ps-ques ... 27957.html and the GMAT club tests? There are thousands of questions on the Directory. Does one have to do all of them OR only the questions that you identify as a weakness?

2. What is the difference between the 2 following Excellent posts by Bunuel? https://gmatclub.com/forum/all-you-need ... 40445.html ,and

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gma ... 44512.html

Is there some overlap or does one need to study both?

Thoroughly confused.

Parth Jain


Hi parthjain68,

1. The first link contains questions from reliable GMAT prep companies + the official guides -- they're are organized based on their difficulty level per topic.

2. The second link explains how you can use this forum -- this forum is a gold mine. This is like a beginner's guide -- this will help you from buying the best books for the GMAT to how to plan your prep etc.

3. The third link is a megathread for Quant -- has all the basic theories you will ever need to strengthen your basics. There's a separate megathread for verbal, fyi.

The difference between GMAT Club directory and GMAT Club test is ---> GMAT club tests contains questions that are created by BB and Bunuel. You can learn more about it here https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-use-g ... 20802.html.

You can either buy them separately or redeem using your gmatclub points or kudos. More info on that is here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/kudos-points ... 79704.html.

Only some of the GMAT club test questions (you have to buy them/ redeem) are available on the GMAT club directory, but the question directory (free) contains most of the questions (almost all) that's out there -- this is the major difference.

Hope this helps. Godspeed!
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New post 19 Apr 2018, 03:30
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Thank you so much for your response. Then, should I solve questions from both the Directory and the Club tests?

Why I ask is because there are thousands of them.

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Thank you so much for your response. Then, should I solve questions from both the Directory and the Club tests?

Why I ask is because there are thousands of them.

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Parth Jain


Happy to help! :-)

Should I solve questions from both the Directory and the Club tests? -- it totally depends on you. Also, I don't think anyone can solve all the questions that are present in the directory and club tests, but that's just me.

This should help: Say you're studying a quant topic using MGMAT /Veritas prep books.. once you're done with understanding the topic / theory, you can select that particular topic from the directory based on the difficulty level you're comfortable with, and see if you get them right. If not, analyse where you went wrong. Under each question, you can see a problem being solved in n number of ways by experts and users like us.

Again, GMAT club tests are similar to GMATprep tests by GMAC. One can use GMAT club tests to asses where they stand by taking the questions as tests (25+ CAT tests are available), or simply browse through the questions and see where they went wrong. The reason why you have to buy/redeem them is because they're exclusive (available to those who buy it) and it totally depends on you.

Personal suggestion: This is what I'd do. If I were you, I'd go through the theory MGMAT/Vertias or whatever. Take a free GMATprep test and see where I stand. Study some more using the forum (from the club directory), and take free CATs that are available or that comes with the prep book that I'd bought. And then I'd buy the GMAT club tests if I still feel the need to practice more as they're similar to questions you'd see on the real GMAT exam.

Would you mind telling us what resources you're currently using for prep? Have you taken the free GMATprep test yet?

Hope this helps.
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Wildflower,

Hey! Thanks so much for your response!

I just took the GMAT on April 16th and scored 660 (Q42, V39). However, I don't know what to do. I am very comfortable with the MGMAT guides and the OG. But when I look at problems from sites such as the GMAT club, I'm slightly taken aback. I have never shied away from working hard, and I know I can beat the Quant portion. Right now, I'm clueless about what I do. I don't know what my weaknesses in the Quant section are. I don't want to re-do the Guides and the OG ONLY because I remember all the answers and can answer even before reading the questions.

I am at Q42 and this is not good enough to start GMAT club tests as BB has said several times that you need to be around Q46-47 to start GMAT club tests.

Really really need your advice on how to proceed further.

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Wildflower,

Hey! Thanks so much for your response!

I just took the GMAT on April 16th and scored 660 (Q42, V39). However, I don't know what to do. I am very comfortable with the MGMAT guides and the OG. But when I look at problems from sites such as the GMAT club, I'm slightly taken aback. I have never shied away from working hard, and I know I can beat the Quant portion. Right now, I'm clueless about what I do. I don't know what my weaknesses in the Quant section are. I don't want to re-do the Guides and the OG ONLY because I remember all the answers and can answer even before reading the questions.

I am at Q42 and this is not good enough to start GMAT club tests as BB has said several times that you need to be around Q46-47 to start GMAT club tests.

Really really need your advice on how to proceed further.

Parth Jain


Hello again!

I'm sorry that you feel a bit clueless about what to do. Most experts (I'm not one) here would advice you to order an ESR (Enhanced score report-- you can learn more about it here : https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... re-report/), and post it on the forum. They will analyze it thoroughly before suggesting what your next course of action should be.

Here's what an analysis looks like -- linking a few:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/my-experienc ... 31910.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/esr-analysis-227958.html

I completely understand you not wanting to redo the MGMAT guides or the OG. But have you done all the OGs? If you haven't, check out this link: https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmac-officia ... 40610.html. IT IS EVERYTHING YOU WILL NEED FOR PRACTICE. They're all official questions -- from 17 books!

https://gmatclub.com/forum/search.php?view=search_tags -- look at all the sources that are listed below each section! Plenty of them! You can even customize your own question sets for practice by selecting the topic you want to practice and the question source of your choice!

But when I look at problems from sites such as the GMAT club, I'm slightly taken aback. -- this is exactly why you should use the directory for PS and DS extensively. Just select a difficulty level + topic and solve a few questions everyday. If you get any question wrong, look for an expert's explanation, analyze where you went wrong -- is it a silly mistake? is it wrong because I am not aware of this subtopic? etc -- before moving on to the next question. If you need help, ask for it. Use the chatroom. Folks are really helpful there!

This site may overwhelm you a bit if you're not a regular here, but trust me, once you find your way around it, you will never want to leave.

Here's another suggestion. Write a post explaining your issue in detail and post it in https://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-gmat-exp ... 6/?fl=menu and https://gmatclub.com/forum/general-gmat ... 1/?fl=menu, you will get more help. Don't order the ESR right away (it costs money), because I'm not an expert. When you post your question in the ask - gmat experts forum, some expert will reply. Ask them if they'd be willing to take a look at it, and then you can get the ESR and move forward from there.

Hope this helps! :-)
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