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I'm sure that this has been covered elsewhere, but I'm at a bit of a crossroads in my study plan with regards to what my next steps should be.

What I've done so far:
1) Took one of the GMATPrep diagnostic tests as recommended in the GMAT Study Plan thread (completely blind, Q40 V45 - Just didn't remember a lot of quant formulas and had no clue about how to systematically approach DS questions, so I'm confident I can do better on that front given my academic background in math/stats)
2) Given my verbal score, I thought I'd focus on brushing up on my quant concepts the first month and, to that end, have gone through all the MGMAT quant guides and through the GMAT club textbook. I'm somewhat aware of the areas that I'm relatively weak at (number theory stuff, some inequalities), but feel like I'd like to do some practice tests to zero in on some of these.

I was told/read that I should avoid practicing from the OG until I was somewhat comfortable with all the concepts being tested and have held off from doing OG questions so far. Is now a good time to do OG problems? Should I take another CAT to evaluate my progress before switching over to OG questions? Or are there any other resources that you would recommend? I'm ideally looking for test sets (maybe 30 mins to an hour long) that would simulate the GMAT quant section and allow me to target multiple question areas on a daily basis so that I can chart my progress in these problem areas over time.

My plan is to take the test towards the end of November with the goal being 740+. I'm trying to get in about 1-2 hours on weekdays and 4-5 hours on weekends. Your comments and suggestions are much appreciated!
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I'm sure that this has been covered elsewhere, but I'm at a bit of a crossroads in my study plan with regards to what my next steps should be.

What I've done so far:
1) Took one of the GMATPrep diagnostic tests as recommended in the GMAT Study Plan thread (completely blind, Q40 V45 - Just didn't remember a lot of quant formulas and had no clue about how to systematically approach DS questions, so I'm confident I can do better on that front given my academic background in math/stats)
2) Given my verbal score, I thought I'd focus on brushing up on my quant concepts the first month and, to that end, have gone through all the MGMAT quant guides and through the GMAT club textbook. I'm somewhat aware of the areas that I'm relatively weak at (number theory stuff, some inequalities), but feel like I'd like to do some practice tests to zero in on some of these.

I was told/read that I should avoid practicing from the OG until I was somewhat comfortable with all the concepts being tested and have held off from doing OG questions so far. Is now a good time to do OG problems? Should I take another CAT to evaluate my progress before switching over to OG questions? Or are there any other resources that you would recommend? I'm ideally looking for test sets (maybe 30 mins to an hour long) that would simulate the GMAT quant section and allow me to target multiple question areas on a daily basis so that I can chart my progress in these problem areas over time.

My plan is to take the test towards the end of November with the goal being 740+. I'm trying to get in about 1-2 hours on weekdays and 4-5 hours on weekends. Your comments and suggestions are much appreciated!


You are starting from a good point in that your quant background is strong and your diagnostic score in verbal is excellent, all done with little preparation (according to what you have written).

Regarding whether you should do OG questions now or later. My strong suggestions are the following:

Spend most of your preparation time in reviewing formulas, typical question types, basic concepts, and practice solving questions. Even if the questions seem basic, solving will strengthen comfort levels and sharpen thought patterns.

Do the OG questions when you are comfortable with the content areas. It is difficult to learn while doing such questions. The OG will prepare you for GMAT type questions, but your preparation should be separated from this process.

As for practice sets, you can purchase gmatclub tests and practice solving the many questions listed here. Veritas and Manhattan Prep also provide question banks.

Hope that helps. GL!

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New post 30 Sep 2019, 06:49
That is a brilliant platform to start with. V45 is something people strive for. I'd recommend brush up on your Quants and even a Q45 which should be fairly easy for you would push you over the 700 mark. As for OG, go ahead. Nothing is more reliable than the OG.
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I was told/read that I should avoid practicing from the OG until I was somewhat comfortable with all the concepts being tested and have held off from doing OG questions so far. Is now a good time to do OG problems? Should I take another CAT to evaluate my progress before switching over to OG questions? Or are there any other resources that you would recommend? I'm ideally looking for test sets (maybe 30 mins to an hour long) that would simulate the GMAT quant section and allow me to target multiple question areas on a daily basis so that I can chart my progress in these problem areas over time.

Practice from any official resource, but don't touch official questions that are in official gmat prep test. You should take mock (from gmatprep) again to justify your score.
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New post 28 Nov 2019, 08:32
Hello once again everybody, and thanks for your responses to my initial post. Since then, I've spent the majority of my time going through quant and am now turning to verbal (as you can tell, this clearly has taken more than 2 months to pan out...)

As mentioned above, I had V45 on my diagnostic, and got all the SC questions correct without reviewing prior to the test. That being said, I've gone through a few of the SC Butler/other questions here and definitely feel like there is room for improvement/room to minimize any randomness associated with my diagnostic score.

My problem with Sentence Correction is, on the surface, not the worst one to have. I'm a native English speaker and am able to get through a reasonable proportion of the GMAT club SC questions purely based on "ear." I bought a copy of the Manhattan SC guide and am not convinced that going through all the exercises in the guide is the most time efficient way to proceed. I'm a bit intimidated by all the grammatical jargon in the book, especially since I'm familiar with the concepts that this jargon is supposed to help explain, and I don't want to lose sight of the forest for the trees, so to speak. For example, I'm not sure I want to re-train myself to go down a list of grammatical rules crammed from a book when looking at an SC question, although I do acknowledge reading cautionary tales about how a lot of spoken/written english is, in the strictest sense, grammatically incorrect.

My current plan is the following, but I'd love to hear your thoughts/suggestions:

1) Do a sample of questions from the 700+ level SC categories on the forum and see which ones are causing me the most trouble.
2) Do a targeted review using Manhattan SC/GMAT Club grammar/any other notes you may find useful(?).
3) Do all the OG problems once I've self-diagnosed my issues and corrected for the issues I discover.

All responses are much appreciated!
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