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# Gmat in 2 months - which Materials to use for technique and strategy?

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05 Apr 2018, 12:18
HI ,

i have my Gmat scheduled on the 9th of June,2018. I have been preparing for the gmat for a few weeks now and planned to write it earlier but since my cat scores did not meet my expectations i postponed my test date. My target score is 700, But my practice tests have ranged from 550-610, with the highest being 650. Q 44 V 37 - [Although this was the Princeton review test which was relatively easy compared to Veritas/Kaplan]

I currently use the OG guide, Princeton review books, Kaplan Premium 2018 and Jamboree books.

OG guide - the version i have is 2017 - is it enough ? or should i purchase the recent edition?

Princeton Review - I have found these books to be really helpful, especially for Quant since it covers all the fundamentals and is also very easy to understand. however the verbal section did not help me much

Jamboree - only for practice questions, not really for technique.

Kaplan - used it for both Quant and verbal, definitely more advanced than Princeton Review.

Veritas - Online videos for Verbal really helped, Dint go through their math section

I still seem to be struggling a lot to pace through the test, on an average i miss 3-4 questions on each section, Since i am still not comfortable with the right "technique" to use and spend far too much time on some questions. i already feel overwhelmed with so many books but i see that there are buckloads of materials out there and it is really confusing if i should get any more to improve my technique and ditch some of the books i already have or just hold onto the what i already have

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05 Apr 2018, 12:49
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Definitely get a hold of the practice tests from mba.com - take one as a diagnostic to kickoff your studies and to identify where your strengths and weaknesses are.

From there, practice with Official Guide questions - you can get a hold of any edition - we recommend at least OG13 or anything after that. Most versions are very similar.

You may find yourself in need of supplemental resources or questions. For that, we recommend this online question bank: http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-test/

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05 Apr 2018, 15:30
Hi khaleesi16,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so if you've preparing for just a few weeks, ten it's likely that you just have not put in enough time and effort yet to score higher. In addition, many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level. While it's probably too early to say whether that has happened to you or not - you'll likely end up needing to invest in some new, non-book resources to hit your Score Goal. Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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1) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?
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05 Apr 2018, 21:12
Hi khaleesi16,

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OG guide - the version i have is 2017 - is it enough ? or should i purchase the recent edition?

No need to get OG2018, you can access all the new questions here:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-official ... 42995.html

https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-p ... 80727.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-prep-so ... 46146.html

Hope this helps!
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05 Apr 2018, 23:54
I think the books are good. but you need more practice. I faced the same issue when all I was doing was reading up books and not practicing what I learned.So just keep answering more questions. Your Gmatclub workbook should have a lot of questions
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06 Apr 2018, 09:25
khaleesi16 wrote:
HI ,

i have my Gmat scheduled on the 9th of June,2018. I have been preparing for the gmat for a few weeks now and planned to write it earlier but since my cat scores did not meet my expectations i postponed my test date. My target score is 700, But my practice tests have ranged from 550-610, with the highest being 650. Q 44 V 37 - [Although this was the Princeton review test which was relatively easy compared to Veritas/Kaplan]

I currently use the OG guide, Princeton review books, Kaplan Premium 2018 and Jamboree books.

OG guide - the version i have is 2017 - is it enough ? or should i purchase the recent edition?

Princeton Review - I have found these books to be really helpful, especially for Quant since it covers all the fundamentals and is also very easy to understand. however the verbal section did not help me much

Jamboree - only for practice questions, not really for technique.

Kaplan - used it for both Quant and verbal, definitely more advanced than Princeton Review.

Veritas - Online videos for Verbal really helped, Dint go through their math section

I still seem to be struggling a lot to pace through the test, on an average i miss 3-4 questions on each section, Since i am still not comfortable with the right "technique" to use and spend far too much time on some questions. i already feel overwhelmed with so many books but i see that there are buckloads of materials out there and it is really confusing if i should get any more to improve my technique and ditch some of the books i already have or just hold onto the what i already have

You should try GMAT club quant Questions under Bunuel's signature to improve. Also you can try MGMAT guides for both Q and V. Magoosh is also a good reasonable option.

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06 Apr 2018, 13:01
khaleesi16 wrote:
HI ,

i have my Gmat scheduled on the 9th of June,2018. I have been preparing for the gmat for a few weeks now and planned to write it earlier but since my cat scores did not meet my expectations i postponed my test date. My target score is 700, But my practice tests have ranged from 550-610, with the highest being 650. Q 44 V 37 - [Although this was the Princeton review test which was relatively easy compared to Veritas/Kaplan]

I currently use the OG guide, Princeton review books, Kaplan Premium 2018 and Jamboree books.

OG guide - the version i have is 2017 - is it enough ? or should i purchase the recent edition?

Princeton Review - I have found these books to be really helpful, especially for Quant since it covers all the fundamentals and is also very easy to understand. however the verbal section did not help me much

Jamboree - only for practice questions, not really for technique.

Kaplan - used it for both Quant and verbal, definitely more advanced than Princeton Review.

Veritas - Online videos for Verbal really helped, Dint go through their math section

I still seem to be struggling a lot to pace through the test, on an average i miss 3-4 questions on each section, Since i am still not comfortable with the right "technique" to use and spend far too much time on some questions. i already feel overwhelmed with so many books but i see that there are buckloads of materials out there and it is really confusing if i should get any more to improve my technique and ditch some of the books i already have or just hold onto the what i already have

Hi khaleesi16,

2 months is good enough to achieve a good score. It’s a good thing you have taken GMAT Mocks. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for three months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

You can choose MGMAT guides to further help you with your preparation. MGMAT guides are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. 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 a 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

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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06 Apr 2018, 14:33
khaleesi16 wrote:
HI ,

i have my Gmat scheduled on the 9th of June,2018. I have been preparing for the gmat for a few weeks now and planned to write it earlier but since my cat scores did not meet my expectations i postponed my test date. My target score is 700, But my practice tests have ranged from 550-610, with the highest being 650. Q 44 V 37 - [Although this was the Princeton review test which was relatively easy compared to Veritas/Kaplan]

I currently use the OG guide, Princeton review books, Kaplan Premium 2018 and Jamboree books.

OG guide - the version i have is 2017 - is it enough ? or should i purchase the recent edition?

Princeton Review - I have found these books to be really helpful, especially for Quant since it covers all the fundamentals and is also very easy to understand. however the verbal section did not help me much

Jamboree - only for practice questions, not really for technique.

Kaplan - used it for both Quant and verbal, definitely more advanced than Princeton Review.

Veritas - Online videos for Verbal really helped, Dint go through their math section

I still seem to be struggling a lot to pace through the test, on an average i miss 3-4 questions on each section, Since i am still not comfortable with the right "technique" to use and spend far too much time on some questions. i already feel overwhelmed with so many books but i see that there are buckloads of materials out there and it is really confusing if i should get any more to improve my technique and ditch some of the books i already have or just hold onto the what i already have

Hello

Best Books

1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides
2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides

Start with Quant, learn the concepts tested on GMAT. After learning, practice your learned section with timed practice. You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT. 1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal. When completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice. Take full length CATs, know your estimated score. Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

Best Mocks

1. Official GMAC (50+50\$)
2. Manhattan GMAT (49\$)
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