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# Gmat must have books

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26 Sep 2017, 09:23
I am going to start my GMAT preparation from scratch, what are the must have books for each subject based on your experience ? What test series are worth joining ? I have 2 months time for preparation.
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26 Sep 2017, 09:33
Get the Manhattan series, Powerscore CR for sure.

Kaplan books are also good if you can make time for them.

You would also need to add a test series: Buy the Manhattan or Veritas series.

Oh...almost forgot...If you are time constrained. OG is your last resort-3 books-OG, Verbal & Quant books are a must have.
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26 Sep 2017, 10:17
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Hi ashish99,

First of all, Welcome to GMATClub.

Since you are beginning with preparation, I would recommend you to go the following things:

Once you have a preliminary score, the experts in the forum will be able to help with a better study plan.

2. Once, you begin with the preparation for GMAT, make sure you dedicate all your time to the GMAT.
Work on all the concepts using the Manhattan Guides(SC/CR/RC and Math) and follow it up with some practice.
To get a better idea on the strategies for RC, I would recommend you to use the RC Strategy Guide

3. As for practice, you can find all the questions at GMATClub.
Specific to Quant, follow Bunuel at the Math Forum. Solve each and every question which he puts up on the forum.
His signature contains some of the most awesome questions(eg. Baker's Dozen, 12 Easy Pieces etc..)

You could use our very own Study plan : https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-plan-217827.html

Must have books and tests are discussed below
Books - https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-bo ... 18706.html
Tests - https://gmatclub.com/forum/all-gmat-cat ... 77460.html

Hope this helps you!
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26 Sep 2017, 10:44
ashish99 wrote:
I am going to start my GMAT preparation from scratch, what are the must have books for each subject based on your experience ? What test series are worth joining ? I have 2 months time for preparation.

For Learning Concepts tested on the GMAT

Quant

1. Manhattan 5 Quant guides
2. Veritas Series Guides
3. GMAT Club Math Book

Verbal

For SC: Manhattan SC Guide
For CR: PowerScore CR Bible
For RC: Aristotle RC Grail
or
Veritas Verbal Guide

For Practice Questions

Official Guide 2015 OR 16, 17, 18
OG Quantitative Review
OG Verbal Review

For Mock Exams

1. GMAT EP1, EP2
2. Manhattan CATs
3. Veritas CATs

(All books, Material are as important as ranked)
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26 Sep 2017, 13:08
Hi ashish99,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so it's possible that you're going to need more time for your studies than you've planned for.

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). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. 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 apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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27 Sep 2017, 09:15
ashish99 wrote:
I am going to start my GMAT preparation from scratch, what are the must have books for each subject based on your experience ? What test series are worth joining ? I have 2 months time for preparation.

Hi ashish99,

2 months is a good enough time to prepare for GMAT. You should start by giving GMATPREP to learn more about your performance. You can then know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 2 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.

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

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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27 Sep 2017, 09:57
rohan2345 wrote:
ashish99 wrote:
I am going to start my GMAT preparation from scratch, what are the must have books for each subject based on your experience ? What test series are worth joining ? I have 2 months time for preparation.

Hi ashish99,

2 months is a good enough time to prepare for GMAT. You should start by giving GMATPREP to learn more about your performance. You can then know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 2 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.

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

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.

Thanks rohan2345
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