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03 Jan 2018, 11:33
Dear all,

I am starting to prepare the GMAT test. Do you advise to use the Official Guide 2018 or Manhattan collection ?

Thank you very much for your help.

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03 Jan 2018, 12:33
Hi Judith,

Many Test Takers use a variety of study materials as they prepare for the GMAT, so you shouldn't necessarily think of all of this as using one resource or the other.

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 take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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03 Jan 2018, 19:33
JudithV wrote:
Dear all,

I am starting to prepare the GMAT test. Do you advise to use the Official Guide 2018 or Manhattan collection ?

Thank you very much for your help.

Best regards,
Judith.
The two sources you mentioned serve different purposes and are not really comparable. The OG is a collection of real (but retired) GMAT questions (it has very little theory) and is used by the vast majority of GMAT test takers. The Manhattan guides are (a) non-official and (b) focused on concepts (but are not as good for practice).

Generally speaking, you'll find the best practice questions in the OG (and other official sources). Take a look at this post if you want a comprehensive look at the different resources available to you.
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04 Jan 2018, 03:59
Hello Everyone! I’ve just started with my prep and am confused on the decision of buying materials. I already have the 2018 OGs and am thinking whether to buy the Manhattan material or not. I have access to free Manhattan material as well but it’s dated to 2011-12. Kindly suggest how to proceed with this. P.S. I am having a weaker base in quant, planning to give the exam in the next 3 months and I haven't taken any diagnostic test.
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09 Jan 2018, 13:34
JudithV wrote:
Dear all,

I am starting to prepare the GMAT test. Do you advise to use the Official Guide 2018 or Manhattan collection ?

Thank you very much for your help.

Best regards,
Judith.

Both Books are necessary, GMAC books for Pratice
and Manhattan GMAT For Learning Concepts and strategies
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10 Jan 2018, 09:58
JudithV wrote:
Dear all,

I am starting to prepare the GMAT test. Do you advise to use the Official Guide 2018 or Manhattan collection ?

Thank you very much for your help.

Best regards,
Judith.

Hi Judith,

You should study for around three months to achieve a good score. I would encourage you take one of the two GMAT PREP practice test. You can know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course.

Your choice of using MGMAT guides for your preparation is great. 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.

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.

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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