I have been following the debrief and strategy threads for a long time, but am utterly confused about which strategy is going to work for me. Here are some details:
Target Score: 750+
Date: 1st October
Preparation time: 3 months
Target schools; [strike]Wharton[/strike], Columbia, Booth, Stern, Cornell, ISB and [strike]McCombs[/strike]
Planned admission date: Fall 2012/Spring 2013
Program type: Part time/Executive
Focus: Finance(career switch from IT)
Profile: IT(8+, at the time of application 10+)
Age: 28(at the time of application 30)
Last month: reviewed the grammar book, "The little brown hand book". I have not found anyone recommending this book on this forum, but I found this book extremely useful to hit the first milestone for the verbal.
Looking at the target score, I really need to prepare thoroughly, considering the non-native-speaker factor. After contemplating for a long time, I decided for my strategy like this, MGMAT all books including Qbank; then Power score CR
, SC grail, and RC99; followed by OG11
, 12, verbal and quant. Also, planning to cover Kaplan
questions and GMAT club forum questions. Not to mention that most of my last month I plan to spend on all tests(GMAT Prep 2, MGMAT 6, Kaplan
6 and whatever comes along) while reviewing each and every questions and maintaining the error log
However, I recently found on this forum that Power score CR
is really not needed if MGMAT CR
is done properly, and so is the case with SC Grail. If these books are not good with respect to my strategy, are there any good alternate books which I can refer, as I am really not confident if only OG11
, 12 and MGMAT will be enough for the practice? My goal is to practice as much as I can without spending time on books which are not really meant for the target score I mentioned; for example, Princeton Review.
Could someone please recommend me the best strategy looking at my target score? Also, please recommend what is the best order to follow. I would really love to hit the verbal first, as I think verbal may be one of my weaknesses, and if I am done with verbal early, I can exploit the opportunity to spend some time daily on GMAT club solving the problems and helping out others; however, I am not particularly against starting the quant either.
Most of you might be wondering about cramming so much in 3 months, and also the burn-out factor. I agree, but recently I have appeared for CFA level 1 exam for which I really had to study a lot, so kind of in a habit of studying 4-5 hours daily and more on weekends. Studying this much, I don't really start hating myself, as most do and even if I have to sacrifice on other aspects to pursue my goal, I don't mind.
Any help is highly appreciated!
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