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04 Jan 2019, 01:24
Hi,

After a delay of 2 years (approx), I now want to start with serious GMAT prep. In these 2 years, I have started with my preps thrice but could never complete it owing to hectic work schedule. But this time now, I am adamant on giving my first shot by April/May. I am 31 years and really need to get my ball rolling or else I would be really late. Some people have told me I am super late for it already (a little discouraging!!!) but I couldn't take this up before owing to my financial conditions.

Going back to my last set of preps, when I started and without any practice, my first Mock gave me a result of 520 (pretty sad) but then i went onto to brush up my basics and enrolled for e-gmat as well. I went through their modules and practiced through GMAC OC (sans strategy) and after 3/4 mocks I reached a score of 610 (though cant stay i'll start with that as I haven't practiced for more than 3/4 months now).

My problem at the moment is, I do not understand where to pick things up from now and how to go about it. Totally a headless chicken. What strategy should I follow to have an effective GMAT plan. Though I am quitting my old job now and joining a new one (with alternative Saturday's working), I need to make sure that I do enough this time to give the exam. My target is 720+ (ambitious)

Is there anyone who could help me with the formulation of the strategy? Sorry for the long post, but I am in dire need of help.
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05 Jan 2019, 09:06
Hello archi1987 .... welcome to GMAT Club.

It will help you to devise the plan that you can stick to.

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05 Jan 2019, 09:15
archi1987 wrote:
Hi,

After a delay of 2 years (approx), I now want to start with serious GMAT prep. In these 2 years, I have started with my preps thrice but could never complete it owing to hectic work schedule. But this time now, I am adamant on giving my first shot by April/May. I am 31 years and really need to get my ball rolling or else I would be really late. Some people have told me I am super late for it already (a little discouraging!!!) but I couldn't take this up before owing to my financial conditions.

Going back to my last set of preps, when I started and without any practice, my first Mock gave me a result of 520 (pretty sad) but then i went onto to brush up my basics and enrolled for e-gmat as well. I went through their modules and practiced through GMAC OC (sans strategy) and after 3/4 mocks I reached a score of 610 (though cant stay i'll start with that as I haven't practiced for more than 3/4 months now).

My problem at the moment is, I do not understand where to pick things up from now and how to go about it. Totally a headless chicken. What strategy should I follow to have an effective GMAT plan. Though I am quitting my old job now and joining a new one (with alternative Saturday's working), I need to make sure that I do enough this time to give the exam. My target is 720+ (ambitious)

Is there anyone who could help me with the formulation of the strategy? Sorry for the long post, but I am in dire need of help.

It would be better if you give a mock, which you have not given uptill now and report back with you scores so that experts here will be in a better position to help you out.

All the best with your prep!!
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You need to work hard; have patience.

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I've attached below some links for GMAT study Plan, Books, Mock Tests.
Please read these articles carefully; these will help you. You may need to work with some other books. It will take some time.

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What materials should I use for Quants and Verbal?

Manhattan GMAT Strategy guides 5th or 6th edition for learning GMAT concept
You can also use Veritas prep guides but Manhattan are on top
For practice of questions only best material is Official Guide plus GMAT club test for Quant are best
CR reasoning bible is best in CR
Thursday with Ron videos from Manhattan GMAT are best for SC and RC

Is it possible to improve my score to 700+?
It is simply possible with some effort
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15 Jan 2019, 08:43
archi1987 wrote:
Hi,

After a delay of 2 years (approx), I now want to start with serious GMAT prep. In these 2 years, I have started with my preps thrice but could never complete it owing to hectic work schedule. But this time now, I am adamant on giving my first shot by April/May. I am 31 years and really need to get my ball rolling or else I would be really late. Some people have told me I am super late for it already (a little discouraging!!!) but I couldn't take this up before owing to my financial conditions.

Going back to my last set of preps, when I started and without any practice, my first Mock gave me a result of 520 (pretty sad) but then i went onto to brush up my basics and enrolled for e-gmat as well. I went through their modules and practiced through GMAC OC (sans strategy) and after 3/4 mocks I reached a score of 610 (though cant stay i'll start with that as I haven't practiced for more than 3/4 months now).

My problem at the moment is, I do not understand where to pick things up from now and how to go about it. Totally a headless chicken. What strategy should I follow to have an effective GMAT plan. Though I am quitting my old job now and joining a new one (with alternative Saturday's working), I need to make sure that I do enough this time to give the exam. My target is 720+ (ambitious)

Is there anyone who could help me with the formulation of the strategy? Sorry for the long post, but I am in dire need of help.

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For Concept Learning

Manhattan Quant Guides
Manhattan Verbal Guides
For CR: The Powerscore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible
For RC: Aristotle RC Grail

For Practice

The Official Guide for GMAT 2015-19
The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review 2015-19
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2015-19

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1. e-GMAT
2. Empower GMAT
3. Math Revolution (Only Math)

You can start with Quant or Verbal which suits you. If you have started with Quant then Start with the Arithmetic but if started with verbal then start first with Sentence correction. One month for learning Quant concepts and one month for practicing question and same practice for Verbal. During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice. 6-8 CATs are enough for practice the real tests. Make your Stamina for sitting 3 hours in the test and don't study more than 2 hours in one sit and 4 hours per day

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17 Jan 2019, 04:57
archi1987 wrote:
Hi,

After a delay of 2 years (approx), I now want to start with serious GMAT prep. In these 2 years, I have started with my preps thrice but could never complete it owing to hectic work schedule. But this time now, I am adamant on giving my first shot by April/May. I am 31 years and really need to get my ball rolling or else I would be really late. Some people have told me I am super late for it already (a little discouraging!!!) but I couldn't take this up before owing to my financial conditions.

Going back to my last set of preps, when I started and without any practice, my first Mock gave me a result of 520 (pretty sad) but then i went onto to brush up my basics and enrolled for e-gmat as well. I went through their modules and practiced through GMAC OC (sans strategy) and after 3/4 mocks I reached a score of 610 (though cant stay i'll start with that as I haven't practiced for more than 3/4 months now).

My problem at the moment is, I do not understand where to pick things up from now and how to go about it. Totally a headless chicken. What strategy should I follow to have an effective GMAT plan. Though I am quitting my old job now and joining a new one (with alternative Saturday's working), I need to make sure that I do enough this time to give the exam. My target is 720+ (ambitious)

Is there anyone who could help me with the formulation of the strategy? Sorry for the long post, but I am in dire need of help.

Hi archi1987,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. 4 months is good enough to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have taken a GMAT Mock once. You now 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 think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. 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.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. Just by going through these guides and solving the OG will help you reach 600+.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.

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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