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GMAT Study Plan - 2018 Edition

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22 Jun 2016, 21:33
Surbhi17 wrote:
Hi all,

Please suggest me some material from where I can practice the CR and SC questions , I have already finished OG questions.
And I need some very good set of questions for quant too .
I don't have much time left , my exam is after 20 days , so accordingly please suggest some good set of questions , which could help me to gain confidence.

Hi

You could pick up the Official Verbal and Quant guides and practice if you have already not done. Since you have 20 days, you can practice on the GMAT club tests and GMAT prep too, the tests help give you a very good idea of where you stand and areas of improvement.
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22 Jun 2016, 21:51
Thanks for it .....
But plz suggest some good material for CR and SC ,so that I could work upon my weak areas ......
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22 Jun 2016, 23:43
Hi all ,

Please suggest me some websites from where I can practice more questions and see the score , where do I stand .

My exam is after 20 days !!
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23 Jun 2016, 02:46
Surbhi17 wrote:
Thanks for it .....
But plz suggest some good material for CR and SC ,so that I could work upon my weak areas ......

Manhattan SC/RC guides and Power score CR Bible for CR would be great for strategies.
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24 Jun 2016, 07:00
Hello,
I am appearing for GMAT on 9th July 2016. I sat down for my prep around 1 month back. I gave GMAT Prep Exam 1 without any prior prep and scored a 700 (Q49, V35). Today I wrote GMAT Prep Exam 2 and scored a 710 (Q49, V37). In between I also appeared for two MGMAT tests and scored a 610 and 640 respectively. I have been constantly preparing for a month and an increase of just 10 points on the official exam left me slightly puzzled. I am aiming for a 740 score in GMAT. As I still have two weeks to go, I just wanted some advice on how the score can be further boosted. I believe that DS is a weak area for me so would specifically like to work upon that. Besides this any other advice will also be useful
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24 Jun 2016, 15:57
Make sure you don't miss ANY "easy" or "medium" questions. You absolutely can't score high if you miss these. Most aspiring 700 scorers focus all their time on the most complex/confusing questions they can find. I would ONLY focus on these once you've MASTERED the easy/medium and regular "hard" questions.

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25 Jun 2016, 11:26
Can anybody suggest a CR book containing advanced strategies to solve tough problems with ease in a short time without compromising accuracy? I am not looking for basic strategies / strategies to solve easy questions. I am aiming for 700+ score and hence would require the book to teach me strategies to solve 700+ level questions. Also, I would not expect the book to be bulky. I searched the list of books in the forum but am struggling to find the right one that can meet my requirement.

Should I buy Powerscore or Manhattan or any other book? I have the OG books along with OG online question banks (OG + OG Verbal - 2016&2017) already for practice of questions.
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29 Jun 2016, 22:57
Is it better to study finish the OG before starting online prep courses? When do squeeze time to study when you re working 8 to 6pm?
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Updated on: 05 Jun 2017, 15:36
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Step 6: Avoid typical GMAT prep mistakes and pitfalls.
Here is the most common one I see - jumping into questions and tests completely unprepared and expecting results/miracles. GMAT consists of several layers and it is important to master each one before moving on to the next - think of it as of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. There is no use in satisfying your social needs before you can take care of basic needs such as safety and food. The same is here, if you don't know the underlying principles that GMAT is testing (such as grammar, arithmetic, etc) there is no use in solving hundreds of questions or taking multiple GMAT tests. This means that if English is not your native language, you should not work on the RC strategies if you can't understand half of the passage - you need to get comfortable reading long passages of text before moving on.

Agreed! I think this is where I differ in experience from other GMAT tutors / instructors, because I usually work with students who already have very good scores on the GMAT, and are now looking to master the test, so the "jump right in" approach is pretty common for me.

However, real questions only help if you first take the time to understand the building blocks of those questions.

If you don't, then take a big step backward and start reviewing your fundamentals first.

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Originally posted by mcelroytutoring on 01 Jul 2016, 08:23.
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Updated on: 05 Jun 2017, 15:37
Manick9 wrote:
Is it better to study finish the OG before starting online prep courses? When do squeeze time to study when you re working 8 to 6pm?

Manick9
If you are working from 8 to 6 pm, then a course might be a waste of your time.

Have you taken a diagnostic GMATPrep exam yet? A lot of my advice would have to do with where you currently stand regarding your score:

1) Low-scoring students often benefit greatly from a course.
2) High-scoring students tend to benefit more from self-study and private instruction.

If I were working from 8 to 6, then I would probably try to do 45 minutes of study in the morning before work, and an hour of review afterward. I know that's a lot to ask, though, so I'd settle for an hour combined each day.

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One of the only known humans to have taken the GMAT 5 times and scored in the 700s every time (700, 710, 730, 750, 770), including verified section scores of Q50 / V47, as well as personal bests of 8/8 IR (2 times), 6/6 AWA (4 times), 50/51Q and 48/51V (1 question wrong).

You can download my official test-taker score report (all scores within the last 5 years) directly from the Pearson Vue website: https://tinyurl.com/y7knw7bt Date of Birth: 09 December 1979.

GMAT Action Plan and Free E-Book - McElroy Tutoring

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Originally posted by mcelroytutoring on 01 Jul 2016, 08:29.
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03 Jul 2016, 17:48
Hi mcelroy,

I took 2 Prep test using London Business School Online GMAT Test without any preparation. I got a score in range 480-500. Quant 42-44 and Verbal 18-20. My GMATClub score estimator shows Sub-450. Verbal is my weakness especially SC & CR and for Quant its DS.

Anyway your plan sounds good. I will try to study 1-2 hrs per day.

Cheers!

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Manick9 wrote:
Is it better to study finish the OG before starting online prep courses? When do squeeze time to study when you re working 8 to 6pm?

Manick9
If you are working from 8 to 6 pm, then a course might be a waste of your time.

Have you taken a diagnostic GMATPrep exam yet? A lot of my advice would have to do with where you currently stand regarding your score:

1) Low-scoring students often benefit greatly from a course.
2) High-scoring students tend to benefit more from self-study and private instruction.

If I were working from 8 to 6, then I would probably try to do 45 minutes of study in the morning before work, and an hour of review afterward. I know that's a lot to ask, though, so I'd settle for an hour combined each day.

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09 Jul 2016, 21:31
HI BB

I'm currently on My 6th week of the Magoosh 3 month study plan and I just finished taking the 1st MGMAT practice test, scoring a 600.
(Quant 39, Verbal 34).

The study plan tells me to take another MGMAT practice test every week from this point.

I'm worried about wasting the tests because I feel like I haven't mastered some types of problems yet, like work, distance and overlapping to be specific.

My question is, would you recommend I finish all the lessons of Magoosh first and then go back to take the tests OR should I follow the study plan as it is structured, taking another MGMAT test every week until I finish them?

Thanks in advance for any input.
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09 Jul 2016, 23:53
I have a doubt regarding percentile for each section.. I have been taking MGMAT Cat tests and oberved the % level after each question. So % of the last question (37th or 41st) is my percentile of that section ?
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16 Jul 2016, 06:09
Hi All,
Actually I gave GMAT exam , and I just scored 540 , quant -47 & verbal-20..after this score I realized that verbal is a major problem for me .
Could anyone please help me out what should I do to improve my verbal section, and after how many days I can plan to give my GMAT again ...
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27 Jul 2016, 10:57
Hi! bb,

Thank you for the detail study plan and guidance. I appreciate it a lot. I did not realize how subtle things during my study added to inefficiencies and ineffectiveness.
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16 Oct 2016, 04:41
Hi,

I gave my GMAT September last week and scored 680(Q50 and V30). I want to cross 740 and I am planning to retake in November. Please help me how should I improve my verbal. I already exhausted egmat verbal resources. I perform badly in verbal in timed environment. Please help me. I am really depressed.
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19 Oct 2016, 23:18
540 on GMATPrep 1st Attempt (Without any prior studying):

I scored 540/44% (Q46/71%, V19/17%, IR 7/81%) on my first attempt at the GMATPrep Exam 1.

I wanted to see where I stand before I do any kind of study/plan for the GMAT, specially that my work schedule is hectic (6 days/week, 10-12 hours/day). The Quantitative questions seemed pretty easy for me except when I lost a bit of my focus (mainly due to time) in the last 5 questions. Regarding the verbal part, I got the first 4 questions and the last 4 questions incorrect (Total 20 incorrect questions out of 41).

I had a bit of information about the GMAT exam, but never studied for it. I was just planning to take the GMAT because I want to go to a top-tier business school in 2/2.5 years from now.

As experts, what do you think would be the best approach to get 700+ on the GMAT. Do I have to study for the verbal part only? Or I should do some work on the quantitative part as well?

Your help would be highly appreciated.

Best Regards,
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21 Oct 2016, 20:54
Thank you for posting this. Could you please provide some insight on how best to adapt this into a 1 month study plan?
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30 Oct 2016, 08:39
Hi All

I am looking for a study plan for verbal. My present score is V19 and my target score is V40. Please provide the study and materials for verabl
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09 Nov 2016, 07:52
Hello,

I scored a disappointing 440 on my first Gmat prep test.
Will it be possible to catapult my score to 700 and what level of preparation this exam requires to bridge 440 to 700.
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