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# GMAT Study Plan - 2018 Edition

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26 Dec 2017, 06:52
Thank you for this excellent post!

I wanted to share my perspective on the GMAT data sufficiency section from my experience (Q50 recently)

Every GMAT data sufficiency question fundamentally tests one of three skills -

1. Re-framing the original question statement to a simpler question statement
2. Avoiding key ‘traps’ and avoiding inferring more than is fact based
3. Solving ‘just enough’ so you balance getting to the right place with not running off time

Once we adopt the above three as the core pillars behind solving DS question, things become much simpler.

Take for example -

A room contains 101 people, given there is at-least 1 architect in the room, how many total architects are in the room?

1. 32% of the architects are left handed
2. 71% of the architects are bongo players

The key to solve the problem is to realizee that the number of architects only can be a whole, positive number. It cannot be something like 1.7. -13! This radically simplifies the solution space. The original question is re-framed into something simpler which is principle (1). I would let you try out this question!

I have compiled all my experiences, tips and hacks in a dedicated free toolkit guide at :mastergmatds [dot] com . Advanced DS problem solving techniques for serious test takers. Please do give it a shot!
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26 Dec 2017, 16:56
MasterGmatDS wrote:
Thank you for this excellent post!

I wanted to share my perspective on the GMAT data sufficiency section from my experience (Q50 recently)

Every GMAT data sufficiency question fundamentally tests one of three skills -

1. Re-framing the original question statement to a simpler question statement
2. Avoiding key ‘traps’ and avoiding inferring more than is fact based
3. Solving ‘just enough’ so you balance getting to the right place with not running off time

Once we adopt the above three as the core pillars behind solving DS question, things become much simpler.

Take for example -

A room contains 101 people, given there is at-least 1 architect in the room, how many total architects are in the room?

1. 32% of the architects are left handed
2. 71% of the architects are bongo players

The key to solve the problem is to realizee that the number of architects only can be a whole, positive number. It cannot be something like 1.7. -13! This radically simplifies the solution space. The original question is re-framed into something simpler which is principle (1). I would let you try out this question!

I have compiled all my experiences, tips and hacks in a dedicated free toolkit guide at :mastergmatds [dot] com . Advanced DS problem solving techniques for serious test takers. Please do give it a shot!

bb , is there any way to read posts about failed study plans? I am quite curious.
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27 Dec 2017, 07:38
chesstitans ,

Your so very curious query made me think with equal avidness but i don't think we have specific posts about FAILED STUDY PLANS. BUT you can read the GMAT experiences/debriefs where people did not achieve the awesome score even after studying for long or check the previous gmat experience debriefs of those who nailed it in their 3rd or 4th attempt. All of this relates to bad study habits and unorganized way of studying. Sometimes happens for not having a study plan at all but mostly happens when students have one but do not follow it.
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01 Feb 2018, 12:58
Hi there! I am a nonnative speaker and I´ve planned to take the GMAT on March 23rd, since I started on January 31st I will be studying for 50 days aprox. I took the first GMATprep exam and scored 600 points (very bad on the Verbal but better than expected on the Quant section).

I´ve started with the OGs and I plan to doy the 1500 questions in the next 6 weeks and then use the last 1.5 week to do CATs and practice AWA and IR. I don't plan to take any online course because I feel that I´m better at learning by myself with a book, I always was. Do you guys think this is enough? If I were to take an online course it would have to be a Verbal-focused one because it is what I need most, though I prefer not to take anything (cheaper option).

Also, why is "bb" saying that starting with the OGs is "Common mistake"?
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04 Mar 2018, 20:52
Hello BB,

Thank you so much for posting this. If I would like to just check my quant progress after finishing my strategy guides, am I able to just do the quant sections of practice CAT and still get a score? For example on GMAT prep and MGMAT tests?
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16 Mar 2018, 07:57
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Guys my friend Ariana has great material on GMAT. Post your email id in the comments section of the below link and she will share the material with you.

Kudos appreciated. I unable to post the link as i have just joined the club. just check out her page on linkedin

Hi KJ26

Can you ask your friend to join GMAT club and post her material here.
That way more people can benefit.

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18 Mar 2018, 12:35
this topic really helped my spirit when i faced gmat for the first time man ! i cant thank you enough
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21 Mar 2018, 00:49
Hello there! After trying too hard my final gmat score is 300 i have a good gpa score completed my bachelors and masters in accounting with 3.9 3.9 gpas 3 years of work experiences and stong profile..
i want to get in one for master accounting colleges in texas.. universities like clear lake or university of houston which are average colleges.. what are the possiblities of me getting there? Please help me.. i tried really hard for gmat.

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21 Mar 2018, 18:46
Hi ankykool,

To start, you would likely receive more of a response if you post your story in its own thread (for example, in the 'Share GMAT Experience' forum here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/share-gmat-experience-8/). You should go into as much detail as you can about how you studied, the study materials you used, etc. I'll be happy to answer any questions that you have.

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22 Mar 2018, 04:30
ankykool wrote:
Hello there! After trying too hard my final gmat score is 300 i have a good gpa score completed my bachelors and masters in accounting with 3.9 3.9 gpas 3 years of work experiences and stong profile..
i want to get in one for master accounting colleges in texas.. universities like clear lake or university of houston which are average colleges.. what are the possiblities of me getting there? Please help me.. i tried really hard for gmat.

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is this your official score ? because its way below the average that it might hurt your application considering your total qualifications. There is the option to cancel the score
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10 Jul 2018, 10:12
Can a consistent score of 690 in the mock tests 20 days before the GMAT exam convert to 720+ in the actual test?

Any suggestion to improve the score in these remaining 20 days?

Thanks!
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11 Jul 2018, 08:08
Hi ,
Can someone tell me which book shall I refer for critical Reasoning

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11 Jul 2018, 08:59
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Hi ,
Can someone tell me which book shall I refer for critical Reasoning

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Hi Varsha,

I found Manhattan CR module very useful.
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12 Jul 2018, 11:28
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Can a consistent score of 690 in the mock tests 20 days before the GMAT exam convert to 720+ in the actual test?

Any suggestion to improve the score in these remaining 20 days?

Thanks!

It will help to indicate the kind of mock test you took.
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13 Sep 2018, 20:36
Great article!
Thanks a lot for the advice!
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10 Oct 2018, 20:58
Oh wow, I have just joined GMAT club, and I must say you guys have done a brilliant job.
This website is all anyone needs for their GMAT prep.
The more time I spend on this site the more I realize that I don't need any more material for my preparation.
I have bought mocks, books for my GMAT prep and confirmed a consultant for my MBA preparation based solely on the recommendations from this website.

Thank you so much bb
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18 Oct 2018, 12:31
Hello,

I recently got all my study materials together (OG and Manhattan study guides) and just took my diagnostic test. I’m having trouble on how to start studying or using the materials.

I’m planning on revisiting some basic math concepts and study with Manhattan’s Foundation of Math. Should I spend my time going through that first and then dive into the the practice questions from OG? Or do them simultaneously?

Also with my OG and Manhattan series, can anyone please share what is the best way to use them? Should I go through each chapters of the Manhattan series first and then look up some practice questions from OG to solve them or start with OG practice problems and if I get stuck, look up for explanation and help from the Manhattan guides?

Thank you!

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12 Dec 2018, 20:49
Just found this post. I took my first GMAT Prep Test in Offical prep software and scored a disaster score of 360. The Post by BB States that the Score can be improved by 150 Points Does that mean there is no chance to score 650+?

My GMAT PREP 1 SCORE Breakdown

360
Q 24 - 16 incorrect questions
V 17 - 19 incorrect questions

Please suggest me how i can improve my score by 300 points ?
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13 Dec 2018, 15:16
Hi Nirenjan,

To start, you will likely receive more of a response if you start a new post-thread (instead of piggy-backing on this one). In August of this year, you discussed your studies up to that point and your overall application goals/plans. It would help to know what you have done over the last 3-4 months and how your plans have changed. Raising a 360 to a 650+ will be a challenging task, but it is doable. However, you will almost certainly have to commit to a consistent, guided Study Plan.

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03 Jan 2019, 04:39
Hello Guys,

I am a working professional with 10+ years of experience. I am planning to do 1 year MBA from reputable college in 2019.
since it was too long from my graduation completion, i had lost complete touch of the basic of Quant and verbal. I have started my preparations from last 1.5 month with my job. Now, i have covered most of the basic study material, the Official guide 2108, GMAC quantative and verbal review books, each one time, Manhattan books.
I have booked by GMAT 1st attempt on 8th Jan 2019. I have started giving some of the MOCK exams including the one in free GMAC practice exam, but my score look miserable it is as low as 470. There seems to be two reasons, i am able to attend only 70% of Quant and Verbal questions and also, among the attempted one i am having only 50% accuracy.

It seems that i am catching up in Quant but in mock exams some how i manage to mess it up for simple things. Things are looking worse currently in this scenario.

Would really like to have some advice from everyone.
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