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02 Sep 2018, 12:15
Hello All,

I am trying to take the GMAT in order to apply for January MBA deadlines. I took the diagnostic test from the Official 2019 Guide. I scored below average in Quantitative, I struggled with the concepts. In verbal I did well. Read Comp Above average, Critical Reasoning Excellent, and sentence structure average. I guess I need a study plan that is Quantitative based. I read through the concepts and did 50 more problems in the official guide, but then read you should be saving these for the actual practice tests so I stopped. I am starting to develop an error log now, and am also going to be buying the Manhattan Prep books in the near future. I read that on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday you should be reading theory and practicing with questions while marking up in your error log. Then Thursday, Friday, Saturday should be redoing questions, revisiting concepts, and making flashcards from the questions incorrectly done twice. How should I incorporate this technique into actual material given my goal of applying by January? Is this a good technique?

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02 Sep 2018, 13:27
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Hi Brendan,

To start, there are a number of different ways that you could study for the GMAT - and a variety of different practice materials to choose from. Before we can discuss a Study Plan that might best fit your needs, a bit more information is required.

Since it sounds like you're relatively early-on in your studies, it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). That score will give us a more-defined idea of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 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) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi btwhite,

While all the advices you have received are valid and would have worked really well for some students, it is essential that you do not get overwhelmed by them. Like you have rightly identified, study tips must be incorporated in a study plan instead of using them in isolation and in a haphazard manner. I think you will find this article on creating Personalized Study Plans to be very useful in creating a study plan for yourself.
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03 Sep 2018, 10:11
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btwhite wrote:
Hello All,

I am trying to take the GMAT in order to apply for January MBA deadlines. I took the diagnostic test from the Official 2019 Guide. I scored below average in Quantitative, I struggled with the concepts. In verbal I did well. Read Comp Above average, Critical Reasoning Excellent, and sentence structure average. I guess I need a study plan that is Quantitative based. I read through the concepts and did 50 more problems in the official guide, but then read you should be saving these for the actual practice tests so I stopped. I am starting to develop an error log now, and am also going to be buying the Manhattan Prep books in the near future. I read that on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday you should be reading theory and practicing with questions while marking up in your error log. Then Thursday, Friday, Saturday should be redoing questions, revisiting concepts, and making flashcards from the questions incorrectly done twice. How should I incorporate this technique into actual material given my goal of applying by January? Is this a good technique?

Thank you!

-Brendan

Here is a study plan for you

Best Books

For learning Concepts

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 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2015-18

Best Courses

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

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

Top CATs for Practice

1. Official GMAC CATs
2. Manhattan CATs
3. Kaplan CATs
4. GMAT Club Quant CATs

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05 Sep 2018, 04:11
btwhite wrote:
Hello All,

I am trying to take the GMAT in order to apply for January MBA deadlines. I took the diagnostic test from the Official 2019 Guide. I scored below average in Quantitative, I struggled with the concepts. In verbal I did well. Read Comp Above average, Critical Reasoning Excellent, and sentence structure average. I guess I need a study plan that is Quantitative based. I read through the concepts and did 50 more problems in the official guide, but then read you should be saving these for the actual practice tests so I stopped. I am starting to develop an error log now, and am also going to be buying the Manhattan Prep books in the near future. I read that on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday you should be reading theory and practicing with questions while marking up in your error log. Then Thursday, Friday, Saturday should be redoing questions, revisiting concepts, and making flashcards from the questions incorrectly done twice. How should I incorporate this technique into actual material given my goal of applying by January? Is this a good technique?

Thank you!

-Brendan

Hi btwhite,

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.

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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05 Sep 2018, 09:02
Hi btwhite,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. I agree that since you are just getting started, you should take an official GMAT practice exam so you can get a baseline GMAT score.

Once you take the practice test, please report back here with your score breakdown, and I can provide some further advice.

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Start off studying sort of "on-the-side" -- then once you commit to kicking things into high-gear -- then it's nothing but studying. Live, breath, and sleep the GMAT for full entire days. And then rest -- and then go at it again - then rest. Then review - and kickass on the exam.

http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... study-plan

We also recommend a "Divide and Conquer" approach first.

That is - focus on specific sections - like Sentence Correction. Dedicate an entire day - heck, dedicate multiple consecutive days dedicated ONLY to sentence correction.

For example: tomorrow is "Sentence Correction Day" - and don't move on until you feel you've made a significant improvement and have results to show.

If you operate with that kind of work ethic - and apply that process to RC, RC, PS, DS, etc. -- then you will have individually made good progress in each section.

Then from there, it's about mixing and matching different verbal and quant questions - just as you would see them on the actual test. So take practice tests to simulate this mental switch between different question types under time pressure.

For practice, we recommend the practice tests from mba.com as was from supplemental resources such as this one from GMAT Pill:
http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... ctice-test

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