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# GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep

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27 Jan 2010, 20:01
AtifS wrote:
And yea is it possible that I may take only Quant portion of GmatPrep and then take Verbal when I feel like? What books would u suggest to just have a look on basic stuff before I take GmatPrep ( so that I can recall them ).

Yes, it is possible. You are welcome to do as much or as little as you wish - it does not really matter.
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31 Jan 2010, 10:52
Hello 2 all!
Bb, fantastic site! Thanks a lot for nice-looking working plan! I will start my prep in accordance with it from February 1, 2010. My ultimate target is 700+.
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08 Feb 2010, 19:58
Bb,

This is my first post after five months of being a member of the GMAT Club... I ve already enrolled to a Kaplan course and I will start it in a couple of weeks. The only experience I ve had with the GMAT is from a couple of books that I purchased over year ago but that never really studied them. I am decided to get as high score as I can in the first try, so that's why I enrolled. I believe I am just the kind of person that learns better in a classroom. My score in the Kaplan Diagnostic Test was 570... but I am, like many in this forum, aiming to a 700+ score... I will participate often in the discussion forums since I ve read wonderful things about them... I think I am in the right path, we will find out soon if that's true...

Thanks for your advices, you guys have a lot of experience with this process, so I believe it is really worth it to listen and learn... by the way... I ve just downloaded Sidartha for Kindle... people should know that book is for free in that store... I hope that improves my verbal score...

Good luck to everyone that is starting the MBA journey... it should be a wonderful ride...

Greetings from Mexico...
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Updated on: 31 Dec 2012, 12:08
gmat newb here...really learning a lot from this place...thanks to you all!

Originally posted by derekjung80 on 08 Feb 2010, 22:43.
Last edited by derekjung80 on 31 Dec 2012, 12:08, edited 1 time in total.
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08 Feb 2010, 22:56
Welcome guys and good luck.
If you have any suggestions, please do let me know and I will try to include them regularly.
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09 Feb 2010, 14:33
Hello,

So far I have followed the plan the past two months...I went from a diagnostic of 480 (v25 q32) to a 570 (v29 q41). I have 3 weeks left until the test.

Thank you soo much!! I love this website and all the advice has been awesome.

I need a 570 to get into the Depaul Ms in Finance program, so I think I am in good shape.

What areas do you think I should concentrate the most these last three weeks?

I have all my days to study (I am unemployed), I am using Knewton (have way through the course, I will post a review after I am done with the test), Gmat hacks math book and Mgmat SC book. I have like 10 more gmats left to take.

Also, what point increase should I realistically expect from 570 in this three week span?

I am planning on taking the Gmat again in June in hope of getting 700. (I will have 2 1/2 more months to study after a 2 week break from this first exam), to improve my employment opportunities after graduation.

Thanks a lot!

I love GMAT club! I am ecuadorian living in Chicago the past 2 years.
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09 Feb 2010, 16:20
Thanks and congratulations - looking forward to your debrief and a big success story
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15 Feb 2010, 17:45
Hi bb ,

been away for a long time from gmatclub !

took the test in december and scored a 690 , very disappointed

got an ISB ding was the only school I applied to this year

want to hit 740+ . any suggestions for me . planning to retake in june.

my breakdown (Q: 48 V:37 AWA:5.0)
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15 Feb 2010, 18:07
My suggestion would be this plan: gmat-study-plan-go-from-650-to-80235.html
By the way, 690 is not a bad score at all. ISB of course is highly competitive but 690 is not bad at all.
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16 Feb 2010, 06:38
bb wrote:
My suggestion would be this plan: gmat-study-plan-go-from-650-to-80235.html
By the way, 690 is not a bad score at all. ISB of course is highly competitive but 690 is not bad at all.

thanks for the guidance bb

will start working on it
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24 Feb 2010, 11:39
Hello! I havent write posts last time, but i have carefully look at matherial and idioms that i have found heve; they are very useful, thanks a lot. Now i have many many questions=) first of all i want to ast the professionals, i have make me familiar with GMAT tasks(Q and V) have loo through my OG for 3 month but not very intensive. at last month i have spend more time at Vebal. And now i realise that i ve forgotten the Math. 1 month i have, want to work more intensive. Today i have done online sample test. But it was horrible, verbal only 29 % or 12 from 41. What can i do? By the way i have 1 time choose answers without readung and i have got 27%. How can i improove my score? i want to have 650
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24 Feb 2010, 11:42
What books did you use?

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28 Feb 2010, 17:05
Thank you for your study plan information. My journey begins tomorrow as it pertains to my 3 month study plan. I will be applying for schools towards the end of this year! Great web site and posts from all of it's members!
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03 Mar 2010, 03:39
Hi,

This is my first post. Read quite a few of the posts here and it has really proved useful as I was totally unaware of the whats and hows of GMAT. Great job and a big thanks to all!!!

I have around 4 -5 months to prepare. I am working as a software engineer from 12 noon to 11 night. So that gives me the morning hours to prepare. I can squeeze in around 3 hours per day and much more on weekends. Could you please let me know of this is sufficient?

I have a few doubts. Could you kindly clear?

1. You have mentioned not to waste OG until one is prepared with the stuffs. So could you please give a sequential list of books to be used.

2. Is it okay to give the GMAT prep test without preparing? If not, could you kindly tell me which other test will give me a clear idea of where I stand? Once this is done, I can give the test and then plan further with your help.

3. I am pretty weak in Quants. Could you kindly give me a plan as to how to go about this? Like which book to start first with and how to progress?

Thank you so much!
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03 Mar 2010, 04:59
i have a question, I'm starting to make a plan and I'm considering which books are the best prep material. I saw that you prefer the Kaplan series, but some members told me it's the best to start with the Manhattan series. Please let me know your advice. Also is it OK to get the Official guide, first go through it and than get other materials?
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04 Mar 2010, 05:32
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i have a question, I'm starting to make a plan and I'm considering which books are the best prep material. I saw that you prefer the Kaplan series, but some members told me it's the best to start with the Manhattan series. Please let me know your advice. Also is it OK to get the Official guide, first go through it and than get other materials?

Man Official Guides are essential and first have some review then go to OG. To do first half of the questions untimed is OK but other half attempt them with time & try to do questions in chunks everyday.
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07 Mar 2010, 06:06
Hi,
I have just started GMAT preparations, I had OG 11th edition so took the diagnostic test to start with and got the score ranges as the one below.
1. Quant- Above Avg.
2. DS - Above Avg.
3. RC - Above Avg.
4. CR - Excellent
5. SC - Average.

I want to take GMAT in two months. Shall I start with MGMAT -SC (I have 2007 edition) and later to other subjects.What all Books shall I refer to and what shall be my strategy?
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12 Mar 2010, 13:14
Hi all

Thank for your great experiences and ideas shared in this forum.

I am a newbie for the GMAT and I plan to take GMAT in July, 2010. My first target is 600.

I have gone through many links and threads in this forum, especially for how to make a good study plan and I realised that most of people have received valuable advices. So I decide to post my study plan here and hopefully, I will get some ideas and comments to make my plan more effectively.

I am not native English speaker. Although I completed my bachelor programme in English in European country, I believe my English skill is still at low level, particularly for GMAT preparation. Therefore, I should divide my plan into 2 stages.

The first stage is to review English grammar and general writing and reading strategies. I am going to spend 1 month for this stage (5 hours per day). My weakness is probably vocabulary and understanding business idioms. To solve these problems, I am reading The Economist (very carefully 2 articles per day) and GMAT Fiction now. Could you suggest any other ideas to enlarge my vocabulary?

The second one is to follow 3 months plan which BB suggested. I will apply and adjust something after I take a diagnostic test. To prepare for this stage from now, what I need is a collection of GMAT books which is suitable with my background and my 600-target. Could you recommend me some ideas?

I look forward to receiving all your suggestions.

Have a nice day
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21 Mar 2010, 18:46
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Hi all

Thank for your great experiences and ideas shared in this forum.

I am a newbie for the GMAT and I plan to take GMAT in July, 2010. My first target is 600.

I have gone through many links and threads in this forum, especially for how to make a good study plan and I realised that most of people have received valuable advices. So I decide to post my study plan here and hopefully, I will get some ideas and comments to make my plan more effectively.

I am not native English speaker. Although I completed my bachelor programme in English in European country, I believe my English skill is still at low level, particularly for GMAT preparation. Therefore, I should divide my plan into 2 stages.

The first stage is to review English grammar and general writing and reading strategies. I am going to spend 1 month for this stage (5 hours per day). My weakness is probably vocabulary and understanding business idioms. To solve these problems, I am reading The Economist (very carefully 2 articles per day) and GMAT Fiction now. Could you suggest any other ideas to enlarge my vocabulary?

The second one is to follow 3 months plan which BB suggested. I will apply and adjust something after I take a diagnostic test. To prepare for this stage from now, what I need is a collection of GMAT books which is suitable with my background and my 600-target. Could you recommend me some ideas?

I look forward to receiving all your suggestions.

Have a nice day

What is your starting point to reach the 600 target?
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