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Discipline and determination. The GMAT is a sacrifice and you have to really want it.

A lot of it is not so much learning material but getting the rhythm of answering those questions under 2 mins. That takes a lot of practice, there aren't that many shortcuts for the GMAT.

Here are my 2 cents of advice:

1. Most quant problems have several different ways to solve them, pick one you are comfortable with and stick to this method. You will become a pro after going through many problems and attacking them using your chosen method.

2. Don't be afraid of problems that seem difficult. Make an effort to understand them, get a tutor, whatever it takes. Once you nail these you will smile when you get a similar problem in a practice test or even better, in the real thing.

3. Data sufficiency is your friend. These problems are quicker to solve, they just seam daunting because it's a completely foreign type of question. Some of the problems you can solve just by estimating and discarding the answers that are way off. When your running low of time, DS questions are often easier to guess. Memorize what all the letters mean, so you don't have to look at this during the test.

4. You should take some of your practice including all parts of the exam, not just verbal and quant. The reason for this, is that you want to measure what real exam conditions are like. By the time you get to the verbal section you are already tired and your reading comprehension abilities are not perfect. If you do just the verbal and quant, you are tricking your brain into believing the exam is a lot shorter than it it.

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it's free, fun and incredibly accurate.

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A lot of great tips in this thread.
Just wanted to add a few very small, and often ignored, but crucial points.

1. Quality over Quantity: While doing practice questions, it's important to spend enough time in analyzing your performance. It's not just enough to get a question right. You must be 100% sure about why the other 4 options are wrong. As you know, you will never get any of the questions that you are doing in the actual GMAT. What you will gain from the practice questions (hopefully) is the ability to identify what rule/strategy is being tested in a question.

2. Do it 'right': A lot of you will study from books. But don't forget that the GMAT is a computer test. So, when you are studying from books, do not write or underline (especially in RCs). Do as many of your practice questions online as possible. Also, once you start taking full length mock tests, instead of paper and pencil, use laminated scratch pads and markers similar to the ones that you will get on the test day. On the day of the GMAT, the fewer adjustments you have to make, the better.

3. Importance of taking full length tests: I am sure all of you know how important it is to take full length tests. Your GMAT prep is incomplete unless you take atleast 4-5 full length mock tests. Oh, by the way, full length means full length! It's not "full length" if you are skipping the AWA and IR sections Also, the last three full length mock tests should be taken in exactly the same time slot as the actual GMAT - so that your brain gets acclimatized to working hard in that time slot. As I said, on the day of the GMAT, the fewer adjustments you have to make, the better.

Hope this helps!

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Thanks Anushree for your inputs. I went thru the Manhattan guides for both quant n verbal n they were pretty easy to understand. However when it comes to solving problems/tests that's where I meet my downfall.

This tempts me all the more to revise the guides but I guess practicing more tests would be of better help.

All the best to u too.

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I am unable to search my workbook through page wise, it's always forcing me to search date wise. plz help me, in the past I generally went through page wise to check my errors ( like topic wise SC and then go to page no 5).

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I was looking for someone who could do my essay for me fast but for now no luck. GMAT is hard for me, but my parents are insisting

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Great post with lots of insight. Thanks

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31 Aug 2009, 11:07
Great post!

Do you have a plan for someone who has a full year to study?

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07 Sep 2009, 19:07
Hey BB!,
Have you ever heard of a book called Total GMAT Verbal by GMAT Hacks. Please let me know if think it is worth my time. My math is fine, verbal horrible.

Taking the GMAT on Nov 24 so my prep starts NOW!!! Also, how do you keep the math concepts fresh in your head during Month 2??

Need a significant increase - took the GMAT and did not do well at all (610).

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07 Sep 2009, 21:11
I have heard good things about the math document, but nothing about the verbal PDF.
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18 Sep 2009, 15:44
Hi bb,
Myself Sunny, embarking on my gmat preparation journey. Target 700+. Your post really helped me a lot. Hope to get your response in future as well.
Thanks.

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18 Sep 2009, 16:01
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Hi bb,
Myself Sunny, embarking on my gmat preparation journey. Target 700+. Your post really helped me a lot. Hope to get your response in future as well.
Thanks.

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Welcome to GMAT Club Sunny!
Good luck on your journey - let us know how it goes.
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22 Sep 2009, 11:16
I have planned to do intense study for 3 months but feel like its not gonna be enough.

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23 Sep 2009, 16:44
I see for Manhattan, there are different books for Math. Don't they have only 1 book for Math?

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Hi bb, Hi Everyone,

I just joined GMAT Club after reading your reviews of the Official Guide for GMAT on Amazon.
I'm planning to take the GMAT in late November this year.

After reading the study schedule guide posted here, I realized that I have less than 3 months to study.
This will be my first time taking the GMAT and I'm quite worried that I won't get a good score. I am aiming for 700+.

My Background:
It's been awhile since I've graduated from college. I have a B.A. from a "top-ten" university in History and a M.A. from another well-known college in Information Systems Management.

My Strengths and Weaknesses:
My stronger area is probably in Math, but my weakness is in test-taking. I have trouble with taking timed tests. I take too long to think about each problem and waste a lot of time re-reading the problem or just writing out my calculations. I also have trouble concentrating on the problems after about an hour (either from boredom, distraction, or frustration). As for Sentence Completion and Reading Comprehension, I feel a bit overwhelmed because there seem to be so many study guides out on the market. I think I can write a good essay since I'm a native English speaker, but I tend to think that essays are subjectively scored rather than objectively scored -- such as math scores.

My Goal is to Join the 700+ Club!
I would like to know if I stand a chance at 700+ on my first try. I'm able to study 5-8 hours a day, 7 days a week (I know that sounds drastic but I'm hardcore and I'm willing to do what is necessary!). I only work part-time at the moment, and I am also taking a finite mathematics course at a community college (to brush up on my math skills), so I've got tons of time during the day and on weekends. I'm the type who feels motivated to study when there are other people studying around me.

I've already purchased the following books:
- The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 11th edition (I know the 12th ed. is out, but I bought this book last year)
- Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction, Guide 8, 4th edition (I've started reading Chapter 2 today)
- Manhattan GMAT Reading Comprehension, Guide 7, 4h edition (haven't started yet)
- EZ Solutions Math Practice Advanced Workbook
- Any other books that you'd suggest for me to use within a 2 month study period?

I am also thinking of taking a Manhattan GMAT Online GMAT course. Do you think it is worth it (for someone in my situation with only 2 months but plenty of time in the day) to take a course like this? If anyone here has had experience taking a course with MGMAT in person or online, could you please share some of your experiences? Was it a good investment? How much of an increase in score were you able to obtain?

I realize that many of my questions have probably already been answered on this forum. I just joined and started reading all the posts - my apologies if I sound redundant.

700+ Bound...
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24 Sep 2009, 14:10
Welcome to GMAT Club Bambie

Here is a collection of gmat prep class reviews to get you started: gmat-prep-courses-classes-reviews-ratings-and-comparison-78451.html
The class is often recommended, but it does not guarantee the score, so take it with a grain of salt, though MGMAT is definitely one of the best classes you can take.

I would recommend you take a gmat prep to get an understanding of where you stand and weaknesses, and we can see what you really need. Joining 700-club is definitely doable within your timeframe and resources.

Post after you have taken the GMAT prep and we'll go from there.
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28 Sep 2009, 10:23
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hi,

i have very poor english .....how should i start my preparation for gmat?

You will need to get your English up to standards. No use to get into strategies if you have trouble understanding.
Start learning vocabulary (get some english books), and start reading/speaking as much as you can - get interesting books, join some English language forums/wesbsites, get a tutor, etc.
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28 Sep 2009, 13:48
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thanks for your reply bb ....but cant i use gmat verbal books as tool in my english learning process? i can use verbal books to check my improvement

You could, but it resembles running a race in winter boots
GMAT books assume that you are proficient in English already and are not designed to be ESL materials. The only one that could work for you is Kaplan Verbal Foundations - it is a grammar book that starts from scratch. Maybe start there, see how it goes, and then move on to MGMAT SC or PowerScore SC and other books.
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28 Sep 2009, 21:45
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WOW - you are are crazy
Two notes of caution - don't burn out and do not assume all the materials will do the job for you.
You must believe and fully dive into each book. Keep an error log and not move on until you are comfortable. I do think it is a heavy overkill - it is highly recommended to take less than 4-6 months to take the GMAT - otherwise you start forgetting what you have learned.

P.S. My mistake - the MGMAT Number properties book should be mentioned.

I agree with bb, this is a absolute overkill ... and there is a lot of redundant books in the list you mentioned, like if you go for LSAT CR and RC then you need the GMAT CR and RC books ...

Remember GMAT prep is not about just doing all kinds of problems known in this world, but doing the right kind of problems .. u need to study smartly and not blindly ...

as bb said anything beyond 4-6 months you will surely tend to loose interest in it and the tempo would go down ...

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chiank wrote:
oh...then how to study smart ? then should i go for standard plan or advance plan ?....i will be soon joining english classes .....

i need to start atleast from next month since i have CFA final exams to appear in coming june.....and after exams i will get 2months ......i will not overkill my self ...2-3 hrs daily is easily managable

bb and superman ...how do you suggest i shld select books .....i mean i cant study every book and decide whether it is bad one for me or good one ....i need to decide startegy beforehand.......i thnk for me ...doing grammar, kaplan verbal foundation , prob. and cmb. for dummies is must .....
it might be too much for asking but can you people suggest some good plan? ........plan for 6-7 months studies ...or alteast suggest books i should removed from above posted plan

Ok this is what I would do ...

Diagonstic test GMATPrep - to check out where you are ...

Step 1 ) Quant - 6-8 weeks - complete all 5 MGMAT guides along with the OG 12 and the OG quant review books that the MGMAT guides refer to ...

Step 2 ) Verbal - 3-4 weeks - Is your verbal really that bad ?. If yes then go over doing grammar/kaplan verbal foundation if not skip the doing grammar/verbal foundation and jump to MGMAT SC book, Power Score GMAT CR, MGMAT RC along with the OG 12 and the OG verbal review books that the MGMAT guides refer to ... this should take another 4 weeks ...

Step 3 ) Practice - 1-2 weeks - At this point take a MGMAT test ( you get 6 free test when you purchase any of their books) to check your score improvement and the areas you need to revise. Do PR 1012 for the sections you identified as weak and also complete all the question banks that MGMAT provides online along with the books for free.

Step 4) Practice more 4-6 weeks - you should have been in 600-650 range by now and the next step is all about practicing tough questions

Quant Practice resources - GMAT Club tests - 25 of them and also tests on individual subjects areas

Verbal Practice areas - LSAT CR, LSAT RC, Brutual SC doc, 180 SC doc and lots of practice questions at http://www.gmat-success.com/gmat-verbal.html

Also start taking more and more tests as you near your exam and gain confidence ... Make sure to keep an error log right from the beginning and also review them every now and then ...

prob. and comb. for dummies - my sincere opinion is that MGMAT Word Translation book covers this enough and do not worry much on this topic as most of the de-briefs I have read have either seen none or max of two (easy) questions from prob and comb topics ...

hope this helps ...

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29 Sep 2009, 06:38

I just started my prep about 1 week ago. I will follow through the suggested study plan. I'm planning to do this in 5 months (1 month to broaden my vocabulary + 4 months GMAT study).

Hey bb, English is totally a different language from Chinese or Japanese, from your perspective how big vocabulary is necessary and enough for a non-English speaker test taker? I mean like ~10k? Thanks. BTW I'm Asian.

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