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I took my test last December and scored a 660 (Q45, V36) with a month of prep. I am aiming for top schools (Top 15) so I would need at-least 720 or maybe even more as my GPA is not very high.

I realized that the big mistake I made was I was overconfident about math and dived right into OG. OG questions seemed doable but the exam was much harder. Now I am using the MGMAT for SC and some math. But MGMAT keeps referring to OG questions. What should I do as I already did the OG (with not so nice results)?



You have a few options - you can get the PowerScore SC, you can also buy GMAT Paper tests. (gmat-paper-tests-84064.html)

Secondary options are to get PR 1012 book or Kaplan Verbal Workbook but those won't be as high quality as the OG questions.
I also assume you have bone through Verbal OG?
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New post 09 Sep 2010, 16:32
Hi everyone
Very helpfull the informations in there, thanks to the owner.
I plan to take the gmat by december and i will try to follow your study guide.
Hope that will help me beat the GMAT
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My friends,

As most of you know that i have just started my GMAT preparation (like a week back) and i assume some of you already know me through my post on introducing myself section.

I plan to appear for GMAT at the end of March'11 and i would like to give myself sufficient time to ensure that i score 700 + (my target is 730). I am planning to get admitted to LBS MiFinance programme or RSM's MFM programme.

Following is the study programme i plan to pursue and i would really appreciate your expert opinion if its enough for a 700 score...(Just to give you a briefer; i am pretty decent in vocabulary but i find quant very tricky; especially i suck at geometry therefore i would really focus on Quant)

QUANT
1. Manhattan GMAT Quantitative Strategy Guides (Finish all 5 books)
2. Finish OG 12 Quantitative Questions
3. Finish OG 12 QR Questions
4. GMAT MATH BIBLE (Jeff Hackman's ebook; i suppose most of you know of it) - only solve GMAT type questions at the end of the topic (Not concept questions)
5. Solve Jeff Hackman's "100 Challenging Quantitative Question Set"
6. Browse through and work on GMAT Club's , Mid 600 and 700+ PS and DS Questions (also work on GMAT Math and other general tips on the forum such as memorizing arithmatric for gmat,shortcuts,time management etc)

VERBAL
1. Manhattan GMAT Verbal Strategy Guides (Finish all 3 Books)
2. Finish OG 12 Verbal Questions
3. Finish OG 12 VR Questions
4. Browse through and work on GMAT Club's Mid 600 and 700+ SC,RC,CR Questions (or shall i only practice with 700+??)

CATS
1. 6 MANHATTAN Tests
2. GMAT Prep 2nd Sample Test
3. GMAT CLUB Prep Tests

Please let me if my gmat prep study plan is enough to meet my target score of 700+. if you think there is some more valuable resources i can utilize for practice, kindly let me know. Kindly also suggest if i could improve my study plan based on your personal experience.

Thanks

Adeel

PS: I also have Kaplan books (namely Kaplan Premier, Kaplan Math workbook, Kaplan GMAT 800) but i am not working on it as i have read at some forums (including GMATCLUB) that methodology deployed therein is quite confusing and the questions are nowhere close to what actual GMAT test looks like...is this true or u think there is something i can utilize from Kaplan? I also have PR Cracking the GMAT but also heard that its too basic.
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adeelshakir, looks good!

You can use the Kaplan Math Workbook to do the exercises when you run out of the GMAT and OG 12. otherwise, don't need to spend too much there.
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adeelshakir, looks good!

You can use the Kaplan Math Workbook to do the exercises when you run out of the GMAT and OG 12. otherwise, don't need to spend too much there.


Hi there!
Thanks for you reply...:)
I have Kaplan Math Workbook; but are the questions good enough to be considered as GMAT Stature? Plus. does it have like 700 type questions...
Whats your opinion on Math Bible questions of Jeff Sackmann's; plus i am also planning to purchase his 100 challenging quantitative problem sets" later on ,i.e. when i reach that level.

Please suggest :)

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adeelshakir wrote:
bb wrote:
adeelshakir, looks good!

You can use the Kaplan Math Workbook to do the exercises when you run out of the GMAT and OG 12. otherwise, don't need to spend too much there.


Hi there!
Thanks for you reply...:)
I have Kaplan Math Workbook; but are the questions good enough to be considered as GMAT Stature? Plus. does it have like 700 type questions...
Whats your opinion on Math Bible questions of Jeff Sackmann's; plus i am also planning to purchase his 100 challenging quantitative problem sets" later on ,i.e. when i reach that level.

Please suggest :)

Thanks


Kaplan Math Workbook is GREAT (my opinion). I studied using it.
Here are my tips for it:
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Here are my thoughts about Total GMAT Math Bible:
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New post 10 Sep 2010, 16:44
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adeelshakir wrote:
bb wrote:
adeelshakir, looks good!

You can use the Kaplan Math Workbook to do the exercises when you run out of the GMAT and OG 12. otherwise, don't need to spend too much there.


Hi there!
Thanks for you reply...:)
I have Kaplan Math Workbook; but are the questions good enough to be considered as GMAT Stature? Plus. does it have like 700 type questions...
Whats your opinion on Math Bible questions of Jeff Sackmann's; plus i am also planning to purchase his 100 challenging quantitative problem sets" later on ,i.e. when i reach that level.

Please suggest :)

Thanks


Kaplan Math Workbook is GREAT (my opinion). I studied using it.
Here are my tips for it:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html? ... ive=390957



Here are my thoughts about Total GMAT Math Bible:

Total GMAT Math
4 out of 5
Title: The most complete GMAT Math Guide hands down but not very friendly

I am the founder of GMAT Club and top 1000 reviewer on Amazon – I have seen a lot of GMAT books and also reviewed pretty much all of them. This is a single most complete book that includes everything you need to get a solid score on the quant (you should also get the OG 12, and the author recommends it as well). It is also not a book that just came out of nowhere, Total GMAT math has been available as an ebook for about 4 years now and I am glad to see it is finally available in the print format. However, it does assume a greater level of general math knowledge as well as commitment than most GMAT books – that’s what you get with a comprehensive book

The get the most of this book: 1) Read the first intro chapters including the one on “how to use this book” 2) Take each suggestion serious 3) Make your own notes in a separate notebook 4) Always time yourself with a timer and keep a GMAT error log

Strengths:
- 399 GMAT style questions (book says 300+ but it is almost 400)
- Good explanations with diagrams
- Over 1,000 Exercises (non-gmat style questions)
- Assumes zero math knowledge
- Covers all topics and only what is covered on the GMAT. You won’t need any other books for quant
- Each question are gets a section (inequalities, absolute value, work problems, etc)
- Includes XXX of 700+ questions
- Good strategy suggestions including focusing on concepts rather than solving thousands of questions, writing question information down, and mental math concepts
- Good paper and formulas are done well

Weaknesses:
- Could be intimidating: the text is very tightly packed without almost any illustrations
- No highlighting or a summary sheet – would be great to have formulas or key concepts highlighted on pages or at the end of the book
- Copyright and website address on every page – gets a bit old and distracting
- No OG recommendations table – would be helpful to have a list of questions from the OG for additional practice after each chapter
- Table of content is not useful at all (8 pages long for a 450 page book)

Bottom line: The ultimate book for math on the GMAT but may be too much for some who are not willing to commit the time. Let not the price scare you – it is on the low side of what other prep companies charge for the entire math book set.



Thanks Sir!

I just shared with you my study plan. I already had GMAT MATH BIBLE and i did a bit of it then thought
of pursuing Manhattan Strategy Guides.

Please suggest that for getting a high quant score is it a good strategy that i only utilize math bible for gmat type questions and not theory whereas focus on mgmat for in depth quant preparation?
Also what are your thoughts of Jeff sackmann's challenging problem sets which you purchase separately

from the site...

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You can do that.... the challenge questions are good but are expensive....
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New post 24 Sep 2010, 19:51
thanks for the guidelines.
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New post 29 Sep 2010, 22:56
Hello all.

Great guide by the way. I am LITERALLY brand new to all of this, including the site. I am aiming to take the test in December or January and I hope to score at least in the 620-650 range. I come from a Communications background (Graduating in June 2011) and math is pretty much my weak point. I'm naturally strong in grammar and writing. Where should I start? Am I starting too late? How can I find free/cheaper test prep courses? HELP!

Thanks to anyone that can help!
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What should I do to improve from Q43-to Q50?
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I will put together a guide specifically for math. Right now, I would probably recommend looking into MGMAT number properties and MGMAT Word Translations - have you done that?

Also, have you tried the GMAT Club tests?
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bb I am already done with all the MGMAT math books.

I have not done any GMAT club tests.

Also I would like to know, from a Dignostic score of V27 how much improvement in the verbal score can be expected with about 3 months of verbal preparation about 15 hours per week.

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I will put together a guide specifically for math. Right now, I would probably recommend looking into MGMAT number properties and MGMAT Word Translations - have you done that?

Also, have you tried the GMAT Club tests?


I have completed the Num property book few days back. i must say its very good for beginners, but not for those who are already good at quant.

Our math book cover similar topics concisely.
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Need suggestions for a schedule of one week being constant and another week being not.

The thing is that because of my work I have seasons I have to travel a lot and when traveling believe I have no time to study, beginning my day at 8 am (in the office) and ending around 10pm it only leave you chance to take dinner and that's it. I was originally targeting to take the GMAT for November 2010, I started to study really hard from Jun to August but then had to stop because of traveling till now and when starting to study again I feel I've forgotten almost everything since I had no practice at all during a month and a half..I feel so rotten. I don't really feel comfortable to aim to Nov so I'm probably planning to postpone it. :(
What do you suggest for this studying race and then suddenly stop it?? How to avoid losing it?

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I need to improve my english. I'm am struggling with my verbal section. My grammar is Ok. How do I build on my english proficiency? Reading articles and books? Should I read grammar books? Like what?
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Here is my best suggestion for you: gmat fiction

Also consider this one: study-plan-for-verbal-gmat-98342.html
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This is great! is there any planner which details both Quant n Verbal together?
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Hey everyone,

I'm new here and I apologize if this question has already been answered, but...what are yall's recommendations for the day before the actual GMAT? Should I take a practice test? Or just study, review, and do a few practice problems? I'm taking the test on a Monday morning so I have that full weekend before free to finish preparing.

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First of all - thanks to those responsible for putting together all of the great information on this site. I've only just begun to delve into the site and am extremely grateful to have found it before getting too far into the process of studying.

I just received my MGMAT books, including the Fundamentals of GMAT Math book, and OG12 yesterday, so I decided to take my first practice test with GMATPrep tonight after work. I took it cold - no review prior, just downloaded the software and started. Here's how it went:

Quant: 35 (39%)
Verbal: 41 (92%)
Overall score: 640

Clearly my quant needs more work than my verbal, but I plan on bumping up the verbal too. My questions for the experts around here (BB and anyone else) are how accurate is the GMATPrep practice test as an indicator of future scores and is it feasible to increase my quant score enough to get me to a 700+ score in the next 2ish months? I haven't scheduled my test yet, but will need to take it in the next few months. Probably by the end of Oct.

I work full time, but am able to study ~2 hours a night and will probably study (realistically) 8-10 hours total a weekend. What do you think?


Well, just got out of the actual GMAT and it seems my studying has paid off, at least on the Quant side.

Quant: 44 (68%)
Verbal: 41 (92%)
Score: 700 (90%)

So I got where I wanted to be, despite some hold ups at work and in life. Thanks for the help!
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