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New post 02 Jan 2011, 08:25
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Hi all!!! I too am a newbie here. Actually, this is my first post on this forum! First, I must say that I love this website and forum. There is SO much information here and it has been a GREAT help!

My question today is regarding the OG. Why do so many people on this forum keep saying to skip this book? It would seem to me that this book should be one of the primary resources for anyone studying for the GMAT. The book is after all provided by the GMAC, correct?

Anyway, I have just started studying and am targeting taking the GMAT in March or April. I have the OG (and supplements) and plan on buying the 8 MGMAT books. I was mainly just curious why I keep seeing so many posts on the forum telling people to skip the OG.

BTW, great study plan! I will definitely use the advice! Thanks!



The MGMAT Guides rely on the OG's so you will not be skipping them. Don't worry about it - the key is to master the basics. What people refer to is that you should not be just solving questions after questions thinking that the practice will help you. The effect is minimal compared to the uplift you get from going through the fundamentals.

Good luck with your prep!



Thanks for the information. That makes sense now that you put it that way. To be honest, I'm actually quite nervous about this whole process. It has been over 18 years since I was in school and I feel pretty rusty, especially when it comes to all of these algebraic equations and rules. :shock: Nevertheless, I'm determined to go back to school for my MBA so I'm just going to buckle down, put together a good study plan, and hopefully I'll be enrolled in grad school and taking classes this coming fall.

Anyway, thanks again for your help. I look forward to spending lots of time here on the forum!
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Thanks for the information. That makes sense now that you put it that way. To be honest, I'm actually quite nervous about this whole process. It has been over 18 years since I was in school and I feel pretty rusty, especially when it comes to all of these algebraic equations and rules. :shock: Nevertheless, I'm determined to go back to school for my MBA so I'm just going to buckle down, put together a good study plan, and hopefully I'll be enrolled in grad school and taking classes this coming fall.

Anyway, thanks again for your help. I look forward to spending lots of time here on the forum!


wow, you will have a bit of a challenge with all the math rules and tricks. Even CFA (or especially CFA) folks have quite a bit of challenges with GMAT math (which is really college/high school math) but the mind forgets. The best approach is to systematically cover everything - then when you see a problem you have never seen in your life, you know that it is not something you did not study but rather the wording is unusual and the solution is not hiding behind some crazy formula but rather behind logic or simplification.

Good Luck and happy 2011!
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BB, thanks again for your guide for newbies.

I had a question on the strategy books.

I'm planning on purchasing Kaplan 2011 premium, the MGMAT set, and the OG guides.

You mentioned to start with math in Month 1. Should I go through the Kaplan and the OG overview book before starting the math in Month 1? Or is the strategy for after I've gone through all the material basics?
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BB, thanks again for your guide for newbies.

I had a question on the strategy books.

I'm planning on purchasing Kaplan 2011 premium, the MGMAT set, and the OG guides.

You mentioned to start with math in Month 1. Should I go through the Kaplan and the OG overview book before starting the math in Month 1? Or is the strategy for after I've gone through all the material basics?



You can start with Math or verbal - it is up to you. I started with math to gain some confidence. If you don't know a whole lot about the GMAT, you can start with the Kaplan Premier. If you do, you can dive right into the MGMAT Guides.
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Got it.

The only thing I know about the GMAT is what I've learned on here over the last 2 days, so looks like I'll start with the overview books. Thanks!
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Got it.

The only thing I know about the GMAT is what I've learned on here over the last 2 days, so looks like I'll start with the overview books. Thanks!


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The Kaplan book is good (decent) but it is not deep enough, which serves a good purpose of staying high level and not killing you with details right away but you will quickly reach the limits of it, so spend a week or two and then dive into MGMAT Guides.
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This plan looks great. I will follow it and post results when I take the exam (won't be for a while though).
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Very nice study plan :) A good study plan saves a lot of time because when we plan, we actually procrastinate things by giving too much time for planning
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Thanks for the information. That makes sense now that you put it that way. To be honest, I'm actually quite nervous about this whole process. It has been over 18 years since I was in school and I feel pretty rusty, especially when it comes to all of these algebraic equations and rules. :shock: Nevertheless, I'm determined to go back to school for my MBA so I'm just going to buckle down, put together a good study plan, and hopefully I'll be enrolled in grad school and taking classes this coming fall.

Anyway, thanks again for your help. I look forward to spending lots of time here on the forum!


wow, you will have a bit of a challenge with all the math rules and tricks. Even CFA (or especially CFA) folks have quite a bit of challenges with GMAT math (which is really college/high school math) but the mind forgets. The best approach is to systematically cover everything - then when you see a problem you have never seen in your life, you know that it is not something you did not study but rather the wording is unusual and the solution is not hiding behind some crazy formula but rather behind logic or simplification.

Good Luck and happy 2011!



Yeah, I definitely realize that math is going to be my biggest challenge. You are also correct in that I need to systematically cover everything, because I'm finding that I've even forgotten a lot of the basics. I never did care for Algebra when I was in school and I guess it's showing. :-)
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Thats one thing the MBA application does to you - forces you to address the issues you (or at least I) have been avoiding.
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hey, this forum is great!! I am about to start my GMAT journey and I must say this forum has been helpful. I do have some questions. Here is the material I have: MGMAT 8 guides, 3 OG's and I am not sure if I should get the Kaplan Premier and start off with it(please let me know). Another question I have is about MGMAT 9 session Prep Course ..is it any good or worth it?

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Hey all! first of all happy new year..im half way through on the plan..gmat in 2 months! i just have a quick question..how can i balance both quant and verbal sections during my study time? because i feel i might freak out during full tests as i fear i may feel rusty with the section what i studied first..in this case..quants! pls advise!
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Hello Everyone,

I took GMATPrep1 yesterday and here is the result:
Quant Verbal Total
49 21 :( 580

Above scores are without any preparation. I'm good at quants and apt related questions. My weak area is Verbal.
I've gone through many post in the forum. I'd still request some senior member to help me in making the plan for Verbal. I'm planning to write GMAT in next 2-3 months.

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i need somthing which will help me quickly. who knows what about this?


Is this a joke because of the title? I am having a very hard time understanding what it is you mean.
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Hi!

I'm planning to do my GMAT in April. I'm now preparing myself for everything. I'm preparing myself with Kaplan premiere 2011, Kaplan verbal workbook, Kaplan math workbook and Gmat review 12th edition. Last year, November and December, I followed four math sessions based on GMAT math. Now I have started with the verbal section, I see some problems. The RC part is very difficult for me, because I'm not a native speaker. SC is going well and CR is not good nor bad. Every time after a RC test I'm very disappointed because I scored bad, last time I scored 7 out of 18.

I read about how to improve my English skills, but the only note I have is that I'm not a reader. But if this is the only option, I have to agree with it.
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Hi!

I'm planning to do my GMAT in April. I'm now preparing myself for everything. I'm preparing myself with Kaplan premiere 2011, Kaplan verbal workbook, Kaplan math workbook and Gmat review 12th edition. Last year, November and December, I followed four math sessions based on GMAT math. Now I have started with the verbal section, I see some problems. The RC part is very difficult for me, because I'm not a native speaker. SC is going well and CR is not good nor bad. Every time after a RC test I'm very disappointed because I scored bad, last time I scored 7 out of 18.

I read about how to improve my English skills, but the only note I have is that I'm not a reader. But if this is the only option, I have to agree with it.



I am not claiming to be an expert in this but I can't seem to know any other way of dealing with RC except by reading.
Try GMAT Fiction and you may enjoy reading actually - many have.
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Thanks, BB, for starting this forum, and to all the contributors.

I took the GRE last year, scored pitifully (53rd percentile in Math!), but still applied to three top10 schools this year. I'm WL'd at one and have been rejected at two. I've now decided to take the GMAT and reapply/apply to more schools. I did some prep study for the GMAT two years back, and I think I scored around a 540 in a practice CAT. I forget the breakdown, but I remember the Quant section really kicking my butt.

My question is: I've tried the self-study route, and I know I'm not disciplined enough to do it completely on my own. I also know that classes are typically not effective for me, as I'm not an audio learner (tried a class two years ago). Any suggestions on how to start? The thought of going through an entire Kaplan book alone feels daunting, as does going through all the MGMAT materials. Is there a semi-private class to start? I feel like then I could go through some of the material on my own, then get private tutoring. Thoughts?

Many thanks, everyone. Looking forward to mingling over the next few months.
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crystalsteph looking forward to seeing what you find out.
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New post 25 Jan 2011, 13:41
This is my first post on hwew. Ok i have been thinking of GMAT for a few months, then I began studying vaguley..and only really started to studying in December and brushed up on my foundations. I feel I have covered all the fundamentals , but keep on blanking out sometimes?? why is this happening ? I gave a inital test ( oops I gave teh Official test)..and got only 510..I had given up halfway and really didnt feel like doing it.
I feel comfortable solving tehproblems on book ..but on screen..it feels different.
Ok so If I want to give the GMAT in the 6 weeks..what sort of plans would you suggest ?
I have been through most of the fundamentals..but it just seems like I am forgetting ?
Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong ?
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