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New post 01 Dec 2010, 18:36
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I would think constant repetition would work with Math along with Verbal.


It definitely does for some and there are patterns in questions, so gradually you pick them up, but many find it possible to get a good score without doing a lot of repetitive practice. Really depends on your learning style...
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I agree BB.

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bb..i think am doomed..i have less than 4 months to my exam..according to your previous posts..700+ is impossible in this time frame??

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Nothing is impossible :)
It really depends on where you are with the score and how much time you have...
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Dear all,

I'm a new member, this is my second post after the introduction one. I was reading very carefuly all the advices that some members gave in the previous posts.
I'm planning to take the GMAT in the next 3 years (so yeah I have plenty of time to study for it), I aim for the Top 10 BS, so my goal score would be something above 700 (It's gonna be a bit hard!!). I read that there's no point to start the GMAT preparation if we don't have the sufficient level of language proficiency... and I was wondering what was the minimum level required in terms of english profciency to take the test? converted to TOEFL scores?

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Because gmat does not have a speaking section, it is not an apples to apples comparison but in general, you want to have a toefl of 110+ to be a serious contender on the gmat.

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Hi new to the forum as well! Great webiste , bravo.

I want to follow your advice on the study plan. If you have answered this question feel free to redirect me, I know how annoying it is to ask the same questions, but the amount of info is overwhelming.
I have 4 months , the 8 mgmat books , the OG on the way and an iPhone.
I plan to spend a month and change going through the MGMAT quant books. First question, you advocate solving the practice exams from the beginning in the sample schedule. Since I havent yet gone through the materials in the books, wouldn't thT be a waste?
Alternately, the MGMAT books are quite long... Something like a 100 chapters, should I go throughout them first , solving only the practice questions at the end of the chapters,then start solving the OG questions?
Same goes for verbal.
My advantage is I have 2 hours of commute everyday in the metro. How would you suggest I make use of my time with the apps? From the beginning start solving the OG questions?
Thanks a lot guys!

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Hi new to the forum as well! Great webiste , bravo.

I want to follow your advice on the study plan. If you have answered this question feel free to redirect me, I know how annoying it is to ask the same questions, but the amount of info is overwhelming.
I have 4 months , the 8 mgmat books , the OG on the way and an iPhone.
I plan to spend a month and change going through the MGMAT quant books. First question, you advocate solving the practice exams from the beginning in the sample schedule. Since I havent yet gone through the materials in the books, wouldn't thT be a waste?
Alternately, the MGMAT books are quite long... Something like a 100 chapters, should I go throughout them first , solving only the practice questions at the end of the chapters,then start solving the OG questions?
Same goes for verbal.
My advantage is I have 2 hours of commute everyday in the metro. How would you suggest I make use of my time with the apps? From the beginning start solving the OG questions?
Thanks a lot guys!

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Skip OG?!!
I though OG is the best practice you can get?

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Thank you bb,

such informations are great for fresh starters.

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New post 16 Dec 2010, 14:00
Great plan gulatin2. I would factor a few weeks of tests in there if you haven't already.

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Thanks a ton...
This seems a perfect plan...

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hi!

I have been studying for the GMAT on and off the past months. When I have time, I get to study on a regular basis but then I stop (completely) when work or some other obligation pops up. When I was studying regularly I would score a 650 to 660 (700 equivalent in your score calculator). When I tried again after a "break" I got 610 (650 equivalent). I usually get 45 to 50 for quant and 30 to 34 for verbal.

I hope to take the text in 2 or 3 weeks and score above 700 (720 at least). I am currently in "break" mode but I hope to start studying again tomorrow.

Do you think 2/3 weeks of 100% focus is enough? What (study plan) would you suggest? I have only joined gmatclub recently and have not yet tried the resources mentioned here.

Any suggestions that you have will be much appreciated.

Thank you very much!

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hi!

I have been studying for the GMAT on and off the past months. When I have time, I get to study on a regular basis but then I stop (completely) when work or some other obligation pops up. When I was studying regularly I would score a 650 to 660 (700 equivalent in your score calculator). When I tried again after a "break" I got 610 (650 equivalent). I usually get 45 to 50 for quant and 30 to 34 for verbal.

I hope to take the text in 2 or 3 weeks and score above 700 (720 at least). I am currently in "break" mode but I hope to start studying again tomorrow.

Do you think 2/3 weeks of 100% focus is enough? What (study plan) would you suggest? I have only joined gmatclub recently and have not yet tried the resources mentioned here.

Any suggestions that you have will be much appreciated.

Thank you very much!

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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!

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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!
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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.

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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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