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I thought I'd post on a math study plan I'm laying out - see if I can get some feedback and maybe help some others if they've got the same (or similar) set of books).

I took a diagnostics test and despite being good at math in HS, I didn't fare so well. So I'm budgeting about 6-7 weeks for my math studying. The books I purchased include Kaplan Premier 2011, the 5 MGMAT quant books and the MGMAT Math Foundations book.

This is my rough draft for a math study plan:

The Kaplan Premier 2011 math skills refresher seemed like an obvious first place to start, and I've finished the arithmetic portion. But I still need more work on some of the basics. So while I'm waiting for the MGMAT math foundations book to come from Amazon I've started the MGMAT number properties book rather than continue on to the algebra and geometry portions of the Kaplan Premier 2011 math refresher section.

So far, the MGMAT Number Properties has been great. It has some overlap with the math refresher portion of Kaplan Premier 2011, but because I needed a little more background there I can live with that.

I haven't decided whether to continue on with the other 4 MGMAT quant books (#2 - fractions, decimals and percents, #3 - equations, inequalities and VIC's, #4 - word translations and #5 geometry) or go through the MGMAT Math Foundations book first when it arrives. I'm finding with the MGMAT number properties book that it covers the basics pretty well while also teaching some of the more complex ideas, so I'm tempted to just continue on with the other 4 MGMAT books.

My concern is that I'm going waste time with overlap if I go through the 4 MGMAT quant books, the MGMAT math foundations and the Kaplan Premier 2011 math refresher section. Any thoughts on that?

I'm tracking which order I study each, and taking notes on how much overlap there is so I'll be happy to post my thoughts when I'm finished for others who may have the same set of books and need some direction on which order to study them in. I'm aiming for late February to wrap up the quant studying.

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Sorry guys, I have been traveling and have not manned this thread very well.
My suggestion would be to drop the Kaplan premier if you don't have time. That's easy. If you find the MGMAT Math Foundations too easy, you can drop that one too.
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I have set aside a month to study for the GMAT (because of application deadlines), but now I am freaking out!

I have not even taken a diagnostics test to see where I am at. Is a month enough time to do anything?

I take the test March 6th. What should I do?



You should take a diagnostic test.
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I couldnt find MGMAT Math foundations here in my country...so is there any other book which is equally good to start of with and which has good amount of practice questions??

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I couldnt find MGMAT Math foundations here in my country...so is there any other book which is equally good to start of with and which has good amount of practice questions??

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Do you have Kaplan Math Foundations?
(Any thorough math book will work) - you can also buy MOST of them via Kindle and read on your PC as long as you have a credit card.
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Thanks for the book rankings; I have all the MGmat books but a version older than the current one; could anyone tell me the difference between these 2; I know I will have to but at least 1 (SC) current book at get a key to their online tests.

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Also, is there any wordlist for GMAT, I gave GRE exactly 10yrs ago, though can navigate thru most RC passages, some words get me stumped...

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Thanks for the book rankings; I have all the MGmat books but a version older than the current one; could anyone tell me the difference between these 2; I know I will have to but at least 1 (SC) current book at get a key to their online tests.

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Please see this post about the differences in the MGMAT editions: http://gmatclub.com/forum/manhattan-gma ... 91671.html

As to the word list, per GMAC, there is no correlation between studying words and GMAT results - they have done a study on this, so in that sense, the GMAT is different from the GRE.
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Thanks a ton bb, as I am finishing OG, I think I should be in good shape to start on MGMAT books.

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Hello everyone!
I have taken a deep look at the above post and really appreciate it's value.
I'm just a novice about GMAT stuffs. I want to take it in the future but I'm wondering where should I start since I saw the last warning . I don't really have an English proficiency now is the reason.
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Hello everyone!
I have taken a deep look at the above post and really appreciate it's value.
I'm just a novice about GMAT stuffs. I want to take it in the future but I'm wondering where should I start since I saw the last warning . I don't really have an English proficiency now is the reason.
Can anyone help me out and give me some advice?
Thanks a lot.


You should work on your English proficiency first!
You don't need to be an English buff or know it perfectly but you need to nail down the basics and feel very comfortable with all SC's and CR's - RC's are a different story and nobody ever does.
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thanks bb, as you said LSAT for RC, its really working, but the last part of CR (last 20 ques) of CR in OG 12 have left me wondering if i should even continue my GMAT prep. i took a lot of time, 1.5 hrs for 20 ques and still could get right less than 50%, any suggestions?

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Hi,

I need a score of at least 600. 500 will also be okay, but 600 will be sufficient. I have four books:
Kaplan Premier 2011
Kaplan Math workbook
Kaplan Verbal workbook
Official guide for Gmat Review, 12th edition.

My question is, is it possible to succeed for a score of at least 600 with these books? I saw that all four are in the top 20 of January 2011. I already read both Math and Verbal books and I have to say it really went great. Some mistakes, but I'm learning from my mistakes.

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I need a score of at least 600. 500 will also be okay, but 600 will be sufficient. I have four books:
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Official guide for Gmat Review, 12th edition.

My question is, is it possible to succeed for a score of at least 600 with these books? I saw that all four are in the top 20 of January 2011. I already read both Math and Verbal books and I have to say it really went great. Some mistakes, but I'm learning from my mistakes.



Yes, absolutely.
I am not a genius and I got 750 with just 3 of those (sans OG 12).
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thanks bb, as you said LSAT for RC, its really working, but the last part of CR (last 20 ques) of CR in OG 12 have left me wondering if i should even continue my GMAT prep. i took a lot of time, 1.5 hrs for 20 ques and still could get right less than 50%, any suggestions?


Why do you spend 4 minutes per question? You should move on to the next one after 2 mins or 3 max. You have 75 mins to go through 41 questions in Verbal. Once you go through 75 mins, why stop. Go ahead and take a whole day.... you will probably get more than 50%.

What you did was a waste of time.

Take a computer adaptive test and see your score. That's the only way to estimate/predict it carefully.
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Hey everyone,

I recently finished the Kaplan course (about 8 weeks long) and finished the course with not a whole lot of confidence. I was to write my exam next week; however, I postponed until the latest possible day - April 7th. I found a tutor and I plan on meeting him at least twice a week for about 1.5-2hrs each time. I was wondering what people thought about tutors who start teaching students 650-700 level math questions at the second session is advisable.... When I inquired about this, he said that its a good idea to start with the hard ones.

I am a nurse by profession, which speaks to my lack of mathematical skills.

I wonder what those who have used tutors thought about this....

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Does anyone has any tips for data sufficiency? This is the hardest part for me. I already searched on the forum and found some interesting movies, and with the exercises explained at those movies I had no problem, but if I go back to my Kaplan book, it's sometimes though for me to pick the right answer. The big mistake that I make is picking option 3 (both statements together) instead of option 4 (both statements separately).

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Does anyone has any tips for data sufficiency? This is the hardest part for me. I already searched on the forum and found some interesting movies, and with the exercises explained at those movies I had no problem, but if I go back to my Kaplan book, it's sometimes though for me to pick the right answer. The big mistake that I make is picking option 3 (both statements together) instead of option 4 (both statements separately).



I don't know if I have feedback for this area specifically. It seems that if you know the stuff, you should be able to answer the question. It does have a twist with Yes/No questions but otherwise, more or less straightforward. There are a few DS Books out there but not sure if you need them vs just general theory: http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html? ... ive=390957
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I have taken a deep look at the above post and really appreciate it's value.
I'm just a novice about GMAT stuffs. I want to take it in the future but I'm wondering where should I start since I saw the last warning . I don't really have an English proficiency now is the reason.
Can anyone help me out and give me some advice?
Thanks a lot.



jenny,
An interesting way to get your English tuned is through your ears. In tech companies, esp for engineering roles; communication skill is overlooked or compensated with tech skill. Unfortunate but true.

Read the MGMAT SC book- just for the heck of it. Don't do any exercises- instead try to correct spoken sentences of all those around you. (In your head of course) this way you will tune your ear to catch anything that doesnt sound right: be it verb tense or modifiers etc. If you write emails at work or outside, make sure they are grammatically right with the right construction.
This is just my 2c.
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I realized similar stuff while solving DS from OG12; the option c which I estimate to be correct is mostly not; also there is something abt probability that psyches me, even though the problem is an easy kill, I assume its going to be tough and mess it up, my only resort for DS now is going thru MGMAT quant books, though it gets very tough for me to go thru the theory of math, prefer to keep solving problems instead!

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