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# GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep

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02 Apr 2011, 09:16
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02 Apr 2011, 23:43
Can somebody please tell me which one of the following is better book for Grammar: Doing Grammar or GMAT Club Grammar book? How many pages do they have?

I could not find comparison between these two on the forum.
How many pages do they have?
Which one is more specific to GMAT? I mean we can always learn as much as we want randomly. But studying the right matter is what gets you a good score.

Any suggestions?

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03 Apr 2011, 00:28
Well, it really depends what your current level of grammar is. I believe that the GMAT Club grammar book is for beginners, those really weak in grammar and who need an introduction. Doing grammar is not an introductory book and is for really high scorers. Below is an indication of the level of various GMAT SC resources:

Beginner's grammar book for GMAT:

GMAT club grammar book
Pro: Starts from basics
Con: Doesnt cover everything

Kaplan Verbal Foundation:
Pro: Quite comprehensive introduction
Con: Assumes some basic level of English

GMAT SC - main books

MGMAT SC
Pro: Very comprehensive
Con: Not very well structured, No GMAT like practice questions

Powerscore SC
Pro: Good basic grammar tutorial, Easy to understand structure, GMAT like practice questions
Con: Not comprehensive

Aristotle SC
Pro: Easy to remember bullet points
Con: I personally didnt think it was comprehensive

Advanced GMAT SC:

Doing Grammar - I shall be doing a detailed review
Pro: Very good comprehensive coverage, even beyond MGMAT SC
Con: Not a basic book to start with

I would actually recommend going through MGMAT SC once before starting Doing Grammar.

My recommendations for GMAT SC books:

1. Intro - Kaplan Verbal Foundations
2. MGMAT SC

Think these 2 should be sufficient. If you are still struggling, then check out e-gmat. I personally didnt need it but its very good for those struggling at 60% accuracy.

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03 Apr 2011, 00:41
roshpat wrote:
Well, it really depends what your current level of grammar is. I believe that the GMAT Club grammar book is for beginners, those really weak in grammar and who need an introduction. Doing grammar is not an introductory book and is for really high scorers. Below is an indication of the level of various GMAT SC resources:

Beginner's grammar book for GMAT:

GMAT club grammar book
Pro: Starts from basics
Con: Doesnt cover everything

Kaplan Verbal Foundation:
Pro: Quite comprehensive introduction
Con: Assumes some basic level of English

GMAT SC - main books

MGMAT SC
Pro: Very comprehensive
Con: Not very well structured, No GMAT like practice questions

Powerscore SC
Pro: Good basic grammar tutorial, Easy to understand structure, GMAT like practice questions
Con: Not comprehensive

Aristotle SC
Pro: Easy to remember bullet points
Con: I personally didnt think it was comprehensive

Advanced GMAT SC:

Doing Grammar - I shall be doing a detailed review
Pro: Very good comprehensive coverage, even beyond MGMAT SC
Con: Not a basic book to start with

I would actually recommend going through MGMAT SC once before starting Doing Grammar.

My recommendations for GMAT SC books:

1. Intro - Kaplan Verbal Foundations
2. MGMAT SC

Think these 2 should be sufficient. If you are still struggling, then check out e-gmat. I personally didnt need it but its very good for those struggling at 60% accuracy.

Thanks, Roshpat, for your reply.
I think I am okay with grammar. I would rate myself 5 / 10, i guess.

How long does it take to go through "Doing Grammer"? I have only one and a half month in total for Verbal Section.
Is doing MGmat SC only sufficient if I am targeting for 720 and above?

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03 Apr 2011, 03:04
I havent taken the GMAT yet, so cant say for sure. But yes, I think MGMAT SC should be sufficient for 720+. Very few high scorers have actually used Doing grammar. . If you have the book, then probably you can have a quick look at it after you have gone through MGMAT SC. I believe that MGMAT SC+ OG + explanations are the key.

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04 Apr 2011, 01:28
How useful is to do The official Verbal Guide and The Official Quantitative Guide, given the following:

I am using: Kaplan Premier for General Strategy
5 book set (out of 8) of MGMAT for Quantitative
3 books set (out of 8) of MGMAT for Verbal - I may quickly review a grammer book also
The Official Guide for Additional Practice / help

I already don't have enough time. I just wanted to know the value of doing Verbal and Quantitative guides with the above?

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04 Apr 2011, 01:32
roshpat wrote:
I havent taken the GMAT yet, so cant say for sure. But yes, I think MGMAT SC should be sufficient for 720+. Very few high scorers have actually used Doing grammar. . If you have the book, then probably you can have a quick look at it after you have gone through MGMAT SC. I believe that MGMAT SC+ OG + explanations are the key.

Thanks. Makes sense. Doing the Grammer along with these books may consume a couple of extra weeks (at minimum) from our plan.

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05 Apr 2011, 08:40
So if I got Quant 43 in test CAT - is it good enough for 700+ that I am aiming for?
As I want to move on to verbal after it - as my Verbal score is 25 and a total of 570

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16 Apr 2011, 14:46
A great Post indeed...i am preparing a plan for the GMAT and i hope the site will help me a laong way !

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17 Apr 2011, 22:17
Hi,

I have just started preparing for GMAT and this forum is exactly what I needed to get me motivated and connected.So, Thank You!

Based on your GMAT plan, I am building my own and want to know the best time to take my first test to check the waters.Should it be right away, even before I have gotten to the basics? I plan to follow your 3-month plan.

Thanks,
Mona

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19 Apr 2011, 15:39
Excellent study plan. So I got a question. I took prepared for GMAT a about six months ago. I started preparing with Kaplan then moved on to Manhattan. Took the official test twice and did not get the results I wanted.
Then I decided to postpone my grad school plans other reasons. So I took about 6 month break from GMAT.
Now i want to start back up again but don't know where to begin. Should I get another Kaplan book or should I get Princeton review or other guides?
Quantitative section is my primary concern.

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19 Apr 2011, 20:35
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Excellent study plan. So I got a question. I took prepared for GMAT a about six months ago. I started preparing with Kaplan then moved on to Manhattan. Took the official test twice and did not get the results I wanted.
Then I decided to postpone my grad school plans other reasons. So I took about 6 month break from GMAT.
Now i want to start back up again but don't know where to begin. Should I get another Kaplan book or should I get Princeton review or other guides?
Quantitative section is my primary concern.

Well, you almost want to see this thread: should-i-retake-gmat-thread-retaking-gmat-strategies-83339.html?fl=menu

You also want to ask yourself why you will be able to get a better score this time or is it time to take a prep class? You have taken the GMAT twice (\$500) and need to realistically evaluate your situation/chances/prep - will you be able to do smth that will make a difference. If so, how will it be different? Diff materials will not help - you have pretty much used the best already, so something about your process/prep/approach has to change.
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20 Apr 2011, 05:48
I looked at the link (very helpful ) but I still want to retake GMAT because I am not in a 50 point range to where I need to be.
So you suggest I stick to the same material and switching to Princeton Review or other guides will not help.

ps. I took Kaplan courses before taking the official test the second time doesn't really work for me.

Thanks for the advice.

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20 Apr 2011, 21:08
Yes, you have to change the way you are learning. Perhaps you are just accepting information differently. Try creating notes - works for many or something else (such as teaching others, etc) - there is nothing to stop you as long as you have a drive to achieve the score you believe you want/deserve/need. You can absolutely do it.
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22 Apr 2011, 19:58
Hello, I'm new to the forum turned up here to essay cure and your orderly hearts.

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25 Apr 2011, 11:01
Hello, I'm new to the forum turned up here to aspire support and your talented hearts.

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29 Apr 2011, 18:28
Thanks for the tip, "bb". All the graphs posted showed ~100 hours as optimal for a 700+ score. If 3 months isn't enough, would 4-5 months be better then? I know this sounds like a dumb question, but my study plan is more open-ended -- I was thinking 3 months is enough looking at the data, but now I'm not so sure....

bb wrote:
bipolarbear wrote:
excellent post bb.
One thing I would emphasize is how quickly procrastination time goes by. It is way too easy to begin studying with 3 months left, take a short break, and resume studying with only weeks left. On the one hand, it seems like one month is plenty of time to study for just a single test, but after really starting, you realize that you have a LOT to cover and begin panicking. I know that's the case with me. 2 months ago I thought I had an eternity to study, but a couple of days ago I realized I am screwed and wish I had more time.

Thank you!
Great point - the message should be clear: If you only have 3 months left and need 700+ score - you are already late!

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30 Apr 2011, 05:52
@ bb

I am following this study plan from last April 22, 2011. I have attempted my maiden GMAT practice test from GMATPrep2. After that, I have started going through the basics of GMAT using the Kaplan Premier 2011. I started with the Math Basics first. My performance in DS questions is really miserable (only 7 correct out of 20 Qs compared to 44 correct out of 50 Qs in PS).

In this situation, should I continue reading the verbal section from Kaplan Premier 2011 and complete the book OR should I stop reading Kaplan Premier 2011 right here and get the basics of DS from other books/GMATClub.com?

PLEASE I NEED SUGGESTIONS IN THIS REGARD!

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01 May 2011, 04:22
Hi,

I was wondering, if I complete the kaplan books (math, verbal and premier) and I have an "overall" score of 6 out of 7 correct and 1 out of 7 wrong on math section and 4 out of 5 correct and 1 out of 5 wrong on verbal (calculations based on wrong answers to total etc.). Will it then be possible for me to score 500 or 600? I need at least 500, but 600 would be way better.

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07 May 2011, 22:27
Hi everyone,

It's my first day on the forums, getting ready to start prep this week. I have noticed in all the prep that the Analytical Writing Assessment Section is pretty much ignored. Is this part not very relevant?

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