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# GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep

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05 Dec 2013, 07:30
Thank you for sharing this study plan, I'm done printing on this, this is very useful to my sister.
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05 Dec 2013, 20:32
akshatajmera wrote:
Hello everyone,
I am currently working and studying simultaneously. I need to give GMAT in this month, latest by December last week. I have been preparing on and off, from last 4 months. I have sort of reached my saturation limit. Quant is not an issue. But Verbal is. I am not getting verbal more than 30. Reading comprehension is the bottleneck. Please tell me how should i go about my prep in next 15-20 days, so that i can achieve more than 35 in Verbal. Quant...i am getting more than 45 in mocks. I have given 2 mocks...
1) Princeton Mock Test 1 --- Q49 V28 Score 630
2) Princeton Mock Test 2 --- Q44 V27 Score 580

Guys my target is 700+. I am rilly disappointed with the scores. In Verbal, timing is another issue. I am not able to finish my questions. Always lagging by 3-5 Questions. In both the mocks, i was targetting 700+ but finally achieved this.
Please tell me how to go about in the next 2 weeks...given that i can study only 4 hours a day(excluding sundays).

I would really appreciate a quick reply.

Thank You.

check this out how-to-improve-verbal-from-v30-to-v40-142361.html
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11 Dec 2013, 00:32
Hello!
Today is 11th December and my scheduled date for my GMAT is on 9th January.
My practice test score was 670. My preparation is low. and I am aiming for 720+.
Can anyone please advise me on how i should study? There is no limitations on the number of hours to study as I have taken a vacation.
Thank You.
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12 Dec 2013, 03:45
Hello All,

I have been averaging between 480-500 in my practice test scores. Scoring about 35 in Quant. My problems are:
A) I tend to forget the math concepts I learn very quickly. For example, If I complete Number Thoery, Arithmetic, Algebra and Word Problems and then move on to Verbal, when I come back to Quant, I forget all that I had studied and have to begin afresh. This has happened 2-3 times and now I am frustrated with this cycle.

How should I approach my studies, my gmat is in 6 weeks. And I am hoping to score over 670.

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18 Dec 2013, 07:23
Great discussion. Often at Economist GMAT Tutor, we get questions about how often and for how long students should study.

While each student’s needs are different, the Economist GMAT Tutor course generally takes between 80-120 hours to complete, which is our recommendation for the number of hours a student should study. This allows you enough time to answer most of our 5,000 practice questions, as well as take a few sim tests and tutor sessions.

In terms of how many hours per day to study, you should look at how much time you have available versus the hours recommended above. We suggest that you study for at least 1.5 hours per weekday and 4+ hours on weekend days (assuming you have a traditional work-week schedule). You should also pay attention to your personal needs. For example, if you find that 4 hours of study is too much and you are not absorbing information, then reduce the number of hours you study at one time. It would be counterproductive to continue studying if you’re too exhausted.

I am also happy to answer any questions you may have!

Regards,

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18 Dec 2013, 18:54
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My two cents:

I started some light studying at the beginning of this year (January 2013) and really kicked it into overdrive for the last two months before my test date on September 24th. Here's what I learned and what I wish I had done earlier.

1) In my experience, I found Peterson's guide (maroon and gold) to be almost useless, aside from the math review section.

2) Similarly, I found the Manhattan GMAT Verbal books (IR, SC, CR, Essay) absolutely invaluable. Although I suspect their strategies might be a little too rigid and inflexible, their thought process is truly remarkable. I found that underlining specific sections & paragraphs, then rereading those same highlighted sections every night to be very helpful to me.

3) The official GMAT problems are great practice, even more so when you force yourself to fight the clock.

4) What I wish I had done differently: learn the material, but remember that you're learning the material to be able to apply it to the test under timed conditions. I think I spent too much time focusing on mastering the material rather than practicing taking the test. I truly believe that if you first study any rusty material, then practice timed problems every day for several weeks in a row, you'll be just fine.

Best of luck!
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18 Dec 2013, 22:32
i am new in this forum. i plan to study GMAT and cherish to obtain 700 plus. i need help from GMAT experts have given the test. as GMAT novice from where should i start and which books you could recommend. besides, i am not good at math.

looking forward to getting worthy suggestion.
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26 Dec 2013, 08:12
Question: You say start taking full length tests of for the math portion after the first month? If you have the Manhattan CATs should you use these, or should you save them for the end? Also, how do you see your math score without taking the full exam? Thanks.
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09 Jan 2014, 06:12
Hi BB,

I have just restarted my GMAT prep after a break of 1 year (since i last appeared for GMAT ..scored 580). I dont seem to get ahead in that i dont have a study plan which seem to help my cause. I have the whole gamut of Manhattan guides (1-8) and OG 12 and 13 along with other training provider GMAT material. What i am interested in knowing is

1. Whats the best way to improve on my verbal (non native English speaker)
2. Also on Quant (scored 42 in previous attempt)
2. Is "Gmat Pill" study provider a good option to go with considering the material i am currently referring to (listed above).

Also if you can suggest what should be the best study approach in my case as i am planning to devote 3 months before i retake the exam again. I am targeting 750+ score and willing to spend 4 hours every day (along with my day job). Would really appreciate your help with this.

Regards,
Sudip
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09 Jan 2014, 09:48
Hello all,

I am new to the forum and would like to hear your opinions on my particular case. I'm from Colombia, with 5 years of experience in sales positions in the IT/Telecom industry.

I just registered for the GMAT: April 15th. I've been studying for over a month and have done several CATs with a good improvement in scores, from a dissapointing 440 (Q29, V21) in my first practice test to 600 (Q45, V28) in the last one. Nevermind, I'm still behind my target score of above 650. My trend has always been higher quant scores than verbal. I'm planning the following:

- Focusing on MGMAT verbal guides, daily basis
- 2 hours of daily practice questions (OG, GMAT Club question banks)
- 1 CAT every saturday (a total of 9 before the real GMAT)

I would appreciate any suggestions on my study plan, given that I have 2 months left.

Best regards,

Rafael
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12 Jan 2014, 22:27
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i have read all your tips and steps you share ... well its great and i probably change my decision about planning about previouse planning..!
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15 Feb 2014, 00:46
I have to take the GMAT test after a month as thats the deadline date for application submission. There are so many books and material on GMAT, how should I go about it and which books would you recommend? I am targeting score around 650.
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15 Feb 2014, 01:41
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I have to take the GMAT test after a month as thats the deadline date for application submission. There are so many books and material on GMAT, how should I go about it and which books would you recommend? I am targeting score around 650.

If you are confused with this post, get a Kaplan Premier and that should be enough for 650.
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23 Feb 2014, 03:00
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I recommend you to take a video course or on demand solution. They include recorded video lessons covering each and every concept of the GMAT.

Optimus Prep has a 60+ hour on demand video course for only \$299. This course was especially developed for students out of school for years. It includes also five practice tests and you can prepare easily from home following your own schedule.
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23 Feb 2014, 20:33
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Hey guys,

I'm considering taking the GMAT in approximately 2 months.
I'm thinking of coupling the 13th Official GMAT review guide with the MGMAT guides (5th edition).

No real previous experience in this field... would appreciate any tips/suggestions!
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24 Feb 2014, 06:27
We can create an individual study plan for you after you took a GMAT diagnostic test. This is free and non binding. If you take our product you will get a score improvement guarantee. That is a fair deal!
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24 Feb 2014, 07:31
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Hi faisalkakar,

If you're looking for a prep course, I recommend you take the time to figure out which course is right for you. Many courses offer score guarantees and practice tests. What sets them apart are the teaching methods. Are you a person who likes using books to study or do you prefer a computer-based course? Do you wish to travel to your prep classes in a classroom or would you prefer to have one on one Skype sessions with expert GMAT tutors? Determining what aspects of a course you might value the most will help you select the right course for you.

Most courses offer some sort of free trial, so sign up for a couple and see what you like best.

Regards,

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27 Feb 2014, 14:06
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Hi I'm new here and have a question.

I can only study 2 weeks (not full time) until the test and have never done it before. How should I study? I dont need a specific point, but I want to do as well as a can with 2 weeks study time.

I have the Manhattan book but dont think I have time to read all of it.

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27 Feb 2014, 14:41
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FBSK wrote:
Hi I'm new here and have a question.

I can only study 2 weeks (not full time) until the test and have never done it before. How should I study? I dont need a specific point, but I want to do as well as a can with 2 weeks study time.

I have the Manhattan book but dont think I have time to read all of it.

No idea.... study the areas that can improve your score the most....
P.S. There is no such thing as "The Manhattan Book" so whatever you have and whatever you plan to do, I would double-check your plan.
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27 Feb 2014, 14:52
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bb wrote:
FBSK wrote:
Hi I'm new here and have a question.

I can only study 2 weeks (not full time) until the test and have never done it before. How should I study? I dont need a specific point, but I want to do as well as a can with 2 weeks study time.

I have the Manhattan book but dont think I have time to read all of it.

No idea.... study the areas that can improve your score the most....
P.S. There is no such thing as "The Manhattan Book" so whatever you have and whatever you plan to do, I would double-check your plan.

Think it's called Manhattan GMAT Guide.
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