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GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep

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New post 29 Apr 2014, 00:07
Hi BB

Thanks for your advice. I am new to the group. I intend to appear for my gmat exam by early August 2014. This leaves me with approximately 3 months to prepare. I work full time as a manger in the retail sector, this gives me very little prep time during weekdays. I do not plan to quit my job to prepare for the GMAT. Although I have joined a classroom programme to help me brush up relevant subjects, I am really doubtful on the plan that I need to follow.
I understand the regular methodology mentioned at most places, which involves giving a test, analysing weak areas etc. but I find it very difficult to formulate a plan to strictly follow for these 3 months.

Can you please help me formulate a guideline/study plan for me?

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New post 29 Apr 2014, 05:26
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Hi BB

Thanks for your advice. I am new to the group. I intend to appear for my gmat exam by early August 2014. This leaves me with approximately 3 months to prepare. I work full time as a manger in the retail sector, this gives me very little prep time during weekdays. I do not plan to quit my job to prepare for the GMAT. Although I have joined a classroom programme to help me brush up relevant subjects, I am really doubtful on the plan that I need to follow.
I understand the regular methodology mentioned at most places, which involves giving a test, analysing weak areas etc. but I find it very difficult to formulate a plan to strictly follow for these 3 months.

Can you please help me formulate a guideline/study plan for me?

Thanks
Zoheib


I am on the same boat .


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New post 29 Apr 2014, 05:31
Hi BB,
This is my first post so still a rookie on this site. I have started my GMAT prep and would appreciate if I can get some guidance from experienced folks. I have given my first GMAT exam 6 months ago with 3 weeks of preparation. I had scored 650 which was above my expectations(was thinking 620-630). I want to extend my score to 700+ In order to achieve that I have to work upon verbal area which is my weak area. Can you suggest a verbal intensive strategy. I am bit concerned about RC section. I am looking for a good online course which is verbal intensive and also has good amount of complete GMAT practice tests.

Would appreciate if you can help me in resolving my queries.


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New post 29 Apr 2014, 14:10
Hi guys,

Today I 've finished the second official practice test. I didn't expect to receive such a low score - 480. First attempt - 560. I prepared about a month for my second attempt. Each day - 2 hours + holidays 4 + hours. But still I haven't improved my score.

This month I studied SC book Manhattan + read fiction books; for math I reviewed foundation of Math Manhattan and after that finished quant part of 1 037 Q Princeton a couple of days ago.

My weakest point is Verbal section. I think that I need to take a strong online course in order to improve my score.

Also, I can't strongly improve my Math score, usually I have 63-68 percentile.

My purpose is 700+ and i would like to pass GMAT in August. But I 'm very nervous because of previous test resutls.


Hope, you will help me!:)
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Hi guys,

Today I 've finished the second official practice test. I didn't expect to receive such a low score - 480. First attempt - 560. I prepared about a month for my second attempt. Each day - 2 hours + holidays 4 + hours. But still I haven't improved my score.

This month I studied SC book Manhattan + read fiction books; for math I reviewed foundation of Math Manhattan and after that finished quant part of 1 037 Q Princeton a couple of days ago.

My weakest point is Verbal section. I think that I need to take a strong online course in order to improve my score.

Also, I can't strongly improve my Math score, usually I have 63-68 percentile.

My purpose is 700+ and i would like to pass GMAT in August. But I 'm very nervous because of previous test resutls.


Hope, you will help me!:)


It is common for the scores to go down - don't waste tests or your time taking tests until you have finished your prep.
Think of it this way - you are training for a triathlon. You have mastered running but not swimming or biking, and you keep taking triathlons.... the question is why you keep doing that and not just focus on running or the next area?

You should include the raw scores since your overall scores mean little. Also, it is not clear which tests you have taken.... you also should not be surprised by a practice test. YOu should be getting regular results from your exercises which I hope you time.
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New post 29 Apr 2014, 23:15
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Hi BB,

Thank you for your previous reply!

I completed two practice tests from Free Official GMAT Prep Software.

My resutls: 1 test: 560 (Q43;V24)
2 test: 480 (Q44; V14)

I would like to choose the right strategy that can help me a lot to increase my scores. Also, I 'm ready to work hard in order to achieve the result.

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Will gmatclub math book suffice to cover all topics of the examination ?
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I started studying about 4 months before I took the test, 2 hours a day 6 days a week, and I got a 620 the first time.

I recomend buying the GMAT prep books if you study well by yourself, if not probably the Economist GMAT prep program is the best option.
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Great post bb!
Loved each and every part.
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New post 28 May 2014, 11:58
been 7 days of starting. thanks anyways
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been 7 days of starting. thanks anyways
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New post 31 May 2014, 14:58
My I ask you dear gmatclub members, why do you need to start from Math? Maybe it will be good idea to Math and Verbal simultaneously? Thank you
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Hello,
I am planning to give my GMAT in August end 2014. I am not really good at math or verbal either. I want to score between 680-720. Can anyone give me a 2 months exhaustive plan?? I am in desperate need of a study plan. I reviewed BB's study plan. It's really good and thorough but I needed a 2 months plan. I have GMAT OG-13, Manhattan Sentence Correction Guide and Power-score CR bible. (PDF versions, so no CD-ROMs or tests) Can anyone please suggest me what all other books I need to buy? Is Manhattan's Math Foundation a reliable book? Thanks!
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Dear fellow members can you please tell me how to start with grammar. If i cover each and every topics of "gmatclub Grammar Book" whether it will be sufficient or i need to start with any grammar book like Wren and Martin etc etc.
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New post 17 Jun 2014, 04:22
Brilliant guidance, thanks for this!

Constant, incessant practice is the key really isn't it.

One site I can't rave about enough is Business Because.

Very good for finding the right admissions consultants too!
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New post 17 Jun 2014, 06:27
Hey guys,

I took the GMAT about 4.5 years ago as an undergrad and didn't really know how to study for it. I kinda winged it, doing some problems for 1-2 hours per day for 12-13 days and took the test and hit 640. Since then, I've been through all 3 levels of the CFA program and have become a studying machine. I plan to start studying after the World Cup final and dedicate 9 weeks of 14-18 hours per week (130-160 hours) to studying for an early September test.

I'm targeting over 700 and would like to hit >720. Am I being realistic?

EDIT: I've got the MGMAT books, MGMAT Advanced Quant, OG, and Kaplan 800 to work with.
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New post 18 Jun 2014, 04:17
Admin has shared very good study plan. Apart from online resources there is an alternate option to prepare for GMAT exam. Specially when you are finding it hard to take out more time. You can also study on mobile. There are many mobile App available in the market which offer good GMAT exam prep course like magoosh, gradestack and many more. The best part is that you can study on the go. Infact lot of students are using these app and finding it helpful. All the best with your preparation.
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I think minimum 3 months to 6 months are required for GMAT specially if you are out of touch in studies. And for non-natives it is good to spend some work on fiction and magazine reading. Trust me this is not a crash-prep kind of examination.

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I think minimum 3 months to 6 months are required for GMAT specially if you are out of touch in studies. And for non-natives it is good to spend some work on fiction and magazine reading. Trust me this is not a crash-prep kind of examination.

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I don't know many people that have spent six months studying for the GMAT. In my two month plan, I plan to log approximately 160 hours. I'm VERY much in touch with studying as I just finished preparing for L3 of the CFA exams. I can't see spending the same amount of time studying for the GMAT as I spent studying for CFA Level 2 (6 months), as there's but a fraction of the material there. Moreover, my job requires significant reading and writing for sophisticated audiences.
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