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# GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep

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12 Jan 2015, 09:52
Hi all,

I'm planning to sit for GMAT around April/May, which gives me some 3-4 months to prepare.
My idea is to dedicate some 1-2h during evenings and around 4h on weekends (most likely on Sundays, as I volunteer on Saturdays).

After browsing some posts and checking out GMATClub partners, I thought it would be a good idea to follow Magoosh's 3-month study schedule (I can't post links yet, but this can be easily Googled) - I'm still unsure whether I'll subscribe to their Premium account or to a local prep course with a webinar-based method (pretty much similar to the Magoosh videos, but focused in Quant only).
Apart from that, I also have the 2015 OG bundle (Review, Quant and Verbal) and Kaplan GMAT Premier.

I'd like your 2 cents on the following:

1) For those of you who subscribed to Magoosh Premium, do you think it was worth the investment? How has it helped you improve your scores?
2) Would it be better to stick to OG, as indicated in the Magoosh study schedule, or start prepping with Kaplan and then go back to the OG?
3) How can I best benefit from Quant and Verbal OG books?

I haven't taken GMATPrep's diagnostic test, but I took the one right in the beginning of OG. Since my overall outcome was average, there's a lot of room for improvements; therefore, any other suggestions or comments regarding this study plan would be highly appreciated.

Many thanks!
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13 Jan 2015, 04:48
Hi Fdsimm,

The best way to decide on which institute to join is, to visit some of the coaching centers close to your home and interact with their expert counselors. Ask all your questions and try to understand if your queries are being addressed well. Also try to seek out testimonials from existing and past students. You can also appear for a mock test with them and see how comfortable you are in your interactions.

2. If you plan to do self study, get your hands on the best preparatory material available in the market. You can speak to your seniors, get feedback on forums like pagalguy to seek out the best in the market
3. Joining a coaching institute is recommended because it gives a structure to your preparation. Remember cracking GMAT is not just about working hard but working smart as well
4. Make a study time table for yourself that suits you best. You can start with spending 2 hours every day and as you move closer to your test date, start increasing your study hours
5. Keep taking mock tests in real test taking situations. However, more important than taking a mock test is to analyse your performance in the same. If you spend 2 hours on a mock test, spend 6 hours in analysing the same. Figure out ways by which you can continuously keep improving your score
7. Make sure you stay consistent with your schedule. This is extremely important

You can also check our GMAT online course on the link below

http://www.manyagroup.com/gmat-online

Hope the above information helps. In case, you have any further queries, please do let us know and we would be happy to help.
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13 Jan 2015, 22:52
Hello All,

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16 Jan 2015, 00:08
This is such a valuable GMAT study plan for all those who are doing this course. If these steps are applied, passing the test won’t be hard at all.
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26 Jan 2015, 11:24
Hi BB,

I have just joined GMAT club and I must say you have done a great job by creating this forum. Its so very helpful. The above GMAT study plan is also very good.

Unfortunately I don't think I can follow this study plan because my exam is on 23rd march. It's a retake. In my first attempt I got 480

Could you suggest me a study plan and material so that I can atleast get a minimum of 50 points rise or a more realistic rise in scores?

Let me know if you need to know anything more about me that will help you to suggest me a study plan.

-Sincerely,
desperate to improve my GMAT scores !!!
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27 Jan 2015, 04:40
Hi BB,

Just wanted to introduce myself as a new member. I'm planning on taking the GMAT around june/july 2015 and would like an idea on what courses offer the best guides for studying.

I took a practice exam and scored Q40 and V30. I'm a little weak on the verbal side and not as strong as I wanted to be on the quantitative side. I'm looking to try and obtain a Q50/51 and a V40+ in order to get into my target schools.

I checked out MGMAT prep and Veritas prep, which one would you prefer?

Thanks,
Tri Nguyen
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29 Jan 2015, 06:24
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tringuyen0243 wrote:
Hi BB,

Just wanted to introduce myself as a new member. I'm planning on taking the GMAT around june/july 2015 and would like an idea on what courses offer the best guides for studying.

I took a practice exam and scored Q40 and V30. I'm a little weak on the verbal side and not as strong as I wanted to be on the quantitative side. I'm looking to try and obtain a Q50/51 and a V40+ in order to get into my target schools.

I checked out MGMAT prep and Veritas prep, which one would you prefer?

Thanks,
Tri Nguyen

This is where I am right now as well. I plan on taking it in the next 3 months and am not sure If I want to take MGMAT Interact, MGMAT Online or Veritas online. Any thoughts?
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11 Feb 2015, 14:02
Hi Everyone,
I am a new member here. I am giving myself 4 months to prepare for the GMAT and I have currently developed a 3 month study plan. I have not scheduled a test yet but I want to tentatively take it on July 9th. I will really take into account how I am progressing as I move forward in my studies to decide whether I will take the test earlier than my tentative date. That being said I have developed the attached study plan. By the end of month 1 I need to be 100% confident I can move on from Quant to Verbal as I feel Quant is my weakest point which is why I have left a little room to play with it as I move along. If all goes well in Month 1 then by the end of month 3 I might schedule my test for early June.

My goal is a 750. I have not included any materials yet. I plan on getting all my materials in February so any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
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11 Feb 2015, 23:14
tringuyen0243 wrote:
Just wanted to introduce myself as a new member. I'm planning on taking the GMAT around june/july 2015 and would like an idea on what courses offer the best guides for studying.

I took a practice exam and scored Q40 and V30. I'm a little weak on the verbal side and not as strong as I wanted to be on the quantitative side. I'm looking to try and obtain a Q50/51 and a V40+ in order to get into my target schools.

I checked out MGMAT prep and Veritas prep, which one would you prefer?

Thanks,
Tri Nguyen

Hi Tri Nguyen,

To decide on which course and coaching center to join, the best way is to visit some of the coaching centers close to your home and interact with their expert counselors. Ask all your questions and try to understand if your queries are being addressed well. To understand better, take a mock test with them and discuss your performance in detail with the faculty there.

For Manya Abroad - The Princeton Review GMAT courses, you can visit on the link below:

http://www.manyagroup.com/princeton-review-gmat-course

It would be best if you start reading articles, science journals , business tabloids and read them online and figure out for yourself if you can understand the language and the main idea present in the passage. This would be a better way to tackle vocabulary on the GMAT and improve your verbal score.
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11 Feb 2015, 23:20
vanessalinares wrote:
Hi Everyone,
I am a new member here. I am giving myself 4 months to prepare for the GMAT and I have currently developed a 3 month study plan. I have not scheduled a test yet but I want to tentatively take it on July 9th. I will really take into account how I am progressing as I move forward in my studies to decide whether I will take the test earlier than my tentative date. That being said I have developed the attached study plan. By the end of month 1 I need to be 100% confident I can move on from Quant to Verbal as I feel Quant is my weakest point which is why I have left a little room to play with it as I move along. If all goes well in Month 1 then by the end of month 3 I might schedule my test for early June.

My goal is a 750. I have not included any materials yet. I plan on getting all my materials in February so any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

Hi vanessalinares,

To improve on your quant I would advise you to study one topic at a time and solve all the questions related to it in a one go.Do prepare some notes of the formulas and numbers.Prepare all the topics in this manner.Once completed start solving only the quant section from the GMAT practice tests.Once you are able to score well, start solving the section setting time limits.Practicing this way will definitely pull up your quant score.

To understand the role of study material in your exam scores you can refer to our blog on the below link.These blogs will help you in your GMAT preparation a lot.

http://blog.manyagroup.com/detail.html?authorid=59

http://blog.manyagroup.com/index.html?url=Tips-Info

Hope this helps.Let us know if you require any further guidance regarding your GMAT preparation.
www.manyagroup.com
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12 Feb 2015, 00:28
pathfinder2014 wrote:
I have just joined GMAT club and I must say you have done a great job by creating this forum. Its so very helpful. The above GMAT study plan is also very good.

Unfortunately I don't think I can follow this study plan because my exam is on 23rd march. It's a retake. In my first attempt I got 480

Could you suggest me a study plan and material so that I can atleast get a minimum of 50 points rise or a more realistic rise in scores?

Let me know if you need to know anything more about me that will help you to suggest me a study plan.

-Sincerely,
desperate to improve my GMAT scores !!!

Hi pathfinder2014,

As you are retaking your GMAT, we are assuming that you are thorough with your basics.We would advise you to take as many practice tests as possible.However, more important than taking a mock test is to analyse your performance in the same. If you spend 2 hours on a mock test, spend 6 hours in analyzing the same. Figure out ways by which you can continuously keep improving your score. Make sure you stay consistent with your schedule. This is extremely important.

http://blog.manyagroup.com/index.html?url=Tips-Info

Let us know if you have any further queries regarding your GMAT preparation.
http://www.manyagroup.com
_________________
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18 Feb 2015, 04:03
Hi All,

I am in Bangalore, India. I want to sell my used 3 month old Manhattan GMAT Series + Foundations of Math and Verbal books. In total there are 12 books and all are 5th edition. The price is negotiable. Interested buyers please send me a PM or reply in this post.

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20 Feb 2015, 23:21
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I am new here and this post is helpful to me because lots of information I get from here.
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02 Mar 2015, 00:57
I am intrested in buying. My contact number is 9442798124.
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08 Mar 2015, 19:37
Hey there GMAT Club users,

I have taken my first test this previous December and scored pretty low. I registered for the Economist prep in January to relearn my foundations and scored mid 600's. I am now stuck wondering how I can pursue with my study plan to break the 700+ score. The study assets that I have available are as follows:

MGMAT strategy guides and 4 CATs(also question banks for each guide)
Magoosh (Have taken both CATs and 99% of question bank, would have to reset)
Economist Prep(80% of course complete, in maintenance mode currently answering timed practice questions. Also have 3 more CATs, 5+ live tutoring sessions left, and 5 AWA prompts to be submitted for review)
GMAT Club tests ( Just recently bought with 1000+ questions)

How can I effectively use the study assets above to break the 700+ score level? I believe my foundations are strong and I know my weak areas (percentages, parts problems, number properties, I really need to start keeping an error log though). I can allocate two months of study so I'm not rushed. My last CAT was a 640 from economist with Q48 V31. Thanks!
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09 Mar 2015, 13:30
Hi, I am New to Gmat and have like 0 experience. I started learning for GMAT this weekend. I am pretty good when it comes to Math but I couldnt answer many of the OG questions on my own. Nevertheless after seeing the answers I can fully understand the Logic behind it. Now to my questions I have 3 weeks for the Exam.
I can study fulltime 5 Times a week.
I got all the MGMAT Books of 2013 and the OG 2013.
Shall I do One MGMAT Book after another and answer the OG questions recommended at the end of the MGMAT Books? Or is more Material needed?
I need like 650.
also which Books shall I Focus the most out of the MGMAT Books (verbal and Quant) ?
My weakness is geometry but I dont want to waste time on that alot because I hate that topic.

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10 Mar 2015, 13:00
Hi, i know this is kind of stupid question but i am an working professional. I get very little time over the week. Weekends are fine. is there any suggestions or link to study plans which i can follow.
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12 Mar 2015, 22:20
Hello,

I understand there is no negative marking in GMAT. Kindly help to know which strategy is best when u don't know the answer:

* Leave the question unattended
* Make a guess

Waiting for response.
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25 Mar 2015, 17:04
I spent a month to prepare for the exam (working full time, spent most of the time on studying at the weekends), one month is not going to be enough to get a good score.
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25 Mar 2015, 23:26
Partha528113 wrote:
Hi, i know this is kind of stupid question but i am an working professional. I get very little time over the week. Weekends are fine. is there any suggestions or link to study plans which i can follow.

Hi Partha,

2. If you plan to do self study, get your hands on the best preparatory material available in the market. You can speak to your seniors, get feedback on forums like pagalguy to seek out the best in the market
3. Joining a coaching institute is recommended because it gives a structure to your preparation. Remember cracking GMAT is not just about working hard but working smart as well
4. Make a study time table for yourself that suits you best. You can start with spending 2 hours every day and as you move closer to your test date, start increasing your study hours
5. Keep taking mock tests in real test taking situations. However, more important than taking a mock test is to analyse your performance in the same. If you spend 2 hours on a mock test, spend 6 hours in analysing the same. Figure out ways by which you can continuously keep improving your score
6. Make sure you stay consistent with your schedule. This is extremely important

To know more about the effective GMAT test taking strategies, best books to refer for your GMAT preparation and other important information, you can read here

http://blog.manyagroup.com/index.html?url=Tips-Info

Hope the above information helps. In case, you have any further queries, please do let us know and we would be happy to help.
www.manyagroup.com
_________________
Best wishes,
Team Manya-The Princeton Review

E:info@manyagroup.com
T: 1800-102-4646
http://www.manyagroup.com

http://goo.gl/hpmXBk
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