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New post 30 Dec 2014, 13:53
Hi Radd3,

There's a thread on this forum that lists books: best-gmat-books-latest-update-118706.html. Hope you find it helpful.

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I am planning to write GMAT in 3-4 months. I am first time going to start the preparation. Can you guide me in selecting which books i should buy.

Way long time back my strength was math and analytics (10 years back). Its long time i have taken any test. so, no idea on math and analytics type of questions these days

My weakness is english that time.

Considering all these, please suggest me good books i can buy and any free links. I dont want to buy and get worried that i didnt cover all.

I want to take your suggestion and prepare in the right direction.

Please also suggest me if i need to buy anything for taking practice tests (once i am ready after preparation for 2 months) or anything available online for free


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New post 02 Jan 2015, 11:58
Hi bb

I am new to the club (active now) and I have gone though some of your posts. I have just spent 4 to 5 hours and I already feel great.
I am just writing to convey my thanks (many more to come) for:

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Your posts have really helped me narrow down my study material and plan my study strategy. I will continue reading the posts here. And soon will start contributing to the discussions. My major obstacle is that I work in an investment bank (avg. 12 hours a day) with no access to this website, hence only find time during the weekends. But will surely contribute in the coming time.


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Nice post bb hatsoff.I have started studying and its good to see that i still remember many concepts now.i will try to stick to these study pattern for the next three months:)

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New post 05 Jan 2015, 09:20
Hello BB,

I am a mediocre student having around 65% in all exams. I am preparing for GMAT and targeting score of around 730. Currently i have MGMAT guide for Quant, SC, RC & CR. I also have 12th and 15th adtn of Official Guide. This is enough or i should go for any thing else. I am not good in verbal and i am from India.

I am working since last 7 years and can not give more than 2 hrs. every day and 5-6 hours on Sundays.

Please advice me regarding study plan and books to be followed..

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Hello Everyone,

Start your preparation with a mock test. This would not only familiarize you with the test format but also help you to identify your strong and weak areas.
Post this, make a study plan for yourself which should give you time enough to cover your basics and also let you attempt a lot of practice questions. Start with 2 hours per day and gradually increase it to 4 hours and eventually 6 hours per day as you approach the test date.
Once you are over with your basics get hold of as many practice test as you can. Start attempting them. Now, understand that more than giving a practice test, it is critical how much time you spend on analyzing your performance in the same. Typically, if you spend 2 hours in taking a mock test, spend 4-5 hours in analyzing it. Go over each and every question and find out a better, smarter and a faster way to solve each question. Take a note of all the points and make sure you apply them in the next test.

The key is to keep improving every day.

Lastly, find a mentor, join a coaching institute or be a part of a study group.I suggest this because the biggest challenge in GMAT preparation is to be able to stay motivated and committed throughout the duration of your preparation.
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New post 12 Jan 2015, 10:52
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.

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New post 13 Jan 2015, 05:48
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.

And to decide on what schedule to follow for your preparation, we would advice you to follow the below steps to score well in your GMAT exam.

1. Start with a mock test. This will help you identify your strong and weak areas
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

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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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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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New post 26 Jan 2015, 12:24
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.

Thanks in advance.

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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?

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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,
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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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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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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,
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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:

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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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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.

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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.

Thanks in advance.

-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.

Also keep reading our blogs at the link below.This will be helpful for your GMAT preparation.

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

Let us know if you have any further queries regarding your GMAT preparation.
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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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