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GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep

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New post 03 Feb 2016, 14:38
Many thanks for the detailed response!

I would take my diagnostic test on coming weekend and will have a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses but I know it would need some time to brush up my skills!
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New post 07 Feb 2016, 11:53
I took the test and scored badly in both verbal and Quant sections. I was expecting such a low score as I was out of touch from course books since last 10 years. My diagnostic score is V16 and Q31 -> 410.

I have started verbal section since last 2 days and going through Manhattan foundation book. My plan is to complete the Manhattan set and then move to e-GMAT verbal section?

Can you please advise, it is worth going through Manhattan first OR skip Manhattan and directly jump to e-GMAT as I have heard their reviews were awesome? Do I need to learn some foundation concepts before buying e-GMAT tutorial?

I have 6 months to prepare for GMAT, so I can manage to go through various sourcing but I don't want to waste time on reading extra resources.

Please advise, what should I do?
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New post 09 Feb 2016, 14:35
Hi guys,

Sorry for being a little bit hush tonight, but everybody is asking about how should I get to 700+, or even 750+? Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, actually shared an error log with us and ask how can he/she improve a specific aspect. That's the first step: measure it. I believe is a well known saying, that is more or less like: "What is not measured, is not improved". So...show us your error log and we can point some possible improvements.
Guys, I hate to break it to you but management is not sexy. Management is measuring, identifying problems, trying various improvements, measure again the results, chose the best option, implement it and measure it again. There is no way to improve without measuring where you are, what are your strong points and weak points. And don't give me the... I know me weak points. I am challenging you to SHOW us your weak points.

I hope this helps,
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P.S. : if you don't have an error log template, search this forum as there are couple of good ones.
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New post 20 Feb 2016, 15:25
Hi Adrian,

Thank you for pointing it out the importance of Error log. I have also realized, its very importance after reviewing so many posts and going through GMAT diagnostics test. As my score was very bad so I am going to improve all areas - my plan is to work on the foundations first. At the moment, I have started my preparation for SC section and already started to maintain error log. After going through all section, I would maintain the error log and will definitely get back to you!

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New post 23 Feb 2016, 15:38
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Hi Adrian,

Thank you for pointing it out the importance of Error log. I have also realized, its very importance after reviewing so many posts and going through GMAT diagnostics test. As my score was very bad so I am going to improve all areas - my plan is to work on the foundations first. At the moment, I have started my preparation for SC section and already started to maintain error log. After going through all section, I would maintain the error log and will definitely get back to you!

Thanks!


You are more than welcome! The ErrorLog is your best friend. And this are not just words - I've seen miracles happening just by tracing our activity (in general, and for GMAT in special). Good luck and have fun along the way.

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Hi,

I have been preparing for the GMAT for almost a month now and feel like I need more structure to my studies. I purchased all 10 Manhattan Prep books and am working my way through the Quant books, but I feel like I don't know the material cold (I noticed because when I try their problem sets/quizzes, I find myself missing maybe 1-2 easy questions and not fully knowing how to apply concepts I just read about).

I work 8-6 and study around 2-3 hours a night and more on the weekends, but I feel like I'm not really improving, which is frustrating because I'm not sure how I can hone my percentage problem skills, etc. since I've also read that it's not wise to just do problems in the OG without having a solid foundation first.

So basically, does anyone have any recommendations for how I can strengthen my quant foundation? I've gone through and reworked the problems in Manhattan Prep, started an error log, and typed out in my own words why it was this answer and not the one I chose. Any help would be very much appreciated!
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I have been preparing for the GMAT for almost a month now and feel like I need more structure to my studies. I purchased all 10 Manhattan Prep books and am working my way through the Quant books, but I feel like I don't know the material cold (I noticed because when I try their problem sets/quizzes, I find myself missing maybe 1-2 easy questions and not fully knowing how to apply concepts I just read about).

I work 8-6 and study around 2-3 hours a night and more on the weekends, but I feel like I'm not really improving, which is frustrating because I'm not sure how I can hone my percentage problem skills, etc. since I've also read that it's not wise to just do problems in the OG without having a solid foundation first.

So basically, does anyone have any recommendations for how I can strengthen my quant foundation? I've gone through and reworked the problems in Manhattan Prep, started an error log, and typed out in my own words why it was this answer and not the one I chose. Any help would be very much appreciated!


Hi,

You are doing the correct thing for the first month. Just build knowledge, pay attention to your weak areas (using your error log) and revisit the theory for that areas. Simply putted: what are the three areas where you commit the most mistakes? Just focus on those (revisit theory, revisit methods to solve the problems). If you find yourself struggling with numbers and doing the math, than you can look for exercises that helps you with this. I've wrote an small article about this : http://mbacoach.co.uk/Articles.html#msg-box3-18

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Hi, does anyone have any idea where to get a GMAT vocabulary list, as GMAT exam has way too many terminologies that we rarely use or see in real life?
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Great resources in this thread, thank you very much!
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Hey guys,

Can you suggest what should be the plan of action after completing the MGMAT guides and OG . Shall we do the problems on gmatclub forums after going through the guides apart from practicing from verbal and quant review books. Should one also go through the gmatclub math and verbal book after finishing the basic material?
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Thanks for the informative post! Question: I have a 1.5 month-long trip planned that will start in approximately a month. Is it recommended to start studying now or after the break?
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Thanks for the informative post! Question: I have a 1.5 month-long trip planned that will start in approximately a month. Is it recommended to start studying now or after the break?



I am a fan of the not-to-stretch your prep and not have to go back and revisit it. I would perhaps spend the next 1.5 months reading some good/hard fiction/books to get your mind setup for the tough GMAT Passages (if you need help with Verbal) but otherwise, would delay your push/kick off until you are back.
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Thanks for the informative post! Question: I have a 1.5 month-long trip planned that will start in approximately a month. Is it recommended to start studying now or after the break?



I am a fan of the not-to-stretch your prep and not have to go back and revisit it. I would perhaps spend the next 1.5 months reading some good/hard fiction/books to get your mind setup for the tough GMAT Passages (if you need help with Verbal) but otherwise, would delay your push/kick off until you are back.


I understand and appreciate the quick reply. That's what I was leaning towards anyway, as I assume I would forget the majority of what I've studied over that time period. I suppose I'll focus on gathering resources and reading material in the meantime.
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New post 01 Apr 2016, 06:24
Hi!

I am planning to take GMAT in 6 months time and gave my first GMAT practice test on Veritas Prep and scored 620 (Q47,V28) & IR 6. My prep included only practicing the questions for Quant from OG15, CR and SC from Verbal Guide15.

My SC score was as per my expectation 11 correct out of 14, but <50% success rate in CR & RC (during practice it was ~70-80% easily without any constraint on time).

I surely need some hardcore strategies for improving my Verbal. Need suggestions for improvement.

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Jeremy800 wrote:
Great post!

Do you have a plan for someone who has a full year to study?

Jeremy (490 GMAT)



Welcome to GMAT Club Jeremy.
I would not recommend that you spend more than 4 or max 6 months on the GMAT. Human memory is very faulty and will not hold GMAT material that long. Also - you will hate life, MBA, and anything that has G, M, A, or T letters in it. Finally, don't think there are enough materials to study for an entire year....

Instead, spend 3-4 months of more intense prep with proper materials and you should be good to go. Is tarted with 540 and went to 750 in 3-4 months.




Is tarted with 540 and went to 750 in 3-4 months. BB you inspired me. Thank you so much !
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I am willing to take the GMAT in 3 months to catch the spring admission.
The required score is 650. I took Kaplan free test as a diagnostic test and my score was very low
English is my second language and I am rusty in mathematics as well.
I have Manhattan foundation 5th edition in both mathematics and English, and I bought the Manhattan GMAT 9 books 6th edition guide.
I am a bit confused about how I should start.
Should I read the chapter first from the foundation then read the guide book or I have to finish the foundation first.
Also all the daily study plans are working with online courses
Do you have any advice for a daily study plan like magoosh study plan but would work out with the books I have?

Thanks a lot

Originally posted by RG7 on 16 Apr 2016, 11:56.
Last edited by RG7 on 23 Apr 2016, 05:37, edited 1 time in total.
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New post 17 Apr 2016, 22:37
Hi Everyone,

I have been lurking on this forum periodically since about 2 years ago when I first thought of getting an MBA. I have just now gotten around to actually scheduling my exam 14 weeks from today. My study materials include OG16 and the complete set of MGMAT books. I came across this study plan (BB's very first post), and I think it is great. However I did have a question.

Focusing on Quant and Verbal separately for a month each - is this really a good idea? I am asking because I am worried that by the time you're done with Verbal after the second month, you might have already forgotten what you learned for Quant in the first month. Is it not better to simultaneously study and do practice questions for both sections to continually refresh your knowledge?

The idea of focusing your efforts on one thing at a time definitely makes sense, I am just wondering if that is truly the best way to approach this. Please feel free to correct me. Thank you to everyone in advance.
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What should I focus on my first week after creating an account?
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Hi Guys, After 12 years of job i have planned to go for the GMAT in Aug'16 so need your help in making this success...currently bough OG 16
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