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# GMAT Study Plan - How to Start your GMAT Prep

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08 Nov 2011, 11:58
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eeydelna wrote:
. So, that means after I solve all suggested OG questions, there won't be any more OG questions left?

Yes, that's correct. That's the point.
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06 Dec 2011, 07:09
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Hi martindc,

I suppose this is a frequent situation that one can devote 100%, but for a limited period of time. In fact, you don't have that much time to go through many books, which are suggested here (as the 8 strategy guides of MGMAT). It all depends on your current quant and verbal level. Maybe the best idea is to have a CAT and see where you currently are. Use GMATPrep or PowerPREP (as they both are the most reliable source). Then you can post the result here, and we can give you some book suggestions, which will be rather specialized and will target your problem areas. It will depend on you if you are going to be able to study thethroughout the day for the GMAT, as this can be very tiring. If you are not familiar with the GMAT exam format, you may buy a more general book (as Kaplan Premier) and see some strategies. However, in my opinion this would rather be wasted time. Better have a CAT and tackle directly your weaknesses.

Feel free to ask, if you have any further questions.
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04 Jan 2012, 16:44
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Anyone recommend any plans for the MGMAT series? Tried doing a search but the engine picked up all results for "GMAT", not "MGMAT".

Thanks.

Just open the book 1 and continue until you reach the end of book 8 - pretty straightforward....
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09 Feb 2012, 03:17
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Hi everyone,

I have decided to start with GMAT today and plan to take May's test. This is the first time ever I begin with GMAT. I see many of you have your names listed here and share your study plan. I want to find some motivation to go along this road so I registered here.

I'm really, really weak in math so I have decided to start with it first, just aligning with the study plan suggested in the first page.

I wish for strength, patience and persistence in the 3 months to come. :D

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09 Feb 2012, 03:43
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Hi meiying612, welcome and enjoy the information you will encounter during browsing here.

Almost for every part of the GMAT is enough infromation available. Start by getting familiar with the different topics ind math and verbal and do one of the available diagnostic tests.

Important books are listed throughout the forum, but OG12, MGMAT (all 8 books), Powerscore Bible are mentioned as best for prep.

Good luck with the preparation and keep us updated...

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11 Feb 2012, 17:12
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This was super helpful to me! I'm just getting started in my training and this pointed me in the right direction. Thank you.

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18 Feb 2012, 08:37
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Thanks for a lot of useful information.
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22 Feb 2012, 03:13
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Hi,

I am looking at applying for Masters courses this time next year.

I did one of the GMAT tests just to have an idea of what it's like and I scored 530 with Q35 and V28. I have purchased the MGMAT books and OG12 book and the separate verbal and quant books too. I am looking at doing the tests in mid June.

I am aiming for at least 680 and preferably 700+ to stand out. Was a bit disappointed with my mark but at least my scores were quite balanced.

Did worse in DS for quant and CR and RC for verbal. PS was so so but I did well in the SC so was pleased with that.

Best of luck everyone

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22 Feb 2012, 23:18
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These are in fact cool YouTube video lessons, its my fortune to pay a visit this website and finding these awesome YouTube movies.

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27 Feb 2012, 14:21
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devpanda wrote:
Just started.... and loving it...but with so much resources and so many ideas.. am worried would get lost in this myriad...

It is pretty easy to get lost. I gave myself about a week to familiarize myself with this forum and read through many of the recommended material before starting to study. In the end I decided on getting the MGMAT material for my study, and so far I have not been disappointed.

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06 Mar 2012, 11:06
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Hi, starting my preparation as guided by BB...
As the original post of BB is of the year 2009, I request my friends to please help me know the latest and best books to prepare for in the current period.

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06 Mar 2012, 23:12
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Hello everyone, I have just started my GMAT preparation... Thank you for all those tips you gave! Realy helpfull.
So many people use MGMAT n OG12... Does anyone know anything about "Cracking the GMAT" (Princeton Review)?

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20 Mar 2012, 00:57
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hi everyone,
I am not good at verbal, i read very slow and there are a lot of news words for me. is there any ways to improve my reading skill?
Thanks

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20 Mar 2012, 02:43
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Welcome to GMATClub

of course there is a way to improve your reading and the best way is - to read more! You can use multiple resources:

1. Professional reading - Wallstreet Journal, Economist, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review etc., as well as many more, which have a more scientific orientation as America Science

2. Fiction - there is a special thread here on GC, which gives you some options to choose fiction books, which may be more interesting to you. -> books-to-read-improve-verbal-score-and-enjoy-a-good-read-76079.html

After 1-2 months, you'll notice how things change! Learning by doing!

Feel free to ask more questions!

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06 Apr 2012, 13:42
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Hi ,

I have started my gmat prep, following the approach suggested by BB (Thanks mate!). But I have dedicated my first month to Verbal , since it my weak area. Following this I will at attack quant, which I am hoping should not be a difficult task, considering my comfort level with maths.

I needed some guidance from bb. As you suggested that by the end of the month, one should devote some time trying out the tests targeted at that specific area, I was unable to compile a list of tests to check my comfort level with Verbal. Tests like the mgmat, gmat prep, kaplan princeton etc are full length and I wanted to keep them for the last month's prep or should I attempt the verbal section of few of these now,and keep mgmat and gmat prep for later (since they are good indicators of the real Gmat score)

Also I have already appeared for the gmatprep1. I wanted to reset this, by removing the log files from the folder(the first test, so that I can practice Verbal) to get a new set of questions. Will this also reset Gmatprep2 , which I wanted to keep for the final days of my prep. I hope I am not sounding stupid

Please suggest how should I assemble the verbal part of the tests without losing the oppurtunity of appearing on the full length test , once I am through with my prep

Regards,
Meher

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15 Apr 2012, 10:44
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Awesome post thanks for the detailed info.

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01 May 2012, 15:05
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Great Content. Appreciate the posting

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26 May 2012, 04:40
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Hi there,

My first post! I'm looking to take the gmat in august (14th) or in september. I've already studied a part of the program, essentially the basics : algebra, geometry, critical reasoning (love this part!).

I'll be off 5 weeks in july and august. It is sufficient to aim a 700+?

What preparation do you recommend?

thanks a lot!

Lyes

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28 May 2012, 18:39
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Hey everyone,

After much deliberation, I have finally decided to start preparing for the GMAT. I plan to take the test in the first week of September and will try to send in my applications for the first round, by mid/late October.

I will also start working on my recommendations and essays simultaneously, while preparing for the test.

I plan to study 4-6 hours a day, at least six days a week, and follow the study plan posted here. I have absolutely no math skills and plan to take a GMAT prep test tomorrow to see where I stand. Let's see how it goes.

The following is the tentative list of schools that I plan to apply to:
Northwestern Kellog
UC Berkley
Michigan Ross
UCLA Anderson
Emory University
U of Texas, Austin
North Carolina
USC Marshall
Georgetown University

I haven't included any of the top 10 schools in this list, but I want to apply to at least one. Which one of them do you think I am most likely to be accepted to, given my background in journalism?

Also, am I being too ambitious/unrealistic? :s

Take care.

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29 May 2012, 00:13
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Hi Guys,

My name is Vaibhav. I joined the club around 2 days ago. I am a Test Lead with a leading software giant with an experience of around 6 years. I know that it is a bit late to wake up and start preparing for the GMAT but I have made up my mind to give the GMAT this year, most prolly by October.

I have gone through in numerous pages in this forum and am confused on which books to buy for the preparation. I am quite poor in Maths, though the verbal and other sections could be my strengths. I was looking at a simple strategy to prepare for the GMAT and get a good score (Around 720)

Regards
Vaibhav

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