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gmanjesh wrote:
BB you might want to edit the following sentence

"Note1: MGMAT CR and MGMAT SC come without any practice questions. Instead they refer to questions in the Official Guide 12 and OG Verbal, so you must buy that book to practice and preferably should not have covered it in the past. On the positive note - all Manhattan books come with access to 6 online CAT tests, so you should buy at least one Manhattan GMAT book (any one of them)."


MGMAT CR and RC needs both OG and the Verbal Review books. that was the case with MGMAT 3rd ed not sure about the 4th, but I assume its the same


Thank You!
I believe the 4th edition of the MGMAT RC does not rely on the Official Guide anymore but that book is packed and I can't get to it to confirm...
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My friend has the book, will get it confirmed by tonight.
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I believe the 4th edition of the MGMAT RC does not rely on the Official Guide anymore but that book is packed and I can't get to it to confirm...


That's good to know, especially since I am preparing OG and fundamentals in parallel.
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Hello All,

I have started preparing for GMAT from this week.

I plan to follow the 3 month approach suggested by BB. However need some advice from all of you on finalising my study schedule.

month 1 - math. I plan to use Kaplan for brushing up fundamentals and then doing section tests for practice.

month 2 - verbal. I will use Kaplan and section tests here as well. Reading fiction is a regular add-on to this.

month 3 - full length tests. I plan to give 3 tests in a week followed with a detailed analysis and error log. The tests from OG, Kaplan (advanced), mba, etc will be used in this phase.

I have a full time job as a Manager in a Research firm with a 50 hour/week schedule. I will try to take out 15-18 hours in a week for this preparation. ( Majorly on weekends)

Please help me tweak this schedule. I am pretty unsure about how to start. Also, if 15-18 hours a week for the next 3 months would be enough to get a 700+ score.

Looking forward to all your suggestions :)
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I got a 720 after 3 months of studying, but I started "truly" studying after I got a 650 on the first real GMAT I took. When I took the GMAT the first time, I didn't really study much for it and told myself "If I get anything over a 650, then I retake and really study for it. So I got the 650 and studied for 3 months like crazy (I mean truly like crazy, I think I posted over 700 posts on here in that 3 month time).

My 3 month experience can't be compared to someone starting from scratch. I had already experienced one real test day which is a huge advantage.
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This looks like a solid study plan; I look forward to trying it out. At which point do you recommend working through the OG?
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Hey BB - need your comments on the schedule I have decided below....please :)
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Hello All,

I have started preparing for GMAT from this week.

I plan to follow the 3 month approach suggested by BB. However need some advice from all of you on finalising my study schedule.

month 1 - math. I plan to use Kaplan for brushing up fundamentals and then doing section tests for practice.

month 2 - verbal. I will use Kaplan and section tests here as well. Reading fiction is a regular add-on to this.

month 3 - full length tests. I plan to give 3 tests in a week followed with a detailed analysis and error log. The tests from OG, Kaplan (advanced), mba, etc will be used in this phase.

I have a full time job as a Manager in a Research firm with a 50 hour/week schedule. I will try to take out 15-18 hours in a week for this preparation. ( Majorly on weekends)

Please help me tweak this schedule. I am pretty unsure about how to start. Also, if 15-18 hours a week for the next 3 months would be enough to get a 700+ score.

Looking forward to all your suggestions :)
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Hey BB - need your comments on the schedule I have decided below....please :)
rookieR wrote:
Hello All,

I have started preparing for GMAT from this week.

I plan to follow the 3 month approach suggested by BB. However need some advice from all of you on finalising my study schedule.

month 1 - math. I plan to use Kaplan for brushing up fundamentals and then doing section tests for practice.

month 2 - verbal. I will use Kaplan and section tests here as well. Reading fiction is a regular add-on to this.

month 3 - full length tests. I plan to give 3 tests in a week followed with a detailed analysis and error log. The tests from OG, Kaplan (advanced), mba, etc will be used in this phase.

I have a full time job as a Manager in a Research firm with a 50 hour/week schedule. I will try to take out 15-18 hours in a week for this preparation. ( Majorly on weekends)

Please help me tweak this schedule. I am pretty unsure about how to start. Also, if 15-18 hours a week for the next 3 months would be enough to get a 700+ score.

Looking forward to all your suggestions :)


Looks pretty good. I would not push for 3 tests in a week - you will hate life and yourself :wink:
Do 1 or 2 on the weekends and then spend the week going through errors and possibly still taking just the quant or just the verbal portion.

Spend the "good" time on GMAT (mornings) rather than the "leftover" time (nights and lunch breaks).
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Thanks BB....for the great advice!

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Hi

I gave GMAT Prep test recently and scored 640 (Quant - 46 and Verbal - 32). My aim is 700 + and am planning to take GMAT in Oct.

I did best in RC followed by Problem solving. Data sufficiency was worst and i did average in SC and CR.

Any tips on how I can score better?

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Thanks for posting such a wonderful plan layout.
As like other people here, I am aspirant for MBA targeting around 700 for my GMAT. I know its going to be quiet a bumpy ride though.
Based on my understanding of GMAT I guess it is extremely important to brush up the basic concepts. Your plan is definitely a good starting point for me. However I would think if I maintain an error log from your first day of prep you can utilize it earlier then your practical tests.

Here's what I am planning to do

1. First Section : Quantitative Section ( First Month): Real Basics for Number Systems , Inequalities, Equations, Percents, Geometery, Word problems, Permutation & Combination , Probability.
Maintain an error log from the practice questions when you cover each section. After 1 month - give 2 GMAT CLUB Quantitative tests. Get a broad understanding of where you stand, compare it with your error log and work on corresponding topics ( Take 2-3 weeks for it). Give 3 GMAT CLUB Quantitative tests after error log review.

2. Second Section : Verbal ( SC,CR,RC): Since I am an international I plan to give review the basics for grammar and then tackle SC. Review the guides for Verbal Sections available. Maintain an error log. After 1 month of time with Verbal, take 2 practice tests for Verbal Section. Analyze your practice tests, your mistakes, weakness and review those thing again for another 2-3 weeks.

3. Computer Adaptive tests : Practice as much as tests I can . review the results, error log . Tackle your weakness accordingly.

This type of concerte approach should help us reach where we want to in our GMAT SCORE .

THIS ALL IS COMPLETELY DEPENDENT ON OUR DEDICATION TOWARDS THIS TEST / CAREER
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Just wondering, why do you recommend tackling SC first? I'm actually debating right now whether to go through the Powersore CR or the Manhattan SC book first, since both will cover the last half of my prep. I was planning on tackling SC last so that the rules will be fresher in my memory. Thanks!
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Just wondering, why do you recommend tackling SC first? I'm actually debating right now whether to go through the Powersore CR or the Manhattan SC book first, since both will cover the last half of my prep. I was planning on tackling SC last so that the rules will be fresher in my memory. Thanks!


Good question - it does not matter which section per se you start with.
What matters is that You tackle the EASIEST section first and then dedicate the remaining time to the one you have the most issues with.

SC was the easiest for me, then CR, and RC was the hardest, so my "recommendation" follows that path.
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Great post!

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

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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.
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Hey BB!,
Have you ever heard of a book called Total GMAT Verbal by GMAT Hacks. Please let me know if think it is worth my time. My math is fine, verbal horrible.

Taking the GMAT on Nov 24 so my prep starts NOW!!! Also, how do you keep the math concepts fresh in your head during Month 2??

Please advise as soon as you can.

Need a significant increase - took the GMAT and did not do well at all (610).
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