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GMAT Study Plan: Low Cost Online Study Courses

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GMAT Study Plan: The Online Study Route

Online education and GMAT Courses in particular have gone a long way in the last few years. Today you can get a full course with many tests and thousands of questions for less than $150. That's less than what you would pay for a set of books. This option is different from the traditional Course or the self-study Book approach and we feel finally deserves a discussion of its own.

Improvement: 50-150 points depending on the starting point
Concept: Cheaper and faster than books or if traditional study approaches do not work for you
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  • Retakers - many providers offer money back guarantee (make sure you read their explanation)
  • GMAT Novices
  • Verbal Challenged

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Advantages of the Low Cost Online Self Study Courses


  • Breadth and Depth - of then they are able to incorporate more study elements/pieces than a book would
  • "Instructor-lead" approach
  • Can be taken anywhere
  • Many come with free access to the GMAT Club tests (great value!)
  • Cost can be often more effective than a set of books (esp if shipping is expensive)
  • Updated content and ability to ask questions/receive support - many courses offer a certain level of support


Weaknesses of the Low Cost Online Self Study Courses:

  • No paper - if you are used to textbooks, this may not be for you
  • Illusion of progress: watching videos may be an easy way to study but you need to think/analyze/process, not just watch videos
  • Distractions - you can usually isolate yourself with a book but having a computer with FB, Youtube, etc in front of you, may not be easy to focus on the lessons
  • There is usually support but it is not the same as having an instructor walk you through each lesson


Step 1: Evaluate if the online study approach is for you. Many of the providers such as e-GMAT, Magoosh, and Math Revolution offer free evaluations of their full products. Target Test Prep and EMPOWERgmat offer free trials of the full product for 3 or 5 days: https://gmatclub.com/forum/free-trials-196374.html. Some of the older folks like me have a bit of a harder time not having a book in front of us since that's how we have been trained to study. However, if you take a look at the reviews of the online courses, there are many folks who find them effective (over 3,000 reviews).

Step 2: Figure out what low cost course/option you like the best. There are many flavors and features:

Step 3: Figure out if there are other materials you need. You probably have a use for the OG at the least. Some other suggestions may include:


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Awesome compilation BB.. I`ve taken GMAT. Still I feel like doing it again, after this.. :D
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Hi,

I am new and i want guide on the best strategy to use in preparing for my GMAT exams.
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Hi annie20166,

You might want to start your own individual discussion thread (instead of having a discussion at the tail-end of this thread). You'll then be able to have discussions, ask questions, receive advice, etc. and keep the focus solely on your situations and plans.

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Thanks a lot for the post bb!
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I am Moyo from Nigeria. Though I work in supply chains as a demand/supply planner (3 yrs), I have a background in Pharmacy, which is not so much a discipline strong in quants.
I have taken the first GMAT Prep test and flunked it (470 Q35, V20). My target score is 700.
I am confused as to what approach to follow. The volume of information here is mind-numbing, like in terabytes.
Paid for e-GMAT online course, bought the OG 2016 and paid for my GMAT exam in exactly 105 days from today.

I am thinking to go through the OG to start with (Quants for 3 weeks, verbal 3 weeks), then start to polish the rough edges with the e-GMAT course.

I need help to navigate the quagmire.
I am just confused.
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Hi Moyo,

You might want to start your own individual discussion thread (instead of having a discussion at the tail-end of this thread). You'll then be able to have discussions, ask questions, receive advice, etc. and keep the focus solely on your situations and plans.

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