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Hi guys!

I plan on starting my GMAT prep from January with a scheduled date in April/May. My GMAT specific material so far includes - the MGMAT guides,Powerscore CR,OG(all 3) and a Magoosh premium account following the 3 month study plan (mainly because it is the most affordable option out there for me)

I have an abundance of CAT material (TIME. Arun Sharma, Sarvesh Verma) and just wanted to know if it would be a wise decision to supplement these for my GMAT prep. If so, could you please help me out with a comprehensive list of similarities (in terms of concepts) between the two exams?

Look forward to your responses.

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Hi guys!

I plan on starting my GMAT prep from January with a scheduled date in April/May. My GMAT specific material so far includes - the MGMAT guides,Powerscore CR,OG(all 3) and a Magoosh premium account following the 3 month study plan (mainly because it is the most affordable option out there for me)

I have an abundance of CAT material (TIME. Arun Sharma, Sarvesh Verma) and just wanted to know if it would be a wise decision to supplement these for my GMAT prep. If so, could you please help me out with a comprehensive list of similarities (in terms of concepts) between the two exams?

Look forward to your responses.

Thank you! :)


You can supplement only quant material and that too to some extent only. GMAT quant is reasoning based and that is not the case for CAT. Also, writing on GMAT questions for Quant is very different from CAT.

For Verbal, never use non official material, and this includes
CAT material too. So for Verbal, Strictly use offical GMAT material.
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cfc198 wrote:
Hi guys!

I plan on starting my GMAT prep from January with a scheduled date in April/May. My GMAT specific material so far includes - the MGMAT guides,Powerscore CR,OG(all 3) and a Magoosh premium account following the 3 month study plan (mainly because it is the most affordable option out there for me)

I have an abundance of CAT material (TIME. Arun Sharma, Sarvesh Verma) and just wanted to know if it would be a wise decision to supplement these for my GMAT prep. If so, could you please help me out with a comprehensive list of similarities (in terms of concepts) between the two exams?

Look forward to your responses.

Thank you! :)
I agree with AkshdeepS. CAT quant is (massive) overkill for the GMAT. GMAT verbal is definitely a step up in terms of quality, so I would not recommend CAT verbal either.
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Avoid CAT material for GMAT prep.
If for Quant, you need extra practice you can take GMATclub test subscription.
For verbal, go for only OG material
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cfc198 wrote:
Hi guys!

I plan on starting my GMAT prep from January with a scheduled date in April/May. My GMAT specific material so far includes - the MGMAT guides,Powerscore CR,OG(all 3) and a Magoosh premium account following the 3 month study plan (mainly because it is the most affordable option out there for me)

I have an abundance of CAT material (TIME. Arun Sharma, Sarvesh Verma) and just wanted to know if it would be a wise decision to supplement these for my GMAT prep. If so, could you please help me out with a comprehensive list of similarities (in terms of concepts) between the two exams?

Look forward to your responses.

Thank you! :)
I agree with AkshdeepS. CAT quant is (massive) overkill for the GMAT. GMAT verbal is definitely a step up in terms of quality, so I would not recommend CAT verbal either.


Any specific Verbal and Quant courses for non native speakers? Read a lot of good things about Target Test Prep & Magoosh, any personal recommendations?
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Any specific Verbal and Quant courses for non native speakers? Read a lot of good things about Target Test Prep & Magoosh, any personal recommendations?
I recommend Ascore.

However, when you do your research, try not to attach too much importance to this "non-native" business, which is actually just for marketing purposes (I'm not saying that marketing is a bad thing). Good prep companies will teach exactly the same concepts to non-native speakers as they do to native speakers, using the same (or similar) examples and techniques. The bad ones will teach a whole bunch of different "rules" that would be more likely to hurt your prep than to help it.
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Hi cfc198,

Since you've been posting in the forums here for about a week, have you done any studying for the GMAT yet? In the early going, it would be a good idea to take an initial FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can discuss the results.

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3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi cfc198,

Since there is plenty of GMAT quant and verbal material to use, I do not recommend using any “non-GMAT” materials.

I see that you are starting your prep next week. Are you going to take a diagnostic to get a baseline score? Also, what is your GMAT score goal? You may find it helpful to read this article about [url=https://blog.targettestprep.com/how-to-score-a-700-on-gmat/] how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

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