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New post 26 Sep 2018, 02:02
Hello everyone !

I begin my preparation for the Gmat and I would like to subscribe to a Gmatprep. I take a practice Gmat exam on the gmatofficialprep and I got :
Integrated reasoning : 5
Verbal : 26
Quantitative : 42
Total : 560
It was my first try before I began my training. Also, I am a non native speaker and, in order to improve my English, I have courses at the british council.
I am hesitating between veritas prep, manhattan prep, e-gmat, empowergmat, Math revolution and examPAL.
I tried examPAL during one week and really like the way the website is. E-Gmat seems really good too.
Veritas prep and Manhattan prep also but they are a little bit expensive.
May I ask you for advice to make a good choice ?

Thank you :)
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New post 26 Sep 2018, 10:23
Hi AliceAM,

560 is quite a good score given it's your first try. What baout self-study? Check out his thread:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/is-it-worth- ... 77158.html

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New post 26 Sep 2018, 22:32
Hi AliceAM

This 560 is a solid initial CAT Score (the average Score on the Official GMAT hovers around 550 most years).

When it comes to studying for the GMAT, there are a variety of different options. Most GMAT Companies offer some type of free materials (practice problems, Trial Accounts, videos, etc.) that you can use to 'test out' a product before you buy it. We have a variety of those resources at our website (www.empowergmat.com). I suggest that you take advantage of all of them then choose the one that best matches your personality, timeline and budget.

Before I can offer you any additional advice, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your timeline and your goals:

1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 28 Sep 2018, 04:07
Akela, Thank you for your link, it was really interesting ! Actually, you're right. I bought the Official guide and I'm actually working with it! After tried the different websites, I don't think I will invest in the Veritas and Manhattan prep programmes.

EMPOWERgmatRichC, Thank you for your answer !
Actually, I would like to reach 650, at least. If it's exactly 650, that's good too.
For the exam date, I was thinking about December. I'm not afraid by working hard. If I must work 5hours a day, I will do it.
I would like to apply in January or March, it depends of the deadlines, for the next scholar year.
I was thinking about Duke, Fordham, HEC, McGill and those kind of universities.

Thank you again for your help. !
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New post 28 Sep 2018, 11:55
Hi AliceAM

Since you are not planning to apply to School until early next year, you have plenty of time to study and improve - which is good. A Score Goal of 650+ in that timeframe is certainly achievable, so the question at this point is really about how 'efficient' you want to be with your studies. You do not have to 'rush' at this point, so you can proceed however you choose - and adjust your plans if you need to after a month or two of study - or find a Study Plan and Course right now that fit your personality.

"Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix'). As such, I'd like to know a bit more about your first CAT. While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this recent CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

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New post 29 Sep 2018, 11:05
AliceAM wrote:
Hello everyone !

I begin my preparation for the Gmat and I would like to subscribe to a Gmatprep. I take a practice Gmat exam on the gmatofficialprep and I got :
Integrated reasoning : 5
Verbal : 26
Quantitative : 42
Total : 560
It was my first try before I began my training. Also, I am a non native speaker and, in order to improve my English, I have courses at the british council.
I am hesitating between veritas prep, manhattan prep, e-gmat, empowergmat, Math revolution and examPAL.
I tried examPAL during one week and really like the way the website is. E-Gmat seems really good too.
Veritas prep and Manhattan prep also but they are a little bit expensive.
May I ask you for advice to make a good choice ?

Thank you :)


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New post 29 Sep 2018, 14:26
AliceAM wrote:
Hello everyone !

I begin my preparation for the Gmat and I would like to subscribe to a Gmatprep. I take a practice Gmat exam on the gmatofficialprep and I got :
Integrated reasoning : 5
Verbal : 26
Quantitative : 42
Total : 560
It was my first try before I began my training. Also, I am a non native speaker and, in order to improve my English, I have courses at the british council.
I am hesitating between veritas prep, manhattan prep, e-gmat, empowergmat, Math revolution and examPAL.
I tried examPAL during one week and really like the way the website is. E-Gmat seems really good too.
Veritas prep and Manhattan prep also but they are a little bit expensive.
May I ask you for advice to make a good choice ?

Thank you :)


Hi AliceAM,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. You should dedicate around 3 months to improve your score. It's a good thing that you have given a GMAT Mock once. You now know your weaknesses and can work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for three months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I agree with you that may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

You can also use MGMAT guides for your preparation. MGMAT guides are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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Hi AliceAM,

So, 560 cold is not a bad starting point. That being said, in addition to seeking out opinions on this thread, you should read some of the success stories of past GMAT students as well as reviews of various GMAT prep courses to see what prep materials have worked for other test-takers.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

Good luck!
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Hi AliceAM,

If you are a non-native speaker, quant word problems might give you some trouble as well. Math Revolution has a technique called the IVY Approach to tackle some difficult word problems. For example, Math Revolution offers a series of formulas and equations for students to learn before the exam to apply to word problems. If a question states "x is m percent of y", you can easily rewrite this into x=m(1/100)*y without dissecting problems. We found out there are words that GMAT likes to use repeatedly. If you know the formulas to rewrite certain expressions beforehand, you will be able to tackle word problems easier. Our IVY Approach provides students with many more techniques and tips to solve quant questions easily, with speed and accuracy.

Check out our post on how to get a high score on GMAT quant.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-ultimate ... 09801.html

Also check our free trial pack and free video lessons on our site at mathrevolution.com Also don’t forget to try our free diagnostic test!! On average, if lower than 45 points on the quant, our students improve +5 points and have about 10 minutes to spare before the math section ends.

Please let us know if you have further questions.
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