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# Guidance

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15 Oct 2019, 13:23
I'm planning to give GMAT exam on 15th December.
The books I am using for preparation are Manhattan GMAT 8 Strategy Guides (4th Edition), OG12, OG16, GMAT quantitative review (2nd Edition) and GMAT verbal review (2nd Edition).
Is there too much contrast between new and old edition books (asking for verbal and quant part)?
Second question, Which book should I use for IR?

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15 Oct 2019, 14:27
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From a 'content' standpoint, the GMAT has been a remarkably consistent Exam over the years, so you would be fine using any of those books (although you might come across a few rare questions in the OG12 that would not see on the current version of the GMAT. That having been said, your immediate study plan is 'book heavy'; unfortunately, many Test Takers who study in that way end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level. Even the best books are limited in what they can teach you; they also can't force you to approach questions in a certain way and their explanations are often one-sided. This is all meant to say that you will likely need to invest in some additional, non-book study materials at some point.

Studies:
1) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
3) What is your overall goal score?
4) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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16 Oct 2019, 08:49
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It is toooo much old version of ManhattanPrep. The latest version is 7th edition. You should try at least 6th edition-they're updating their book day by day though there is no huge difference between 6th edition and 7th edition so far i heard.
I'm planning to give GMAT exam on 15th December.
The books I am using for preparation are Manhattan GMAT 8 Strategy Guides (4th Edition), OG12, OG16, GMAT quantitative review (2nd Edition) and GMAT verbal review (2nd Edition).
Is there too much contrast between new and old edition books (asking for verbal and quant part)?
Second question, Which book should I use for IR?

Thank you.

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15 Oct 2019, 22:26
Studies:
1) I have been studying for 18 days for atleast 4 hours and on weekend 6-7hrs.
2) I took two GMATofficalprep. One on 15th Sept and another on 5th Oct,scored 440(Q32,V18) and 420(Q36,V15) respectively.

Goals:
3)650+
4)Planning to take on 15th December.
5)I will be applying for Colleges from November.
6)I am planning to apply for S.P Jain, IMT and Great lakes. I'm going to apply for more colleges depending on my official GMAT score.

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16 Oct 2019, 16:57

Since you're early-on in your studies, it's likely that you are still becoming familiar with the overall content and 'style' of the GMAT - so the fact that your 2 CAT Scores are so similar to one another isn't too surprising. That having been said, raising a 440 to the point that you can consistently score 650+ will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. However, a mid-December Test Date gives you just 2 months of additional study. While you don't have to change your overall plans just yet, it's likely that you will need a longer study timeframe than you have currently planned for.

1) What are the exact application deadlines for each of the Schools that you plan to apply to? What are the next set of deadlines after the upcoming ones?

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17 Oct 2019, 20:25

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Since you scored 420 on your latest practice exam and are 230+ points from your score goal, would you like some general advice on how to improve your quant and verbal skills? Also, you may find it helpful to read the following articles:

The Phases of Preparing for the GMAT

How Long Should I Study for the GMAT?
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