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# Guidance on starting GMAT studies

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04 Apr 2018, 01:35
Hi all,

I am just starting my GMAT studies and plan to take the exam in August. Can someone please suggest the books/online coaching which I should consider?
Also, is this book 'GMAT: Master the GMAT in 40 Days' good to start the studies?

Thanks
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Hi Sandeep,

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from http://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 4 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 come up with a study plan.

Yesterday, GMAC announced that some changes are going to be made to the format of the Exam - there's a discussion thread about that here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-is-chan ... 62569.html

Since some of the specifics are not yet known, it's going to take a bit of time for all of the available practice resources (including the available practice CATs) to reflect these changes to the Exam. Thus, while the question types, content tested and Tactics will all be the same, everyone's probably going to need some time to properly adjust to the new format and 'feel' of the Exam.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:

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

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04 Apr 2018, 21:43
Hi Sandeep4motwani,

Welcome to GMATclub! Check out these threads:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-plan-217827.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/all-you-need ... 40445.html

Hope this helps!
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05 Apr 2018, 12:00
Sandeep4motwani wrote:
Hi all,

I am just starting my GMAT studies and plan to take the exam in August. Can someone please suggest the books/online coaching which I should consider?
Also, is this book 'GMAT: Master the GMAT in 40 Days' good to start the studies?

Thanks
Sandeep

Hi Sandeep4motwani,

You should dedicate around 3 months to prepare for your GMAT. I would encourage you take one of the two GMAT PREP practice test. You can know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I would recommend you to opt for an online prep rather than a coaching class as a well designed online prep company can be much more beneficial. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

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 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 and they are both within your budget. 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 try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus 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 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.

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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Sandeep4motwani wrote:
Hi all,

I am just starting my GMAT studies and plan to take the exam in August. Can someone please suggest the books/online coaching which I should consider?
Also, is this book 'GMAT: Master the GMAT in 40 Days' good to start the studies?

Thanks
Sandeep

Hello

Best Books

1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides
2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides

Start with Quant, learn the concepts tested on GMAT. After learning, practice your learned section with timed practice. You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT. 1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal. When completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice. Take full length CATs, know your estimated score. Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

Best Mocks

1. Official GMAC (50+50\$)
2. Manhattan GMAT (49\$)
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Sandeep4motwani wrote:
Hi all,

I am just starting my GMAT studies and plan to take the exam in August. Can someone please suggest the books/online coaching which I should consider?
Also, is this book 'GMAT: Master the GMAT in 40 Days' good to start the studies?

Thanks
Sandeep

Hi Sandeep,

Though it should around 3 to 4 months for you to prepare for GMAT, but for most of the people the story is quite painful. GMAT is a test that moves around developing good habits. Enough practice material is available in the market : e-gmat, Magoosh, Empowergmat etc. All are good and quite reasonable. I would suggest you to start with a diagnostic from http://www.mba.com and check your level.

Then move to MGMAT guides for both quant and verbal.

Be regular on GC and work on questions available here. When you reach to some point in your preparation, then go for a good course available. Use this link for free practice material here: https://gmatclub.com/marketplace/free-stuff?fl=menu

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Sandeep4motwani wrote:
Hi all,

I am just starting my GMAT studies and plan to take the exam in August. Can someone please suggest the books/online coaching which I should consider?
Also, is this book 'GMAT: Master the GMAT in 40 Days' good to start the studies?

Thanks
Sandeep

For online resources, here is a Google Sheet with links to OG SC video explanations:

As an example, you can try to watch through a few walkthroughs here:
http://www.gmatpill.com/sentencecorrection/og/q007.mp4
http://www.gmatpill.com/sentencecorrection/og/d35.mp4

This is a great resource from which to practice and also hear an expert's perspective thinking through test questions.

We encourage you to explore some of the success stores of GMAT Pill-ers at:

http://www.gmatpill.com/testimonials

---and get additional GMAT Practice at our online question bank, which has 1,000+ practice questions available free. A paid account is required to view all of our excellent video explanations.

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