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# Help with my study plan

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17 Jan 2018, 01:26
Hi everyone,

I am contacting you as I need a bit of help in regards to putting together a study plan.

I have 2 months to prepare for my GMAT exam, I already took a CAT and my score is 500. I took another test on a website that I found on the first pages of Google and I scored 600. The school I want to apply to is asking me for a score of 530, but I'd like to aim higher than this.

Where should I start from? I was planning on buying the GMAT Official Guide 2018 as a starting point.

Do you have any other suggestions?

Wishing you all a good day.

Silviu
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18 Jan 2018, 12:15
Hey sildoroftei

Since you are beginning with preparation, I would recommend you to do the following things.

It makes sense to clear your concepts for every topic and then follow it up with some practice.
To build your concepts, you could use Manhattan Guides for Verbal and Quant. The Official Guide
has some good practice questions but the theory on that book is not enough to build concepts.

You could use the PowerScore CR bible to get a basic understanding of how the CR section works.
For RC, you could refer to the below given link
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-club-s- ... 83101.html
As for practice, you can find all the questions at GMATClub. You should use the Timer to time
yourself once you are familiar with the concepts.

Quant Section Preparation
Follow Bunuel. Solve all the questions in his signature. They contain some awesome questions
that give you the true taste of GMAT(Baker's Dozen, 12 Easy Pieces etc..)
Even otherwise, make sure you solve each and every question he puts up on the forum.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gma ... 44512.html

Last but not the least, you could check out our study plan:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-plan-217827.html

Hope this helps you!
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18 Jan 2018, 16:21
Hi sildoroftei,

There's a significant difference between a 500 and a 600. Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, I have a few questions about the 2 practice CATs that you took. Before we can talk about the type of study plan you might need, we need to know which score is closer to your current 'ability level.'

When you took these CATs:
1) What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for these 2 CATs?
2) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
3) Did you take them at home?
4) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you plan to take your Official GMAT?
5) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
6) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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20 Jan 2018, 10:00
sildoroftei wrote:
Hi everyone,

I am contacting you as I need a bit of help in regards to putting together a study plan.

I have 2 months to prepare for my GMAT exam, I already took a CAT and my score is 500. I took another test on a website that I found on the first pages of Google and I scored 600. The school I want to apply to is asking me for a score of 530, but I'd like to aim higher than this.

Where should I start from? I was planning on buying the GMAT Official Guide 2018 as a starting point.

Do you have any other suggestions?

Wishing you all a good day.

Silviu

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 lenght 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
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20 Jan 2018, 10:45
sildoroftei wrote:
Hi everyone,

I am contacting you as I need a bit of help in regards to putting together a study plan.

I have 2 months to prepare for my GMAT exam, I already took a CAT and my score is 500. I took another test on a website that I found on the first pages of Google and I scored 600. The school I want to apply to is asking me for a score of 530, but I'd like to aim higher than this.

Where should I start from? I was planning on buying the GMAT Official Guide 2018 as a starting point.

Do you have any other suggestions?

Wishing you all a good day.

Silviu

Get the Manhattan Books. Prepare the concepts thoroughly. Study 3-4 hrs everyday (preferably 2hrs in morning and 2 hrs in evening) for 5 days/week. Take 2 days off.

Get all the official materials (OG, EP1, EP2, QP1). Practice from Official guide and review each answer choice why it is right or wrong.

Once you complete step2, take the GMATPREP TEST1 again(dont waste TEST2! GMATPREP tests are really valuable!). Identify your weakness and put more focus on those areas(but dont forget to review other areas).
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20 Jan 2018, 11:43
sildoroftei wrote:
Hi everyone,

I am contacting you as I need a bit of help in regards to putting together a study plan.

I have 2 months to prepare for my GMAT exam, I already took a CAT and my score is 500. I took another test on a website that I found on the first pages of Google and I scored 600. The school I want to apply to is asking me for a score of 530, but I'd like to aim higher than this.

Where should I start from? I was planning on buying the GMAT Official Guide 2018 as a starting point.

Do you have any other suggestions?

Wishing you all a good day.

Silviu

Hi sildoroftei,

2 months is good enough to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have taken a GMAT CAT. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 2 months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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