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# Help with the GMAT

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22 Feb 2012, 23:38
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I just took a GMATPrep Test last week Wednesday (15th February 2012) and I scored a 390 (Math 11, Verbal 28). I really felt bad and as a result, I rescheduled to take my test from 1st March 2012 to 31st May 2012. I have restarted studying for the test by going through a basic study guide such as the Kaplan GMAT Premier 2012. I intend to use this book for a week before taking a new GMAT CAT Practice Test.

One thing to note was that I was getting a lot of early questions wrong in succession. I also had a lot of problems with the following question types:
1. Critical Reasoning
3. Data Sufficiency in Quantitative Sections

My aim will be to improve to a 700 score on my GMAT exam, and I have the whole time to work on this test as I am not employed at the moment.

My questions are:
1. What is the best way to attack Critical Reasoning?
2. What is the best way to attack Reading Comprehension?
3. What is the best way to attack Data Sufficiency
4. Any resources that can help me greatly on improving in these sections
5. Any resources on helping me reduce possible testing anxiety?

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23 Feb 2012, 00:03
Hi dzodzo85,

Your questions are very generic. My suggestion (that is how I did), you must browse through the forum and first firm up your Study Plan. Note, no section is easier than the other. You have almost mentioned every section. Which is fare for anyone who is just starting prep. Go through the course reviews in the forum, very specific, see which one suits you, which level you fit in, then you decide the courses - basic, advanced etc. One thing I learned that never hit all sections together, time yourself for each section prep before moving on to next section prep. This way I knew how many months prep I need (might vary slightly closer to date), but you will know the overview. Monitoring timely improvements or otherwise, will be essential. There are many threads in the forum to guide you through each question of yours once they are more specified (sorry I dont know how to attach links, so you need to browse for the same in forum). Take 7 days to get accustomed to the forum (since you have full time to yourself), then make your plan and then proceed. Hope this gives you some basic guideline to start the journey.
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23 Feb 2012, 00:16
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Hi,

I suggest the following :
1. Get some good notes for verbal & quant. Most are available in the GMAT Club forum itself
2. Beg / borrow / steal the OG 12 & attack it viciously
3. Since you dont have I would suggest you try some 700 + problems just to get a feel how to solve them

I have attached some stuff I am using in my prep. Hope it helps
Attachments

Comprehensive SC Guide[1].pdf [631.17 KiB]

Flashcards%20-%20Quantitative%20Review[1].pptx [440.69 KiB]

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23 Feb 2012, 17:04
It looks like you may need to bolster your math. I suggesting going over the basics using this material: http://www.manhattangmat.com/errata-fom-4ed.cfm#4.1 as well as using any other external sources. Once you have a strong foundation you should consider going through some strategy guides and question banks.
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23 Feb 2012, 17:38
1. What is the best way to attack Critical Reasoning?
Powerscore CR Bible, far better than Manhattan Guide for CR

2. What is the best way to attack Reading Comprehension?
Manhattan's not bad. Actually, MGMAT is also terrific for SC.

3. What is the best way to attack Data Sufficiency
Practice. Practice. And, more practice.

4. Any resources that can help me greatly on improving in these sections
- Start with MGMAT Guides which includes every OG12 and 2nd Edition question
- Keep an error log, review correct/wrong responses for every error
- Next, move to questions on this forum.
- Continue the error log <-- this is where most of your learning occurs.

5. Any resources on helping me reduce possible testing anxiety?
Confidence, actually self-confidence.
There's no substitute for putting in all the hard work, reaching your target score on multiple GMAC prep tests and then, walking into that test center knowing that you are capable of reaching that score.
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24 Feb 2012, 07:34
Fxsunny offers up some good advice! I would agree on the usefulness of the MGMAT guides and the error log.
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24 Feb 2012, 13:01
boomtangboy wrote:
Hi,

I suggest the following :
1. Get some good notes for verbal & quant. Most are available in the GMAT Club forum itself
2. Beg / borrow / steal the OG 12 & attack it viciously
3. Since you dont have I would suggest you try some 700 + problems just to get a feel how to solve them

I have attached some stuff I am using in my prep. Hope it helps

Where can I get some of the 700+ problems you are talking about?
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24 Feb 2012, 18:50
@dzodzo85: I am trying to figure this out myself, as well. If you go to the Self Prep tab at the top of the screen, choose the drag down choice GMAT Tools. From the top post on GMAT Tools, click #13 (All GMAT Club Files and Downloads). I know there are some files that are readily marked as containing 700 level questions (such as the some of the math docs by Bunuel). There are probably other files lurking there too...
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26 Feb 2012, 07:27
@dzodzo85: I am trying to figure this out myself, as well. If you go to the Self Prep tab at the top of the screen, choose the drag down choice GMAT Tools. From the top post on GMAT Tools, click #13 (All GMAT Club Files and Downloads). I know there are some files that are readily marked as containing 700 level questions (such as the some of the math docs by Bunuel). There are probably other files lurking there too...

Thank you Cecilpaladin32. I will give that a look.
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26 Feb 2012, 19:22
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dzodzo85 wrote:
boomtangboy wrote:
Hi,

I suggest the following :
1. Get some good notes for verbal & quant. Most are available in the GMAT Club forum itself
2. Beg / borrow / steal the OG 12 & attack it viciously
3. Since you dont have I would suggest you try some 700 + problems just to get a feel how to solve them

I have attached some stuff I am using in my prep. Hope it helps

Where can I get some of the 700+ problems you are talking about?

Hi,

You can find the 700 - 800 level problems here

quant-700-800-questions-ps-ds-with-solutions-123039.html

Hope this helps !!!
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27 Feb 2012, 14:22
Thank you boomtangboy for pointing us in the right direction.
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16 Jul 2017, 19:31
Hi Guys,

I have started self-study for GMAT now and i have approximately 4 months to go. But i dunno where to start and how to go about it. can i get some help.?
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16 Jul 2017, 20:36
Hi Shivangi20794,

The other posts in this thread are 5.5 years old, so I suggest that you start a new thread and provide some information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What materials have you used?
3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?

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

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