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# How long is the best time to prepare for the gmat

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24 May 2007, 07:09
Hi there,

could anybody give some information about the usual preparation time for the gmat.

I am going to take the gmat this year, but I do not have any idea how long it will take to get well prepared?

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24 May 2007, 07:18
phil79 wrote:
Hi there,

could anybody give some information about the usual preparation time for the gmat.

I am going to take the gmat this year, but I do not have any idea how long it will take to get well prepared?

it's a hard question. It depends how much you know already, your target score, and how much time you can spend (per week) on preparation. I'd recommend to take one of the CATs and see where you are standing.

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24 May 2007, 12:36
-There are tiny number of people who score 700+ with around 1.5 m of preparation.
-Many with decent math and/or verbal skills prepare between 3-6m to score up to their ability
-Many people with poor access to quality information (or similar reasons) prepare for 9m+

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24 May 2007, 13:29
i tend to see 2 months thrown around here a lot, usually from really bright people though

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24 May 2007, 13:52
[quote="botirvoy"]-There are [i]tiny[/i] number of people who score 700+ with around 1.5 m of preparation.
-Many with decent math and/or verbal skills prepare between 3-6m to score up to their ability
-Many people with poor access to quality information (or similar reasons) prepare for 9m+

Hmm, so perhaps it would not be a good idea to take in mid-July if I'm starting now then! What about if I studied GMAT full-time (no job, school)?

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24 May 2007, 13:58
I study 25 hours a week. I started with a diagnostics test and got 2 out 24 correct. Pretty much I didn't know anything. Now I'd been preparing for math portion for about 1,5 months. I'm very close to be ready. So I'd say 2 months for math, 2 months for verbal. I'm taking GMAT at the end of August.

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27 May 2007, 22:07
wow, 25 hours a week. I admire your determination! I'd lose my mind with all that. More power to you, dude.

2-3 months is about right for many people. If you can put in 2-3 hours a night four nights a week and then 5-6 on the weekends, you should see some strong gains.

Don't schedule your actual GMAT until you're at least a month into your prep and have taken at least 2-3 timed practice tests.

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28 May 2007, 05:59
You should take a practice test first, then we can give you a more useful answer.

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29 May 2007, 05:02
Sergey_is_cool wrote:
I study 25 hours a week. I started with a diagnostics test and got 2 out 24 correct. Pretty much I didn't know anything. Now I'd been preparing for math portion for about 1,5 months. I'm very close to be ready. So I'd say 2 months for math, 2 months for verbal. I'm taking GMAT at the end of August.

Sergey,

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Roberto

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29 May 2007, 05:30
Sergey_is_cool wrote:
I study 25 hours a week. I started with a diagnostics test and got 2 out 24 correct. Pretty much I didn't know anything. Now I'd been preparing for math portion for about 1,5 months. I'm very close to be ready. So I'd say 2 months for math, 2 months for verbal. I'm taking GMAT at the end of August.

Nice Sergey... I started very disappointingly. Thanks for sharing your story, I'd love to see you make progresses.

I can see you seriously set your time 25 hours per week. I'd better set my own time too, instead of wandering around like this.

I'm currently working full time at office, 8.30am til 6pm. Sometimes it's really hard to sit down at night for GMAT seriously for 3 or 4 hours... Anyway Sergey, you've inspired me a lot.

I'm planning to take the test early this August. Start counting the time form NOW ON.

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29 May 2007, 06:08
Sergey_is_cool wrote:
I study 25 hours a week. I started with a diagnostics test and got 2 out 24 correct. Pretty much I didn't know anything. Now I'd been preparing for math portion for about 1,5 months. I'm very close to be ready. So I'd say 2 months for math, 2 months for verbal. I'm taking GMAT at the end of August.

Sergey,

Thanks,

Roberto

My target score is 720.

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29 May 2007, 06:22
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Sergey_is_cool wrote:
I study 25 hours a week. I started with a diagnostics test and got 2 out 24 correct. Pretty much I didn't know anything. Now I'd been preparing for math portion for about 1,5 months. I'm very close to be ready. So I'd say 2 months for math, 2 months for verbal. I'm taking GMAT at the end of August.

Nice Sergey... I started very disappointingly. Thanks for sharing your story, I'd love to see you make progresses.

I can see you seriously set your time 25 hours per week. I'd better set my own time too, instead of wandering around like this.

I'm currently working full time at office, 8.30am til 6pm. Sometimes it's really hard to sit down at night for GMAT seriously for 3 or 4 hours... Anyway Sergey, you've inspired me a lot.

I'm planning to take the test early this August. Start counting the time form NOW ON.

Yeah, I work 55 hours a week(sad part is that it won't count as my work experience), have a very time consuming calling in the church, and study for the GMAT. There are a lot of different techniques people follow, I chose the one that always worked for me: PRACTICE. People say "i studied for 2 weeks and got 760", well it's not me. When I take my practice tests and get a problem wrong, I look at it as "well, I got it wrong on a practice test, and it won't happen on a real one".

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01 Jun 2007, 18:45
Depends on what your studying methods are, and how much you can/need to get done before the test.

Here is what i did:

practice test: 580ish (forgot exact score, it was high 500's though)
studied a little with books for about 2 weeks, signed up for Manhattan review 6 week course
Low 600's when i started the course, 710 on practice test at end of course.
used manhattan review's books, OG, for about a week and a half
took test: 740

by myself i was studying about 3 hours every other day.

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