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# How many hours did you study????????

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Intern
Joined: 18 Mar 2007
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20 Jun 2007, 20:29
I am just strarting my prep for the GMAT and wanted to get an idea of how many hours people have studied. I know it will vary from person to person but I think being a average Joe it would be in the same ball park.

As you can probably guess just like many others I am aspiring for the ever elusive 700+ club.
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21 Jun 2007, 00:00
You have come to the right place GMATandCFA. You will find several examples of preparation styles here, ranging from 1 month to years. Just browse around this thread for other people's experiences.

The most important thing is an honest self assessment of where you are at right now. GMAT is all about practice, so you need to know just how much practice you require to get to your desired level.

Perhaps do some practice work for a week, get familiar with the problem types and take a GMATPrep test. This is the most accurate indicator of your current level.

Then take it from there. It is pretty easy to work out what your weak areas are.

Also participate in the forums, post interesting problems and solutions to other peoples problems.

Hope this helps.

GMATandCFA wrote:
I am just strarting my prep for the GMAT and wanted to get an idea of how many hours people have studied. I know it will vary from person to person but I think being a average Joe it would be in the same ball park.

As you can probably guess just like many others I am aspiring for the ever elusive 700+ club.
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21 Jun 2007, 06:52
GMATandCFA wrote:
I am just strarting my prep for the GMAT and wanted to get an idea of how many hours people have studied. I know it will vary from person to person but I think being a average Joe it would be in the same ball park.

Number of hours is pretty much meaningless. About a year ago I studied for a month and went absolutely nowhere. I had no idea what area I should have focused on and I had no direction. I made zero progress because I didn't have a clue as to what the test was about. I completely burnt out and gave up.

This time around, I studied for 5 weeks with some guided help and the results were vastly different.

Get a gameplan and an understanding of what you're about to do, so that you don't waste time running in circles.
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23 Jun 2007, 01:20
I agree with baer. It's important to know where you're lacking. I recommend taking a practice test to get a baseline of where you're at. I did that and found that my verbal was good, but I needed help with the math. I then purchased a quant. review guide.

As far as time goes, I studied a total of six weeks for the test. In the first four weeks I spent the weekends working on the Kaplan GMAT 2005 edition. The fifth week I spent working only on the GMAC OG (official guide) quant. review. In the week prior to the test I spent about 8 hours each day completing the GMAC OG. I really did most of my studying in the week prior to the test and got a 700. I would venture to guess that if I didn't spend that last week studying, I would probably have scored somewhere in the 630 range. That's how much I think I improved in the last week.
23 Jun 2007, 01:20
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