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# How to Spend Money On GMAT prep Material Wisely.

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Updated on: 05 Aug 2018, 22:40
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Buy any official guide and a quant review+ verbal review- either buy it second hand(it should not have any markings) or pick it up for free from a friend who has already taken the test, or share it with someone who is planning on taking the test after 6/12 months.

Take a free Manhattan CAT, to figure out where you stand, it will give you an assessment report that will tell your weak spots in quant and verbal, make extra purchases(if required) accordingly.

QUANT:
Study material
If you want to brush up your basics really well then Manhattan's Foundation book is great!(second hand/free/share with a study buddy) If you aren't too bad with math then you won't need to subscribe to any course. Use gmatclub's theory book, it is a free and useful resource: https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-math-bo ... 30609.html

Workbook
Use gmatclub's OG guide: https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-club-gu ... 29823.html
it's an organised excel sheet that offers you topic wise/difficulty wise questions of all of quant. Finish any one OG and a OG quant review. start with medium level questions, if you aren't solving them correctly, then review relevant lessons in gmatclub math theory book(or look for lessons on the internet-plenty of useful material available!), solve more questions of those type and then move on to next topic.
solve gmatclub tests questions, buy their CATS-6 month subscription cost 100 usd(if you have 100 pts on gmatclub account, you can buy premium membership for free, that way you get 30% off gmatclub tests- i.e 3-month package for \$55 and 6-month package for \$69) it will give your score the necessary boost. make sure you review each question, if you have doubts, post it on the forum.

general note: you can earn 100 pts within 2-2.5 months, use timer regularly, reply to posts on the forum, start new topics on the forum etc, complete your profile etc link to earning pts: https://gmatclub.com/forum/rewards-dash ... sandbadges. make useful posts on the club, you will get kudos.

Verbal
resources: stick to Official guide and official guide verbal review for questions.

SC
you need to be well versed with parallelism/idioms
parallelism:
https://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/paralleli ... orrection/
idioms: use gmatclub guide to solving OG- check the topics section for idiom questions- solve all idiom related questions in any 1 og and 1 verbal review(that should suffice)
check egmat's meaning based approach very useful to improve accuracy, link: https://e-gmat.com/blog/video-lessons/g ... ion-lesson

CR
types of cr questions: http://www.kaptest.com/blog/business-sc ... questions/
check this post everything significant that you need to know while attempting a cr question: https://gmatclub.com/forum/e-gmat-s-all ... 68945.html, but before that use the below mentioned technique.
you can use the following technique while solving questions: Picture one person who you really enjoy disagreeing with, or simply someone you listen to with a lot of disapproval, the kind you want to prove wrong. Whenever you attempt a question, think that the CR prompt is being spoken by this person. When you do this, apart from grabbing your full attention, you will also be able to instantly find faults in the said person's argument. After that, read the question and pre-think the answer without checking the options, you will be able to eliminate answers more easily and this should also help in spotting the correct answer.

RC
check this magoosh article to understand different rc question types: https://magoosh.com/gmat/2016/strategie ... ion-types/
try to understand the big picture of each passage. summarize every paragraph in a sentence or two, reword it in your head in a language you're most comfortable with(in case you're a non native). then summarize each of these 1-2 line paragraph summaries, into 1-2 sentence passage summary- this is the big idea/primary message of the passage.
observe shifts in tone of the author, and note them down or anything that the author stresses in the passage.
if you want to really improve your rc skills-practice these lsat questions (25 questions in one set to be solved in 35 mins) link: https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-compila ... 06729.html

CATS
buy Manhattan, share it with a study buddy, who will be taking the test 3 months after you do. They cost \$49, but if shared it will cost you only \$25
or you can gather enough points on gmatclub and purchase it for free using your points from the rewards section.

approx total cost:
OG + OGQuant Review + Verbal Quant Review(if bought second hand and then shared) = 700 INR or 10 USD
Manhattan's Quant Foundations = 500 INR OR 8 USD
GMATCLUB CATS=3500 INR OR 50 USD (if shared with someone)
Manhattan CATS = 1600 INR OR 25 USD
GMATPREP OFFICIAL EXAM PACK 1= 1600 OR 25 USD
(costs will further reduce if you earn a premium gmatclub subscription with 100 pts)
TOTAL: 7700 INR or 118 USD

Originally posted by ENEM on 17 Mar 2017, 00:40.
Last edited by ENEM on 05 Aug 2018, 22:40, edited 2 times in total.
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29 Jun 2017, 01:17
Thanks Kaal for this post..any idea how to find study buddy to share cost of the materials ?
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29 Jun 2017, 04:45
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Hi r19!

just saw the following post on the forum...reply here if it is relevant to you https://gmatclub.com/forum/anyone-interested-in-making-study-group-in-gurgaon-ncr-241901.html. If you don't find an answer, drop a post on the relevant forum i.e here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/general-gmat-questions-and-strategies-1/ with your location, tentative test date, materials you intend to share etc. Hope this helps. All the best!
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07 Jul 2017, 09:24
Hey Kaal,
You mentioned GMAT prep can also be shared. any idea how we can do that ? Someone answered on my post upto 3. But I just want information in more detail how it actually works ?
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07 Jul 2017, 09:26
I found study buddy on the link you gave me...Thanks alot
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07 Jul 2017, 11:05
Thanks for starting the post! Sorry I have missed it when you did Kaal.
Here is my contribution (though it is quite dated i have to admit) - https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-prep-on ... 82151.html
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Updated on: 07 Jul 2017, 20:57
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Hey Kaal,
You mentioned GMAT prep can also be shared. any idea how we can do that ? Someone answered on my post upto 3. But I just want information in more detail how it actually works ?
r19 if your study buddy will be taking the test in the next 6months or has already taken the test, you can log into gmatprep software using his/her email address and reset all the tests taken. If the person is taking the test after 6 months, you use the tests first, the tests can be reset and the said person can use it after 6 months. This is however subjective, it will work only if you/study buddy finish studying in 6 months(or whatever is decided upon)-gmatprep tests don't have any expiry. You can also get in touch with someone who had taken the test sometime back, log in using their id and reset the tests and take it (it is possible that the person might give it away for free).

Another thing to note is that, gmatprep from August onward will no longer be a software, but a website.

Originally posted by ENEM on 07 Jul 2017, 20:45.
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07 Jul 2017, 20:49
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Thanks for starting the post! Sorry I have missed it when you did Kaal.
Here is my contribution (though it is quite dated i have to admit) - https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-prep-on ... 82151.html

bb, I'm sorry I missed your original post. If I had seen it before, I would've posted my contribution on it.
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Updated on: 09 Jul 2017, 06:22
Thanks @Kaal..I'll ask someone who has used exam packs

Originally posted by r19 on 09 Jul 2017, 02:59.
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