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# Kaplan or Manhattan Prep Book?

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16 Feb 2017, 01:00
Hi, I just finished Princeton Prep book. Though I haven't taken any CAT so far, I want to plan my schedule (exam on 24th May). Two weeks before the test, I will go through OG Chapter-End Questions. In the meanwhile I want to cover either Kaplan or Manhattan. I already have Kaplan Premier 2016 book and PDFs of Manhattan guides. Which one should I concentrate. My target is 720+. Does it make sense to buy Kaplan 800 if you recommend me go through Kaplan Premier?

Secondly, the books from 2015/16 are still relelvant, right?

Many thanks, looking forward to a lively discussion!
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16 Feb 2017, 02:08
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Please refer to below links. The strengths and weaknesses are mentioned for all resources:

Normally people prefer Manhattan resources.

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16 Feb 2017, 11:25
Hi Semusal,

Since it sounds like you're early-on your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 4 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

With a May 24th Test Date, you have over 3 months of potential study time remaining - which is good. You'll have to be commit to a consistent study routine to hit your score goal though (and that 3 months will pass by faster than you think it will). The books that you have are still relevant, but many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level, so you'll likely end up needing to invest in some non-book resources.

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17 Feb 2017, 10:53
Semusal wrote:
Hi, I just finished Princeton Prep book. Though I haven't taken any CAT so far, I want to plan my schedule (exam on 24th May). Two weeks before the test, I will go through OG Chapter-End Questions. In the meanwhile I want to cover either Kaplan or Manhattan. I already have Kaplan Premier 2016 book and PDFs of Manhattan guides. Which one should I concentrate. My target is 720+. Does it make sense to buy Kaplan 800 if you recommend me go through Kaplan Premier?

Secondly, the books from 2015/16 are still relelvant, right?

Many thanks, looking forward to a lively discussion!

Hi Semusal,
Manhattan and Veritas have the best study materials . Manhattan SC is superior though .
Since GMAT is a standardized exam, books from 2015/2016 should suffice.
Also you might also want to try to out live or on demand courses -
- Manhattan and Veritas - Good but expensive
- Magoosh - Good ROI
-eGMAT - Best for verbal

Hope this helps!!
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24 Feb 2017, 10:45
I have chalked out my plan with Manhattan5th edition, then going through OG 2015 Qs and finally Kaplan. Is it a right approach to focus on base first before going through Kaplan or shpuld I keep OG Question towards the end of preparation?
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24 Feb 2017, 11:00
Hi Semusal,

It's been over a week since your initial post; have you taken a FULL-LENGTH CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) yet?

Until you've taken that initial practice CAT (and we have a better sense of your current strengths and weaknesses), you shouldn't try to 'map out' your entire Study Plan just yet. It's worth noting that many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level, so you'll likely end up needing to invest in some non-book resources.

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26 Feb 2017, 06:19
I took PR Tests. Scored 4 in IR. 600 in first CAT with V/Q 33/40. and 620 in CAT2 with 29/47. Score too bad?
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26 Feb 2017, 11:07
Hi Semusal,

You mentioned in another Forum that you had a May 24th Test Date, and that gives you almost 3 months of additional study time - which is good. If you've only taken those two PR CATs though, then it would be useful to see how you would score on one of the Official CATs (including the Essay and IR sections). As such, I suggest that you study as you like for the next week, then take one of those CATs. Once you have that score result, you should post back here.

Raising a 600 to 720+ will take some serious work - and you'll have to make some significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. In addition, many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level, so you'll likely end up needing to invest in some non-book resources. To track your progress during your studies, you should plan to take a FULL CAT every 1-2 weeks (instead of 'saving' them all for the last 3 weeks of your studies).

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05 Mar 2017, 07:27
I scored again 620 on GMAT Prep1 Free Test with 4 in IR. Last week I started only with Manhattan as I realize I need to strengthen my basics first. I'll only use Kaplan exams in May to make stamina for exam. I will cover OG with Manhattan guides (with brisk pace as time is rather short to cover all). Last 2 weeks I think it makes sense to buy GMAC Question Bank 1. How does this plan sound like? I don't want to spend more than I have already done. 30 bucks for Question bank fits my budget.

I am actually 80 points away from my target and have 11 weeks in hand with 2 weeks off from work in between, to gearup the prep. Looking forward to kind response.
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05 Mar 2017, 11:09
Hi Semusal,

Your general plan sounds fine for now - but you will likely make adjustments to it as better define the areas that you have to put some extra work into.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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