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Live online: 1x a week or 2x a week?

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New post 14 Mar 2017, 22:03
In my preliminary research into GMAT live online classes, it seems like Veritas (1 month) and Manhattan (2 months) are the most popular. Not much has been discussed about the difference in cadence between these classes and I was hoping for some opinions.

For those that have taken the Veritas class, is 2x a week too much to adequately prepare before the lessons ? It seems quite accelerated, and so I was also wondering how much time you typically take after completing the class to continue your prep? Is something that should be avoided while working a 50 hour a week job?

For MGMAT, is the pace a little slower? Do you find yourself losing clarity on the things you learnt in the first couple weeks by the end?

Looking to start soon and would like to take the test around June.

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Hi aettin,

It sounds like you're just beginning your studies - is that the case? If so, 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). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. 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.

Many GMATers have busy lives in addition to studying, so you're not alone. One of the tricky aspects of integrating a fixed classroom schedule into your busy life is that you might not be able to set aside the necessary time to take those classes when they run. Thankfully, there are lots of options when it comes to studying (including Self-Study Courses that give you all of the necessary lessons/materials/etc. and allow you to study at your pace and when your schedule allows).

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When you say that you want to take the GMAT around June, does that mean 'early June' or "late June?"
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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New post 15 Mar 2017, 12:07
Hi Rich,

Thanks so much for the quick and comprehensive reply! And you're intuition is completely right. I'm just starting my prep.

My target score is 720+. I have an ivy-league undergraduate and graduate background, but historically haven't been a natural test-taker. I usually have an easier time with math than verbal, but haven't had any experience with the GMAT (yet!) to be able to speak intelligently about strengths/ weaknesses.

I'd like to take it early enough to get me ready for Round 1 (with enough time afterwards to put my essays and the like together), as well as give myself the freedom to study for a couple more months and retake if I'm not happy with the outcome (and apply Round 2). Late June should be ok for that right? If things are progressing well, I can always move it up a bit.

Fortunately, either class has an option on the weekend (1x a week, finishing May 18, vs 2x a week, finishing April 30). My initial concern is whether it's worth focusing on one lesson at a time per week to help me better absorb the material, or if it would be too protracted to really get the most out of the course come test day. Not many people comparing MGMAT and Veritas seem to talk about this. What are your thoughts on this?

Will take a CAT as soon as I've got my feet wet and report back :)

Thanks again!
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Hi aettin,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so a late June Test Date would be reasonable (assuming that you fit this pattern). Training to score at a high level will require a significant commitment of time and energy on your part - far beyond just attending a class. Assuming you're 'locked in' to the idea of attending a live class - and based on what you've described about your lack-of-comfort with standardized tests - you would likely do better with a once-a-week class than a twice-a-week one. You seem comfortable with the idea that you might have to adjust your studies and application plans - and that flexibility in thinking is good. There are a lot of little 'pieces' to properly studying for the GMAT and putting together strong applications, but this whole process has established 'steps' to it (and those steps can be approached in a multitude of ways).

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