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# Manhattan Books + OG + GmatClub Tests?

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14 Feb 2019, 09:39
Hello everyone,

I'm going to begin my GMAT preparation. I've shortlisted the below materials that i intend to use -

1. Manhattan (All Books including Advanced Quant) - THEORY & CONCEPTS
2. OG 2019 (All three books) - OFFICIAL MATERIAL
3. GMAT Club Tests - QUANTITATIVE
4. Manhattan Mock Tests

Do the above cover all the concepts and question types tested on the GMAT? I'm aiming for a 720+ score. Please pour in your suggestions generously
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14 Feb 2019, 15:05
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Hi cafecorridor,

Many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level. While there's no way to know whether that will happen to you or not, your Score Goal is above the 90th percentile (meaning that 90% of Test Takers will never score that high regardless of how long they study or the number of times that they take the Official GMAT. As such, you will likely end up needing to invest in some additional resources (including some non-book resources).

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at 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 3.5 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.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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14 Feb 2019, 21:00
Hello Rich,

I choose a heavy book approach because I'm not too comfortable watching videos. Like, watching videos once would be fine but to revise the concepts regularly I'd have to re-watch the videos again and again. Since my quantitative ability is above average I think I can do well with textual material. As for investing in resources that is non-bookish, GMAT Club Tests is what I've finally narrowed it down to. Based on everything that I've read on here I have a feeling that these tests should take care of the quantitative part of the GMAT.

I spent some time browsing what you have to offer (the website) and I really liked it. But the issue is the 3 month access only. I'm not sure when I'll give the GMAT - could be in the next 3-4 months or even next year. I'm in no hurry as you can figure out. The Magoosh course also sounds quite tempting especially since they offer a 1 year access - but for now I've narrowed it down to the Manhattan Books for conceptual understanding.

1. I'll be taking the GMAT in about 3-4 months (most likely)
2 and 3. Haven't thought about the Business school part yet. I'm more keen on getting a good score first. The rest we'll see later

Do the resources that I've shortlisted cover every question type and concept tested on the GMAT?
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14 Feb 2019, 21:48
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cafecorridor wrote:
Do the above cover all the concepts and question types tested on the GMAT? I'm aiming for a 720+ score. Please pour in your suggestions generously
You don't have to plan for that just yet. You have what seems like a reasonable plan. And by "reasonable", I don't mean to imply that the material you've chosen is not "enough" or that it's just about okay. For all we know, it's overkill in your case

The point is that you can start off now, and add (or remove) things as you get a better idea about what it is that you need. Keep in mind though, that too much material is also not a particularly good idea, so resist the temptation to start referring to a ton of other material without good reason. That said, think about adding the GMATPrep (free and paid) tests at some point in your prep.

You also don't have to worry about the fact that you've chosen books, as videos don't have any overwhelming advantage that is also independent of personal preference. It's perfectly okay to go with what you know you are comfortable with.
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14 Feb 2019, 22:52
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Hi! I would like to add two more resources that you perhaps already have in mind:

i) Additional official practice questions, a significant repository of which is present right here on GMATClub
ii) GMAT Official tests
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14 Feb 2019, 23:10
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That’s a good idea to use those resources as they are quite reputable. I would suggest for the start don’t get the Manhattan tests and use them later.
For now there are many free tests that are available. Use them! And once you are done completing all the Manhattan books and the Practicing the OG do the Manhattan tests.
Keep practicing on the gmat club app as well.

Veritas (1 free test)
GMAT club (2 free tests)
Economist GMAT (1 free test)
Experts Global (1 free test)
And many more. There are like 14 of such tests.

I really hope this helps you. Leave a kudos if it does

Thanks

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15 Feb 2019, 08:10
AjiteshArun wrote:
cafecorridor wrote:
Do the above cover all the concepts and question types tested on the GMAT? I'm aiming for a 720+ score. Please pour in your suggestions generously
You don't have to plan for that just yet. You have what seems like a reasonable plan. And by "reasonable", I don't mean to imply that the material you've chosen is not "enough" or that it's just about okay. For all we know, it's overkill in your case

The point is that you can start off now, and add (or remove) things as you get a better idea about what it is that you need. Keep in mind though, that too much material is also not a particularly good idea, so resist the temptation to start referring to a ton of other material without good reason. That said, think about adding the GMATPrep (free and paid) tests at some point in your prep.

You also don't have to worry about the fact that you've chosen books, as videos don't have any overwhelming advantage that is also independent of personal preference. It's perfectly okay to go with what you know you are comfortable with.

Hey, thanks for the advice. Will lay my hands on as much Official Material as I can.
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15 Feb 2019, 08:13
EducationAisle wrote:
Hi! I would like to add two more resources that you perhaps already have in mind:

i) Additional official practice questions, a significant repository of which is present right here on GMATClub
ii) GMAT Official tests

I'm not sure what you mean by Additional Official practice questions - you mean practice questions from previous versions of the OG or something else? Thanks for the valuable advice
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15 Feb 2019, 08:17
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UmairAftab wrote:
That’s a good idea to use those resources as they are quite reputable. I would suggest for the start don’t get the Manhattan tests and use them later.
For now there are many free tests that are available. Use them! And once you are done completing all the Manhattan books and the Practicing the OG do the Manhattan tests.
Keep practicing on the gmat club app as well.

Veritas (1 free test)
GMAT club (2 free tests)
Economist GMAT (1 free test)
Experts Global (1 free test)
And many more. There are like 14 of such tests.

I really hope this helps you. Leave a kudos if it does

Thanks

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Thanks for the advice. I'm planning to go for the Experts Global Mock Test Series. I purchased all the Manhattan books (Kindle edition) sometime in 2015 when I had plans to give the GMAT.
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15 Feb 2019, 08:54
cafecorridor wrote:
I'm not sure what you mean by Additional Official practice questions - you mean practice questions from previous versions of the OG or something else? Thanks for the valuable advice

Hi cafecorridor, I meant questions from old/current official mock tests, such as here.

Basically I did a filtering on Source.
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15 Feb 2019, 09:02
EducationAisle wrote:
cafecorridor wrote:
I'm not sure what you mean by Additional Official practice questions - you mean practice questions from previous versions of the OG or something else? Thanks for the valuable advice

Hi cafecorridor, I meant questions from old/current official mock tests, such as here.

Basically I did a filtering on Source.

Get it. Will give the free mock tests and then attempt these. Thank you once again.
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15 Feb 2019, 10:28
cafecorridor wrote:
UmairAftab wrote:
That’s a good idea to use those resources as they are quite reputable. I would suggest for the start don’t get the Manhattan tests and use them later.
For now there are many free tests that are available. Use them! And once you are done completing all the Manhattan books and the Practicing the OG do the Manhattan tests.
Keep practicing on the gmat club app as well.

Veritas (1 free test)
GMAT club (2 free tests)
Economist GMAT (1 free test)
Experts Global (1 free test)
And many more. There are like 14 of such tests.

I really hope this helps you. Leave a kudos if it does

Thanks

Posted from my mobile device

Thanks for the advice. I'm planning to go for the Experts Global Mock Test Series. I purchased all the Manhattan books (Kindle edition) sometime in 2015 when I had plans to give the GMAT.

Yeah! Experts Global is good as well
Their video explanations are quite helpful
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15 Feb 2019, 11:03
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cafecorridor wrote:
Hello everyone,

I'm going to begin my GMAT preparation. I've shortlisted the below materials that i intend to use -

1. Manhattan (All Books including Advanced Quant) - THEORY & CONCEPTS
2. OG 2019 (All three books) - OFFICIAL MATERIAL
3. GMAT Club Tests - QUANTITATIVE
4. Manhattan Mock Tests

Do the above cover all the concepts and question types tested on the GMAT? I'm aiming for a 720+ score. Please pour in your suggestions generously

Use official questions as the primary source of preparation. If you have time appear for all the 6 official mocks. All the best!!
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15 Feb 2019, 12:48
Hi cafecorridor,

From what you describe, you appear to have plenty of time to study - which is good. In addition, if you aren't on any specific timeline regarding your application plans, then you can certainly proceed however you like at this point. I do highly recommend that you take a FULL-LENGTH CAT sometime soon, so that we can better define your current skills - and you'll want to take additional CATs at regular intervals throughout your studies to gauge how well your skills are improving. After you've taken your initial CAT, you should post back here and we can discuss the results.

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15 Feb 2019, 20:22
Thank you for the advice The one consistent advice in all the above posts is to refer to as many official GMAT sources as possible.
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15 Feb 2019, 20:23
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi cafecorridor,

From what you describe, you appear to have plenty of time to study - which is good. In addition, if you aren't on any specific timeline regarding your application plans, then you can certainly proceed however you like at this point. I do highly recommend that you take a FULL-LENGTH CAT sometime soon, so that we can better define your current skills - and you'll want to take additional CATs at regular intervals throughout your studies to gauge how well your skills are improving. After you've taken your initial CAT, you should post back here and we can discuss the results.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Thank you for the advice Rich. I see your presence on most posts always willing to help. Much appreciated.
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16 Feb 2019, 19:22
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Hi cafecorridor,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Honestly, it’s difficult to say whether your current prep materials/study plan will be enough for you to hit your 720+ score goal.. The best thing you can do is objectively evaluate your progress so that, in the event that the prep books aren’t meeting your needs, you don’t end up overinvesting time in resources that aren’t working for you. Give yourself about 6 weeks to see whether you’re improving. If you’re not, then consider changing up your study materials.

Feel free to keep me updated about how things are going and to reach out with any further questions. Also, you may find it helpful to read the following articles about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT and how long to study for the GMAT.
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17 Feb 2019, 01:42
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Hi cafecorridor,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Honestly, it’s difficult to say whether your current prep materials/study plan will be enough for you to hit your 720+ score goal.. The best thing you can do is objectively evaluate your progress so that, in the event that the prep books aren’t meeting your needs, you don’t end up overinvesting time in resources that aren’t working for you. Give yourself about 6 weeks to see whether you’re improving. If you’re not, then consider changing up your study materials.

Feel free to keep me updated about how things are going and to reach out with any further questions. Also, you may find it helpful to read the following articles about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT and how long to study for the GMAT.
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Good luck!

Hello Scott, thanks for responding If a situation like that does arise I'd definitely add more relevant study material. Will definitely go through both the links that you've shared with me and also ping you in case I need additional advice/help.
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