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Hi,

I just discovered this site a few days back and its a great site ! Great work by the people who keep this site up.

I was planning to take my GMAT on the 13th of July,2005 and i have been studying for it for the past 7 weeks. But after i took a Kaplan test about 20 days back and bombed it with a 540 i decided to postpone the test. However i took the first PP test 2 days back and got a 660( scaled scores : quant 45 and verbal : 35 and overall percentile : 87 ). I am gunning for 700+ score, so i have decided to give myself some more time to take my GMAT on the 18th of August.

I have the following prep material with me :
Kaplan 2005 book + CDROM
Official Guide.

Now my curent prep status : I have worked through all the problems in the Kaplan book(i have a few more section tests left in the CD. i have taken 3 full length Kaplan tests with 550,570,540 scores) and done about 100 questions(the inital and middle questions) from OG. I realise that these questions are easy, and after reading the posts on these forums, i have decided to do the last 100 of every type.
Also i feel that my verbal and quant skills are equally balanced and that i need improvement in both, i am not particularly strong in either.

Now my questions are :
a) What additional material should i work through ( i have read here that Kaplan workbooks and GMAT 800 are good, which of these should i buy and which is more appropriate for me, given my current situation ?)
b) Suggestions on what kind of a study plan to use from now on. ( i have about 2-3 hours of study time everyday and all weekend )

Looking forward to hearing your suggestions.

cheers,
karthik

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You have plenty of time to get ready. I had about as much time per day on average as you do and spent 10 weeks on preparation.

First - don't underestimate OG - do all the problems and go through explanations for math you didn't understand, and all SC, RC, and CR.

Second - Kaplan scores tend to be lower, so you need to add about a 100 to estimate your real potential score

As far as preparation materials I am not a good advisor since I only used Kaplan 2005, 800 and OG10. Those books got me busy for 2 months. LSAT CR amd RC problems can come very handy in GMAT preparation.

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sparky, thanks for those suggestions. I guess i'll work through OG like you suggested.( given that i have anyway finished the first half of the problems )

Regarding the material, could someone who has used both the workbooks and 800, suggest as to whether i should pick up the GMAT800 or the Kaplan workbooks.

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