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17 Nov 2017, 20:24
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Hey

I am a newbie in the GMAT world. I have not started studying as I am still formulating the preparation plan. I plan to take the GMAT around late July- early Aug 2018. Since, there is quite some time and I m working a 9 to 5 job, I plan to take things slower than usual. Below is my tentative plan:

1) Day 0: Take the Diagnostics Test of OG under non-time bound condition and analyze the score.
2) Week 1: Go through Manhattan Foundations of GMAT Math
3) Week 2-3: Revise the Quant concepts from OG and solve practice questions
3) Week 4-7: Delve deeper into Quant using Manhattan guides 1 to 5
4) Week 8: Go through Manhattan Foundations of GMAT Verbal
4) Week 9-11: Brush the Verbal concepts from OG and try to answer practice questions.
5) Week 12-17: Take the Verbal by horns and study from Manhattan guides 6 to 9.
6)Week 8-17: Keep on revising the concepts of Quant for half an hour a day (using flash cards, if required) so that I do not forget those things in these 10 arduous weeks.
7) Week 17-19: Prepare for IR (yet to finalize the study material)
8) Week 20: Take GMAT Club Test and analyze the result, practice more in the sections where my performance in not as per the expectations.
9) Week 21-23: Solve 700-800 level questions
10) Week 23: Take GMATPrep Exam and analyze result, practice more in the sections where my performance in not as per the expectations.
11) Week 24-27: Search Internet for more practice questions and mock tests.
12) Week 28-29: Prepare for AWA
13) Week 30-31: Revision of Concepts
14) Week 32: Analysis and learnings from Error Log (I plan to keep error log from Day 0)
15) Week 33-36: Some more revision, go through questions already practiced.
16) 3 weeks cushion in case any personal or professional emergency comes up.
17) Week 40: Exam ready J

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Read a lot (but exactly what? )

Does the plan sound effective?
Will OG and Manhattan series be enough to prepare? If not, what other sources should I consider?
Is the placement of IR and AWA preparation time ok? If not, where should they be ideally put?
Any help with the IR and AWA preparation material would be greatly appreciated.
Any suggestion regarding what mock tests to be taken, besides GMAT Club Test and GMATPrep Exam, is welcomed. Also, tell me how can I obtain a free subscription to them.
Please suggest me some reading material (books, magazines, newspapers) that will help me tackle the AWA and the Verbal sections more efficiently.
If you like the above plan, then please give me a kudos as I read 25 kudos would earn me free GMAT Club Test.

A little information about me: I am an Indian female whose target is the bull’s eye. I was a fairly good student at school who scored 95% in both high school and intermediate. I have an engineering degree in Computer Science. I currently have a work experience of more than 5 years.
English is not my native language, but I am an avid reader, mostly interested in fiction.
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17 Nov 2017, 21:06
BushraMaimuna wrote:
Hey

I am a newbie in the GMAT world. I have not started studying as I am still formulating the preparation plan. I plan to take the GMAT around late July- early Aug 2018. Since, there is quite some time and I m working a 9 to 5 job, I plan to take things slower than usual. Below is my tentative plan:

1) Day 0: Take the Diagnostics Test of OG under non-time bound condition and analyze the score.
2) Week 1: Go through Manhattan Foundations of GMAT Math
3) Week 2-3: Revise the Quant concepts from OG and solve practice questions
3) Week 4-7: Delve deeper into Quant using Manhattan guides 1 to 5
4) Week 8: Go through Manhattan Foundations of GMAT Verbal
4) Week 9-11: Brush the Verbal concepts from OG and try to answer practice questions.
5) Week 12-17: Take the Verbal by horns and study from Manhattan guides 6 to 9.
6)Week 8-17: Keep on revising the concepts of Quant for half an hour a day (using flash cards, if required) so that I do not forget those things in these 10 arduous weeks.
7) Week 17-19: Prepare for IR (yet to finalize the study material)
8) Week 20: Take GMAT Club Test and analyze the result, practice more in the sections where my performance in not as per the expectations.
9) Week 21-23: Solve 700-800 level questions
10) Week 23: Take GMATPrep Exam and analyze result, practice more in the sections where my performance in not as per the expectations.
11) Week 24-27: Search Internet for more practice questions and mock tests.
12) Week 28-29: Prepare for AWA
13) Week 30-31: Revision of Concepts
14) Week 32: Analysis and learnings from Error Log (I plan to keep error log from Day 0)
15) Week 33-36: Some more revision, go through questions already practiced.
16) 3 weeks cushion in case any personal or professional emergency comes up.
17) Week 40: Exam ready J

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Read a lot (but exactly what? )

Does the plan sound effective?
Will OG and Manhattan series be enough to prepare? If not, what other sources should I consider?
Is the placement of IR and AWA preparation time ok? If not, where should they be ideally put?
Any help with the IR and AWA preparation material would be greatly appreciated.
Any suggestion regarding what mock tests to be taken, besides GMAT Club Test and GMATPrep Exam, is welcomed. Also, tell me how can I obtain a free subscription to them.
Please suggest me some reading material (books, magazines, newspapers) that will help me tackle the AWA and the Verbal sections more efficiently.
If you like the above plan, then please give me a kudos as I read 25 kudos would earn me free GMAT Club Test.

A little information about me: I am an Indian female whose target is the bull’s eye. I was a fairly good student at school who scored 95% in both high school and intermediate. I have an engineering degree in Computer Science. I currently have a work experience of more than 5 years.
English is not my native language, but I am an avid reader, mostly interested in fiction.
This is a pretty comprehensive initial plan, but 36-40 weeks is a long time. Most test takers are more comfortable with 3-4 months, so maybe you want to look into that.
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17 Nov 2017, 22:42
Hi BushraMaimuna

Though your plan is really good, you could shorten the plan.
Kudos on choosing Manhattan books in order to build your concepts.
could use the GMATClub Quantitative Megathread for Quant.
In addition to this, you could use the Powerscore CR Bible for improving your CR skillss.

Please find some very comprehensive plans by Magoosh in the link below:
https://gmat.magoosh.com/study-plans
IMO, you could use the "3 Month GMAT Study Schedule for Beginners (Daily)" plan!

Since you are an avid reader, you could read the books given here: GMAT Fiction

Hope this helps you!
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18 Nov 2017, 01:14
BushraMaimuna wrote:
Hey

I am a newbie in the GMAT world. I have not started studying as I am still formulating the preparation plan. I plan to take the GMAT around late July- early Aug 2018. Since, there is quite some time and I m working a 9 to 5 job, I plan to take things slower than usual. Below is my tentative plan:

1) Day 0: Take the Diagnostics Test of OG under non-time bound condition and analyze the score.
2) Week 1: Go through Manhattan Foundations of GMAT Math
3) Week 2-3: Revise the Quant concepts from OG and solve practice questions
3) Week 4-7: Delve deeper into Quant using Manhattan guides 1 to 5
4) Week 8: Go through Manhattan Foundations of GMAT Verbal
4) Week 9-11: Brush the Verbal concepts from OG and try to answer practice questions.
5) Week 12-17: Take the Verbal by horns and study from Manhattan guides 6 to 9.
6)Week 8-17: Keep on revising the concepts of Quant for half an hour a day (using flash cards, if required) so that I do not forget those things in these 10 arduous weeks.
7) Week 17-19: Prepare for IR (yet to finalize the study material)
8) Week 20: Take GMAT Club Test and analyze the result, practice more in the sections where my performance in not as per the expectations.
9) Week 21-23: Solve 700-800 level questions
10) Week 23: Take GMATPrep Exam and analyze result, practice more in the sections where my performance in not as per the expectations.
11) Week 24-27: Search Internet for more practice questions and mock tests.
12) Week 28-29: Prepare for AWA
13) Week 30-31: Revision of Concepts
14) Week 32: Analysis and learnings from Error Log (I plan to keep error log from Day 0)
15) Week 33-36: Some more revision, go through questions already practiced.
16) 3 weeks cushion in case any personal or professional emergency comes up.
17) Week 40: Exam ready J

Sidebar
Read a lot (but exactly what? )

Does the plan sound effective?
Will OG and Manhattan series be enough to prepare? If not, what other sources should I consider?
Is the placement of IR and AWA preparation time ok? If not, where should they be ideally put?
Any help with the IR and AWA preparation material would be greatly appreciated.
Any suggestion regarding what mock tests to be taken, besides GMAT Club Test and GMATPrep Exam, is welcomed. Also, tell me how can I obtain a free subscription to them.
Please suggest me some reading material (books, magazines, newspapers) that will help me tackle the AWA and the Verbal sections more efficiently.
If you like the above plan, then please give me a kudos as I read 25 kudos would earn me free GMAT Club Test.

A little information about me: I am an Indian female whose target is the bull’s eye. I was a fairly good student at school who scored 95% in both high school and intermediate. I have an engineering degree in Computer Science. I currently have a work experience of more than 5 years.
English is not my native language, but I am an avid reader, mostly interested in fiction.

Great plan OG and MGMAT ore ok but I think you should shorten the time and take 20h per week to study.

For ex:

VERB prep. (start with verbal is easier to maintain since it has fewer concepts, though revise SC occasionally)

W1 half OG
W2-W3 MGMAT
W4 second half of OG
W5 SC review+focused exercises

QUANT prep
W1: half quant questions of OG
W2-W3 mgmat quant
W4 2nd half of OG

EXAM prep. 4-10 weeks (depending on how you feel)

Divide a daily schedule in which you focus on 1 type of exercise every day and you take 1-2 CATs per week
try and use only OG questions while approaching test day
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18 Nov 2017, 01:37
Wow. Sounds good. Feels like I should follow this strategy too. Thank you for help.

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18 Nov 2017, 01:46
BushraMaimuna wrote:
Hey

I am a newbie in the GMAT world. I have not started studying as I am still formulating the preparation plan. I plan to take the GMAT around late July- early Aug 2018. Since, there is quite some time and I m working a 9 to 5 job, I plan to take things slower than usual. Below is my tentative plan:

1) Day 0: Take the Diagnostics Test of OG under non-time bound condition and analyze the score.
2) Week 1: Go through Manhattan Foundations of GMAT Math
3) Week 2-3: Revise the Quant concepts from OG and solve practice questions
3) Week 4-7: Delve deeper into Quant using Manhattan guides 1 to 5
4) Week 8: Go through Manhattan Foundations of GMAT Verbal
4) Week 9-11: Brush the Verbal concepts from OG and try to answer practice questions.
5) Week 12-17: Take the Verbal by horns and study from Manhattan guides 6 to 9.
6)Week 8-17: Keep on revising the concepts of Quant for half an hour a day (using flash cards, if required) so that I do not forget those things in these 10 arduous weeks.
7) Week 17-19: Prepare for IR (yet to finalize the study material)
8) Week 20: Take GMAT Club Test and analyze the result, practice more in the sections where my performance in not as per the expectations.
9) Week 21-23: Solve 700-800 level questions
10) Week 23: Take GMATPrep Exam and analyze result, practice more in the sections where my performance in not as per the expectations.
11) Week 24-27: Search Internet for more practice questions and mock tests.
12) Week 28-29: Prepare for AWA
13) Week 30-31: Revision of Concepts
14) Week 32: Analysis and learnings from Error Log (I plan to keep error log from Day 0)
15) Week 33-36: Some more revision, go through questions already practiced.
16) 3 weeks cushion in case any personal or professional emergency comes up.
17) Week 40: Exam ready J

Sidebar
Read a lot (but exactly what? )

Does the plan sound effective?
Will OG and Manhattan series be enough to prepare? If not, what other sources should I consider?
Is the placement of IR and AWA preparation time ok? If not, where should they be ideally put?
Any help with the IR and AWA preparation material would be greatly appreciated.
Any suggestion regarding what mock tests to be taken, besides GMAT Club Test and GMATPrep Exam, is welcomed. Also, tell me how can I obtain a free subscription to them.
Please suggest me some reading material (books, magazines, newspapers) that will help me tackle the AWA and the Verbal sections more efficiently.
If you like the above plan, then please give me a kudos as I read 25 kudos would earn me free GMAT Club Test.

A little information about me: I am an Indian female whose target is the bull’s eye. I was a fairly good student at school who scored 95% in both high school and intermediate. I have an engineering degree in Computer Science. I currently have a work experience of more than 5 years.
English is not my native language, but I am an avid reader, mostly interested in fiction.

I would also suggest if you can read articles from NYT(Specifically editorials) they are close to GMAT Rcs
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18 Nov 2017, 13:20
Hi BushraMaimuna,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so the fact that you have more potential study time than that gives you the opportunity to 'play around' with your studies a bit. That having been said, there are a couple of potential issues with what you're planning:

1) Since you're just beginning 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). The Diagnostic Test in the OG is NOT a great way to assess your initial skills in a realistic setting, so that's not a proper 'substitute' for a CAT. 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 and we can discuss the results.

2) You'll likely find it more effective to do some Quant study and some Verbal study each week, instead of an "all of one, then all of the other" approach.

To score at a high level on the GMAT, you have to have a variety of skills (more than just content knowledge) and the only way to properly assess whether you have those skills or not is to take FULL-LENGTH CATs under realistic conditions AND at regular intervals. With a 3-6 month Study Plan, you should plan to take a new, FULL-LENGTH CAT every 2-3 weeks until you get closer to Test Day (then you should take 1 FULL CAT each week).

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

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