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# My Review of the Official Guide for GMAT Review 2017

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Hi mcelroytutoring,

Further to my query in this thread :- my-review-of-the-2016-gmat-official-guide-bundle-215887.html?fl=similar May I seek your views / guidance on a couple of issues I have

1)Do you suggest that after learning necessary concepts , formulas and strategies from from a guide such as MGMAT Quant series , practice for this section is based on official sources such as OG, Quant OG, Question Pack 1 (I have left out the full length CATs as I am keen on knowing about targeted practice for Quant). I am specifically asking about the quant section practice as I have read many in this forum and elsewhere saying that for a high quant score the Official problems are not sufficient and often recommend doing more practice from sources such as the JEFF SACKMANN's Challenge sets (800 problems) and/or the GMATClub tests. I do have access to both and I do them periodically but just keen on knowing if restricting to Official sources would hinder progress for quant?
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2) I have access to all MGMAT CATs and GMATPREP CATs(all 6 ). I had taken 2 MGMAT CATs 1 as a diagnostic and the other after first phase of preparation (scores of both appears as gmat1 and gmat 2 scores on my profile). I have registered to take GMAT on 19August2016. Will it be ok to take only the 6 official GMATprep CATs with tests 1 and 2 repeated due to large pool of questions or should i also include MGMAT CATs 3 to 6 along with these? I am a tad tentative on both these fronts because of having read in most internet forums on to score a 700+ apart from other soft skills, from a practice perspective the official sources are not sufficient!
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Hi mcelroytutoring,

Further to my query in this thread :- my-review-of-the-2016-gmat-official-guide-bundle-215887.html?fl=similar May I seek your views / guidance on a couple of issues I have

1)Do you suggest that after learning necessary concepts , formulas and strategies from from a guide such as MGMAT Quant series , practice for this section is based on official sources such as OG, Quant OG, Question Pack 1 (I have left out the full length CATs as I am keen on knowing about targeted practice for Quant). I am specifically asking about the quant section practice as I have read many in this forum and elsewhere saying that for a high quant score the Official problems are not sufficient and often recommend doing more practice from sources such as the JEFF SACKMANN's Challenge sets (800 problems) and/or the GMATClub tests. I do have access to both and I do them periodically but just keen on knowing if restricting to Official sources would hinder progress for quant?
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2) I have access to all MGMAT CATs and GMATPREP CATs(all 6 ). I had taken 2 MGMAT CATs 1 as a diagnostic and the other after first phase of preparation (scores of both appears as gmat1 and gmat 2 scores on my profile). I have registered to take GMAT on 19August2016. Will it be ok to take only the 6 official GMATprep CATs with tests 1 and 2 repeated due to large pool of questions or should i also include MGMAT CATs 3 to 6 along with these? I am a tad tentative on both these fronts because of having read in most internet forums on to score a 700+ apart from other soft skills, from a practice perspective the official sources are not sufficient!

Hi again Senthil7, sorry for taking a while to respond.

The official GMAC materials are sufficient for a 700+ score, in my opinion. However, the OGs by themselves are not. You must also make extensive use of the Exam Packs, Question Packs, Mobile App, Focus Quizzes and even perhaps the paper-based PDFs (fair warning: there could be as much as 40% overlap with the other materials).

It is true that someone going for a perfect 800 should probably try super-hard questions that are harder than those on the GMAT, but for 700+ I would stick to real GMAT questions only.
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Hi mcelroytutoring

Thank you for this comprehensive review,

I have 1 month left for my GMAT and I was thinking to ditch all prep companies questions for now and follow your 1 month Plan.
I have reviewed all basic and advanced concepts from Manhattan and Magoosh videos and i took 3 Manhattan CAT so far and I am scoring in 650 range but I feel that most quant Qs are confusing and different from OG, that is why I want to follow your plan.
I need to score in 700-720 range, so my question is; do you think that relying on OG 2016 3 books and 2 free GMATprep exam are sufficient to get the score I need? I will be reviewing all weaknesses on the road as I solve from OG and GMATprep from the books I got.
My last MCAT score was 640 (Q43, V34)

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Hi mcelroytutoring

Thank you for this comprehensive review,

I have 1 month left for my GMAT and I was thinking to ditch all prep companies questions for now and follow your 1 month Plan.
I have reviewed all basic and advanced concepts from Manhattan and Magoosh videos and i took 3 Manhattan CAT so far and I am scoring in 650 range but I feel that most quant Qs are confusing and different from OG, that is why I want to follow your plan.
I need to score in 700-720 range, so my question is; do you think that relying on OG 2016 3 books and 2 free GMATprep exam are sufficient to get the score I need? I will be reviewing all weaknesses on the road as I solve from OG and GMATprep from the books I got.
My last MCAT score was 640 (Q43, V34)

Thanks

Happy to help!

Yes, I do think that the OG 2016 Bundle and the 2 free GMAT Prep Exams (Default Exam Pack) are sufficient for a full preparation, but I would also try to get my hands on Question Pack 1 and Exam Packs 1 and 2 if you can. Having 4 more official CATs is very helpful, and well worth the \$90, and the Question Packs are nice for targeting specific questions. Don't forget to make use of the free online Wiley Question Bank that comes with the OGs as well.
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mcelroytutoring, Nice to see that you have segregated the new questions of 2017 bundle but have you also posted the new questions with answer explanations anywhere? I have the 2016 bundle and am looking for the delta questions present in 2017.
Thanks!
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mcelroytutoring, Nice to see that you have segregated the new questions of 2017 bundle but have you also posted the new questions with answer explanations anywhere? I have the 2016 bundle and am looking for the delta questions present in 2017.
Thanks!

Happy to help! Unfortunately, I've been busy tutoring my private students and haven't gotten around to that yet, but I'm sure that somebody else on GMAT Club has. dabral is always a great resource, and he has free video explanations to the new 2017 questions posted on his GMAT Quantum website. Other than that, I'll keep a lookout for you.
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Re: My Review of the Official Guide for GMAT Review 2017 [#permalink]
Hi mcelroytutoring

Thank you for writing such a helpful post. Its like one in all and best one I have come across so far. . Just wanted to ask though I have exhausted all of my resources {I had OG 2014 , question pack 404 (yet to finish) , Jamboree material (GMAT Coaching) and I have done questions from gmat club as well} still I need more practice specially for verbal . I wanted to exclusively buy verbal 2017 OG. Do you recommend it ?. Or the OG questions I have done from gmat club in addition with the one I have that much is suffice , I should just buy exam pack 1 and 2 ? . Please advise. Will really appreciate it.

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Hi, I already have teh main OG 2015. However Iwant to buy either of Verbal/Quantitive Guides OR the Exam Packs 1/2. My score in recent CATs are around 620 with 3 months to go. Which one would you recommend for 720+?
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Hi Semusal,

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. This is meant to say that those additional resources, on their own, will likely not be enough to get you to a 720+.

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Thanks for sharing the plan. Is it possible to achieve 700+ by using only GMAC and OG materials?
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Has any one ever used the book below?

4) Ace the GMAT: Master the GMAT in 40 Days by Brandon Royal

If so, could you please comment on whether it's useful for "seasoned"/not really beginner test takers?
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I've been referring to your post for some time now and now feel very confident with the upcoming exam date.
Any suggestions around how to spend the final week leading up to the exam?
Thank you!
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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Semusal,

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. This is meant to say that those additional resources, on their own, will likely not be enough to get you to a 720+.

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Rich

so, you are saying that the easiest way to achieve 720+ in gmat is to study questions that are likely to appear in the real test from CATs, or form other similar resources?
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Brian, or anyone,

I wanted to confirm something: I cannot save/suspend sessions in Practice mode in Wiley with the option to come back and continue (under timed conditions and without answers revealed). The only options I have when doing a practice set are 1) End Exam and 2) Pause Exam -- neither of which is convenient. The FAQ says, "You’ll also have the option to quit and see your score or to suspend the session and continue it later. If you suspend your session, you’ll return to login and you’ll have the option to resume the suspended session by clicking “Continue” or abort the last attempt that you had been working on by clicking “Start over." I do not see this option.'

Update: 2017 version is flawed. It appears that 2018 online version has an updated UI etc.
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