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New post 17 May 2011, 14:06
Hello everyone,

This is my first post. I'm planning on taking the GMAT sometime in mid-September and I'm attempting to formulate a good 3-3 1/2 month study plan. A couple things- I do work full-time but am willing to put in 2-3 hours on weeknights and more on weekends.

*One caveat: I also took the LSAT a few years ago and did well. I took an LSAT prep course and did not find it very helpful. It seemed to me that the class was designed for individuals who had modest goals, and if you tested above a certain level, the actual techniques used in class were largely useless. At some point I switched to a practice exam approach, which I found more helpful.

I'm weighing a couple options in terms of GMAT test prep and wanted to gain your thoughts.

1. Prep Class + extra books: I'm considering taking Knewton's online gmat class because it works with my schedule. In addition, I would probably purchase the three official guides and the Manhattan books content specific bundle.

2. Books, books, and more books: The "Ultimate Plan" cited on this forum looks promising. So Kaplan Premier, GMAT test simulation booklet, the official guides, and the Manhattan books bundle.

Which would be the more effective of the two strategies if my goal is 'best score possible'? Is the added expense of the prep class justified relative to the exclusively books route? If I do go the books route, how should I plan on weaving the materials together for a cohesive plan?

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New post 17 May 2011, 16:30
Really depends on you. For example the MGMAT class uses the 8 MGMAT Guides and the OG as the study material, so the main advantage you are getting is that it is taught on a regular basis by great instructors. For some people it is a huge value when you have that kind of support and also a push/nudge with schedule. While for others, they prefer to do it on their own at their own pace and don't have more questions than what they can find answers to on the forum.

One word of caution - I would emphasize quality of study vs. quantity. You wont' get a higher score if you cover all possible books but you are almost guaranteed a higher score if you cover whatever material you are using diligently.

Hope this helps.... at least a little.
With the LSAT background, you should breeze thorugh the Verbal and should focus (mostly) on the Quant part. You may also want to invest into the MGMAT Math Foundations if you find yourself having a hard time with their books.
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New post 18 May 2011, 08:25
I appreciate the advice.

I am one of those people that can study on my own without the push- so maybe the books route would be an acceptible method.

That being said, would the books that I cited provide a comprehensive review of the strategies, content, and practice questions needed to achieve a strong score (Kaplan Premier, GMAT test simulation booklet, the official guides, and the Manhattan books bundle)?

I am not necessarily planning on getting through all the material but it will be easier for me to purchase it all in bundle. Are there any others that should be added to the list?

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I have the same question. I purchased the MGMAT books yesterday and I have OG 11 and 12 review and OG 11 (quant, verbal) books as well. I went through the first 5 chapters of number properties in 1.5 hours. I took the gmat prep test and got 490 :( (43Q, 22V) Should I purchase kaplan or other material? My target is 720+. I am going to buy the RC99 and SC Grail by Aristotle..will those be of great use as well?
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