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New post 20 Jun 2006, 17:37
Hi everyone,

I began studying for GMAT from June 1st, I plan to give it around mid-August. So far I've used OG and Kaplan Premier. I'm through about 1/2 of OG practice questions and most of Kaplan.

I have the following materials

Had since June 1st
OG 11th edition
Kaplan Premier
Past GMAT retired paper tests

Got them today (June 20th)
OG verbal review and quantitative review
Kaplan 800
MGMAT all books except RC
Princeton Review GMAT 2007
An advanced guide (veritas) for statistics and probability
GMAT club challenges - all

I gave a couple of full length tests when I started, just to gauge my level (620 GMATPrep1, 650 and 670 in 2 paper tests). Since then, I've focused exclusively on strengthening weaker areas, participating in this great place and doing timed portions of practise questions. (Yesterday did Q21-50 from Kaplan premier DS, got 28/30, so a little pleased at myself)

Now that I have the rest, my idea is
a) Study all the preparatory materials from MGMAT, Princeton, KAPLAN Veritas etc. Do the practice questions
b)Start taking all the tests one by one, focusing on re-learning weak areas after each one.

I want to keep the gmatprep test2 and princeton tests for end, because I get a feeling from all the feedback here that they are the best indicators of preparation. I want to plough through the harder ones first. Perhaps in this order

-Kaplan tests
-MGMAT tests
-remaining Paper tests
and then GMATPrep2.

I don't typically spend several days on one topic alone (like quant), I do a roundrobin everyday and cover many topics at a time.

All your opinions, criticism, feedback appreciated. I'm hoping to get a 680 at least to have a reasonable shot at applying to one of the top 1 year programs...
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New post 21 Jun 2006, 08:59
First of all you are doing great. In 20 days 1/2 OG, GMATprep, Kaplan... that's quick!

This is strictly my opinion. Take what you like from this.

Don't get intimated by I got 700+ posts. With discipline and effort anyone can. From my experience, refering to too much material dilutes your prep and sometimes takes you on a tangent.

For Quant:
1. Do OG. Understand the concepts.
2. Do as many challenges as you can.
3. Solve GMATClub questions posted everyday.
4. Pay special attentian to GMATPrep questions. It's true that if you solve GMATPrep questions your scores might be skewed. I would much rather learn the concepts earlier than the day best the test!

1. OG11
2. SC1000/CR1000/RC1000 (As many Qs as you can. The goal should be to underatsnd the concepts and improve timing. Don't just focus on completing X number of tests.

1. 2-3 PR tests (I took 1 test)
2. 1 or 2 Kaplan (I didn't take any)
3. 2-3 MGMAT tests (I took 1 test)
4. 2-4 times GMATPrep (you can reinstall and get different questions)

If timing is your problem you might want to take a few more tests. Again I think that there is no point in taking 15-20 tests. That's just my opinion.

"To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed."

- Bernard Edmonds

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