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Hi This is Tanjil from Bangladsh. I have recently planned to sit for GMAT. But the problem is that, I am not well in math and verbal. My expected score is 650+.
How can I start my preparation from the scratch???

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Welcome to GmatClub.

To get you started you might find this useful.

You can start with downloading and attempting one of two free practice tests on http://www.mba.com to know your base line
score. Once you know your weak areas, you can dwell in to any of good books (Manhattan / Powerscore for CR) to improve
on them.

There are more couple of students nearby your location (hopefully!?) reach out to them wide PM through forum here and see if group study
helps.

Let me know if this helps! Feel free to post any further queries.
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New post 29 Nov 2017, 07:41
Shahtanjil, warm welcome. Great decision to start prep and score high. You have already taken two smart decisions. One is joining the GMAT club and second is posting an amazing question.

Will you apply in R2? Or next year? Your baseline score coupled with when you need the score would determine the kind of prep you need.

In addition to the useful tips mentioned by adkikani, I would like add that you should go to http://www.mba.com and download their free test. Take a CAT at the earliest. This would give you a baseline of where you stand. You should also look for a copy of OG 17, or a previous one. You could even buy this used. Having said that OG is critical to learning the ropes of GMAT, let me qualify that OG is not always the best prep material for some students.

Here is a summary of steps:
1) Take a CAT.
2) Identify strong and weak areas
3) Know your deadlines
4) Develop a plan. You could use E-gmat's free planner to decide on score breakdown here
5) Check out courses online/ in person or books.
6) Pick a plan, stick to it.
7) Practise a lot. Definitely use OG.

best of luck!
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Hi Shahtanjil,

Since it sounds like 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). 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 here and we can come up with a study plan.

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Shahtanjil wrote:
Hi This is Tanjil from Bangladsh. I have recently planned to sit for GMAT. But the problem is that, I am not well in math and verbal. My expected score is 650+.
How can I start my preparation from the scratch???



3 month is pretty enough time so you can start with Best comprehensive material

Best Books

1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides
2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides
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Aristotle Verbal Guide for CR critical reasoning bible is best book with 300+ pages of comprehensive Data

Strategies

Start with Quant, learn the concepts tested on GMAT. After learning, practice your learned section with timed practice. You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT. 1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal. When completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice. Take full lenght CATs, know your estimated score. Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

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1. Official GMAC (50+50$)
2. Manhattan GMAT (49$)
3. GMAT Club Quant CATs (80$)
4. Veritas CATs (49$ but you can buy at 15-20$ During sale period)

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Shahtanjil wrote:
Hi This is Tanjil from Bangladsh. I have recently planned to sit for GMAT. But the problem is that, I am not well in math and verbal. My expected score is 650+.
How can I start my preparation from the scratch???


Hi Shahtanjil,

You should study for around three months to achieve a good score. I would encourage you take one of the two GMAT PREP practice test. You can know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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