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New Member- I need advice and or comments on my study plan

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New post 26 Feb 2019, 08:11
Hello everyone,
I plan on contributing in a positive manner to this site. I just need to get the hang with posting.

So I took a practice GMAT test last year sometime and I totally bombed it(430), I've pretty much have been putting it off until recently.
I did a lot worst on the math portion versus the English portion.

I earned my BS in Accounting and my long term goal is to work a big accounting firm(preferably The Big 4) I finished school with a 3.1 gpa and the masters program I want to get into is The University of Oklahoma online masters program for accounting. I've spoke to the admissions office and they told me that the online program is a lot more lenient on their requirements compared to the in class program.

This is my study plan... the end goal is a 700(I know going from a 430 to a 700...)
I know that my biggest weakness is the math. So after purchasing the Manhattan GMAT Prep books I realized that I needed to start even below that so I purchased
the foundation math GMAT book. That's where I'm currently at, I will meet with a tutor once a week for now but hopefully we can start meeting twice a week by April. I plan on studying 8 hours a week and taking the test in July or August. So in total I plan on studying 160 hours.

Pretty much what I'm trying to ask is if this sounds like a solid plan 1st get a better understanding of the foundations of math required for the test then really jump into the GMAT studying.

Any comments, tips, and advice is appreciated.

Thank you!!!
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New post 26 Feb 2019, 13:35
Hi ljjuaerz,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) How many months ago did you take that practice CAT/mock? Was that the only one you took or did you take any others?
2) Did you do any GMAT studying around that time (and if so, then what study materials did you work with?)?
3) What is the application deadline for the Program that you're interested in?

Raising a 430 to the point that you could consistently score 700+ will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. From what you describe, you will likely need to commit to more than 8 hours a week of study time though (or you might need to plan for a longer study timeframe). Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

For free math practice and help, I recommend that you set up an account at Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org). The site is completely free and makes the learning a bit more fun and 'game-like' (as opposed to the dry academic approach taken by most books). While the site is vast, you should limit your studies to basic Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. After spending a little time re-building those skills, you can start your GMAT studies.

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Hi ljjuaerz,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) How many months ago did you take that practice CAT/mock? Was that the only one you took or did you take any others?
2) Did you do any GMAT studying around that time (and if so, then what study materials did you work with?)?
3) What is the application deadline for the Program that you're interested in?

Raising a 430 to the point that you could consistently score 700+ will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. From what you describe, you will likely need to commit to more than 8 hours a week of study time though (or you might need to plan for a longer study timeframe). Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

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1) This was back in May 2018
2)None. I took the test completely cold without studying
3) November 15


I plan on studying study for almost 5 months so it would be more than 3 months.

My reasoning for not jumping right into GMAT studying, which I enjoy more than learning math principles is that if I can get a real understanding of these principles. I will be able to study more efficiently for the GMAT exam once I start studying actual test questions and strategies.
Does this seem reasonable?

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Hi ljjuaerz,

I think that working on your math fundamentals before focusing on the GMAT Quant section is a good idea (in that same way, you might also find it useful to learn all of the standard grammar rules before jumping into GMAT SCs). I do NOT think that you necessarily need a tutor to learn the fundamentals though.

The reason why I mentioned how an 8-hour-a-week routine might be limiting is because there is such a diverse amount of material to learn. Beyond the content, to consistently score at the 700+ level, you also have to learn the Tactics, patterns and little 'secrets' to the Exam. You'll likely spend 8 hours every time you take a practice CAT/mock and properly review it. At that point, do you think that you would then stop studying for the rest of the week? By extension, how well do you think you would retain what you learned from the review? This is all meant to say that I think you will need to commit to more study hours/week to hit your Goal Score.

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New post 27 Feb 2019, 08:29
Hello ljjuaerz ...welcome to the community.

GmatWizard already have shared some great content. Below are some points I would follow in adition to that.

For Verbal:
1. For RC I would use of the link below to make a habbit to do atleast 2 RC each day and going through the discussions therein.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/project-rc-b ... l#p2110839
https://gmatclub.com/forum/new-project- ... 87783.html
**Donot forget to thank workout & SajjadAhmad. :)

2. For CR .... try to master 1 topic at a time ( 1 golden rule : know why the wrong choice is wrong)
3. For SC .... Try to cover the basic rules & GMATNinja vedios before practice ( 1 golden rule : know why the wrong choice is wrong)


For Quant :
1. Use GMAT Club pdf (free !! :) )to refresh and/or learn the concepts tested in the exam.
2. Start practicing 500 level Qs at the links below, and once I reach 90% accuracy I would move to 600 level.
3. Similarly at 600 level I would strive for 80-85% accuracy and then move to 700 level.
4. And then continue with 700 level ..... more the merrier !!
5. Finally use GMAT Club Q-Tests if you are targetting Q48++ :)


DS : https://gmatclub.com/forum/ds-question- ... 28728.html
PS : https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-ps-ques ... 27957.html

According to your target timeline ...... you have time at your side.

All the best !!
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New post 28 Feb 2019, 19:23
Hi ljjuaerz,

I'm glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, honestly, while your overall approach makes sense, it’s difficult to say whether your plan will be sufficient to get you to your score goal, and it seems likely that you will have to do more than what you have described. The best thing you can do is objectively evaluate your progress so that, in the event that you are not making the improvements you need, you can consider adjusting your study plan or using additional prep materials.

Keep in mind that improving from 430 to 700 is no small feat. Thus, I think you should consider at least doubling your study time per week. While 160 hours may seem like a lot of time, in the grand scheme of GMAT preparation, that is actually not that many hours.

If you’d like further advice on how to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills, feel free to reach back out. Also, you may find it helpful to read the following articles: How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT and How Long Should I Study for the GMAT?
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