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Hello everyone!

Feeling a bit overwhelmed with this new goal of MBA starting August 2020.

I decided to start preparing in new year and got the Manhattan Review full guide but an old version. It’s from 2016. I googled around and there are no mayor changes so I decided to skick to that.

I just started going through the foundation of verbal and math and I don’t know if I should have taken the practice test beforehand.

I’m a bit scared this will lower my expectations since I have to have this done by August in the latest.

What do you think? Are any of you feeling like you are already behind schedule?

Maybe I should sing up to a study buddy.

Thanks for your comments!

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There is nothing called behind the schedule. There might be a time when you have not studied but if you get motivated today and start studying regularly, you will cover up the left portion and can move ahead of the schedule.. So don't waste time in procrastination. Just start working on the syllabus with full vigor and your will see the good result.
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I just started going through the foundation of verbal and math and I don’t know if I should have taken the practice test beforehand.

I’m a bit scared this will lower my expectations since I have to have this done by August in the latest.

Hi Mcp137.

Probably your best move is to prep a bit more, to familiarize yourself with foundations and then with the question types, and then take an official practice test.

The GMAT is a game, and knowing what the game is like and how you stand in terms of your skill in playing the game can be super helpful as you train to play the game better. Taking a practice test is a way to see what the game is like and where you stand in terms of your skill in playing the game.

Regarding "lower my expectations," from what I have seen, people who avoid the test to avoid scaring themselves, or something along those lines, don't score very high. The way to score high on the GMAT is to assess what the reality is and do what you have to do in order to make hitting your score goal happen.

Regarding "have to have this done by August," in that case, you better take a practice test to see where you stand, so that you are aware of how much you have to do in order to hit your score goal.

For some motivation, you could use the example of someone I know who went from 380 to 750. She took over 20 practice tests. By the time she took the GMAT for the last time, totally rocking it was natural for her.
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Well, I have been there. Trust me, taking a diagnostic test would only familiarize you more with the test format and the time constraints. You don't need to ace this test anyway. Just give yourself some room and hit that '"start mock" button. You always have GMAT Club to address your future concerns.
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Well, I have been there. Trust me, taking a diagnostic test would only familiarize you more with the test format and the time constraints. You don't need to ace this test anyway. Just give yourself some room and hit that '"start mock" button. You always have GMAT Club to address your future concerns.



yes you are correct. First mock give you direction, motivation and present status of the aspirant. the candidate can plan accordingly and take the next step to improve the weaker sections.
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New post 27 Jan 2019, 16:02
Hi - just started studying myself and am using the 6th edition Manhattan Prep guides - I bought them over a year ago. I just took my first practice exam today and scored way below what I hoped (490) but I also haven’t really studied at all. I took two online classes through Manhattan prep in the last week prior to taking the practice. I have been told that no matter how sucky it sounds or feels, taking a practice CAT before you start seriously studying is key to establishing a baseline, no matter how “low” that baseline is. Most of the gmat is being able to master your nerves, anxiety, confidence and timing while taking the test, so I think taking the practice before you start diving deep into studies is worth it!

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