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Preparing for the Gmat test for the first time

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I am an international student that is interested in studying a master in finance in Europe for 2019 intake. When i have applied for schools in europe specifically france, spain and germany, one of the requirements was that i should get a score in the GMAT exam between 600-700. I decided to sit for the GMAT exam after 2 months from the beginning of November. I have searched alot of articles on the internet about how to start to prepare for the GMAT exam, and i have found alot of resources for GMAT preparation materials like official guide for the GMAT 2019 edition, Manhatten Guides, kaplan and many more, also i found online subscriptions like magoosh. I don’t know from where to begin studying and i am dispersed. Should i buy all the materials which are somehow expensive or should i concentrate on one material and should i subscribe for magoosh Gmat or there are other free resources that i could study from them. I need an advice. Thank you in advance.

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Dear all,

I am an international student that is interested in studying a master in finance in Europe for 2019 intake. When i have applied for schools in europe specifically france, spain and germany, one of the requirements was that i should get a score in the GMAT exam between 600-700. I decided to sit for the GMAT exam after 2 months from the beginning of November. I have searched alot of articles on the internet about how to start to prepare for the GMAT exam, and i have found alot of resources for GMAT preparation materials like official guide for the GMAT 2019 edition, Manhatten Guides, kaplan and many more, also i found online subscriptions like magoosh. I don’t know from where to begin studying and i am dispersed. Should i buy all the materials which are somehow expensive or should i concentrate on one material and should i subscribe for magoosh Gmat or there are other free resources that i could study from them. I need an advice. Thank you in advance.

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Hello Khaled951 ...... welcome to the vibrant community of GMAT Club !!

First and foremost. I would definitely look at the link below ( by @bb) :
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-p ... ml#p605856

And then plan accordingly whatever suits your style. :-)
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Dear all,

I am an international student that is interested in studying a master in finance in Europe for 2019 intake. When i have applied for schools in europe specifically france, spain and germany, one of the requirements was that i should get a score in the GMAT exam between 600-700. I decided to sit for the GMAT exam after 2 months from the beginning of November. I have searched alot of articles on the internet about how to start to prepare for the GMAT exam, and i have found alot of resources for GMAT preparation materials like official guide for the GMAT 2019 edition, Manhatten Guides, kaplan and many more, also i found online subscriptions like magoosh. I don’t know from where to begin studying and i am dispersed. Should i buy all the materials which are somehow expensive or should i concentrate on one material and should i subscribe for magoosh Gmat or there are other free resources that i could study from them. I need an advice. Thank you in advance.

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New post 26 Oct 2018, 10:33
Hi Khaled951,

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 take 2 for free at 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 3.5 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.

As an aside, many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so if you limit your studies to just 2 months, then there might be a limit to how much you can improve (and how high you will Score on the Official GMAT).

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) A score range of 600 - 700 is rather broad, so you might want to do a bit more research into the Programs that you are interested in - so that you can better define the type of GMAT Score that would help make you a strong Applicant (for example, what data do you have on your first-choice School? Is it possible that that School would expect a Score that's significantly higher than a 600?). By extension, what is YOUR goal score?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School? If the application deadlines are coming up soon, then what are the exact application deadlines?

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Hi Khaled951,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, when prepping for the GMAT, you will find the most success by following a clear and organized study plan. Thus, you probably should shy away from using too many materials.

That being said, before you decide on a prep course, it may be a good idea to take an official GMAT practice exam. The results of that exam will give you a bird’s-eye view of your strengths and weaknesses, and indicate how far you are from your score goal.

Once you complete the exam, feel free to report back here, and I can provide some further advice. Also, check out some of the success stories of past GMAT students as well as reviews of various GMAT prep courses to see what prep materials have worked for other test-takers.

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1. We recommend taking a full length practice test through the GMAT Prep software or online version from mba.com -so you can familiarize yourself with the interface and the mental anxieties that can happen as you go through the process.

You'll also get a feel for the various question types and the pace at which you will need to move for the real thing.

So these elements are in addition to knowing where your weakness is.

2. Yes - you should definitely by the Official Guide for practice. This along with the GMAT Prep software or online version from mba.com + a supplemental 3rd party source should be the 3 main sources for your prep.

During your SC studies, we encourage you to follow along expert video explanations to guide you in your thought process.

Here's a shared Google doc of video links you may find helpful:

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