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New post 05 Aug 2019, 02:09
Hello all,

I have bit of subjective question with regards to whether I am ready to take the GMAT. I appreciate that probably the best person to decide this is myself, but it would be great to hear from someone who is or have been in similar situation.

In a nutshell, I realised that my math is quite rusty and I spent the last month going over the Manhattan foundations of Math book. I did all of the sections and answered most of the questions at the end of the sections correct (occasionally I still got stuck). Yesterday, I took a diagnostic test and scored poorly on the quant part. My question is whether that is likely to be based on the fact that I have still not begun actually studying for the GMAT or it might be an indication that my basic math still needs improvement?

Is there anyway to check somewhere whether my math skills are good enough to cover the basics for the quant part?

Thank you for your time.
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New post 05 Aug 2019, 06:46
kokus wrote:
Hello all,

I have bit of subjective question with regards to whether I am ready to take the GMAT. I appreciate that probably the best person to decide this is myself, but it would be great to hear from someone who is or have been in similar situation.

In a nutshell, I realised that my math is quite rusty and I spent the last month going over the Manhattan foundations of Math book. I did all of the sections and answered most of the questions at the end of the sections correct (occasionally I still got stuck). Yesterday, I took a diagnostic test and scored poorly on the quant part. My question is whether that is likely to be based on the fact that I have still not begun actually studying for the GMAT or it might be an indication that my basic math still needs improvement?

Is there anyway to check somewhere whether my math skills are good enough to cover the basics for the quant part?

Thank you for your time.


Hi kokus,

Welcome to GMATCLUB! Low Quant score may be because of lack of conceptual clarity. Most of the GMATPREP courses are well designed and take you through the basics before taking you to the advance topics.

For Quant You can try out the TTP course as it is phenomenal and covers the entire syllabus really well. Plus it has great reviews on GMATCLUB. 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 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 practice tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Lastly I would also encourage you to purchase the GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

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Hope this helps. All the best.
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New post 05 Aug 2019, 09:05
I discovered that I needed to learn maths, not revise it. A problem with this site (and much material in general) is assume knowledge. There are many many questions posted here, which are a great practice resource, but many have answer like x+y=d without explaining why that equation is used, why those terms etc, which don't make them a good learning resource for beginners

If you feel that you need to learn maths, look to one of the many websites targeted at 12 year olds and work from the ground up

(and once you've learnt it, post nice explanatory answers for questions on gmatclub!)
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kokus wrote:
Hello all,

I have bit of subjective question with regards to whether I am ready to take the GMAT. I appreciate that probably the best person to decide this is myself, but it would be great to hear from someone who is or have been in similar situation.

In a nutshell, I realised that my math is quite rusty and I spent the last month going over the Manhattan foundations of Math book. I did all of the sections and answered most of the questions at the end of the sections correct (occasionally I still got stuck). Yesterday, I took a diagnostic test and scored poorly on the quant part. My question is whether that is likely to be based on the fact that I have still not begun actually studying for the GMAT or it might be an indication that my basic math still needs improvement?

Is there anyway to check somewhere whether my math skills are good enough to cover the basics for the quant part?

Thank you for your time.


Try TTP, it would help to improve your basics and help to get higher score
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Hi kokus,

If you're looking for some additional free math help, then 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 testing your current skills on that material (or even re-building certain skills), you can start your GMAT studies.

When you do choose to formally begin your GMAT studies, 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.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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New post 07 Aug 2019, 01:23
Hey,

Thank you for the responses! However, before purchasing anything, I would like to find a place online where I can check where I am standing in terms of my knowledge with regards to the basic level of math needed for the GMAT.

If you could recommend such aptitude type of website or similar, please I am all in ears.

Thank you, once again!
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Hi Kokus,

Can you take a full-length practice exam?
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New post 07 Aug 2019, 19:01
kokus wrote:
Hey,

Thank you for the responses! However, before purchasing anything, I would like to find a place online where I can check where I am standing in terms of my knowledge with regards to the basic level of math needed for the GMAT.

If you could recommend such aptitude type of website or similar, please I am all in ears.

Thank you, once again!
When you say that you "took a diagnostic test", do you mean that you took one of the official practice tests? If yes, you can check how many questions in that test tested concepts that you were not aware of.
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Hey everyone,

My 2 questions are about the most appropriate way to approach the GMAT study plan. Any advice on personal experience, observation on others or any in general is greatly appreciated.

In a nutshell, I reviewed all of the basic math concepts over the last month (I used the Manhattan basic math concepts book, which helped a lot, even though there is a substantial overlap with the actual Manhattan prep books) and I am now going through the Mannhatan Prep study guide (the one with 5 quant books and 4 qualitative ones). My question is whether once I finish the Manhattan Quant books, I shall continue with the OG Quant Guide or first finish the Manhattan Qualitative books and then do the OG Quant and Qualitative? Again, in a nutshell, I am asking whether I should first do all the Quant (Manhattan+OG) or I should finish all the Quant part first (Manhattan and OG) and the proceed to the qualitative part?

My second question relates to the 28 hour in-person course provided by Manhattan. I will contact the centre for more information, but I was wondering if anyone could share how this courses or this course in specific actually works? Is it one which is complementary to studying on your own or is it one which actually prepares you to take the GMAT after finishing the course. I am raising this as I found more and more difficult to study after work and the fact that I am targeting taking the GMAT by mid December.

I am really on the fence on whether I should keep on my own or enrol to a course (or both), so any advice will be much appreciated.

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Hi kokus,

If you do choose to enroll in a GMAT class, then you should anticipate having to do a certain amount of additional studying on your own. Depending on your Score Goal and skills, you will likely need to spend 15-20 hours a week (or more) on your studies - meaning that you should plan for some significant extra studying outside of the class.

With a planned Test Date around mid-December, you now have approximately 3 months to prepare for the GMAT - which is good! You'll still need to be efficient with that study time though - and since it sounds as if you have not taken any practice CATs yet, then I suggest that you take one soon (perhaps this weekend). As a reminder, you can access 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). That score will give us a good sense of your current 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 discuss the results and how best to proceed.

1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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