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I am going to take GMAT and TOEFL in the year 2020, as I am currently pursuing my bachelor's degree (B.Sc.). So, first of all, do I have enough time? If I do. How should I start my preparations? Currently I have started a basic arithmetic book and Word Power Made Easy-Norman Lewis, to brush off some rust off my brain. So, once I'm finished with these, what arsenal should I have to officially start my preparations?

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I am going to take GMAT and TOEFL in the year 2020, as I am currently pursuing my bachelor's degree (B.Sc.). So, first of all, do I have enough time? If I do. How should I start my preparations? Currently I have started a basic arithmetic book and Word Power Made Easy-Norman Lewis, to brush off some rust off my brain. So, once I'm finished with these, what arsenal should I have to officially start my preparations?

Thanking you in advance,
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GMAT prep usually requires about 3-4 months if your fundamentals are in place. So for the next 2 years, just focus on building fundamentals. Pick up your middle and high school Math books and review Number System, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Combinatorics.
For Verbal, read, read and read. Pick up good quality English fiction/non fiction, national dailies, magazines such as the Economist etc.
A 2 hour investment every week day would be enough.
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I am going to take GMAT and TOEFL in the year 2020, as I am currently pursuing my bachelor's degree (B.Sc.). So, first of all, do I have enough time? If I do. How should I start my preparations? Currently I have started a basic arithmetic book and Word Power Made Easy-Norman Lewis, to brush off some rust off my brain. So, once I'm finished with these, what arsenal should I have to officially start my preparations?

Thanking you in advance,
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Hi pathakaditya256,

You should dedicate around 4 months to achieve your dream score. You should take a GMATPREP test and see how you perform. You can know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 4 months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

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 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 practice all the questions twice from the latest version of OG and the verbal review. 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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And also will it be necessary for me to take TOEFL as well. If so then how should I prepare for that as well.

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Hi pathakaditya256,

This is great!! You can go ahead and buy them. Also as you advance with your preparation, be sure to purchase the GMATPREP Question pack 1. They provide some of the best official questions available an will surely help you in the advance stages of your preparation.


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And also will it be necessary for me to take TOEFL as well. If so then how should I prepare for that as well.

Thank you very much.

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It depends on which schools you are applying to. Most US business schools, especially in the top 20 do not require Indian students who have completed their under graduation in English to take the TOEFL. However a couple of West coast schools such as UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and UCLA Anderson school of Management do require Indian students to take the TOEFL. So if your planning to apply to those to schools, do take the TOEFL and if not, you can give it a miss.

Hope this helps. All the very best!
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I am going to take GMAT and TOEFL in the year 2020, as I am currently pursuing my bachelor's degree (B.Sc.). So, first of all, do I have enough time? If I do. How should I start my preparations? Currently I have started a basic arithmetic book and Word Power Made Easy-Norman Lewis, to brush off some rust off my brain. So, once I'm finished with these, what arsenal should I have to officially start my preparations?

Thanking you in advance,
Aditya Pathak

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Hi

4 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 or Aristotle Verbal Guide for CR critical reasoning bible is best book with 300+ pages of comprehensive Data

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

Best Mocks

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

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You plan to take the test two years from now so you have a lot of flexibility. Another option is that you can buy the latest version of these books 1.5 yrs from now and can make do with the older versions right now to reduce the overlap. These books give you practice questions but not the fundamentals you need in detail. Until and unless you find that your fundamentals are already very strong and all you need is some practice, you will need to go through the entire curriculum of a test prep company. That too you can pick up 1.5 yrs from now.
So all in all, I would suggest you to look at some old official guides to find out your current level and work on basics if you find them lacking. Working on lots of GMAT prep material right now may lead to burnout a little too soon. Reading articles on topics from Science, History, Economics etc is a must, no matter how comfortable you are in Verbal.
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