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26.06.17- Started my journey towards GMAT

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26 Jun 2017, 09:10
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Hi GMAT aspirants !!!

I just started my GMAT preparation today. I have hardly 03 months in hand to appear for the mega event. Even though I got very less score in app based test provided by GMAC, I gathered courage to fill the costly form of GMAT. You will be surprised to know that I got only 460 (Q38, V16) which is only 23 percentile. I am disappointed but at the same have the courage and determination to do well in actual GMAT test. Through this post I intend to inform you all about my daily preparation. Hope someone will be benefited or at least I will be benefited by channelizing my preparation.

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26 Jun 2017, 10:47
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Hi Tatz,

First of all, welcome to GMAT Club! 3 months is a good amount of time to prepare, and you can definitely get that score up to by a respectable amount. By the looks of it, you struggle with verbal more than quant so the scope for improvement is immense. One way or the other, the verbal score indirectly carries a larger weightage on the whole so working hard on your verbal section can lead to a good jump in your score. For someone who is just starting off, I would suggest getting your hands on the MGMAT Guides and making the most of the resources these forums make available to you.

I wish you the best of luck for your MBA journey that lies ahead!

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26 Jun 2017, 11:23
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Hi Tatz,

First of all, welcome to GMAT Club! 3 months is a good amount of time to prepare, and you can definitely get that score up to by a respectable amount. By the looks of it, you struggle with verbal more than quant so the scope for improvement is immense. One way or the other, the verbal score indirectly carries a larger weightage on the whole so working hard on your verbal section can lead to a good jump in your score. For someone who is just starting off, I would suggest getting your hands on the MGMAT Guides and making the most of the resources these forums make available to you.

I wish you the best of luck for your MBA journey that lies ahead!

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Thanks Sammy for giving me hope.
I just finished listening to one of the good videos by Byju's. They have advertised there product at the end but initial overview about GMAT and its scope is good.
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28 Jun 2017, 10:22
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tatz wrote:
Sammy599 wrote:
Hi Tatz,

First of all, welcome to GMAT Club! 3 months is a good amount of time to prepare, and you can definitely get that score up to by a respectable amount. By the looks of it, you struggle with verbal more than quant so the scope for improvement is immense. One way or the other, the verbal score indirectly carries a larger weightage on the whole so working hard on your verbal section can lead to a good jump in your score. For someone who is just starting off, I would suggest getting your hands on the MGMAT Guides and making the most of the resources these forums make available to you.

I wish you the best of luck for your MBA journey that lies ahead!

If you thought my comment was helpful, please don't forget to kit the Kudos button.

Thanks Sammy for giving me hope.
I just finished listening to one of the good videos by Byju's. They have advertised there product at the end but initial overview about GMAT and its scope is good.

Hi tatz,

This is my personal opinion that Byju's GMAT course is not that good. Please research well about the courses/prices/study plans etc. and then choose. Consider suggestions and reviews about the courses on gmatclub.

Do not rush into buying a course!! Time is really important than money.

Hope it helps
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28 Jun 2017, 18:12
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tatz wrote:
Sammy599 wrote:
Hi Tatz,

First of all, welcome to GMAT Club! 3 months is a good amount of time to prepare, and you can definitely get that score up to by a respectable amount. By the looks of it, you struggle with verbal more than quant so the scope for improvement is immense. One way or the other, the verbal score indirectly carries a larger weightage on the whole so working hard on your verbal section can lead to a good jump in your score. For someone who is just starting off, I would suggest getting your hands on the MGMAT Guides and making the most of the resources these forums make available to you.

I wish you the best of luck for your MBA journey that lies ahead!

If you thought my comment was helpful, please don't forget to kit the Kudos button.

Thanks Sammy for giving me hope.
I just finished listening to one of the good videos by Byju's. They have advertised there product at the end but initial overview about GMAT and its scope is good.

Hi Tatz

This is my personal opinion that Byju's GMAT course is not that good. Please research well about the courses/prices/study plans etc. and then choose. Consider suggestions and reviews about the courses on gmatclub.

Do not rush into buying a course!! Time is really important than money.

Hope it helps

Hi HKD,

The explanation in free videos looked good and they are offering complete package for IR, Verbal, Quant. The course is having an analysis tool in there tablet which will let me know why I am making a mistake and how to correct it. They are starting with basics of both quant and verbal, which I want to learn.

By saying that "Time is important than money" , do you mean to say that the course is time consuming ? What issues do you see with the Byju's course ? Please elaborate.
Also, did you try the full course ?

Earlier, I had purchased eGMAT's course only for verbal. But the validity of course expired before i could complete it. I was preparing that time with slow pace. I can get that course extended. So, what's your suggestion ? eGMAT or Byju;s ?

Thanks.
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28 Jun 2017, 19:58
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Add Gmatclub CATs to your prep. Gmatclub QUANTS CATs are a must and best as well.
To learn the really basic concepts go through all the MGMAT guides.
Watch RON's videos to understand concepts well (best in verbal).

Here is the order in which you should learn:
1. Learn a concept
2. Practice questions from course/Mgmat guides AND THEN practice from official guides
3. keep updating error log
4. take a mock CAT (at a an specific interval). So if you have taken MGMAT-1 & MGMAT-2 then third CAT should be GMATprep CAT (you have 6 CAT in total)

Just remember whenever you do an official question do a thorough analysis and note down learnings and mistakes you made for this question. Keep a column in error log for this.

Learn - practice - review - cat - review

I will update my answer with links where you can practice questions from in Gmatclub.

Feel very free to ask more questions at any time. Would be glad to help.

Yes I used byju's. It's waste of time and money (my opinion it is).

A course can help us get to a certain score but above that only our planning, reviewing, research and practice will take us.

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28 Jun 2017, 23:26
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tatz wrote:
HKD1710 wrote:
tatz wrote:
Thanks Sammy for giving me hope.
I just finished listening to one of the good videos by Byju's. They have advertised there product at the end but initial overview about GMAT and its scope is good.

Hi Tatz

This is my personal opinion that Byju's GMAT course is not that good. Please research well about the courses/prices/study plans etc. and then choose. Consider suggestions and reviews about the courses on gmatclub.

Do not rush into buying a course!! Time is really important than money.

Hope it helps

Hi HKD,

The explanation in free videos looked good and they are offering complete package for IR, Verbal, Quant. The course is having an analysis tool in there tablet which will let me know why I am making a mistake and how to correct it. They are starting with basics of both quant and verbal, which I want to learn.

By saying that "Time is important than money" , do you mean to say that the course is time consuming ? What issues do you see with the Byju's course ? Please elaborate.
Also, did you try the full course ?

Earlier, I had purchased eGMAT's course only for verbal. But the validity of course expired before i could complete it. I was preparing that time with slow pace. I can get that course extended. So, what's your suggestion ? eGMAT or Byju;s ?

Thanks.

Hi,

Just to add a point, I would suggest you stick to sources which have experience with the GMAT. It's reported that GMAC spends over a thousand dollars per question, and there is a particular "style" that they have. This becomes even more relevant on the verbal section in which identification of that "style" can allow you to eliminate options. Wordiness and Concision will be words you come across a lot in your prep, and to develop an aptitude to identify these correctly, you must use sentences structured like they would be on the actual exam.

This is one of the reasons all experts give importance to the OG! It's the only source of official questions. Having said this, I am in no manner commenting on the teaching standards of Byju's. I am just trying to point out that the GMAT is a standardized exam and that those who are familiar with its "system" offer a better value proposition. The GMAT is not only an exam of aptitude but also fatigue management, pace management, method optimization, etc., so please keep these in mind while deciding on how to take your prep forward.

Best of luck!

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Updated on: 29 Jun 2017, 08:17
HKD1710 wrote:
Add Gmatclub CATs to your prep. Gmatclub QUANTS CATs are a must and best as well.
To learn the really basic concepts go through all the MGMAT guides.
Watch RON's videos to understand concepts well (best in verbal).

Here is the order in which you should learn:
1. Learn a concept
2. Practice questions from course/Mgmat guides AND THEN practice from official guides
3. keep updating error log
4. take a mock CAT (at a an specific interval). So if you have taken MGMAT-1 & MGMAT-2 then third CAT should be GMATprep CAT (you have 6 CAT in total)

Just remember whenever you do an official question do a thorough analysis and note down learnings and mistakes you made for this question. Keep a column in error log for this.

Learn - practice - review - cat - review

I will update my answer with links where you can practice questions from in Gmatclub.

Feel very free to ask more questions at any time. Would be glad to help.

Yes I used byju's. It's waste of time and money (my opinion it is).

A course can help us get to a certain score but above that only our planning, reviewing, research and practice will take us.

Posted from my mobile device

Hi HKD

Thanks alot for the guidance. I will extend the eGMAT subscription as suggested by you.

Few more queries,
1) Any idea how much will it cost for gmat club CATs (complete tests) and how many CATs they offer in a package.
2) MGMAT offers 02 free CATs and 02 free CATs from GMAT prep software. But you have told total of 06 CATs. How?
3) MGMAT books are pretty costly. Is it complete book for both Quant & Verbal ?
4) For verbal, I will follow eGMAT course + OG. For quant, what should be my starting point / course / guide that will help me in covering the whole gmat syllabus.
5) Just curious to know your GMAT score. Can you inform the same? What strategy you are following, if any ?

Thanks
Tatz

Originally posted by tatz on 29 Jun 2017, 07:55.
Last edited by tatz on 29 Jun 2017, 08:17, edited 2 times in total.
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29 Jun 2017, 08:13
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Hi,

Just to add a point, I would suggest you stick to sources which have experience with the GMAT. It's reported that GMAC spends over a thousand dollars per question, and there is a particular "style" that they have. This becomes even more relevant on the verbal section in which identification of that "style" can allow you to eliminate options. Wordiness and Concision will be words you come across a lot in your prep, and to develop an aptitude to identify these correctly, you must use sentences structured like they would be on the actual exam.

This is one of the reasons all experts give importance to the OG! It's the only source of official questions. Having said this, I am in no manner commenting on the teaching standards of Byju's. I am just trying to point out that the GMAT is a standardized exam and that those who are familiar with its "system" offer a better value proposition. The GMAT is not only an exam of aptitude but also fatigue management, pace management, method optimization, etc., so please keep these in mind while deciding on how to take your prep forward.

Best of luck!

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Hi Sammy

HKD1710 has also suggested to go ahead with extending my eGMAT subscription. FYIP - I had taken eGMAT subscription last year but couldnt complete before it expiry date. There is an option of extending the same. So, I am going ahead with its extension.

1) Whats your advise on quant ? What should be my starting point ? Any suggested course or I should just do self preparation ?
I can do self preparation but I am unaware of shortcut / tricks to solve it easily and fast like one in a video I saw yesterday. The trick was "Grid" method for solving quant questions instead of Venn Diagram. When four variables are involved the Venn diagram methods becomes tough.
2) What was your GMAT score and what strategy did you follow or following ?

Thanks
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29 Jun 2017, 08:54
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tatz wrote:
HKD1710 wrote:
Add Gmatclub CATs to your prep. Gmatclub QUANTS CATs are a must and best as well.
To learn the really basic concepts go through all the MGMAT guides.
Watch RON's videos to understand concepts well (best in verbal).

Here is the order in which you should learn:
1. Learn a concept
2. Practice questions from course/Mgmat guides AND THEN practice from official guides
3. keep updating error log
4. take a mock CAT (at a an specific interval). So if you have taken MGMAT-1 & MGMAT-2 then third CAT should be GMATprep CAT (you have 6 CAT in total)

Just remember whenever you do an official question do a thorough analysis and note down learnings and mistakes you made for this question. Keep a column in error log for this.

Learn - practice - review - cat - review

I will update my answer with links where you can practice questions from in Gmatclub.

Feel very free to ask more questions at any time. Would be glad to help.

Yes I used byju's. It's waste of time and money (my opinion it is).

A course can help us get to a certain score but above that only our planning, reviewing, research and practice will take us.

Posted from my mobile device

Hi HKD

Thanks alot for the guidance. I will extend the eGMAT subscription as suggested by you.

Few more queries,
1) Any idea how much will it cost for gmat club CATs (complete tests) and how many CATs they offer in a package.
2) MGMAT offers 02 free CATs and 02 free CATs from GMAT prep software. But you have told total of 06 CATs. How?
3) MGMAT books are pretty costly. Is it complete book for both Quant & Verbal ?
4) For verbal, I will follow eGMAT course + OG. For quant, what should be my starting point / course / guide that will help me in covering the whole gmat syllabus.
5) Just curious to know your GMAT score. Can you inform the same? What strategy you are following, if any ?

Thanks
Tatz

Hi tatz,

You will get gmatclub CATs free with e-gmat subscription. To buy and for more information look at https://gmatclub.com/tests-beta/price.html
Reward points also be redeemed to get gmatclub CATs subscription or courses.
There are 20+ Quant CATs and 7 Verbal CATs You can either give CATs or do Quizzes.
FAQs:https://gmatclub.com/tests-beta/faq/index.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-club-tests-free-access-on-holidays-88231.html

There are 6 MGMAT CATs in total. here is the latest and cheapest deal just \$10
https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog/2017/06/16/try-our-updated-gmat-practice-tests-for-only-10/
If you are good in quants then you can use free gmatclub quant guide. Verbal guide is also available.
You can buy MGMAT sentence correction guide which should come with free CATs. so anyway some cost saved :D

Official Material:
OG10,12,13,15,16,17,18
Quant Review and Verbal Review

Official GMATPrep CATs:
GMATPrep 1 & 2 (Free)
ExamPack-1 (CAT 3 & 4) - Paid
ExamPack-2 (CAT 5 & 6) - Paid

Some more official practice questions:
Question Pack - 400+ official questions (Paid)
Paper Tests - (Paid)
GMATPowerPrep (TWO CATs Free - these are OLD ones)
You can find all of these on mba.com

To practice n number of questions on gmatclub, use this : https://gmatclub.com/forum/viewforumtags.php

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04 Jul 2017, 00:46
Hi All,

Didnot touch GMAT material since 01st July. Now its been three days of no study. Today I will be starting the Reading comprehension again. I will keep you all updated about my progress. So that in the end we would come to know what worked or not worked fro me.

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26 Mar 2018, 10:31
Dear All,

As i had mentioned in my post that i will be appearing for GMAT exam in another 03 months, I appeared for it and as expected ended up screwing up everything. The reason was half hearted effort. Just one day before my GMAT Exam I was enjoying holiday as I was aware of the result. Anyways, I have re-started my GMAT preparation again with much more determination this time. Hoping to complete my preparation by July 2018. Please wish me consistence, patience and regular devoted study.

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26 Mar 2018, 11:22
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tatz wrote:
Dear All,

As i had mentioned in my post that i will be appearing for GMAT exam in another 03 months, I appeared for it and as expected ended up screwing up everything. The reason was half hearted effort. Just one day before my GMAT Exam I was enjoying holiday as I was aware of the result. Anyways, I have re-started my GMAT preparation again with much more determination this time. Hoping to complete my preparation by July 2018. Please wish me consistence, patience and regular devoted study.

Regards
Tatz

Be consistent - it's the mother of all the motivation, confidence, knowledge or whatever.

Wishes!
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26 Mar 2018, 12:44
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tatz wrote:
Dear All,

As i had mentioned in my post that i will be appearing for GMAT exam in another 03 months, I appeared for it and as expected ended up screwing up everything. The reason was half hearted effort. Just one day before my GMAT Exam I was enjoying holiday as I was aware of the result. Anyways, I have re-started my GMAT preparation again with much more determination this time. Hoping to complete my preparation by July 2018. Please wish me consistence, patience and regular devoted study.

Regards
Tatz

Be consistent - it's the mother of all the motivation, confidence, knowledge or whatever.

Wishes!

Thanks HKD for your wishes and guidance as always!!!
Hope to clear GMAT this time
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