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# Starter on GMAT and need some advice

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14 Feb 2018, 11:38
So I am a complete newb and just starting out my prep for GMAT.

Don't have a date yet, since I plan to study for 2-3 weeks and then going to decide.

There's a lot of information on the forum and I truly appreciate it

Questions which I have are:

1- Where should I start in terms of online books/resources and link? Is there anything else I should be looking at being a starter?

2- Downloaded this book: GMAT Club Math Book v3 - Jan-2-2013.pdf is there any other book I should be looking at to start with?

P.S: I posted some links from the forum, but can't use them because of 5 days restrictions.

Would truly appreciate if anyone who's prepping right now or have recently taken the exam can point me in a right direction and what to download and where to start?

Thanks in advance for all the help, as you can imagine it can be overwhelming to find the right stuff and stay on course. Thank you all.
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14 Feb 2018, 12:33
maverickfhs wrote:
So I am a complete newb and just starting out my prep for GMAT.

Don't have a date yet, since I plan to study for 2-3 weeks and then going to decide.

There's a lot of information on the forum and I truly appreciate it

Questions which I have are:

1- Where should I start in terms of online books/resources and link? Is there anything else I should be looking at being a starter?

2- Downloaded this book: GMAT Club Math Book v3 - Jan-2-2013.pdf is there any other book I should be looking at to start with?

P.S: I posted some links from the forum, but can't use them because of 5 days restrictions.

Would truly appreciate if anyone who's prepping right now or have recently taken the exam can point me in a right direction and what to download and where to start?

Thanks in advance for all the help, as you can imagine it can be overwhelming to find the right stuff and stay on course. Thank you all.

Hi maverickfhs,

You should dedicate around 3 months to prepare for GMAT. You should start by giving GMATPREP to learn more about your performance. You can then know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 3 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. Further I see you are a new member here at GMATCLUB and when you sign up at GMATCLUB you get a free 3 days access to EMPOWERgmat course. In fact it is the only way to get the deal which is very cool. You can free access to Magoosh and Optimus Prep so try those out as well.

Also 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 and they are both within your budget. 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 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.

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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14 Feb 2018, 12:41
maverickfhs

Hello,

Welcome to GMAT Club

GMAT Club is treasure trove of information.

For Quant, you can start looking into these links. These 2 links are like all you need to start your preparation

1. https://gmatclub.com/forum/all-you-need ... 40445.html
2. https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gma ... 44512.html

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-ver ... 33279.html

Regarding course, each one of the course has their own way of teaching. So its best to try out the trial versions of the course before purchasing the course. When you signed into GC Club for first time, you would have received offer to access trial versions of some of the course email.

You can also see the reviews of various GMAT Courses in here - https://gmatclub.com/reviews/gmat_courses?fl=menu

All the very best for your preparation

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14 Feb 2018, 12:54
maverickfhs wrote:
So I am a complete newb and just starting out my prep for GMAT.

Don't have a date yet, since I plan to study for 2-3 weeks and then going to decide.

There's a lot of information on the forum and I truly appreciate it

Questions which I have are:

1- Where should I start in terms of online books/resources and link? Is there anything else I should be looking at being a starter?

2- Downloaded this book: GMAT Club Math Book v3 - Jan-2-2013.pdf is there any other book I should be looking at to start with?

P.S: I posted some links from the forum, but can't use them because of 5 days restrictions.

Would truly appreciate if anyone who's prepping right now or have recently taken the exam can point me in a right direction and what to download and where to start?

Thanks in advance for all the help, as you can imagine it can be overwhelming to find the right stuff and stay on course. Thank you all.

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14 Feb 2018, 13:23

Let me go through few of these links and I am sure will have a lot of questions.

BTW, it was mentioned above 3 months for the prep, that's studying full time or part time? Of course, I understand everyone is different and it can't be predicted just trying to understand, so that I can make plans for the exam accordingly.

Thank you again.
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14 Feb 2018, 14:02
One more question, I don't have OG of any sort. Should I skip it altogether and start with these : GMAT Club Math Book v3 - Jan-2-2013.pdf and GMAT-Club-Grammar-book-2017.pdf

If not, is there a PDF version of OG? Thanks again all
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14 Feb 2018, 16:04
Hi maverickfhs,

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 download 2 for free from 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 4 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 apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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14 Feb 2018, 16:11
EMPOWERgmatRichC , thanks for your valuable input and feedback.

Regarding practice test stuff, I am going to embark on it this weekend and will report back with the score. I have been out of touch and practice, so please don't laugh if my score is extremely poor.

Years ago, I took GRE and had 780(or 760) out of 800 for Q side. But not sure how it'll be in GMAT.

1) What is your goal score? For now, I plan to go above 720 or at least above 700.
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School? For now, plan is to shoot for 2020 or if possible, 2019(depends on the progress)
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?Since, I can say whatever I want, then I would say only Top 10-15 schools

I am based out of Virginia, so might consider something local or in state(since it's going to be a bit economical)

Thank you again
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14 Feb 2018, 16:46
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi maverickfhs,

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 download 2 for free from http://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 4 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 apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Take one of the Empower courses, the interface can be a little glitchy, but the tips and overall content are GOLD!

Also, if you are weak in any areas you can download the Veritas iphone app and listen/watch the videos over and over.

Good Luck!
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14 Feb 2018, 18:14
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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi maverickfhs,

Take one of the Empower courses, the interface can be a little glitchy, but the tips and overall content are GOLD!

Also, if you are weak in any areas you can download the Veritas iphone app and listen/watch the videos over and over.

Good Luck!

Thanks, is Veritas app free or one has to enroll and pay for it?
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14 Feb 2018, 18:23
It’s free in the App Store. I think the intent is to try before you buy type of thing, but I went with Empower instead.

I like to listen to the Veritas SC verbal video while I workout in the mornings because it’s actually entertaining and somewhat easy to follow without looking at.

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14 Feb 2018, 18:35
michaelpalomares00 wrote:
It’s free in the App Store. I think the intent is to try before you buy type of thing, but I went with Empower instead.

I like to listen to the Veritas SC verbal video while I workout in the mornings because it’s actually entertaining and somewhat easy to follow without looking at.

Thank you, I'll download it right now and see how it goes
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15 Feb 2018, 11:35
Hi maverickfhs,

Since you have plenty of time before you plan to apply to Business School, you can certainly approach your studies however you like at this point. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so that's something you should consider (especially with your Score Goal) as you look ahead at how to plan out this process. We'll be better able to discuss your options once you've taken that initial CAT.

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15 Feb 2018, 11:39
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi maverickfhs,

Since you have plenty of time before you plan to apply to Business School, you can certainly approach your studies however you like at this point. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so that's something you should consider (especially with your Score Goal) as you look ahead at how to plan out this process. We'll be better able to discuss your options once you've taken that initial CAT.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Thank you again EMPOWERgmatRichC, I am going to give CAT you have mentioned above this weekend, with no prep and will report back in terms of how things went.

Then will take things from there.
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17 Feb 2018, 14:35
EMPOWERgmatRichC , thanks again for your help. So I downloaded GMAT practice software and 2 practice exams. I was about to start and no wanted to check before I proceed with the 1st one.

I have no prep, just a basic knowledge and whatever I know after researching and reading from the forum. Can I skip AWA(essay) or anything or have to complete all sections as best I can, to get an idea about the score and weaknesses?

Thanks again for the help.
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18 Feb 2018, 11:34
Hi maverickfhs,

On Test Day, you're going to have sit in that Computer Lab for the better part of 4 hours (and complete ALL of the sections), so it's important to start training for that 'event' as early as possible. As such, you should take this CAT (and ALL of your CATs) in their entirety - with the Essay and IR sections.

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18 Feb 2018, 13:53
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi maverickfhs,

On Test Day, you're going to have sit in that Computer Lab for the better part of 4 hours (and complete ALL of the sections), so it's important to start training for that 'event' as early as possible. As such, you should take this CAT (and ALL of your CATs) in their entirety - with the Essay and IR sections.

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22 Feb 2018, 13:28
So I have been studying, watching videos and reading a lot on the forum. If I use one of my practice test now, with very little prep.

Will I regret or have some more options? Since, I would need quite a few practice exams before the actual GMAT test.

Or would it be worth it with a very little prep and to make a baseline? Thanks again EMPOWERgmatRichC for your advice and help
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23 Feb 2018, 11:35
Hi maverickfhs,

There are 6 Official GMAC CATs and plenty of additional 3rd party CATs (from Kaplan, MGMAT and Veritas) that are 'close enough' to the real thing to give you a reasonably accurate score result (assuming that you use the CAT correctly). As such, you're not at any risk of 'wasting' an Official GMAC CAT by using it as your diagnostic CAT - again, as long as you take the CAT in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.).

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23 Feb 2018, 11:44
EMPOWERgmatRichC , thanks so much and it makes sense. I'll take care of it fearlessly this weekend.
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