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Starting GMAT prep. some confusions and doubts

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New post 14 Jul 2017, 04:42
Hi Everyone,

You may call me Jitu. :)
I have been a silent visitor to GMAT CLUB for about 10 days now. I am aiming to apply to b schools next year from August onwards.
I have bought the complete strategy guides set of 10 books from MGMAT+Online and the set of OG 2018+online.

I will be reaching home tomorrow morning (I am in another state for a business meeting) and will start my preparations from tomorrow.
This would be my first time appearing for GMAT.

I have a full time job so attending courses is not possible so i have opted for self study.

I had taken the free GMATprep from mba dot com and I got 490 (Q 32 V 25 IR 5). This was without any preparation what so ever. Its been 5 years since I completed my B.Tech and I just wanted to measure the depth of the well that I am in.

The colleges that I am targetting wont accept anything less than 710-730 since I have a software engineering profile with average academics and a little above average social contribution life and to be honest, In India there are just too many software engineers so I have to stand out in one way or the other.

Q1. I know that its a lame question and the most general answer is " it depends on the individual " but still please give me the best approximation about how many months it could take me to achieve my score? You can take the following factors into consideration 1) I am quick to grasp new things. 2)I will be able to spend about 2 hours daily on weekdays and about 10 hours on weekends(sat+sun combined).

Gmat is fully Computer based. When I gave my first gmat prep cat. i was very enthusiastic while writing the awa and IR. but then quants started and I started losing concentration by the time i reached question 19 and I started randomly guessing answers after question 23 because I just couldnt take it anymore. I then took a break of 10 mins approx and came back to finish the verbal and same thing again.. guessed everything after question number 20. when I say guessed I mean I didnt read the damn questions even once and just clicked options randomly to finish the test.

Q2. Since the exam will be completely online how can I prepare myself for it? because i will be preparing using books. please suggest something to increase my concentration so that i last for the 4 most important hours.

Q3. I have 6 MGMAT CAT exams and 1 MBA dot com full length exams.. please guide me on how to utilize these 7 exams? I mean approximately how many weeks or days apart should I give these exams? Please suggest the best way according to you.

Q4. I read that ERROR LOG is the most important log that I will ever make. How do we use the error log? Should I update the error log after completing/not-completing each and every question or should I finish my 2 hours of study for a particular day and then update the error log for all the problems i completed or failed to complete?



It would be really helpful if any one of u super heroes could help me out here.
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Hi Jitu.,

To start, a 490 isn't too bad for an initial CAT Score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years) Many Test Takers are unhappy with their initial practice scores, but you really shouldn't be. It's just a measure of your skills right now - and you will improve on this score as you study and hone your skills. That having been said, you will have to make some significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections - and all of that work will take time. It's likely that you will need at least 3 months of consistent, guided study to get to the 710+ level.

Based on everything that you've described, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or Instructor-Led).

1) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi,

Ans 1) I haven't decided the dates for my GMAT yet..
Ans2) I will be applying to b schools next year.
Ans3) I will be applying to top 5 Indian b schools namely ISB, IIM -A, IIM-B, IIM-C and FMS..

Round 1 for these colleges starts around August.. so I have to give my GMAT before August next year..

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Jitu.,

To start, a 490 isn't too bad for an initial CAT Score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years) Many Test Takers are unhappy with their initial practice scores, but you really shouldn't be. It's just a measure of your skills right now - and you will improve on this score as you study and hone your skills. That having been said, you will have to make some significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections - and all of that work will take time. It's likely that you will need at least 3 months of consistent, guided study to get to the 710+ level.

Based on everything that you've described, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or Instructor-Led).

1) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
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,
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Hi,

Ans 1) I haven't decided the dates for my GMAT yet..
Ans2) I will be applying to b schools next year.
Ans3) I will be applying to top 5 Indian b schools namely ISB, IIM -A, IIM-B, IIM-C and FMS..

Round 1 for these colleges starts around August.. so I have to give my GMAT before August next year..

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Hi Jitu.,

From what you describe, you have lots of potential time to study for the GMAT before you plan to apply to Business School, so you can begin your studies however you like. That having been said, I still believe that you will need a GMAT Course of some type to help you hit your score score - so you should consider the various options. Most GMAT Companies offer some type of free materials (practice problems, Trial Accounts, videos, etc.) that you can use to 'test out' a product before you buy it. We have a variety of those resources at our website (www.empowergmat.com). I suggest that you take advantage of all of them then choose the one that best matches your personality, timeline and budget.

If you have any additional questions, then you can feel free to contact me directly.

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