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New post 30 Aug 2017, 11:34
Hello everyone,

I am new on this community and since I am planning to start my GMAT studies I thought I needed to get more involved in here.

I have some materials to study including GMAC 2018 Quantitative Review book and GMAC 2018 Verbal Review Book. I have a previous edition of complete review also.
Firstly I would like to ask about your advice about how to study with these materials or do you have any additional material suggestions for me ?

Secondly, I have a computer, iPad and an android phone. Do you have any recommended websites, apps etc. for me to study ?

I am planning to go to a business school in 2020. I currently work in a big firm and since I got some time for myself, I thought maybe I could give it a try.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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Hi Alkadian,

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 take the GMAT?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Alkadian wrote:
I have some materials to study including GMAC 2018 Quantitative Review book and GMAC 2018 Verbal Review Book. I have a previous edition of complete review also.
Firstly I would like to ask about your advice about how to study with these materials or do you have any additional material suggestions for me ?

Secondly, I have a computer, iPad and an android phone. Do you have any recommended websites, apps etc. for me to study ?
You can combine the two. There's a code included with each of the books you mentioned. The code included with the main (complete) OG, for example, will allow you to access all questions in that OG online, on the Wiley website. Yes, they are the same questions, but at least you won't have to carry all those books around, and you will also get to practice solving questions on a screen.
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Hi Alkadian,

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; 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) What Schools are you planning to apply to?


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Hey, thanks for your reply,

Actually I wanted to get to know the test better before trying it but I think I will take the initial CAT.

1 ) My goal score is 760+
2 ) I have plenty of time so I do not know but taking it in winter 2017 or spring 2018 would be a good choice.
3 ) I am planning to apply for the top schools in US and EU

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You can combine the two. There's a code included with each of the books you mentioned. The code included with the main (complete) OG, for example, will allow you to access all questions in that OG online, on the Wiley website. Yes, they are the same questions, but at least you won't have to carry all those books around, and you will also get to practice solving questions on a screen.


Thank you for your help,

And what about some other resources (other than mba . com material) ?

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Hi Alkadian,

Since it sounds like you have plenty of time before you plan to take the Official GMAT, you can certainly begin your studies any way that you like. The 760+ score is the 99th percentile though, meaning that 99% of Test Takers never score that high regardless of how long they study or the number of times they take the GMAT. Thankfully, NO Business School requires a score that high, so it's important to remember that the score that you "want" and the score that you "need" are not the same thing.

All of that having been said, that initial CAT score is important - since we need to define your current skills, strengths and weaknesses. You can certainly study a bit before you take that first CAT, but you shouldn't wait too long to do so. We won't know what you'll need to focus on UNTIL we have a realistic practice score to use as reference.

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Hello everyone,

I am new on this community and since I am planning to start my GMAT studies I thought I needed to get more involved in here.

I have some materials to study including GMAC 2018 Quantitative Review book and GMAC 2018 Verbal Review Book. I have a previous edition of complete review also.
Firstly I would like to ask about your advice about how to study with these materials or do you have any additional material suggestions for me ?

Secondly, I have a computer, iPad and an android phone. Do you have any recommended websites, apps etc. for me to study ?

I am planning to go to a business school in 2020. I currently work in a big firm and since I got some time for myself, I thought maybe I could give it a try.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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Hi

It is better to start with taking a CAT exam know starting point
3 month is pretty enough time so you can start with Best comprehensive material

1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides
2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides
3. 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 CATs

1. Official GMAC
2. Manhattan GMAT
3. GMAT Club Quant CATs
4. Veritas CATs

Online resources

1. Magoosh Youtube Channel
2. Ron Verbal Videos
3. GMAT PrepNow You tube Channel

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Alkadian wrote:
Hello everyone,

I am new on this community and since I am planning to start my GMAT studies I thought I needed to get more involved in here.

I have some materials to study including GMAC 2018 Quantitative Review book and GMAC 2018 Verbal Review Book. I have a previous edition of complete review also.
Firstly I would like to ask about your advice about how to study with these materials or do you have any additional material suggestions for me ?

Secondly, I have a computer, iPad and an android phone. Do you have any recommended websites, apps etc. for me to study ?

I am planning to go to a business school in 2020. I currently work in a big firm and since I got some time for myself, I thought maybe I could give it a try.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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Hi Alkadian,

4 months is a good enough time 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 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.

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 to purchase the GMATPREP QP1. These are some great real GMAT questions and you will find them very helpful. 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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