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Hi,
I'm an engineering student in my last semester.

[For those who are Indian's here, I recently gave CAT'17 and Got 96 percentile, sectional percentile being 99-97-80 in Verbal Ability & RC - Data Interpretation - Quant respectively. I neglected quant quite a bit during my last few months of prep and it cost me big time.]

Anyway, I plan to take it again next year, but in the meantime, I want to start prep for GMAT and give it by May(at most). So I guess I have somewhat 3 months to prepare and give the exam.
I have zero specific prep for GMAT, but I feel I will do well in the basics at least since I prepared for CAT, so 3 months should be more than enough I feel.

There are 3 main questions I wanted to ash :

1. Should I enrol in a classroom program or just get the material and start the prep on my own? I'm determined enough to study on my own but I also aim to score 750+ in GMAT, so that even in the worst case scenario I score at least 700+

2. What all material should I refer to? I did get 99 percentile in VARC of CAT, but I feel that was too easy. I literally didn't even spend a day trying to learn English, just used to read for some time every day; editorials and some books. I would really like to know some good books to study from. I only know that buying and going through the OG of GMAT is a must, clueless after that...

3. Last but not the least, ik how crucial mocks and practice tests for sections are important in order to excel, which are mocks should I give ? Is there any specific Test Series that I can join ?

PS I live in New Delhi, India.
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Hey anishraina

Welcome to GMATClub!

You have the choice of going for classroom coaching for GMAT in Delhi.
Schedule a Demo class with the faculty and go with one which is best
suited for your style of studying. What works for me may not work for
you! GMAT services are offered by PythaGurus, Career Launcher,
Jamboree, and Princeton Review in Delhi.

Post which might help you figure out which books you could purchase
https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-bo ... 18706.html

If you decide to go with an online prep company, you could sign up
for a free trial and take a call afterwards.
GMAT Course Reviews: https://gmatclub.com/reviews/gmat_courses?fl=menu

Mocks are a very important part of the GMAT preparation and the
best mocks available are the GMATPrep Tests. Download the
GMATPrep software and you will get 2 free tests. Take one of these
tests to know your initial level. Additionally, you could purchase
the Official GMATPrep Bundle(which contains 2 exam packs EP1,EP2
and the Question Pack 1).

Last but not the least, if you need a study plan, you can check this post
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-p ... ml?fl=menu

Hope this helps you!
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Hi anishraina,

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.

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2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hey anishraina

Welcome to GMATClub!

You have the choice of going for classroom coaching for GMAT in Delhi.
Schedule a Demo class with the faculty and go with one which is best
suited for your style of studying. What works for me may not work for
you! GMAT services are offered by PythaGurus, Career Launcher,
Jamboree, and Princeton Review in Delhi.

Post which might help you figure out which books you could purchase

If you decide to go with an online prep company, you could sign up
for a free trial and take a call afterwards.
GMAT Course Reviews:
Mocks are a very important part of the GMAT preparation and the
best mocks available are the GMATPrep Tests. Download the
GMATPrep software and you will get 2 free tests. Take one of these
tests to know your initial level. Additionally, you could purchase
the Official GMATPrep Bundle(which contains 2 exam packs EP1,EP2
and the Question Pack 1).




Hope this helps you!



Hi, thankyou so much for your advice.
I gave my first GMATprep Exam today, one of the 2 free one's available.
I haven't studied quant or verbal for past 4 months or so, so felt kinda out of touch.
I scored 640 in it, Quant : 49 Verbal : 28.

Quant seemed very easy, and I'm sure with little effort I can get 50+.
I'm worried about my Verbal though, I want to score close to 750 in my GMAT if not more, and I have 2-3 months on my hand with alot of free time.
I'm willing to dedicate all my time to this GMAT prep.
1. Do you think it's possible for me to get around 750 in 2-3 months?
2. If you can suggest some books for mastering Verbal, please do. I'm ready to spend upto 3-4 hours on verbal everyday.
Also I feel OG for quant would be too basic for me so incase there is some book with touches some advance techniques and questions for quant, please refer them to me too.
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Hi anishraina

I definitely think it is possible to score a 750 in 2-3 months
considering you are at 640 already.

Book recommendations to improve Verbal
1. Powerscore CR Bible - In my opinion, this book is enough to master all the
concepts to do well in the CR section of the verbal.
2. Aristotle SC Grail - Gives you a good idea about the various rules tested in SC.
Alternatively, you can sign up for e-gmat(which is extremely good for SC).
However, am not sure if they specifically provide only SC packages anymore.

For RC techniques, you could check this post: https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-club-s- ... 83101.html

These are some awesome posts on the forum which will help you develop a
strategy to improve your Verbal score to 40+
1. https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 42361.html
2. https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... l#p1643215

As for the Quant section, you have all that you need to improve your score to Q50-51
GMATClub Quantitative Mega-Thread - for advanced QUANT concepts

For practice, you could subscribe to the GMATClub tests(or even redeem them for points/kudos)
or visit the topic wise(sorted by difficulty) questions in the respective forums. We have a similar
collection for RC,CR and SC in the Verbal forums.

Hope this helps you!
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