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# Starting the GMAT Process

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19 Jul 2010, 12:16
Okay, I've decided I want to go to Business School and take the GMAT. I have already done some pretty extensive research into the various study books available, however I would really appreciate some more input. I really despise Kaplan's teaching methods and have ruled their books out. It sounds like the Manhattan series contains some 'must have' books, yet that series is way too large for me. So I ask what are basic books that you recommend that include basic strategies for taking the GMAT? I would greatly appreciate the help, thanks in advance!

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19 Jul 2010, 12:51
BuckeyeFan77,

I have just started my GMAT preparation today. However, I have been browsing thru GMAT club for more than a month now.

Based on the reviews of books and the study plan for novices here, I have started with Princeton Review. I also have the Kaplan premier 2009 book which I may refer to in case I need further explaination on a topic. I dont think both are required, either of these should serve the purpose.

After completing one round with this, I plan to study specialised material for areas I am weak in like Manhattan SC, Powerscore CR etc. After that, I will start with OG questions.

Hopefully the seniors here will give you better advise.

All the best with your GMAT preparation

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19 Jul 2010, 15:44
Hey BuckeyeFan77,

First off, you should take a practice test and see where you are. Then, compare that to where you want to be. Here is a link to our practice test: http://www.princetonreview.com/business ... -test.aspx. You may realize you need a little more help from a course, or it may reinforce your decision to self study. If you don't get the score you want, or don't improve as you thought you would, you can check out our classes here: http://www.princetonreview.com/business ... ation.aspx. We've got everything from LiveOnline to classroom courses.

I agree with resh. Generally, you should start out with a wide-ranging book and then move to more specific areas that you need to focus on. Cracking the GMAT is an all-inclusive GMAT book; this would be ideal to start with. You can find the book here: http://www.randomhouse.com/princetonrev ... 0375429262. If you are interested in receiving a 10% discount on this book, please shoot me an email at anthonyr@review.com.

If you have any questions about our materials or courses, give me a shout at the email above or 949.863.6017. Good luck on your GMAT journey!

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19 Jul 2010, 16:31
check my 3 week study plan here...mind you there are a lot better ones out there
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20 Jul 2010, 05:35
In case you havent checked yet, read the book reviews here.

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20 Jul 2010, 06:56
Hey guys,

Thank you very much for all the help so far, I really appreciate it! It sounds like starting w/ "Cracking the GMAT" is the way to go, so I guess I'll start from there and move forward. I'm a pretty good standardized test taker so hopefully all goes well. Thanks again!

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20 Jul 2010, 09:24
BuckeyeFan77,

If you got a chance to read the reviews on books in gmatclub, you might have noticed that Kaplan premier has better reviews. However, since you mentioned that you are not interested in Kaplan, Cracking the GMAT is a good option.

Just supplement it with additional preparation materials as you identify your weak areas.

Do take a look at the reviews of this book in amazon as well http://www.amazon.com/Cracking-GMAT-Gra ... 029&sr=1-2

All the best with your preparation !

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