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21 Jul 2012, 12:54
Hi All,

I'm about three weeks into preparing for the GMAT. I started by going through questions from the official guide. (13th edition) However, I have heard that isn't really a great strategy. Could someone enlighten me?

I hope to take GMAT within the next 6 months. If I can break 700 I will be more than pleased.

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22 Jul 2012, 02:32
Hi!!
I am a GMAT trainer from Calcutta, INDIA. In my experience the Official Guides are only indicative of the nature of the questions and the relative weights of question sub types. For example, if we look at "evaluate the argument" type of questions in CR, we find that while OG 11 had only 2 questions of this type, OG 12 and OG 13 have 13 and 21 questions respectively. Thus we can conclude that, now, questions of this type are tested more frequently.
However, since the OGs contain questions that span the the entire score range, only a few OG questions are of the 700+ standard. Moreover, all these are retired questions, and are somewhat different from the actual questions that are being written now. To do well on the GMAT, on must solve questions that are similar to the ones that have recently been tested on the GMAT.
Hence, my advice to you is that you do not limit yourself to just the OG, but, rather, look at other sources of questions.
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22 Jul 2012, 07:09
Start here:

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The OG is a good start and could possibly be enough for you, or it could be the beginning of a more lengthy prep process. Everyone has different needs to break the 700 mark.
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22 Jul 2012, 18:33
Thanks for the responses. I realize I am many months away from being ready. It is my intention to join an on-demand, online course like Knewton or Veritas. I am also aware that many resources (particularly books and practice tests) must be used.

Right now, I'm getting many questions right, but I need to work on speed.
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22 Jul 2012, 20:20
Just as a caution, don't be fooled by just getting questions right. Many students panic on test day and questions they normally would have gotten correct they don't on the real test and their scores show it. You want to go into the exam practicing your ability to "sprint" through GMAT questions and develop utmost confidence when choosing an answer choice and then hitting "NEXT". Once you hit that next button, there is no going back so you want to be absolutely confident that you've picked the right answer (without wavering and wasting time) and then move on.

OG13 questions are the most reflective of what you'll see on the exam today. Don't forget to spend some time with Integrated Reasoning - not as important as verbal and quant but these questions are harder. And they may mess with your mind and throw you off track. So, just don't neglect this new section.
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