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Studied the Quant Books (1,2,3,4,5). Now What?

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New post 19 Sep 2018, 09:28
Hi Team,

I started studying for GMAT like a month ago. I finished a week ago the 5 Quant books of Manhattan Prep GMAT. I don't know what to do next. (wasted a week since then). So far I just studied and solved all the problems in these books. What's next:
-Should I start with the Official Guide 2017 questions?
-Access online resources of Manhattan (which I don't know how)
- Take a dummy test to access my current status (haven't taken that test yet).

Thank you!
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Hi mekhdi,

At this point in your studies, you should plan to take FULL-LENGTH CATs (with the Essay and IR sections) under realistic conditions and at regular intervals. From your post, it's not clear whether you have taken ANY practice CATs yet, so it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). That score will give us a good sense of your current strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 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 discuss how best to proceed with your studies.

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) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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Hi Rich,

My goal is the following:
-my goal score is above 720
- my plan is to take the exam end of December
- school: top 10 (INSEAD, etc.)

My weakness would be the Verbal part of the GMAT.
I’ll do the CAT and will reply to this post!

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New post 20 Sep 2018, 06:22
mekhdi wrote:
Hi Rich,

My goal is the following:
-my goal score is above 720
- my plan is to take the exam end of December
- school: top 10 (INSEAD, etc.)

My weakness would be the Verbal part of the GMAT.
I’ll do the CAT and will reply to this post!

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Hi mekhdi,

Yes, Please take the GMATPrep CAT (download from mba.com). Analyse it to find what is next. If you do good in quant then still keep doing the quizzes so that you stay in rythm and do not commit silly mistakes for being out of touch. For Verbal, Practice and Revise everyday. Official questions are all you need. So do and re-do those questions.

Keep this order for prep:

1. Take the CAT
2. Review
3. Learn and Practice
4. Review again

Do from 1-4 again and again. Not only the CAT score but how comfortable do you feel taking the CAT will let you know if you're ready.

For any follow-up questions please post. Happy to help.
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Hi mekhdi,

At this point in your studies, you should plan to take FULL-LENGTH CATs (with the Essay and IR sections) under realistic conditions and at regular intervals. From your post, it's not clear whether you have taken ANY practice CATs yet, so it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at http://www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). That score will give us a good sense of your current strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 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 discuss how best to proceed with your studies.

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) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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Hi Rich,

As you suggested, I did the mba.com official practice test #1. I selected the sequence: Quant -> Verbal -> Integrated reasoning -> Writing. I lost stamina in the IR section :lol: :lol:

This was my score:

Quant: 9 wrong out of 31 questions. Scale 50. Percentile 86
Verbal: 16 wrong out of 36 questions. Scale 31. Percentile 62
Integrated Reasoning: 7 wrong from 12 questions. Scale 5. Percentile 55

Overall score 670.

Let me know how should I proceed with my studies. I'm planning to solve all the problems Quant problems from OG'17. And then go for the Verbal of th Manhattan Prep books 6,7,& 8 .
Waiting for your responce.
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Hi mekhdi,

Assuming that you took this CAT under realistic conditions, this is a really strong initial Score (the average Score on the Official GMAT hovers around 550 most years). Based on this result, at this point you should be focused more on the Verbal section than on the Quant section (as you have a much bigger opportunity to pick up points in the Verbal).

I suggest that you study as you like for the next 2 weeks (again, on Verbal subjects), then take a new FULL-LENGTH CAT - and make sure to take it in as realistic a fashion as possible (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that next score, we'll be better able to see how consistent you are and whether 'your way' of studying is leading to improvement or not.

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This was my score:

Quant: 9 wrong out of 31 questions. Scale 50. Percentile 86
Verbal: 16 wrong out of 36 questions. Scale 31. Percentile 62
Integrated Reasoning: 7 wrong from 12 questions. Scale 5. Percentile 55

Overall score 670.
That's a very good score to get on your first practice test, and a Q50 would be amazing on any test. Just a little push in verbal, and you should be looking at a score greater than 720. Don't worry too much about the 5 on IR.
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mekhdi wrote:
This was my score:

Quant: 9 wrong out of 31 questions. Scale 50. Percentile 86
Verbal: 16 wrong out of 36 questions. Scale 31. Percentile 62
Integrated Reasoning: 7 wrong from 12 questions. Scale 5. Percentile 55

Overall score 670.
That's a very good score to get on your first practice test, and a Q50 would be amazing on any test. Just a little push in verbal, and you should be looking at a score greater than 720. Don't worry too much about the 5 on IR.


Hi Ajitesh,

I'm not sure about the scale score 50. I made 9 mistakes out of 31! Maybe the score doesn't represent the real GMAT score because people try this sample test early one in their study,rather than being prepared for the test.
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I'm not sure about the scale score 50. I made 9 mistakes out of 31! Maybe the score doesn't represent the real GMAT score because people try this sample test early one in their study,rather than being prepared for the test.
That's not how the GMATPrep works :)

The GMATPrep sees all its questions exactly the same way that the actual GMAT did (back when those questions were on the actual test). To put it another way, the characteristics (including the difficulty level) of these questions do not change as a result of anything that happens on the GMATPrep tests. This is not to say that you should not work on your quant. You should. It's just that the major gains are more likely to come from verbal.
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mekhdi wrote:
Hi Team,

I started studying for GMAT like a month ago. I finished a week ago the 5 Quant books of Manhattan Prep GMAT. I don't know what to do next. (wasted a week since then). So far I just studied and solved all the problems in these books. What's next:
-Should I start with the Official Guide 2017 questions?
-Access online resources of Manhattan (which I don't know how)
- Take a dummy test to access my current status (haven't taken that test yet).

Thank you!


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After studying Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides,
1. Practice Official Guide Questions
2. Take some Quant CATs to insure your position in Quant and switch to Verbal only if you have achieved a minimum Q45 You should start Verbal Section with Manhattan SC Guide, CR at 2nd and RC in the last.

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New post 27 Sep 2018, 09:36
Hi mekhdi,

For starters, an initial practice test score of 670 with a Q50 is awesome! If you can raise your verbal score, you will have one heck of an overall score. Your plan moving forward seems solid; just monitor your progress to ensure that you are improving your verbal skills.

Once you feel as though you have improved, take another CAT and report back here with your score breakdown.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

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