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# Study plan/materials

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19 Oct 2018, 13:22
Hi guys!
I’m thinking seriously to take the GMAT, I’m very motivate to start it. I’m a good student with good grades but I know they are not enough for a good Msc.
What suggestions would you give me for preparing for a 650+/700?? I don’t think I’m a genius , is it enough to work VERY hard? Which materials and timing (also hours per day) would you suggest me? (Would you suggest a tutor/course even though they are very expensive?)
By the way I’m in my second year of undergraduate (next October I’ll start applying) so it will be tough to manage both the study and GMAT but I’ll try my best!

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19 Oct 2018, 13:55
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Hello

It is good that you are planning ahead.

You may consider this link for study plans
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-plan-217827.html

Moreover, what Msc are you planning to apply for?

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19 Oct 2018, 16:13
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Hey there mamu10!

As has already been pointed out, there's magic number of hours per day or number of questions that's going to get you where you want to be. That said, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Take an hour to get familiar with what's on the test (what the timing looks like, what the questions look like, what's tested). Then take a practice test to see where your starting score lies.

2. Set your goal and make your study plan. A few things to keep in mind here: while you should have a score goal, what's just as important is having "process goals" - goals about how often you're going to study and how you're going to study. Remember that the GMAT is best studied for a bit at a time. 30 minutes per day four days a week is going to be a lot more sustainable (and therefore more effective) than 4 hours a day for a week and then not wanting to study because you're burned out on studying.

3. Figure out what materials are going to work best for you. There are a lot of different formats for study materials. While you're definitely going to need the Official Guide, what other materials you'll need depend on your learning style, available time, and a host of other things. As the director of academics for ORION, I'm partial to our problems and our way of teaching things, but know that you can test drive a few available resources before you decide what's going to work best for you.

4. Get studying! Remember as you do that quality is almost always going to be more important than quantity. (That's not to say you don't need to put in the hours, but rather to say that hours aren't necessarily going to translate to the result you want if you aren't careful about it.) Here are a couple good guides for what "good quality study time" should look like: Link 1 and Link 2.
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21 Oct 2018, 04:15
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mamu10 wrote:
Hi guys!
I’m thinking seriously to take the GMAT, I’m very motivate to start it. I’m a good student with good grades but I know they are not enough for a good Msc.
What suggestions would you give me for preparing for a 650+/700?? I don’t think I’m a genius , is it enough to work VERY hard? Which materials and timing (also hours per day) would you suggest me? (Would you suggest a tutor/course even though they are very expensive?)
By the way I’m in my second year of undergraduate (next October I’ll start applying) so it will be tough to manage both the study and GMAT but I’ll try my best!

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Hi mamu10,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. You should dedicate around 4 months to improve your score. I would encourage you to start by taking a GMATPREP Mock. You can then know your weaknesses and can work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. You need to work on solidifying your base and clearing your concepts. 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.

You can also use MGMAT guides for your preparation. MGMAT guides are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. 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 a 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.

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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22 Oct 2018, 11:34
I’m considering master in management or something related to this area

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22 Oct 2018, 11:38
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Hello

It is good that you are planning ahead.

Moreover, what Msc are you planning to apply for?

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I’m considering master in management or something related to this area
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22 Oct 2018, 11:48
Hi mamu10

Well management is a broad area.

It could be organizational behavior, strategy and entrepreneurship etc..

Any certain schools? This will provide you with an idea about the score the schools look for.

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24 Oct 2018, 00:08
Well management is a broad area.

It could be organizational behavior, strategy and entrepreneurship etc..

Any certain schools? This will provide you with an idea about the score the schools look for.

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Master in Management I meant, which is one of the most popular also.
I was mainly considering UK schools .... LSE/LBS/WARWICK/UCL/Imperial/Cass and so on ......
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27 Oct 2018, 01:04
mamu10 wrote:
Hi guys!
I’m thinking seriously to take the GMAT, I’m very motivate to start it. I’m a good student with good grades but I know they are not enough for a good Msc.
What suggestions would you give me for preparing for a 650+/700?? I don’t think I’m a genius , is it enough to work VERY hard? Which materials and timing (also hours per day) would you suggest me? (Would you suggest a tutor/course even though they are very expensive?)
By the way I’m in my second year of undergraduate (next October I’ll start applying) so it will be tough to manage both the study and GMAT but I’ll try my best!

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Hi

In my Point of View Best Books are

For Concept Learning

Manhattan Quant Guides
Manhattan Verbal Guides
For CR: The Powerscore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible
For RC: Aristotle RC Grail

For Practice

The Official Guide for GMAT 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2015-18

Best Courses:

1. e-GMAT
2. EmpowerGMAT
3. Math Revolution for math only

Best GMAT Courses

Best Books

Quant

Verbal

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