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New post 03 Dec 2018, 06:46
Hey guys,
I just joined this forum which as I understand is a must for those pursuing MBA opportunities.
I am currently working full time in IB in the emerging market but considering switch of location in a couple of years and hence aiming for MBA in Europe (say LBS / Insead) or the US.
I am planning to start my GMAT preparation in January and would very much appreciate any comments your may have for my particular case.
Please see below some inputs:
> I actually tried to start my GMAT preparation in May using Manhattan but due to some personal issues I ceased preparation somewhere around Guide 4 (Geometry) and given the gap in the preparation I would say that I need to start from scratch now
> Before starting my GMAT preparation in May and being absolutely unfamiliar with either exam format or contents I tried Manhattan CAT 1 and got 590 (Q34 V36). I do not know how good this baseline score is, but definitely my quant is fundamentally weak, if not to say abysmal
> I am working a full time investment banking job, hence preparation discipline [at least on weekdays] could be an issue given the job hours etc.
> I am targeting at smth around 710 - of course the more the better [especially for the US schools] but that would be the first target I would say.
I am not sure I liked Manhattan a lot and hence currently considering to enroll in some full blown online course so that my studies were more interactive and more structured. Hence I am currently thinking to proceed with e-GMAT Online as the "base" course and Official Guide as the "bible" of practice questions.
However, I know that there are tons of other resources like (i) GmatPrep (ii) Magoosh (iii) Veritas (iv) Gmat Pill (v) Kaplan (vi) Math Revolution etc. The universe of prep materials is so big that I am struggling to make the choice.
I understand that it is extremely important to develop efficient study plan with an optimal package of studying materials, hence I would very much appreciate if you could review my thoughts based on the inputs above [in particular, weak quant diagnostic performance] and let me know your comments, especially on the various prep providers.
Many thanks in advance!
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New post 03 Dec 2018, 08:10
By the way, I am also currently looking at Manhattan Prep On Demand Course. It costs $1,000 however. Is there any reason why it costs significantly more than e-gmat, for example?
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New post 04 Apr 2019, 07:26
Hey guys,
I just wanted to update you on my preparation and ask for advice on further strategy of my studies.
So basically in January I started Manhattan Interact Course and I am about to complete it by beg or mid May. In parallel I do OG problems as per Interact Course and I have an Error Log - though I have not reviewed it yet.
What I want to understand is how to move forward after this.
I have an idea to purchase e-GMAT online and complete this course as well [and this will likely take another 3-4 months]. The reason is that it seems like a popular and efficient course, and I am kind of person which would not like to leave any stone unturned. Probably another alternative would be to take e-GMAT just for verbal and use GMAT Club Guide and Tests for Quant, but not sure if it would give me enough practice. The thing is that when doing OG practice questions I still do not feel enough "grip" or confidence and I assume that this could be partially treated with more practice questions and I heard good things about e-GMAT Scholarium. On the other hand, spending another 3-4 months for one more full blown online course [after completion of Manhattan] - I am concerned that I can burn out a bit.
Timing is not the issue for me, I can take the exam at the end of the year.
Any advice and thoughts would be very much appreciated guys.
Many thanks in advance!
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New post 14 Apr 2019, 09:53
Guys,
I would very much appreciate if somebody can have a critical look at the above plan and give some thoughts.
Many thanks in advance!
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New post 24 May 2019, 08:44
Hey

I'm on the same boat as you are, I am working in IB (emerging market) and will start studying for the GMAT this month. I have bought the Magoosh online subscription and plan to study at least 5hs during Mon-Fri and 5hs on the weekend. Being a person that hates these types of exams, I would say it is critical to avoid a study burnout. (Magoosh is very interactive and kinda helps with that).

If you have finished all the Manhattan material maybe you could take a couple of mock exams and see where you're at. (Maybe taking the real GMAT as well just to have a score) and the go for a second round of studying
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New post 24 May 2019, 10:00
Go for GMAT mock test on GMAC website and identify the weak areas

You can work.on those at your own speed

Giving mocks at regular intervals will keep you motivated and it will.push you to prepare more.

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New post 24 May 2019, 10:04
Welcome to gmatclub. Check out this post (https://gmatclub.com/forum/new-to-gmat- ... l#p2098335) by GyMrAT. It has all you need to get started on gmatclub.

Have you attempted official mocks? What are you scoring on those. I don't think you have to take another course after completing the Manhattan course. Use the results of your official mocks to decide on the next steps.


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