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28 Jun 2017, 11:16
Starting GMAT preparation from this weekend. I need some suggestions. I am willing to take the test at the end of 2018.

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28 Jun 2017, 13:01
Hi arpitj007,

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 4 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 come up with a study plan.

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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29 Jun 2017, 00:55
My goal score is 740+
I am willing to take the GMAT almost after 2 years. I've enough time. I've just completed my graduation( bachelor's of technology) and started working in a marketing company as a Business Associate. So I want to gain at least 2 years of experience in Marketing and Business management.
And I am planning to apply for the schools right after my GMAT as I am targeting only top 50 colleges worldwide.
My basics are strong and my maths is good but my grades are avg because I never liked my stream in engineering. This is why I am targeting 740+ to adjust my mistakes. Plus I am not a native speaker so my English is poor. I do SC on the basis of ear. Sometimes it's right and most of the time it's wrong. LOL.
Anyways I'll take the CAT this weekend and will tell you the scores.
Thank you

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29 Jun 2017, 01:55
Hi Arpit,

You have plenty of time. Indians are very good in quant . So I assume that you can also score good in quant but do not over see this area.
you need to pay attention on verbal part and just brush up skills in quant.
Start with OG and take a mock test . let us see where you stand and then accordingly work on your weak areas.

let me know if you need help in selecting books and materials.
good luck

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29 Jun 2017, 10:46
arpitj007 wrote:
Starting GMAT preparation from this weekend. I need some suggestions. I am willing to take the test at the end of 2018.

Arpit Jangir

Hi Arpit,

First things first. You have decided on a very long duration of preparation. For the GMAT, you can get a good score with 3 - 4 months of smart preparation.
You need to build the concepts/fundamentals before you jump in solving the problems. You can do so by choosing one of the following ways:
1. In person classes/private tutoring
2. Online classes
3. Self paced online preparatory course
4. Book heavy approach

Whatever you choose, make sure that you choose one. Because GMAT tests you on some concepts and fundamentals that you can learn from a course. Most of the preparatory companies including ours offer a free trial of our course. You can take the trial and see if the course suits your needs.

In addition to the preparatory material, buy the Official Guides(both the Official Guide and the Verbal Review), Question Pack 1 and the 4 official mock CATs. They should be an indispensable part of your preparation.

You need close to 3 months to prepare well for the GMAT.
1. Understand the concepts and fundamentals before jumping into problem solving
2. Solve full length CATs including AWA and IR. You can get two free GMAT Prep mock CATs and can purchase two more from mba.com
3. Make sure you solve the official questions from the Official Guide
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30 Jun 2017, 05:48
mbaaspirant80 wrote:
Hi Arpit,

You have plenty of time. Indians are very good in quant . So I assume that you can also score good in quant but do not over see this area.
you need to pay attention on verbal part and just brush up skills in quant.
Start with OG and take a mock test . let us see where you stand and then accordingly work on your weak areas.

let me know if you need help in selecting books and materials.
good luck

PS: give me kudos if you like my post

Thanks

Hello, I took a GMAT CAT as you asked me to do. Thanks for that.
Okay here's my score and it's too low esp Verbal.
400 Q-37 V-12 IR-1
I was expecting 500+
Well now please suggest me what to do and what study material I should use.
Thanks

Arpit Jangir
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30 Jun 2017, 05:51
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi arpitj007,

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from http://www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 4 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 come up with a study plan.

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?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Hello, I took a GMAT CAT as you asked me to do. Thanks for that. Okay here's my score and it's too low esp Verbal.
400 Q-37 V-12 IR-1
I was expecting 500+
Well now please suggest me what to do and what study material I should use.
Thanks

Arpit Jangir
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30 Jun 2017, 06:18
arpitj007 wrote:
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi arpitj007,

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from http://www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 4 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 come up with a study plan.

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?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Hello, I took a GMAT CAT as you asked me to do. Thanks for that. Okay here's my score and it's too low esp Verbal.
400 Q-37 V-12 IR-1
I was expecting 500+
Well now please suggest me what to do and what study material I should use.
Thanks

Arpit Jangir

With the kind of timelines you are looking at and your practice test score, it makes sense for you to work on your basics first, especially in Verbal. Pick up a grammar book and go through some fundamentals. Start reading newspapers, magazines and good quality fiction/non fiction regularly. After about 3 months of this, take up a complete course. Once you start seeing scores you like, you should take the test. GMAT test scores are valid for 5 years so even if you plan to apply a year or two later, it will not matter. Plus, you will have enough time in case you need to retake.
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30 Jun 2017, 11:16
let me know if you need help in selecting books and materials.

I'm going to start preparing for gmat soon. Can you please suggest me books and materials from where I can prepare. I'm thinking to give exam in mid September and I'm preparing by myself, will that be sufficient or do I need to take any classes??

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30 Jun 2017, 11:51
Thanks a lot. I'll start with GMAT CLUB GRAMMAR BOOK. I made Silly mistakes that I knew from the beginning plus I couldn't complete IR section otherwise I could have done better.
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30 Jun 2017, 11:53
mehaksurana321 wrote:
let me know if you need help in selecting books and materials.

I'm going to start preparing for gmat soon. Can you please suggest me books and materials from where I can prepare. I'm thinking to give exam in mid September and I'm preparing by myself, will that be sufficient or do I need to take any classes??

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Yes. I really do need help in selecting the study material. It would be a great help.

Arpit Jangir
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30 Jun 2017, 13:16
Hi arpitj007,

Many Test Takers are unhappy with their initial practice scores, but you really shouldn't be. It's just a measure of your skills right now - and you will improve on this result as you study. Raising a 400 to a 740+ will take some serious work through - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. That work will likely take at least 3 months of consistent, guided study - but you appear to have plenty of time, so now it's a matter of putting together the proper study materials and committing to a consistent study routine.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Rich
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01 Jul 2017, 10:47
I can give 3 hrs from my daily routine

Arpit Jangir
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01 Jul 2017, 17:01
Hi arpitj007,

Given the amount of potential study time that you have, you can proceed in a couple of different ways - either by self-studying with books for a bit or by investing in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led). Considering your score goal, I think that you would find a GMAT Course to be quite helpful. When it comes to studying for the GMAT, there are a variety of different options. Most GMAT Companies offer some type of free materials (practice problems, Trial Accounts, videos, etc.) that you can use to 'test out' a product before you buy it. We have a variety of those resources at our website (www.empowergmat.com). I suggest that you take advantage of all of them then choose the one that best matches your personality, timeline and budget.

If you have any additional questions, then you can feel free to contact me directly.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich
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