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# Target: Perfect 800 - Dream of a Daydreamer

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01 Mar 2011, 08:22
This is my first post. So at first I would like to introduce myself.

I am from Bangladesh, a small but one of the densely populated country in south Asia. I have passed Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from a local Private University in Bangladesh. My concentration was in Accounting. But unfortunately for last 2 years I have been employed in sales related jobs. I was quite sick with this sales job. So I quit from the job 2 months ago and started taking preparation for IELTS and GMAT. I will be sitting for GMAT exam in August.

My target is to get admission to a top business school in USA or any other country. Everything depends on the GMAT score.

You may think I am expecting too much, its true. But why?? Let me tell you a story. Many years ago in my high school days our math teacher told us that every time you sit for the math exam or any other exam your target should be of getting 100 out of 100 only then you could secure 95 out of 100. The lower is your expectation the lower you get in exams.

Are you interested to know my strategy?

Though I was good in math in my high school days but I was completely detached from Mathematics while I was studying BBA. I used to enjoy solving critical math problems but now those problems have become nightmare for me. To solve basic math related problem and start my GMAT preparation I am going through 2 books.

1) Math Review for Standardized Tests - CliffsNotes
2) Cracking the GMAT - 2011 Edition with DVD

I will disclose the list of books in my arsenal after a few days. Unfortunately I couldn't buy 15 book set from Veritas Prep. and GMAT Prep. books from KAPLAN due to shortage of funds .

I also need your suggestion to keep myself on right track of preparation.
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01 Mar 2011, 11:56
Welcome to the community Nafisa, first of all your maths teacher is right - you should target the skies if you wanna reach the tree tops

To add to that, I say - don't let anyone take your dreams away from you!

Take the time to do your research before investing in any book or prep course. Use the "Share Your GMAT Experience" thread to go through debriefs posted by high scorers and prepare a list of materials they used. Soon, you'll have an idea of the study materials preferred by high performers.

Good luck with your journey. There are plenty of people here who are only glad to help!

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01 Mar 2011, 12:08
You don't need to buy all the books at a time. Please refer this thread to chose the set of books you require:

best-gmat-books-77703.html

I would personally recommend the Manhattan Series guides!

The 8 guides cover all the topics tested in the GMAT and the 6 Manhattan Prep Tests are of immense value. The Manhattan series is much cheaper than the Veritas books. I checked the prices on amazon.

Manhattan GMAT Set of 8 Strategy Guides, 4th Edition [Paperback] - $193 without the discount Complete GMAT Course Set - 15 Books (Veritas Prep GMAT Series) (Veritas GMAT) [Paperback] -$299
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01 Mar 2011, 13:41
I want to back up the sentiment that you don't need a whole bunch of books to start studying. You do NEED the OG guides IMO, but beyond a few choice guides is good to start.
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01 Mar 2011, 13:45
If you want a 800 score, I have heard that the GMAT Club tests can help you in getting a 50-51 in the quantitative section. I think that they are free if you post a lot in this forum.

Also, don't use every material that you can find in internet because of the fact they are free.
There are dangerous questions banks that won't help you in improving your score. Always ask in this forum about how reliable is the source you want to use.

Good luck!
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01 Mar 2011, 19:02
Can't stress enough the use of going thru the best gmat books section by BB, I am staying focussed on the right material only because of it, with a demanding job and a baby to deal with,knowing the right material is must, if I can aim on 700+, I am sure without many liabilities and being able to spend more time on study, u can shoot for 800

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03 Mar 2011, 10:35
Definitely aim high! I might be reading too much into your post however, but likely many Asian/South Asian international candidates you're placing a lot of focus on your math. I wouldn't forget to work on the verbal component as well! My suggestion would be to take a practice test and work on your weakest areas. I personally used MGMAT subject books to target specific areas (and learn grammar for the first time!) and found that helpful.

Good luck with the preparations!

nafishasan60 wrote:
This is my first post. So at first I would like to introduce myself.

I am from Bangladesh, a small but one of the densely populated country in south Asia. I have passed Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from a local Private University in Bangladesh. My concentration was in Accounting. But unfortunately for last 2 years I have been employed in sales related jobs. I was quite sick with this sales job. So I quit from the job 2 months ago and started taking preparation for IELTS and GMAT. I will be sitting for GMAT exam in August.

My target is to get admission to a top business school in USA or any other country. Everything depends on the GMAT score.

You may think I am expecting too much, its true. But why?? Let me tell you a story. Many years ago in my high school days our math teacher told us that every time you sit for the math exam or any other exam your target should be of getting 100 out of 100 only then you could secure 95 out of 100. The lower is your expectation the lower you get in exams.

Are you interested to know my strategy?

Though I was good in math in my high school days but I was completely detached from Mathematics while I was studying BBA. I used to enjoy solving critical math problems but now those problems have become nightmare for me. To solve basic math related problem and start my GMAT preparation I am going through 2 books.

1) Math Review for Standardized Tests - CliffsNotes
2) Cracking the GMAT - 2011 Edition with DVD

I will disclose the list of books in my arsenal after a few days. Unfortunately I couldn't buy 15 book set from Veritas Prep. and GMAT Prep. books from KAPLAN due to shortage of funds .

I also need your suggestion to keep myself on right track of preparation.
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08 Mar 2011, 21:32
Math...the easier demon for us South-East Asians I would recommend.....just go over different Math material available with you and appear in a GMAT Prep test. This will help you know whether math is good enough and which area in verbal you severely lag. Go over different threads in this forum, understand GMAT as an exam.....as I read here (gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html?highlight=ml301)...GMAT is comprised of 3 components...Basic Subject Knowledge + Testing Techniques + Question techniques. So to get them all, first step is to know the test. Then know the basic Subject Knowledge....use the best suggested material and you will get them. Go over the ultimate verbal plan on this site, that is awesome! Very thorough and truly beneficial to help 'us'. That will raise your confidence in Verbal. I am sure with Verbal from there and manhattan books, you will have everything you need for Basic Subject Knowledge. Rest is Question Techniques and Testing Techniques which you get from previous official questions and good tests. So go through OG 12 and solutions as well as the best available Tests. I only liked manhattan gmat tests because if you buy one of their books, they give you 6 tests free with it! Best of luck

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09 Mar 2011, 02:09
I'm in the same boat as you Nafisa, just started prepping for the GMAT myself. It's a beast to be honest. Hope I can do reasonably well. Good luck to you!
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09 Mar 2011, 09:16
Thesfactor is understanding SC a bit more now, I hope to master this topic soon enough...
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09 Mar 2011, 10:12
SC is tough, but I am realizing MGMAT SC is a fun read! For us ppl who are planning to give the exam in 6mon or more ( I am withing 6 mon now my date is 8 sept); we must make sure we are doing some GMAT study so as to not lose the focus!

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05 Dec 2011, 16:12
Take it from me, 760+, even in the practice tests dont come easy though
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05 Dec 2011, 17:20
I am curious now - how did this journey progress?
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09 Dec 2011, 03:24
bb wrote:
I am curious now - how did this journey progress?

Me too. Did you score an 800 on the GMAT? Which schools are you shooting for?
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