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Current Student
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Joined: 14 Jan 2014
Posts: 49
Location: Italy
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 700 Q49 V35
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14 Jan 2014, 07:52
Hi everyone, I'm new here. My name is Emanuel Siragusa, I'm 30 and I'm Italian.

I'm trying to apply for the April round of Tuck but I really need your help.
I browsed to this site and I find it really fantastic. However, I'd like to have a specific feedback from this incredible community.

I've something like 5 weeks (I work and so 2\3 h during weekday and 6\7 h during week end) to prepare GMAT.

Here's where I am:

1. I bought OG 13th review.
2. While prepared TOEFL I was doing some random exercise from the OG (I'm at half of every section) and I read
about how the exam is working in the whole.
3. I took one of the GMATPrep last week and score 600 48Q\25V.

I need 7**. I understand that it's quite difficult and I don't really know how to manage it. I want to do an attempt. If I won't be
able to reach my target I'll definetely lose one year and I'll manage to take GMAT again to be ready for the earlier round of September.

So what should I do? How can you notice I'm really weak on verbal...

1. Other book\s to buy? In positive case, which one?

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14 Jan 2014, 10:46
EmaSira wrote:
Hi everyone, I'm new here. My name is Emanuel Siragusa, I'm 30 and I'm Italian.

I'm trying to apply for the April round of Tuck but I really need your help.
I browsed to this site and I find it really fantastic. However, I'd like to have a specific feedback from this incredible community.

I've something like 5 weeks (I work and so 2\3 h during weekday and 6\7 h during week end) to prepare GMAT.

Here's where I am:

1. I bought OG 13th review.
2. While prepared TOEFL I was doing some random exercise from the OG (I'm at half of every section) and I read
about how the exam is working in the whole.
3. I took one of the GMATPrep last week and score 600 48Q\25V.

I need 7**. I understand that it's quite difficult and I don't really know how to manage it. I want to do an attempt. If I won't be
able to reach my target I'll definetely lose one year and I'll manage to take GMAT again to be ready for the earlier round of September.

So what should I do? How can you notice I'm really weak on verbal...

1. Other book\s to buy? In positive case, which one?

Dear EmaSira,
I'm happy to respond.

Here's a free idiom ebook you may find helpful:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idiom-ebook/

Here's a one-month study plan:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/1-month-gm ... -schedule/
This is a demanding plan. If you follow this plan, I think you will maximize your chances for success.

Best of luck!
Mike
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Magoosh Test Prep

Current Student
Status: Waiting the 700!
Joined: 14 Jan 2014
Posts: 49
Location: Italy
Concentration: General Management, Strategy
GMAT 1: 700 Q49 V35
GPA: 4
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 12 [0], given: 5

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15 Jan 2014, 03:46
Thank you for your quick response.

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15 Jan 2014, 21:27
EmaSira wrote:
Hi everyone, I'm new here. My name is Emanuel Siragusa, I'm 30 and I'm Italian.

I'm trying to apply for the April round of Tuck but I really need your help.
I browsed to this site and I find it really fantastic. However, I'd like to have a specific feedback from this incredible community.

I've something like 5 weeks (I work and so 2\3 h during weekday and 6\7 h during week end) to prepare GMAT.

Here's where I am:

1. I bought OG 13th review.
2. While prepared TOEFL I was doing some random exercise from the OG (I'm at half of every section) and I read
about how the exam is working in the whole.
3. I took one of the GMATPrep last week and score 600 48Q\25V.

I need 7**. I understand that it's quite difficult and I don't really know how to manage it. I want to do an attempt. If I won't be
able to reach my target I'll definetely lose one year and I'll manage to take GMAT again to be ready for the earlier round of September.

So what should I do? How can you notice I'm really weak on verbal...

1. Other book\s to buy? In positive case, which one?

Hey Emanuel,

OG 13 is great for practice but I think you first need to work on your concepts to improve your Verbal score. OG doesn't discuss the foundations of the topics, the strategies that are useful etc. You can build strong basics in two ways:

1. Self Study - You can get a package of study material and go through it thoroughly. Do all the examples and practice questions and then practice from the OG. You will need to take some computer adaptive practice tests at regular intervals to gauge your performance.

2. Guided Self Study - You can get an 'On demand' package i.e. recorded videos of all study sessions so that you can go through them at your own pace. They come with books, computer adaptive tests, question bank etc.

Check out these offerings from Veritas here:
http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/
http://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/gmat-on-demand/

Also, our blog has some great tips: http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/

Check out a couple of posts on Tuck from our blog:
http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2013/08 ... 2013-2014/

Also, I am putting down the links to a few Verbal posts you might find interesting:
http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2011/07 ... trategies/
http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2013/12 ... ood-thing/
http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2013/12 ... -the-gmat/
http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2012/12 ... onditions/
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