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27 Feb 2012, 15:34
Good time of the day everyone,

I need to score 650 on GMAT, my test is on April 25th this year. So its a bit less than 2 months.

I have this time completely free ( so no work, no university ).

The question I would like to ask is, how can I most effectively prepare myself for the test? Which books and methods would the experts recommend? How,in your opinion , I should best organize my time for studies?

I have never done GMAT before.

I DO thank you very much in advance for your kind replies.

Wish everyone a successful week ahead.

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27 Feb 2012, 16:56
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That's a great question. My breakdown is this:

*Use Official Materials for question practice (not so much for explanations).

*Use Manhattan GMAT to learn the fundamentals and test strategies.

*Take practice tests - either from MGMAT or the two tests available at GMAC.com.

It is important that you learn from the mistakes you make, reviewing each practice test you take. It is equally important to revisit any fundamentals that you are not 100% sure on.

Magoosh does a great job putting all the GMAT fundamentals in one convenient spot. We offer hundreds of lesson modules for everything covered on the GMAT (A great video alternative to MGMAT paper-based offerings): gmat.magoosh.com
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Finally, whenever you run into a problem just ask the experts here at gmatclub.com

I'd love to answer any other questions you have. Let me know
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27 Feb 2012, 21:33
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Hi,

The first thing you need to do is identify your strengths and weaknesses. This would define a target split. For example, if you have been good in quant, then you may want to target 49/60 in quant and 33/60 in Verbal (to get a GMAT score of 670). I do a 2 hr session on helping people create their personalized study plan. Click below for the link to the recording.

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27 Feb 2012, 22:08
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Good time of the day everyone,

I need to score 650 on GMAT, my test is on April 25th this year. So its a bit less than 2 months.

I have this time completely free ( so no work, no university ).

The question I would like to ask is, how can I most effectively prepare myself for the test? Which books and methods would the experts recommend? How,in your opinion , I should best organize my time for studies?

I have never done GMAT before.

I DO thank you very much in advance for your kind replies.

Wish everyone a successful week ahead.

VK

Here is my take:
Step 1. Get Verbal Guide, Quant Guide and Official Guide 12 (all are official GMAT prep books). Go through Verbal and Quant guides - the theory and questions. These books will not take very long since you are free through the day.
Step 2. Go to mba.com. Take the free GMAT prep test 1 (timed and very seriously). Your score will help you figure out your strengths and weaknesses. You need to analyze the test well to know how much effort you need to put in each section and in each subsection.
Step 3. If overall, your score is low (less than 600), you need to get a complete package of study material and go through it religiously. If your score is in the middle ranges (around 650) with weaknesses in 3-4 sub sections, get relevant books for those sub sections and you should be fine. If your score is quite high with 1-2 sub sections in the dumps, get a couple of books for those, study them well and go out and party!
Step 4. Take one practice test a week to learn to perform under pressure. Also, work out all the questions of OG12. Ideally, you should score around 700 in the practice tests to ensure getting a 650 on the actual test.
5. Two weeks before your GMAT, take GMAT prep test 2. You can narrow down your weaknesses again and spend the next 10 days working on them.
6. Last 2-3 days, just try to relax your mind.
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27 Feb 2012, 15:43
Well first let me welcome you to the GMATclub! You are at the right place to figure everything out, and I wish you the best of luck with your GMAT journey. I would recommend that you start here: gmat-study-plan-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html

This holds all the information you need to know to get your studying off the ground.

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28 Feb 2012, 06:40

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