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# What version of MGMAT/OG? Taking GMAT for the first time: Aim: 750+

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11 Sep 2017, 11:06
Hi Guys,
I am planning to take the test in the first quarter of 2018.Would MGMAT 5th edition and OG13th edition work or do I need to go for the newer version?How about the older versions of aristorle for RCs and SCs?

Replies will be appreciated.

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11 Sep 2017, 12:44
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Hi NirmitGupta,

To start, those versions of those books are still relevant/useful, so you can certainly use them during your studies. However, the 750+ score is approximately the 99th percentile - meaning that 99% of Test Takers never score that high (regardless of how long they study or the number of times that they take the GMAT). Thankfully, NO Business School requires a score that high - so it's important to realize that the score that you "want" and the score that you "need" are probably not the same thing.

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) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Re: What version of MGMAT/OG? Taking GMAT for the first time: Aim: 750+ [#permalink]

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11 Sep 2017, 20:05
Hi NirmitGupta,

To start, those versions of those books are still relevant/useful, so you can certainly use them during your studies. However, the 750+ score is approximately the 99th percentile - meaning that 99% of Test Takers never score that high (regardless of how long they study or the number of times that they take the GMAT). Thankfully, NO Business School requires a score that high - so it's important to realize that the score that you "want" and the score that you "need" are probably not the same thing.

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 (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) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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

1) I can't take the exam before May 2018 so that should push my application for the class of 2021
2) I want to try for the ambitious ones- HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, Sloan, Haas, Insead

I plan to brush up a bit before I put my hands on the first GMAT mock.Meanwhile, I can share my profile if required

Cheers!
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11 Sep 2017, 21:05
Hi NirmitGupta,

Can you go into a bit more detail about why you cannot take the GMAT until May, 2018? I ask because that would place your earliest potential Test Date over 7.5 months away... and that would be a LOT of potential study time (possibly too much) if you were going to begin your studies now.

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Re: What version of MGMAT/OG? Taking GMAT for the first time: Aim: 750+ [#permalink]

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12 Sep 2017, 21:29
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi NirmitGupta,

Can you go into a bit more detail about why you cannot take the GMAT until May, 2018? I ask because that would place your earliest potential Test Date over 7.5 months away... and that would be a LOT of potential study time (possibly too much) if you were going to begin your studies now.

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

Hi Rich,
Getting married at the end of this year and my startup being over demanding.

Cheers!
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Re: What version of MGMAT/OG? Taking GMAT for the first time: Aim: 750+ [#permalink]

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13 Sep 2017, 09:36
Hi NirmitGupta,

Based on what you've described, I imagine that your life is pretty busy right now, so it makes sense that you wouldn't take the GMAT until next year. To that end, when do you plan to commit to your GMAT studies (re: consistently spending 15 - 20 hours each week)?

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Re: What version of MGMAT/OG? Taking GMAT for the first time: Aim: 750+ [#permalink]

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13 Sep 2017, 10:41
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi NirmitGupta,

Based on what you've described, I imagine that your life is pretty busy right now, so it makes sense that you wouldn't take the GMAT until next year. To that end, when do you plan to commit to your GMAT studies (re: consistently spending 15 - 20 hours each week)?

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

Rich, I will start with CR this week.I plan on using Manhattan(5th edition) and CR bible powerscore.Then I will move on to SC and RC.I personally want to spend a lot of time on the verbal part

I am open to suggestions.

Cheers,
Nirmit
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Re: What version of MGMAT/OG? Taking GMAT for the first time: Aim: 750+ [#permalink]

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13 Sep 2017, 20:18
Hi NirmitGupta,

"Easing into" your GMAT studies right now is fine - so what you're thinking about doing should be okay. At some point though, you should plan to take that initial practice CAT (as I mentioned in my earlier post). Given the timeframe that you've described, it's not necessary to do that right now, but we'll have no way to know whether your studies are actually helping you to improve or not until we have that initial score and then a later CAT Score for comparison purposes.

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Re: What version of MGMAT/OG? Taking GMAT for the first time: Aim: 750+   [#permalink] 13 Sep 2017, 20:18
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