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When do I schedule exam date and how do I contemplate my full prep?

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Hello Guys,

I just started preparing for my exam a month back and started with OG and free sessions of e-GMAT.
Q1. Where do I stand today in terms of preparation?
A1. I am confident of Quant. I am working on my Verbal. Completed RC and CR in OG.

Q2. My background and now
A2. After 5.5 years of work ex, I am home now to prepare well for the exams with complete day in hand. It may not be the best way to prepare for some but this is what I have. I need to make best use of it.

Q3. What all mock tests should I appear?
A3. Need your suggestion.

Q4. When do I schedule my GMAT date?
A4. Should I schedule it now with keeping preparation time in hand or I schedule when I get full confident?

Q5. What do I aim?
A5. I aim to score 710+. I haven't looked for colleges yet. Don't have any particular preference. Your suggestions would help. I can provide more info. Who could guide me on the same?

I would love to hear from you on the same.
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Q3. What all mock tests should I appear?
A3. Need your suggestion.

Q4. When do I schedule my GMAT date?
A4. Should I schedule it now with keeping preparation time in hand or I schedule when I get full confident?



3) For mock tests - you should use the ones from mba.com - GMATprep software. After that, you can use supplemental ones - including one we provide here: http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... ctice-test

4) For scheduling - first determine whether you are the kind of person who would benefit from scheduling first - and then studying -- or study first - and then schedule when you feel comfortable.

Personally, only if I schedule it - will have the sense of urgency to kick my butt to study seriously. If that's like you - then schedule first -- and once you do -- then fully commit to studying.

Otherwise, you can study and build some confidence - then when you feel better -schedule a time that works for you.

During your studies, you may want to check out our online question bank at the Practice Pill Platform: http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-test/
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just started preparing for my exam a month back and started with OG and free sessions of e-GMAT.
Q1. Where do I stand today in terms of preparation?
A1. I am confident of Quant. I am working on my Verbal. Completed RC and CR in OG.


Suggest you to take a free Manhattan CAT in proper timed condition... It will give you a good idea of where you currently stand. It will also list out topics on which you need to work in its report. You can also take the diagnostic test that is at the start of OG... As for SC Manhattan is an excellent source... But try to understand how the scoring algorithm works and what general testing strategies you need to undertake to better your score by checking out the free trials of various courses available on gmatclub...I'd personally suggest. Check the verbal reviews on the forum and take a call.

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Q2. My background and now
A2. After 5.5 years of work ex, I am home now to prepare well for the exams with complete day in hand. It may not be the best way to prepare for some but this is what I have. I need to make best use of it.


Great! Develop a strong why and have deadlines for yourself... It will help you in taking action... Try to put in 5 hours 5 days a week... Preplan your day and use pomodore technique... Log everything you do. It will help create accountability. Also have someone follow up on you regularly.

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Q3. What all mock tests should I appear?
A3. Need your suggestion.


After you've worked on your weak spots and learned testing strategies by checking out empower, egmat (free trials and webinars are available, please check on the relevant forums)
..Take a gmatprep(official gmatprep software available on MBA.com) test...Review each test thoroughly...
Use this software screenpresso or bandicam to record your performance on the test... It will let you exactly how much time you spent on every question. Gmatprep software is a little difficult to use...So using these software's will make it easy for you to review your gmatprep cats.
After every test thoroughly review each test...
All questions you got wrong should be reviewed and the relevant lessons should be reviewed again...Every question you spent over 3 minutes in should be reviewed even if you got it right.

The free cats of gmatprep software can be used 4 times...Attempt two tests and then reset it. Use these tests wisely...
Manhattan cats and veritas cats are the best adaptive tests available in the market after gmatprep particularly in terms of scoring and simulation.
Gmatclub quant adaptive tests will be an excellent training ground for you to achieve a very high quant score. For verbal please stick to official gmat sources only. If you run out of gmatprep cats you can practice using og material on Wiley.
I think there's a discount running on Manhattan cats... They're available for 10 dollars.

Another thing to note: you can choose your order of preference on the real test and also on practice tests mentioned above... Pick whatever suits you best and brings out your best score.
More on that here :
https://gmatclub.com/forum/new-gmat-exa ... 43026.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/selection-or ... 44465.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/new-gmat-str ... 20-20.html

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Q4. When do I schedule my GMAT date?
A4. Should I schedule it now with keeping preparation time in hand or I schedule when I get full confident?


I think it is wiser to schedule a date a month from the time you're 50-60 points from your target score. A month is sufficient time to see a significant score improvement

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Q5. What do I aim?
A5. I aim to score 710+. I haven't looked for colleges yet. Don't have any particular preference. Your suggestions would help. I can provide more info. Who could guide me on the same?


Always safe to aim for anything above a 700.
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Hi Angshuman Baruah,

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

While you've defined your score goal, it's not clear if that's a score that you actually "need" or not. As such, you might want to do a bit of research and put together a list of Schools/Programs that interest you. In that way, you can get a better sense of the type of GMAT Score that would make you a competitive Applicant (and that information would likely better help you to define your score goal, study timeframe needed, etc.).

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