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# Your recommendations-- comprehensive prep for someone needing review

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Joined: 13 Dec 2017
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26 Jan 2018, 03:16
Hi everyone,

I've decided to take the GMAT in a few months. Despite being a great math/science student in high school (some 13 years ago...), I was a liberal arts major in college, and am now ready for a career change into the business world but know I need to really prepare to perform well on the GMAT. I'm overwhelmed at the moment by all the resources out there for preparing for the GMAT, and am hoping someone with a similar background could share what programs and resources worked best for you. I'm now 31, haven't reviewed basic math/geometry/etc. since high school, but did work as an english teacher (native speaker) and feel confident on verbal/SC questions. I'm based in Europe so either need a self-study or online program, and hoping to keep it under \$1000USD. My target score would be 700.

My ideal course would:
- have a structured program to keep me working in a focused manner
- provide the instruction/review of all of the 101-level concepts that I need to be re-taught
- allow me to spend more time focusing on my specific weaknesses and less time on areas that are already strengths
- clear instruction on GMAT-specific strategies for approaching problems
- allow for multiple full-length practice exams
- run no more than 2/3 months in length

Since you are all such a great wealth of knowledge and experience, I figured I'd come here straight to the source for your thoughts as I try to narrow down the options out there. Thanks in advance for sharing your opinions.
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26 Jan 2018, 03:38
Hi,

you can find review about courses here at gmatclub but i will suggest if u can attend free but limited session of all courses. Manhattan, Magoosh, veritas, and all other courses do allow candidates to attend free couple of hours. This will help you understand basic structure of program of each course.
I have gone through Manhttan and gmatclub books for strategy whereas gmatclub tests and official questions help me score good in quant.
Have you given any official mock so far? you can get free access to two official mocks. Attempt one of those and analyze your result.

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smurphy wrote:
Hi everyone,

I've decided to take the GMAT in a few months. Despite being a great math/science student in high school (some 13 years ago...), I was a liberal arts major in college, and am now ready for a career change into the business world but know I need to really prepare to perform well on the GMAT. I'm overwhelmed at the moment by all the resources out there for preparing for the GMAT, and am hoping someone with a similar background could share what programs and resources worked best for you. I'm now 31, haven't reviewed basic math/geometry/etc. since high school, but did work as an english teacher (native speaker) and feel confident on verbal/SC questions. I'm based in Europe so either need a self-study or online program, and hoping to keep it under \$1000USD. My target score would be 700.

My ideal course would:
- have a structured program to keep me working in a focused manner
- provide the instruction/review of all of the 101-level concepts that I need to be re-taught
- allow me to spend more time focusing on my specific weaknesses and less time on areas that are already strengths
- clear instruction on GMAT-specific strategies for approaching problems
- allow for multiple full-length practice exams
- run no more than 2/3 months in length

Since you are all such a great wealth of knowledge and experience, I figured I'd come here straight to the source for your thoughts as I try to narrow down the options out there. Thanks in advance for sharing your opinions.

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26 Jan 2018, 09:19
Hi,

It will be easier to decide what to focus on.
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26 Jan 2018, 13:06
Hi smurphy,

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.

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so trying to 'limit' yourself to 2-3 months of study would likely impact your ability to hit your Score Goal. As such, I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and overall goals:

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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