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So you’ve decided that you want an MBA, but you realize that the deadlines are rushing at you and you now have only one month to take the GMAT. You’ve never been keen on cramming, but right now this seems like the only reasonable option, given that you work full time and also need to write your application essays.
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Days 1 and 2 – Brief Introduction and Plan Development
If you are beginning your GMAT prep from scratch and don’t know anything about the test, you should spend a reasonable amount of time up front with research. Understanding the mechanics of the GMAT is important no matter how little time you have, since this test is really unique. Start by browsing MBA.com, the official site of the GMAT. This is where you’ll find the most relevant information about the test, the way it’s scored, and an overview of the various types of questions you’ll see on your test day. Once you’ve registered on the site, you can also download the GMATPrep software, a program with two fulllength CATs (computer adaptive tests) that are universally recognized as the most accurate estimators of your GMAT score. Should you feel that certain details about the test are not clear to you, try to skim through the introductory chapters of some of the books referenced below (particularly those released by Kaplan) or ask for advice in the Beat The GMAT community.
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Days 3 to 14 – Quantitative Refresher
Shopping list: Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook – for math concept review The Official Guide for the GMAT Review – for practice problems After getting acquainted with the GMAT basics, you should waste no time in starting to work on the actual content of the test. Most students prefer to start with the quantitative portion of the GMAT
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for two main reasons: First, the quant section of the test is the easiest to improve upon – no subtle understanding of texts or grammar rules, just straight math. Second, the math you’ll find on your test day should be material you’ve seen before, mainly junior high or high school topics that you simply need to reconnect with. Math on the GMAT is difficult because you’re constrained for time. On average you will need to answer each quantitative question within 2 minutes. Another challenge is that the GMAT tests a strange type of math question called Data Sufficiency, which is unique to the GMAT. With Data Sufficiency questions, you will be provided a math problem and two pieces of data. From the data provided you will then be asked whether you have sufficient information to answer the question (note: in these problems you are not asked to find the answer—just whether you have sufficient information to find the answer, yes or no). I recommend that you begin your GMAT math review with the Kaplan GMAT Math Workbook. This book covers the most commonly tested topics on the GMAT and also has a lot of practice questions. However, given that you are short on prep time, the best strategy is to go through the concept lessons in this book (doing maybe 2-3 questions per topic), but rely on The Official Guide for the GMAT Review for practice. The reason for this is that Official Guide material features actual, but retired questions that closely resemble the problems you’ll likely see on test day, and thus provides the best practice. Another important aspect when practicing is to remember to always time yourself. As you progress, try to solve the problems within the given 2-minute time constraint. This timed practice is invaluable for proper test-day pacing, since not finishing the test results in severe penalties.
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Days 15 to 26 – Verbal Workout
Shopping list: Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook – for practice problems The PowerScore Critical Reasoning Bible – for verbal concept review The Official Guide for the GMAT Review – for practice problems The next 12 days of your study plan involves strengthening your verbal aptitude. As is the case with the quantitative section, it is advisable to first become familiar with the various GMAT verbal question types/strategy before reviewing practice problems. You should allot about 4 days per question type: spend a day and a half reviewing tips and strategy, and then spend two and a half days practicing from Official Guide material. Try to adopt this review structure for each question type, but adjust this schedule depending on your strengths and weaknesses (spending more time on weak areas). Despite the fact that this period of your prep is meant for verbal review, try to do just a handful of quant questions each day in order to maintain a grasp of the math concepts you’ve just acquired. Since you’re very short on time, you’ll need a fairly condensed review of the three types of questions you will see on the verbal section (Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension). My advice is to study with Kaplan’s GMAT Verbal Workbook. This book does a fine job of covering Reading Comprehension and Sentence Correction. However, Critical Reasoning could have been treated better in this book, which is why you might want to consider purchasing the The PowerScore Critical Reasoning Bible, especially if Critical Reasoning (CR) is one of your weak subjects. At the very beginning of the PowerScore guide, you’ll find a list of “must-read” chapters that will help you channel your attention to the most commonly tested types of CR questions found on the GMAT. For your verbal practice it is essential that you work with the Official Guide for GMAT Review book. No test prep company I have seen has been able to produce verbal practice problems of the same quality as the Official Guide series. Moreover, many test takers have reported that certain question patterns seen in the Official Guide for GMAT Review have been also tested on the real GMAT. So regard these retired questions as a preview of your real test experience. Finally, don’t forget to time yourself. Many test takers perceive the GMAT verbal section to be more difficult than the GMAT math section, primarily because you only have about 1 minute and 45 seconds to answer each question.
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Days 27 to 30 – Finishing Touches and Practice Tests
You should spend Day 27 taking the second computer adaptive test in the GMATprep software. When you take this practice test, try to simulate the actual GMAT testing environment as best you can—I recommend taking your test in a somewhat well trafficked area of a library to get used to the ambient noise. You should also note any feelings of anxiety or stress you felt during your last
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practice test and try to address them in your remaining days. Spend Day 28 by looking over a few templates for the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section of the GMAT. The AWA is the essay writing portion of the GMAT, which appears first on the test but does not count toward your final GMAT score (scaled between 200 and 800). Your AWA score is generally considered less important than your main GMAT score, but the fact that you start the GMAT with AWAs means that it will “set the tone” for the remainder of your test. Writing with confidence will certainly have a positive impact on your later performance! During the final two days before your test day, avoid studying too much and try to relax. If need be, you can review a couple of problems. But be sure to lightly prep in these final days, since your body and your mind should be well rested before the 4-hour marathon that is the GMAT. After one month of prep, you should now be sufficiently prepared to do well on the GMAT! Good luck, and be sure to share your experiences with us in the I just Beat The GMAT! forum.
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Neil Katz on December 28th, 2009 at 9:23 pm Is there anyone has tried this one month strategy and been successful? If you have, would you please post some comments about your experiences and your final score? Thank you, Neil Katz Reply to this comment DanaJ on December 28th, 2009 at 11:10 pm Actually, it's a plan that I've devised from my very own experience. The crucial difference between this plan and what I did was the fact that I had more time to prepare. I will say this: I wasn't by far as efficient as I should have been. There are a few things that are particularly important, IMHO: - go for math first - use only official practice, since it's by far the best. If you're at the beginning of your prep, you might not tell the difference between an unofficial and an official question, but as you progress, you'll definitely feel the style - always always time yourself - allow more time for weaknesses. Mine was CR and I literally obsessed over it to the point that I had almost memorized some questions. A few days before the real thing, I took GMATprep #2 and had zero mistakes in CR! On D-day I recognized patterns from the OG! I attribute much of my 11-point jump in verbal score to this targeted practice. - GMATprep is the most accurate. When I took my last CAT, I scored a 760. Few days later I scored a 770. - I used an error log for my CATs only, but now I'm thinking I should have done it for practice as well. I think this would have pushed my quant score from a 50 to a 51 - I did nothing the day before the test, only relaxed I'm not saying this is a definitive plan, but I'm confident that following its main points will produce results. As a matter of fact, right now four of my friends are studying for the GMAT and have asked me for help. The structure of the plan will be put to the test once more, and I'll probably report their progress once they're done. And to answer your question: I got a 770 (q50, v47). Reply to this comment and1ms238 on December 30th, 2009 at 3:45 pm Great Article! Today has been a big day for me so far - I failed the GMAT this morning (420 31Q 18V) after 9 days of studying, took the afternoon off to 'escape' my failure, and then motivated myself to research how to improve myself.
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My target score has been set at 560 - no less is acceptable. I must retake the exam between the 31-40 day range. This article is geared more towards me than some of the 'I Beat the GMAT' posts that detail 3-4 month strategies. About today's exam. I was lost. I blanked out several times after reading a question - both Q and V. In addition, I spent several minutes multiplying/dividing out long math computations. I knew there was a shortcut (since I read/practiced them in Princeton Review's Crack the GMAT), but it wasn't instinct to me. Time was intimidating! It took me about 10 minutes for the first 3 problems (eventually guessing on the third!). Frustration mounting.. In addition, I was very discouraged because the problems continued to get easier. Hurt my confidence, and I continued to dig a whole. GMAT Formula for DISASTER. Lastly, I had such a HARD TIME taking the CAT! Never took an exam on a computer before - FIRST TIME EVER this morning. Obviously not a good idea, but as of 24 hours ago I thought, "how different can it actually be?". Man, was I wrong. Anyway, my preparation for the first 4 days focused on Q basics refreshing my memory on algebra, geometry, statistics, and various tested formulas. The next 3 days I went through about 80 practice problems. I actually performed very well on these problems (all in Princeton Review's Crack the GMAT) Bin 1 (easy), Bin 2 (med, easy) and Bin 3 (med, hard) in addition to the diagnostic book exam. Thought I was golden on Q! Day 9, I went over the V Sections. After the review, I took the diagnostic book exam and saw I needed added attention to SC. So I decided to go back and review, then jump right back into Bin 1 and 2 Verbal problems. After that, I closed the book, jumped in bed and took the exam this morning. Obviously, the ultimate cram did not work out for me. I need to achieve my target 560! It's a must. I have roughly 38 days or so until my retake (haven't scheduled yet, but that's what I'm planning for). Any Advice? Strategies? Plan of Attack? Again, just looking to achieve that 560 to gain acceptance. Thank you! HarrisonT9 on February 11th, 2010 at 8:20 pm Dana, Are there any two-month study plans out there? I guess I could just doubled the number of days for each section you've outlined in the one-month study plan. I am planning to take the GMAT in two months and I would be very happy with a 600+. If you have any suggestions for a two-month study plan, I welcome them. Thanks! HarrisonT9 on February 11th, 2010 at 8:21 pm Dana, Are there any two-month study plans out there? I guess I could just doubled the number of days for each section you've outlined in the one-month study plan. I am planning to take the GMAT in two months and I would be very happy with a 600+. If you have any suggestions for a two-month study plan, I welcome them. Thanks! Dev on May 9th, 2010 at 9:43 pm Hi Dana, I have to take the GMAT in a month and should I just follow your plan. Did the results come back from your friends' tests. You mentions th Manhattan books also so Im not sure wht to take. I have signed up for a private tutor from Manhattan to get me on track a few sessions. What are you thoughts. I need a definative plan that will give me atleast above a 600. Aiming for 650 preferably. Im really stressed out and have downloaded math and verbal cheat sheets to use to speed things up. I have only the Princeton review cracking the Gmat Book for now. Need a good plan to stick too. Sorry if my question is reduntant. Im 33 out of college for 10 years but remember many things on quant. Sentence Correction is a wear area for me also. Thanks Dev vny on October 23rd, 2010 at 1:33 am
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Hi Dana, I came across your post on a one month study plan. I'd like to get some more advice on how to go about this. I have abotu 35 days till test day and I've got loads to finish. I've scored a 650(Q38/V37) on my first MGMAT test and I've got a lot of other tests to take. Please read my post here http://www.beatthegmat.com/gmat-1-month-prep-plant68901.html I would be grateful if you could give me some useful feedback. thanks, regards, Vny
DanaJ on December 31st, 2009 at 12:04 am I'm sorry to hear about your experience, but it isn't a total surprise: prepping for the GMAT in just 9 days is probably not going to do the trick for anyone, not even Einstein. Now that you can spend more time on the test, I'm pretty sure you'll hit your target score! A few notes about your plan up until now: Crack the GMAT is easier than the real thing, so this might help explain why you were feeling confident about quant, but didn't do so well on the exam. My advice is to use a different resource, such as those outlined above. In terms of quant, the Manhattan GMAT series is also quite recommended - I'd buy the Number Properties, Word Translations and Geometry guides cover most of the topics you'll see on test day. If you choose Kaplan or Manhattan GMAT, it's all up to you. However, remember to practice official stuff! Buy the OG pronto, you can't afford to go for the retake unless you use this book. The basic rules of the plan are outlined above. What I could add is that you can also consider investing in the Manhattan GMAT SC guide, if you seem to be having trouble with this type of question. This is the ultimate resource for your SC woes, but it's pretty dense - maybe you could just go for the first part of the book and skip the second, advanced one. Hope this helps and keep us posted on your progress! Reply to this comment and1ms238 on December 31st, 2009 at 8:29 am You mentioned in your article to use the Kaplan Workbooks (Q & V). Do you recommend using those workbooks over the OG Verbal/Math Review w/ 300 questions? Or does Kaplan do a better job at explaining, going through the steps. I purchased Kaplan Premier, OG 11, and still have PR Crack the GMAT. Just looking for extra practice problems that split it up by difficulty and problem type. Thanks DanaJ!
DanaJ on December 31st, 2009 at 8:48 am Kaplan is good for explanations. For practice, trust the OG all the way - its only downside is that it doesn't contain many 700-level problems, but since you're not aiming for a 700, that will definitely not be a problem for you. If you're looking for a resource that breaks down problems according to difficulty and problem type, then the Manhattan guides are probably your best option. They contain lists of problems from the OG (the most recent edition references OG 12, though, so be careful to order the older edition), broken up according to difficulty and specific topic tested (i.e. permo&combo, triangles etc.). Reply to this comment Mala on January 28th, 2010 at 10:24 pm Hi Dana I'm going to use your plan for my upcoming GMAT. Do you have any additional followup tips from your friends who were trying this out? I've got OG 12 and I've started practicing with that. Thanks again for the strategy! M Reply to this comment DanaJ on January 29th, 2010 at 3:03 am Right now I do not, but if you keep me posted on your progress, maybe I can offer some
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although they are also just a little bit off from real question (i. i have og 10.beatthegmat.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM more specific advice... and is 44 in quant a good Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 3rd. 12. a type of question on the LSAT. Also i have heard that taking a practice exam is key first thing. You can check it out here: http://www. My question is. 2010 at 7:18 am I have written a plan that specifically targets the verbal part. you can either send me a PM or post a message here and I'll make specific recommendations. I look forward to your response. although i never studied). you might want to tweak the plan according to your specific weaknesses: say you get zero CRs wrong but have trouble with SCs. Although you say i can possibly take this test in one month from today (considering my application and scores are due on march 15) how many hours a day must i spend studying using this system. Then replace the PowerScore guide with the Manhattan GMAT SC! Once you're don with this first mock test. I am looking for a rough estimate. 2010 at 7:15 am hey u r doing a great job. Reply to this comment Haaress on February 3rd. combinatorics ( for Quant) and bold-faced questions (verbal) that you came across on your test day.e. i am also planning for gmat to give in one month... Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 3rd.beatthegmat. 2010 at 5:02 pm Which of the Gmat books contains the most of the level 700 problems?Thanks! Reply to this comment Dustin on February 2nd. use the OG in full confidence! While the quant I saw on test day was indeed a bit harder than the one in the OG. 11 . congrats on your high GMAT score! Can you remember the number of Probs. Besides this one.I just need a ballpark estimate. To be honest i don't want to try if there is no hope. you need to assess you starting level with a diagnostic test. 2010 at 1:53 am @Haaress: It's hard to say. would you agree.my obsession . It depends on what you're looking for! The Kaplan books usually have slightly harder quant problems. Dustin Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 3rd. the verbal was extremely similar (not to mention that I saw a few CRs .. The PowerScore CR Bible definitely has the toughest CRs.. kaplan premium program. could use more tough word problems).. The above plan is designed for around 2-2 and a half hours per day on weekdays and around 6 per weekend days. really.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 6 of 51 . but tend to do well in the class room. 2010 at 6:20 am I think I had two or three combinatorics related questions in quant and NONE boldfaced CRs in verbal! So my advice is: don't use this as markers that you're doing good.. kaplan 800 ( 2005-2006 edition. since this book is an abridged form of the book they have for Logical Reasoning. 2010 at 5:33 am First. @Dustin: Indeed. I would rate myself as a very poor in standardized testing and always have been (1000 SAT. 2010 at 11:22 pm Dana.. All the best! Reply to this comment Haaress on February 2nd. P. just focus on what on the screen Reply to this comment sanjali on February 3rd.com/mba/2010/01/16/verbal-focus-gmat-plan http://www.. as mentioned in the plan. can you suggest me any plan to increase my verbal score.that had the exact same structure!)..R actually in gave gmat prep i got 44 in quant but 11 in verbal. rely heavily on straightforward math.. After you're done with this.
most of the question which i did wrong in GMATPrep1 from RC.For Sc i know almost all the rules but i do the wrong attempt in which there is little meaning change. I cannot stress this enough! People sometimes think that this is just something like "eat vegetables" or "exercise everyday".kaplan2(540). WSJ or Financial Times and articles on science for this.. but of course there is room for improvement! However. 2010 at 9:52 am Verbal is obviously your weakness here. so I can't offer any "second-hand" advice. 2010 at 1:49 pm Yes. 2010 at 12:25 pm Hi Dana. Reply to this comment Shekhar on March 1st. Unessential stuff include the Kaplan Premier book and the two supplemental OGs. It will help with both RC and the "meaning issues" that you say you've been having with SC. Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 26th.beatthegmat.but i have attempted kaplan1 (500) . I haven't seen anyone comment on their accuracy either.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 7 of 51 . If you get a lower score than what you're targeting.scaled score Quant-50 Verbal-25 . I am taking practice test every so often.com/mba/2010/01/16/verbal-focus-gmat-plan Of course. but I have not tried those tests that you mention.beatthegmat. i am not native speaker of english i have done Manhattan SC . Use economist. i am planning to give the gmat in one month i am preparing for the gamt from the last few months i hae not attempted any GmatPrep till now . It's not! It actually helps you a lot. 2010 at 4:24 am I'm sorry. and I just wanted to know if you've attempted this test and what you thought about them. Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 12th. I wrote the quant and verbal focus plans as two-month plans: http://www.what should i do for better understing of Rc and Sc questions.i am planning to give GmatPrep1 this sunday. http://www. you can also check out the three-month plan and basically eliminate some of the resources mentioned there to free up one month..which i thnk my weak area. i am very depressed my target is 750.i am preparing for GMAT from last 4 months.beatthegmat. by the Thomson Arco/ Peterson group. I have done the first of the three practice tests. Reply to this comment Haaress on February 6th.can u please help.score800-1(540) i am depreesed i am fully prepared from my side still i am not getting good score.com. you should let us know about what kind of materials you've been using and what your weaknesses are in order for us to make more specific recommendations. it's advisable to read stuff in English every day. I do believe that it's worth it to take the first test from GMATprep. I tried to look for feedback on these tests on the net but it doesn't seem to be a popular one.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM A 44 is a good score in quant.thnx i gave a GMATPrep1 in which i got (620) . Reply to this comment Shekhar on February 26th. 2010 at 1:32 am @HarrisonT9: Actually. 2010 at 9:35 am hi Danaj .shall i give the GmatPrep1 to check my original level. 2010 at 1:36 pm Hi Dana. maybe as much as using a specialized book to prep for the GMAT. so you should definitely work on that first. In order to improve your general verbal skills.com/mba/2010/02/10/haven%E2%80%99t-done-mathsince-high-school-a-math-focus-gmat-study-plan http://www. it's obviously your verbal score that's severely pulling you down. Thanks! Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 7th. stuff that you should do but no one ever really does.CR OG . SC total wrong-5 out of 16 CR total Wrong -2 out of 11(in GmatPrep1 faced few questions frm OG10) RC total Wrong -8 out of 14 DanaJ on March 1st.
Also pick up something like the Kaplan Premier program. I was targeting 720+. but they are perfectible! Good luck with the rest of your prep! Reply to this comment Haaress on March 2nd. if you have not already.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 8 of 51 . Reply to this comment Satyan on March 17th. My goal is to get between 570-600. if your baseline score is something like 520. My quant score was 42 and verbal 34.5 hrs per weekday of study is enough to score a 650+ ? Kindly advise a study plan for me ASAP. 2010 at 10:15 am Shekhar. I am also very much interested in hearing from you. What colleges do you think I could apply for with my current score. I took my GMAT 4 days back and scored a dismal 640. you have more than enough material for one month. Suggest some tips to improve my score. I am planning to retake the exam in about one month. Thanks ! Reply to this comment DanaJ on March 17th. The PowerScore CR Bible is also a good resource for RC. Maybe you can check it out . Thanks Dana! Reply to this comment Ati on March 15th. However. that's also an option. Thanks for your help. 2010 at 9:21 am Tough one! You ask for the perfect book and I tell you: there's no such thing. It does not cover all the strategy you need for test day. Reply to this comment Hari R on March 18th. unfortunately. 2010 at 9:29 pm It depends. I am feeling blessed after coming to this site. Reply to this comment Haaress on March 1st. Thank you! DanaJ on March 1st. These plans are not perfect. I think that only Manhattan GMAT has one. it's probably the best all-inone book to use for strategies. If your starting point is say 400. 2010 at 1:13 pm Guys.I have not personally reviewed it yet. Buy the Official Guide and practice from it. but it will do the job. 2010 at 9:14 pm Hi Dana. I am takng up my GMAT for the first time and I am a little nervous and I have only a months time with me and you think 2-2. I was able to prepare for my exam for 10 days only due to my work. I guess I am in the same boat as you are. Please suggest me one perfect book that can cover up pretty much everything1 Thanks Reply to this comment DanaJ on March 15th. unfortunately. so you should probably give this book a chance as well. I take feedback extremely seriously and try to answer questions as quickly as I can. I did like the RC tips section from the Kaplan Verbal Workbook. then it is possible to get a 650 in a month.beatthegmat. then a 650 is pretty unlikely. 2010 at 9:09 am I am trying to take GMAT in one month and looking for just the right books that can help me focus directly on real test problems. really. Hari http://www. 2010 at 9:52 am Will do. However. I do not want any extra book/material. Please keep us posted on what works as you try out Dana's suggestions. There aren't many books on RC out there.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Reading in English is one of the best ways of improving your RC accuracy. 2010 at 9:07 pm Hi Dana.
But i m quite sure that i will crack it. The Kaplan book is good. they have lots more experience than I do. 33V).. congrats for having an incredibly balanced score! Each of the two scaled scores for quant and verbal are at around 62-63 percentile. thanks for your great tips. Today. your true score is between 500 and 560 . but would appreciate any other suggestions or tips you have. I can't really say for sure which schools would accept you. It's probably OK to use as well . so please check out our Book Recommendations in the Resources tab at the top of the page. but I suggest you buy one of the following: .Manhattan GMAT SC guide .com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 9 of 51 . A 650 is within reach. You should buy books according to these. Please let me know . I know you highly recommend the PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible for the CR part. but don't forget to keep up the practice from OG! Reply to this comment http://www. Reply to this comment DanaJ on March 25th. I am going to pick up the Kaplan GMAT Math book as I need a better overall review of Quant. because people usually tend to get huge differences in their scores. I took the second GMATPrep practice test and scored lower 530 (29Q. 2010 at 7:21 am Hey Alll. because it's right after you've been assimilating a lot of info. They will be shipped to me sometime in the next few weeks.the test is built with a 30-point confidence interval. 34V). 2010 at 1:46 am You shouldn't be worried about this drop in scores and there are two reasons for that: . I have the VERITAS CR booklets. Be sure to go through the Official Guide 12th edition and possibly even the two supplements. 2010 at 12:23 am Well. Reply to this comment tomhanks on March 27th. I think the tips above apply: spend more time on weaknesses and less on strengths. particularly about the drop in my quant score. but my schedule is so hectic right now that I have no idea when I'm going to get around actually reviewing them.. 2010 at 1:09 pm Dana. 2010 at 10:42 pm Can't say. Reply to this comment Haaress on March 25th. My goal is to score 650-680.it's often the case that you'll see a small drop in scores after the first few weeks of prep.Manhattan GMAT RC guide You should buy only one of these guides to address your most weakest point. having used only the GMAT OG. if you score a 530. I took a GMATPrep Practice Test 1 without doing any review prior to studying and I scored 550 (33Q. You should probably post your profile in the "Ask an MBA Admissions Consultant" section of our site. Thanks as always. since I have not used the booklets myself.PowerScore CR Bible . I am freaking out.if you've had a chance peruse through both books. which means that. Not sure what your weak area is. then go ahead and study from them. because it's not ALL about this score. which is good. Needless to say.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Reply to this comment DanaJ on March 19th. Reply to this comment LP on April 11th. I am hoping you can suggest what I should do with the limited time I have remaining (2 weeks).just browse through and if you get a sense of adequacy. how one compares to and with the other. but you will need to put some work into verbal as well.i do have exactly one month from now. I started studying 3 weeks ago. because there's simply no more time for more. Reply to this comment DanaJ on April 11th. 2010 at 12:27 am Hi Dana. I am schedule to write my GMAT in exactly 2 weeks and hoping you can give me some advice. which might slow you down. I am particularly worried about my quant score. first off. This means that it might take you a bit to get used to using all this info.today i have started my GMAT preparation. reviewing all the sections and have so far done about 350 practice questions. however.beatthegmat.
2010 at 9:46 am Hi. Ignore the AWA for the moment and focus on quant and verbal. The Manhattan GMAT set of 8 guides is also a good resource. I have studied the PowerScore Critical Reasoning Bible and simply loved it. would you recommend a buy for this product if I am targetting a 700+. unless you're already at a decent level (around 650). so had to select some answer for the questions that i did not know.. Reply to this comment DanaJ on May 3rd. 2010 at 5:51 am Hi!! It's amazing to see such helpful people still around! I'm taking my GMAT exam right in a months time and I'm all nervous seeing so much efforts needed after reading all the comments. Could you please tell me if i can take the test in third week of the June and aim at 700+. Please let me know if you help on it. thank you for recommending the CR Bible. It such a great read so far. I would probably spend these two weeks focusing as much time as I can on the GMAT! Good luck! Reply to this comment Gchalla on April 20th. It focuses on the r/ship between the volume of a cylinder and that of a sphere. I generally like the format of the Powerscore. 2010 at 2:39 am I forgot to mention one thing though. 2010 at 10:27 am Well. a computer adaptive test such as the GMAT does not allow you to proceed to the next question without answering the one you're looking at. Do I do the basics first for Quantitative? Or the Verbal/ AW section first? I've the official guide with me. Is that enough? Let me know how should I go about it and which is the best possible way to ace this test. Start with quant. I just posted a problem-solving question . unfortunately. if you study using all the good stuff (the books mentioned in the article or the set of 8 guides from Manhattan GMAT). you will be able to hit your target score. My verbal was 17 and quant 40. Please see if you can clear my confusion. which is not going to be easy to get. Break a leg! Reply to this comment Haaress on May 7th. Reply to this comment Haaress on April 22nd. but devote more time to your weaknesses. Be it studying for 78 hrs/day.S: I could not skip any question due to some issue in the application.beatthegmat.. 2010 at 9:29 am Dana . but getting to a 650 is not going to be easy. 2010 at 6:16 am The official guide (OG) is not going to be enough for you. I like the depth of the Manhattan SC guide but its format is dense and thus not reader friendly. Your scores are certainly consistent. first off. Please reply at the earliest because this site is something which I can completely trust. I am currently on the Numbers and % problem set and somehow stuck on a question ( Ditrama question on pg 277 ) and also posted my argument against the answer choice on a thread in beatthegmat. I have been reading awesome reviews on the SC http://www. First. You are looking for an almost 200-point increase.on the BTG board. You can see most of my recommendations in the article above. 2010 at 9:55 am Dana. However. unfortunately. I have taken the Veritas mock test absolutely without any preparation and i scored 520. Reply to this comment DanaJ on April 20th. Please advise P.Height of a Spherical Vessel . I'm aiming for 720 and am ready to do everything for it. especially since your verbal is pretty weak.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 10 of 51 . I need your help to guide me as to how do I start on the preparation front. Thanks much as always. Thanks! Reply to this comment Nikita on May 3rd. Reply to this comment Haaress on April 29th. 2010 at 9:04 pm Danaj.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM DanaJ on April 11th.
Reply to this comment Haaress on May 7th.. they have been seeing significant score increases in their practice tests (from 580 to 650). don't be stressed. given the fact that it distills the information.. Even though my friends have not taken the GMAT yet. The style might differ a bit.. so whichever book you choose. If you're at 400 right now (take the diagnostic from mba. but not substantially. I'm not sure it can take you to 650. but that's only natural. but the problem with them is that they are a lot of work! If you plan on going through all the 5 quant guides from MGMAT. 2010 at 12:19 am Hello Dana. However. pretty dry.YOU.can you please advise if I should stick with the original one month plan.Aplogies if redundant question but your friends . Dev http://www. Reply to this comment Dev on May 9th. You see. I need a soild plan. The Kaplan Math book and the Manhattan GMAT series are different.com if you don't know your baseline score). Unfortunately though.take a diagnostic and see where you stand . but they're probably the best on their respective fields. the Kaplan Math book is a condensed review of the quant you need for the GMAT. it's not going to be as readable and interesting as the CR bible. The Manhattan GMAT guides are probably the most complete. 2010 at 12:09 am @Dev: The plan really works. about what you can do: first off.we owe you a debt of gratitude. ur great. sadly. then it's going to take a while! I think it's best you: . Ill revert when I have something ready. then getting a 650 is not going to be an option. but your starting score is eally important. Thanks for the quick response. did they take the test. so using the MGMAT guide or the SC bible is probably going to be the same thing. 2010 at 10:01 am Well I'm glad you liked it! I felt largely the same way about the SC guide from MGMAT. My best. ur inspiring. I cannot (and no one can. I don't think there's a major change in style from one book to another simply because the subject in itself is not as interesting.zoom in on some weaknesses and buy the materials that fit you best . Ive noted the above. I have reviewed the Verbal bible and its CR section was basically a cut-down version of the CR bible.. I just have to have a plan and stick to it.discuss all of the above with your tutor. sadly. I can't review the SC bible since it takes quite some time to have it shipped to my address in Romania. I think I am qualified to say .. I have a month and need a 650 and have been out of college for a while. since a 250point increase usually takes two months or more. SC is. Thanks Dev Reply to this comment DanaJ on May 10th. Thanks. 2010 at 10:42 am Thanks for your quick response. Reply to this comment Dev on May 10th. Ill take the test and see where I stand.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 11 of 51 . So. so I suspect they did the same thing for SC. Now. It is mising a few details. and the books you have suggested. Please advise. 2010 at 11:16 pm Hi Dana.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Bible but I wanted to seek for a second opinion from our expert . I know it can be done. actually) guarantee a 650 in a month's time. what say you? Thanks as always! Reply to this comment DanaJ on May 7th. Keep up the good work and good karma will find you whereever you are Romania or the US. They do cover the same tedious rules. he'll surely be able to help The Princeton book is pretty basic stuff.. It won''t help you! You need to do the most within the little time you have.beatthegmat.Cant be shuffling books.
the only way is to make a good note sheet. One more question.html Reply to this comment DanaJ on May 16th. 1. I dont have a good study plan and need some guidance here.com/suggested-lsat-material-cr-rc-t44191. 2010 at 1:22 am Hi Again. 2010 at 11:42 am Hi Dana. Thanks Dev Haaress on May 10th. The difference between them is of about a third of the questions. experience this? If so what strategy helped you? Thanks! Reply to this comment Haaress on May 10th.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 12 of 51 .. I have the test on June 17th and between kaplan and OG I find Kaplan more confusing. 2010 at 1:18 pm @Dev: The two versions are almost just as good. But. 2010 at 2:29 am @Dev: 1. try to do just a handful of quant questions each day in order to maintain a grasp of the math concepts you’ve just acquired.and I almost forgot to ask you whether you LSAT CRs were part of your GMAT practice arsenal. @Haaress: I know what you're talking about! This is why I advise people to practice even just a handful of questions per day from the sections they've already finished reviewing. then buy OG 12." I myself used to do this and it served me well! I certainly did a few LSAT CRs before my exam. Should I take private tuturiols with Kaplan or Manhattan Gmat.? V Stressed. 2010 at 10:15 am . I took a first practice test and it said that my score would be about 490 on the actual test.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Dev on May 10th. If you have a choice. Are there any good Diagnostic tests to segregate my problem areasonline etc 2. or the versions dont matter? Thanks Devansh Dev on May 16th. It's not 100% like the GMAT. it's just slightly basic. with a spread sheet.beatthegmat. But I need to work a plan and the concepts that I have problems with . Priceton is not bad. You could try Manhattan GMAT. Did you. My overall impression of that book is that it won't take you further than a 620. Im trying to follow your plan but had already started with Princeton. If you already have the OG 11. I study a specific area in the GMAT such as SC for a few days. Thanks! Reply to this comment DanaJ on May 10th. I have the Kaplan books and the Powerscore CR. then stick with it. Also Data suffieciency confuses me. I do not seem as proficient as I was. They tend to overemphasize tricks instead of teaching you the concepts.Does the Offical Guide have to be a certain version 11 or 12.beatthegmat. 2010 at 10:09 am Here is a dilemma that would beg for your experience. Any suggestions. but I did not have a full document of them. 2. or any other follower. when I revert to another section that I prevuosly "mastered" . It provides a detailed analysis of how well you did at the end. I have issues with Works and Rate Time problem. Also not started on the Verbal. I just browsed the forum for practice! Later on I discovered two sets of LSAT questions and you can access them here: http://www. but it's rumored to be second best. But I was rushing so Im sure it would be better. http://www. You can actually read this in the plan above: "Despite the fact that this period of your prep is meant for verbal review.
each 75 minutes long with another 8 minute break in between these two. Completely newbie questions: . but they're pretty expensive. It does not contain any strategy though.. such as SC). I need to know how best to identify my weak areas and the best places to practice and learn the theory. Taking up tutoring hours is not a bad idea. 2010 at 7:33 pm Hello Stacy.beatthegmat. In the limited time you have.. calculators are not allowed. instead of OG + OG Quant + OG Verbal ? Thanks! Reply to this comment DanaJ on May 16th. 1)Are calculators allowed? Which ones? 2)How long does it take to take GMAT Prep (from mba. The problem I am facing is that im not being able to get enough practice on my weak areas and am wasting time. So total time: 3 hours and around 45 minutes. so I plan on taking it today May/16/2010) 3)Does the GMAT prep have a AWA on it as well? I will be attempting your 1 Month Plan. then you may take a 8 minute-break.. but it's really important later on when you're trying to build up stamina.com . Reply to this comment Dev on May 29th.registered on Friday) .. 2010 at 6:46 am Hi DANA. as I am essentially fresh and will give you my feedback. but I think it's quite important that you do them. and then you have the two main "events" of the exam.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 13 of 51 . and neither do the http://www. (as part of your plan it says to take if 1st before doing any studying. you will also be asked to write two essays. it's probably best to focus on this one (except in the case where you discover specific weaknesses. If you just can't get your head around the plan/still feel a bit suspicious of the Kaplan book within the next week.. Any that will break down the areas to help me analysis strenghts and weakness by Problem Type for MATH. Kaplan verbal and Math OG 12th editions OG match and verbal review Manhattan Review Verbal and awaiting the Math Im aiming for a 650 or higher.. However. Its a bit blurry right now. but it supplies enough practice by itself for someone who has only a month to prepare. 4)By the looks of it. but out of your set of resources. so to speak.. I have the following books. 3) Yes. they are not graded. Math areas: Rate/ Work Coordinate Geometry Simultaneous / Quadriatic word problems Probability Permutations Combinations Exponents DATA SUFFICIENCY VErbal: Sentence Correction Thanks Dev Shawn on May 16th. Some people choose not to do these in mock tests.security is pretty tight at GMAT testing facilities! 2) The AWA part is 60 minutes. 2010 at 10:41 am Hey Shawn. I have to appear for the Gmat by the end of the month. welcome to our forum! 1) No. I should be getting OG + Kaplan Math + Kaplan Verbal (according to your 1-month plan) . Maybe it's not essential on your first mock test. In fact I think they even make you leave your watch in the locker room . Where can I get them from. I think it might be an option for you. Also I need to know where to take the CAT practice tests. so you basically do them for sport... it's the best book for strategy and theoretical review. 4) The OG is a must have.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Kaplan might seem a bit confusing.
But since it's the first "event". Princeton. send me the money and you'd be better off. then definitely trust their products. actually. but I've also reviewed the Manhattan GMAT set of 8 guides recently (the reviews are not up yet). because you can't set up your plan without knowing your baseline score. you need to make sure that you're in a good mood.. I have passed the CFA Level 1 exam (studying 3 months). You should also send me how many questions you got wrong in each of the five question types (two in quant and the three you've mentioned in verbal). That set might also be worth it. If you want to know more about the GMAT. and even tho ppl say its much easier then CFA Level 1. Then you should either check your scores on mba. Princeton is rather basic and focuses too much on tricks (that may backfire) instead of teaching you the theory. It's graded separately and people don't usually pay too much attention to it.. This is why you'll need some other books for a thorough theoretical review. Sentence Correction. I am lucky enough to live close to the school I decided to apply to. I have seen everything else in stores. if you want to buy this book. It ultimately boils down to: . Just browse the software and you'll see! Reply to this comment http://www. but they're a condensed version of the material. 6) That's OK. and they essentially said that based on the rest of my resume/experience/references. 2010 at 11:24 am Thanks. If you need help in verbal.. and for them to be shipped here will take extra time I don't have and considering that I only have 4-5 weeks starting from fresh.if you are able to make a clear picture of your greatest weaknesses and buy only the MGMAT guides that you need (you probably can't go through all 8 in a month) Reply to this comment Shawn on May 16th.. 7) Yes. At the end of your GMATprep.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 14 of 51 . you'll receive three scores: . but they're also pretty dense.how many hours per day you can devote to prep .a total score from 200 to 800 Write down all three scores right then and there. Barrons. If you want me to help you with this. 6)I'm in Canada. but it depends on your available time and if you are able to pinpoint your exact weaknesses from your first GMAT prep. I haven't reviewed the Dummies book. The PowerScore series is possibly one of the best for verbal. but since it's from a general collection.com) first and see where I stand at the beginning (today or tomorrow) ? Reply to this comment DanaJ on May 16th. You see.a scaled score for quant from 1 to 51 .. Dummies. a few more follow up questions: 1)Does your score on the GMAT for the AWA section go towards your numerical score? If not what is the point of this section? How many sentences should be done and what format should you present you work on the AWA? 2) The total time: 3 hours and around 45 minutes is also the time on the GMAT Prep? 3) Will the marks given to you from the GMAT Prep .A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM other two smaller OGs. You can have as many as you need. 3) No.. This would bring the time down to around two hours and a half. I assume it's not that deep. there are tons of info in GMATprep.. The Kaplan guides are quite good too.com and see your percentile ranking or send them to me and I'll tell you what you need help with. AWA is on the side. Reading Comprehension? 4) If the GMAT Prep only gives you 1 verbal mark. and not done any questions at all. how do you really know which of the 3 parts is your true weakness? 5) Are you alowed to use pencils/pens and paper for side work (especially for quants section) on the actual GMAT exam? I'm really only looking for a 550-600 final score.. they won't. you won't be able to come back to that screen with the scores (it's a glitch in the program). (OG's. As I've said though.beatthegmat. and only thought about GMAT/MBA this week. I just need 550 to be accepted for September (if I wish to start at that time). Stay away from Barrons at all cost. If I take the GMAT test early enough (by late June 2010). 8 books is likely too much. the 8 guides from MGMAT are pretty complete. you could easily tell which one is giving you headaches by counting how many you got wrong for each type or the percentage per total questions. 2) It's the total time for a GMAT test and you're supposed to simulate it with GMAT prep. Knowing your weak spots will help you divide your time between verbal and quant and you can also buy the books that are best for you. simply send a private message on the forum. tell you your marks in Critical Resoning. I can see that its a completely different kind of exam. Kaplan. 2010 at 11:44 am 1) The important score is just for the quant and verbal.. so to speak. and I don't think the Manhattan books are available here. Im not sure about Powerscore yet) 7) I have not purchased any books yet. 4) See 3) 5) You will be given a laminated set of papers and you're supposed to write on them with a felt tip pen.. you could skip the AWA just this once. but the GMAT is a completely different exam. Kaplan is pretty good. My ID is DanaJ.a scaled score for verbal from 1 to 51 .. However. do you still recommend me take the 4 hours to do the GMAT Prep exam (via mba.
is it good to extend the gmat date about 6 weaks i have only one day to extend because 25th is my exam date. Week 1 :. Some quick thoughts: ..watch out for adjectives or adverbs that "betray" a certain position (for instance.manhattan continue Verbal Section . but today when i gave GmatPrep 2 i got only 570 very upset.. but unless there's something that really bugged you today.OG 12. RC is one of the hardest types to improve upon for a non native speaker.Verbal specially RC. because you really need to read stuff in English as much as you can to get better at it in general. Target : 730 Weak Area .. However.OG11 (RC-5) Week 3:Quant Practice: Verbal Section:. then it might just be that you're getting good at Manhattan GMAT tests....the score which i was getting in manhattan CAT are 650/620/670/700.OG+ manhattan Verbal Section.). ( 2 mock every weak) 1/2 hrs daily reading practice (feminist and political) Time to be devoted daily -5 hrs (working) Time devoted weekend .beatthegmat.highly apriciated. "I strongly agree with something" means that my feelings for that are pretty deep) Reply to this comment Shawn on May 16th..com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 15 of 51 . since they help you follow the ideas of the passage . Reply to this comment http://www. please have a look. "however" etc. A good book for RC would be the Kaplan Verbal Workbook..(daily schedule) Quant Section .Repeat ALL OG Mock exam every Saturday and Sunday. any book on its own is insufficient.don't take too many notes. but not the GMAT itself... 2010 at 12:10 pm @Shekhar: A tough situation indeed. i have only one day to reschedule the exam could u please suggest me that shall i reschedule my GMAT or go ahead. Reply to this comment Shekhar on May 16th. not sure where I'll find all the other info about percentiles and breakdowns of the other stuff. I know this might sound drastic. Thanks for the quick response. 2010 at 12:24 pm hi Danaj. they slow you down . and how can i improve my RC because in verbal today my full starting 3 RC were Wrong(RC Weak point) Thanks Reply to this comment DanaJ on May 16th. my further study plan.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Shekhar on May 16th.OG 10 (5 RC daily) Week 2 : Quant Section . "besides this".. 2010 at 12:11 pm Once again Thank you DanaJ I'll take the GMAT Prep today or tomorrow and write down those 3 scores.. but we'll cross that bridge afterwards. Are there any external factors that might have affected your performance today? If not...focus on connectors ("moreover". Thanks. 2010 at 11:54 am hi DanaJ i have my exam schedule on 25th May .All Kaplan books Week 4:Quant Practice: Verbal Section:..1000 set(SC/CR/RC) Week 5:Verbal Section :.10-12 hrs Danaj do you have gmail id i want to add you in my friend list.
is divided by chapters. Some of these tests also provide an analysis of how you did at the end. the Manhattan GMAT books also contain lists of problems in the OG that test this or that concept. which are pretty good. for instance. 2010 at 10:57 pm @Dev: I think you must be confusing me with Stacy from Manhattan GMAT.they're in the list you've put down. I took up the gmat prep test I and I scored 630 the break up is 47 in quant and 30 in verbal. I tried to figure out my problem area's . since it's official questions) after you're done reviewing the concepts using the books you have. 1) Which book should I refer to improve my SC's? 2) And what do you suggest should I start my prep of with quant and then move ahead to do Verbal? 3) Plus I haven't booked my GMAT as of now. tho I have the Manhattan GMAT SC guide. but the concentration. However. I have roughly 2 days of true study left.. On the 3rd day I plan to take the 2nd GMATprep.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 16 of 51 . Reply to this comment Shawn on June 20th. You'll also find one free CAT on the websites of major prep companies.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM DanaJ on May 16th. Kaplan.. since the Kaplan Math Workbook. just send a private message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Spend around 1/4 of your prep time for quant and the rest for verbal. 2010 at 3:44 am hi Dana. Reply to this comment Karan on June 20th. Sorry.those are the best indicators of your score. how much time you think it would take me to improve to scores > 700? . I am aiming for > 700. 12/14... @Shekhar: your plan looks solid.. In quant i made some really silly mistakes which i think will go by some preparation. The OG also has some practice. to see where I stand. But in verbal my problem is SC i made a lot of mistakes here the major chunk of error i. which might help you with figuring out your weaknesses. 2010 at 5:01 am 1) Go for the Manhattan GMAT SC guide. Use the resources that you already have to work on them. You'll find CATs at mba. Maybe I'm just set in my ways. if I like my range. 2010 at 12:55 pm @Shawn: Don't mention it. 2010 at 8:41 pm Or any extra hints for doing SC questions ? http://www. it's just not feasible to expect an increase from 570 to 730. but in the end it's not necessarily about the time you spend. If you need more help. then it's best to send her a private message on the forum. Reply to this comment DanaJ on June 20th. you'll do fine with the stuff you already have. since you only have a month to go. I expect SC to be my lowest on the prep.e. If your target score is 730.. Veritas Prep.. your plan seems OK to me. but it is scattered. Knewton. it's really good for SC.. broken down by subjects (I am sure the Manhattan GMAT one does. These books are not the same as the Manhattan GMAT guides (red books with a "g" on the cover). The more the better. Then schedule the test within a few days (I've checked and I can get a seating within a day if wanted). Going down the home stretch in terms of preperation in my "5 week" plan. Now the problem here is that I have never reviewed the Manhattan Review set of books. Any common words that I should avoid in answers ? Reply to this comment Shawn on June 20th.it's been more than a year since I've taken them myself).. such as Manhattan GMAT. So I think I need to work a lot on SC's. It's still good practice (the best.. then you definitely need to postpone..com .beatthegmat. actually.. My thoughts on what you've written are that you already know some of your weak spots . so keep it up and you should be fine! Reply to this comment DanaJ on May 29th. 3) I think you need around a month and a half. since it's easier to improve upon. These CATs can be retaken and you'll see very few repeats. 2010 at 8:31 pm Hi Dana. They're very helpful for targeted practice in this respect. If you want her to answer your questions..I am working so 2hrs daily with weekends 4-5 hrs of preparation. Not to fret though. the others I'm not 100% sure . Actually. but I suspect you can't afford to wait for them to be mailed to you.. 2) You should probably start with quant.
I have been working for two months almost but still not getting the scores i need >700. but what I mean is when you think a) is a possibily. try the PowerScore CR Bible and the Kaplan Verbal Workbook. try the OG quant (green book). You should probably buy the OG verbal supplement for extra practice too. (since its supposedly right 20% of time).beatthegmat. My weak points are Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension in Verbal and Data Sufficiency Questions in the Quantitative section. It doesn't have many hard problems. you should read stuff in English every day . it usually is. Manhattan GMAT RC or Veritas Prep RC. 2010 at 8:03 am For RC and CR.I have taken off from my office till my gmat. 2010 at 12:08 am Unfortunately SC is not my strongest part.Looking forward to hear more from your side in the coming days. Unless you score above 700 in at least 2 mock test before your test day. try the CR Bible from PowerScore.com/suggested-lsat-material-cr-rc-t44191. even though you feel that A might be right. you could also try one of the two dedicated guides.Please tell me how can i improve my verbal scores. i will follow your advice and give two mocks before 5th of july and if the scores are above 700 i will go ahead else i will postpone the date and work more on my problem areas. I know that seems obvious..com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 17 of 51 . is when you think a) might be correct as is. anuj Reply to this comment Anuj Saraf on July 1st. Like = comparing (Shawn. goes to x) Such as = examples Any other typical ones like these? ^ Reply to this comment DanaJ on June 21st. I think you should probably postpone the test.In verbal i am making lot of mistakes in RC and CR questions.beatthegmat. Besides this. Reply to this comment Anuj on June 24th.What should i do now i have finished a online course called mastergmat and verbal part of OG but still not getting up there. 2010 at 12:37 am Thanks dana. Reply to this comment DanaJ on July 2nd. If your math is good. A is definitely a possibility.. although as you yourself mention. you really should read the other options as well.html RC improvement comes with a better knowledge of general English. Reply to this comment Anuj on June 23rd. Speed issues usually arise if you do not time yourself when you practice. then practice just might do the trick. the Economist and sciencedaily..Getting only 630-40 (48-50 in quant and 30-32 in verbal ). I have got my gmat on 12 july. DS is actually a matter of getting used to the format.. I think using a http://www. I suggest reading stuff in English every day. but at least you get a good amount of practice with the format. 2010 at 5:44 am For CR. I don't have any specific recommendations to make. it likely is the correct answer.try WSJ. I have already given the GMAT once and plan on giving it again this August. 2010 at 5:34 am Hi Dana. What do you recommend? I got a 710 earlier and am aiming for a 760+ score this time. 2010 at 3:19 am Hi Dana. However. I am fairly comfortable with problemsolving but would like additional practice solving advanced level problems. You need to be realistic about your level. Here are two free ones: http://www. should i postpone my gmat as anyways there is no point giving it with low scores Reply to this comment DanaJ on June 23rd.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM One thing I'm leaning to. I would also like to increase my speed. one thing more. like Ryan. because you never know if there's a more concise answer choice. I specialize in CR and RC and can generally offer advice concerning those verbal parts. You can also check out some advanced CR questions in LSAT sets. If you've already used up all the questions in the OG. I have roughly a month's time and would like to improve on a few areas. If you want to improve your reading skills.
I'd say that the best way to shop for a course is to attend a session (companies will allow you to do that for free) and see if you relate to the instructor . 2010 at 11:13 am An accelerated course definitely makes sense given that you have very little time compared to the majority of students. Knewton is certainly an option and I can't comment on Princeton. With that in mind. However. However. I believe Veritas has an accelerated option and so does Kaplan. but if you feel the need for a more guided approach. I am contemplating taking an online course where (I believe) I can have access to archived previous/future lessons and therefore work on a faster pace then the 6 week course schedules. it might work for you. 2010 at 10:07 am Dana.2 week GMAT prep course (if nothing else. you need to check and see if these companies offer accelerated courses (i.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 18 of 51 .R. I'm wondering if I can bring my score up to 570 in a http://www. I'm thinking I can finish the online course in 7 days or so and spend the remaining three weeks sharpening weaknesses areas and going through problems and questions. I have exactly 1 month to study from start-to-finish so I was very happy to come across your 1 month plan. What a coincidence! I have exactly 30 days to the GMAT and I saw this post today! Will pick up some points from your plan. You could study on your own though. 2010 at 9:57 am 1) We actually have a detailed study plan.its been 5 years since I've seen math/english problems so I need a refresher. I see that you suggested the GMAT math workbook for math concepts but given that I have more time to study (I believe your plan is for studying 2.R. What do you think of this idea? Does it makes sense for a 4-week plan? Do you have any recommendations between the online courses of MGMAT.to me that's probably one of the most important things when picking a course. Reply to this comment Nehs on August 25th.beatthegmat. on July 20th. I have 2 questions for you: 1) Do you have an example of a more detailed study plan (say. then you should definitely give it a look. Knewton and Princeton (saw the review you wrote for them)? Thanks!! Reply to this comment DanaJ on July 20th. I've heard largely positive feedback about MGMAT (never reviewed the course myself).beatthegmat. shorter than the regular two or three month courses). on July 20th. thanks for your answers. Thank You I have been preparing for past 3 weeks and got a terrible 470 on a GMATprep test yesterday. Reply to this comment R. I have taken the month off work so I plan to spend 8 hours/day studying.5 hrs/day) should I look at the MGMAT 8 books instead? I'll be sending more questions over the next couple of weeks.I have the OG11 as well as some older versions from Kaplan (inc. daily or weekly?) 2) I want to spend the first part of my study plan reviewing the basic concepts -.com/mba/gmat-guide 2) The MGMAT books do tend to be more thorough. 2010 at 8:09 pm Hi Dana. but it's for 2 months: http://www. 2010 at 8:54 am Hi Dana. I got a few books from a friend that wrote the gmat last year -. If you've taken time off. since I'm pretty sure that Knewton doesn't (for instance). don't think I'm pushing you to buy a course. kap 800) and Princeton. around 2 mins per quant question and an average of 1 min 45 secs for verbal questions). One more question for you: I was considering taking an accelerated 1 . to get into the routine and discipline) but I can't find one that meets my timeline/location. but they will definitely take more time.e.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM timer each time you solve a given set of problems and trying to the best of your ability to stick to the official time (that is. I must warn you: it's a lot of work! Reply to this comment R. I was so disheartened. Thanks for your help! Reply to this comment DanaJ on July 20th.
it depends on what you need. 174 DS) when chances are I won't get any 680-750 during my actual test? Instead I could use this time more wisely to review the 550-650 questions and my weak areas. I think it's possible.. Most tutors keep saying that you should really nail the basics before you jump in the harder things.. I am scheduled to take the test in 1 month and have created a schedule where after reviewing Math concepts... 2010 at 12:25 am Hi Regina. 2010 at 1:51 pm Hi ruchi. For RC. You see. Just gave my GMAT ten days ago. although maybe more on verbal. in the GMAT Review as you progress on the questions they get harder. 2010 at 6:48 pm Hi Dana. try the Manhattan books.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 19 of 51 . Reply to this comment DanaJ on August 25th. 2010 at 10:54 pm Hi Dana.. jumping over some of the easier stuff might get you into trouble on test day because you might see some easy questions that will throw you off. For a more detailed theoretical review. 2010 at 11:17 pm Yes. should I not waste my time answering all of them (230 PS. If it's practice.beatthegmat. I am targetting 550600 range. Reply to this comment Regina on September 7th. you should probably try to give yourself more time. both on quant and on verbal.. I took the GMAT today and didn't perform as well as I hoped to. Number Properties + Geometry should do the trick.CR & RC Quant-Co-ordinate geometry and Numbers Please advise! DanaJ on August 31st.. is that possible? I got 39 in quant and 19 in verbal. For CR. if you spend too much time on easy questions you won't have time to progress to harder ones! It's up to you to decide. on the other hand. I'd say you need to work on it though..beatthegmat. I will solve all quant questions from the GMAT Review (12th ed) during the following 5 days. Reply to this comment Eli on September 11th. Of course.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM month's time. check out the Manhattan GMAT RC guide. you can check out either the Veritas Prep RC book (90+ questions) or the Beat The GMAT Practice Questions (100+ questions). This has both a plus and a minus.. 2010 at 3:02 am Hi Dana.. 2010 at 6:41 am Thanks Dana!! That definitely boosts my spirits. I got a 600.I'm hpping to cross atleast 80 points on the actual test Reply to this comment ruchi on August 30th.V33) . Need help on verbal.. Knowing this.. try the PowerScore CR Bible.com/mba/2010/08/25/gmat-science-readingcomprehension For quant. Quantitative http://www. but I think you should probably work through the easier questions as well. this video we put together might help: http://www. Reply to this comment Nehs on August 26th. Supposedly. Also. I scored a not so great 500 on the GMATPrep with no previous study. Any thoughts? Reply to this comment DanaJ on September 8th.got 640 (Q45.I plan to write it again. In case you don't have enough time to get to the harder stuff.
if you feel like you're not that strong in a question type. sorry! I meant 700 but I hit the wrong key. 1 week prior to the exam. Your tips are very helpful and encouraging. Reply to this comment DanaJ on September 12th. Thank you very much for your prompt response. My goal is to get a 700. Therefore.CR: PowerScore CR Bible . I took my first Practice GMAT from the http://www. Reply to this comment Eli on September 12th. use the appropriate book: . My gut feeling was to just go through the entire OG in detail. I want to apply to several schools and a few of those deadlines are at the end of October.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Score was 42 and Verbal was 31. I'm not sure if I was clear in my original post. but if you need a more theoretical background it won't be enough. I am planning to take GMAT again and am targetting in the range of 720 to 740. I understand that practice exams are pretty reflective of what most people end up getting on their actual GMAT day. On verbal. so I guess I should have expected the score I got.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 20 of 51 .SC: MGMAT SC guide .beatthegmat. Thanks Dana. But now you're more familiar with the test setting so you should do better. I don't know if this is even possible. but I want to get your advice. 660 is not a bad score to start with . Please advice if you think a 700 is attainable and if I should use the same methods you listed above. Do you think one month strategy will help me ? Thanks Minha Reply to this comment DanaJ on September 27th. What would be the most effective plan to try to improve my score to the near 700 range? If this is highly unlikely.mba.RC: either MGMAT RC guide or Veritas Prep RC The OG is a really good resource of practice problems. I have about a month from tomorrow. Your quant and verbal scores are pretty similar in terms of percentile ranking. My real goal is 700. I look forward to reading your comments. 2010 at 10:12 am The difference between your practice tests and your real test is not that big. 2010 at 8:15 am Oops.not a bad score to end with either! Remember to focus on your weaknesses and practice from the OG! Reply to this comment http://www. Reply to this comment kobtain on September 27th. I used some Veritas Prep books that I borrowed from a friend. 2010 at 9:43 am Hi Dana. That being said. In your response you stated that you believe I can get a 600 in month's time. 2010 at 8:10 am Hi Dana. I am going to sign up for 2nd GMAT on October 12th. I started studying about 2 weeks prior to the exam. Thanks a lot! DanaJ on September 12th. Should I just use the approach you detailed above. Though I was getting consistently about 700 in practice tests but don't know how I ended so low.com site and got a 620. I took another one two days ago and got a 610. just let me know the best method of increasing my score period. I believe. I got 660 in my first attempt in 2008. A 60-point improvement is definitely doable. you may have just been nervous and nothing more. but I actually already got a 600. Just one thing. 2010 at 1:44 am I certainly believe you can get a 600 in a month's time. so you should allot almost equal amounts of time for each of the two sections. my goal is to get a significantly higher score.
Getting 100% in verbal is extremely rare! I'm sure it's doable. it sends you emails every day with precise exercises to do. have started with OG-12. will let you know how it goes. 2010 at 7:32 pm Hi Dana. 2010 Kaplan Premier Live Online Tests and 2010 Princeton Review CATs.Thank you Rine DanaJ on September 29th. Check it out: http://www. Also. Although after closely following the "Beat the GMAT" community and your posts especially.I will take on your study plan. and OG. which only exposed me to the "straightforward" math. I think I paid way too much attention on studying the concepts and spent little time putting those concepts into application by practicing problems from different sources. 2010 at 1:26 pm You can try the MGMAT series of 5 quant guides. and many of them seemed so confusing at the first glance.there is still room for improvement no matter what! Reply to this comment makkwende on September 29th.Wish me luck You are such an inspiration. lost touch with studies as i have started after 5 years of education. I hit the panic zone and started taking Practice CAT tests everyday. 2010 at 1:41 pm thanks Dana.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Kaustubh on September 28th.beatthegmat. sometimes two a day.I have the Kaplan. can you suggest me methodology to keep me motivated & ensure score of 700+.Please advice. The presentation and framing of the problems was enough to throw me off 2. 2010 at 1:07 pm Hi DanaJ Im planning to give GMAT in next 4-5 months time. Can you please give me any advice on improving my quant score? i plan to take the gmat in on 29th oct exactly one month.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 21 of 51 .Is it possible to get 100% in the verbal? thanks Rine Reply to this comment DanaJ on September 29th. 2010 at 1:44 pm Hey no problem! Good luck! Reply to this comment Jaimeen on September 30th. which obviously caused me to burn out eventually. congratulations for the fantastic score ! I took the GMAT last week. but you shouldn't set too high of a goal for yourself.com). After realising that I only had a week before the actual test. 2010 at 1:13 pm Hi Kaustubh. it's pretty thorough! They also have a separate book on Word Translations which is pretty nice. Kaplan Premier and Princeton Review CATs).Im getting soo nervous. I was clearly confused by the math problems on the test. waiting for your reply.beatthegmat. i have no prior exposure to GMAT & is working 12 hrs a day with around only 2-3 hrs time daily for studies. In the end I did not have enough time to take the practice tests.com/mba/gmat-guide Reply to this comment makkwende on September 29th. Reply to this comment DanaJ on September 28th.the verbal is very good but i find it challenging to interprete word problems . I remember having taken almost 10 tests in 7 days ( GMATPrep. I have identified the following gaps in my study plan and preparation which in my opinion caused the downfall of my first GMAT attempt: 1. I wasn't really monitoring and correcting my mistakes. http://www. You can try the 60 day study guide. and scored a dismal 480 ( target score 670-700). How's it going? It was a pleasure to read about your GMAT journey. don't neglect this section completely . 2010 at 1:20 pm Hi Dana. that I never got to actually solving them. Also. I only used the 2010 Kaplan Premier Live Online for the preparation. It was a tad shocking considering I had been scoring 580-590 consistently on the GMATPrep tests (MBA.
2010 at 7:34 pm Oops. I also feel that you've assembled a super duper book lists! What I would add is to devote more time to your weak spots and less to the stuff you're good at (without neglecting it though). Its going to be 2 months of GMAT and only GMAT. thus leading to the inability to keep up the speed on the test. Would you think that the other Manhattan guides are really a necessity if I am aiming for a 670-700 score considering my current situation? My concerns are especially catered towards the Quant section. I think I have failed at mastering the theory and concepts in the very first place ( both Quant and Verbal). Your input is highly appreciated! Thanks Reply to this comment Jaimeen on September 30th. 2010 at 12:05 am Heh. http://www. 12th Edition The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review. For the Quant. I doubt if Kaplan + OG + OG Quant would suffice? Reply to this comment DanaJ on October 1st. which could be attributed to the fact that I was not timing myself while practicing the concepts after reviewing them. are the 8 Manhattan Strategy Guides in conjunction with Kaplan Premier and OG books sufficient? Please have a look at the list that I have compiled. You yourself mentioned that the quant section was not that good for you and that you struggled with word problems. 2010 at 2:48 pm Dana. which is 2 months and a week from now.2 days after the debacle. I have decided to devote myself wholly to the GMAT this time. 2nd Edition The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review. But everything you said certainly makes sense. I know you also smashed the TOEFL really well. and let me know of your thoughts. As far as the study hours go. 2010 at 12:38 am Actually I do believe they could help. Just be careful not to feel too burnt out after it though! Reply to this comment Jaimeen on October 1st. I am looking at booking the date on the 7th of Dec. Yes! The 480 has been a real shocker. appreciate that! So I have already ordered the 3 OG books and the Powerscore CR Bible and Manhattan SC guide. I didn't realise how long the post was! Extremely sorry for the largely convoluting message! Reply to this comment DanaJ on October 1st. This weak foundation has evidently made it difficult for me to solve questions quickly and effectively. Currently I have the following two books at my disposal: 1. so I think another investment is in order Reply to this comment Haaress on October 4th. 2010 at 12:35 am Thanks for the prompt response Dana.beatthegmat. so I thought I can't let work affect me in any way whatsoever. I have a feeling that the GMAT SC and RC guides combined with PowerScore CR Bible should effectively combat my Verbal issues. especially the Number Properties and Word Translations books. So here I am . 2010 Princeton Review Cracking the GMAT I have made a list of books to buy asap for strengthening my concepts and practicing problems to reinforce the same: The Official Guide for GMAT Review. 3. Lastly.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 22 of 51 .A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM and faltered at the time management aspect of the test too. Do you have a study plan for the TOEFL. 2nd Edition 8 Manhattan GMAT Strategy Guides PowerScore CR Bible From the scant research I have done so far. 2010 Kaplan Premier Live Online 2. don't worry about it. Btw 6 hours a day should get you through all the material you have. I plan to put in 6 hours everyday since I have taken time off work for the next 2 months. I was struggling to keep up with the pace of the test for both Quant and Verbal. Could you please share the resources and advise.
....... I have been following your 1-month study plan for more than a week... it would be better if you took the test on a Wednesday......and thought that I was ready for the real deal. My question: if i'm planning to have 2 rest days before the test day.. Reply to this comment pd on October 19th.. For RC.. my self esteem has gone down and am lost of which sections I should focus on .I thought that I would atleast get 600 but since I gave the exam...I did analyse that I am very weak in RC and SC..html Good luck! Reply to this comment Reza on October 9th.beatthegmat.....beatthegmat... I will consider your advice on having 1-day rest (instead of 2) on sunday only before the test........ Reply to this comment Reza on October 10th. 2010 at 8:54 pm Hi...beatthegmat..... because you really need to know your English pretty well o succeed. However.... I really appreciate your prompt responses... so I can use the weekends to take diagnostic test and review AWA section. Any suggestions are welcome as I am planning to give the exam in dec or jan....I got a good score in Quant (44) but still want to improve on it.. Thanks much.... then maybe it's better to use the weekend as a resting period and maybe just rest on Sunday and not the whole weekend.. try the Manhattan GMAT SC guide. you can use the same Manhattan guide.as I had taken gmat about 3 month ago and got a very low score (420).com/mytoefl-ibt-117-120-t51448. what day would you think is better to take the GMAT? Is it MONDAY so I can fully rest on weekends and have less stress coming from work.wat I realised during the exam that I had no energy when I started my verbal section and basically that section had pulled my score down .... I would also appreciate if I could know wat would help to sustain my energy...... It's a bit more subtle with verbal though..just would like to know..... You need to work on it every single day! Read stuff in http://www.html You can read about my TOEFL experience here: http://www.from which material should I do questions or read to improve my strategy on attacking questions...my CR is not too bad....... 2010 at 2:08 am Hmm............A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Thanks as always! Reply to this comment DanaJ on October 4th......and did give free online cat exam that I had downloaded from mba site....com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 23 of 51 ......... if you always feel drained after work......... or WEDNESDAY after 2 rest days on Monday and tuesday (where I am working on these days)..com/mba/2010/05/11/athree-week-toefl-study-plan Also be sure to check out some writing templates here: http://www......beatthegmat....... 2010 at 8:33 am Dana......com/writing-tips-templates-t51509... Since the stress coming from work can sometimes be a bit hard to predict...... Tough choice! For practicing purposes.... Dana I am a working professional contemplating to take GMAT in coming november... Reply to this comment DanaJ on October 10th...........Before I took the exam I had prepared for about 3 months doing OG (which I thought was a waste because the questions are no way near the difficulty level of the actual exam questions) and past questions from different sources like Kaplan. 2010 at 8:39 pm Hi If some one could advise me on how I could improve on my study pattern.... Manhattan...in my trail exams I did achieve about 620.... Thanks Palak Reply to this comment DanaJ on October 20th........... 2010 at 12:52 am For SC....... 2010 at 2:51 pm You can try this study plan: http://www.
com. with less than 5 hours of sleep. Please advise if this would be possible. Reply to this comment Reza on November 12th. I have been preparing since 15-20 days working on data sufficiency and then sentence correction. because these tests don't help you learn the underlying stuff at all. I plan to strictly follow the regimen recommended by you.e. Regards. did a couple of mistakes in quant esp data sufficiency and the sentence correction rules have made me slow but not shown any significant improvement. Nanyang BS. with slight modification. So this should motivate you: are you ready or not for this experience? Prove yourself that you are by beating the GMAT and overcoming your lack of stamina! Reply to this comment pd on October 20th. I just read a long list of comments and I am impressed with your expertise. It's all about training yourself to withstand the three-four hours of intense work. take no more than one CAT per week. http://www. WSJ etc. You should know that my friends in b school report having to work tons and tons. i. 2010 at 7:29 am Hi.beatthegmat. as you mention. Took my GMAT last wednesday and scored 640. In fact. 2010 at 4:34 am Hey Dana. Should I start attempting the questions and learn from mistakes? or should I formally read the theory ? Reply to this comment DanaJ on October 23rd. I had earlier taken my gmat prep test 1 scored 630 with a break up of 47 quant and 30 verbal. I am targeting 720 plus. working on your energy levels is also important. I feel that I am not strong with some topics so I till now was saving it till the end. 2010 at 6:59 am Dear Dana. I still have 25 days to go for the GMAT. Thanks for all your advise. that's awesome! Congrats! Glad I helped! And the best of luck with the rest of your apps! Reply to this comment Naveen on November 18th. Being exposed to the language every day is the best way to prepare! Other than that. enough for two most popular part-time MBA in Singapore. But today I took the Gmat prep test 2 didnt do well my score came down to 550. pd Karan on October 23rd. Another thing I have still not started solving the OG. I lost touch with some concepts I feel if i brush them up I will be back on track. so please if you can suggest online tests available that mimick the Gmat. Dana I followed your one-month study plan.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM English such as the Economist.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 24 of 51 . since I have to do my job and do my duties as a father. I am sincerely thanking you so much for sharing your brilliant study plan with us. 2010 at 5:46 pm Dear Dana. First of all congrats on a brilliant score. There are no shortcuts on this one (at least as far as I know). I want to give more tests. 2010 at 5:08 am You should definitely focus on theory first and CATs and practice afterward. You need to keep the ultimate goal in mind: getting into business school. please give me some suggestions. Reply to this comment Dana on November 13th. and National Univ of Singapore. I intend to take GMAT in a months time and I consider myself lucky that I bumped on this page. I took a prep test on Princeton's website and scored a 570 with no preparation at all. 2010 at 6:44 am Wow. Quite struggling though. Practice should be done after you've completed the theoretical review for a subject and not before. sciencedaily. You need to take CATs under timed conditions to prepare you for the real test.
Trust me. Naveen Reply to this comment DanaJ on November 18th. Thanks again. I don't see why not. Good luck with all those tests/degrees! Reply to this comment Eric on December 12th.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Second. The main point is to focus on your weaknesses and try to consolidate your strengths. unfortunately. they take A LOT of time and effort and if you compare your first draft with the actual essay that you submit. Naveen Eric on December 7th. for admission to a JD/MBA program and I plan on using this study plan. 2010 at 8:37 am Hey Naveen. If you also want a pretty complete guide for SC. Should I push it back a week or is it possible to learn that Quant and the Sentence corrections studying 2-3 hours a day in three weeks? Reply to this comment DanaJ on December 13th. Additionally. I initially messed up and registered to take the GMAT about a week earlier than I meant to leaving me only 3 weeks to study. How much time should I be spending each day studying to achieve between a 670 and a 690? 2 hours? I've always excelled on standardized tests (1460 on the old SAT. 2010 at 9:07 pm Thanks for your help Dana! Would you happen to have a link to amazon or somewhere for the Quant books you recommended? They were not under the books listed for self study on the site. Reply to this comment DanaJ on December 7th. Rgds. would 1 month be enough to write my essays and prepare for interviews for top 10 b-schools. then try the Manhattan GMAT guide for that . Will follow your regimen and will see how far I go. 2010 at 3:26 pm In your case. Thanks for prompt. 2010 at 3:17 pm Hey DanaI'm a current law student taking the GMAT in late Jan. you're looking for a 150-point increase.. Well. Many thanks.I simply haven't done this math in years. 2010 at 10:45 am Hey Dana. which is not easily accomplished in a month's time. 169 on the LSAT both on the first try) but I am worried about the GMAT because I am very rusty on the Quant stuff-." The fifth book in this list is potentially http://www. It depends on how much time you have on your hands (if you study one hour per day or if you can devote your entire day to the GMAT) and the resources you have access to. To answer your second question. if you can set goals for yourself and have someone trustworthy to help you with editing. They are called "Number Properties. a month is not too much to finalize your essays.although I'm not sure if you really need anything more than practice from the Official Guide for this one." "Geometry" and "Fractions and Percents. you'll see there will be a huge difference! However." "Word Translations. If you're a non native speaker.beatthegmat. so you should do just fine. Rgds.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 25 of 51 . I plan to apply in IInd round. Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension are indeed much easier than what you saw in the LSAT. then tailor the plan above to include more on quant rather than verbal.. The verbal I am not too concerned about because I have heard it is much easier than the LSAT verbal aside from the sentence correction sentence. Reply to this comment Naveen on November 18th. you may want to focus more on quant by buying the Manhattan GMAT set of 5 quant guides. 2010 at 1:26 am The quant books I recommended can be found under the name of Manhattan GMAT. frank and encouraging revert." "Equations and VICs.
2010 at 1:13 am Hi Reshma. Its a very very personal request.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 26 of 51 . Please help me.. 2010 at 1:00 pm http://www.. Aditya on December 28th. It also depends on your general level of math to start with. I need to get into a decent B-School this fall in any case. Fall 2011 is my last hope for an MBA abroad.. I never give out my email address. Thanks and wish u a happy new year in advance Reply to this comment DanaJ on December 28th.beatthegmat. RC and CR guides for the concepts. I think that's about enough. Yes i am planning to appear for my GMAT the third time but my prepartion is no better. You can also e-mail me for the same.I work full-time and am even thinking of quittin my job as i feel its taking up too much of my valuable time and energy now. The last one being 530. 2010 at 8:35 pm Sorry to bother you Dana but one last question. just don't buy it. 2011 at 4:06 pm Thanks Dana! Took the gmat today for the first and only time. Im sorry for making this emotional but its how bad it is. I have written my gmat twice already and that two with dissappointing scores of 490 and 480. I mean i have studied better this time but no real improvement has taken place. 2010 at 2:11 am Yes. 2010 at 9:05 am Thanks so much again for all your help! probably best to push it back so that I don't have to rush/stress about it. I have mainly used the OG-12 and Manhattan SC. It's a bit tight to learn all this stuff in 3 weeks. Reply to this comment Eric on December 13th. However as you know its almost January 2011 and I need to submit my applications by March 1st so that I stand the last possible chance of getting into a good school for fall 2011.. Congratulations on your great score and wish you all the luck for the admission process. Well sorry to be selfish but i am in need of tremendous help. I should just buy the 4 Manhattan GMAT Quant Books (not the the fractions and percents one which you're right would be a waste). Reply to this comment Reshma on December 14th. I don't feel like you'll have too much time. Thanks! Reply to this comment DanaJ on December 15th. My username is "DanaJ" Reply to this comment Eric on December 15th. I'm pretty sure you won't have time to do everything. Reply to this comment Eric on February 12th. 2010 at 9:44 pm Could I have your email id ?i would like to email you instead of writing here. Looking forward to your reply. Considering i have 2 months to do everything which i intend to seriously this one time of my life i request you to guide my as to how i should proceed and when would it be appropriate to book an exam. The GMAT has been haunting me for over 1. the Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction book. Got a bit lower than I had been practicing at but a 730 is plenty good for the school I am going to.5 years now and i need to get out of it. but you'll do a good chunk of the books. Its my last hope.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM unnecessary because it's kind of easy -if you're comfortable with percents and fractions.. I need to score a 700+ and there is no possibilty of settling for anything else now considering this is my third attempt. 2010 at 11:55 am Hi Dana. unfortunately. but you can send me a private message through the forums. Finally i have given the GMATPrep a number of times but my score is usually around the 500 range. and the Official Guide? Thanks! Reply to this comment DanaJ on December 16th. Will it be a wise thing to do? I am ready to quit all the comforts for these 2 months only to get a 700+ score in the GMAT.
I realised that I am not too bad on CR. 2010 at 5:16 am How much time you take depends..beatthegmat. such as your quant/verbal breakdowns.. Are you 100% confident on the theoretical side of things? You need to be very confident on that side before anything else. There are a number of things you haven't told me though. you may need help from some tutor or course.. I'm not sure how you've been tackling each question. you can safely say you've done your best. You need to change it dramatically. Apart from that do you suggest any other study material or what i have is enough? Btw i had mailed my target universities regarding my application. 2010 at 1:39 am Hey Dana. It was so nice to see your quick reply. 2010 at 4:59 am Hey Dana. People usually spend 2-3 hours a day during weekdays and 5-6 hours a day on weekends. Also need to work on my concepts for verbal. Just one last thing. Reply to this comment Aditya on December 29th..beatthegmat. I thought id get it only next year considering its new year time.especially since your scores are incredibly consistent. You should try the following plan: http://www.. Really appreciate that DanaJ on December 29th. really. I don't think quitting your job is a wise decision.They replied saying that submission by March 1st deadline would be ok but i shouldn't delay it further considering that i am an international applicant. Thank you for all your help and patience. I'm pretty sure you've got more problems with verbal than with quant. but I'm sure you'll work through it in the end. 2011 at 6:20 am http://www. I can't think of any other resource apart from those that I've already listed. I never give out my email address. I have been chasing quantity over quality i guess.com/mba/2010/01/16/verbal-focus-gmat-plan I see you bought quite a few of the best resources for verbal. you can send me a private message on the forums.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Hey there. but I also feel that quitting to take a test is not the best thing to do in the grand scheme of things. I almost blank out on every test and just dont know how to identify the thing. How will you explain to the adcom that you quit? Reply to this comment Aditya on December 29th. If you can do that for the next two months.How much time would that take in general? (I know that depends on persons ability but still). Have you been using some strategy guides for quant too? The OG is not enough for a good quant score. but don't sacrifice quality for quantity. I saw you mentioned that you needed practice for SC.. you need to drastically change your approach to get better results.. Don't despair! You can do it! It's going to take a lot of work. and I'm not sure you can do it on your own .The last which i remember was 27V(this was my highest). But in case of SC I think its a lack of practice. However. i know you dont give your email id but is there anyway if i can mail you or send you my queries since i dont really wish to exhaust this article space with my unlimited posts. I mean it was tougher I suppose that I can probably practice more math concepts and improve my score but how do i go about verbal? Well I guess if the job has to stay then I really need to pull up my sleeves. need a proper plan DanaJ on December 29th. that's not always the case. Something must be wrong with your approach.Dana do you think i should go ahead and book my exam and then plan my prep accordingly or vice-versa? The pressure is high as i know 2 months are not enough to finish everything.. Reply to this comment Andy on January 13th.. Coming to my quant and verbal breakdowns: My quant has almost always been between 40Q44Q(I suppose this is the score one gets at the end of the test right?) while verbal has been the most fluctuating part. If you want. Dana. RC is on the same road.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 27 of 51 .But i knew i had to do this some or the other day and this is the right time . You need to put your decisions into perspective.I would go through the verbal-gmat focus plan. While practicing OG I was doing reasonably well but on the practice tests i just couldn't understand the passage. I know it may be tough to study while you also work. I suppose that is one of the problems. since anything you do right now will have an impact on your career overall. I think a solid review would be in order. 2010 at 3:34 am Hmm.
Any help would be appreciated and how i could tailor your 1 month plan to achieve better results. no matter what you do. if your target score is not in the low 600s range. Reply to this comment Andy on January 13th. The materials you have are not bad at all and I suspect all you need to to is just use them properly. i took the GMAT on December 24th and scored a dismal 500 (Q34. Andy Cristi on January 13th. can you please tell me how can I check whether I am able to do this or not ? thanks Reply to this comment http://www. a more than 100-point increase is highly unlikely in a month's time. Reply to this comment DanaJ on January 13th. 2011 at 6:31 pm I have a month and a couple days before the GMAT deadline. 2011 at 5:55 pm Does anyone one of any CD with practice questions that will keep track of one weak areas and automatically will enforce on those questions? I used this method for the CPA test and it was a great success. I will definitely keep these in mind while preparing for the test. 2011 at 6:09 pm I admit I've never heard of such a resource.beatthegmat. I am planning to re-take the test in a month in order to meet the application deadlines. though: while I advise people to be optimistic about what they can achieve. I had been scoring between 510-590 and a 630 once on the online Manhattan GMAT CATs.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Hi Dana.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 28 of 51 . These tests sever some purposes: . I have to yet start preparing. Because English is my second language. 2011 at 7:55 am Thank you for the words of wisdom Dana. therefore I have no confidence. i wanted to know if this plan would work for me. Andy Reply to this comment DanaJ on January 13th. Thanks again.helping you with timing because the mimic the test-day pressure . Your score indicates that you should probably spend equal amounts of time on verbal and quant. Reply to this comment lamya on February 6th.helping you diagnose some problem areas Beyond that. you may want to postpone taking the test. I think your biggest problem is focusing on CATs. most online courses will have some sort of adaptive platform to help you work on what you need to. I have the following prep material: OG 12 Powerscore CR Bible MGMAT SC and CR OG Verbal and Quant Review books (10th ed) Princeton Review Manual for GMAT A few of the Veritas Books Last time i feel i didnt make use of much of the aforementioned material. You shouldn't take more than one every week. and I have a poor grip over it.39 during practice but dont know how i screwed up on D day. My verbal score had been varying between 33 . However. As such. 2011 at 7:42 am Hey Andy. V21) after almost 3 months of studying. you should focus on getting your concepts straight and practicing a lot based on that.assessing where you stand . CATs are not the best use of your time. A word of caution. rather focused too much on the MGMAT CATs and reviewing the questions that i got wrong. I would be content if i get anything over 600 so even though a 100 point increase might be asking too much but i hope i can make that happen some inspirational posts about re-taking the test have definitely got me optimistic. But I am unable to decide whether this is a wise decision to go for it. Thanks. Instead.
I'm planning on taking the 2nd gmatpre probably like 10 days before my gmat. and i've been putting avg 6hours/day into studying for this sexy exam. but I see nothing about theory. 2011 at 2:55 am I think that you can reach a 700 in 20 days. but I assume if one gets the advanced questions right. In the end it's up to you to decide whether or not you want to take the test! Reply to this comment MTJ on February 18th. 2011 at 9:42 pm hey dana. so when you say its very unlikely that a 200jump occurs in a one month study plan. 1. I did 10 questions per test.you won't be able to hit your target score. 2. Regarding OG and Kaplan Premier. I'm afraid. thanks alot Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 12th. i scored 520. and so far i've done 300+ questions and got about 94% of them right (from Kaplan Math. and so far i have 117/120 (plan to do 180 of this book). especially if you study for 6 hours a day. but here are some red flags for me: 1. 2011 at 6:33 pm also I am totally free.com and get the GMATPrep software with the two tests. So far i've been focusing on quant. you should go to mba. Regarding verbal. so I have all the time which I need if I do in a month. and in order to try and solve it i will buy the CR powersource bible you recommend. SC isnt really an issue and i just feel like i need to practice to get the hang of it. OG 12 and the practice questions of beatthegmat. 4 intermediate level and 4 advanced. What's your verbal score? You can get 100% right on quant. I'm taking my GMAT in 20 days and I've been studying for 10days already and my resources are Kaplan Premier 2011. but how far can my resources take me? do you feel like if i crush the books i have. Premier and OG) so i'm feeling confident. Kaplan Math and Verbal Workbook. but that hardly matters if you get a really low score on verbal . there are tests for each topic covered on the gmat. I know what you mean when you say that most of them aren't representative. i feel like my real problem lies in CR questions. 2011 at 4:12 pm @Eric. Postponing the GMAT can be an option in case you're not hitting your target score. i'm able to nail that 700? thank you Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 18th. Make sure you have the concepts locked in and then proceed with practice. 3. You mention practice. and they have 3 levels as I'm sure you know. I feel like i can definetly achieve it. when i did my diagnose gmat. which comes from my good %of right answers on my practice. and i'm aiming at 700-720. While they are still good practice. what do you think about my situation overall? I consider myself a fast learner. 2 basic level. congrats!!! That's an awesome score! Glad I could help a bit! Wish you the best with your apps! Reply to this comment MTJ on February 17th.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM lamya on February 6th. then maybe you should postpone your test. Are you just doing practice questions without a solid theoretical base? Then it's not such a good strategy. 2011 at 1:33 am Hey lamya. but what exactly? The first 50-100 questions in the OG can be classified as easy. Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 7th. You should take one of those tests and see how much you get: if it's more than 100 points below your target score. You did not say anything about verbal. i find myself a bit alarmed.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 29 of 51 . 2. you should know that they're not particularly representative of the real thing if you want to hit 700.beatthegmat. 2011 at 4:35 am ok. Reply to this comment lamya on February 7th. For isntance regarding Kaplan's Math Workbook. 2011 at 6:48 am hey dana thanks for the reply. so in case i score poorly i can postpone it. but i don't know if in 20 days i can get there. However. You say you've practicing a lot. he should feel capable or something http://www.
so when something gets going. i have no idea what went wrong. I'm thinking that you should probably take an mba. it really gets going) 3. such a beautiful article. and my target score being 700. Do you feel like i need to get any of the MGMAT series in order tu further improve? I'm not scared of having a pile of books to go through in 3 weeks (I'm a bit obsessive. It all depends on your specific skill set. Theory was my breakthrough in this study plan. You should definitely focus more on verbal than on quant during this time. As I've said.. 2011 at 2:58 pm You're not too far away from your goal.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM related. 2011 at 10:41 am wow. Reply to this comment kassy on February 18th. but try not to neglect quant as well. 2011 at 4:20 pm Well the best of luck! Hope you can hit your target score! Reply to this comment Kassy on February 18th. It also serves as a basic plan for those of us who are short on time! I have been studying for the GMAT for over a month now and I have 3 weeks more until my test day. Actually. After all the serious and dedicated study of 5 months with a gmat tutor . I need a 650 for my target schools but I'm pushing myself for a 700 DanaJ on February 18th. Before practice i always take a look at my notes and then seem to fare quite well in the questions. you can get the Number Properties and the Word Translations books. I highly recommend it! 2. 2011 at 8:21 am 1. That's good! I wasn't sure you've done everything in that direction. Reply to this comment kassy on February 18th.but if you feel like doing some more practice. I plan to take my 2nd gmatpre probably after next week. as I've said on the other post. which i'll begin monday until next sunday. I'm not sure . and wrote all of the key concepts in a separate notebook. I"ll take a mba. 4. I'm using all the MGMAT books for my study and I've gone thru 80% of the material in the books. i sat for my second gmat today and only scored 340 (Q32 V16)which is lesser than what i scored the first time which is 380(Q32 V-11).beatthegmat.Thanks Dana. The first time i did not take gmat so serious with only few weeks of study i scored a 380. then you probably need to give yourself more time. regarding the verbal part.com test one week before your big day: if you're not within 20 points of the target score. Am a GMAT student. with close to 2 weeks before my gmat. My Q scores are usually around 44 and V is around 25-30.com and MGMAT tests. 2011 at 3:34 pm Thanks Dana for your perspective! Yes. However. Dana. Your thoughts? Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 18th. because there are a lot more mechanics that I'm not as familiar as I am with math. my approach will be more theoretical. 4. I'd rather be a bit more conservative in setting goals.I am scoring around 600 in the practice tests of mba. but at the same time I can't say that a 100-point increase is easy to do in three weeks. They're the best of the 5. I really need to get the Verbal up.com test sometime and see where my scores average. from the main books. 2011 at 7:46 am Hi Dana. One last thing. 3. 2011 at 4:29 pm Thanks Dana Rajlak on February 20th.. I began by reading everything about quant I had.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 30 of 51 . It is possible. I was able to score only this much!! I am devastated to the core!. http://www. The CR Bible is indeed the best for CR.do you think it's still reachable if i get like 610-630 on the pre? thanks dana DanaJ on February 18th. Hmm. do you think I can still achieve me dream goal of 700 assuming that I continue to study at the same pace for the next 3 weeks.. but it's not likely or easy.
2011 at 3:31 am These books are surely very good. Also i have downloaded the error log which would be of help.. I'm sorry to say this.. which is the only book i have been using . I really appreciate it Dana that u recommended me the MGmat series of 8 guides. Can u please help me out Dana . It's pretty unusual to see an over 200-point increase in such a short time. You need to spend more time on concepts. but. try to keep it within the 2 mins/question.. I am a bit surprised that you got a lower score after prepping with a tutor for so long . I http://www... You need to practice using a timer each and every day: at first. also i have the only resource am using is the OG 12. Thanks again. I was not lucky enough may be!!!.. its the time management am having a problem with. Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 23rd. Advice me on how I should improvise on this test. 2011 at 2:34 am Thanks DanaJ.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 31 of 51 . Yes this time am gonna do a self study.. perhaps using the 8 guides mentioned above. I would appreciate if u could let me know. but the problem is that you have very little time on your hands. What are the practice tests i should practice on.are you sure your tutor is trustworthy? I would not spend that much time with him/her after these results. Managing your timing comes with practice. I need a very effective gmat plan to beat the gmat by a fair 600 is enough for me!. Thanks a bunch. as you progress. I was practicing the gmatprep over and over again and was scoring in the range of 450-570 all the time.. I feel much relieved for identifying and letting me know my weaknesses. did all the 800 questions from it and been practicing test from the gmatprep over and over again. Therefore. I recommend that you invest time and money in resources such as the Manhattan GMAT set of 8 guides before you return to practice. 2011 at 10:49 am From your messages.. but unless there's a solid theoretical background. But am really out of time and i need to sit for the gmat in a month. if am in the correct track.. but all i want is a tutor who could personally advice me on the resources i should use. I definitely get the feeling that you are focusinh waaay too much on practice and not enough on theory. because it focuses on the concept in line with the retired questions. Reply to this comment rajlak on February 23rd. since practice tests won't really help you with theory. That being said. You shouldn't take more than two practice tests in the coming month.beatthegmat. Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 20th. My next gmat test is on March 26 2011. Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 20th. These books are surely good. but the OG and GMATPrep on their own will not be enough to get you to your target score. allow yourself more time to do the questions. Also i was practicing gmatprep. then it's likely not going to get you that much. I have got the 8 series down now.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM But the second time i used the OG 12. But still i did all the OG questions from the book twice. 2011 at 8:25 am Hi Rajlak. but you should know that it's unlikely to achieve such an increase in score in a month.. Their usefulness is limited to timed practice. score approximation and test day simulation.. is gmatprep only enough to get a decent score of 600?. I feel that my fine with maths concept . I do seriously have some problem with the verbal section.. I would keep you updated with the latest progresses.. how many practice tests should i do?. You have not mentioned any books that cover the theoretical part of the test. it is easy to relate with. is it at all possible to give yourself more time for study? I'm not trying to make you feel bad. You can practice all you want.. Is these books and the GMATPrep enough to score a 600 in a month. Your score indicates that you have deficiencies in both quant and verbal.. 2011 at 10:39 am Thanks alot for the advice Dana. Reply to this comment Rajlak on February 20th.
A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM say take a diagnostic test a week before your test and. but that doesn't mean you should get discouraged. 2011.anything aove 650. i spent too much time on next few problems due to this I had to pace up towards the end. Target score . I was expecting at least 3436 on test day. Kurt Reply to this comment DanaJ on March 10th.com/mba/books Reply to this comment Kurt on March 10th. Nice article. V 34) 3rd march MGMAT 2 670 (Q 45.28). I have never read/prepared for GMAT before. I studied for over 3 months and last one month i put in lot of efforts. your level might be a little higher than the 540 you got . then you need to give yourself more time. 3-5 hours a day sounds good. My situation allows for me to study 3-5 hours a day leading up to my test date on April 15. If you took the free Kaplan test though. this way you're bound to get the highest ROI. check out: http://www. V 34) 25th Feb MGMAT 1 720 ( Q 46. Frankly i have studied most of the verbal material but i find it hard to apply them during practice. V 36) 5th march GMATprep 2 660(Q 48. I took a break and i went ahead with verbal. V 42) 27th feb MGMAT 3 650 (Q 46. This was way below my expectation level. Good luck! Reply to this comment Neil on February 24th. how many hours would you recommend I dedicate to the study plan? I would like to avoid diminishing returns so your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. V 34) This was one day before the test All the tests were timed and during GMATprep 2 i wrote essays as well. Actual GMAT 610 (Q 45. I am pretty ok in solving general maths problem. 2011 at 1:57 am I can't guarantee anything. Thank you. 2011 at 1:45 am Hi Dana. if you're more than 30 points away from your target score. since I do not know your current level. So will be able to dedicate 2 hrs on weekdays. Your help would be much appreciated.. Will your strategy work for it? I am working full time.. I also strongly advise you to spend more time on your weaknesses than your strengths. At the end of Queant section i knew i didn't do well. to be honest. V 28) On test day: Quant: I could not solve first question and panicked. 2011 at 7:59 am Hi Dana. Verbal: I felt i was doing good and i did it in usual manner. 2011 at 12:38 pm It's not going to be easy. Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 24th. I would like to mention my GMAT prep and MGMAT practice score: GMATprep 1 680 (Q 49 . as long as you keep the quality pretty high too! Reply to this comment cristy on March 15th. You can take a diagnostic test and figure out where you stand. For some more book recommendations. I have read through most of your posts and I am gearing up for your 30-day study plan. Also. I scored a 540 on my first kaplan practice test and would like to achieve a 680+ on test day. I took GMAT on March 9 and score 610(45. Verbal can be a problem for me.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 32 of 51 . 2011 at 12:29 pm Hi Dana. I am sure i guessed some questions. do you feel this is possible and second. http://www.beatthegmat.this free test historically understates a test-taker's ability.beatthegmat. I am planning to give GMAT exam by end of next month. Improvement takes a bit of time. First of all.
You say you've taken notes: have you forced yourself to use the strategy described in the book? I know it must be hard at the beginning. I also did some RC from OG-12. However. reading! Read in English 30 mins a day . It's time consuming and you need to convince yourself to drop the bad habits and use the proper approach. Your verbal score seems to be on the low side compared to your practice tests. 27V). 3) RC: I have no strategy to improve it apart from studying and practicing. since you usually get a better grasp of things if you write down what you understood. inequalities.For CR and SC i maintained an excel sheet and practiced around 20 questions from both sections. reading. I have a feeling you're not getting the most of all these good resources. you could probably use some official practice. In fact i revised them 2 days before test day.. 2011 at 1:10 pm Hmm. I strongly advise you to take notes or make flashcards. 2) Powerscore CR bible: I have read it and made notes but i am not able to apply the concepts during practice session and exam. If i understand argument well then i get it right else wrong. I feel as though I did horribly on Quant.check out websites like The Economist or sciencedaily. 3) Kaplan GMAT premier 2010: I used this book for RC strategy and found this good enough for practicing RC. that's ok. 2-5 hours per week. Take your time when you practice! . Good luck! Reply to this comment Galen on March 21st. you can still practice say the last 100 questions for each section. there's also the question of using materials the right way. advanced permutation combination problems and complex word problems.SC: you probably need to review your theoretical materials and take notes/make flashcards.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 33 of 51 . In sum.. From what I can tell. i am usually stuck between two close answer choices. Maybe a good review is in order? Also. SC and CR. but 41 seems rather high. 2) Online BTG practice question pool. Even Wikipedia works sometimes! As long as you read! For quant.RC: there are very few shortcuts for this one. The Kaplan books is pretty good too.com. 2) Problem Solving: Slow speed and word problems. 4) OG 10 and 12: I practiced OG 12 questions. Also referred to some flash cards and other material for formula. so maybe my expectations are high. It takes reading. I took the GMAT in early Dec. especially since you mentioned the issues with CR even after using the CR Bible. One note here: i never did OG as i found them too easy. it was clearly a bad plan). My weak areas: 1) DS: especially number problems. For each section: . 5) Manhattan GMAT flash cards and spidey's notes. Great article. I know I did awful on Verbal because I simply did not do enough practice (this was after 9 months of on and off studying.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Books used: Verbal: 1) Manhattan SC: i have read it twice few months back but i guess i know most of the general rules. Have you considered some of the MGMAT books? The Number Prop and Word Translations guides are particularly useful.. The quant score is more or less what you'd expect given your practice test scores. to actually apply the steps.. I end up using my my general understanding of argument. I did not have time to revise before exam though. I have to reread passage in case of detail questions and i end up making mistakes as i am not sure. Quant: 1) Kaplan GMAT premier 2010: I studied most of the quant theory from this book. I have not scheduled the test date yet. there's a feeling that you're not using everything that's out there in terms of theory. 6) BTG online practice questions. If you find the first few questions too easy.CR: I personally believe in the efficiency of the CR Bible and the strategies it presents. 2011 at 10:23 pm Hey Dana.beatthegmat. I took a couple months off. i really need to figure out a new schedule and approach for preparation and do it within 1 to 1. then hit my weak spot by tackling SC for a month in the http://www. 5) SC: I really feel this is my strong point but i am not sure how to be 100% sure about all the answers. but there's only so much detail you can pack in a general book before it becomes too heavy Also. and got a 570 (41Q. Sometimes i just guess between two close answers. when you practice. Moreover. Reply to this comment DanaJ on March 15th. 4) CR: it was fine during practice of OG questions but my performance for this section has been inconsistent.5 months. Especially if you're a non-native speaker. it takes a while to memorize all the rules . as i was not sure about the strategy and the amount of time i would need to implement it. don't neglect the OG: given your current quant score. you're using all the right materials for verbal.
the OG has just a few pages of concepts and is widely considered not to be enough as far as theory goes. Also. that I literally solved in 15-20 seconds. 3 hours on Saturday. this should be applied to all concepts. Erasmus).com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 34 of 51 . although I didn't waste any time thinking about it at the moment . roots/powers. I started working on quant again and noticed a trend after 75 PS and 20 DS problems: I forgot everything in quant and panicked a few times in mornings. so I've been looking for problems online or in the 11th ed OG to help me practice. The best thing to do is: . don't forget that you have experimental questions.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM 11th ed.most of what I need to review is geometry. OG GMAT Error Log with 79% correct so far. I've already done all the problems in the Manhattan books. but you have not said anything about books that cover the theoretical side of the GMAT.beatthegmat. you can't tell how well you're doing and you definitely should not waste time figuring this out. I will have 12 days left to study once I finished the 12th ed. you can find them in the Self Study tab). which means that it gets harder and harder as you get stuff right. so had no choice). but had already paid. and word translations. The hard part is going to be learning another language in six months. I've reviewed each book twice over the nine month period. note cards during lunch. and I'm keeping a log of which subjects I need to review in the books during this study period .practice a few problems covering the topic Of course. Your plan seems extremely solid and it will likely work much better than your on-off study routine so far. OG. Reply to this comment Galen on March 22nd. I definitely agree that you should practice using the OG. note card review on Sunday then a practice test before Sunday ends. I noticed some major performance increases. doing just one question on circles at a time does not help reinforce the theory. You're awesome! Reply to this comment DanaJ on March 22nd. the Manhattan instructor informed us no http://www. I make note cards for each question I get wrong to review during lunch at work and plan to have the entire 12 ed. done in 27 days so I have enough time to see where I'm still doing poorly. With regards to your score. but you need to also know the theory really really well. don't get me wrong. but I felt the detail in Manhattan GMAT was far better. you might need to increase quant quite a bit too. However. you should know that 41q is the 58th percentile. and now I have 38 days until d-day. I remember that I was getting all sorts of difficult questions on quant and then somewhere in the middle I got this very easy question with powers. an investment analyst from Goldman Sachs turned CEO of a web start-up who went to Wharton got a 570 the first try and a 650 after a month of studying. in fact the average scores at the schools I'm targeting are around 650 (Boccia. There's another thing you should know: don't try to guess the level of difficulty on the GMAT! This test is adaptive. Anyway. while 27v is about 42nd percentile. 2011 at 1:06 am Hey Galen." a collection of problems on various topics (you'll see a PS on circles then the next one is on equations etc etc). Hope this helps! Let me know if you need any book recommendations (I've also written a few reviews. work on more questions 1-2 hours in the evening. but I think I just have to get my brain used to it again.time is extremely precious! Bottom line: whether you're getting really hard or really easy problems. he inspired me). I'm not targeting Wharton. I have completed 105 questions in the 12 ed. OG. Dana! I actually took the Manhattan GMAT over a year ago (lost my job. I tried looking over some of the Kaplan and Princeton Review books in a Barnes & Noble. You're bound to miss a few. They're known to be a quant school. There's more to gain out of improving your verbal. keeping an error log and making flashcards. but if you're targeting Wharton (seems like it from your example).. I thus have two questions: 1) Do you think this is enough? Is reaching a 650 feasible? 2) With this plan. so I tend to make enough mistakes to know not to get my hopes up. couldn't focus on it. combinatorics. You see. I'm pretty sure that one was an experimental question. I try not to think about how well I'm doing.. 2011 at 7:16 am Thanks for the advice.review the full theory on circles . here's one thing I noticed while reading your post: you talk a lot about the OG (which is an awesome book. but that's not such a big deal. The schedule is working on the guide 1-2 hours before work. I have ADD and I'm rather incapable of noticing tiny details at times (my brain acts weird). and it should be used by all that prep for the GMAT). However. What should I do during the remaining 12 days to help me ensure I can kick this bugger's derrier? Your 30 day plan and How I Beat the GMAT story made me more confident (also. The OG is a "mix. Foster.
2011 at 6:06 pm Hey DanaJ. I didn't realize that I needed to prep myself in a similar test-taking environment: In front of a computer with ear plugs in. so thank you to whoever created it. The Error Log makes this an extremely efficient process. Also. Usually.but I'm not sure it's quite doable in a month. Is a jump like 420-600 even possible? Or am I dreaming. I'm not shooting too high. Focus most of your attention on your weakness! Good luck! Reply to this comment Adam on April 18th.help! Reply to this comment DanaJ on April 16th. Oy. I figured it would be better to study where I don't have electronics to distract me. reviewing the 11th ed. 2011 at 3:30 pm Hi Dana. There's no specific recommendation on hours a day. since it's a more complete coverage of the test. but I know I need to train myself not to think about my performance while actually answering questions. 2011 at 4:20 pm Hi LynnTeresa. I scored a 420 on my first practice and I'm aiming for a 600 in a little over a month.beatthegmat.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM matter what. I'm fortunate to be able to study 4 hours every day to prepare for this exam. but I learned my lesson. looking for questions online. I took the "practice" exam in the beginning of OG 12 and it seems like my weakness includes Math and Sentence Corrections. The whole test experience after studying in a coffee shop made me extremely nervous. you might just be able to pull it off. I think I did worse in Verbal. Thanks for supporting all of us. The reason I'm focusing on the 12th ed. which I have been doing. which do you recommend? Thank you for your time and convenience! Adam Reply to this comment Adam on April 18th. and reviewing Manhattan GMAT concepts. because I need to get my applications out by the beginning of June and I want to give myseld enough time to study and take it again before my apps are to. because I'm significantly selfaware and know I'm capable of fouling up even after I've covered all my bases.this makes much more sense then! Good luck! Reply to this comment LynnTeresa on April 16th. OG. I forgot to mention the first nine months studying was in my favorite coffee shop. I currently own OG 12 and 2011 Kaplan Premier. I have found sutdying for the GMAT to be REALLY daunting. since quant is your problem area. I plan on using your plan. 2011 at 8:34 am Ha . What is your recommendation in order for me to achieve the best possible score? What study guide should I follow? Should I focus on the essay part at all? Do I need any other books? If so. 2011 at 6:16 pm http://www. although most people usually clock in about two during workdays and 6+ during weekends. OG is it's the only way to figure out what I'm doing worst on and target those subjects before the test. we'll feel we're getting about 50% wrong after the initial 5-6 questions in each section. Thanks! Reply to this comment DanaJ on March 22nd. I figured the last 12 days to d-day after finishing the 12th ed.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 35 of 51 . OG could be spent working on subjects I suck at by reviewing note cards I haven't memorized yet. It takes a bit to properly go through everything! However. I will be taking my GMAT exam in exactly a month. It is possible to get from a 420 to a 600 . Your insight is really helpful. it takes less time to get better at quant than at verbal. Any other added advice as to how many hours a day etc? Math is my weakest point so that's been my focus. My only remark is that you might want to shift to the Manhattan series of quant guides instead of the Kaplan book.
if your AWA is 2 but your application essays are flawless. Maybe you should take another diagnostic test and see where you stand? That could tell you if you are on the right track and which areas need improvement.I went through CR MGMAT. For instance.. then you might have to put more than 2 hours of work in it. I have complete quant from MGMAT and OG. The AWA is used to weed out too suspicious applicants. a thing you tick on the list. 2011 at 8:44 am Hi Dana. I gave a few paper based tests where I scored around 690-710. but you can also give the Manhattan books a try. I can't forward the entire guide at once. since the concepts tested for each level become ever more difficult. it's reasonable to assume that you had someone write them for you. Just an off beat question.. Is there a way to receive all the emails that are forwarded in the 60-day study guide? I would like all the emails in order to try to study the same material in roughly 30 days. I personally studied for it less than a day (most definitely less than 2 hours) and got a 5..33V). but I'm not convinced it's that useful. This is. but judging by your name you must be a non native speaker. Before I started my prep i scored a 580 in gmatprep.. Number Properties and Sentence Correction. Getting from a 550 to a 600 is probably easier than getting from a 700 to a 750. for two individuals . Finally 3 days before the actual gmat I gave my second power prep and scored a 720.. 2011 at 1:00 pm Hey Dana. http://www. It might even be easier for the second person to go from 700 to 750 because some are just better test takers than others. i. The essay part is sort of like.. 2011 at 12:19 am Hi Adam.beatthegmat. Unfortunately. Reply to this comment Z on July 23rd. 2011 at 8:59 am I'd say it gets incrementally harder to improve as you progress. However. As such.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM In addition. You can use the resources outlined in this study guide.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 36 of 51 . Reply to this comment Ankita on July 6th. so when I went for my exam.. just buy the following three guides: Word Translations. I am very unhappy with my score. I have my doubts about this. I plan to retake the GMAT. The material I used was basically compiled from different editions of the OG. These should help you in covering your weakness while at the same keep the amount of books you need to go through relatively low (especially given that you have 4 hours per day).If all the contibuting factors be the same like time spent etc. Then I gave the Manhattan GMAT where I got a 670. I took my GMAT in April and scored a 660(48Q.I prepared for almost a month seriously. I need a score of 720+ .e. But best of luck! Reply to this comment Aditya on May 21st. 730+. and i am very worried. of course. I'm pretty sure that if you wanted to get a 6 (the top score). could you please advise? my exams on 3rd aug. 2011 at 10:43 am I don't really know what your weakness is. Reply to this comment DanaJ on July 6th. There's the question of starting level. 2011 at 10:19 am hii Dana.but havent done much in verbal. which is also important. I was hoping for a 700+. After practising a bit. For instance. but it makes sense only if I improve my score by atleast70-80 points.. I really advise you to focus on that for the time being. will the quantum of rise (say 40 pts) in the scores be same at different levels? Does a growth from 620 to 660 take the same effort as 680 to 720 ? Reply to this comment DanaJ on May 21st. Thanks again! Adam DanaJ on April 19th. assuming you start at 550 and continue your prep up to 750.I started with the first poweprep and I got a 640. it might take the same effort for someone to get from 550 to 600 as it would for someone ELSE to get from 700 to 750. Since you already have the Kaplan Premier book..
I also advise you to check out the OG supplement for verbal. Reply to this comment DanaJ on August 4th. 2011 at 1:19 am I think your mistake here is focusing pretty much exclusively on the OG. http://www.PowerScore CR Bible . Thanks. I think you'd be better off if you used more mainstream resources to prepare. I haven't used the verbal resources you mention and have heard little about them (except about the RC 99 from Aristotle Prep. I suggest you give the test after scoring at or above your target score at least 3 times! When that happens. if you could suggest what books could I refer? And when should I give it? October is the latest I can give my exam. I feel like the MGMAT verbal books would be a more complete option for you. will that be sufficient for the quant area? I am particularly weak on SC. Manhattan GMAT or Veritas Prep books. I see you've already identified your problem spots. Reply to this comment Shashank on August 1st. 2011 at 1:35 am Hi Dana . they're the best of the lot! The Fractions. I'm done with my VA preparation and found that I need improvement in RC. 2011 at 6:25 am My recommendation is that you spend about 75% of your time working on verbal. I'll keep your suggestions in mind Samir on August 4th. As for QA I'm done with basic math and problem solving where as I still need to work on DS part from OG12. I read a few chapters but thats all. But do invest in the Number Properties and Word Translations ones. 2011 at 2:12 am The Kaplan book should be enough for quant. I user Kaplan's GMAT 2011 Premier.Manhattan GMAT SC guide . VA-33) 11 wrong in each section. However. the theoretical review parts of the book are subpar at best. or manhattan verbal books? Many thanks for your help. I have started working on RC-99 and SC grail. should i buy something specific for that or buy the kaplan verbal. I have the kaplan gmat math book. but it shouldn't take more than 2-3 months. How should I study in this one month to achieve my target. The book is great for practice.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Also by the time I found out about the Manhattan SC guide(SC being my weakness) there was only a week left. such as the Kaplan.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 37 of 51 . Here are my recommendations: . since it contains 100% real questions from past tests. it's got some really nice practice questions.practice test 1 and scored a 640 (QA-47. I am aiming for 700+ and to take the text in 5-6wks aiming to put in around 150hrs. it all depends on you. Decimals one is pretty easy for you.beatthegmat. Thank you Reply to this comment DanaJ on July 24th. although I'm not convinced you need all 5 since you scored pretty well on quant. You need to invest in other resources that will teach you the approach and strategy you need to excel on test day. which has been identified as stolen copyrighted material from Kaplan). I just took the GMAT Prep. i only used the og guide and didnt have time to take a cat test. How would you suggest I prepare for the exam? Also.Manhattan GMAT set of 5 quant guides. Shashank Reply to this comment DanaJ on August 1st. 2011 at 9:11 am Thanks Dana. My GMAT is scheduled for 8th Sept 2011. I'm aiming for a 720+ score. might be a waste of time. 2011 at 6:09 am Hi Dana.I just took the gmat and scored a 580 with about 5wks prep coming in under 100hrs. my quant score was 39 and verbal 30. since that's your weakness. I can spare 4 hrs per day from my work for studies. Reply to this comment Shashank on August 1st.Veritas Prep RC book . although the Kaplan verbal workbook isn't bad either.
2011 at 3:32 am I can't really say if you should buy the CR and RC guides too.Manhattan GMAT 5 quant guides and SC guide . 2011 at 7:11 am Hi Dana. My goal is to obtain a score of 650. but you'd have to work quite a bit. but not sure my actual score reflects that. My major weaknesses are in overall quantitative and CR.Official Guide 12th edition . 2011 at 2:28 am I think you should be fine. but the fact is I have to improve my score to a target 650-700 within a month. but am absolutely terrified. a flu contributing to timing problems in the quantitative section (straight guessing for the last 10 questions). Reply to this comment Samir on August 4th. I have completed OG 10th & 11th edition. but if you're already good at some parts of the test it might not be necessary to buy all of them: . complete kaplan math. anxiety. and have no idea how to go about it. Thanks for your advice! Reply to this comment Stephanie on August 18th.e. My result was 610 (Q: 39.Veritas Prep RC book Good luck! Reply to this comment YY on August 24th. 2011 at 7:17 am First off.. Here are my recommendations. it sounds like manhatten sc is the way to go. 2011 at 10:43 pm Dear Dana. I found the latter two very basic. 2011 at 4:00 am Thanks Dana . I don't really know how well you're doing on these two. I am a retaker and have scheduled another GMAT in a month's time.I think i will get manhatten for SC and RC but powerscore for CR and see how i get on. Reply to this comment http://www. The Manhattan CR book is pretty good too. what's making you lose time on the test etc. i was taking a look at your recommended reading lists and the posts on here for verbal.. Thanks for your help.PowerScore CR Bible . take a diagnostic practice test from mba. I could attribute the reasons to jet lag. Thanks very much in advance. but I prefer the PowerScore one. I guess it's up to you! Reply to this comment Samir on August 4th. I would appreciate your advice on study guides and a schedule. how many questions you get wrong.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Reply to this comment Samir on August 4th. 2011 at 2:26 am Thanks Dana. which i have already done but will go over. i would say that is definitely my weakest area but given that i only got a 30 on the actual gmat exam should i just go all out and get RC and CR too? I feel like i get those alot more than i do the SC. maybe three hours on weekdays and 6-8 hours on weekends. Would you say a five week timeframe is realistic to cover the material in OG. I am not a good test taker. The thing is. what suggestions do you have for me? Thank you in Advance! Reply to this comment DanaJ on August 18th. Then buy some books accordingly.beatthegmat. CR was a big problem and I credit probably 75% of my verbal score increase (from 36 to 47) to the PowerScore CR Bible. With the manhattan verbal guides. I plan on taking the GMATs in November. 2011 at 3:05 am im planning 4hrs per weekday and 6+ per weekend day and maybe a few days off before the exam. i. which should cover everything. V: 35) and I was quite horrified as I had taken both GMATPrep CATs and my scores were 640 and 680 with a month of on-off part-time study in between. and manhattan verbal as well as multiple cats? In your experience would that be enough or would a prep course be overkill? DanaJ on August 4th.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 38 of 51 . For me.com and figure out your baseline GMAT score and what you're doing worse in. Kaplan Foundational Math. DanaJ on August 4th. and McGraw Hill.
Good luck! Reply to this comment AlexC on August 29th. Reply to this comment DanaJ on August 29th. For instance. as a move from even 39 to 49 on that should give me the 700+ score I need. but the last 12 questions I missed them because I had 10 minutes left. I'm sure) So now I have about 3 weeks to raise my quant raw score 10-15 points. Again. I hear Quant is the easiest to improve. 2. and I think is great. I can nail my V. Any plans you think might help? I believe it's my approach to the http://www. then you probably don't know the right way to do it. You need more practice so that you speed up on your problem solving. what book do you recommend). Verbal and Quantative Review . So I took a week off studying and want to get back into it. You know the content. About Math. Reply to this comment AlexC on August 29th. Do you have any technique in order to improve speed? DanaJ on August 29th. Not sure if you'll have the time to go through the 5 guides. You need to put in more time on the quant side rather than the verbal. 2011 at 10:58 pm For quant.. In this case. there are two things that come to mind: 1. I don't know where to start. I took the GMATprep and I scored 500 (42Q 18V). the solution might be just reviewing the books you have for the correct method of approaching problems. (I'd gotten 700 in GMATPrep. 2011 at 9:26 pm Hey Dana. so my advice is to follow that structure. Reply to this comment TayoT on September 6th. so I would focus on that for maybe two thirds of the time and spend the rest on verbal. 2011 at 9:48 am Thanks Dana. I will follow all your advices. You can achieve greater speed by always timing your practice: 1 min and 45 seconds for each problem. pay special attention to the Number Properties and Word Translations guides.. then start with that! The Manhattan books are nicely structured in the sense that they teach you the basics in the beginning and then move up to the more difficult items as you read on in the book.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 39 of 51 . the GMATprep Math Section I did 25 questions correct in a row. I'm not saying it can't be done. try the Manhattan GMAT series of 5 quant guides.beatthegmat. hard. and somehow allowed myself to get angry enough to just book another test immediately. but it won't be easy! Since you have time off and won't be working. How many hours do you think I have to study every day from Monday to Sunday? just verbal for two weeks? what about math? (I would like to reach the 50 or 51 score in math. when I hear about speed issues. You may know how to solve something. 41 V). go through them as they're numbered.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM DanaJ on August 24th. for the end of this month.Do you think is possible or I'm dreaming about this score). I suggest you spend about 6 hours a day working on the test. 2011 at 9:22 am So you're basically targeting about 700 (I think that's the score you'd get with a 50 quant and a 30+ verbal). 2011 at 8:25 am Hi Dana. I bought the OG 12. and the 8 Manhattan Guides. (I know I panicked on the Verbal as well after a woeful Quant experience. In terms of quant. your best bet would be the PowerScore CR Bible. I think you should start with verbal and dedicate more time to the stuff you're least comfortable with. I'm asking you all these questions because my situation is special since I have 4 weeks off. My verbal score target is 30+. and probably with 15 more minutes I had finish the whole section (Now I know that I am really bad guessing questions). For CR. how to attack the books and how many hours spend every day. but if it takes you 5 mins. Thanks again for your time and matter.2nd edition. Thanks in advance for your time. so it's best that you focus on the most important ones. my problem is not about content but speed. I will take the GMAT Test in 4 weeks. focusing almost solely on the Quant. so was quite disappointed/embarrassed). Say you got most of your mistakes in SC. I took my GMAT a week ago and got a 650 (39 Q. which is a 200 point increase in about a month. I would like to know if I can improve my verbal score in 4 weeks. not more! It takes timed practice to really hammer the concepts in your head and to get yourself used to them. but you don't know the right/fast content. 2011 at 10:24 am You know. I'm not working right now so I have time to improve my 500 score. I read your study plan. so if I can raise my Q confidence.
Reply to this comment Amit Mangal on September 9th. we tend to forget stuff if we don't practice at all. This won't help as much as pulling your verbal from a 29 to a 35. so http://www.beatthegmat. my story. I am not aiming to high. though I feel I am ok with SC and CR. At time during the test i felt so tired i blindly marked an answer or two. I don't know what books you've used so far.PowerScore CR . I feel as if im in dire need of some real push to get my score up. I have already given gmat and scored a take-for-free 620 (47/28). as I said.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM problems. so if I am able to just touch 700 that'll be great for me.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 40 of 51 . Reply to this comment DanaJ on September 24th. etc etc. As it is pretty clear. I know it's easier said than done. 2011 at 7:23 am Hi Dana. thanks a lot for all the advice/suggestions and time you put in into replying to us mba aspirants.com/mba/2010/03/06/the-gmat-is-not-important-inlife) ..beatthegmat. Good luck! Reply to this comment Dhananjay Gupta on September 24th. i took my mock exam and scored 37 on Quants and 28 (pathetic) on verbal..everyone says its a set template.you can retake if you need to .it's not a life-or-death kind of thing (see Eric's post on this: http://www. Amit Reply to this comment DanaJ on September 9th. which I find difficult to do but is manageable (have to). check out the two most useful MGMAT quant guides. the Number Properties and Word Translations ones. if you can pull yourself together.it's just you vs.beatthegmat.Manhattan GMAT SC . It just takes a little concentration to gather and put into. 620 is a good score to build off of. but it's still something. not too ambitious anymore.Veritas Prep RC or Manhattan GMAT RC I also strongly suggest that you try to take that 47q and make it into a 50q or 51q. 2011 at 7:49 am Actually your quant and verbal are equally good: they're both about 43rd percentile. Thanks first of all. im again back in test taking mode and planning to score atleast a 720. She did great. Scored 720 . but just look at the facts: . you need to be a bit more careful with the resources you use too. I am a re-taker and was not willing to prepare again for another go. but my sis is really pushing me to take your advice and try for one last time.com/mba/category/tags/gmat-test-day/stressmanagement-gmat-test-day That being said. Again. but check out the following for verbal: . RC scares me to hell. What i have deduced is that its not the English which is killing me but the duration of the exam. 2011 at 1:33 am Hello Dana. Well. I have book my date on 12th november and im planning to apply on to NUS and NTU Singapore. My sis had posted earlier to this page for your suggestions and followed your advice. I start sweating(literally) just by seeing one. I always felt and my topic wise practice tests always showed that i was stronger in Verbal than in Quants but this mock exam has been an eye opener. but do take a look at the Number Properties and Word Translations books. check out some of our articles here: http://www. I wouldn't neglect verbal either you know. If you've got the time. I have a current experience of approx 4+ years. Your thoughts? Reply to this comment DanaJ on September 6th. 2011 at 9:33 pm Have you checked out the Manhattan GMAT quant books? I don't think you need them all. I suck at Verbal. the computer and nothing else! If you need more help with stress management. 2011 at 9:06 am I'm getting the feeling that your issue is more about stress management and timing than anything else.
OG 12 .beatthegmat.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM you need to work on both equally. and it seems to be pretty apt for me.PowerScore CR Bible . O.max one per week. but if you're dead set on more. although I would take fewer CATs .Veritas Prep RC book In terms of stamina during the test. I took a week off and I am going to take the GMAT again on 19th Oct 11. You haven't mentioned anything about the resources you are using.although you might want to double check with the Veritas people to make sure! Reply to this comment Inder on September 28th. I say you've got good books which I personally believe should be enough for practice in the time you've got (even reviewing is good. New Target :740. 300 BTG CR so can you please suggest materials for verbal and Quant practice along with detailed answers . In Quant the issue is the timing and in Verbal it is the SC. mock tests don't really teach you how to solve a problem. Q48 V 42 . 2011 at 8:13 am Well I guess you could start by taking a practice test and seeing what topics are causing the most trouble! Then I would research the books you need to get to your target score and get studying! Reply to this comment smitha on October 3rd. I don't think they do if you buy a book from somewhere else .G V 2nd Edition. am damn more scared of this.. I feel . I'm not sure how accurate your scores were either since repeating a test might provide an inflated result. especially of OG material). Gave my GMAT a week back and scored a pathetic 500 Q26 V 34 .Manhattan GMAT set of 5 quant guides and their SC guide . my advice is to try to build this in time by practicing and taking a few CATs. BTG Practice Questions. O.. figuring out your weaknesses (which you seem to have done already) and keeping tabs on your progress. you gain a lot more by nailing down the theory. Reply to this comment pm1 on September 24th. Reply to this comment DanaJ on September 25th. Verbal : Revision of Manhattan SC and FCs. Thank you. Reply to this comment http://www.. but could pls suggest me more tips for my Verbal section. Guess it was not my day. specially in the critical reasoning. Reply to this comment pm1 on September 25th. 2011 at 7:07 am can anyone suggest.particularly liked their verbal questions) or a Grockit subscription (they're running a promotion right now. how to start prep for GMAT Reply to this comment DanaJ on September 28th.5. Other than helping you with pacing. coz my score kept varying fom time specially coz of this critical reasoning and a lil of reading comprehension part. My practice scores were in a range of 650-720 including GMAT prep.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 41 of 51 . 2011 at 12:07 am Your plan seems solid. O. Practice Test: Atleast 6 .Kaplan 3. Here are some of my favorite books: . 2011 at 12:19 am Thank you for the advice.G Q 2nd Edition.. 2011 at 4:35 am well i wanna start this plan. 2011 at 11:46 pm Hey! Dana. Now i have exhausted most of my practice materials i. you can check out Veritas Prep books (which emphasize practice.G 12. 2011 at 12:55 am I think they do give access if you purchase the book from their website.6 and GMATPrep 1 & 2. Now the plan : Quant Manhattan Guides and FCs . btw). Does Veritas books gives access to their CATs ? DanaJ on September 25th.4. with Q 42-48 and V 34-40. All Tests were different and no repeats: Knewton -1 .e Kaplan Premier 2011. You should also avoid taking the test after a day at work and use instead use the weekends. They really don't teach you much.
2011 at 1:03 am Thank u so uch DanaJ. 2011 at 10:48 am Hey YY. and PowerScore CR Bible.Manhattan GMAT SC . Please suggest a precise reckoner for this problem of mine. as fast as possible Reply to this comment DanaJ on October 3rd. 2011 at 8:15 am Hi Dana. However. 2011 at 5:06 am Hi Dana.thanks! Reply to this comment DanaJ on October 19th. 2011 at 6:57 am @smitha: if you're worried about verbal. I think you should try taking a different test.what strategy would you prescribe for a 700 + score ... VICs. That being said. I got the Manhattan GMAT word translations. Manhattan SC/Spidey's notes for SC and Og12 as such. Since I don't know what your real situation is right now (because the 680 might be right.. Reply to this comment Guru on October 19th.PowerScore CR Bible . But the issue was.. but when I look into the answers at the end i feel that the answer that was given might also be correct. like the ones from Manhattan GMAT or Veritas Prep. or it might be inflated). 2011 at 4:55 am hey i have a doubt.... I would like to try this once. 41V) in a month's prep. but i will be more happy if u could give me more tips in answering critical reasoning and reading compreshension. you do seem to have all the good resources. Reply to this comment smitha on October 3rd. Thank you so much! Reply to this comment DanaJ on October 8th. After having roughly prepared for 4 months.. i was trying a similar method.i am pretty much done with manhattan 8 set strategy(for quant).. I can't make any specific recommendations. I took my gmat prep last evening and ended up scoring a 680.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 42 of 51 . you need to get working on those essays! The best of luck with the rest of the application process! Reply to this comment smitha on October 10th. so your scores will not necessarily be accurate anymore if you use that software. i feel that the one that i have opted was always right. can u pls help me in this. i feel i have wasted one of my gmatpreps(the other one is still left untouched though). 2011 at 4:46 am This prep plan seems to be pretty good. I appreciate your answer in advance. and managed to boost my score from 610 to 710 (45Q.Veritas Prep RC For CR.. I feel stuck like this for many a times.. let me give a try and rock.beatthegmat.but i feel i am spending more time attempting a question rather than that expected of me to good a 700+ score. the questions from that document are all from GMATPrep. It is by far the best out there! Reply to this comment YY on October 8th.I will be taking the actual test on the 15th of November. congrats!!!! Way to go! Now there's no time to celebrate though.. my current gmat prep1 test had a lot of questions from that word document.... I have heard that gmatprep is a good indicator of my actual performance in the gmat.. I am quite dubious about how indicative this could be. I just wanted to drop a note of thanks for your excellent advice and recommendations. coz my score fluctuates badly coz of these two sections. I'd say you should probably start reviewing right http://www.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM smitha on October 3rd. To my misfortune.. 2011 at 6:45 am Unfortunately. here's a list of the books I think could help you most: .Official Guide verbal .you seemed to be one of the very few bloggers who is patient enough to cater to everyone's opinion about cracking the gmat. I will tell you why: i downloaded this document titled 700+ questions from beat the gmat and had reviewed them thoroughly. while taking the test.Official Guide 12th edition .. use the PowerScore book in full confidence. number properties..
e.1. In terms of timing. especially the questions you got wrong to see if you've gotten better at them. Princeton Manual for GMAT.or if anyone can. MGMAT SC. 2011 at 3:27 pm I don't really know what to say here..I believe the data sufficiency questions hurt me the most.com. Reply to this comment http://www.. I'm not sure if you can achieve a 250-point score increase in 6 weeks! I'm not saying it can't be done. Veritas setbook. The thing is.Manhattan GMAT SC . I do have a few GMAT book as good as new . I'm hoping you can help me. I'm saying it might take a bit longer than that.. Here are some of the books... if you are interested. Thank you so much for the pointers. 2011 at 7:47 pm Thanks DanaJ for all your encouragement and support. Use your error log to really work those weaknesses and re-attempt the questions you got wrong in the past. Alex. GMAT Guide 12th Edition... Actually. 2011 at 1:37 pm I think it's a really good idea to review the OG... I found that I couldn't review OG questions.Veritas Prep RC book Unfortunately though.. Reply to this comment DanaJ on October 19th..i will keep you posted about my progress and get back to you in case i need help. I'd ask you: what resources have you been using? Here are some of the best: . Kaplan GMAT Premier..A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM now. then it's doable. go from 3 mins to 2 mins 50 seconds and then 2 mins and 40 seconds etc..Manhattan GMAT set of 5 quant guides .. no resource out there is as close to the real thing as the OG (obviously... Also. Princeton 1012 GMAT questions. you should always always time your practice.. I do believe there are certain patters in GMAT questions that keep popping up on the test and that you'll see in the OG too (I saw one question on test day that had the exact same reasoning as a question in the OG . I took my GMAT today and scored a 350. 2011 at 6:44 pm Very true Dana.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 43 of 51 . Depending on how many hours per day you have. even if you're only trying to solve a few problems at a time.thanks again...nonetheless.. your score of 350 reflects the fact that you are having trouble with more than just DS. Please email me. especially in CR. I have about 6 more weeks before I retake it. I wantd to dispose them for any reasonable offer..beatthegmat.. For me in particular.. It's a matter of training: at first. I don't know what happened. set the timer to less and less (i. Cracking GMAT. Reply to this comment Alex on October 24th.:-/ Reply to this comment DanaJ on October 24th. GMAT Quantitatve and Verbal guides.Thanks a billion for the kind of the help that you provide. I was obsessed with CR while prepping ) Reply to this comment Guru on October 19th. Any suggestions on what I should do? I want to get at least a 600. CR powerscore.that critical to review the OG more than once.PowerScore CR Bible .is it really..).Official Guide . at Ebyans@yahoo.. That being said.and also i would like to know.i have read some blogs that talk about such an intensive review surrounding the OG. ha!).again.. but as you progress. But there's one caveat: it doesn't work for everyone... because I always remembered the answers from the previous practice session and that would basically spoil the questions for me.. 2011 at 2:54 pm HI Dana. give yourself a little bit more time per problem (say 3 mins per quant question). Reply to this comment Guru on October 19th. I am now knee-deep in covering the busy life in B-School. I have been practicing for about 5 hours a day for 6 weeks and felt prepared to test. with a score this low I don't know what happened. Reply to this comment Ebyans on October 19th.whether reviewing the OG12 more than once could significantly help improve the overall Score in the gmat. 2011 at 8:46 am Dana.
Verbal especially RC is my problem while Quant can be improved. 2011 at 10:12 pm Hi DanaJ. Reply to this comment Hoa on November 4th. Do some readings on WSJ or Wikipedia Math 1. 2011 at 4:02 pm Then your no. Can you pls give me some advices? To take more practice tests beside 2 GMATPrep test (the official guide). 75% of the time for verbal. whatever looks easy to you might not be viewed as easy by someone else. then just cut down on the MGMAT books.beatthegmat. I already took 1 regular Kaplan course (before my last test) and do not want to pay another ~$800 for the advanced course if I dont have to. 630. Kaplan verbal workbook 6. which ones I can work on? I took the Kaplan practice tests (before the last test in Jan) and figured out it didn't reflect my real score.. PowerScore CR 3. To score 680 and above. RC. 2011 at 3:51 pm Thank you for such a quick reply. but not necessarily "easy" according to Alex! So my advice to you: NEVER waste time trying to figure out how well you're doing. MGMAT number properties http://www. MGMAT word translations 2. However. I'm thinking about the Kaplan advance course because I wonder if the books alone would be sufficient. MGMAT RC : my weakest point 2. Official guide: I've done half of the verbal practice problems. Here is my action plan to: 2-3 hours a day (if necessary I can try to use 3-4 hours a day). CR.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 44 of 51 . Verbal : 1. I also think you need to focus on verbal. As well as their online companions.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Alex on October 24th. so I'm not sure if you could also squeeze a course in there! I personally really like the MGMAT materials. 680 and around in the practice test but only scored 600 on test day. now i do the rest 5. I blame it on the DS because my questions would get harder and then after I answered a DS one the next would be much easier. and about 2-3 hours to review AWA. but if you feel like taking a course. the rest for quant. Number properties and Kaplan verbal. Reply to this comment DanaJ on October 24th. The algorithm gives you easy questions . you can try the MGMAT ones that come with the books. I'm also thinking of taking online Kaplan Advanced prep course or Kaplan ondemand course (give access only to Kaplan online materials but doesnt have instructor interaction) . Word Translation. I restarted the review last month but didn't spend much time yet. 2011 at 3:03 am Well it is sort of optimistic to assume that you'd finish all these books. can I do it in just 1 month? Thanks a lot Reply to this comment DanaJ on November 5th. because that's obviously your weak spot. MGMAT SC 4.and then I felt discouraged and it showed on the verbal. because they're very tiring and you're better off reviewing or learning new concepts. especially if you put in 2-3 hours a day and work on verbal! Reply to this comment Hoa on November 5th. I think it's possible to pull your score up by 80 points. I bought Manhattan GMAT SC. 2011 at 8:21 pm Thanks Dana for your answer. It just never pays off and you're more likely than not wrong. I took the test last Jan and scored 600 (Q:45.. I think I dont have enough time to work on all of above materials. V around 25 to 28 sorry !! i dont remember the exact score) I'm going to retake it in 5 weeks. I would advise against taking more than one practice test per week. it's hard to choose which materials work best for me."easy" meaning that they were answered correctly by 90% of the population. 1 mistake is that you're trying to guess/estimate the difficulty level of each question Trust me. Thanks for all of your postings. I scored 620. I have been using the Veritas and Kaplan test preps. In terms of practice tests. Be honest.
So I am wondering if there is something wrong with my study strategy. 2011 at 1:29 am Hey Hoa. Official guide: I've also done half of the math practice problems And do MGMAT and GMATprep practist tests. It's more about the quality than the quantity! Reply to this comment Hoa on November 6th. tbh I don't see the point of a course given the resources you already have and the improvement you're looking for. I used all the Manhattan GMAT practice test as well as the 800 Sore practice tests. one per week. but not much else. they're good for figuring out where you stand and timing. It's greatly appreciated if you can suggest an effective schedule and approach based on my current ability.. so if I were you I'd spend this week going through the resources for your weaknesses.i have been averaging on a score of about 630-640 on the manhattan gmat mock tests . 2011 at 12:07 am First off. 2011 at 4:27 pm Thanks Dana. I understand I wouldnt have enough time to look all the materials.. I think that you should make an effort to study as much per day as possible. taken thus far: precisely. I think the plan makes sense.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 45 of 51 .. and then I did completely vice versa in my second attempt. You're really close to your target score. Really appreciate your advices Guru on November 8th. 2011 at 2:37 am Hi Danaj. The MGMAT books are built such that you use the OG for practice. Hope you are doing great . stop taking practice tests! They don't help you learn the content.beatthegmat. DanaJ on November 6th. I solved them more than once may twice or thrice. so that works . but don't spend 5-6 hours of which the last 3 you practically fall asleep in front of the books..(which is about a week away from now. Also I am wondering if there are any practices that would help reduce the panic during the exam... I will now concentrate on the plan and wont get distracted by other materials and resources.do you think if at all there are. first I spent some time on the OG to have a sense of the questions and then I started solving practice exams to have a better sense of the timing and the computer format. since I suffer from panic and worry about running out of time during the real test http://www. but I also recommend doing some practice from the Official Guide. 2011 at 8:11 pm HI Danaj.they're a good combo. I have solved all of them to.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM 3. Do I need to find more practice problems to practice the skills I learn from MGMAT books? I'm so worried about the test and so confused about the available materials. here are the individual scores: mgmat1:610 mgmat2:640 mgmat3:630 mgmat4:650 my aspirations are towards getting a 680+ score in the actual test. Will this plan work? or do you have any other book recommendations? The MGMAT books seem to focus on the concepts and strategies. furthermore. any ways to improve my score to a 680+ cadre from a 650 cadre in about a week's time? Reply to this comment DanaJ on November 9th. My score worst score on these exams was 650. Good luck! Reply to this comment Akamal on December 1st. I attempted the GMAT twice and I scored as following: 600 (Quant 38 / Verbal 35) 610 (Quant 47/ Verbal 27) As you can noticed I scored in the first attempt I scored a good score at the Verbal and a disappointing score at the Quant. or is it a matter of bad luck or over panic during the real test. Not sure which books you're using. Actually I have been studying for the GMAT for about 6 month. 15th of NOvember). Pls advise me what can be the best way to study or what do i need to rectify in order to be able to take the test within one month and score 680+..
your percentile scores tell me you're having trouble with quant and verbal equally. I purchased the MGMAT Quant set and the Veritas RC Guide. 2011 at 1:16 am Danaj. 2011 at 6:25 am Hi Akamal. but it doesn't actually help you learn anything because it's a random collection of questions. I have advised you earlier and accordingly have bought the material which you recommended. but no other materials you've used to cover the theory. Do no more than one practice test per week! It's a much better idea to cover theory and then do some targeted practice. I can't think of any advice to offer you short of giving you a day-by-day plan. Thank you Reply to this comment DanaJ on December 19th. 2011 at 4:01 am You can check out the practice test from Veritas Prep or Kaplan. There's a lot of ground to cover in this month. Thank you Reply to this comment DanaJ on December 20th. A practice test is good for timing and figuring out where you stand.Manhattan GMAT set of 5 quant guides . So I need from you to advise me with a study plan in order to finish these materials and also have some time to solve some exams. I can't stress this enough: do at most one practice test per week and focus 90% of your energy on concepts and targeted practice. You'll need to spend about 2-3 hours a day during weekdays and 6-7 hours on weekends. Good luck! Reply to this comment Akamal on December 20th.Manhattan GMAT SC . 2011 at 3:24 am Thanks Danaj.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Thank you Reply to this comment DanaJ on December 1st. pls note that I am not studying for the GMAT from scratch. I wonder if you can advise me from where I can get additional practice tests so that I can use them along with other resources you mentioned to assess my performance Reply to this comment DanaJ on December 1st. 2011 at 2:55 am The first thing that comes to mind is the fact that you mention plenty of practice tests. You're much better off studying one concept. Start with the topic that is hardest for you and work your way to the things you feel more comfortable with later. That is really useful. So I am wondering if I still have to stick to your proposed plan or is there another plan that might work better. It means you have not actually covered the concepts you need on test day. I need to know how to have a balanced study plan between verbal and Quant so that I do not lose track on any of them. so you'll need to work hard. and then doing some targeted practice to nail it down. I need to know how many exams should I solve before sitting for the real exam.Official Guide .Veritas Prep RC book Reply to this comment Akamal on December 1st. Thank you for your prompt reply and helpful advice. Focusing on practice tests is a really really bad idea.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 46 of 51 .beatthegmat. which I do not have the time to do. However. 2011 at 1:42 am Akamal. Here are my favorite resources: . Reply to this comment Akamal on December 19th. However. like circles. Furthermore. which I both need to study them thoroughly before the test date. I am planning to sit for the GMAT after exactly one month and I have certain material which I have to finish before the exam date.PowerScore CR Bible . 2011 at 4:32 am Hi Danaj. as I have been studying already for about 3 month and I attempted the GMAT twice and scored 600 and 610. You say it yourself very well: balanced study is the http://www.
In quant section . I am having trouble focusing on it because I have taken the CPA tests and my mindset is nothing can be harder than studying/passing those tests. While the resources you've been using are by no means bad. Thanks. My recommendations: http://www. 2012 at 1:32 pm @Su:The best SC books is the Manhattan GMAT guide. in 3 weeks it might be hard to get there.My target score is 720+ in a month. and I have also gone through the OG once totally but 3 months back. but it's not going to work too well in the long run! Take one of the full tests from mba. 2012 at 7:27 am Hi DanaI am sitting for the GMAT on Feb 25 and have been studying 3 weeks now. divisibility.I had enrolled myself for the Princeton review test series. So. 2012 and not Dec 30th.com and see how well you do. I'm kind of at a roadblock.. I have been reading that everyone has practice test scores so I was wondering if I should sit down and do an entire practice test at this point or get through the math section first? Also.I had scored a 560 in my GMATPrep. I just started studying for the math section and haven't made much of a dent on it. The date is Jan 30th.my preparations were also lagging. what tests are they taking? I know my Kaplan book has practice GMAT tests. Good luck! Reply to this comment soumyadeep on January 9th. If you're more than 50 points away from your target. Do we have qyestiond from probability and Combinations. number properties. 2011 at 5:32 am Thanks Danaj. Search for it on amazon. 2012 at 12:28 pm Hi Dana.. I really appreciate Reply to this comment Margot on January 3rd.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM key. I just took a date for GMAT and it is Dec 30th. If you use the right materials.Thanks Reply to this comment DanaJ on January 3rd. I know we all prefer to practice what we're good at.I am looking for a score of 700.beatthegmat. Reply to this comment DanaJ on January 3rd. as well as the materials i downloaded from MBA. 2012 at 7:33 pm I have ben planning to give the GMAT for the last 6 months but could not do so.How to acheive this? Reply to this comment DanaJ on January 10th. Please advice which book should I go for? Also can you formulate a plan to complete ther GMAT syllabus in the time. I have gotten through the OG Verbal book and Kaplan study guide verbal chapters. Which book do you advise.I have a strict a deadline to meet and that's 1 month. you need to evaluate yourself and adjust your study plan accordingly. but here is my advice. 2012 at 2:00 am It won't be easy! It takes quite a bit of time and effort to achieve the score you're looking for. 2012 at 12:38 pm Sorry for the typo . you might just make it work. I think you should focus on other stuff that's more likely to pop up: arithmetic.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 47 of 51 . You'll have at most 3-4 questions from probability and combinatorics. Reply to this comment Su on January 3rd. I'm looking to get a high 600 score. 2012 at 1:29 pm @Margot: I think it's a good idea to take a practice test and see where you stand.Plus.com and you're bound to find it! Focus on your weaknesses for the moment and spend some time on your strengths as you get closer to your test date. I am going through Kaplan's brief math review chapter and am almost done with it. Reply to this comment Akamal on December 20th.com.My weak point is Sentence Correction . Reply to this comment Su on January 3rd.
2012 at 6:30 pm In GMATprep I scored 560.What is the score I can expect if I practise regularly and what could be the best way forward. it's very hard to go from a 530-560 to a 730-760 in a month's time. but it is unusual .it just takes time for such an improvement. I just took the GMAT test today. I'm assuming you're doing equally bad in both sections.I recommend the Number Properties and Word Translations books given how little time you have until your test. I ran out of time so I guessed the answers in the last 7 questions. Want to jump from this level to my target in a months time. 2012 at 12:36 am Hey that's quite the improvement! You could hit 700+ in the next month or so if you use the materials I've mentioned before. I am referring to 1. please remember that it's important for you to work more on your weakness! Reply to this comment Punit on January 16th. You have not mentioned what is your weakness. I have been studying for the last 2 months using the Official Guide version 12 only. I did a lot of exercise with combination and permutation in the prep class whereas in the OG.. You should also check out some of the Manhattan guides for quant .Official Guide (either review it or use the verbal/quant supplements). I am working so I only have about 2-3 hours per day to study. But if you are doing much better in one section or the other. Reply to this comment Punit on January 16th. I think I had difficulties in the Sentence Correction.Manhattan GMAT Number Properties and Word Translations ..com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 48 of 51 .PowerScore CR Bible .. so the above resources are balanced. The two books you have are good. In one of the recent Manhattan test given yesterday. Have my GMAT in a months time. HGow do i go about in VA? Please suggest. Also. Q 32 and V 22. I've seen a couple of cases.e. Not sure what resources you're using right now. Manhattan SC 2. Reply to this comment DanaJ on January 21st. DanaJ on January 17th.. I got really bad score of 470. VA-18). I also took prep class but the type of questions I encountered in the prep class were so much harder to the OG question. I feel VA needs a real boost or else it will pull my score down. I have again attempted the practise test on GMATPrep and I scored a 650. practice more Sentence Correction if you consistently get those questions wrong) without neglecting your strengths. 2012 at 3:33 am To be completely honest. those questions are very rare. My target score is 730-750. Looking forward to hear feedback from you! Reply to this comment http://www. but just emphasize working on your weaknesses (i.beatthegmat. How do I improve on my QA score for realizing my target of 750. Good luck! Reply to this comment soumyadeep on January 20th.. Is that enough? Is it possible for me to get 650 scores in the next GMAT? I am planning to retake in March so I have 1 month and 3 weeks preparation.Manhattan GMAT Sentence Correction . 2012 at 6:23 pm Hi Dana. I scored 530 (QA-44 . Which one is the most reliable? The prep class or the OG? What is the best book to deal with quantitative? I also scored very low in the verbal. 2012 at 2:50 am Hi Dana. Reply to this comment jktan on January 30th.Looking to give my Gmat at the end of next month. Powerscore CR bible Though. but you need to supplement them with something like OG 12 for practice. 2012 at 11:52 pm Hi Dana.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM .
2012 at 8:24 pm Hi Dana.. They're actually some of the easiest in the business. The questions in the OG are actual. I don't know how to start doing it and how to improve.. I will try to do my best. I am not a native english speaker and I had to take Gmat in december.beatthegmat. I know that I am so weak in my grammer and I bought the Kaplan Verbal Foundation today. I'd recommend the Kaplan Math Workbook. real questions that are now retired.I find this interesting so far and trying to get some help. It is possible. They emphasize tricks instead of teaching you proper theory.. making flashcards. Please let me know what should I do. I recommend the Manhattan GMAT SC guide. Reply to this comment jktan on January 30th. but supplement that book with relevant theoretical books too. So after 2 week of studying and getting to know the exam for the first time I did my exam on 8th of december and scored 320 Q21. any other prep materials out there. I don't know what to do and since I lost the opportunity to enter for the Spring semester I like to apply for more universities and for that to get a good score. Only today I registered in this Website but I have reviewed this couple times in early January. One thing I noticed at the exam while I was doing it.. + Reply to this comment DanaJ on January 31st. unfortunately! Not sure if you can improve almost 200 points in less than 2 months. 2012 at 3:27 am Wow thank you for the prompt feedback! With my time frame. but I fear that you might not have enough time to go through them. 2012 at 2:16 pm dude. I know how to do it but I had no clue at the exam. For SC. The problem is. 2012 at 3:14 am You should always trust the OG vs. taking notes. what is the best way to go after a 600+ score in 1. you need a few books for the theoretical part as well. but they're closest to what you'll see on test day. I used the Princeton review and for the second test I bought the Official Gmat but couldn't finish it.and my score was 330 Q23. I really want to get score higher than 600! DanaJ on January 30th. but you don't have that much time. reviewing when necessary.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM DanaJ on January 30th. From tomorrow I am planning to do my studies and I am trying to get some help from someone to show me a guide or way to do it. I cannot do a simple math question that I know how to do. so I recommended the solution that's more condensed.V13 and I got another chance from the unversity as they were waiting for me for the GMAT score and I took the exam in jan 12th. I did not brush up in my Verbal on my second time much even though I had one month I was not able to devote the whole month.e.. 2012 at 3:31 am Veritas Prep has several verbal books. Supplement that with the Kaplan Verbal Workbook for CR and RC. I have to do it again I am so depressed. Ugh I also have to disagree that the questions in the Princeton Review are hard..5 to 2 months max.. i. 2012 at 6:43 pm How about following the plan outlined above? General strategy rules: work mostly on your weaknesses and practice from the Official Guide. like 600+ I don't know whether it will be possible for me to score that high. but you must make sure that you're studying properly. Reply to this comment ant on January 31st.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 49 of 51 . which I believe doesn't work well in your favor. Regarding your target score: don't want to bring you down. do you think it is better to invest in Manhattan GMAT SC Guide and Kaplan Verbal Workbook for CR and RC or to buy the Veritas Prep & GMAT CR Bible? What do you think of GMAT princetown review? The questions are very hard there.. http://www. I felt like crying when I was trying to solve it.V13. There are better books (like the Manhattan GMAT Number Properties and Word Translations). I have one and half month period to do it. Reply to this comment Sureni on January 31st. The Princeton Review is not on my list of top books. I think 5 of them? Not sure if you have enough time to go through all of them. Given your limited time.
.beatthegmat. but it won't be that easy. but want to get in the 80th percentile range for the schools I want to attend.com or WSJ and just spend 30 mins each day reading. I am not working and free the whole day which is bit hard to study sometimes. 2012 at 9:05 am Hi Dana . unfortunately I have to do it by then. "2 is the only even prime number") and write an example of a question testing that on the other side (i. unfortunately.com/mba/2009/12/24/a-one-month-gmat-study-plan Page 50 of 51 .e. 2012 at 8:52 am Thank you for the quick reply Dana. Thank you! Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 15th. I think the most effective flashcards are short and contain just the smallest of pieces of info possible.beatthegmat. Reply to this comment Sureni on February 1st. I got a 500 on my last GMAT attempt . 2012 at 9:12 am This assumes you spend about 2 hours per weekday and about 6 hours per weekend day. Of course in the end. using the full suite of Manhattan GMAT books (Foundations of Math. set of 8 guides) and the Official Guide.e. I'm sorry. 2012 at 8:50 am Thank you for the quick reply Dana. this is probably not what you want to hear.spend 3-4 months working on this test. One way to do them is to write down a concept on one side (i. I highly recommend that you focus most of your time on your weaknesses for that. unfortunately I have to do it by then. We also have our own flashcards here: http://www.e. scoring disparities between different tests (nothing is as good as the real test) and not simulating test day conditions when you practice (i. ill try my best Jktan on February 1st. 2012 at 5:03 am Hi dana. Can u pls share anytips to make effective flashcard? Also how often we should take CATs tests? Thanks Reply to this comment DanaJ on February 1st. The scoring disparity can be explained by a few things.. (I know it sounds wired) I will try my best.A One-Month GMAT Study Plan 2/16/12 10:29 AM Please let me know what I am not doing right here and should do. but on test day scored 500! Very discouraging. If you really want to hit 600. Go to reputable news outlets like cnn. but there are no quick fixes.com/mba/freegmat-prep-flashcards Reply to this comment SC on February 15th. (I know it sounds wired) at least I have to get around 550.540 on my various practice tests..would it be possible to improve 100 points using this study plan? I'm not shooting for the stars.how many hours a day or a week is this study plan? Also. "tested in OG DS 34"). Thanks Reply to this comment Sureni on February 1st. 2012 at 1:12 am Getting from a 330 to a 600+ in one month and a half is really unlikely. taking long breaks or stuff like that). if you scored a 320 and a 330 . The issue here is that you need to give yourself more time and to use the right books.use a tutor: there are obviously some deficiencies in your basics. What is strange is that I scored between a 680 . DanaJ on February 1st. it is possible to improve 100 points in one month. You also need to improve your knowledge of English by reading stuff in English every day. I am not working and free the whole day which is bit hard to study sometimes. such as test day jitters. 2012 at 5:28 am Jktan. then you have two options: .. it's up to how fast you are as well! I think that yes. Reply to this comment http://www.
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