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by pratj05 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:13 am
I am completely new to GMAT. What are the best sources to get acquainted with in minimum time?

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by [email protected] » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:26 am
pratj05 wrote:I am completely new to GMAT. What are the best sources to get acquainted with in minimum time?
The first thing you'll want to do is take a practice test to get a benchmark - your starting position will help determine what kind of study plan might work best for you: https://www.mba.com/us/the-gmat-exam/pr ... tware.aspx

Once you have that benchmark, check back in, and we'll have plenty of advice...
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by [email protected] » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:11 pm
Hi pratj05,

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 4 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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by pratj05 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:06 pm
Hi pratj05,

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 4 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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Rich
I'm targeting for a 700+ score. Hoping to take it as soon as possible so that I can apply for Master's in management programmes commencing in 2018.

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by [email protected] » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:43 pm
Hi pratj05,

The 700+ score is one that 90% of Test Takers never achieve (regardless of how long they study or the number of times that they take the GMAT), so you have to be mindful that there isn't really a 'fast' way to guarantee that type of score. The logical first step would be to take that initial practice CAT though.

1) What are the exact deadlines for the Schools that you plan to apply to?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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