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How to Start with my GMAT QUANT Beginner

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How to Start with my GMAT QUANT Beginner

Post Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:53 pm
Hi

Im completely new to GMAT and just getting used to the whole process of taking the tests. I have always been an average student and i would like to brush up on my math skills before I took up my first test to asses where i stand on .

Can you guys suggest me a book/material where i can get the basics of my Quant topics right.

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Strategies and Tips to prepare GMAT for beginners

Week 1
 Go to www.mba.com and register yourself. Download GMATprep software and appear for GMAT prep 1 (Diagnostic Test).Based on the comparison between your diagnostic score and target score, prepare a study plan and make sure you stick to same.
 Ascertain your weak and strong areas.
 Refer latest Official Guide for topics to be prepared.
 Revise basic concepts of Number properties, Percentages, Ratios.
 Go over GMAT Grammar rules to master Sentence Correction.
 Start practicing questions on Numbers and Sentence Correction.
 Start reading GMAT related texts to improve your Reading Comprehension skills (Resources: bizedmagazine /business finder/ Economist/ Sciencenews/Theatlantic etc.)
Week 2
 Revise basic concepts of Linear equations, Quadratic equations and inequalities.
 CR requires a very logical thinking approach and comprises almost 1/3rd of verbal section. So start practicing thinking patterns which are likely to be appeared on GMAT as this cannot be mastered in few days.
 While practicing topics (you have already revised) make sure you make a note of your mistake patterns.
 Continue reading books to improve reading Comprehension.
 Integrated reasoning sections carry over concepts from Verbal and Math. But make sure you start practicing 2-3 questions every day, especially the ones on case study, graph reading and interpreting data.
Week 3
 Revise basic concepts of Geometry and coordinate Geometry.
 Become well-known with the structure of Data Sufficiency questions and the concepts they most likely test.
 For many, RC is the trickiest of all sections on GMAT as passages are long, boring and complicated. Look for keywords, recognize the question type and to master Reading Comprehension, keep practicing Reading Comprehension in everyday reading.
 Prepare a formula sheet of all important concepts of Maths for last minute revision.
 Keep practicing more questions on your weak areas.
Week 4
 Revise basic concepts of combinatory and statistics.
 Practice your writing skills on GMAT like topics and try to use very specific examples to support your argument.
 Practice a mixed bag of CR/SC/RC (Resource : Latest GMAT Official Guide )
 Practice a mixed bag of Problem Solving / Data Sufficiency (Resource : latest GMAT Official Guide)

By the end of first month you must have brushed up all the main concepts and topics that are tested on GMAT and also must have practiced those concepts with questions (level 400-600)
Take a GMAT Full length Test and analyse your mistakes and areas you improved on.


Week 5- Week 8

 Practice GMAT type questions (level 600-800)
 Start with topic wise questions for first 2 weeks
 Practice Timed Quantitative and verbal drills and tests
 Go over your mistakes
Last month is all about evaluating yourself and working on your weak and strong areas.
Week 9 -week 12
 Appear for 3-4 Sectional tests.
 Appear for atleast 6 Full length tests.
 Analyse a test; go over questions which went wrong before you appear for the next test.
 Focus on accuracy and time management.
By now, you’re prepared to give your GMAT. All the Best!!
Dos and Dont’s
1. Follow a strict routine.
2. Don’t practice only verbal or only Maths on a day. Try a mix and match.
3. Keep revising Math formulas and Grammar rules
4. Don’t over emphasize on practice tests.
5. Don’t avoid your weak areas.
6. Cramming won’t help.

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Post Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:19 pm
It might be a good idea to do a quant diagnostic to see where you're strong and where you're weak. Knowing which topics to tackle first can save a lot of time!

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Post Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:00 pm
Hi atharapurath,

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would still 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.

For free general math practice and help, I recommend that you set up an account at Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org). The site is completely free and makes the learning a bit more fun and 'game-like' (as opposed to the dry academic approach taken by most books). While the site is vast, you should limit your studies to basic Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry.

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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