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I want to prep for GMAT exam I dont know where to start

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nmoepeng Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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I want to prep for GMAT exam I dont know where to start

Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:09 am
Hi

I' am looking at preparing to write the exam but I have no idea where to start can someone advise on the study material I need (where to buy), trial tests, study groups in Johannesburg.

Regards

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Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com Elite Legendary Member
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Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:02 am
Hi nmoepeng,

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?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

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monmonsta Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:05 am
Hi,
I scored 450 on my GMAT prep1 attempt 1. Quant: 22 , Verba 27

My study plan would be as below. Could you please look at it and let me know how to incorporate it successfully? I can study 6 hours per day and i'm going to take my text in April and my goal score is 720+.

Resources: MGMAT

Study Quant for a Month, taking it topic wise using the MGMAT material and also doing high school math along the way.

Study verbal for a month, using strategies from the book and completing the questions on them.

I finished up the diagnostic test too soon as i did not have enough conceptual knowledge.

Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com wrote:
Hi nmoepeng,

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?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

GMAT/MBA Expert

Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com Elite Legendary Member
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Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:28 pm
Hi monmonsta,

To start, since this thread was started by another poster, you might want to start your own thread of posts (so that the conversation can stay focused on your goals and situation). That having been said, here are some notes/suggestions about your study plan:

1) Raising a 450 to a 720+ will take a significant amount of work. I suspect that you'll need at least 3 months of consistent, guided study. Thankfully, it appears that you have given yourself some serious study time, which is good. You might end up needing more time than that though, as you'll have to make BIG improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. That brings us to point #2...

2) You would likely find it most beneficial to study some Quant and some Verbal each week (as opposed to the 'all of one, then all of the other' plan that you've described). You will almost certainly need MORE than a month of study on both the Quant and Verbal sections - and we don't want you to 'lose' any of the Quant skills that you gain early on if you were to focus on just Verbal studies during your second month.

3) Given your score goal, you would likely benefit a great deal by investing in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led).

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

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monmonsta Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:45 am
Hi Rich,

I've enrolled myself at a local institute for instructor led coaching for both Quant and Verbal. My classes started today and I plan to take on both quant and verbal as you suggested.
Apart from the coaching material, I plan on using MGMAT guides for a better understanding.

Answering your questions, I'm looking towards 2018 admissions and I'm interested in schulich , Queens, Penn state. I have an experience of 1.6 months as of now working as an operations specialist for Uber. I'm not very sure of my target schools yet. However, I want to score very well in order to not face any disappointments as my Gpa is below average. :/

I badly want to beat the gmat now that I have the time. P.s : I'll create a new thread as suggested. Thanks!

monmonsta Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:55 am
Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com wrote:
Hi monmonsta,

To start, since this thread was started by another poster, you might want to start your own thread of posts (so that the conversation can stay focused on your goals and situation). That having been said, here are some notes/suggestions about your study plan:

1) Raising a 450 to a 720+ will take a significant amount of work. I suspect that you'll need at least 3 months of consistent, guided study. Thankfully, it appears that you have given yourself some serious study time, which is good. You might end up needing more time than that though, as you'll have to make BIG improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. That brings us to point #2...

2) You would likely find it most beneficial to study some Quant and some Verbal each week (as opposed to the 'all of one, then all of the other' plan that you've described). You will almost certainly need MORE than a month of study on both the Quant and Verbal sections - and we don't want you to 'lose' any of the Quant skills that you gain early on if you were to focus on just Verbal studies during your second month.

3) Given your score goal, you would likely benefit a great deal by investing in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led).

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich
Hi Rich,

Made a new post. Could you may be look into it?

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Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:33 am
nmoepeng wrote:
Hi

I' am looking at preparing to write the exam but I have no idea where to start can someone advise on the study material I need (where to buy), trial tests, study groups in Johannesburg.

Regards
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