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Register now and save up to $200 Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Veritas GMAT Class Experience Lesson 1 Live Free Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • 5-Day Free Trial 5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • 5 Day FREE Trial Study Smarter, Not Harder Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Magoosh Study with Magoosh GMAT prep Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Get 300+ Practice Questions 25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code ## Starting GMAT prep This topic has 2 expert replies and 1 member reply fighter_13jan Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts Joined 16 Dec 2011 Posted: 4 messages #### Starting GMAT prep Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:49 am Hi All , I am planning to give GMAT in next 2 months so I am very confused , how should I start my preparation . I request the expert to pls. guide me . Regards, OptimusPrep Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Joined 13 Mar 2015 Posted: 410 messages Followed by: 7 members Upvotes: 120 GMAT Score: 770 Sat Apr 16, 2016 4:02 am fighter_13jan wrote: Hi All , I am planning to give GMAT in next 2 months so I am very confused , how should I start my preparation . I request the expert to pls. guide me . Regards, The first step would be to go to mba.com and research a bit about the test. Since you are starting your GMAT preparation, you need to build the concepts/fundamentals before you jump in solving the problems. You can do so by choosing one of the following ways: 1. In person classes/private tutoring 2. Online classes 3. Self paced online preparatory course 4. Book heavy approach Whatever you choose, make sure that you choose one. Because GMAT tests you on some concepts and fundamentals that you can learn from a course. Most of the preparatory companies including ours offer a free trial of our course. You can take the trial and see if the course suits your needs. In addition to the preparatory material, buy the Official Guides(both the Official Guide and the Verbal Review), Question Pack 1 and the 4 official mock CATs. They should be an indispensable part of your preparation. You need close to 3 months to prepare well for the GMAT, so I would recommend you the same too if you are not facing any deadlines. 1. Understand the concepts and fundamentals before jumping into problem solving 2. Solve full length CATs including AWA and IR. You can get two free GMAT Prep mock CATs and can purchase 4 more from mba.com 3. Make sure you solve the official questions from the Official Guide _________________ Ankur 99th Percentile GMAT Tutor | Optimus Prepâ„¢ Optimus Prepâ„¢ GMAT Courses: www.Optimus-Prep.com/GMAT Free Online Trial Hour: https://www.optimus-prep.com/request-free-online-trial-hour/ Free GMAT Study Plan: https://www.optimus-prep.com/ebook/ Optimus Prepâ„¢ Rates: GMAT Private Tutoring Online:$80-100/hr.*
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Hi fighter_13jan,

Since you're just beginning your studies, 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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There is a lot of advice in these forums on how to get started! Here's what you should do:

- the first thing to do is to take a full, timed practice test. You can take an Mprep one for free here: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/free-gmat-practice-test/

- Analyze the practice test you've taken in a lot of depth. Which areas were you weakest? Strongest? Fastest? Slowest? Decide which topics and question types need more of your time and attention. Be very aware of your timing as well.

- post your results on this forum to get targeted advice, and browse through the advice given to other students.

- Use Strategy Guides from some major company (I obviously recommend Mprep, but they'll all contain the same material, just presented in slightly different ways)

- Study topic-by-topic in those guides, then practice each topic with OG problems. For example, read the chapter on SC subject/verb agreement, then go do a set of 8-10 problems in the OGs that relate to that subject. You can find problems by topic using GMAT Navigator: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/store/online-resources/gmat-navigator/
Do this for each chapter in the Quant and Verbal strategy guides. Aim to do this in 8-10 weeks.

- Make sure you are tracking all of the OG questions you do, and timing yourself while you practice. Hold yourself to strict 2-min time limits per question! (I highly recommend using Navigator to track your OG problems)

- Alternate between Quant and Verbal. Don't just focus all on quant!

- Keep a record of any mistakes you make, so you can locate patterns in your errors: http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index.php/2013/01/18/the-worst-mistake-you-can-make-in-gmat-studying/

- Once you've covered all of the topics, practice your skills with random timed sets out of the OGs. Set the timer for 20 minutes, for example, and do questions 1-10 (skipping any you've already done).

- Take a practice test after 4 weeks, then every 2 weeks after that. Increase to a test every week for the last 2 weeks before your real exam.

- Analyze your data from the random sets and practice tests, and go back to any topics that need extra work.

Good luck!

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