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GMAT preparation time and intensity

GMAT preparation time and intensity

Hi everyone,

am currently in the 7th and final semester of my dual business administration degree (FH Münster or VWA Münster).
I am planning to start a full-time master’s degree in finance in the winter semester 2012.
Since I prefer to go abroad, I have to do both TOEFL and GMAT.
TOEFL is not the construction site, but rather the GMAT.

I recently registered for the test (January 29, 2012) and already downloaded the GMATPrep software, but haven't looked into questions or the like yet.

For example, I need at least 600 points for BI Oslo. (According to the GMAT organization, the average is approx. 550 points)

I would now be happy to receive a few testimonials:

  1. How many hours a day
  2. how many days a week did you invest?
  3. What results did you get?
  4. Is a course and books mandatory?
    With 8 weeks before the test, am I even too close? (I already read on the Internet that sometimes half a year is being prepared).

I have to say that I'm really nervous at the moment, because you basically read everywhere that the test is incredibly tough. And if the average is 550 points, but I have to reach 600 ...
In addition, I work full-time, 40 hours a week - so I can easily do a maximum of 2 hours a day. In addition, I have to write two extremely important exams in December ...

Well, as I said, I would be very happy to receive answers to my four questions and other testimonials!

thanks
gerrard

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Hi,

first of all: stay calm. You can study for the GMAT, but you can't force high scores!
I took the test 1 month ago and also had the "pressure" to get at least 600 points.
To your questions:
1./2: scope of study
It's hard to put that in days / hours. My tip would be: buy the book "Cracking the GMAT" and then

  • Work through math stuff
  • Rather skim the linguistic part
  • then do tests and don't be put off: you will definitely get better as you get used to the test design.
    1. What results did you get?
      ->640
    2. Is a course and books mandatory?
  • a course is absolutely unnecessary in my opinion, I think the book makes sense. "Cracking the GMAT" also has 4 test tests with it - very useful

So in total: If you ask 5 people about the preparation time and severity, you get 6 answers. There are people who practice for months and those who crack 700 points after 2 days of practice.

So again

  1. Buy book
  2. Work through math stuff (don't dwell here too long on geometry - that only comes down to max. 2 questions)
  3. Do tests

All in all, you can do a lot in 5-7 days full-time!

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600p are not a big hurdle. 1-2w vorb should definitely be enough. if you are aiming for 700+ you should plan a lot more time.

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  1. I would always try to study for as long as the test is, i.e. 3-4 hours a day
  2. For me it was 5 days a week x 3 weeks
  3. 640
  4. So if you're not as stupid as 10 meters of dirt road, then you don't have to worry so much that you won't hit the 600 mark. If you want to reach 700, then I would possibly plan 2-3 months for learning. Books (I think) are essential for learning, courses are not.
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Did the GMAT myself (for an MBA in the USA) and prepared myself very intensively for a few weeks. Claim everyone has certain requirements and, depending on the form of the day, preparation, etc., cuts off at the upper or lower end of this range.

At first I spent some time scanning all the material there and what is really helpful. Tip, go to an international forum where Americans, Indians etc can exchange ideas about the GMAT - there you will find the latest and best information.

Then I got 2 recommended books and a series of sample tests (CD / Internet). Courses are imo waste of time. At the beginning I would do a test test once or twice and see where you end up - that gives you a feeling for how high the hurdle 600 is for you.

Then it is important to understand how the test works, i.e. the types of tasks, but also the calculation of the points and the time you have available. Afterwards I tried to "work" on all types of tasks, maybe it makes more sense for you to concentrate on certain types due to the deadline.

In the last 4 weeks before the test, I did a test test every day (20 in total). That gave me a lot of certainty and can only recommend it (even if it doesn't have to be 20; the essay writing at the beginning (also for this I needed a minimum score) is also very easy to do).
I always landed between 560 and 660 points. On the day of the test everything went smoothly - 640 and 4.5 for the verbal part. Got my place at university.

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I also think that the preparation time varies greatly from person to person depending on the previous knowledge, talent & "fit" of the person to GMAT ..

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Caution: Well, I don't think that everyone who has under 600 is stupid ... the stuff isn't that easy.

GAAAAAAANZ IMPORTANT: With the real test, take your time for the first tasks VIIIEL. They are much more important for your score than the last. I actually clicked the last 5 questions in both parts of the test in a guessing way, because there was hardly any time left, but I got good points because the first questions are so crucial, because this pseudo-intelligent test will then place you at the top and you too there are more difficult questions.

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if you had to guess the last 5, you didn't allocate the time correctly in advance! Basically you are of course right - the first questions point the way for the score.

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the right approach is to take the same time for each question .. ie quant ~ 2min, verbal 1min40sec or whatever!

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again another question: you cannot accept the test either. Do you have to make the decision as to whether the score counts and is sent or not before you know the score (i.e. rely on your feelings, which is known to be often wrong)?

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I had "more time for the first" ever worse results - it's just a myth that things will get better.

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First do the GMAT Prep 1 (when you register you get access to two official tests from mba.com).

The score you get there will point the way.

Then do a lot of prep tests, at least 3-5 to get a feel for everything.

You can get the tests when you buy a book from ManhattenGMAT. Scentence Correction of which is absolutely 100% mandatory for the verbal part!

I got 600 points in the first mock test without learning and knowing the GMAT. 3 weeks of learning and a total of approx. 60 hours later, the 700 appeared on the monitor in the official test. So don't drive yourself crazy 600 is easily feasible.

Incidentally, the German average is over 550 points.

And yes, you have to decide if you want to cancel before you can see the score. But I can't guess, the universities are only interested in your best score. A canceled score, on the other hand, is more noticeable and can have a negative impact on the application!

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But isn't it stupid if you have only reached the score the 3rd or 4th time? :)

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This is the first time I've taken a test with the GMAT Prep software (the official software that you get for free when you register).

You also had to do the AWA, but it wasn't scored. (at least it says in the instructions that this is the case)

My score report at the end looked like this:
Quantitative 35
Verbal 33
Total Score 570

Does that mean that in addition to the 570 points for the AWA would be added in the real test, so there would be 630 because of me and in addition to quantitative and verbal AWA = X? Could the 570 turn out to be another 600 or did I simply fail across the board (I have to make 600 points)?

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no, that means that you have 570 points - the AWA has no influence on your scores, it is only "reported" .. eg Score 570 AWA 4.5 or so ..

and you haven't failed, keep preparing, 570 is already above the global average ..

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Analytical Writing Assessment

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Unfortunately, I only had 3 weeks of preparation time in which I had to work full-time and at least I managed 640 points
(However, I also gave AWA empty).

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AWA empty is lame ._.

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Hello,

I did the $ 990 course from Knewton. Everything is explained for weeks, all rules, all formulas? everything you need for the GMAT. And Knewton has put together a guide for the course participants, which briefly but clearly lists everything you need to know for the test! From number properties to geometry, from syntax rules to reading comprehension tactics - EVERYTHING.

I am also contributing a PDF with all the important links on the topic? Learning for the GMAT? includes. I have top addresses where every task of the Official Guides (11, 12, Verbal 2, Quant 2) is explained in great videos, I have links to pages with hundreds of tasks on all subject areas.

I used this bang package for my GMAT and rocked the thing. Submit now. For questions, just let me know. I'm also happy to answer any questions or something after the sale. After all, I've spent half a year studying the GMAT, and I know the needs and worries, and I'm happy to help!

Many greetings, Volker
[email protected]

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what kind of gmat did you have afterwards?

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... to have my say here again:

I sweated blood for 4 weeks (so I practiced for 2 hours after work; took a total of 3 full tests) and luckily reached 640 (AWA 6.0).
The three tests really panicked me: first 570, then 670, then 550.

I have to be honest: In my opinion, a book like Cracking the GMAT will do just fine. Then I knew what to expect and was able to practice (as you know: Practice makes perfect).
Ultimately, and please don't hold it against me, it just comes down to common sense: if someone is not intelligent enough, then even with a $ 1000 course they will not achieve a reasonable score. I was still able to practice so much, after 4 weeks I still mostly failed with the difficult math problems. And that wasn't because I didn't know what the task was about or because I couldn't use the solution strategy, no: I just didn't have the brain! I looked at the solutions to the difficult tasks and thought: "How the hell would I have figured it out 1. ever and 2. in 2 minutes?". Some tasks simply exceeded my intelligence, and with practice there is nothing more to be done.

My conclusion is: I was highly concentrated that day and was lucky with the tasks. (yes it works: there is indeed an algorithm that determines the level of difficulty, but I can solve some difficult problems, but I don't do them. I was lucky.)
Preparation brings a lot, but it takes a lot of brains to get a score of 600 and better.
Let's be honest: Otherwise the Harvard students with their 720-point average wouldn't be anything special either.

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where do you get all the sample tests ??

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That would interest me too.
what do you think of this package:

http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/1935707701/wiwitreff-21
does it make sense?

Lounge guest wrote:

where do you get all the sample tests ??

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You only need two sample tests, namely the one from GMAC. It's on their website.

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what you need is extremely relative - if you apply to HBS o you will do more trial tests than if you apply to FH Wedel: D

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I got into the Mannheim Masters with a pretty high score (> 700). My preparation: The official book and the two free trial tests. First I did all the tasks once, then I did the first test test. Then I went back through the problems in the book that I got wrong, and then I did the second sample test. A few days before the test I practiced writing essays. And that's it. If you're intelligent enough, you don't need the expensive packages to get a decent score.

Lounge guest wrote:

what you need is extremely relative - if you look at HBS
o if you apply this way, you will do more trial tests than with one
Application at the FH Wedel: D

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What still needs to be added (if someone hasn't already written it above):

The scores that you achieve in the trial tests (cracking the GMAT) are set too high if you are aiming for a very good result.
This is because the trial tests are not adaptive, i.e. you simply get a mix of easy, moderately difficult and difficult questions.
In the real, adaptive test, the level of difficulty of the following questions increases or decreases depending on whether you answered the preceding questions correctly or incorrectly.

Example: First trial test without learning beforehand: 700
Real GMAT with some preparation (approx. 40 hours): 680

Short:
The real test is significantly more difficult than the trial test if you score in the upper range, as there are many more of the difficult questions.

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What some bullshit here, unbelievable.

1-2 weeks for a 600 is also unrealistic. In my opinion, if you want to have it properly, you have to work hard for a few months to land in the upper 600 range.

All the GMAT books (keyword: Manhattan) with around 1000 pages need time to read through, work through, internalize, etc.

Often you get stuck on a task and think about how to solve it for half an hour. A lot of time can therefore be required for one task alone.

But sure, some people after a 1 week a 680 score is clear or even without learning. ;)
Little Einsteins.

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Before you call something bullshit, you should maybe try to think outside the box:

Do all test participants have the same chances or is one perhaps more talented than the other?
Maybe one person learns in 4 hours why another 40 hours?

Just think for a moment before portraying others as idiots.
The example above is my personal experience, you can either believe that or not. By the way, you don't have to be an "Einstein" to do this.

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Preparation: 8 hours a day for 6 weeks.
GMAT: 740
Get approval everywhere. BIn went to St. Gallen because of the money

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Of course, there are the highly gifted who can achieve a high number of points with little effort.
The fact is, however, that the GMAT requires a lot of preparation time.
For comparison: I graduated from a university in Germany with a 1.7 degree in business informatics (high math portion) and had to get 600 points.
I learned a total of about 100 hours over 6 months (worked full-time and could only study at WE) for the GMAT and then got 620 points. Colleagues with a comparable section all have similar experience.
I consider the assessment of my pre-poster to have an effort of ~ 340 hours for 740 points to be realistic.

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@05.02.

Are you currently still in SG? I'm just starting here with the master’s degree, maybe you can exchange ideas.
Nice score, btw! ;)

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Well, as I said, these are just my experiences.I am also far from being highly talented, only have a 2.3 bachelor's degree and am no crack in either math or English.
But the combination makes it:
Many math aces have problems with the speaking part and vice versa.
So if you're relatively good (not very good) in both parts, you're already doing 650+.

And that doesn't even include the gifted. With relatively little learning effort, they can 'easily' take a test with 700+.

The spectrum is just big :-)

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Hi everyone,

my english skills are not that good. I don't have a good understanding of logic / math questions about that.

how long do you think it takes to prepare for the TOFL / GMAT test.

thank you very much and LG

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3/4 months intensive would be appropriate for 600+. It also depends on your goals

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Because it is rarely mentioned here, I would like to briefly mention my mustard on the subject: Don't underestimate the language part either. I had the advantage that I was in the USA for a year in 11th grade and also had math LK in upper school. Nevertheless, I spent almost the entire (albeit scarce) study time brushing up on math. In the actual test, however, I got the good grade in the verbal part (in math I was 78% percentile, in verbal 88% percentile). So my tip is that it might be more useful to take a closer look at verbal as well than to bump into combinatorics again (I had done that and then there was no question at all).
For information, thanks to the year abroad and maths LK, I spent relatively little time studying: in the cracking the gmat mentioned above, I rummaged around for about 6 weeks, learned properly and took mock exams (only have the free ones on the CD of the cracking the gmat book and the website - so a total of 4) 4x8 hours on two weekends. That was enough for 710 points (which, by the way, was better than all previous test scores, where I was always between 630 and 670)

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Congratulations, this is a really great score, for so little effort! The upward variance is also blatant, normally you are max 10 points above or below.

For the others: Normally, despite having a great Abi and maths lk, someone needs around 100 hours of learning to achieve a similar score.

With the verbal part you can really get a lot out of it, but for a German who hasn't been in English-speaking abroad for a long time.

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I also admit my mustard:

Preparation time: ~ 5 weeks (5 x week á 2 hours, after work) + the last two days before about 5 hours / day
I only prepared myself with the official gmat book.
I (like many others, of course, also focused on math, or apart from 2 hours on the test day, I even prepared myself for verbal)
Was never the top light in math at school and had mostly forgotten a little bit of what I could once ^^ but comes back quite quickly. But I also didn't have the goal to rock the 90% in the math part ^^

Then it was enough for NEN 700s. Although I was significantly better in the verbal part (96%), which certainly has to do with the fact that I am generally very good at languages. But you have to say that from a certain number of points the questions get really blatant. ^^

In conclusion, I would tell future test participants that as a halfway talented German high school graduate / Bachelor you don't have to worry too much about math. I would therefore rather recommend that most of them not forget the verbal part, because otherwise you can really fail here and it is also weighted more than the math part

So that's it from me :)

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I do not agree with this post. Can't be said in general terms ..
Did the trial tests (gmac) 2 days before the actual test and it was about 1x590 and 1x630 or something like that ^^
On the day of the test it was then in the real 700;)

Konditola wrote:

What still needs to be added (if it isn't already above
someone wrote):

The scores you get in the sample test (Cracking the GMAT)
are set too high if you get a very good one
Strive for result.
This is because the trial tests are not adaptive, i.e.
you just get a mix of simple,
medium and difficult questions.
In the real, adaptive test, the level of difficulty increases
the following questions on or off, depending on whether you
answered the previous questions correctly or incorrectly.

Example: First trial test without learning beforehand: 700
Real GMAT with some preparation (approx. 40 hours): 680

Short:
The real test is much more difficult than the trial test,
if you cut off in the upper area, there is a lot more of the
difficult questions arise.

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As you all babble, it is really splendid.

90% of the wiwi-treff users prepare for a few days or a few weeks more or less intensively and are then immediately in the top 10%, or above all well above the international and national average. Such a gossip, unbelievable. And the tip that you only buy the "Cracking the GMAT" book is the top. Nobody can get over 700 with that. For over 700 you need more intensive preparations, with the OG, or even MGAMT books, if you like.

Greetings to the bird who reached 700 in the first test test without learning: D

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Nice that you give us your opinion ^^
But there are actually people who can do a 700 without these great books.
That that might be. is not exactly the rule, I like to see it. But nonetheless, I'm not a genius with a 5kg brain and - believe it or not - I actually managed 700 with 5 weeks of preparation (in addition to a full-time job) and just the official book. Then of course there are more difficult questions in the test than in the exercise book. But then you should be able to think a little further than just being able to memorize a "strategy". And it would be boring if you knew them all by heart; D
Incidentally, I hadn't memorized a great strategy from a coach, and I didn't learn all the grammar rules by heart and then checked them one after the other.
So I am still of the opinion that an intelligent person with a high school diploma (depending on the state ^^) should be able to do that;). If you don't make it, according to my definition, you don't fall under intelligent ^^

Lounge guest wrote:

As you all babble, it is really splendid.

90% of the wiwi-treff users prepare a maximum of a few
Days or a few weeks more or less intensely before and
are then immediately in the top 10%, or above all well above
the international and national average. Such a
Gossip, unbelievable. And the tip that you can only do that
"Cracking the GMAT" book is the top.
Nobody can get over 700. For over 700 needs
you already have more intensive preparations, with the upper floor, or
MGAMT books too, if you like.

Greetings also to the bird, who did without the first test test
to learn has reached 700: D

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Sorry buddy,

you don't have 700 and you talk rubbish. In addition to a full-time job, prepared for 5 weeks and learned no rules. Who are you kidding when even native speakers find it difficult in the verbal part, precisely because you need very explicit detailed knowledge? You are a faker and a troll. End.

Lounge guest wrote:

Nice that you give us your opinion ^^
But there are actually people without these great books
create a 700.
That that might be. is not exactly the rule, I like to see it
a. But nonetheless, I'm not a genius with a 5kg
Brain and have - believe it or not -
actually with 5 weeks of preparation (in addition to a full-time job) and
only managed the official book 700. Then of course come
more difficult questions in the test than in the exercise book. But there should
then you can think a little further than just one
to know "strategy" by heart. And it would be yes
boring too if you knew them all by heart; D
By the way, I didn't have a great strategy from a coach
learned by heart and also don't have all the grammar rules
learned by heart and then checked one by one.
So I still think that a
intelligent person with Abi (depending on the state ^^) that
should pack;). If you don't make it, you fall loudly
my definition not under intelligent ^^

Lounge guest wrote:

As you all babble, it is really splendid.

90% of the wiwi-treff users prepare themselves to the maximum
pair
Days or a few weeks more or less intensely before and
are then immediately in the top 10%, or above all far
above
the international and national average. Such a
Gossip, unbelievable. And the tip that you can only do that
"Cracking the GMAT" book is the top.
Nobody can get over 700. For over 700 needs
you already have more intensive preparations, with the upper floor, or
MGAMT books too, if you like.

Greetings to the bird that did the first test test
without
to learn has reached 700: D

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Sell ​​my GMAT books. A complete set:

Manhattan Guide 4the Edition (8 books)
GMAT Review 12the Edition
GMAT 2007
Cracking the NEW GMAT 2013

Pm to me ;)

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So how much I am actually a fan of the understatement, one thing to be said anyway:

In my opinion, anyone who can think reasonably logically and in a structured manner and speaks English properly can easily achieve a score of over 650 with a preparation time of 3-4 weeks.

I've been cramming hard for less than 2 weeks, investing a total of about 80 hours. Once through the official book and once the Verbal Supplement. Looked at every mistake and understood why. Then only did the official test test for the last two days. Was always around the 700-750. In the end it was enough to get a 720.

Conclusion: Just because some achieve reasonably good scores with less effort does not mean that you have to be jealous and call this a faker.

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Hello I have now bought the (9 + 1) books from Manhattan Guide 5th Edition because many said they were the best.
Can I vll give jmd tips on how best to proceed ?!
Although I started the 0th book (roadmap), I do not understand exactly whether I now simply have to work through the 9 other books, which deal with all topics of the GMAT.
I'm happy for any advice.

LG

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maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan, just do the GMATprep test (on the homepage of GMAC, after registration) and see where your weaknesses are, then you distribute the main part of your time among your weaknesses and also develop your strengths
==> So off to the preparatory test

Incidentally, there is also one in the GMAT Review 13th Edition

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Here is the bird again that made it through the 700 in the first trial test without learning.
To the yapper, whose tiny world and gigantic ego make it impossible to imagine that other people might do better than himself:

Have you ever thought that people with a good result tend to write in here more than people with a below-average result?

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I did the GMAT. The result was ok, but I would have liked more.
The problem with me: the quant part. Math has never been my great strength. I was able to understand my mistakes during the preparation and probably would have been able to solve the tasks in the test, but not within the time limit, because I need a little longer than 2 minutes to tackle math problems.
If math is your forte and your English isn't too bad, chances are you will get a good result.

However, you should try to be a little more independent when it comes to learning. Everyone learns differently. Nobody here will be able to give you a godparent recipe for how to approach the material. You have to find out for yourself.

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Hello,
i did the gmat twice and needed a 650 score, mmmmm a bit complicated. =)

I have prepared myself with the following materials:

I wish you success

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Hello everybody,

will get the GMAT test over with in 5 weeks. What do you think about the 5 weeks preparation time?

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Full time okay. Otherwise too short. But depends on yourself. Have you already done a trial test or viewed the test items?

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enough, even a week is enough if you deal with it 8 hours a day

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If you are interested in the documents (shortcuts, all important formulas and tricks) from Knewton from their $ 990 package, just contact me! [email protected]

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I went from 500 to> 700 in two months. It is definitely possible and a lot is also adaptation.

Another important factor is staying calm. In pre-tests, I actually never had as good a score as in the real test.

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Hello,

I just want to comment on Gerrard: There is no such thing as having too little brains for certain tasks. It's just that the GMAT has its very simple system. If you only have one collection of exercises, you don't really learn to understand the system and you don't know the shortcuts either. But that gives you a $ 1000 course. I did it at Knewton. Who just does the collection of exercises thinks: These numbers ?! Impossible to task in 2 minutes. Anyone who took the course knows: Oh, category XY, they test this and that, I use the formula.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me, please help!

Many greetings, Volker
[email protected]

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That's what the Manhattan books teach you for a tenth of that amount too.

Sorry, but $ 990 is ... for a test like that. Well, if you have it.

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Fortunately, I got my diploma and didn't have to shell out any extra expenses!

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