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Q: What will be the most effective way to prepare GMAT? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: What will be the most effective way to prepare GMAT?
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Asked by: peaceyeh-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 25 Sep 2002 15:42 PDT
Expires: 25 Oct 2002 15:42 PDT
Question ID: 69090
What will be the most effective way to prepare GMAT(Graduate
Management Admission Test) within 2 months??  Thank you.
Michael Yeh

Request for Question Clarification by mvguy-ga on 25 Sep 2002 15:57 PDT
How much money are you willing to spend to help yourself prepare?
Subject: Re: What will be the most effective way to prepare GMAT?
Answered By: nauster-ga on 25 Sep 2002 16:32 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
I used to be a private tutor for students taking GMAT, LSAT, GRE, etc.
2 months is a shorter time span than I would be happy with for
preparation, but it is certainly not hopeless.

The biggest factor in my opinion is familiarity with the test. Taking
as many sample tests as possible between now and the time of the GMAT
will be of great assistance to you. Not only will you get more
comfortable with the act of taking the test, but you will notice
patterns in the types of questions that are being asked. You also want
to take the time to analyze your performance, and learn from your

All of this practice and analysis is easier and far more productive if
you have someone to guide you through it. An *experienced* tutor is
the best bet, but a decent substitute is a *well-written* guide book.
I have strong opinions as to which companies do a good job at teaching
and writing preparation materials. I taught for many different
companies, so I am in a good position to judge them.

Princeton Review ( is
great at giving you a new way of looking at the test itself, and
providing strategies for test-taking. Their sample tests are very
good, and their preparation books are also of high quality.

Kaplan (
is slightly stronger than Princeton review in terms of teaching the
subject matter that the GMAT will be testing you on. Their approach is
similar to Princeton, with maybe a little more emphasis on drilling
the underlying skills.

GMAC ( is the company that
administers the GMAT, and they have a free program you can download to
practice with. Since it is free, this is a wise addition to any study
program you choose.

If you decide to take a course, stick with Kaplan or Princeton. If you
buy study materials to use on your own, stick with Kaplan and/or
Princeton. Adding other material may wind up sending you of-course and
wasting your time.

Take your preparation seriously and give it the time and effort it
deserves. If you have any other questions, post as a clarification
request and I'll help you out. I've been down the test-prep road many
times before.

Good Luck!
peaceyeh-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you so much for your detail answer and sharing.  It's very
helpful for me and i might needing more of your advice in the future.
Best wishes, Michael Yeh

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