I've done plenty of coaching and prep work for my students who are taking the GMAT and GRE. Basically I am going to mirror Leanne's advice here.
There is nothing all that difficult about the content of the test. If you half paid attention throughout school you should know the stuff. The tricky part is getting used to how the questions are setup and how the test is formatted. The fact that it is a linear, computer-adaptive test is what throws most people who haven't read up on it.
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Do get the GMAT prep software and take the practice tests
Yes, yes, yes.... and only do full practice tests that are computer based (can be found online @ http://www.mba.com/mba/TaketheGMAT/T...MATPrepTestPreparationSoftware.htm
). Unless you live in sub-saharan Africa it is almost impossible to get a paper-based test. You need to be familiar with the real test format before stepping into the testing center. I see no point wasting time with paper practice tests.
My general suggestions are as follows. First I would read up on how the test is setup, how it is scored, what content areas are covered. The book you picked up should cover this. Also go to MBA.com and read the stuff on the GMAT there.
Second. Take the first practice test from the PowerPrep software and try to replicate the testing environment as much as possible. No calculators (the math doesn't need a calc anyways), a couple of sheets of plain paper, and a few sharp pencils.... no music, no distractions. This will give you a decent baseline for where you are at and will tell you where to focus your study efforts.
Third. I would focus on particular content areas where you need help. Most any of the prep books will do. I use the Cambridge Test Prep GMAT book. It isn't cheap ($65 for the book plus add'l materials and software), but it has so much practice material. Much, much, MUCH more than any of the $25 Kaplan or Princeton Review books. I would also find some friends to work with as well. Team up to work through difficult material.
Fourth. Once you've done your prep work do a final practice prior to taking the test, like a week or two.
and keep to a regular schedule when you do this. Like an hour a night over 2 months should give you plenty of time to get ready.
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