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Newbie here to MBA prep - what books/resources have helped you the most? And any ways to access these resources affordably? Pls help

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The admissions consulting blogs (Stacy Blackman, MBA Mission, etc) are good too

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Test: take practice gmat and gre to find out what you are most comfortable with. Manhattan 5lb and TTP for math. Gregmat for math tricks and vocab. Don’t waste money on prep classes unless your score is below average. Essays: applicant lab best deal. Use a college consultant if you feel you need to. Check a couple out to find the best fit for you. Only pay for package for one school and make it the school the requires the most work/essays. Do hourly for the rest. Letter of recommendation: pick managers that know you really well and engage with them early so they have time to write and you can iterate through with them. ECs: pick one to two to be heavily involved in and volunteer a few hours/find raise for some others. Give yourself 1-2 years of putting all this together before actually looking to apply.

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Been using TTP and I highly recommend. Very detailed and provides a realistic study plan.

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For GMAT I self-studied with second-hand 2017 official gmat books, rented the 2015 Manhattan prep strategy guides off Amazon for <$25, and split the 4 purchasable practice tests off the official gmat guide with a friend (~$50pp)

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