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1 Month Prep - No Effect? [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2014, 06:34
Would appreciate some help here. Am I on the wrong track?

MGMAT 1: 5/May : 570 (Q37, V31)
MGMAT 2: 17/May:600(Q41, V32) - went 5 mins overtime each section(paused the clock)
MGMAT 3: 6/June: 580(Q37, V32)

I baldy need a 700+ since my academics arent great, 3.2 GPA Engg from non-ivy league school.

This past month,

once a week: Thursdays with Ron
everyday: 20 random qns timed
everyday 1 hr: focus on weak areas (MGMAT book, videos, problems, forums, etc)
everyday 1 hr: error log 20 qns timed

Timing is a super big concern I feel. Most of the questions I was able to solve but needed more time.

What am I doing wrong? Should I change my prep strategy for a 700+?
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Re: 1 Month Prep - No Effect? [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2014, 07:09
What is the study material you are using?
Have you covered the concepts in the MGMAT SC guide?
And for quants, which book are you following.

I believe you will have to take that number of 20 questions everyday to a higher side.
May be 10 questions of each topic at least. That means 50 questions a day and then observe which area is the weakest and then try to find out the weakest sub area.

Have you scheduled your GMAT?
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Re: 1 Month Prep - No Effect? [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2014, 06:47
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What is the study material you are using?
Have you covered the concepts in the MGMAT SC guide?
And for quants, which book are you following.

I believe you will have to take that number of 20 questions everyday to a higher side.
May be 10 questions of each topic at least. That means 50 questions a day and then observe which area is the weakest and then try to find out the weakest sub area.

Have you scheduled your GMAT?


- Yes, I have gone through MGMAT book for all topics except RC
- I havent scheduled the test yet, I was hoping to do it once I get to 650 in my practice tests - I'm aiming for 700+

I have started trying more and more practice problems from OG, however I am running out of sources for PS, CR & SC. I ahve done OG over and over too many times.
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Re: 1 Month Prep - No Effect? [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2014, 12:36
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Here are some specific do’s and don’ts for timing strategy:

Do know that it’s OK to take longer than two minutes on a question. Just make sure you counter-balance this by taking less than two minutes to answer other questions. But...

Don’t ever take four minutes or more to answer a question. It is tempting to try to answer each question correctly, even at the expense of time, but this strategy will likely hurt your score more than strategically guessing at several questions will.

Do use a clock or timer to strictly keep track of your studies while practicing. You will soon know what a ten minute stretch of time feels like.

Don’t constantly sneak glances at the clock to look at the timer. The idea behind working in clusters of five questions is exactly that; only look at the clock after you answer all five questions.

And finally, do remember that time can feel very different in your head while concentrating than what actually appears on your clock!
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Re: 1 Month Prep - No Effect? [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2014, 04:55
BethEconomistGMAT, Ankurguta03: So I did exactly what both of you suggested. I focused on timing. I must have done 500+ problems this past week. I even skipped few days from work.

I just took my Veritas Practice Test
VerCAT : 710 (Q49, V38)

I can believe my eyes - A whopping 120 point jump.

I must say the test was super easy compared to MGMAT. I had 15 mins to spare on verbal. The questions were so easy that it worried me I was doing bad.

And now I'm totally confused.

Is Veritas too easy?
Is it reflective of the actual GMAT?
Should I take another MGMAT test(2left) just to be sure?
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Re: 1 Month Prep - No Effect? [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2014, 09:03
First analyze your MGMAT Results. What were the areas u did wrong and then work on those.
Veritas isnt good replica of real GMAT. Also MGMAT is slightly harder than real GMAT.
If you scored 580 or 600, add a 30+ to that. Should be equal to 620/630 in real gmat.
1st prepare all basics for SC and CR and Quant section and then go for MGMAT.
Next day give a GMATPrep Exam which will be the exact copy of real exam. You will get the correct idea where u stand.
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Re: 1 Month Prep - No Effect? [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2014, 07:37
GMATPrep1: 640 (Q49, V28)

The math was really easy in comparison to MGMAT. Also I think MGMATs algorithm isn't very great.

I completely blew it w/ English. The passages were way too long and I just couldn't concentrate.

I'm scheduled to give my GMAT on 29/July as I would be applying for R1. I'm aiming for 700.

I went 70 point in 7 weeks(back when I started) and now I need 60 points in 4 weeks.

I'm just going to focus on English this week and do another test - I'd like to see V35+.
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Re: 1 Month Prep - No Effect?   [#permalink] 29 Jun 2014, 07:37
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