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13 week study plan feedback [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2011, 11:40
I was hoping you could give me some feedback on my studyplan and chances of success based on the information below.

Graduated College May of 2010
Been working for just over a year at a job that is quite mind numbing with little to no quantatative or verbal thinking.

My Goal Score is 600.
Past SAT Score was 1080.---not the best because I am not very good with standardized tests; however, I performed well on tests all through HS and college (primarily a B, B+ student).

I currently work 10-7pm. I was able to get my hours changed in order study in the morning.

I have a 13 week study plan that reads as follows:
November-January
6 weeks-math (take cat 1 after 6weeks)
4 weeks-verbal
3 weeks-review, practice tests, relax before exam
TOTAL: 13 weeks

2-2.5 Hours M-F in the AM + review what i learned in the morning during my lunch break 30mins+ relax and do nothing at night because I am exhausted from work,
5-7 hrs Sundays
RELAX- Saturdays ---Football season


Study Materials:
8 studyguide set from Manhatten
OG 12

*side note...i can typically figure the answer out for a certain question but it typically takes me an extra 1 min or 2 to get there, so timing will certainly be a factor*


Thanks

ugafan


*** I am essentially starting from scratch. I know my score will not brake 500 at this point in time. I would rather review and study and evaluate my position after at least studying math****
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Re: 13 week study plan feedback [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2011, 11:21
In theory, it sounds awesome. How much of the math do you think you will remember by the time you are done with verbal?

4 weeks of intense verbal can be detrimental to your math memory.

600 is definitely doable with this plan, but I would suggest intertwining math and verbal for the 3 months you are training.

For example
1st two weeks - number properties and pronouns, parallelism, and subject verb agreement
2nd two weeks - geometry and finding the assumption and draw a conclusion from crictical reasoning
3rd two weeks - mixed sets, word problems and reading comprehension


....etc. this way you will constantly be thinking of both

to address the side note... all of the GMAT questions ARE SOLVABLE and they are solvable in about 2 MINUTES. They wouldn't choose those questions if they weren't. However, it is the test makers' job to make you spend over those 2 minutes and crush your morale.

you'll learn that the test is not just about being right. It's about being right, being psychologically stable, and being TIME SENSITIVE. Some of the questions that you just cannot figure out how to solve...you have to let go
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Re: 13 week study plan feedback [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2011, 12:18
Thanks for your response. After spending hours going through other members study tactics I have opted to go with a scedule that is more like the one below:

Wk
1 Mbook1-Math
2 Mbook2-Math
3 Mbook1-Verbal
4 Mbook3-Math
5 Mbook4-Math
6Mbook5-Verbal2-----take Diagnostic Test to see where I am at (4 wk Math,2 week Verbal)
7 TBD Verbal3+ OG12 Quant
8 TBD-Verbal+ OG12 Quant
end of week 8 take second test(allowed 2 more weeks of review)
9 TBD, test 3(sunday 8am)
10 TBD, test 4(sunday8am)
11 TBD, test 5(sunday8am)
12 TBD, test 6(sunday8am)
13 TBD--G DAY JANUARY 30(MONDAY), take friday before off from work and have 3days to relax

TBD--depending on how I score I will determine the right study tactics
5/6 Manhattan Tests Used---will likely double up in one week or save the extra for post GMAT just in case I opt to retake it...which I likely will 1 month later...cause I would think I could increase my score by 30 points or so by then.

Goal:600
Content: 550
Bummed but not concerned:500
Concerned: Below 500


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Re: 13 week study plan feedback [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2011, 09:54
I'm subscribing to this because my timing & mind state is similar to yours. I finished the math foundations review just to realize it didn't include probability. I have roughly 4 months to prepare and appreciate your structure.
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