I have my GMAT scheduled for 21st September and have taken the next two weeks off to concentrate on the exam (Unfortunately, a lot is riding on me getting a good score
). Though I am usually very much in control of things, this exam is now starting to make me panic. Could someone please help me out with any advise/strategy to get me a 720+ score? Background - Indian IT Engineer (so non-native speaker with slight advantage on quant) with > 5 years of work exp.
My mock test scores (taken 2 days apart in the last week) are given below -
GMAT Prep 1 - 680 (Q48, V35, IR 4)
MGMAT 1 - 650 (Q45, V34)
MGMAT 2 - 610 (Q44, V31, IR 5)
GMAT Paper Test - 740 (Q49,V44) - I don't think this test really matters, I solved 75% quant without using a notepadPotential positives -
1. At around 10-12 hours a day, I still have some time left before I take my exam.
2. In timed - practice problems (OG and MGMAT), I am able to get > 80% accuracy in PS, CR and RC sections.
3. Haven't started the last 30-35% questions of each section in OG13. I was planning to study iteratively and though I should reserve tougher questions for the last week when I have all the basics ironed out. Hopefully this would increase my scoring.Definite negatives -
1. Haven't been able to finish even a single section on any of my exams on time (worst case had me guessing upto 8-10 questions in the end).
2. Though, my SC accuracy is getting better, I am still lurking around 60% (way below what I want).
I am currently reading through the entire MGMAT SC
book and working on related questions.
- With > 80% accuracy in PS, I don't see why you shouldn't get > 80% accuracy in DS too. Both are based on the same concepts. You just have to be a little more careful in DS. Ensure that you are not falling for any of the basic traps.
- Keeping the toughest questions for the end? It's procrastination, not a strategy. You need to do them right now. If you find that you are quite confused about some concepts after trying out some hard problems, you need to have enough time to run through the concepts thoroughly. In the last week, all you want to do is review your notes, revise the tricky things, take one mock test to stay in the zone and get sufficient shut eye. You don't want to do some tough questions at the end and get your morale down.
- Figure out why you run out of time. Are you putting in too much time in a few questions? If yes, then that's a time management issue. You need to know when to move on. It's an intellectual game and you will need to strategically quit sometimes. If you are taking an extra minute in almost every question, then your approach is time consuming. You might want to review faster, more logical approaches.
- SC is also logic based nowadays. Do not try to just learn up the rules. The current crop of GMAT SC questions will not reward you for doing that. Focus on the intent and meaning - the structure should be logical, not just grammatically correct. Check out this post: http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2013/08 ... bal-score/
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