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12 Mar 2012, 09:24
Hmmm....

Any advice for a 3 Day Study Plan? My exam is on Friday! lol

I finished the ManhattanGMAT course on Friday and my practice CATs are as follows:

1/7: MGMAT CAT 1: 700 (43Q 41V) Was new to the software, didn't start prep class yet, took 84 mins to finish quant so score should really be lower
1/29: MGMAT CAT 2: 680 (47Q 35V)
2/5: MGMAT CAT 3: 730 (50Q 40V)
2/19: MGMAT CAT 4: 730 (48Q 42V)
2/26: MGMAT CAT 5: 720 (48Q 40V)
3/10: MGMAT CAT 6: 750 (48Q 44V)

My main challenge is pacing on the Quant section.

I always start out ahead of pace (sub-650 level questions), take 3+ mins when I hit the 700 level questions, and rush through questions 29-37.
Towards the middle of the exam my quant is at 99th percentile (51Q?) but I finish at an 86th percentile (48Q) because of the timing issue....

I plan to take GMATPrep #1 and #2 on Tuesday morning and Thursday morning, respectively. Any additional study advice? Maybe for Tues / Thurs night? And for all of Wed? Obviously my goal is to score as high as possible...
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Well it sounds to me like you know that timing is the issue for you, so I would go back through all the questions that you had timing issues on, and make sure you can solve those in less than 3 minutes. NEVER SPEND MORE THAN 3 MINUTES ON ANY QUESTION. If you do, you may miss out on questions you would have gotten right otherwise.

So work on getting the 2 minute feeling on all quant questions, and guess at 3 if you aren't RIGHT at the answer.

Other than that, it looks like you've been doing really well on your practice tests. So it would probably help to stay warm, go through some practice questions, reinforce the concepts you know, and get down the concepts you aren't 100% sure about yet. I would probably not study too hard, b/c you don't want to burn out right before the test.

I would also find a subset of about 10 easier questions (from both quant and verbal.. maybe one or 2 of each type minus RC), and take those the morning before you leave for your test. This will help with getting your brain warm, and boost your confidence as you get them right.

Good luck! and let us know how it goes
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12 Mar 2012, 10:21
Your scores look good, just practice the pacing and put your mindset as if you were taking the real test on test day. Visualize it - a common gmatpill strategy.

Good luck.
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14 Mar 2012, 23:29
Hi,
Saw your problem with timing so I thought I wud jump in.
I an a army officer and one thing we are taught early in life--> you want to defeat the enemy just demolish his timeplan. That's exactly what gmat is doing to you.
My take on this
In the corner of your notepad write. The figure 55, 35, 15 in a column
First 10 questions check your timer and cut 55 if time left is more,next10 35, next 10 15 and whenever you falter on these try and speed up for next 10
This should break down the exam in bite size pieces and you will defeat the gmat
Best of luck
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