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6 months away from my GMAT [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2008, 14:01
Hi,

This is my first posting here on the GMAT Club. I'm 6 months away from the Actual Exam ( Aug 30th) and I'm already nervous. Please can any one suggest , how to go about preparing for the Exam ? TO be honest , I'm weak in Quant....If that helps !!

Suggetions / Advice /Tips are more than welcome

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Re: 6 months away from my GMAT [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2008, 15:41
Something that might be helpful would be to read how other people prepared for the GMAT (especially the high scorers). From there, you can tailor a study plan that addresses your weaknesses.
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Re: 6 months away from my GMAT [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2008, 20:28
spend month 1 using the search here,

spend months 2-6 studying
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Re: 6 months away from my GMAT [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2008, 16:22
Thanks for your quick response People .
Ok, listed below are the topics i intend to cover in Quant...Please let me know if this will suffice, Also, please let me know if I'm missing out on anything important.

NUMBER PROPERTIES

DIVISIBILITY & PRIMES: Factors, Multiples, Prime Factorization, Factor Foundation Rule, Prime Boxes, Prime Products, GCF, LCM
ODDS & EVENS: Sum, Difference, & Product Rules, Two Prime Sum Rule
POSITIVES & NEGATIVES: Absolute Value, Product & Quotient Rule, Systematic Testing
CONSECUTIVE INTEGERS: Series Counting, Series Sum, Series Average, Special Products, Special Sums, Series Divisibility
EXPONENTS: General Rules, Special Bases, Simplifying & Combining Exponential Expressions
ROOTS: General Rules, GMAT Root Convention, Simplifying & Combining Root Expressions, Imperfect vs. Perfect Squares, Common Roots & Cubes
PEMDAS: Order of Operations
STRATEGIES FOR DATA SUFFICIENCY: Sample Data Sufficiency Rephrasing

FRACTIONS DECIMALS AND %

DIGITS & DECIMALS: Place Value, Estimation, Powers of 10, Last Digit Shortcut, Heavy Division Shortcut, Decimal Operations
FRACTIONS: Simplifying, Multiplication Shortcut, Reciprocals, Cross-Multiplication, Splitting Denominators, Benchmark Values, Smart Numbers
PERCENTS: Percent Tables, Percentage Change, Successive Percents, Percent Formulas, Percent Mixtures
FDP's: FDP Connections, Conversions, Common Equivalents
STRATEGIES FOR DATA SUFFICIENCY: Sample Data Sufficiency Rephrasing

WORD PROBLEMS

ALGEBRAIC TRANSLATIONS: Translation Techniques, Variable Organization
RATES & WORK: RTD Charts, Average Rate, Simultaneous Motion, Clicking Charts, Basic Work, Working Together, Population
RATIOS: Labels, Proportions, Unknown Multipliers
COMBINATORICS: Factorials, Anagrams, Permutations, Combinations, Constraints
PROBABILITY: And vs. Or, 1 - x Shortcut, Domino Effect, Winning Scenarios, Counting Methods
STATISTICS: Average Formula, Median, Standard Deviation
OVERLAPPING SETS: Double-Set Matrix, Sets & Percents, Sets & Algebraic Representation, Venn Diagrams
STRATEGIES FOR DATA SUFFICIENCY: Sample Data Sufficiency Rephrasing

EQUATIONS AND INEQUALITIES

BASIC EQUATIONS: One-Variable Equations, Simultaneous Equations, Mismatch Problems, Combo Manipulations, Absolute Value Equations
EXPONENTIAL EQUATIONS: Even Exponents, Common Bases, Common Exponents, Eliminating Roots
QUADRATIC EQUATIONS: Factoring, Disguised Quadratics, Foiling, Undefined Denominators, Favorite Forms
FORMULAS: Plug-Ins, Strange Symbols, Unspecified Amounts, Sequences, Patterns
FUNCTIONS: Numerical Substitution, Variable Substitution, Compound Functions, Unknown Constants, Graphs
INEQUALITIES: Basic Inequalities, Even Exponent Inequalities, Absolute Value Inequalities, Combining Inequalities, Extreme Values
VIC'S: Variables In Answer Choices, Tracking Charts, Target Numbers, Equation-Based VIC's
STRATEGIES FOR DATA SUFFICIENCY: Sample Data Sufficiency Rephrasing

GEOMETRY

POLYGONS: Quadrilaterals, Interior Angles, Perimeter, Area, Dimensionality, Surface Area, Volume
TRIANGLES & DIAGONALS: Side-Angle Relationships, Triangle Theorems, Isosceles & Equilateral Triangles, Special Ratios, Polygon Diagonals
CIRCLES & CYLINDERS: Circumference, Arc Length, Area, Sectors, Inscribed & Central Angles, Cylinder Surface Area & Volume
LINES & ANGLES: Intersecting Lines, Parallel Lines, Exterior Angles, Transversals
COORDINATE PLANE: Slopes, Intercepts, Distance, Quadrants, Perpendicular Bisectors
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Re: 6 months away from my GMAT [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2008, 21:52
Even if your weak part is quant do not neglect verbal part because most of test takers after test realize that they lost majority of points in verbal part so try to mix quant preperation with verbal, I mean couple of hours for quant and other couple for verbal, also I think you should define weach part of quant you are weak at, because I am pretty much sure you know 50-60% of math section you have mentioned above, so you can focus on some particular sections of math and imrove results exactly in that area
best of luck in your preperation
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Re: 6 months away from my GMAT [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2008, 10:51
6 month prep is a long time pal, try 3 months, if that doesnt work you can take it again.

I am saying that out of exp. i prepared for 6 months and totally screwed up and ended with 620.

I think with GMAT u have to be good with concepts and GMAT concepts shouldnt take more than a month to learn/practice. The take test for 2 months.. Again, diff ppl have different schedules
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Re: 6 months away from my GMAT [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2008, 13:00
aiming700plus wrote:
6 month prep is a long time pal, try 3 months, if that doesnt work you can take it again.

I am saying that out of exp. i prepared for 6 months and totally screwed up and ended with 620.

I think with GMAT u have to be good with concepts and GMAT concepts shouldnt take more than a month to learn/practice. The take test for 2 months.. Again, diff ppl have different schedules


aiming's got it right. There are two things that can go wrong with a 6 month prep.

1) You're going to burn out. GUARANTEED.
2) You won't study intensely enough, you'll loosely burn through all the good practice material.

I recommend you split the 6 month period into 2 parts. The first 2 months, you should spend learning the ins and outs of the test as well as learning all the basic concepts. What is odd x odd? Formula for the volume of a cylinder? Gotta know these things cold. Know for DS, AD or BCE. Start reading scholarly periodicals. Get that brain revving for boring mundane passages.

Then, take a break. A loooong break. If you've studied reasonably hard the first two months, you won't need anyone to remind you. You should crash and detest the gmat after about 8-10 weeks.

After your little break, go all out and address the minutiae of test. Take a CAT every week, sometimes two. Go through the answers, your mistakes and explanations with a fine comb. Never let a day pass w/o doing at least a few questions. Time everything. Get focused as test day approaches. If you've prepared well enough, you'll be chomping at the bit to attack the test. At the least, you'll be comfortable during the test.

Just remember, GMATPrep is gold. Do not waste them on a whim.
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Re: 6 months away from my GMAT [#permalink] New post 18 May 2008, 14:14
Agreed ! I'm 3 months away form the actual test and I'm already burned out.
I just took the POWER PREP today( for the fist time) and a disappointing 500. :x
Needless to say I wasted my first 3 months. Now what ?????????? :roll:
I ran out of time for quant...could not pace myself, Got a couple of CR and RC's wrong ...Overall disastrous 500.

Anyways, How acurate is the Power prep as opposed to the GMAT Prep?
Also as always PLEASE HELP !!!
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Re: 6 months away from my GMAT [#permalink] New post 20 May 2008, 12:32
6 months is definitely a long time. What I would do is to focus on specific areas, starting with my major weakness (greatest margin for improvement!) and plan from then on. Good luck.
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Re: 6 months away from my GMAT [#permalink] New post 20 May 2008, 12:37
powerprep is a decent indicator. what was your breakdown between Q and V?
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Re: 6 months away from my GMAT [#permalink] New post 20 May 2008, 12:42
one more thing, you have 4 posts on this forum over the last 3 months. You should be actively participating in the questions and discussions and post questions in which you do not understand. You need to live GMAT for the next 3 months. Learn the official guide cold. Do all of them, multiple times. But make sure you understand the concepts. Buy the manhattan gmat books, all of em cept CR. They will help you with the basics.
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Re: 6 months away from my GMAT [#permalink] New post 22 May 2008, 04:22
Although I just have 3 posts to my credit , but I do visit the site almost everyday. Right now I'm improving on my weakness ,( Inequalities, Probability, Permutaions and Combinations and Distance problems)...Those are a LOT already :twisted:
I'm going back to the basics of SC from the Manhatten Guide for Verbal and Needless to say I'm doing the 1000 series for both Quant and Verbal...
It's a new start all over again...
your thoughts???
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Re: 6 months away from my GMAT [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2010, 08:07
So what happened after 6 months just curious :-)
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