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600 and Rising [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 06:06
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I promised myself that I’d contribute back to the community so here is an overview of how I am studying for the GMAT.

I studied for the GMAT this past January-April and took the test shortly after. I only got a 600 - 39Q/33V? and I would say that my biggest mistake was spending too much time on quant theory and not enough time doing problems.

This is nothing earth shattering, but I hope it helps some people out there. I will do a debrief after I take the test early in 2013. Good luck everyone!

Quick tips:

1. Take a MGMAT CAT.

2. Create a study plan to streamline your studies - use the MGMAT CAT to figure out your weak areas and deliberately spend more time on these.

3. Skim material that you already know. If you have a quantitative background, it might be sufficient to skim the chapters. I like to read the margins and end of chapter summaries in the MGMAT book. If I come across something that is fuzzy, I go back and read the chapter more thoroughly. If you have a liberal arts background and are strong in verbal, I’m sure this method would apply as well.

4. Error log – keep track of where you make a mistake, take too long, or just guess(even if you guessed correctly).

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OG12 and OG13
Manhattan GMAT Guides
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Re: 600 and Rising [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2012, 21:02
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Thank you for the feedback and sharing your story!

What was your first practice test (i.e. how much have you been able to improve?)

Good luck on the GMAT - when are you planning to apply? R2 or ?

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Re: 600 and Rising [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2012, 06:24
BB,

I took a MGMAT CAT without any prep and scored a dismal 460 23Q-30V. Yes, you read that right.

Here are my lessons learned from that experience:

1. Do not take the first CAT too seriously - it shouldn't hit your ego hard. You can improve, this is nothing mystical.

2. Timing is crucial - do not "hang on" to a problem. Each problem should take no longer than ~2 minutes. I thought that it would be better to get a consecutive set of quant problems correct than to finish the section. I didn't realize that I was being punished harshly for not completing the quant section until a very smart person pointed out the flaw in my strategy. Thank God for his advice.

I will post on this page as my score improves. Thank you for all of the great work BB!

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Re: 600 and Rising [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2012, 15:26
I wonder how many candles I'll need so I can study even if the power goes out because of Hurricane Sandy.

Wait, that sounds like a work rate problem. Just saying... :P Hope everyone within the I-95 stays safe and dry.
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Re: 600 and Rising [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 08:05
After a long layoff, I'm back. I studied through Hurricane Sandy but things fell apart when I went to volunteer with the clean up and restoration around the NYC area.

Note to self - eat smaller meals so you don't feel a bit groggy when studying.

Content first and then speed - timing yourself is useless if you truly don't know or remember the concepts.

Spend less time on facebook - it is a time killer, those pages scroll down infinitely for a reason.

I need to pull the trigger and apply this year...
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Re: 600 and Rising [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 11:00
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Good luck! It seems you are struggling with the same things I struggle with - distractions.
I found it helpful to be somewhere that internet is inaccessible (plane, woods, park, etc) and I can do a whole lot more work there than at home on the couch in front of the TV.

P.S. My most productive time is on the plane during business trips.
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Re: 600 and Rising [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2013, 15:25
Whenever something bad happens in life...just think, "Hey, this will make good essay material if I react the right way".

I've experienced so many setbacks and obstacles during the past 2 years...now this is my new philosophy.

How can I lose? :P
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Re: 600 and Rising [#permalink] New post 27 Dec 2013, 20:49
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Re: 600 and Rising [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2014, 18:44
My new strategies for improving:

1. Revisit my error log more often
2. Creating flashcards
3. Break down my errors like a slow motion play by play on ESPN

I feel as if I need to spend way more time analyzing my errors than doing the problems.
I'm in the 90s-100s portion of the GMAC OG13 problems, am starting to get more and more problems wrong, and feel like I found my plateau.

When I started this new study plan I had the goal of doing, analyzing, and perfecting 30 quant and 30 verbal problems per week. As I move further into the book, I feel like this isn't sustainable.

I am a bit frustrated because I want to hit my target timeline.

To the wise and experienced:

How long do you think a student should spend analyzing his or her errors?

Should I take a step back and cover these lower level gaps or move on to higher level questions?


My gut is telling me that moving on might be futile if I don't fully understand the lower level questions.
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