Thank you very much for your reply! I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to my query. Below are my answers to your questions regarding my GMAT preparations and my background.
1) GMAT preparations:
I basically saturated the KAPLAN
Classroom Course. This includes Lesson Book, Reference for Additional Problems, Online Workshops, Online Quizzes, Practice Tests, and Kaplan
CD Higher Score.
I did take the Powerprep software by ETS. I took them only a week before the real GMAT and compared to the Kaplan
Practice Tests, I scored much higher in the sense that if I would always get 500++ in my Kaplan
Practice Tests, I got 610 in my Powerprep tests. So I really do not know if Powerprep software by ETS is a good gauge of my actual performance in the GMAT. In fact, I do not know the proper timing and pacing to take the Kaplan
Practice Tests and the ETS tests. What I did was to take Practice Tests once a week. Unfortunately, with the Kaplan
Practice Tests, I would always get 600 flat.
I did not use Official Guide. But I do intend to purchase one soon. I just do not know if it is worth buying it to help me ace the test.
I did not resort to any other preparation (Pirnceton, etc) aside from Kaplan
because I thought Kaplan
was enough to equip me in preparing well for the test. I guess I was wrong.
I was thinking though of purchasing GMAT 800
(2004 - 2005) but I do not know if it is worth purchasing and how it will help me really be ready for the test, compared to the Kaplan
resources I already saturated.
With how I was faring in my preparations for the GMAT, I would always do much better in terms of answering more questions but I would remain stable in my scores in the Kaplan
Practice Tests. I do not know if this is already an indicator that I am not at all improving to ace the GMAT.
Moreover, I would not strictly keep track of the numbers I got wrong in. Although I would note the mistakes I made in certain numbers and try to memorize the formulas and techniques involved once I skim through the entire exercise set in which they are found, I do not keep a record of ALL of them, thinking that I would not make the same mistakes again. In fact, there was just too much wrong answers that I felt there was just too much for me to handle in terms of review. Sometimes, the next time I approach a problem of the same kind, I get it right already but there are other problems that I still get wrong in. I really do not know the best way to approach my difficulties in both math and verbal.
2) My background
I graduated with a degree in Management.
Basically, I am stronger in math but I guess in answering math questions, I tend to take a lot of time specifically in the problems that look complicated. I would take really long in questions that specifically involve probabilty, permutations, combinations, and higher degree of geometry. I also tend to take long in Data Sufficiency problems that involve higher degrees of math.
My verbal is quite weak, specifically in reading comprehension. I always end up being stuck between choosing the right answer and choosing the choice next to the right answer. Unfortunately, I more often than not choose the choice closest to the right answer. I do not know if there is something wrong with how I read and understand the passages or if I am missing on more appropriate techniques on reading actively. For Reading Cmprehension questions, i go directly to the questions and look for the answers in the passages. I do not know if this is better than reading the entire passage first and extracting as much summary from it before answering the questions.
Among all the verbal components of the GMAT, Sentence Correction is the easiest for me. However, the questions I got in the test were of medium difficulty that I also spent quite long per Sentence Correction question.
With Critical Reasoning, I am only able to hack the questions if I write down the conclusion and evidence and spend a huge amount of time seeng the link between the two to get the assumption. Though I am average in Critical Reasonng, my pacing is really long. In fact, I am also weak in Critical Reasoning questions that ask you to identify the significance of the text in bold.
I really do hope you can help me sort out the things I can do to get started in reviewing for the GMAT.
I look forward to your reply. Thanks so much!