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After long layoff, what should I do first? [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2008, 18:57
Hi all!

I studied my ass off for about a month last year before taking the exam. It's been over a year and half, and jesus, I am really not looking forward to going back to that study mode.

I got a 660 (35V75%-47M81%) 84% at that time, although I consistently got 700+ on those official GMAC practice exams, which people were saying is a very good gauge of how you'll do on the real thing. I feel like I could have gotten over 700+, but it's such a rythm game, and I lost my rythm when pricks in the test center were making noise.

oh, and why do I need to retake all of a sudden? I just got ding'd, and I know my GMAT score was a big factor..

Anyway, what should I do to get back into this? What do you guys suggest I start with? At least time is on my side, as I have some time till Spring semester..

I need 700 minimum..I wish I knew about this site when I was taking it last year..
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Re: After long layoff, what should I do first? [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2008, 06:18
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Re: After long layoff, what should I do first? [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2008, 10:30
It doesn't sound like your problem was knowledge. It sounds like you got freaked out by the noise in the testing room.

You should study the same materials as before but practice time management and noise/nerves.
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Re: After long layoff, what should I do first? [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2008, 11:06
If I were you, I’d do the following…

Step 1: Spend a week or two to go over to Official Guide as a refresher.

Step 2: Take a GMAT prep to see where you are.

Step 3: Schedule a test.

If you’re at 700+ on the GMAT prep, schedule the real GMAT asap. If you can get it in before the 15th – 20th of Aug., that would be ideal. This gives you room enough to retake before the Sept deadline, should you need to.

If you’re under 700, then schedule for Sept 10 – 14 and study like hell.

Also, MGMAT cats are awesome at learning to not stress on the GMAT. The math is too hard and convoluted, and the verbal is not accurate, so don’t dwell on the results. However, the MGMAT is more brutal than the real thing, so it builds your stamina.
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Re: After long layoff, what should I do first? [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2008, 11:09
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Anyway, what should I do to get back into this? What do you guys suggest I start with? At least time is on my side, as I have some time till Spring semester..


Oh, and you do realize that the Langone Spring of '09 deadline is Sept 15th, right? Are you shooting for that, or for fall?
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Re: After long layoff, what should I do first? [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2008, 12:31
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yubjun wrote:
Anyway, what should I do to get back into this? What do you guys suggest I start with? At least time is on my side, as I have some time till Spring semester..


Oh, and you do realize that the Langone Spring of '09 deadline is Sept 15th, right? Are you shooting for that, or for fall?


I'm shooting for Spring. Thanks for telling me the deadline date, as I had no idea.

This is my plan:

1) Review OG Edition 11 (which I just ordered).
2) Review MGMAT SC (which I ordered).
3) Start taking GMATclub challenge tests for Quantitative
4) Start taking GMATPrep tests.

Tenore you have a great point though. If I take it and don't do well, I should give enough time for me to retake it. If I do all of the above, it will be November, before I'm ready.
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Re: After long layoff, what should I do first? [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2008, 12:52
Yeah, that deadline’s right around the corner and those who reapply hear back sooner then the rest… it’s quite possible that you’ll have a spring admissions decision in 2 months or so.

Sounds like your plan is right on target. Just remember not to take the gmat prep too often, too soon, since it’s your best way to evaluate where your ability is. Take test 1 after you feel like you had enough refresher study, then maybe switch to MGMAT cats for a while (you’ll get access to all 6 with the SC guide.) MGMAT cats are not accurate though, so after a few of them, retake gmat prep test 1.

When you feel super ready, take gmat prep test two and pretend it’s the real gmat (do the AWA, enforce the breaks). You’ll learn a lot from your performance in that.

I killed the verbal on the real gmat (99th percentile) and I will tell you that the MGMAT verbal is useless except for timing practice. The questions are nothing like the real gmat. Stick to the OG, mgmat SC book and GMAT prep for gauging your ability in verbal, and just use the mgmat verbal as a stamina builder.


If you post a 680+, you’ll have something strong to talk about on your re-app. If you break 700, you probably get in (assuming you spin it well in your essay).
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Re: After long layoff, what should I do first? [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2008, 12:59
Is the Spring entry for a 2 year program as well, but for a different start? This is probably a newbie question, but Stern v Langone? Both are NYU right?
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Re: After long layoff, what should I do first? [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2008, 13:06
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Is the Spring entry for a 2 year program as well, but for a different start? This is probably a newbie question, but Stern v Langone? Both are NYU right?


Langone is just the name of NYU Stern’s part time MBA program. Both are NYU, Both are Stern, both give the same diploma. Kenneth Langone, a part time NYU grad and key player in the start of Home Depot, donated a ton of money to the part-time MBA at Stern, so he gets to have the program named after him.

The Langone program has a both a Fall and Spring start, and separate admission cycles for each. It can be completed in as little as 2 years, but not more then 6 years.
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Re: After long layoff, what should I do first? [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2008, 13:09
Ah. Thanks for the reply. I saw both names being used and wasn't sure of the distinction between them.

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jallenmorris wrote:
Is the Spring entry for a 2 year program as well, but for a different start? This is probably a newbie question, but Stern v Langone? Both are NYU right?


Langone is just the name of NYU Stern’s part time MBA program. Both are NYU, Both are Stern, both give the same diploma. Kenneth Langone, a part time NYU grad and key player in the start of Home Depot, donated a ton of money to the part-time MBA at Stern, so he gets to have the program named after him.

The Langone program has a both a Fall and Spring start, and separate admission cycles for each. It can be completed in as little as 2 years, but not more then 6 years.

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Re: After long layoff, what should I do first? [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2008, 05:06
Tenore wrote:
Yeah, that deadline’s right around the corner and those who reapply hear back sooner then the rest… it’s quite possible that you’ll have a spring admissions decision in 2 months or so.

Sounds like your plan is right on target. Just remember not to take the gmat prep too often, too soon, since it’s your best way to evaluate where your ability is. Take test 1 after you feel like you had enough refresher study, then maybe switch to MGMAT cats for a while (you’ll get access to all 6 with the SC guide.) MGMAT cats are not accurate though, so after a few of them, retake gmat prep test 1.

When you feel super ready, take gmat prep test two and pretend it’s the real gmat (do the AWA, enforce the breaks). You’ll learn a lot from your performance in that.

I killed the verbal on the real gmat (99th percentile) and I will tell you that the MGMAT verbal is useless except for timing practice. The questions are nothing like the real gmat. Stick to the OG, mgmat SC book and GMAT prep for gauging your ability in verbal, and just use the mgmat verbal as a stamina builder.


If you post a 680+, you’ll have something strong to talk about on your re-app. If you break 700, you probably get in (assuming you spin it well in your essay).


That sounds like the right approach I should take. Thanks man!
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Re: After long layoff, what should I do first? [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2008, 09:18
Just took M01 of the challenge tests.

Got 20/37 which was like 25 percentile :-D

I got long ways to go..
I was surprised I was able to finish the test on time though..I guess my rust was not as bad as I thought it would be..
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