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# An important advice for First time GMAT takers

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19 Feb 2012, 06:27
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These are the mistakes I made when preparing for GMAT.

1. I gave importance to quantity of questions rather than quality of questions. I felt practicing more and more questions every day would improve my knowledge and accuracy.

correct approach: If ur study session lasts 30 min, you must spend greater than 30 min reviewing them( review the correct ones too..you might find an easier way to solve the problem)

2. Take full length GMAT tests including the AWA section. If you are skipping the AWA section, you are making the biggest mistake..you are making a mistake that will cost you > \$250 . GMAT is a marathon!!

correct approach: Dont skip AWA during the mock tests that you take. Taking on GMAT verbal after 1.5 hrs is very different from taking it after 2.5 hrs.

Will continue to update this post...lots more to come from my own exp and from what i have read
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19 Feb 2012, 06:44
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Thanks for the advise. The topic has been discussed and described several times. But you are totally right. Do not spend the time reviewing the questions you answered wrong but all of them. Try to identifiy the patterns and why given answers are wrong. This is not only important for Q but also for V.

I also agree to use AWA each time i take a mock test. However, mostly i do not have the time to spend 1 hour or more on the AWA sections as free time is limited. But of course, to build up the stamina it is most effective to test under exam condition
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20 Feb 2012, 17:18
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Some good advice, especially for the question taking. My strategy for questions has been changing. Instead of powering through 30-40 questions in one set, I break it down in a block of 15-20 and review all the questions before taking a break and tackling the second block. I find I learn much more doing it this way.
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