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Attack plan for a GMAT retake [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2013, 09:23
Hi,

I am looking for some advice on retaking my GMAT.
I took the test last week and did not perform as well as I had expected, now I'm not sure how to allocate my time for a new study plan.

My background:
I started studying for my GMAT June, but really did not focus as much as I needed. After a couple of months of working through the Kaplan book, I decided I needed a course to keep me on track. At that point I was scoring in the high 500's on my practice tests (up from the high 400's initially).
I signed up for a 6 week course in September and dedicated myself to doing it right.

I attended all classes, watched all supplementary videos, and did all the homework problems. I studied pretty much 6 days a week for 9 weeks.
My goal was to break the 670 mark on my exam.

My last practice tests were in the 620-640 range.
I wrote the exam last week and scored a 600 (Quant: 40, Verbal: 32).
It wasn't a timing issue, and I don't think it was stress related.

Aside from feeling dejected at this point, I feel lost on what to do now.
I know I need to retake the exam, and I would like to do it before I get busy with the traveling for the holidays in December)

SC is definitely my weak suit in verbal (from how I was performing on practice tests), but my quant could probably use some all around work.
Can anyone advise me on how to tackle the next 5 weeks (or so)?

Are there any quiz banks/ sets of questions people would recommend?
Should I buy another package of practice tests? Official GMAT?
I feel like I just need to get a tonne of practice questions in at this point, but I'm certainly open to suggestion.

Thanks in advance

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Re: Attack plan for a GMAT retake [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2013, 06:16
bann7560 wrote:
Hi,

I am looking for some advice on retaking my GMAT.
I took the test last week and did not perform as well as I had expected, now I'm not sure how to allocate my time for a new study plan.

My background:
I started studying for my GMAT June, but really did not focus as much as I needed. After a couple of months of working through the Kaplan book, I decided I needed a course to keep me on track. At that point I was scoring in the high 500's on my practice tests (up from the high 400's initially).
I signed up for a 6 week course in September and dedicated myself to doing it right.

I attended all classes, watched all supplementary videos, and did all the homework problems. I studied pretty much 6 days a week for 9 weeks.
My goal was to break the 670 mark on my exam.

My last practice tests were in the 620-640 range.
I wrote the exam last week and scored a 600 (Quant: 40, Verbal: 32).
It wasn't a timing issue, and I don't think it was stress related.

Aside from feeling dejected at this point, I feel lost on what to do now.
I know I need to retake the exam, and I would like to do it before I get busy with the traveling for the holidays in December)

SC is definitely my weak suit in verbal (from how I was performing on practice tests), but my quant could probably use some all around work.
Can anyone advise me on how to tackle the next 5 weeks (or so)?

Are there any quiz banks/ sets of questions people would recommend?
Should I buy another package of practice tests? Official GMAT?
I feel like I just need to get a tonne of practice questions in at this point, but I'm certainly open to suggestion.

Thanks in advance

B


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Re: Attack plan for a GMAT retake [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2013, 13:38
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Are there any quiz banks/ sets of questions people would recommend?


You can check out the open online question bank we provide for each question type for SC, CR, PS, and more.

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I feel like I just need to get a tonne of practice questions in at this point, but I'm certainly open to suggestion.


Well, yes - that's part of it. But it may be even more important to understand all the variations on basic concepts that GMAT can test you on. Sure, almost everyone knows the basic fundamentals - but GMAT will almost never test you on something at the most basic level. There is usually at least one extra step or slight variation. GMAT folks want to see whether you can handle these variations -- that would be proof that you actually understand the underlying concept.

So make sure you actually understand these variations. The links above include a few examples of variations - but more of the variations are for our paid course members.

For example, you might know sum of sequences from 1-100 -- but what if question were modified to be odds between 51-100? You would need to be able to do both versions in a timely manner.

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Re: Attack plan for a GMAT retake   [#permalink] 19 Nov 2013, 13:38
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