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Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 05:37
Hello All,

So I am back with a dream to score good on gmat.
I have a 3 gmat scores and I am planning to take the test one final time in a couple of months time.

My scores so far :
GMAT 3: 600 V25 Q47 - 2009
GMAT 2: 570 V29 Q39 - 2008
GMAT 1: 550 V23 Q44 - 2007

I have been surfing this site on and off for quite some time and I am friends with many bloggers here. I know that many of you will be surprised to see above scores.

I am working as a strategic consultant for almost 5 years now. My work leaves me a very little time for study and each of the above attempts were taken with 15-30 days prep.

I have never taken a full length test (AWA+Q+V+ analysis) because I never had that much of time at my disposal.

This time however , I have around 6 weeks of free time during which I will work from home for like an hour a day and rest of the day can be used for gmat prep.

One thing I have noticed / learned from my past experiences is that , I lacked the stamina / practice required for a full length test. I was completely exhausted in first two gmat attempts and just clicked away 5-10 questions.

I am aiming 750+ this time.
I do not have TOEFEL score yet and I am planning to take TOEFEL after I crack gmat.

I have a lot of books and I couldn't even touch most of them (one's in bold)

Verbal:
1. Manhattan SC
2. PowerScore CR

Math
1. MGMAT Math series

Others:
1.OG11
2.OG12
3.MR - turbocharge series (Looks really good - will provide a feedback soon)


Full length Tests :
1. MGMAT - 6 CATs
2. MR - 5 CATs
3. GmatPrep - 2
4. PowerPrep - 2
5. Paper tests - 9
6. KAPLAN - 4

Sectional Tests :
1. Gmatclub Math / Verbal(25 / 6)
2. KAPLAN

Yes , I have spent a lot of money on gmat so far. I feel like a total jerk , anyway , thats me.
:)

Also , clearly , trying to finish / work on all the tests and material is going to be a huge waste of time for me. I need to sit and decide a plan.

Not really sure what should I do.

I am planning to take a sectional test (V + M) every day and a full length test every weekend. (though every day is a weekend for me)

I am really sure that my score will improve and I will be able to achieve my dream score. I know I can do it
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Re: Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 06:27
best of luck
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Re: Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 06:52
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Good luck!

You can find a lot of great posts here (you already know that :)) Just my 2 cents:
- First of all, clearly understand why you got low score before.
- Pay attention to your weaknesses and dig deep. Don't waste your time on what you know well.
- Full/section test under time condition --> why you got some questions wrong --> spend a lot of time on understanding and practicing on weak areas --> take another test
- don't give up! It's not easy.
- OG11 and OG12 should be your bible for this 6 weeks, not "others" :)
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Re: Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 07:03
amolsk11,

All the best. I think you should concentrate a bit more on the quant section of the test. Perhaps you can divide your time in the ratio 70% - Quant 30% - Verbal.
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Re: Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 07:04
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Good luck!

You can find a lot of great posts here (you already know that :)) Just my 2 cents:
- First of all, clearly understand why you got low score before.
- Pay attention to your weaknesses and dig deep. Don't waste your time on what you know well.
- Full/section test under time condition --> why you got some questions wrong --> spend a lot of time on understanding and practicing on weak areas --> take another test
- don't give up! It's not easy.
- OG11 and OG12 should be your bible for this 6 weeks, not "others" :)


Thanks a lot Walker!!!

Do you think I stand a chance for fall 2011?

Yes , I am going to analyse each and every problem from OG's.
Do you think I should save them for last 2 weeks or so?

To start my prep with , I am planning to brush up MGMAT series (math +SC) + PowerScore CR and gmatclub math tests + a few RC / CR / SC problems daily.
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Re: Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 07:06
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amolsk11,

All the best. I think you should concentrate a bit more on the quant section of the test. Perhaps you can divide your time in the ratio 70% - Quant 30% - Verbal.


Yes akaydee.
I am good at RC and CR. Sc needs serious attention.
And of course Quant.
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Re: Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2010, 07:32
Sc needs serious attention.

Go thorough the MGMAT SC book. It has helped raise my verbal practice scores.
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Re: Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2010, 05:32
Just don't loose hope. Best of luck on your next one!!!
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Re: Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2010, 12:58
Have you done the GMAT Club tests in the previous attempts?
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Re: Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2010, 09:46
I took some gmatclub tests but did not time them.
This time around i am planning to take timed gmatclub tests.
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Re: Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2010, 09:48
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Re: Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2010, 17:06
All the best !
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Re: Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2010, 19:50
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Welcome back and good luck. Do you have a date in mind yet?
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Re: Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2010, 23:24
Hey BB,

Thanks man!
Yes I am planning to take gmat in first week of Oct. I haven't booked slot yet.

I took gmatclub math test 1 and got 31/37/81.3%.
However verbal looks really ugly. I need to spend a lot of time on verbal.
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Re: Back with a dream to score good on gmat - 4th attempt [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2010, 00:55
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