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Countdown to G-DAY - Today's go time! [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 19:52
Hello once again friends!

I have finally scheduled my GMAT for December 23rd, here in Pennsylvania (US). I took the GMAT two years ago without preparation and scored 560 (Q35, V35), not caring for scores at all (my school required me to score above 450...). Now, that my masters degree is on its way, i am looking into applying to doctoral programs and need a strong GMAT score. I was terribly lazy and only allowed myself some 50 days of preparation, starting from the scratch (I wasn't even able to factor out numbers). However, i did put some effort and with the help from this forum, i acquired some good materials so my time wasn't wasted. I started the prep with Princeton Review book, thinking it was a good one. Once I stumbled upon this place, I realized how wrong and wasteful my prep was. I did diagnostic tests, kept error log and located my weaknesses. After that, i purchased some Manhattan and Veritas materials to help me overcome those weak areas. Currently, i am around 680 (GMAT PREP), with Q43 and V 40. I am tackling Aristotle SC Grail in order to eliminate my only Verbal weakness, which will hopefully raise my V to 43-45. At the same time, I am hitting Manhattan's NP, WT, and Inequalities books, combined with Veritas' DS and possibly Combinatorics Book (is this even learn-able in 20 days?!).
Anyways, I see this as my pre-debrief as i hope to come back with a good story for you guys. I am really hoping to strike that 700 barrier. I think it is realistic and doable (will take the last 10 days off and spend some major time studying).

Any comment or advice is much appreciated!


p.s. I seem to be much different candidate than an average forum member here. Most of you guys (especially non-native speakers such as myself) are killing Q whereas V is average. I, on the other hand, am doing really well in V with mediocre Q. Go figure!
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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 22 Days [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2010, 21:48
Good luck and keep us posted!

On a side note: Stupid Pennsylvania and it's thunderstorms.
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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 22 Days [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 00:17
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Just refine your verbal skill and focus heavily on Quant.

Go through OG 12th and Quant review 2nd. You should really master them.

If you run into questions with with confusing OE, look for posts by Bunuel here.

Bunuel's explanations are simply the best.

Get the GMAT Club Test which include 24 math practice exams. Take as many of these tests as you can and master every questions you get wrong.

I think you can easily improve your quant to 48~49 level.

Good Luck.
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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 22 Days [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 09:52
Guys, thanks for advice and kind words. Will make sure I follow it.
Whishplash, thunderstorms sound good now, we got hit with a snowstorm this morning. Are you in PA?

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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 22 Days [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 15:47
Yay, snow now. I can freeze more.
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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 22 Days [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 17:43
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Yay, snow now. I can freeze more.



So apparently you are in PA. I certainly hope that you are more south than i am. I am at utmost north of PA... Not much to do but study for GMAT 8-)
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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 22 Days [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 17:47
I am in the middle of nowhere. Literally.
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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 22 Days [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 18:15
Try Erie, PA... Feeling better about yourself now? ;)

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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 22 Days [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 18:20
Nope. :)
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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 22 Days [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2010, 07:00
That has to be bad then...

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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 9 Days [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2010, 09:15
Just thought I'd check in. I've done quite a few CATs from the last time i wrote here. Scores were ranging from 680 to 750 so I am really hoping to hit the magic 7 on G day... ;)
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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 9 Days [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2010, 10:08
MisterEko wrote:
Just thought I'd check in. I've done quite a few CATs from the last time i wrote here. Scores were ranging from 680 to 750 so I am really hoping to hit the magic 7 on G day... ;)


Im right where you are actually, im taking my test on the 23rd as well, and my last two CATs were 740 and 680 respectively. Whats ur plan for these last 9 days?
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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 9 Days [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2010, 10:13
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MisterEko wrote:
Just thought I'd check in. I've done quite a few CATs from the last time i wrote here. Scores were ranging from 680 to 750 so I am really hoping to hit the magic 7 on G day... ;)


Im right where you are actually, im taking my test on the 23rd as well, and my last two CATs were 740 and 680 respectively. Whats ur plan for these last 9 days?



Since I am quite good in Verbal (with SC being the weakest part), I am committing my attention to quantitative part. I am planning to finish the GMAT Club math book found on this forum, re-read MGMAT Number Properties and Word Translations, do some GMAT Club tests and do CAT a day for the next 7 days. Also, if time permits, I will re-read MGMAT SC and SC Grail.
I will also go over the error log for OG 12 and OG Quant books.
Also, I will not be doing any studying the day before (less going over chineseburned AWA templates on this forum).

And your plan?
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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 9 Days [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2010, 10:21
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MisterEko wrote:
Just thought I'd check in. I've done quite a few CATs from the last time i wrote here. Scores were ranging from 680 to 750 so I am really hoping to hit the magic 7 on G day... ;)


Im right where you are actually, im taking my test on the 23rd as well, and my last two CATs were 740 and 680 respectively. Whats ur plan for these last 9 days?



Since I am quite good in Verbal (with SC being the weakest part), I am committing my attention to quantitative part. I am planning to finish the GMAT Club math book found on this forum, re-read MGMAT Number Properties and Word Translations, do some GMAT Club tests and do CAT a day for the next 7 days. Also, if time permits, I will re-read MGMAT SC and SC Grail.
I will also go over the error log for OG 12 and OG Quant books.
Also, I will not be doing any studying the day before (less going over chineseburned AWA templates on this forum).

And your plan?


Sounds pretty good, a CAT a day, wow!

Quant is my stronger suit so Im working more on Verbal, im scoring at around V36-37 and want to bring that up to 40. Im doing 40 SCs from the OG and Verbal Guide every day (really helps) along with Alternating work on RC and CR. For quant Im just reviewing problems Ive gotten wrong on previous CATs and OG Work and working on timing for both sections. Ill also be working on the AWA template the day before (and morning of, who am I kidding :wink: ) the test
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Sounds pretty good, a CAT a day, wow!

Quant is my stronger suit so Im working more on Verbal, im scoring at around V36-37 and want to bring that up to 40. Im doing 40 SCs from the OG and Verbal Guide every day (really helps) along with Alternating work on RC and CR. For quant Im just reviewing problems Ive gotten wrong on previous CATs and OG Work and working on timing for both sections. Ill also be working on the AWA template the day before (and morning of, who am I kidding :wink: ) the test[/quote]


Well good luck to you man, let us know how it goes for you!

p.s. Yup, CAT a day... I've taken some 20 CATs so far, the best way to get used to a long test...
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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 9 Days [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2010, 10:32
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Sounds pretty good, a CAT a day, wow!

Quant is my stronger suit so Im working more on Verbal, im scoring at around V36-37 and want to bring that up to 40. Im doing 40 SCs from the OG and Verbal Guide every day (really helps) along with Alternating work on RC and CR. For quant Im just reviewing problems Ive gotten wrong on previous CATs and OG Work and working on timing for both sections. Ill also be working on the AWA template the day before (and morning of, who am I kidding :wink: ) the test



Well good luck to you man, let us know how it goes for you!

p.s. Yup, CAT a day... I've taken some 20 CATs so far, the best way to get used to a long test...[/quote]

20? WOW! I totally agree the CATs are great for "building stamina" and working on your timing, i just dont have the time to take as many as Id like plus review them thoroughly and still get in my OG work.

Best of luck to you as well, hopefully we'll both have good debriefs to share afterwards
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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 9 Days [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2010, 12:04
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Sounds pretty good, a CAT a day, wow!

Quant is my stronger suit so Im working more on Verbal, im scoring at around V36-37 and want to bring that up to 40. Im doing 40 SCs from the OG and Verbal Guide every day (really helps) along with Alternating work on RC and CR. For quant Im just reviewing problems Ive gotten wrong on previous CATs and OG Work and working on timing for both sections. Ill also be working on the AWA template the day before (and morning of, who am I kidding :wink: ) the test



Well good luck to you man, let us know how it goes for you!

p.s. Yup, CAT a day... I've taken some 20 CATs so far, the best way to get used to a long test...






By the way, i outlined my plan in a table so I stick to it, and even put it as my desktop background ;)
Bit crazy, but may be helpful. Here it is:

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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 9 Days [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2010, 12:20
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Good Luck!



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Re: Countdown to G-DAY - 9 Days [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2010, 12:29
That schedule is serious, thats hell week right there, do you work during the day as well?

Mine is just written on a calendar on the desk next to where i study, lol.
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