I'm completely stumped on a good strategy to take for studying. I only have 3 weeks to study for my exam (I
can extend this to 6 at the maximum).
Currently I'm sitting on practice CAT scores of around 620 - Q38-42 and V38-42.
I have around 3 hours each week day of study time and 8 hours each day on weekends to spare.
I really need a 700+ score to offset an average GPA at university and get into a top school.
I've used the MGMAT books
for studying and have completed around 1/2 of the OG quant
PS questions, 1/4 of the
DS questions all of the OG SC and CR questions and none of the OG RC questions, as well as some MGMAT CAt
exams, 1 GMATPrep exam and a few GMATCLUB exams (which are absolutely brutal).
My BIGGEST problem now is that I'm not sure how to most effectively make use of my study time.
I know the main areas I'm weak in which I know will pull up my quant score if I can master them. Question is,
how do I master these topic areas in such a brief amount of time?
I have the MGMAT Advanced Quant book - should I start using that to focus on my weak areas (particularly DS)?
I really need to know the best ways to focus my studies to improve my quant score.
* DS (particularly absolute value & inequalities questions)
* probability & combinations
* overlapping sets
* ratios/work/rates/distance problems.
When I make a focused attempt to master one of these areas, I just can't seem to do it. This involves reading
up on the area, watching a few Ron Purewal videos, doing some practice questions and analysing them using
GMATClub and MGMAT forums as well as the MGMAT OG Archer and making flash cards of little snippets of
information if I don't understand things and know I need to learn it. The trouble with this is that it is
very time-consuming to analyse each practice question and I dont have much time left before my exam.
My strategy each day now is this:
1 hour -->
2 RC questions
2 SC questions
2 CR questions
I am aking a few silly errors and reading errors where I miss a key word or key point in the quant question.
I'm working on addressing those issues.
I'm keeping an error log
which tracks the following for each question I attempt:
1. The question source
2. Question difficulty
3. Topic & subtopic
4. Result (correct/incorrect)
6. Question mastery - 0 = not mastered, 1 = mastered. Mastered means I'm absolutely sure I can do that
question again and nail it.
7. Alternative approach list
8. Alternative approach confidence.
9. Notes on each question
10. Last attempted date
I'm finding myself bogged down in nailing all the alternative approaches to each question... Should I bother
with this or just focus on the methods I know I can do well?
I really need a focused & good strategy going forward so that I can maintain motivation and not get
frustrated and burn out. I'm feeling that's starting to happen already.
I've been studying for this exam for 18 months now due to various reasons (not knowing how to study for it
and then getting frustrated and therefore losing motivation etc.), and I am at my wit's end with it. But I'm
not going to give up.
Previously I'd completed all the quant questions but I didn't analyse them well and therefore didn't learn
much from doing them.
I've only recently realised that I should have been focusing on mastering each practice problem as a way to
Does anyone have any advice?! Any help would be greatly appreciated.