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Evaluvate my 1 month study plan to reach the magical 700 [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 19:31
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Hi Guys,

Study plan for a month to reach the magical number of 700. I am not sure if there is already a post in our club for this. If you find one please let me know.

I am Planning to take up my exams on the 3rd of April. I have quit my job to axe this test so I am available 24X7 to prepare for this test. :)

I have taken up a practice test before a month on GMAT PREP V1 and I scored 550 Q-37 V-27.

Since then I have completed the Power score CR, Manhattan SC and quant guides. Honestly speaking I am unable to apply the concepts for verbal described in both MGMAT SC and Power score CR. As of verbal my biggest problem seems to be unable to pick the patterns. I believe reading it again and again will only help.

Now that I have a month left and I want to score above 700, I have come up with the following plan for the next 30 days.

Quants - Gmat club math book and Complete all the 25 GMAT club Tests.

CR - Go through Power Score CR bible again and somehow try to work through the patterns again. I am planning to practice questions from the 1000CR document. Now the question is, should i use 1000 CR or 1,012 GMAT Practice Questions?

SC - Will go through the MGMAT SC guide again and then practice problems from GMAT club and 1000 SC. Is 1000 SC a good source for this or should I be using something else for the practice?

Tests - I am planning to take up 2 GMAT Prep V2 tests and probably two MGMAT free tests. Is this sufficient or should I buy 6 tests of MGMAT?

How good is this plan? Is it feasible? Please help. :-)

Thanks.
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Re: Evaluvate my 1 month study plan to reach the magical 700 [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 19:40
Found a review of 1012 Practice questions.
http://gmatclub.com/forum/princeton-review-1012-gmat-questions-81825.html

But anyways which one should I use 1000 CR doc or 1012 CR?
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Re: Evaluvate my 1 month study plan to reach the magical 700 [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 20:03
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Hi,
I am also taking the test on march 31 so I am no expert. But there are some obvious flaws in your approach
1. Do not use 1000 series. They are outdated. Instead use og12, og11, vr1&2 and quant review.
2. Since you got 37 in quant brush up your fundamentals from mgmat 8 strat guides
3. Go to btg and see an article on how to approach a ps question. Do the same for ds,cr,rc,sc
4. Practice enough problems and don't forget to keep an error log
5. Keep last 10 days for practice tests and mind numbing endurance ex
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Re: Evaluvate my 1 month study plan to reach the magical 700 [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 22:04
I would recommend you going through the Manhattan GMAT books and having an agressive study plan with GMAT Club Quant/Verbal Tests. Your Verbal seems like the biggest weakness so I would focus on that in addition to Quant.
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Re: Evaluvate my 1 month study plan to reach the magical 700 [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2012, 23:22
arunpanda22 - While you say 1000 SC is outdated, some people say it actually contains questions from OG 10 and 11. I noticed this myself and it also had some questions from 2nd Verbal edition.
Experts, correct me if I am wrong. BTW, Do you use any other practise materials for verbal?

Best of luck to crack the exam.

Shko1, Thanks for your suggestions. Should I be going through any other material other than MGMAT Quants guide before jumping into GMAT club tests?
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Re: Evaluvate my 1 month study plan to reach the magical 700 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2012, 22:44
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How has it been? It's been a week - where are you at?

I think it is ambitious to get to 700+ from 550 in just a month but that's me. There have been some impressive improvement stories as of last month.

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Re: Evaluvate my 1 month study plan to reach the magical 700 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 00:28
Yeah it is over ambitious I must agree. :D Good thing is I have enough time so in case if I don't do well, I will extend some more time for my preparation.

Not made much progress so far. I took a GMAT PREP V1 again (with 2 repeats in Quants and 1 repeat in Verbal) and scored 610 Q47 and V27. I have no idea how to improve my verbal. CR seems to be ok but SC and RC are the weak areas. Not much I can do about RC so I need to get SC thorough first. I am planning to go through the MGMAT SC once again and I wanted know if it would be useful to go through the GMAT Club Ultimate Grammar book as well? I have this book with me and I though it was basic. Is that right?

Thanks for your reply. :-)
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Re: Evaluvate my 1 month study plan to reach the magical 700 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 07:07
I wouldn't say that you haven't made an progress--a 10 point jump in quant in a week is very impressive, regardless of 2 repeat questions. Although, someone with more experience may want to correct me on that. I'm not entirely sure how much of a difference 2 questions makes, but I would be surprised that it could have accounted for the majority of that jump.

How did you go about achieving that jump?

Although the MGMAT SC guide is good for brushing up on concepts, I would spend time on the OG SC section. SC tends to be somewhat formulaic once you get the hang of it--you'll start to notice patterns.
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Re: Evaluvate my 1 month study plan to reach the magical 700 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 08:11
jhwang116 as of Quants I would say the boost was because of gmat club tests. I have taken 3 tests and I scored very less on these tests. But I learned a lot of concepts and I believe this was one of the major reasons for the improvement in my score. Also I studied all the concepts from the GMAT Club Quants book and revised MGMAT quants.

MGMAT SC seems to be good but somehow I am not applying the concepts right. egmat seems to be a good option for non native speakers and I am planning to give it a shot. Any thoughts?
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Re: Evaluvate my 1 month study plan to reach the magical 700 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 09:56
Take a gmatprep right away to gauge ur standing because u have already gonr through the required study material after ur last gmatprep.
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Re: Evaluvate my 1 month study plan to reach the magical 700 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 12:17
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arunpanda22 - While you say 1000 SC is outdated, some people say it actually contains questions from OG 10 and 11. I noticed this myself and it also had some questions from 2nd Verbal edition.
Experts, correct me if I am wrong. BTW, Do you use any other practise materials for verbal?

Best of luck to crack the exam.

Shko1, Thanks for your suggestions. Should I be going through any other material other than MGMAT Quants guide before jumping into GMAT club tests?

hi,
first of all sorry for the delay, since i plain forgot i had posted here.
secondly, 1000sc was a great resource at one point of time but the questions are hardly representative of the present revised gmat. i am not contesting the common questions between vr2 , og11 and 1000sc. what i was referrring to was that you cant get the best bang for the buck there(limited time factor, you see). you are much better going to mgmat forums and doing gprep questions which are official question not found anywhere else.
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ENAFEX, for reading comp you need to read more. Since you have so much time on your hands pick up a book and read. Also, read the NY Times and The Economist. Count this towards your reading comp practice. I was terrible at reading comp then I started reading books at night before bed (Bonfire of the Vanities, Hunger Games, etc...) and have seen my RC hit rate increase. I make sure to get in 2-3 passages a day (eventhough I work fulltime) from the OG. Also, don't spend every waking moment studying, you're going to burn yourself out. You need time to comprehend and let it sink in. Good Luck
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