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final prep, 3 weeks until exam - advice needed!

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final prep, 3 weeks until exam - advice needed! [#permalink] New post 07 May 2014, 01:35
Hi all,

I have three more weeks left until I am taking the official GMAT exam (May 30th), and I have been prepping for about two months now.
I am looking for advice on how to structure my final three weeks of prep so that I maximize my improvement potential going into the exam.

Two months ago I purchased the MGMAT self-prep package, and started by taking one of MGMAT CATs - scored a 680 (Q37/44%, V45/99%). Spoke with an instructor and was told to focus exclusively on Quant until I finished all the MGMAT Quant guides and completed all the OG problems.

I did this for 5-6 weeks, then took another CAT and was extremely disappointed to score a 630 (Q39/46%, V37/82%). A lot of this was down to timing issues on Quant and fatigue on the Verbal (the first CAT didn't have IR and I was having a hard time really focusing on the Verbal). After that I started redoing the questions I got wrong in the OG13 book untimed to really understand them.

After a few days I called the instructor again to discuss why my score dropped, and kept revising the OG13 problems I got wrong. As of yesterday, another week had passed from that second MGMAT CAT, and I had finished revising the OG13 problems I got wrong. So, I took my third CAT and managed to score a 700 (Q42/54%, V42/96%), which felt good, but I was still disappointed by the minor improvement in Quant and the slight dip in verbal vs. the first CAT. I was much more strict on timing this time around.

Now, with three weeks to go, I'm looking for suggestions on how I can maximize my improvement potential until I sit the real exam. I have three MGMAT CATs, the two GMATPrep CATs and the OG13 Quant and Verbal review guides left to work on. I feel like at this stage, I seriously need to do something new to start boosting my Quant which just isn't going up as quickly as I would have hoped. Also, although my Verbal is decent, I feel like I am lacking concrete strategies for CR and RC. I am looking to score 730 or above.

Sorry for the long post - any advice on how I should structure these final weeks would be really appreciated!!

Thanks!!
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Re: final prep, 3 weeks until exam - advice needed! [#permalink] New post 08 May 2014, 05:52
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Re: final prep, 3 weeks until exam - advice needed! [#permalink] New post 08 May 2014, 08:27
Thanks GMATPill!

Any tips on how to target weak areas in Quant with 3 weeks left? Obviously targeting your weak spots is crucial but I am unsure as to HOW to specifically do this while still getting a broad review over these last 3 weeks. Should I just do random timed sets and read up on weak spot content or should I build sets solely based on weak spots for a week, take a CAT, re-identify weak spots and repeat? Not really sure how to structure this..
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