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first GMAT attempt 600. What's the best way forward?

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first GMAT attempt 600. What's the best way forward? [#permalink] New post 21 May 2012, 05:22
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Hello GMAT experts,
I have just done my first GMAT attempt and got 600(Q38,V35).
I didn't do well on Math, as usually I get 42, and did much better in verbal 35 instead of 29-32. I didn't review previous topics in last weeks as all hell went loose at work 3 weeks before the exam and I had very limited time to review and prepare. Because of draconian cancellation policy, I decided to take the exam as oppose to cancel it for $80 refund.
Now, I see a strong progress on the verbal part. I went through all SC OG in details, reviewing each thoroughly in the last month before the exam. I will do the same for CR and reading before my next attempt.

I have the problem with math in that by the time I finish one area I forget some material from the previous chapters. I went through word problems about 2 months ago and was comfortable with it but by the time I got to the exam I lost some of my skills in the area. What is the best way to target any particular area without loosing previous skills?

I work full time and generally very tired by the evening, so the only productive time is early morning between 6:30-8:00. How should I schedule my revision and new learning in 1h30 min of daily study?

What I have learned from GMAT is that as soon as it spots a weakness in any particular area it will come back to the same area again and again. I am pretty sure that I can improve my quont significantly from here but what is the most efficient way to learn new without forgetting previous material?


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Re: first GMAT attempt 600. What's the best way forward? [#permalink] New post 26 May 2012, 05:43
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You are not alone. Many people find that when they go off to study areas of weakness they tend to improve on those areas but at the same time their performance drops in former areas of strength. For most students the solution is surprisingly easy - consistently practice random GMAT problems in "Timed Sets" so you measure/maintain your performance on all GMAT content areas.

If you plan on studying 1:30 each day, I would recommend you spend 2/3 of that time on focused work (ie your planned CR review) and 1/3 of the time completing Official Guide practice. Take 10-20 minutes to work through 5-10 problems. Spend the rest of the time reviewing your work heavily - both the questions you got wrong and those you got right. This type of practice will help keep you sharp in all areas and reveal areas of weakness. As you get closer to test day, you should probably shift to spend 2/3 of your time on timed sets/review. If you find yourself hurting for study time, try to sneak that 30 minutes into some other part of your day, maybe your lunch break.

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Re: first GMAT attempt 600. What's the best way forward?   [#permalink] 26 May 2012, 05:43
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