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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 07:27
wow i havent checked this thread in a long time. Good to see many of you getting some use out of these crazy spreadsheets.
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2010, 09:16
Umm..pardon my ignorance.

How to log the "questions" and the answer descriptions? Questions in verbal run along for pages. Their explanation consumes another chunk of space. Where do you guys log all this information? If I put it in the excel cell it doesn't look readable. It even doesnt work for questions with images.. Instead I've tried to write the description in a notepad and embed it into the spreadsheet. But even that gets very annoying.

I've logged OG11 and GMATPREP1 errors with just pointers to the questions I got wrong. But now I've forgotten the details about those questions. So every time I need to look back, I need to go to the open the book/software and check the questions again.

This seriously takes a lot of time and is very inefficient. I feel the best method is to keep handwritten logs but even that doesnt work for verbal. Cant write information that runs along for pages!

Can please someone shed some light on how to make efficient use of the error logs?
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 11:30
what is the "db" sheet in the error logs? database? for what? :)
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 11:58
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Umm..pardon my ignorance.

How to log the "questions" and the answer descriptions? Questions in verbal run along for pages. Their explanation consumes another chunk of space. Where do you guys log all this information? If I put it in the excel cell it doesn't look readable. It even doesnt work for questions with images.. Instead I've tried to write the description in a notepad and embed it into the spreadsheet. But even that gets very annoying.

I've logged OG11 and GMATPREP1 errors with just pointers to the questions I got wrong. But now I've forgotten the details about those questions. So every time I need to look back, I need to go to the open the book/software and check the questions again.

This seriously takes a lot of time and is very inefficient. I feel the best method is to keep handwritten logs but even that doesnt work for verbal. Cant write information that runs along for pages!

Can please someone shed some light on how to make efficient use of the error logs?


I think with error logs, the best way to use them is to put in the question number and book name and then write down why you got the answer wrong. If not, what you CAN do is, if you're doing these questions online, just make a list of questions that you got wrong by copying and pasting them in a Word file. You can review these later.
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 20:32
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what is the "db" sheet in the error logs? database? for what? :)


Yes, it is the Database. If you want to add a source that's not there in order to include it in the drop-down menus or add some sort of mistake that you make which is not mentioned, etc you update the required column in the database. :)
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 10:42
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yossarian84 wrote:
Umm..pardon my ignorance.

How to log the "questions" and the answer descriptions? Questions in verbal run along for pages. Their explanation consumes another chunk of space. Where do you guys log all this information? If I put it in the excel cell it doesn't look readable. It even doesnt work for questions with images.. Instead I've tried to write the description in a notepad and embed it into the spreadsheet. But even that gets very annoying.

I've logged OG11 and GMATPREP1 errors with just pointers to the questions I got wrong. But now I've forgotten the details about those questions. So every time I need to look back, I need to go to the open the book/software and check the questions again.

This seriously takes a lot of time and is very inefficient. I feel the best method is to keep handwritten logs but even that doesnt work for verbal. Cant write information that runs along for pages!

Can please someone shed some light on how to make efficient use of the error logs?




I think with error logs, the best way to use them is to put in the question number and book name and then write down why you got the answer wrong. If not, what you CAN do is, if you're doing these questions online, just make a list of questions that you got wrong by copying and pasting them in a Word file. You can review these later.


Thanks Whiplash.


After a lot of contemplation, I am doing my logging in the following manner:

For all verbal questions that I get wrong (except RC), I put all the errors and the description in a simple ms wordfile.

For quant questions that I get wrong, I make handwritten notes for each question - write down the question, my answer, where did I falter, area tested - how to solve etc. So this also acts like a disincentive to do lesser errors ;)

Thanks guys.
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 14:53
Hi!

I'm using the "awesome" error log. Does anyone know how I can add items to the drop-down menu? Thanks!
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 14:59
Check the database section on the tabs.
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 15:06
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Check the database section on the tabs.


I did and I added items to the list, but they don't show up on the drop-down. Do I need to do anything to add to the drop-down after adding the items to the list on db?
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2010, 02:56
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 16:43
Hi,

Can some one explain me how to access this Forum Timer.
Looks like I am missing something, I could not find it any of the error log XL files (2003 and 2007 XL )
Thanks and appriciate u r help.
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 09 Oct 2010, 21:43
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Can some one explain me how to access this Forum Timer.
Looks like I am missing something, I could not find it any of the error log XL files (2003 and 2007 XL )
Thanks and appriciate u r help.



Did you try clicking the link?
time-yourself-with-a-new-gmat-club-timer-v-96251.html
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2010, 11:08
My apologies, but, I'm trying to use Saruba's winning log to keep track of my mistakes and I can't figure out how to use it. Can someone please provide a how to? Am I the only one or do others have a problem too? I've been writing down my wrong/right answers on a notebook, but I want something better to keep track of my mistakes. Thanks.
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2010, 19:16
What is OA in Saruba's error log?
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2010, 09:30
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What is OA in Saruba's error log?
I believe it stands for "Original Answer" which is a way of saying, "correct answer". I think.

A "how to use this log" would be very useful. I finally gave up and I'm using paper and pencil to record my successes and mishaps.
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 10:23
Guys, I found some errors in the friendly error log:
Verbal Stat, 'Log by issue' -> contains references for Quants!
Verbal Stat, Quant Stat, 'Accuracy by Area' -> contains formulas which start not from the first row (5), but from 6th, 7th etc - 'drag and drop' problem while moving the formula

Apart from that, the log is great!
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 10:26
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No, don't do it - it'll be a nightmare to process that data later on!
As I wrote above, the logs contain some flaws in formulas. If you're not strong in excel, drop me a mail, I'll share my correct version which I am using daily.
Or, just keep a table in excel and then use pivot tool from time to time to see your statistics.
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2010, 20:54
i can't find GMAT error log for diagnostic test
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Re: GMAT Error Log [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 07:30
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If you're not strong in excel, drop me a mail, I'll share my correct version which I am using daily.
Or, just keep a table in excel and then use pivot tool from time to time to see your statistics.
It's not the Excel I'm having trouble with. I just can't figure out how to use it, and rather than waste time on figuring it out, I'm just marking them on my notebook.
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No, don't do it - it'll be a nightmare to process that data later on!
What do you mean? Do I really need all the bells and whistles of the logs, or do I simply need to know which questions I got wrong and study more.

I already know I have some serious problems with Data Sufficiency. Yikes! :shock:
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BB, here is the simplified version of the 'Friendly' log without fancy buttons, but with WORKING formulas.
I also added the 'date' column. The reason for this is that I want to take reports every two weeks (Pivot table will help) on how am I performing and if there are substantial changes in the performance.
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