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GMAT, How do you guys study? need help [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2008, 17:29
Hi everyone

I am fairly new to the GMAT, started my prep about 2 weeks ago.. prior to that i looked over some review material for the test.. then i took a free practice GMAT at Kaplan center. I was disappointed to say the least, i got a 37 in Verbal, and did horrible in Quant 25 :oops: , the DS questions killed me. Not sure how i scored so low in QUANT

My goal is 650-700
Is it possible to achieve these scores in 1.5 months?

I started doing serious prep this week, but i have a few questions about study strategies. Hope you guys can help.My weaknesses are SC-DS-PS

1)I started sorting out strategies for the various sections, using princeton books and other docs available online.. This week studied PS,DS 1 day and CR,RC,SC on another day. I do 15-20 problems for each section but it seems like its not enough to learn that particular section.

How do you guys break it down? i feel like if i do just 1 section a day..mon-DS-tues-PS-wed-CR etc..focus all of my efforts on 1 section i could learn alot more and then take a practice test over the weekend.... but it'll be 4 days before i look at that section again so wont i forget alot too?

How do i keep things fresh in my mind?

Thanks for the help

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Re: GMAT, How do you guys study? need help [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2008, 06:13
I think your target is achievable. I brought up my overall score by 110 points with 1 month of somewhat lackadaisical studying.

Here are my tips:

1) The Official Guide 11 book should be your Bible. Princeton Review, Kaplan, etc. are heretical in comparison.

2) Download GMATPrep tests from mba.com. They'll be the most reliable predictor of your score.

3) I would generally stick to one question type per day and do as many questions as possible...50 minimum. Maybe lump your "easier" question types into one day, but definitely dedicate entire days to the toughest sections.

Good luck!
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Re: GMAT, How do you guys study? need help [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2008, 09:13
Thanks for your tips

When you say one type of question, you mean strictly 1 section, DS,Ps,CR,RC or SC..? Not like PS geometry, or PS algebra.. thanks again for your advice.

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Re: GMAT, How do you guys study? need help [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2008, 20:39
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Re: GMAT, How do you guys study? need help [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2008, 07:49
yes and no

Would Kaplan or any other test prep center offer a test that correctly resembles the GMAT so that you do well on it and not take the course, or would they make the test difficult so that they scare you into signing up for the course?

hmmmmm

Besides, 2 weeks prep + practice test is not a good measure of what you can do. Though, if you're serious about getting 700, you might need some more time. I recommend you take inventory of all resources you have (ask here for advice), then make a gameplan of how you will utilize each piece of material.
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