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Re: GMAT in 2-3 months... My daily prep diary... [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2012, 19:14
Thanks guys. I am back. My exam is in April (First half). I have taken a date. I will keep everyone posted...

Thanks - @ sdas elleesie abhi47 MSoS ashiima shovitdhar

I have been busy at work but its now or never. Now work takes a back seat. I can go to business school with some not so good experiences at work (of course calculated risks :lol: ) but I cannot got to business school if I dont write GMAT.

I have written 3 mocks in the past two weeks -

GMATPrep 1 - 710 (Q49,V38)
MGMAT 1 - 680 (Q47,V35) - Did not spend enough time on last 5 questions in Quant and 10 questions in Verbal
MGMAT 2 - 680 (Q48,V35) - Did not spend enough time on last 5 questions in Quant and 10 questions in Verbal

Need to get the timing right...

Detailed mock analysis and strategy to follow...

But its now or never... that's what I realized :)
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Re: GMAT in 2-3 months... My daily prep diary... [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 04:50
Great to see you back. I sincerely hope that this time around you reach your target now that you will dedicating your full attention on the GMAT. But make sure that you don't burn yourself out studying a lot daily. stick to 4-5 hours per day and you should be good to go!
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Re: GMAT in 2-3 months... My daily prep diary... [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 06:38
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Great to see you back. I sincerely hope that this time around you reach your target now that you will dedicating your full attention on the GMAT. But make sure that you don't burn yourself out studying a lot daily. stick to 4-5 hours per day and you should be good to go!



Thanks shovitdhar... not actually full attention to GMAT. I am still working but will not stretch at work... will try 2 hours a day...
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Re: GMAT in 2-3 months... My daily prep diary... [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 07:33
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Buddy, you are already hovering around 700 and you still have two months to go, so i think if you keep the momentum going, surely you will get the desired score. I am also scoring between 690-710 and i have around two more months to go, so let's catch onto a good score.
I am varying my places of practice tests( from library to Restaurant to comfortable couch at home), just to make sure i am comfy with new locations...also there are certain good test taking strategies on the forum,I have collected those strategies, so lemme know in case u need.
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Re: GMAT in 2-3 months... My daily prep diary... [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 19:50
Today's Plan -

Working on weak areas in Quant - Trying 16 and 32 point questions on Grockit
Look at MGMAT mocks. See what is wrong from an overall mock perspective (basically Timing strategy)
Revise SC (feeling rusty)
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Re: GMAT in 2-3 months... My daily prep diary... [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2012, 06:45
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Today's Plan -

Working on weak areas in Quant - Trying 16 and 32 point questions on Grockit
Look at MGMAT mocks. See what is wrong from an overall mock perspective (basically Timing strategy)
Revise SC (feeling rusty)

Holiday

Accomplishments
Quant - 52 Questions (40 Correct) - Did only 16 and 32 Point questions
Verbal - 54 Questions (45 Correct) - Did all Questions

Read Timing Strategy Articles - http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index ... anagement/

Revised SC (Don't feel like revising SC :( )
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Re: GMAT in 2-3 months... My daily prep diary... [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2012, 06:55

9 March 2012



Today's Plan

Review questions solved yesterday. Tired but reviewing questions just gets better when they have video explanations...
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Re: GMAT in 2-3 months... My daily prep diary... [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2012, 07:54
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@gmatprep2011- If you're looking for timing strategies, look at the 4th video on this site.
http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gener ... strategies

Also, MGMAT Roadmap is an excellent book on timing strategies. Although i'm yet to implement them in my real test on 23rd march, i'm feeling confident after implementing them in two tests and getting good scores( 670, 680) in MGMAT tests, which i'm attempting again after resetting them.
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Re: GMAT in 2-3 months... My daily prep diary... [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2012, 22:33
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9 March 2012



Today's Plan

Review questions solved yesterday. Tired but reviewing questions just gets better when they have video explanations...


Accomplishment

Working Day

Reviewed 15 Quant questions

Weekend coming up :)
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Re: GMAT in 2-3 months... My daily prep diary... [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2012, 22:41

10 March 2012



Today's Plan

1. Review questions solved day before yesterday.

2. Use Grockit and work on weakness (Quant)

Weakness in Quant -
Inequalities
Coordinate Geometry
Probability and Combinations
Algebra (other than inequalities)

3. Solve OG questions for RC - Solve 3 passages (starting with the last passage) - RC accuracy in MGMAT CATs has been around 45%. Need to improve RC accuracy. Not quite confident when I solve RC in CATs.

4. Analyze all questions (4 Quant topics above) in the 3 CATs that I have written (GMATPrep 1, MGMAT 1 and MGMAT 2)

MGMAT 3 - Scheduled for 11 March 2012
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Re: GMAT in 2-3 months... My daily prep diary... [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2012, 06:17
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10 March 2012



Today's Plan

1. Review questions solved day before yesterday.

2. Use Grockit and work on weakness (Quant)

Weakness in Quant -
Inequalities
Coordinate Geometry
Probability and Combinations
Algebra (other than inequalities)

3. Solve OG questions for RC - Solve 3 passages (starting with the last passage) - RC accuracy in MGMAT CATs has been around 45%. Need to improve RC accuracy. Not quite confident when I solve RC in CATs.

4. Analyze all questions (4 Quant topics above) in the 3 CATs that I have written (GMATPrep 1, MGMAT 1 and MGMAT 2)

MGMAT 3 - Scheduled for 11 March 2012


Accomplishments

Reviewed Questions - Grockit

Worked on weakness. Now more confident when solving Inequalities and Algebra. Earlier I used to almost give up when I used to see inequalities or Modulus questions.

Took PowerPrep 1 (unplanned) - 700 (Q50,V35) - Could have score more but lost focus due to too many repeats. Got a bit irritated.
Repeat Questions - I spent more time on these questions. I found them more confusing this time. I think repeat questions take more time because we try and remember the answer and also try and think logically. If the answer from both these methods is not the same, we spend more time on it.

Solved three passages from OG - RC accuracy is always high in a non-test environment :(
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Re: GMAT in 2-3 months... My daily prep diary... [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2012, 00:28

11 March 2012



GMATPrep 1 Retake - 720 (Q50,V37)
Saw some repeats in the test. Seeing repeats is irritating. Read my previous post.
Quant - 5 Questions
Verbal - 7 questions (including a tough RC - El Nino, La Nina...)

Spent the same time on repeat questions as I would if I saw the question for the first time.

I wanted to work on my timing strategy and in this test I was able to pace myself well. Skipped 3-4 questions in verbal when I realized I was off target by more than 2 minutes.

Next weekend, I will take MGMAT 3 and 4.

Need to analyze the test now.
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Re: GMAT in 2-3 months... My daily prep diary... [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2012, 00:44
hi,am planning to prepare for GMAT..thinking of giving it in the next few months.the problem am facing is that i work and its difficult for me to get back from work and concentrate on this.I also don't have any idea on how to start preparing or the books i need to prepare..i would require a score of 680+ , my quant is not all that great so i really don't if its something i can achieve..hoping someone can help me with this :)
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Re: GMAT in 2-3 months... My daily prep diary... [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 13:15
Rachitha,

Manhattan Quant books are good for basics. what score did you got in diagnostic?
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