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GMAT is more difficult that I initially anticipated [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2012, 07:30
GMAT is more difficult that I initially anticipated. I am non native English speaker and took GMAT exam date assuming 4 weeks preparation should be sufficient. I thought that the only area I need to work hard in 4 weeks is SC and review other areas. When I started the preparation everything seemed fine. I went through all the basics in 2 weeks and took the first Prep Test and scored 650. I was hoping for a better score and realized surprisingly that not only SC but CR, DS and RC also needed improvement. I was feeling very confident about DS and PS but realized that DS is more difficult than I anticipated or at least my approach towards handling DS was not right.

I knew I was not there (700+) in 2 weeks so I pushed the GMAT date by 2 weeks. In next 2 weeks I started again by focusing again on CR, RC and DS. DS did improve but RC, SC and CR were unpredictable as I would score good in some tests and bad in others. Rather than taking the exam with unpredictable results I decided to push the date again.

This time I pushed the date by nearly 3 months. By pushing the exam date by nearly 3 months I do know that I wont be able to complete the 2012 admission process but then there is no point in getting a low score and getting admission in an average school.

Nowhere I found the reference for DS improvement but I found out that MGMAT Advanced Quant book is very helpful. It significantly helped me improve on my DS approach and also PS approach.

As of now below are the books I have and have 2.5 months plan. Let me know if this is good enough or I need something else?

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MGMAT CR, RC, SC, Advanced Qant
Kaplan GMAT book
GMAT OG 12th Ed.

Tests - 4 Kaplan, 6 MGMAT

My plan is to go through MGMAT books and Kaplan review in first 1 months. In second month start doing practice tests in OG and other sources incluing GMAT Club. Do 10 full length tests in last 3 weeks and review all the corrections.

Any advice on my plan would be much appreciated. I am working towards a score of 720+. I would rather not give the exam than scoring below 700.
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Re: GMAT is more difficult that I initially anticipated [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2012, 09:42
Did you know that you can download a GMAT test on the following site:

http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/download-fr ... tware.aspx

The test scores would be unofficial, of course, but the test will give you a great idea on where you stand. It is developed by the company that distributes the GMAT and you get two free practice exams. So if you score for example 720 there, you are as likely to get 720 on the actual test. But if you score 620, it is very unlikely to get 720.

MGMAT books are, in my opinion, great. There are 5 more guides that cover math (basics) but if you do well on the prep test you probably do not need them. Kaplan books are also rated well, except that most people say that problem with the Kaplan books are generally harder than official questions and might not be representative of the actual test. But I think overall, you picked the best books - MGMAT, Kaplan and Official Guide.

Make sure when you do problems in the Official Guide you make an error log. Error log is a document that contains all the problems in the official guide that you did wrong. It is very valuable once you get done with all problems in the OG.

Finally, make sure you don't just run through the problems and think that you are done. You really need to understand how to come to those solutions otherwise you are wasting money and tests.
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Re: GMAT is more difficult that I initially anticipated [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2012, 10:55
Thanks. Yes I do have those tests and I got 650 on first sample test. I intend to increase my score by 50-100 in next 2.5 months.
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Re: GMAT is more difficult that I initially anticipated [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2012, 15:11
I think it was a great idea to push back your test date if you have the time an energy. Here is a great study plan if you need one: gmat-study-plan-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html

With a 650 already under your belt, it does look like you have a very strong base, and do understand the fundamentals. At this point, you just have to keep the motivation high, and continue to solidify your understanding and ability in each section. Good luck! And also make sure to master the intangibles as I've outlined them here: 10-tips-to-improve-your-score-app-with-no-extra-studying-124393-20.html

Best of luck to you and your studies! Look forward to your debrief
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Re: GMAT is more difficult that I initially anticipated [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2012, 05:06
Thanks. For the study plan I feel confident on the Maths side so will start with Verbal side for first month instead of math and then start as mentioned in the plan.
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Re: GMAT is more difficult that I initially anticipated [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2012, 11:47
I am trying out e-gmat currently and found it very useful..may be u can try it out for SC and CR..just take the trial class's online..
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