I am going to schedule my GMAT on 31 January 2013. I am looking to score 700+... I took it in March of 2012 and scored a 590 (low quant, high verbal). My preparation for this for test wasn't very focused (Kaplan
on site, studied for a few hours here and there, took 2 full CATs, and then studied really hard about three weeks prior to the test). My verbal score increased dramatically, but my quant score stayed the same. After reading a lot of the posts on this site, I think that I fully understand what it takes to prepare for the GMAT. My tentative prep schedule for the next few months is as follows:
1. Taking th Manhattan on-site GMAT prep course from 12 November 2012- 21 January 2013. 9 sessions; 1 session/week.
2. Studying for at least two hours/day during the week and 5 hours on the weekends (that I do not take a CAT).
3. Scheduling five hours of private tutoring with a local tutor who scored in the 99th percentile.
4. Really focused Quant preparation... I understand the basic concepts and did very well in math during school, but for some reason I can't apply it to the Quant section of this test.
5. Taking at least 6 CATs before the actual test, with extreme focus on reviewing what I get wrong as opposed to rewarding myself for what I get right.
6. Better time management. I was terrible at managing my time the first time around.
I know that I can do well on this test, but I just feel like I need a detailed, specific, strategic study plan. I think that I'm literally going to buy a calendar and create a weekly study schedule, tracking my performance each week.
Any suggestions/advice/tips? Your stories on here are amazing, and they are truly giving me the inspiration to carry on and accomplish my goals!
I will definitely keep you all updated!
Thank you in advance.