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GMAT Jan 2013; Goal: 700+, ADVICE PLEASE!

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GMAT Jan 2013; Goal: 700+, ADVICE PLEASE! [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2012, 12:51
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Hello GMATclub!

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.
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Re: GMAT Jan 2013; Goal: 700+, ADVICE PLEASE! [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2012, 20:59
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I think you are doing great on your plan - there is no specific formula for success but there is one common ingredient - persistence and hard work.

1. make sure you go the extra mile in your course. It will be tough after work and it will get boring. Try to keep up.
2. Do all homework when you need to do it.
3. Keep track of all errors/mistakes you make and make sure you do not make them again - I don't care how you do it, but do not do the same mistake again. If you... you have failed your goal.

Other than that, your plan is better than most I have seen. You are welcome to get a GMAT Calendar but I think the course will prescribe as to what you need to do (that's part of the value they provide ;-))

Good Luck!
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Re: GMAT Jan 2013; Goal: 700+, ADVICE PLEASE! [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2012, 22:49
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Hello GMATclub!

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.


Hi,

Adding to your strategy:
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For i=1 to end
For i=1 to end
-> Study "chapter i"
-> go to grockit.com and schedule game for "chapter i" with difficulty level easy, If doing good then increase the difficulty to "medium" else go to next step
-> re-read the "chapter i" if you are doing bad
-> else goto next chapter and repeat the above steps..(Dont do the hard problems for now!)
Once you are done with all the chapters then schedule a game in grockit.com for all the topics and all the difficulty levels taken together.
Then you can do things from gmatclub. You can find a list of gmatclub tags in my signature.
Once, you are done with everything then you can go to OG and practice! and do questions from grockit and gmatclub.

-> practice a LOT on grockit.com!

Also, Check out my post on how to improve quant score. (link in my signature)

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