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To get a good score, you must of course study for it. How much to study depends on the individual. However, even for those who score a perfect 800, I don't think they go into the test room without any preparations.
There are people who take 2 or 3 weeks off to concentrate on their preparation. Then they are others who put in 2 to 3 hours every night as they are unable to take weeks off. You have to see what works for you.
In order to get your 600+, you should targer higher than that. Let's say 650 plus.
Buy the OG, 11th edition, do all the questions step by step. Keep an error logs. Also, check the explanations of the questions that you got right too so you can see the logic of the questions. I know it is a very boring process. If you lack confidence, do the OG more than one time. Remember it is very important to track your mistakes and keep on working on them. It is the only way to develop the GMAT thinking process
If you did the GMAT twice, you already know that the GMAT is very similar to the OG, except that the questions that you will counter are questions that have never been seen before, but they do represent the same logic than the questions seen in the OG.
Keep in mind that speed is very important. ETS like to see how people react under stress, how do they manage their time during the exam, they also test self confidence level. Some people will get stressed when they face tough questions and they lose control of the exam.
Keep this attitude and you will get the score that you want. If not at least a score that is very close to your target score. At the end of the day, remember that the GMAT is only a very stressfull exam. Take it as a challenge and an opportunity to learn new stuff and you will definetly take an advantage of it, even if you do not get your target score.
I'm feeling a little like you are right now. In a way, I've lost interest and have to motivate myself to study. It's been 4 months...
(all kap results)
After month 1 - 500
Month 2 - 560
Month 3 - 530 (this was PP)
Month 4 - 570
All I want is 600 and I'm just hovering at the same level. I have this urge to book the exam this week and just go write it. I fear my lack of interest will get worse if I wait any longer.
That which will not kill me will only make me stronger - Nietzsche
I am not sure if my experience would benefit you all. I was facing the same challenge. But things change. I mean it. I have NOT taken the GMAT but I can tell you something.
Earlier when I used to practice/take tests - Math is OK. Atleast interesting to do. Prob/Stats is difficult. Difficult problems on other chapters - mind gets blocked.
Verbal - Sentence Correction-hit or loose. Reading Comprehension - absolute luck - cant understand anything out of the passage. Critical Reasoning - sometimes I feel, yes I know it. Sometimes, this is not my cup of tea.
Now - Math is definitely OK. Prob/Stats - need to brush up again and again not to keep forgetting.
Verbal - SC - is purely stratergy. Spot the type of error being tested.
RC - Yin/Yang words. CR - Try some difficult stuff (LSAT).
The reason for the change
1. Statergy/Tricks - whatever u call it. Others adapt to stratergies/tricks naturally or by reading books (kaplan/princeton). But for us, it comes thru repeatedly trying to understand the same thing.
2. Unlearn what we have learnt, accept what the guide has to say, try the method - see if it works for you. Some guides say - read the question stem first - test this approach whether it works for you.
3. Initially for a month, if you spend 40 mins for taking a test, spedn double the time (80 mins) for revising the answers - no joking. Revise, understand what went wrong.
Agree with time. Disagree with money. Most of the expensive study tools are rip-offs, IMHO.
You don't need a zillion books that all say the same things. You don't need expensive question banks when the threads on wonderful forums like these contain loads of questions and explanations for free. You don't need the latest edition of every single book out there when, generally, an older one will be similar enough to do the trick.
It's not about how much you spend - it's about the work you put into it. You CAN achieve a top score for very little money.
But Coffeeloverfreak...that way if u got to see..."TIME IS MONEY"
YOU SPENT LOADS AND LOADS OF TIME ON STUDING GMAT .....MAYBE MONTHS , 1 YEAR , 2 YEARS......AM SURE THERE ARE LOTTA CASES ON THIS FORUM...
You could utilise this time & thinking on creating a Business Plan
BUT !!!...am sure all you guys agree ..."GMAT" is worth the time & money .......thats why we all are here..slogging ur butts off to clear this test with a great score and gettin into ur Dream B-skool....
but i just gave in 3 weeks for the gmat...ok no bragging here...
i took a lot of time preparing myself mentally for the test...collecting material...to familiarize with the requremnets etc....and then i took a 3 weeks leave from office and got a 700...i know people get more than that but if u want quick results just brush your basics and get used to the question types asked on the GMAt...and u will get a good score....to add further....2-3 days before the exam i was feeling that it was overkill since going again and again over the same qs was boring...also the qs on the forum etc are not reflective of the GMat these qs are much touchger anf aore of a different type than the GMAt questions.
Hi Guys....its been more than an year...I am trying to prepare my self for the gmat..Gave 2 tests..scored around 500 both the times.... so this is going to be my 3rd try..... I need a 600+...but somehow I feel I jus can't study for this test anymore...I guess its the lack of interest...I keep thinking about the GMAT day and night...Coz I WANT TO GET MY MBA AS SOON AS POSSIBLE..... I have everything in line for my applications - transcripts , reccos , essays , work exp (4 years) etc.... only thing remaining is to clear this "Oops" Test with a 600+...... what should I do ???????? should I leave my job..and jus study ??? or wat ????? Need help, Jinesh
help is ready. help is at your door. the only thing required is you. you should be ready to take it.
participate actively, very^3 actively in the forum and try to answer each and every question posted. participate actively in the discussions. donot worry about the correctness of your replies. just try to be a part of the discussions forum. then you feel the difference.
the only help is to persuade you. rest depends upon you how you materialize it....
there is no easy and shortcut way to reach a given score....
I too have experienced disinterest after studying. I studied 1-2 hours every weekday and about 4-5 on weekends for 3 months. By the time the test came around, I was sick of studying. That's why I'm taking a full month off. I guess I am lucky that I plan to apply next year. But I think a good nights rest is better than taking a practice test the day before. I made the mistake of studying up till the day of the test. Good luck on your next attempt.