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GMAT Prep - Class or No Class? [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2012, 09:09
I have been preparing for the GMAT for roughly three months (two months of hard studying). I've done all self study, focusing mainly on the Quant section. I haven't been doing that well on the MGMAT CAT's (High 500's). I am scheduled to take the test one week from tomorrow (11/03/12). I am going to cram for the next week and see how I do. If my actual score reflects how I've done on the practice tests, I will need to revisit my study strategy and take the test again (aiming for 680). Can anyone chime in on whether they have taken a class and if it helped much? Thank you!
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Re: GMAT Prep - Class or No Class? [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2012, 04:07
I have never taken a class but going from high 500's to 680 is a big increase. I believe that the way to achieve an increase that large is though mastering material on the GMAT that you are somewhat unfamiliar with at this point. At thins point, I don't think that a class is worth the money.

However, that being said, I hope that your prove me wrong and do exceptionally well. Best of luck. Let us know how you do.
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Re: GMAT Prep - Class or No Class? [#permalink] New post 27 Oct 2012, 06:05
At this stage, you should know of the areas of the test where you excel and those that challenge you. If you need to retake the exam, take a target approach to studying. This means focus on those areas that challenged you and do everything you can to improve those areas. Usually this means hiring a tutor who is an expert in the area where you are focusing on. Also, to get the most out of these sessions, be as specific as you can: like I am having problems with geometry problems on data sufficiency; i have problems understanding science passages on reading comprehension, etc.

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Re: GMAT Prep - Class or No Class? [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2012, 12:12
Thank you all for your input here. I took the last MGMAT test yesterday and got a 660. I am excited about the increase but I know I still need to work hard to touch up on my weaknesses. I am still scoring poorly on Number property questions. I will drill down on those.

I am 6 days out from my test. Given my most current CAT test result, any suggestions on prep before the test next week?

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Re: GMAT Prep - Class or No Class? [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2012, 06:35
Just relax and take it easy , don't try to cram too much into your head in the last few days .

Just go through your flashcard/notes during the last week and maybe do one practice exam just to stay in the "zone".

This link may help - what-to-do-for-the-last-14-days-before-the-real-test-120895.html

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Re: GMAT Prep - Class or No Class? [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2012, 11:07
Looks like I will need to retake the exam. Took the test Saturday and did poorly. The biggest surprise to me was the difficulty I had on the verbal section. Quant was about what I expected.

So, back to my original question...given my current situation, does anyone recommend a certain class? I work fulltime and have difficulty managing efficient study sessions during the week.
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