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GMAT prep in ONE week - suggestions? [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2009, 07:45
Hey there,

I am reading this forum for a while now as a "silent" listener and find myself in an awkward situation:
My personal G-Day is Monday, 22nd, and I've started studying on Tuesday. Why that?
Well, I was in Mexico for my exchange semester and bought a ton of books back in October at Amazon°com. However, they did not arrive until mid-November and then I found myself in the final exam phase. There was absolutely no possibility to study for the GMAT. Other than that, I rather enjoyed some tequilas with friends than studying for the exam ;-). I arrived on Sunday and needed a day against the jetlag. I only skimmed through some general test taking advice.

I don't need a 700+ score; 650-670 will do fine, since I am "only" applying for a MSc program in Sweden and their avg. score was 651 for the fall intake.

My plan is as follows:
Tue: PS
Wed: DS
Thu: SC
Fri: CR
Sat: RC + AWA
Sun: 1x GMAT Prep Test + weaknesses

Mon: G-Day, 9 am, in Berlin

I skim through the Manhattan Guide on each topic the night before and study from 8 am to 10 pm, solving all of the OG12 problems. I know, this is far from good and evil, but it seems to be the only possibility to get through every topic until Monday and relax a bit on Sunday...

My question now is: do you have any other suggestions for my last minute study plan? I've checked the forum search, but only get weird results.

Thanks a lot and keep burning ;-)
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Re: GMAT prep in ONE week - suggestions? [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2009, 15:42
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Step 4: Figure out your weaknesses - take a look at your practice test score and note the raw score distribution (you will get one three digit score such as 600 and 2 two-digit scores such as 35, 40 - those two are your raw scores for each of the sections. They have corresponding percentiles). See how you rank in each. Also, do a basic mistake analysis and understand which question types are the most challenging for you. The options are PS, DS, CR, RC, SC and potentially even more detailed such as probability, or assumption questions, etc. Use this information to build your study plan.


I think you can focus no your weakness. http://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-plan-for-gmat-novices-start-your-gmat-journey-80727.html#p605856 This is a good page for some ideas. But I think only some of them apply to you, since you only have 1 week.
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Re: GMAT prep in ONE week - suggestions? [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2009, 17:43
Is there time to retake the GMAT in a month if you don't like your score?

How long has it been since you've been in college and answered questions similar to the GMAT questions?

Are you generally good in math and verbal reasoning?

Have you ever taken a practice CAT or GMATPrep from mba.com? If so, what were your scores?

A week can be enough for some people, and others, 3 months may not be enough. It depends on many variables. If you're set and MUST take it the 22nd, good luck. Otherwise, download the GMATPrep software, take the first CAT. If you get between a 650 and 700, you're good to go. If not, I would say cancel the test and reschedule, or take the test but be prepared to retake in a month or so.
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Re: GMAT prep in ONE week - suggestions? [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 01:54
Thanks for your quick replies.

About myself: I am a Bachelor student in Germany, my program is taught mostly in English and no, there is no chance to retake the test. This is my only shot...Procrastination pays its tribute now :-( I sat the TOEFL in Mexico and scored a 115/120 w/o any preparation. Actually, I like the type of questions asked in TOEFL/GMAT...

I attended a high school with a mathematics and science focus, DS and PS should be fine. I tackled most of the last OG12 questions in these categories (5 mistakes on the last 40). However, in SC I had some serious flaws yesterday (last 40 questions in OG12 with 15 mistakes, last 35 questions in OG Verbal with 12); the easier ones posed no problem (95% correct).

Today, the first 40 CR came with 3 mistakes (90+%), let's see what the other 120 will bring ;-)).

I gave a knewton°org diagnostic and got a 590 score, with good scores in math and mediocre verbal ones. However, I cannot give you the exact %iles b/c my trial at knewton has expired . How can I interpret that one? I have the feeling that they score you low so that you more or less guaranteed make the 50pts bump and they don't have to pay you back.

I will prob'ly take a GMAT Prep tomorrow and Sunday, the one tomorrow w/o AWA. On Sunday I will focus on SC/CR again, to lift that score a bit. Do you think that is too much for Sunday?

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Re: GMAT prep in ONE week - suggestions? [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 04:15
I envy your positive attitude and confidence!

I will be applying for an msc as well. What course are you applying for?

And what did you do in Germany? Fachhochschule?
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Re: GMAT prep in ONE week - suggestions? [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 05:19
Hey MathFear,

haha, this attitude is just a façade; beyond that, I am deeply concerned about my scores and hope for the 650+ :-).
I'm at WHU (www°whu°edu) near Koblenz and apply for MSc in Business & Economics at SSE in Sweden and some other schools...Are you from Germany?

To the others: I scored 36/40 between OG12 CR questions 41 and 80, including. Looks like I should focus on that damn SC on Sunday. Arghs!

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Re: GMAT prep in ONE week - suggestions? [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 05:33
i would do the last questions in OG in each section b/c those are the hardest.

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Hey MathFear,

haha, this attitude is just a façade; beyond that, I am deeply concerned about my scores and hope for the 650+ :-).
I'm at WHU (www°whu°edu) near Koblenz and apply for MSc in Business & Economics at SSE in Sweden and some other schools...Are you from Germany?

To the others: I scored 36/40 between OG12 CR questions 41 and 80, including. Looks like I should focus on that damn SC on Sunday. Arghs!

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Re: GMAT prep in ONE week - suggestions? [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 05:50
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Hey MathFear,

haha, this attitude is just a façade; beyond that, I am deeply concerned about my scores and hope for the 650+ :-).
I'm at WHU (www°whu°edu) near Koblenz and apply for MSc in Business & Economics at SSE in Sweden and some other schools...Are you from Germany?

To the others: I scored 36/40 between OG12 CR questions 41 and 80, including. Looks like I should focus on that damn SC on Sunday. Arghs!

Tschö mit Ö


Well your results confirm your facade though :D

I am sure you will do great!

No, I am not from Germany. I am from your neighbouring country. The Netherlands.
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Re: GMAT prep in ONE week - suggestions? [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 10:23
Alright, I've finally finished all the CR questions in OG12; 81-100 with 7 mistakes (something went wrong there) and 101-124 with 4 mistakes. Each problem was solved within 2:00 minutes, which is not the best, but acceptable in my stage ;-).

Is there anyone of the experienced GMATters out there, that could "evaluate" my performance?

Will go for a jog now (-11°C here in Germany) :-)

Thanks for all your help!
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