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GMAT STUDY PLAN [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2010, 02:41
Hello Everybody,
First Of all I would like to apologise for my terrible English! I've been going through the GMAT club forum for around a month now. I would like to thank you for all the great materials, stories and questions posted. They really helped me to make decision about the GMAT! I scheduled the test for 21 Feb, which means that I have two months to prepare.
Here is my academic background:
- 21 yrs old
- Still in university: double major, Business Administration, Economics
- I have never been excellent in math, my current GPA is around 3.4-3.5.
I have started following the Three months GMAT Study Plan posted in the forum, But I need to adapt it to fit my deadline.
My books are:
OG 12+ OG quant review
Princeton Review 2010
Kaplan GMAT Premier 2008
Barrons GMAT 2010
Manhattan 8 books
and tons of sample problems, textbooks etc. in a folder of my pc ( I keep these just for the practice tests)
My target score is 700. Therefore Im ready to dedicate as much time as needed for those two months. I have a winter break till 17 Jan, the only thing Im going to do is prepare for the test. After going back to school It won't be much of a different story, I will have 60% of my time still available for preparation. I'm going to apply for Msc in Finance in several schools in Europe, still haven't decided which ones exactly.
Having said all that, now I would like to share my problem. I'm getting too distracted, unable to focus on a single topic in order to crack it. Internally I feel that if I focus on particular thing, lets say 3 days, im gonna loose too much valuable time, being unable to learn the rest of the types of questions. It is very frustrating, thats why I seek advice from you, how to organize myself and how to use the time I have as efficiently and effectively as possible!

Filip
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Re: GMAT STUDY PLAN [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2010, 11:23
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Hi Filip, welcome to the club! :)

I think your plan is quite good. As far as concentration is concerned, I do believe that you should book your test date ASAP so that you may get your focus on a particular topic when you are studying. I also went through the same phase. So book your date & work according to your study plan.

I will also recommend to take a gmatprep test, just to check where do you stand.

Best of luck & keep us posted.
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Re: GMAT STUDY PLAN [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2010, 11:58
I scheduled an appointment for the 21st of Feb. I have exactly 2 months for preparation, and I started looking through my books and decided to stick with the MGMAT 8 guides. It seems to me that they divide the material quite comprehensively.
Since my first post I finished Book #1 "Number Properties". Now things are little bit better, I filled some very old gaps in my knowledge, it showed me that the things are not so desperate, it just needs a lot of work :)
I revised my strategy and here is what I came up with:
Follow the MGMAT Guides and the OG 12 + OG Quant and OG Verbal+ targeted questions from the forum.
Finnish quant section by 15th of January (+/- 1 day)
Continue with verbal and finnish it (hopefully) by 5th of Feb
5-20 Feb CAT tests - Gmat Prep, Kaplan, MGMAT, one a day + an error log to target gaps ( I intend to have at least 10 full lenght test before the real thing)
21 - Test Day
I started reading some of the books suggested for stenghtening your verbal skills. I read two books already, and I would say it works,it increased my stamina and kept me focused for longer time.
I intend to use this topic as a blog for my preparation, so I commit to you and everyone else that I am going to devote as much time and effort as needed to get the results I want!
Merry Christmas, God Bless!!

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Re: GMAT STUDY PLAN [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2010, 12:20
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It really looks a solid plan. Good luck.
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Re: GMAT STUDY PLAN [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2010, 04:07
Before anything take a diagnostics test - find your weak areas, plan accordingly.

From my prep experience:
If u are thorough with MGMAT books you may skip KAPLAN and Princeton books. I realized this only 2 week before my date. :(

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Raz1ell wrote:
Hello Everybody,
First Of all I would like to apologise for my terrible English! I've been going through the GMAT club forum for around a month now. I would like to thank you for all the great materials, stories and questions posted. They really helped me to make decision about the GMAT! I scheduled the test for 21 Feb, which means that I have two months to prepare.
Here is my academic background:
- 21 yrs old
- Still in university: double major, Business Administration, Economics
- I have never been excellent in math, my current GPA is around 3.4-3.5.
I have started following the Three months GMAT Study Plan posted in the forum, But I need to adapt it to fit my deadline.
My books are:
OG 12+ OG quant review
Princeton Review 2010
Kaplan GMAT Premier 2008
Barrons GMAT 2010
Manhattan 8 books
and tons of sample problems, textbooks etc. in a folder of my pc ( I keep these just for the practice tests)
My target score is 700. Therefore Im ready to dedicate as much time as needed for those two months. I have a winter break till 17 Jan, the only thing Im going to do is prepare for the test. After going back to school It won't be much of a different story, I will have 60% of my time still available for preparation. I'm going to apply for Msc in Finance in several schools in Europe, still haven't decided which ones exactly.
Having said all that, now I would like to share my problem. I'm getting too distracted, unable to focus on a single topic in order to crack it. Internally I feel that if I focus on particular thing, lets say 3 days, im gonna loose too much valuable time, being unable to learn the rest of the types of questions. It is very frustrating, thats why I seek advice from you, how to organize myself and how to use the time I have as efficiently and effectively as possible!

Filip
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Re: GMAT STUDY PLAN [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2010, 04:59
I think you are right, I'm planning to stick with MGMAT, and just take the CAT exams from the other books. My first mock test is planned for the 29th, I'll keep you posted on the results ;)
Re: GMAT STUDY PLAN   [#permalink] 25 Dec 2010, 04:59
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