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# Haven't hitting my goal

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06 Dec 2003, 16:47
I have been trying to achieve a score of 650. Have used a tutor, purchased every book on the market and still not getting passed mid 500's.

I feel like I'm hitting a brick wall and can't get over it. Someways I would like to give up. If anyone has anything inspiring to say, I would reallly appreciate it.
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06 Dec 2003, 21:37
Since you've posted this twice, you must be desperate.

If I were you I'd get my hands on some questions you haven't seen before, and find out where my weakness was.
If your weakness is SC, read good writing. A lot of it, Literary criticism, WSJ, The Economist.
If your weakness is RC, get an LSAT study book. There's plenty of tough RC on the LSAT.
If your weakness is CR, go to a bookstore and find a book on informal logic.
If your weakness is DS, I think you're pretty much screwed. Keep doing practice questions.
If your weakness is PS, find an Algebra textbook, do every problem in there.

If you're weak everywhere, you have two choices:
1. accept that not everyone can get a 700 on the GMAT, or
2. practice, practice, practice. Download all the GMATPlus exams, and do the problems until you are exhausted, and then keep going. Since they don't give detailed explanations, you're forced to try to figure out why you missed certain problems, If you can't figure it out, post it here.

If you can do paper problems much more successfully than the live CAT, hire a good psychologist to help you beat your test anxiety.

That's all I got. Good luck.
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07 Dec 2003, 06:30
Stoolfi, please can you tell me where can I find GMATPlus exams?
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07 Dec 2003, 07:17
Search the forum for GMAT PLUS and you will find them for sure. They are in files in yahoo groups.
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07 Dec 2003, 07:32
wiseguy wrote:
I have been trying to achieve a score of 650. Have used a tutor, purchased every book on the market and still not getting passed mid 500's.

I feel like I'm hitting a brick wall and can't get over it. Someways I would like to give up. If anyone has anything inspiring to say, I would reallly appreciate it.

You know more about yourself than anybody here.

give us this info...by the time you are done, you will feel better.

1. What are your scores ?

2. What are your weak areas?

4. What do you consider studying, 10 hours of silly problems or 2 hours of horrible and depressing mind benders that truly challenge you?

Hint : If you use depressing Kaplan Test scores as a springboard for
studying harder, you are a 650 + guy. I have realized that the toughest problems stay in my mind forever... in short, hard earned knowledge stays longer. ( akamai's advice is golden)

5. How much time do you spend on learning at Gmat club?

less than 2 hrs a week => not good.
upto 7 hrs => just enough!
upto 12 hrs => great.

Note : no guarantees that spending more time = 700+

keep it in a folder and look at it everytime you start feeling bad about gmat. this might help you maintain focus and confidence upto D-day.

finally, maintain a log of your errors!

study this entire book the week before your test.

hope this helps
thanks
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10 Dec 2003, 07:38
stoolfi wrote:
Since you've posted this twice, you must be desperate.

If I were you I'd get my hands on some questions you haven't seen before, and find out where my weakness was.
If your weakness is SC, read good writing. A lot of it, Literary criticism, WSJ, The Economist.
If your weakness is RC, get an LSAT study book. There's plenty of tough RC on the LSAT.
If your weakness is CR, go to a bookstore and find a book on informal logic.
If your weakness is DS, I think you're pretty much screwed. Keep doing practice questions.
If your weakness is PS, find an Algebra textbook, do every problem in there.

If you're weak everywhere, you have two choices:
1. accept that not everyone can get a 700 on the GMAT, or
2. practice, practice, practice. Download all the GMATPlus exams, and do the problems until you are exhausted, and then keep going. Since they don't give detailed explanations, you're forced to try to figure out why you missed certain problems, If you can't figure it out, post it here.

If you can do paper problems much more successfully than the live CAT, hire a good psychologist to help you beat your test anxiety.

That's all I got. Good luck.

Do you have a specific author for informal logic book ?
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10 Dec 2003, 08:35
No specific text comes to mind.

If you check out the links on this page, and take what you can use, you'll be off to a good start (many of them are way over the sophistication of the GMAT).

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11 Dec 2003, 17:47
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11 Dec 2003, 18:59
gmat+ are in Prep Materials -> Test.
11 Dec 2003, 18:59
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