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Help required... only 1 month remaing for GMAT :(

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Help required... only 1 month remaing for GMAT :( [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2011, 07:42
I have exactly one month left for GMAT. Even though I started my preparation long back, when i do a self check by taking tests, I found that there is hardly any progress :(

What should I do???

Should I practice more questions???
or Go back to drawing board learning methods and strategies??
or Change the material used for preparation??? (curently using OG 12)

Please suggest...
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Re: Help required... only 1 month remaing for GMAT :( [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2011, 16:46
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Unfortunately without more information regarding where you started are where you are now (including prep material, test scores, etc...) it is very hard to give you advice. I would definitely suggest that you make sure that you understand the fundamentals before you dive into tough questions or practice tests. Just remember that even the greatest scorers on this site have spent many hours studying, and you don't have to know how to do every question. If you get 75% of questions right on test day you will KILL it. I personally made a 140 point increase over 2.5 months and almost 200 hours of studying (and have a 50 hour a week job). That works out to over 1 hour of studying per point increase on the test. So don't ever give up and make sure that all the time you spend now will give you the best return on your investment of time. Look at your practice tests, be truthful and see where you are weak. Go back, study some of the basics, and work your way forward. One month before my actual test i scored a 610 on a practice test, and test day I got a 710. Don't get down on yourself, one month can be a lot of studying depending on how you choose to study. Best of luck, and give some more info, maybe we can help. The more time you spend worrying, the less time you spend beating the GMAT. You got this, keep working hard, every minute you spend with your nose on the books will pay of on g-day. Best of luck
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Re: Help required... only 1 month remaing for GMAT :( [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2011, 17:37
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I agree - what you put in is what you get out.

I would say based on the information you have provided, the only piece of advice i have for you is to get more questions right - it is one sure strategy to score higher.
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Re: Help required... only 1 month remaing for GMAT :( [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 06:27
Thanks GMATLA and bb

Regarding the extra information which you asked about, I use OG 12, started preparation a month ago, with around 8hrs of avg study a week. When i retook the diagnostic test of OG 12, i was awe stuck to see i had done hardly some progress when compared to the scores which i had got a month ago :(

I had confidence to some extent, about fundamentals and concepts at least, but totally lost it after checking these scores... :(

I dont know what went wrong.. whether it was lack of practice or method i followed...
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Re: Help required... only 1 month remaing for GMAT :( [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 07:06
There are many possibilities as to why you are struggling, but don't give up hope! I would definitely say that 8 hours of studying a week is not enough. I would put more time in. Typically I would recommend atleast 15 hours a week if you can spare the time. Make the GMAT your part time job.

Also, it sounds like you are concentrating heavily on practice problems, but still not having success. This shows me that you may still not be grasping the concepts, and have gaps in your knowledge. I had a similiar issue when I first started studying, and ended up going back to the basics. I went through the KAPLAN math refresher, as well as the similiar product that Manhattan provides online once you've purchased any of their books. Going through easier concepts and easier problems helps build a strong foundation. You can't just jump into 650-700-750 level questions without a solid foundation in either section. I would go back, work on that foundation, work on your strategies (back solving, picking numbers, taking notes etc) and recognize when those strategies will come in handy. You are close, but just remember that just slamming out practice problems for 8 hours a week isn't going to do it. Each time you start a problem and hit a wall, that means your missing something. Figure out what it is, commit it to memory. You're competing against many talented individuals. I personally studied for about 20-25 hours a week for 10 weeks for my score, because I started at a 570 and new I wanted to crack 700. Nothing else would get in my way. I work full time and put in 2-3hrs on week nights and 5-8 hours each day on the weekends.

You'll get there! Just don't give up, and keep your nose in the books. Low 600s is already a strong score, and going back and building that foundation could easily get you that 50-100pt increase your looking for.

PS there are many extremely challenging problems near the end of each section in the OG. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GET THESE RIGHT TO SCORE A 700. Many people concentrate on getting the hardest problems right, when the GMAT just wants you to get everything YOU can get right. If you get all the 550-600-650 level questions right, guess what??? you just got a 700+. You still could miss all the tougher problems and be where you want to be. Make sure not to get caught up on the toughest of problems, and work on the problems that you CAN get right in two minutes, and once you figure out which problems are the toughest you can ditch those, and give yourself more time for the problems you can get right. The way the GMAT works, you need to get the easiest questions right to even get asked the tougher questions. Stringing together the easier problems will really boost your score. You have to know how to solve these, and in a timely fashion. Even right b before my test, those back of the book questions were still blowing my mind. Good luck!
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Re: Help required... only 1 month remaing for GMAT :( [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 11:59
sk18,

Based on the information I read from your post, it seems that you are using ONLY OG in your preparation. Is this true? If it is, then it explains a lot. In my opinion it is extremely hard to improve when studying only from the official guide. There is a thread on this forum that explains possible books from which you can study and learn concepts that will hopefully increase your score.

My opinion of studying from the OG does not help a lot if you are studying concepts. OG helps you master the problems but you cannot master them without the foundation. Thus, for most people (again, I could be wrong), studying only from OG is like standing in one place. Your stagnating results are not reflection of you abilities but of the way you study. Big difference buddy.
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