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How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2011, 11:53
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I am preparing for gmat from last 3 months..but tested myself on mock test did not get satisfactory scores.....

Books which i read....

Princeton review
OG12
Kaplan premier..

Though after reading kaplan my quant improved from 22 to 35.

New set of books that i have purchased..

Manhattan-----
SC
Number Prop
Geometry
Word prob
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Power score CR bible
Kaplan 800( For later stage)

Considering these 6 books..How much time should i put in to complete these books and again start practicing before taking any further practice CAT.....

As i have given few mock and my scores are below 500....My short term goal is to cross 600.....

In a day i can spend 4-5 Hours.....
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 19 Sep 2011, 11:58

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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2011, 13:07
Hi Guys....

Please tell me how much time is ideal to spend on both quant and verbal......
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 07:52
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 07:59
DAY 1- Bought Powerscore CR bible

Day 2 - Started chapter 1 (About stimulus)

Day 3 - Completed chapter 1

Day 4 - Started Chapter 2 (About Ques Stem and answers)

Day 5- Same

Day 6- Completed

Day 7 - Started Weakening Chapter

Day 8- Completed

Day 9 - OG 12 practice Only Weakening ques -Total 37 ques's

Did 20 first 16/20 accuracy.

Day 10 - Went for shopping

Day 11 - Remaining 17 weakening ques.

6/17 accuracy...

Over all out of 22/37....60% Accuracy....

Day 12 - Started Strengthen and assumption chapter......

still reading it.....
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2011, 10:26
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I do think at least two months is the minimum...........I do not believe in miracles when i read GMAT in one month and so on........

Apart some rare case, everyone must have the time to digest the concepts and practise........practise......practise, especially for a non native speakers.
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2011, 11:36
Day 13 - Finished strengthen chapter, Started practicing from OG 12, total 34 ques.....

Did 16 out of which 12 were correct.....will do remaining 18 tomorrow..

Have to finish assumption chapter as well .....
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2011, 23:37
Day 14 to Day 27 was on a vacation......Have to study now real hard!!!!!

I will stick to CR unless i finish complete OG....
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2011, 12:41
Day 28 to Day 36

As per my commitment towards CR- spending time on CR only- so far i have completed Strengthen,Weaken, assumption,main point( i am not good in this),ressolve the paradox.

So two more days and i will complete power score CR bible, after that i can start manhattan SC though i have already read till chapter 4.

Will spend 20 days for SC, 10 days for RC and after that quant.

Since i am left out with bunch of practice test i should start them once i finish CR and SC.

Also gmat club test was also nice and good for practice + improving quant scores which i desperately need.

So if all goes well tomorrow i will write my 1st gmat club quant test.

Its 2.07AM will spend an hour solving CR in this forum and will finish Power score tomorrow as much as i can.

Also after spending 15 days reviewing CR i feel confident about CR though my accuracy is 65% average but atleast now i am not scared of it.

Allright guys will update tomorrow.......
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2011, 12:12
Day 37 (1.39 AM)

Practice must be true and resolve the paradox ques from OG....

i am stuck in Must be true ques..I dont know what is wrong i have read the same chapter 3 time but even after solving 16 ques only 3 were correct.....This is my worst accuracy ever in CR.....

Now i am only searching CR strategies here in CR forums....specially must be true strategies

i havent written gmat club test.....Because i have not reviewed MGMAT number prop, word prab and geometry....So after that i should start with gmat club tests.....

Also a gmatter suggested me to work on Quant simultaneously as it will be more productive.......

so tomorrow i should finish evaluate the argument ques's + evaluate the conclusion.
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2011, 15:22
hello prateek,

I have been following your posts for last 2 months. I will like to wish you best for your preparations and hope you get your target score. However I am little skeptical about the strategy you are following. You are taking only 1 section at a time. 5 sections are tested on gmat- (ps, ds, cr, rc and sc). also even in 1 section you stop on any subsection if you have problems. (ex- must be true question). While concentrating on one section at a time could be a good strategy, you still have to consider you have only 60 days remaining before your scheduled D day. Its not just that you have to 'finish' every section before your test but also you have to keep 20 days for 'final practice'. So you should mix up your studies. I will advise that you start number property book ASAP. You should not study cr for 1 hr everyday, only half an hour should do. and dont get stuck on or bogged down by one type of question. If you have problems with any one type of problem, forget it for somedays, and then redo the questions you got wrong. re-read the explanations. At some point of time you will get a better understanding. I am writing this all because I feel, I too have been in your position. I too started with a very low mock test score and have laboured hard till now. So wish that you get your target score . best of luck and keep us updated.
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2011, 20:24
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Day 37 (1.39 AM)

Practice must be true and resolve the paradox ques from OG....

i am stuck in Must be true ques..I dont know what is wrong i have read the same chapter 3 time but even after solving 16 ques only 3 were correct.....This is my worst accuracy ever in CR.....

Now i am only searching CR strategies here in CR forums....specially must be true strategies

i havent written gmat club test.....Because i have not reviewed MGMAT number prop, word prab and geometry....So after that i should start with gmat club tests.....

Also a gmatter suggested me to work on Quant simultaneously as it will be more productive.......

so tomorrow i should finish evaluate the argument ques's + evaluate the conclusion.


Start with one from CR, SC or RC and one from MGMAT Quant books... This way you will be able to balance your Quant and Verbal prep... :)
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2011, 11:45
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hello prateek,

I have been following your posts for last 2 months. I will like to wish you best for your preparations and hope you get your target score. However I am little skeptical about the strategy you are following. You are taking only 1 section at a time. 5 sections are tested on gmat- (ps, ds, cr, rc and sc). also even in 1 section you stop on any subsection if you have problems. (ex- must be true question). While concentrating on one section at a time could be a good strategy, you still have to consider you have only 60 days remaining before your scheduled D day. Its not just that you have to 'finish' every section before your test but also you have to keep 20 days for 'final practice'. So you should mix up your studies. I will advise that you start number property book ASAP. You should not study cr for 1 hr everyday, only half an hour should do. and dont get stuck on or bogged down by one type of question. If you have problems with any one type of problem, forget it for somedays, and then redo the questions you got wrong. re-read the explanations. At some point of time you will get a better understanding. I am writing this all because I feel, I too have been in your position. I too started with a very low mock test score and have laboured hard till now. So wish that you get your target score . best of luck and keep us updated.


Hi Aj85

Thank you so much that was very informative.... and i completely buy you point.....Also i have added in my agenda..So from tomorrow i will start num prop.....But can you tell me how many days should i spend on it.?

Now i can study for about 4 hours.......
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2011, 11:47
Hi gmatprep2011

Thanks for the suggestion well i am very weak in verbal so this was the reason i thought i should solely study that.....

So after 2 3 days i will start with MGMAT sc + quant.....

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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2011, 11:57
Day 38 1.16AM

Its Diwali festival week here.....So honestly went for a shopping...could not study anything.......

since now i am free for two hours i can study...Will surf gmat club forums and solve few ques's....

Also few of my gmatter friends have suggested me to Add few more topics in my schedule.

OCT 24 Agenda

Finish Power score Cr
Practice as many ques's from OG as possible.
MGMAT number prop.

Apart from this i will be active on gmat club Quant and verbal forums....Once i will complete CR i will solve 50 Kaplan CR ques's from the book and Gmat prep software CR practice.

Also i have around 17 full length tests left i really have to pace up and review basics ASAP.

So i will catch you tomorow.
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2011, 12:58
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Hi Aj85

So from tomorrow i will start num prop.....But can you tell me how many days should i spend on it.?

Now i can study for about 4 hours.......


There are no fixed rules. different people take different amount of time on understanding same thing. I took more than 1 month to get little grasp of sc book but completed the number property book in 4 days. I will advice that go on from chapter 1. Try to get a clear picture of what is being taught. Try to see relation between even and odd. what happens when you multiply them or add them. also create your own mini questions like whether -3 * -2 * 5 will be negative or positive. Just understand the game of numbers. If you find any topic that you are not able to understand completely, you may post questions here as gmatclub has so many good students who can always solve your problem. Also each chapters of manhattan guides have many example questions. Read them all. do all end of chapter questions. Then do OG related questions. Dont plan any specific number of chapter for any 1 day. if you can cover 2 chapters in a day then there is no problem in that.
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2011, 13:12
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prateekbhatt wrote:


Hi Aj85

So from tomorrow i will start num prop.....But can you tell me how many days should i spend on it.?

Now i can study for about 4 hours.......


There are no fixed rules. different people take different amount of time on understanding same thing. I took more than 1 month to get little grasp of sc book but completed the number property book in 4 days. I will advice that go on from chapter 1. Try to get a clear picture of what is being taught. Try to see relation between even and odd. what happens when you multiply them or add them. also create your own mini questions like whether -3 * -2 * 5 will be negative or positive. Just understand the game of numbers. If you find any topic that you are not able to understand completely, you may post questions here as gmatclub has so many good students who can always solve your problem. Also each chapters of manhattan guides have many example questions. Read them all. do all end of chapter questions. Then do OG related questions. Dont plan any specific number of chapter for any 1 day. if you can cover 2 chapters in a day then there is no problem in that.


That was exceptional thanks, since we are talking about num prop i have noticed that unlike manhattan SC where at the end of every chapter you get OG ques but in num prob - OG ques's are given at the end of the book....any reason for that or i can continue with those ques after every chapter....

Also how important it is to complete the advanced part which is given in every MGMAT quant book?
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2011, 13:23
'OG ques's are given at the end of the book..'

If that is the case then read the whole book and then answer the og questions or do whichever way you like. Advance sections of quant book 1 (number property) and book3 (vlc) are very very important. You should not skip them . however from my personal experience i didn't get enough help by reading the sc guide's advance section. But you should try to read all and see for yourselves which contents are helpful to you.
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 11:17
Okk alright thanks...So you are saying that i should review the advanced part as well...

Thanks
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Re: How much time should i spend....? [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2011, 11:23
Day 39 12.46AM

I normally like to finish what i have started reading but today something went wrong....from last 2 weeks i was only doing CR and CR and CR...But today i did not touch it......

since yesterday i wanted to start number prop so today finally started i guess the 1st four chapter were really easy and smooth....It took me around 2 hors to read and then complete the followed exercise.....

OCT 26 Agenda

CR practice
Number prop chapter 5
Start MGMAT SC from chapter 5..

Now i have decided that i will spend half an hour on each topic rather than reading a single section for a month...

also since today studying was a change honestly i wasent bored did not felt sleepy.....

So this looks like a nice plan..provided i follow it sincerely .......
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