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How to make your GMAT preparation a vacation [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2003, 18:59
Planning on taking the GMAT in early September, and with full-time work, I find it difficult to set aside quality time to prep for this exam. With that said, I realize that I have this fat OG with 1200 problems in it that need to get done. What do you think about taking a week off, travelling to some small hill town in Italy, or [enter your idea of a relaxing, peaceful destination here]?

First of all, could i make serious headway on the OG by spending the first 8 hours of every day working and the next 8 hours laying on the beach?
Do you think this is a terrible idea?

If you split the OG into 80 problem sets, and time yourself accordingly, you should be able to get through the entire thing in 37.5 hours (add another 25-30 hours for little breaks and going through the answer explanations = 70 hours. One full week off from work + adjacent weekends = 9 days * 8 hours per day = roughly 70 hours which seems to be right in the ball park of what is necessary.
Normally, I would think that this is too much to cram in one week, but with half the day to relax (i.e. no work) I think it's possible.

Worst case scenario, I figure I should be able to get 75% of it done (which is much better than what I would finish on my current pace).

Anyway, let me know your thoughts, as well as any ideas on where to go.

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That sounds like a lot of concentrated time. I find that focus starts to stray after doing 30-40 math problems, a bunch of verbals and a couple passages.

My best advice would be to set aside 2-3 hours every other night on weekdays, and 3-4 total hours on weekends. You'll want to check out some other practice sources, too, as OG doesn't tend to represent the toughest questions you'll see - this depends on your goals, scoring levels, etc.

Some small town in Italy sure sounds nice, though.
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Re: How to make your GMAT preparation a vacation [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2003, 12:21
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Planning on taking the GMAT in early September, and with full-time work, I find it difficult to set aside quality time to prep for this exam. With that said, I realize that I have this fat OG with 1200 problems in it that need to get done. What do you think about taking a week off, travelling to some small hill town in Italy, or [enter your idea of a relaxing, peaceful destination here]?

First of all, could i make serious headway on the OG by spending the first 8 hours of every day working and the next 8 hours laying on the beach?
Do you think this is a terrible idea?

If you split the OG into 80 problem sets, and time yourself accordingly, you should be able to get through the entire thing in 37.5 hours (add another 25-30 hours for little breaks and going through the answer explanations = 70 hours. One full week off from work + adjacent weekends = 9 days * 8 hours per day = roughly 70 hours which seems to be right in the ball park of what is necessary.
Normally, I would think that this is too much to cram in one week, but with half the day to relax (i.e. no work) I think it's possible.

Worst case scenario, I figure I should be able to get 75% of it done (which is much better than what I would finish on my current pace).

Anyway, let me know your thoughts, as well as any ideas on where to go.

Cheers,

JwC


My brain would not handle this :madd

I woul suggest concentrating on STRATEGIES and approaches rather than the number of questions in the OG. OG does not provide much help in the strategic realm. Get PR or better Kaplan General Book with CD and spend a week reading that rather than OG - you should be better off.

The experience of millions scoring 470 has proved this :wink:
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2003, 05:53
I am little confused, I am the same situation, well I am just starting to get my feet wet for GMAT.. And the question ahead lies? What are the right resources..
Millions of people are suggesting to do OG not once but twice. Well BB suggested the PR or Kaplan. Please tell me what are good books for math which will test my ability to solve difficult question (GMAT standard) and give me lot of practice too..
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