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I'm not going to get what I want OR how to give up [#permalink]
25 Aug 2007, 21:20
Hours and hours go into studying. 3+ a day easily, not including CATs, taking 1-2 a week. I haven't seen my family in weeks, my fiancee sees me in the office and I take all my meals in front of a book. The kitchen table looks like the search results for "gmat" on BN.com. I dream in ratios, word problems, and DS.
No matter what, I'm still fluctuating wildly in my scores. tonight I have accepted that I just will not get to my 680 goal. Pride has gotten in my way to even admit it, but the dice are loaded and I'm not the house.
It would help to know more about what you are doing. You did not indicate whether you need any help or advice, but I am going to try to offer you some advice any way. Hope you will not mind.
If you can measure your progress weekly, it will give you some sort of indication of where your prep is headed.
My favorite way to measure progress is simply to keep a error log and take short, but clear notes of the common mistakes you make. At the end of every week, compare notes from this week and the weeks gone by and see if you have managed to overcome some mistakes. This way, you become conscious of any patterns in your performance. This will help you become better at this.
- Study your Veritas Numbers properties book front to back and UNDERSTAND the concepts and questions in that book
- keep a log on what on the GMAT "tricked" you into get the wrong answers. Learn from those tricks
- Memorize the geometry stuff, that's all you can do.
- Do the final two "columns" in PS and DS, but understand why you miss the question.
- Don't worry too much about probability and combinations right now, other than the basic stuff. You don't see those until you break 700.
- DON'T finish 10+ minutes before the end of the test
- TRIPLE check your answers if necessary, especially if you have time.
- Keep a log of the "tricks" GMAT uses to get you to answer the wrong question in RC/CR. There are a few, but once you know them, you won't miss the medium level questions again.
- Practice Manhattan SC front to back.
Get the OG Verbal and Quant review if you have time to do those, they'll help!
This is just a tip to possibly help break through the plateau. It seems that everyone uses the OG and Manhatten and love it. They don't get what they want on the first try, so they review those books again to see what went wrong. In my opinion, maybe you should try a completely different book that maybe doesn't get the same positive reviews. I personally used Kaplan, which gets bad reviews for the wording of their questions and ridiculous RC's. Maybe that's what you need, a different wording to play with your mind, and stupid tricks to fool you, to realize your potential. Its just a thought, that if the best books aren't helping, maybe some of the others say something or explain something differently that will click in your head. Stay positive, the GMAT can be beat. This forum can attest to that.