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I need some serious guidance - Score not meeting the target [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2013, 02:00
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Hello All,

I have been preparing for the GMAT since November . However , my score has a very little improvement . I took MGMAT mock 1 - scored 560
V37 Q29 . My target is 720 + .
The big concern is I am postponing the GMAT for the 3rd time now. I do not want to waste any money , so I have decided to put an extra effort this entire month and be prepared for the exam on 18th March . That means I have 40 More days to go .

1st question -My weakness is the Quant section at this point . Every time I take up a topic and try to master it in 2-3 days , I forget the ways to solve it in a weeks time .So when I am looking at the same question I attempted a week back I go blank with the approach . This demotivates me and I have to brush up the section over and over again to master it .. But .. unfortunately , the cycle repeats.

I suspect my way of studying is not correct . How Can i make a study plan for the Quant section- specially ( Algebra , Word problems that include % , ratios/Proprtion etc) ?
Also, should I go for a online course in Quant to pass the 42+ barrier ? Also, Do you guys think I should take more time to prepare ( I am already exhausted to be honest )

My second question is - How do I utilize /schedule the Tests from now onward ? I have 5 MGMAT Cats and 2 GMATPREP ( mba.com) .

3rd question - I cannot waste another year . I want to finish my exam in March , then concentrate on the B-schools applications . 're there universities( at least top 80 ) that have December '13 intakes ?

Experts please guide me ..

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Re: I need some serious guidance - Score not meeting the target [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2013, 13:05
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Hi there,

What have you been doing to study so far? Aside from the trouble forgetting math concepts, do you feel you have been making some progress? If so, you should probably take a practice test to get a sense of how you're doing. 720 is a very lofty goal--most people never reach it!--so if you want to hit that score you're going to need to do some very intensive study. Sachin9 is right that you want to be scoring in that range consistently before you take the real test.

To make concepts stick better, you need to find ways to make the stategies more memorable. Start by taking a deeper look at a few topics that need work. Go back through your completed problems and review them thoroughly. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

*What type of problem is this, and how can I tell?
*How did I approach the problem? Did it work well? Why/why not?
*How else might I have approached the problem? (Try out several ways.)
*Is there a quick shortcut on this problem? Could I estimate or narrow down answers in a hurry? Is there a more reliable method?
*What is the optimal way to approach this problem, and how can I tell?
*What kinds of tricks/traps appeared in the problem?
*What does the problem test that I am good at?
*What does the problem test that is challenging for me, and what do I need to do to handle problems like this more effectively?
*(For verbal) Why is *each* answer choice right or wrong?

Once you've had a chance to review some of these problems, try compiling a short set of notes on the topic at hand. This might include key rules or strategies, tips to remember, traps to watch out for, and a few representative problems & solutions.

Now that you are a semi-expert on this topic, try doing some new problems in this area. How did you do? Review again and adjust as needed. Did you spot some of the traps you identified? Did you take too long or make careless errors? If so, could you have benefited from using one of the other techniques you identified in your study?

You can also make rules and strategies more memorable by making sure you understand them on your own terms. For instance, I can memorize that the area of a trapezoid is (b1+b2)/2 * h, or I can recognize that first part as the average of the bases. Once I realize that I'm really just doing base*height, and using an average to produce the base measurement, it's much easier to remember. The same goes for something like the sum of consecutive integers: (first+last)/2 * (last-first +1). It can be easy to mix this up if I don't know the reason for each part. The formula is really just (average)(# of terms), the same as for any other set of numbers. The first part--(first+last)/2--makes sense because in a set of consecutive integers, the average is halfway between the end numbers. The second part--(last-first +1)--makes sense because the number of terms is all of the numbers from the first to the last. Subtracting the first takes out all of the numbers below it, but it also takes out the number itself. We add 1 back in to make up for that problem. You may or may not have needed this explanation, but the point is that I will never forget these formulas not just because I teach them, but because they make sense to me. If the reasoning behind a rule or strategy does not make sense to you, you have two problems. First, the concept is hard to remember. (This isn't like cramming for a course final--you need to remember this stuff long-term!) Second, without an understanding of the underlying concept, you won't be able to apply the concept flexibly. For instance, what if I'm asked for the sum of consecutive multiples of 7? How do I adjust my formula?

Anyway, you need to make sure you are mastering these concepts a few at a time, and then continue to keep your skills up with mixed practice, including regular CAT exams. While you're still in heavy study mode, you probably want to limit your CAT exams, using them as check-ins and then reviewing very thoroughly. If you are using Manhattan CATs, you can also generate CAT reports to identify focus areas for further studies. As your test date approaches, you may want to ramp up your test schedule to one exam/week. Always take full exams, with precise timing, 8-minute breaks, and all sections, including essay and IR.

Also, make sure your timing is impeccable. If you are running out of time on the exam, address that first, and don't take another practice test until you are consistently able to work through a set of practice problems with good timing--for instance, 8 quant problems in 16 minutes. This may require you to drop the occasional problem that isn't working out--this is an important part of a successful test strategy. Know when to let go!

I hope this helps. If you provide some more specifics, I may be able to give more detailed guidance.
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Re: I need some serious guidance - Score not meeting the target [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2013, 01:47
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Hello All,

I have been preparing for the GMAT since November . However , my score has a very little improvement . I took MGMAT mock 1 - scored 560
V37 Q29 . My target is 720 + .
The big concern is I am postponing the GMAT for the 3rd time now. I do not want to waste any money , so I have decided to put an extra effort this entire month and be prepared for the exam on 18th March . That means I have 40 More days to go .

1st question -My weakness is the Quant section at this point . Every time I take up a topic and try to master it in 2-3 days , I forget the ways to solve it in a weeks time .So when I am looking at the same question I attempted a week back I go blank with the approach . This demotivates me and I have to brush up the section over and over again to master it .. But .. unfortunately , the cycle repeats.

I suspect my way of studying is not correct . How Can i make a study plan for the Quant section- specially ( Algebra , Word problems that include % , ratios/Proprtion etc) ?
Also, should I go for a online course in Quant to pass the 42+ barrier ? Also, Do you guys think I should take more time to prepare ( I am already exhausted to be honest )

My second question is - How do I utilize /schedule the Tests from now onward ? I have 5 MGMAT Cats and 2 GMATPREP ( mba.com) .

3rd question - I cannot waste another year . I want to finish my exam in March , then concentrate on the B-schools applications . 're there universities( at least top 80 ) that have December '13 intakes ?

Experts please guide me ..

Regards!


I am no expert but may be I can help you. I scored a 43 in Quant; yeah that was a disaster considering that I was scoring a 47 on mocks. I am anyway taking the exam again.

First thing, I guess if your target score is 720, you must wait till you see a 720 on your mocks. So , I would suggest you to give yourself considerable amount of time to prepare.
You got 37 in Verbal. Trust me ,that is an amazing score. I would be the happiest if I can get past that score.

Now, since you keep on forgetting concepts, I would recommend you to make flash cards and revise them once a weak. Quiz ourself every week.
This is something that has helped me tremendously.

If you are exhaused, take a break. An exhaused mind cannot absorb much.

Regarding tests, make sure you analyse them well. Know what is stopping you from achieving your dream score in Quant. Know from your mocks what is that that you need to know more, etc, etc. There's an article by Stacy Koprince on how to analyse mocks. Google and go thru that.

I am sure you will do well.

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Re: I need some serious guidance - Score not meeting the target [#permalink] New post 05 Feb 2013, 04:30
Thanks for such a valuable input . I would stick to the methods you mentioned . Quite optimistic that this is going to work this time !

thanks again!
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