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In need of exam approach [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2008, 07:19
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1. Completing OG material untill it became elementary and then analyzing why and how the questions are really put together. I specifically like trying to sit in the seat of the test writer and understand the theory and logic of each question.
2.Going through a multitude of questions and practicing until perfect.
3. Learning not just math tricks that get you out of trouble but overall approaches, logic and REASONS why the answer is right and most importantly why some answers are wrong.
4.Shooting for perfect and making the og material look like childs play.
5.All my practice scores were near perfect in dealing with lsat verbal and og questions. I practiced very rigourosly and with great approaches.
6.I'm a true fan of MGMAT for the great direction, content and guidance from the pros like Stacy and Ron.

What I need:
I was scoring decently and scores were 630,640,650,620 and then a gmat prep cat exam with a score of 700. THis is my goal.
I took the exam and scored a 460. I had to rush on the last parts of the exam for quant but cant see why I messed up on verbal. My tutor explains that I am not really suffering from a content issue. I humbly agree but no one is perfect and we can all learn more. BUt i Feel that I have the content tools to get a 700. I do not have the tools to approach the exam to apply my skills. There is a clear approach issue that I need to resolve. MGMAT Is absolutely great at teaching excellent material for the exam. IN the past, I didn't know a certain topic and I simply refereed to a mgmat book on the topic, learned the material and practiced my brains out until perfect. This worked great. But now I need to do this on how to take the exam. I don't know when to guess, how to approach the exam,how to keep my stamina up and how to work up to the hard questions and stay there. I feel confident that I can achieve my goal but I don't feel confident that I am taking the right steps towards DOING the exam in the correct fashion. Is there such a thing like a manual to read or video to watch on how to approach this in a perfect manner? I need a perfect understanding of how to maximize the scores by approaching the situation the right way. All help is welcome.
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Re: In need of exam approach [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2008, 21:34
have you spent a lot of time practicing under timed conditions? since it seems you've gotten the content down, you should time yourself every time you do practice problems - whether you're doing sets of 5 or a full exam. you can try doing sets of 10-20 questions and time yourself on each question. (i downloaded a program called multitrack stopwatch). for each math question, give yourself about 2 minutes. for SC, 90 seconds. CR - 2 min. and RC, 2 min per question for a particular passage (so if 4 questions in a passage, then 8 minutes).

if you record your answer, time, and question type in an excel spreadsheet (there are templates floating around in these forums), you can start to see trends on how long you're taking on each type of question and whether you're getting them right or wrong. if you analyze this, you can determine what's taking you the longest and when you should guess and move on versus trying to solve the problem. you'll also get a sense of how long is too long. you definitely don't want to spend the time to answer every question correctly on the real exam because there's experimental ones and you could be spending 2+ min on a tough question that won't count.

the other thing that's helpful when taking a full exam is to create a chart with remaining time and question # you should be on. e.g., for quant:
time remaining question #
75 min 1
60 7
45 14
30 21
15 28

this will also help you track where you should be and if you're behind.
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