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Just joined this forum -- need help [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2002, 19:46
Hello

First of all, I would like to appreciate the intiative that is taken by the COE to run this show.
My question :
I am an international student and currently working very hard in my job front. I prepared earlier for about 2 months for GMAT and left it half way thru.
Currently I would like to take GMAT after 8 months down the line.
I cant spend more than one hour a day or may be less than that and I would like to prepare at a slow pace. I am weak in RC and in general Verbal. I am aiming at a score not less than 750. Could you kind of give me a breif roadmap of how to go about and acheive the target.
Appreciate your response.
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Re: Just joined this forum -- need help [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2002, 00:29
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Hello

First of all, I would like to appreciate the intiative that is taken by the COE to run this show.
My question :
I am an international student and currently working very hard in my job front. I prepared earlier for about 2 months for GMAT and left it half way thru.
Currently I would like to take GMAT after 8 months down the line.
I cant spend more than one hour a day or may be less than that and I would like to prepare at a slow pace. I am weak in RC and in general Verbal. I am aiming at a score not less than 750. Could you kind of give me a breif roadmap of how to go about and acheive the target.
Appreciate your response.


Wow, well, that's a perfect question... that I don't have a perfect answer to...
You have left a few things out about your background (such as what your score is and the IQ :) ) but I will try to fill them in.

You may be a genious and you may actually make it up to the 99th percentile by just spending one hour a day, which I would assume is not enough for anything - even to watch a movie. But on the other hand, if you were really The Big Genious, you would not be asking anybody for advice. I am glad to privide what I know, I am just trying to fill in here.

The suggestion I can give is to get a Tutor. I don't know if they help, but I would assume that at least a tutor would keep you organized with your studies and would give you a path/plan. I tutored myself and one of the people I studied with (for free so it was not a super responsible job) is taking her GMAT in about 12 hours, so I will let you know if tutors really help 8)

Did you expect to hear something more? When is the test date, at least approximately?
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OK, I just got the news from the lady I studied with. She did pretty well. Not as much as I thought she would do because she seemed much smarter than I, but she improved by 80 points - this was her second attempt. So, I guess tutors do help to a certain degree....

good luck there.

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Thanks for the advice [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2003, 18:47
Hello

Thanks for the suggestion.
I am neither a big genius or a small one actually. My IQ is pretty much Ok and my score in some sample diagonistic tests is about 560(not of Kaplan).
Tutoring is ok but I also time and money for the same.
If for example I start with the Kaplans and read on. How do I sharpen my skills on verbal then on.
I am planning to take the test after say 8 months of preparation.
Is an hour a day not enough to acheive a good score of 700 +.

If I asking for too much, I am sorry

Thanks anyway for your advices
Appreciate your response
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Re: Thanks for the advice [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2003, 19:08
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Hello

Thanks for the suggestion.
I am neither a big genius or a small one actually. My IQ is pretty much Ok and my score in some sample diagonistic tests is about 560(not of Kaplan).
Tutoring is ok but I also time and money for the same.
If for example I start with the Kaplans and read on. How do I sharpen my skills on verbal then on.
I am planning to take the test after say 8 months of preparation.
Is an hour a day not enough to acheive a good score of 700 +.

If I asking for too much, I am sorry

Thanks anyway for your advices
Appreciate your response


No, you are not asking for too much, actually most people ask for too little, as I see it, and then of course, I make the same mistake on my own when I try to contact employers, etc. Anyway, I can go on about this for a while, but I will get back to your question, which you will probably appreciate a whole lot more. :D

There several weaknesses as I see them in yoru plan. I will try to be specific:
1. 8 months seems too long to me. My memory is not as good as it used to be (I am in mid twennies). So, if you spend that much studying, most probably you will forget part of the skills/tricks that you gain while studying. At least I would have. I studied for about 3 months but pretty hard. I got sick of the whole thing by the end, real sick. I did not even bother taking extra practice tests.
2. No tutor is a little worse, but Kaplan will do most of work for you. Math usually is not as hard to prepare to as Verbal is. You can just solve a few thousand questions and pretty much you are ready for the math.
3. Verbal - I believe several things add to success here:
a. good language skills - esp reading and undestanding
b. ability to concentrate and stay focused
c. Strategy for the verbal part, practicing it and using it.
Many people make a mistake of following a strategy for RC/CR with exercises but drop them when they take a timed test - that's sad.

I picked up most of my reading skills from the Verbal workbook by Kaplan. I improved from 50% correct to about 75% in just a few minutes. Of course, before day came I had 2 months of frustration, but when I finally trusted and did as Kaplan said - stop to sum up, write down important parts, words, summarize after each paragraph, etc. it worked. It was a pretty fast change, which usually you dont' get with GMAT. Hardly ever there things that you can say A-HA...... that was the one for me.

With CR I would use Kaplan and also concentrate on things such as Paraphrase and Assumption. I have the first lesson on CR posted on the website and I will try to post another (though time is working against me). I have tried to explain both Assumptions and Paraphrases there as well as the importance of them.. There are also practice problems you can download and I have posted answers to those - Assumptions and Paraphrases. I would not bother actually answering the quesions, just work on A and P. They are important esp for International students because logic gets different across borders, believe or not :twisted:

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 [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2003, 17:46
Thanks again

This reply was really satisfying. I will take the Kaplan Verbal book for preparation. Let me see if I could do some good preparation and have a better score.
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