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Knocking doors 4 help :) [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2012, 09:13
Hello, I just finished studying PS & DS (Kaplan 2012) but not practicing questions yet, but before I start practicing myself, can any expert help me in:

1. What technique to use for practicing? Mastering one section then move on to the next?
2. In Kaplan, there are methods - strategies - for how to tack PS & DS questions, how do you rate them?
3. How many questions do I have to solve in order to build a solid basement (both pace and knowledge)?

Thanks in advance pros :)

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Re: Knocking doors 4 help :) [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2012, 14:10
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Hello, I just finished studying PS & DS (Kaplan 2012) but not practicing questions yet, but before I start practicing myself, can any expert help me in:

1. What technique to use for practicing? Mastering one section then move on to the next?
2. In Kaplan, there are methods - strategies - for how to tack PS & DS questions, how do you rate them?
3. How many questions do I have to solve in order to build a solid basement (both pace and knowledge)?

Thanks in advance pros :)

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1) I'd suggest practising each segment by itself, yes, but you don't exactly have to master a section in order to move on. Try out a few practice tests, and figure out where you are performing the worst; after that, put a whole bunch of practice into that segment, and test yourself again. Your weakest segments are typically where you can see the most improvement with any given amount of effort thrown in, and should be the optimal targets for your practice sessions.

2) Can't help you here, I'm afraid, as I've no firsthand experience with the Kaplan methods. Anyone familiar with their strategies wants to chime in here?

3) This one's hard to answer with a specific number. Some people pick the material up quicker, while some need a little more practice. Add that to the fact that everyone starts at a different point, and it's extremely difficult to say exactly how many questions you will have to solve in order to build yourself a solid foundation on which to stand. Just keep working on those weakest segments, and you should see improvement fairly quickly.

Good luck, and study hard :)
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AnanJammal wrote:
Hello, I just finished studying PS & DS (Kaplan 2012) but not practicing questions yet, but before I start practicing myself, can any expert help me in:

1. What technique to use for practicing? Mastering one section then move on to the next?
2. In Kaplan, there are methods - strategies - for how to tack PS & DS questions, how do you rate them?
3. How many questions do I have to solve in order to build a solid basement (both pace and knowledge)?

Thanks in advance pros :)

Anan J
Hi Anan,

1) It's a good idea to focus your studies. However, you shouldn't focus your studies exclusively, as that can leave you rusty. Fortunately, CATs are a great solution to that; even if you are studying DS and nothing else, your practice test will force you to put your PS, CR, RC, and SC skills to use.

2) High! They are both great strategies. However, they are both very vague frameworks to focus your thought process and prevent careless errors. No strategy can single-handedly solve you Test-Day problems, as you need practice and content knowledge as well.

3) There is no magic number. However, on the old GMAT, top scoring test-takers averaged 100 hours of preparation. With the IR section added, the number will probably grow closer to 120.

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Re: Knocking doors 4 help :) [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2012, 22:39
Thanks alot guys, appreciate it!
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