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Last few days... [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2005, 01:09
Hi,

I have my GMAT on 21st OCt. I am halfway through the OG, 10th Edition(Its the soft copy.. I could not get the Hard Copy in Mumbai. Have been looking for it since a long time.)

I have taken few full tests.. and scored in the range of 450.

What should I concentrate these last days?

Please recommend me some tips so that the scores are boosted.

Thank you.

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 [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2005, 06:00
My suggestions:

1. Do a couple more full tests to build up the mental strength and stamina to last the 4 hours of tests. Try to complete the last full test about 3 days before your actual test (i.e. by 18 Oct).

2. In the meantime, go thru as many questions as you can in the OG. If possible, try to complete ALL the questions. For those that you have done wrong, spend time to understand your mistake.

3. For the last 2 days, revisit the questions that you have done wrong. See if you manage to get them right this time.

4. For the day before the test, relax and just lightly go thru the OG, errors, etc. DON'T do any full test. Try to rest early.

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2005, 11:02
I've heard that the last week should be spent working on your strengths. I made the mistake by not folowing this advice and working on my weaknesses the last week. I will spend the last week before my 2nd attempt working on my strengths (verbal) in hopes of increasing my score.

Good luck tomorrow!
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2005, 13:01
Hey Valleyball,
Why is it more beneficial to work on your strengths rather than your weaknesses during the last week of prep? (Just curious). How would you utilize the last 2-3 weeks

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2005, 13:25
That was what my Manhattan GMAT instructor said. I didn't write down all the reasoning though. The gist of it all is that it usually takes longer than 1 week to learn new material and become comfortable with it. If you focus on your strengths or at least focus on what you already know, you may be able to increase your score.

My test is 3 weeks from today so I'm on the following schedule for the next 2 weeks:

1. Since my weakness is Q, I do 20-30 problems nightly. Sometimes I do all PS and sometimes I do all DS. Sometimes I do 10-15 of each. Before I start each day, I go back to my error log and do all the problems I missed in the past. I will do this until I get them all right. In addition, I created flash cards of the "best" or "hardest" problems I've encountered and refer to them daily at work; I actually keep them right by my computer in the office so I turn to them whenever I get the chance. Total immersion is my philosophy.

2. Then I supplement that with 1-5 RC passages, 5-10 CRs, and 10-20 SCs.

My schedule for the last week of preparation consists of:

1. I plan to do the opposite of the last week. 30-50 V problems nightly (mix in RC, CR, and SC). Since SC has the most questions in the verbal section and it's the easiest to master of the three, I'm going to spend the most time on that.

2. I will then do 5-10 DS and PS problems daily just to keep my Q skills as fresh as possible.

I'm not really concerned with the timing and mental toughness to get through the test. For me, it's just about learning the Q content (mainly DS).
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2005, 15:35
Makes sense... thanks... and Good luck !!!
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2005, 20:25
make sure u practice in blocks of 75 mins each with combos of PS/Ds in Q and SC/RC/CR for V. choose between 22/15 question split in Q and maybe 18/10/13 in V. also always time yourself and stick to the clock. no calculators , cheating or disctractions such as TVs Stereos or anything like this. Try to simulate the real thing as close as possible. hope this info helps, good luck

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 [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2005, 21:52
ValleyBall1 wrote:
I've heard that the last week should be spent working on your strengths. I made the mistake by not folowing this advice and working on my weaknesses the last week. I will spend the last week before my 2nd attempt working on my strengths (verbal) in hopes of increasing my score.

Good luck tomorrow!


I only did my GMAT once - so I'm not in a position to see which strategy gives a better result. For me, I spent the last day going thru all the questions (for all sections) that I did wrong during my prep. I don't see really see them as strength vs. weakness.

Personally, I feel that to do well for the test, one need to be an all-rounder. i.e. we need to understand most, if not all, the concepts that will be tested. The actual test is so unpredictable that you do not know what will come out, and when they come out.

All the best.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2005, 21:55
kayser`soze wrote:
make sure u practice in blocks of 75 mins each with combos of PS/Ds in Q and SC/RC/CR for V. choose between 22/15 question split in Q and maybe 18/10/13 in V. also always time yourself and stick to the clock. no calculators , cheating or disctractions such as TVs Stereos or anything like this. Try to simulate the real thing as close as possible. hope this info helps, good luck

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That's an excellent suggestion/reminder. For GMAT, we need to be correct AND fast. And we must be able to do this over 4 hours. So, during our prep, we should condition our brains to such requirements.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2005, 07:29
Good point!
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Oct 2005, 11:32
Can we not use a pen on the actual test?
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2005, 20:41
No pens on the test. They will only give you pencils that get dull very quickly. While you can raise your hand for a new pencil, you should get used to doing math with a dull pencil. I think that rule is stupid.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2005, 01:42
Thanks... I agree that is quite stupid... I'll start practicing w/ a "dull pencil" :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2005, 08:25
It sounds strange but I didn't listen. During my prep for my 1st attempt, I used a pen the whole way through. I didn't think a pencil would bother me that much on test day. I was wrong - it bothered me a ton! And we all know that on test day, the stars need to be aligned as much as possible and you have to be at your best (both physically and mentally) to do well.

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