I am looking for suggestions on a long term preparation strategy for GMAT. I figure that I have a good 18 months before I take the exam so I am guessing there is a lot that I can do about it right now with such a long time on my hands.
I have just recently started with the preparation and have studied 4-5 hours each week for the last month or so. I have finished the Quant section and SC from the OG13.
Today, I gave the GMATPrep Exam 1 and scored a 730 on it: [Q:50,92%, V:39,87%]. IR: 8.
My questions are:
1. Given that I have such a long time on my hands and with my 730 on the GMAT Prep1, what score should I be realistically aiming at on the GMAT ?
2. Towards the end of the GMAT Prep exam I felt fatigued in the verbal section and I got 5 questions wrong on the trot - 33-37 - I think at that point I just wanted to get done with the test
I finished the verbal section with 7 minutes remaining....are there any techniques that I could use to ensure that I do not feel fatigued by the end of the verbal section ? Honestly by the end of it, I was staring at those verbal questions without being able to think anything.
3. I have bought myself the MGMAT guides
, what are some other sources that I should be looking at to take my scores higher ? What sources can give me access to good 700-800 level questions for quant and verbal?
Any suggestions would be very helpful, thanks!
730 is a great start. You should look towards a 99% score, with a well executed strategy.
Sometimes you will have 7 minutes left at the end of the test, and sometimes you won't be able to finish in time. These things happen and time management only comes with practice and working under timed conditions. Once you take a few more tests, you will iron out these things. Build a strategy that is best suited to you. Take a note of things on checkpoints during both verbal and quant sections. The most difficult thing to do on the test is to leave a question. Make sure you don't spend inordinate amount of time on any question.
I will also stress on the fact that you should take tests with AWA and IR. Unless you do this, your scores will remain inflated. 1 hour of extra grey cell burning is a significant factor.
Look at the whole thing as a marathon. Believe you will be able to build your stamina through these practice tests and by the time you give your GMAT, you should be in good shape.
Practice through GC quant and verbal forums. They have questions from various sources and of varying difficulty level.
Be thorough with the official questions. It won't help you much if you do 700+ level from a second grade source and don't do the official questions. MGMAT has a good repository of 700+ level questions as well. For verbal CR and RC, you may also try a few LSAT questions. I can name a few more sources, but I'll refrain myself from doing that. It is important that you focus more on quality than on quantity.
Make sure to document your mistakes, revisit them and learn from every question.
Finally, I would advise against lingering on for too long with the GMAT. There will be a time when you will peak and it is best to take the test in those weeks. You don't want to halt your life for months while you prepare for an exam. Time it well and take it whenever you are comfortable.