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My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2011, 13:08
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The purpose of this post is to keep myself accountable for my targets. Looking bad in front of others helps :).

Like other non natives, my focus is purely verbal.

Targets for this Weekend
1.) Finish OG 12 - CR, RC completely.
2.) Finish and make small notes of Powerscore CR.
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2011, 14:57
Heyy, I'm taking Gmat on 9th Nov! We are in the same boat!

Good luck for ur prep!
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What i initially thought would take 5 days took 20 days (Sep 28th - October 18).

Finished MGMAT RC and OG12 RC with 85% accuracy.
Finished OG 12 and Powerscore CR with 90% accuracy.

Both books MGMAT RC/Powerscore CR are simply awesome.

Pros:
Accuracy was high and i was able to understand why my wrong answers were wrong.

Cons
Took 2-2.5 mins to finish 1 CR question.
Took more than 1 min per question on OG12 RC passages for Question No 80-140.
I not able to formulate a startegy for inference based questions(most of my errors were in inferences) . I need to revisit those question and need to formulate a consistent plan of attack.

A Good Lesson on improving CR accuracy

http://blog.powerscore.com/lsat/logical ... ng-almost/

Quote " Rather, you should practice solving each question type with a sufficient number of problems so that your approach becomes more intuitive than deliberate. For instance, you shouldn’t have to “think” about how to solve an Assumption question, and “recall” how to use the Assumption Negation TechniqueTM. You should just do it – automatically and instinctively."


A Good Lesson on How To Give Tests

Quote: "Many test-takers mistakenly believe that taking a large number of LSAT practice tests is the best way to guarantee a high score on test day. Some LSAT “gurus” suggest taking 30, even 40 practice tests in the course of several months; others recommend taking one or two tests a day in the weeks leading up to the exam. Cranking out test after test is a grueling regimen, and not necessarily a productive one. Without a concerted effort to improve their conceptual understanding of the test, most students quickly hit a “plateau” in their scores; others see their performance languish due to mental fatigue and burnout. Repeatedly making the same mistakes is not only unproductive, but also—in many instances—counterproductive, as it can reinforce an erroneous way of approaching certain question types or logical reasoning paradigms."

http://blog.powerscore.com/lsat/10-step ... #more-2087








Moral: Things take more time than you estimate.
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2011, 03:14
Reasons: One of my friends who was getting 720+ on MGMAT landed a 670 on the actual thing. He scored less in Quant than his previous attempt.

I want to give my best effort. Even if i get bad score, i would know in hearts of my heart that i gave my best.

Currently struggling with SC and using a bunch of resources. Once i manage to keep SC under my control, i would mention my strategy.
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2011, 23:49
Keep the pace up mate//
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2011, 13:53
Good stuff - keep us informed!
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I am going to re-continue this thread after 4 months. Had to stop preparation because of product release. Looking to step on the gas now. Situation @ Work got worse, many issues, better left untold :). Let see how can I manage my GMAT with the stuff going around me , see it as another learning experience, a challenge. My target GMAT score - 750.
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2012, 04:40
I'm here with you..... When will you take the test?
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2012, 06:19
I am booked for end of May. It all depends on progress though. Getting a 750 is not a luxury for me rather a necessity.

Reason : Indian Male looking for scholarships.
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2012, 06:45
For Quant I am using MGMAT Advanced Quant: I would rate is 8/10.
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2012, 10:43
MGMAT 1 690 (Q49, V35).
Quant 5 wrong, couldnot answer two questions.

Verbal (Wrong/Total)

SC 6/15.
CR 7/14.
RC 5/12.

In Verbal, the percentile was hovering around 70-80. Looks like need practice across the board in verbal.

My impression is that quant was on the tougher side as far as scoring is concerned. Suggestions please, how to reach 750 level.

Plan for tommorow: Review MGMAT test, plan how to prepare for the next two weeks. Thinking to skip 1 week with tests and go turbocharge on Verbal. I can't explain how badly I need to conquer this test.
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2012, 12:49
Glad to see you back in the game! I'm restarting my studies as well. It's been way too long since I've stopped studying.
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Hey buddy, you were missed on the forum.
For quant, you may like to check out the signature below( The final quest one), You will find some practical advises from the instructor as well as members. :)
I'm in the same boat and getting the same score as you are getting. Furthermore, even the target score is same and for the same reason. :wink:
Let's give a tough fight to GMAT and give our heart out.
I've not booked a date and will only do that once i am scoring around my target score. I hope i won't take long.
I agree with ur strategy of going through one type of category of questions, cement ur concepts on them and move to next one. It's really helpful.
IMO, Practice is the key in sentence correction. With practice not only the accuracy increases but the time taken reduces( best is to bring it down to less than a minute).What i have realized after almost three months of prep that SC follows a pattern and that pattern can easily be identified most of the times by doing a lot of practice.
for CR, powerscore bible does a good job,however, we tend to forget part of it because it's a detailed book.I've gone through it three times and every time my accuracy has gone up as everytime i learn something new and cement the acquired knowledge.
RC, I am going through the mgmat RC book so will only comment once i am done with it.
Good luck buddy and let's fight the beast to the best of our capability.
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2012, 20:50
Rajeev, the link in your signature is awesome! Thank you for sharing :)
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2012, 23:48
Sunday Update: It seems the test exhausted me. The entire day was spent in watching IPL/sleeping. Did 10 problems from MGMAT Advanced Quant. Planning to do a thorough test review on Monday.

Feelings from the test:
- Quant was tiring and its effect was prominent on verbal. I was not able to concentrate during the verbal section.
- Accuracy on 700 + CR problems was poor 17%. Same for SC was 33%.
- The elephant in the room was RC. RC's accuracy for 700-800 was 83% and for 600-700 was poultry 20%. Need to figure out why this happened.

Plan for the week
- I can study 3 hours on weekdays and 6 hours on weekends.
- Need to brush up MHSC/PCR and the OG 12 questions.
- Keep practicing 10 Quant problems a day to be in touch.
- Start 20 mins reading everyday.


Monday 24/04 - Reviewed the Quant section of MGMAT 1
Takeaways
- Spent too much time on tough questions and invariably got them wrong/guessed( got lucky twice).
- Spent 4 mins on Q30 when I was already 3 mins behind time.(How to avoid this !) A more detailed time template for the 2nd half of Quant section.
- Made couple of silly mistakes in Q 30-35, Missed couple of questions.Could be a stamina issue.
Plan for tommorow. Review the Verbal section.

Sunday Update 29/04
Finished the MGMAT Advanced Quant. It has got problems of just the right difficulty for Q50-Q51.
Revised Powerscore CR and made bullet point notes from the same.
Plan for coming week
Practice CR problems from Powerscore CR exercise and from assorted sources.
Revise MHSC and finish OG 12 problems.
Do a mixed practice of SC/CR problems from assorted sources
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 28 May 2012, 04:34
How did your test go Abhi?
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 29 May 2012, 00:42
Still in the game, haven't appeared yet.

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Every problem in this set in the medium and difficult category is a gem. Solve twice if time permits.
I would rate these questions higher than the questions in OG10,11,12.
Haven't seen the new questions in OG13, though, so cannot comment on them.
If you have to chose between Question Pack and any of the Advance Sets available from prep companies, chose this one blindly. No prep company can match the GMAT style. PERIOD.
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2012, 10:46
Sunday Update - 8th July : Gave GMAT Prep 1 after my friend coaxed me into giving one.

Result : the lower end of my expected score - 680 (Q50, V 31).

Made a few mistakes in my preparation till now : Read MGMAT SC like 10 times. Read Powerscore CR like 3-4 times. Time could have been better utilized in practicing questions.

TAKEAWAYS:

- Got an IR score of 3. Need to give some time to IR as well. This demoralized me and made 2 mistakes in first 5 quant problems.
- The quant linear timing grid is not perfect - at-least for me. Giving 15 mins for last 7 questions is flawed. A better strategy would be to give 20 minutes for the same. The last 7-8 questions are not experimental and you would be tired by that time. You would need more time to solve the out of curves question.
- I need some serious introspection in verbal.
- I will not give another GMAT Prep till I hit 740-750 in MGMAT.
- Stamina came into the picture.Giving Tests in afternoon can be tricky as we tire out by evening.
More takeaways coming after analysis.


Action Points
- I was not able to visualize CR problems while giving test. Need to practice CR from different resources. Need all round practice in Verbal.
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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 08 Jul 2012, 12:12
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When r u taking the real thing?

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Re: My GMAT Chronicle [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2012, 11:13
Here is my analysis of difference between 680(current score) and 740(target score). Or you might say the difference between V31 and V40.

- Reading/Comprehension Speed - 30 mins reading everyday from reputed sources, especially for non-native speakers, is a MUST. This would helps in CR/RC.
- 10-15 full length tests - Its very easy to solve 10 questions n 20 mins from any topic. Put those 10 Q in a 4 hour exam and your accuracy goes downhill. Keep 1 weak break between 2 exam to truly benefit.
- Mixed Practice - A mix of SC/RC/RC problems tests your mental flexibility and makes your nervous. Do a mix of 25 problem from Grockit regularly.
- Having a pre-defined strategy for all Q types. You don't have the time to maneuver between answer choices during the exam.
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