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GMAT - Timeline [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2011, 13:03
Hello everyone - I have started preparing for the GMAT from 21st June and planning to take the test on 26th September. I know it may sound like a stupid question to ask - but most of you are experts in GMAT-do you think its possible to complete the prep by then? On average I am giving 22-25 hours per week to my prep.

You can say it depends upon how I will get on with my practice tests, etc and I agree. But for this time (4th time) I am doing structured preparation for GMAT and following this club very intensely. What I mean was on my previous 3 attempts I didn't even manage to cross 460 mark after exhausting most of the prep material. But I think my prep lacked quality. So this time, I am working slow and hard on concepts rather than doing questions straight away. I will do Quant first before I jump onto verbal. The books that I will follow are:

MGMAT Guides for Quant (For concepts and GMAT Club)
For Probability (Veritas)
SC (GMAT Club Grammar Book or MGMAT SC)
CR (Powerscore Bible)
RC(MGMAT RC) ---> This is probably my weakest area. But considering 460 as my last highest score in 3 attempts, I think my overall prep work had some weakness which I think was loads of guess work and not a solid grasp of concepts.
OG 11th and 12th Edition
Princeton 1012 (For prep)
Kaplan 800 or MGMAT Advanced depending upon how I get on with the easier stuff.
Practice Tests as suggested on GMAT Club.


I will use error log once I start doing the questions and see whether it works for me or not. Can anyone of you suggest whether I am heading towards right direction or not?
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Director
Director
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Status: Preparing for the 4th time -:(
Joined: 25 Jun 2011
Posts: 563
Location: United Kingdom
Concentration: International Business, Strategy
GMAT Date: 06-22-2012
GPA: 2.9
WE: Information Technology (Consulting)
Followers: 13

Kudos [?]: 353 [0], given: 217

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My GMAT PLAN [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2011, 20:16
Hello everyone - I have started preparing for the GMAT from 21st June and planning to take the test on 26th September. I know it may not sound like a good question to ask - but most of you are experts in GMAT-do you think its possible to complete the prep by then? On average I am giving 22-25 hours per week to my prep.

You can say it depends upon how I will get on with my practice tests, etc and I agree. But for this time (4th time) I am doing structured preparation for GMAT and following this club very intensely. What I mean was on my previous 3 attempts I didn't even manage to cross 460 mark after exhausting most of the prep material. But I think my prep lacked quality. So this time, I am working slow and hard on concepts rather than doing questions straight away. I will do Quant first before I jump onto verbal. The books that I will follow are:

MGMAT Guides for Quant (For concepts and GMAT Club)
For Probability (Veritas)
SC (GMAT Club Grammar Book or MGMAT SC)
CR (Powerscore Bible)
RC(MGMAT RC) ---> This is probably my weakest area. But considering 460 as my last highest score in 3 attempts, I think my overall prep work had some weakness which I think was loads of guess work and not a solid grasp of concepts.
OG 11th and 12th Edition
Princeton 1012 (For prep)
Kaplan 800 or MGMAT Advanced depending upon how I get on with the easier stuff.
Practice Tests as suggested on GMAT Club.


I will use error log once I start doing the questions and see whether it works for me or not. Can anyone of you suggest whether I am heading towards right direction or not?
_________________

Best Regards,
E.

MGMAT 1 --> 530
MGMAT 2--> 640
MGMAT 3 ---> 610 :-(

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Re: My GMAT PLAN [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2011, 03:36
Hi enigma123
Your study hours and duration plan is good. But as usual planning is the easy part. Sticking to the plan is where people go wrong.
There are a lot of factors that come to play with sticking to the plan.
-You need to sit for 5 hours straight with full concentration
-Your mood plays a very important role in preparing. If you are not fully into it then sitting for 10hrs also is of no use.
-Again if you are in a mood to learn new concepts or in a mood to crack few new questions makes a difference.
-What was the activity that you were doing before you started your preparation also is important because GMAT is a very energy draining activity, If are low on energy you will be unable to concentrate and might make many mistakes. This will bring down your confidence and also interest to prepare the next day.
There are many like the ones mentioned above. They are all small things which make a major difference.

With respect to materials, Stick to few or you will be confused and will not be able to more forward.
Good Luck
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Re: GMAT - Timeline [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2011, 04:31
Yes, it seems you are going in the right direction.

You didn't comment at all on text anxiety or stamina during the exam. These two items can and have routinely tanked people's scores.

Also, why would you post the exact same thing twice in such a short period of time? I have merged your threads.
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Director
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Status: Preparing for the 4th time -:(
Joined: 25 Jun 2011
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Location: United Kingdom
Concentration: International Business, Strategy
GMAT Date: 06-22-2012
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WE: Information Technology (Consulting)
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Re: My GMAT PLAN [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2011, 04:41
Hi Ranjith,

Many thanks for your response.

My response on your points are:

I can't sit for non-stop 5 hours because of my work commitments. But I give 5 hrs a day. 2 in the morning and 3 in the eve. During weekends I can invest around 7-8 hours.

I agree about the full commitment. Beleive me as this is my 4th attempt to give GMAT a go I won't be doing it half heartedly.

I wasn't doing any particular activity apart from thinking about GMAT all the time and deciding whether its worth taking GMAT again/ can my score be increased after I have exhausted most of the standard material available in the market? But again i think its the quality that matters and not the quantity and therefore I am working hard on basics. Any thoughts from you or anyone on this will be much appreciated.

Please guys if you can help me that would be great and many thanks to everyone in gmatclub for solving and explaining the things in every minute detail.
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MGMAT 1 --> 530
MGMAT 2--> 640
MGMAT 3 ---> 610 :-(

Director
Director
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Status: Preparing for the 4th time -:(
Joined: 25 Jun 2011
Posts: 563
Location: United Kingdom
Concentration: International Business, Strategy
GMAT Date: 06-22-2012
GPA: 2.9
WE: Information Technology (Consulting)
Followers: 13

Kudos [?]: 353 [0], given: 217

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Re: My GMAT PLAN [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2011, 04:53
Thanks Mohater and apologies for posting the same thread. This was mainly because of no reply received from anyone. Normally I get a reply within 2 minutes so when I didn't get one for 24 hours I thought I may have posted it in the wrong place :?

As far as stamina and anxiety is concerned, I get nervous when I start my exam and that took a toll on me. My biggest problem on the exam was as soon as I am not 100% convinced that I have answered a particular question correct, I loose my confidence and it affects the whole exam. And considering my previous scores (Highest 460) I think I never got first 5 or 10 questions correct which afftected my performance because I knew I wasn't doing well after seeing the standard of questions.

But saying that this could all be because I never ever scored in high 600's in any of the practice tests and therefore I didn't have any confidence. Again I think it all boils down to learning and getting the basic concepts right and then building.

What are your thoughts?
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MGMAT 1 --> 530
MGMAT 2--> 640
MGMAT 3 ---> 610 :-(

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Re: My GMAT PLAN [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2011, 09:30
enigma123 wrote:
Hi Ranjith,

Many thanks for your response.

My response on your points are:

I can't sit for non-stop 5 hours because of my work commitments. But I give 5 hrs a day. 2 in the morning and 3 in the eve. During weekends I can invest around 7-8 hours.

I agree about the full commitment. Beleive me as this is my 4th attempt to give GMAT a go I won't be doing it half heartedly.

I wasn't doing any particular activity apart from thinking about GMAT all the time and deciding whether its worth taking GMAT again/ can my score be increased after I have exhausted most of the standard material available in the market? But again i think its the quality that matters and not the quantity and therefore I am working hard on basics. Any thoughts from you or anyone on this will be much appreciated.

Please guys if you can help me that would be great and many thanks to everyone in gmatclub for solving and explaining the things in every minute detail.

I agree with the quality of basics that you are talking about. But your basics will improve only when you master its application on different problems. With that your speed and accuracy should also increase. So bottom line quality and quantity goes hand in hand.
For your problem of exhausted materials, I would suggest you to redo them again and this time make it like only if you get the reasons why the option is correct and the other options are wrong correct, you get that question right. By doing this you will not only improve the quality of applying your basics but also will be left with lot of questions which will look totally new to you.
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Status: Preparing for the 4th time -:(
Joined: 25 Jun 2011
Posts: 563
Location: United Kingdom
Concentration: International Business, Strategy
GMAT Date: 06-22-2012
GPA: 2.9
WE: Information Technology (Consulting)
Followers: 13

Kudos [?]: 353 [0], given: 217

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Re: My GMAT PLAN [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2011, 06:57
Hello everyone - As you know I have written previously about my plan and got some really goo didea from you guys. One of the things I read on this forum is to book the exam well in advance so that oen can put the strategy, plans in place. Therefore, I booked my exam for 04th October this year. As I am planning to apply only in Exec MBA of LBS,
can someone please tell me what score will put me in a better position considering:

I have 11 years of work ex in Management consulting.
Worked in various geographical locations
UK National
Done quiet a lot of Charity work
Able to get good recommendations
Does anyone know whether recommendation from an alumni adds more value or not?

Also, can someone please let me know if its a good idea to get the quant done first and then start with verbal and not mix the two?

I look forward for your comments guys.
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Re: My GMAT PLAN   [#permalink] 05 Jul 2011, 06:57
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