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My Kaplan course experience [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2005, 08:42
Hi, I decided about 2 weeks ago to take the GMAT. Panicked a little, and joined a Kaplan prep course. Fast forward to now-- I've been studying, keeping up with the course material. Doing the quizzes etc. Started to do problems out of their course material. All of this takes so much time! I take about 5-6 hrs/day to study.

I feel my progress is very slow and I don't know if I"m doing things as efficiently as possible. And honestly, my scores are abyssmal to begin with-- I got a 370 on Kaplan Cat 2 (which is a 570 on the gmatestimator)and after studying for another week, I received a lower score than that on Kap Cat 3! I know i'm smarter than that, but I panic and get tired. And obviously I need more practice. I don't know why I"m not progressing.


I took the Kap course hoping it would lead me to constant progress. And-- its not or I'm doing something terribly wrong.

Also, I'm so overwhelmed with all this strategy info on the web, courses to follow etc. I only wanted to look at one method, one course. This one course is taking up so much time-- do I need to buy the OG or Pinceton Review books in addition and tack on more studying hours?!?!

I plan on taking the test Jan6th or very soon after. I have to break 700, so I can possibly get a scholarship at a local school (which is another reason why I took the Kap course). Can I actually do this? Opinions? Suggestions?

Any advice, wisdom is greatly, immensely appreciated
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2005, 09:15
From my experience, I can definitely say that 'too' much information/study materials can only cause confusion and is of no help. I don't know about the Kaplan courses but practicing from the OG is a must.
I will take it one at a time. Start with OG. Work on each problem. Find out areas where I am weak and work on each of them ONE AT A TIME. Sure, you have so many books, strategies etc out on the web...but if you try to take a bite from each, it may not work. Atleast it didn't work for me!
Good Luck with your preparation and test.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2005, 09:41
Hi I am also currently in your same situation, I just got the books today from Amazon and as far as I am starting my preparation I am focusing on single parts of the GMAT, for now egs I have started my preparation on the verbal section particularly on CR, there are plenty of CR sections on this site, as soon as I will see that my hit rate will reach the 90% I ll move one in order to tackle other sections of the test. I am not using yet my time takling a full lenght CAT, I would rather bring my prep before to a certain level in order to touch them . By teh way I hope to sit for the test by the first week of february
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2005, 11:39
OG is a must. I've heard Kaplan instructors don't even tell you that it exists. Its not a bad idea to practice Kaplan math, but for verbal, i would recommend sticking to the OG. The verbal questions you will see on test day will resemble OG questions.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2005, 14:23
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2005, 20:23
Yes, definitely practice with the OG. It's too bad that Kaplan doesn't use it with the class. PR does, and I think they're better for it. The questions get harder as you go through the OG, so work carefully, and do keep track of your errors (there's some great info on this site about error logs).

I would use PR for verbal strategy if you can stomach getting another book, as they're stronger in that area. Lots of people pick and choose strategies from different sources as they see what works for them.

It's rough studying that much each day, but give yourself breaks and eat well, and you'll stay charged up. If you feel mental overload, go for a walk or a run, watch a silly cartoon (Spongebob does it for me!!!), or eat a snack.

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2005, 10:27
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Re: My Kaplan course experience [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2011, 08:56
Can I ask a dumb question? What is an OG?
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Re: My Kaplan course experience [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2011, 14:56
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Can I ask a dumb question? What is an OG?



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Re: My Kaplan course experience [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2011, 17:27
ErinS wrote:
Can I ask a dumb question? What is an OG?


Official Guide for GMAT review written by GMAC. It's a must have resource.

For OP, i think your best thing to do now is to take a diagnostic test under test conditions and pinpoint what your weak areas are and work on those areas. Overloading on information is never good.
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