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My study plan [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2008, 11:17
Ok guys, here is my study plan and would like to get your feedback. But before that, a bit about my GMAT background:

1) Taken all the manhattan CAT tests and scored 590,600, 620, 680, 650, and 640.

2) So far, i've taken the gmaxonline and covered all of the lessons thoroughly.

3) scored 550 on my last GMAT test.

4) taken kaplan CAT tests and scored 520, 500, and 530.


My study plan (next test day 3 february):

1) take one test from the gmatclub challenge each day and then review my mistakes

2) do 20 problems for each verbal section per day and then learn from my mistakes (for RC, I read about 4-5 passages each day). The questions for the verbal will be from the 1000SC, 1000CR, and 1000RC since they have all the questions from the OG's and much more I believe.

3) I'll take 1 CAT test from the GMATprep each week, but then will take a CAT test each day during the last 6 days of the test.

I've been doing this strategy for the last 2 weeks already. What do you all think?
let me know
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Re: My study plan [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2008, 11:47
looks like a good plan to me. Make sure you spend plenty of time going over the questions you get wrong. That's at least, if not more, important than doing new questions for the first time. How are the 1000CR and 1000RC? I'm 1/4 of the way through 1000SC and I'm liking it so far.
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Re: My study plan [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2008, 12:04
Hey,

Looks like a good plan.

So roughly how many hours you plan to put before the exam? and roughly how many hours / day?
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Re: My study plan [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2008, 13:13
Do maintain an error log and check to see if there is a pattern to your incorrect answers. Then use it to improve in your weak areas. After taking CATS it would help to go through all the questions. For incorrect ones try to understand the concepts. Do not skip the questions you answered correctly. Check if you have selected the correct choice for right reasons. Some times you will find better/quicker ways to solve questions. Hope this helps and good luck
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Re: My study plan [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2008, 12:08
I have just recently started studying for the GMAT. Below is my approach.

I purchased all the Manhattan GMAT books, and OG11. I will get the 1000sc and 1000rc later on.

OG11 has:
1- 249 problem solving questions
2- 155 Data Sufficiency questions
3- 141 Reading comprehension questions
4- 124 Critical reasonning questions
5- 138 sentence correction questions

I strongly believe that EVERY ONE OF THESE PROBLEMS should be completed. the first few questions are always easy but I still do them to get use to the format.

so there are 404 math questions and 403 verbal questions.

Depending on the time allocated to your studies you can probably tackle around 20 math questions/ day and 20 verbal questions/day. This should take approximatly 20 week days to complete OG11. It would take around 2 hours/day to complete the questions and go through the answers.

Each weekend, I take 2 CATs (one saturday and one Sunday)...

I believe that this plans covers all the basic needed to get a decent score (650+). I will keep everyone posted as to my final GMAT score. :-D
I am still studying for the exam and so far so good. I don't feel too exhausted from it, and I have learned so much with this learning plan.
I have a GMAT test target of 01/31/08

Any Thoughts from GMAT experts?
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Re: My study plan [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2008, 12:13
I can't consider myself an expert on anything I haven't done yet (eg the GMAT :-D ) but from my prep I can say that you have a solid study plan. However, I think you have some pretty conservative estimates regarding how many OG problems can be done in a day. 20/20 may be right when you get down to the more difficult questions, but in the beginning you should be able to blow through them pretty quickly. In that way OG can be done in less than 20 days if you're pressed for time.
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Re: My study plan [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2008, 12:15
I'm certainly no expert, but I found it really useful to tackle one "subject" per day (I only had about 10 days to study)...I'd do about 80 questions in that subject every day. By the end of my session, I felt MUCH more confident about that subject and was able to carry that over to my test.


p.s. - by subject, I mean "Data Sufficiency", "Problem Solving", "Sentence Completion", etc.
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Re: My study plan [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2008, 12:19
eschn3am wrote:
I can't consider myself an expert on anything I haven't done yet (eg the GMAT :-D ) but from my prep I can say that you have a solid study plan. However, I think you have some pretty conservative estimates regarding how many OG problems can be done in a day. 20/20 may be right when you get down to the more difficult questions, but in the beginning you should be able to blow through them pretty quickly. In that way OG can be done in less than 20 days if you're pressed for time.


I agree with you. As you said I am being conservative, as not everyone is at the same level at first. This seems to be the plan that works for me as I currently work full time and have to care for my 1 YO daughter (who knew they could wreck so much in such a little playing ground?)
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Re: My study plan [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2008, 06:13
eschn3am wrote:
looks like a good plan to me. Make sure you spend plenty of time going over the questions you get wrong. That's at least, if not more, important than doing new questions for the first time. How are the 1000CR and 1000RC? I'm 1/4 of the way through 1000SC and I'm liking it so far.



I really like the 1000SC. As for the 1000CR, i find that really good as well. I haven't done much from the 1000Rc, but I do see it good so far. Although I shouldn't be skipping any of them, i always find myself managing to complete all the subjects for the day except for the RC. by the time i open the RC, i wouldn't have the energy to read the whole text critically. hmm...do you think if i improve my skills on all the subjects except for the RC, I could still end up with a good score on the gmat? my accuracy rate on RC is usually about 50%.
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Re: My study plan [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2008, 07:27
I'm sure you could still get a good score without RC if you nailed everything else, but I think that trying to struggle through RC at the end of the day could help. Verbal is the last section of the test so you'll probably be tired and worn out towards the end of the section. Practicing RC and things like that when you're in the same state of mind seems like a great idea. Maybe it will even build up mental stamina so that you never get tired on the real test.
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