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Need advice from the GMAT gurus [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2010, 16:47
I need some serious GMAT advice, tell me what approach to take

1. I got a 540 on GMAT Prep :( ( 37 Math, 27 English) (my diagnostic)
2. I am willing to put in a minimum of 2 hours on weekdays and 8 hours on weekends
3. Every Saturday plan to take an exam between 12:30 to 4 (I have signed up for the exam at the same time)
4. Every Sunday review the questions I got wrong on my exam
5. I have so much material I don't know what to refer to.
6. I have all the MGMAT book + OG review + OG verbal + OG quant
7. I also have pre-made flash cards which I haven't used till now
8. I tend to forget stuff if I don't review it (i.e strategies, shortcuts, formulas, etc)
9. Plan on keeping an error log
10. I have briefly read the MGMAT guides

This is what my plan is tell me if it makes sense:

Every weekday do:
30 SC form the 1000SC
25 CR from OG (or whatever material you guys suggest)
5 RC from OG (or whatever material you guys suggest)
20 PS (first finish OG) ( I got a question bank from a friend don't know if its a worthy source)
20 DS (fist finish OG)

Weekend :
Take exams PR Test 1, MGMAT1,2,3,4,5,6 OG Paper test, GMAT Perp 1,2, GMAT Prep 1,2 (2nd attempt)

Taking the exam on June 12th (one day after world cup football starts)

I really would love a 700+
what do I need to do achieve this...
please advice

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Re: Need advice from the GMAT gurus [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2010, 18:02
though I think your study plan is extremely ambitious, it's definitely doable. I think with all the things you said, you're going to score a very good score. Understand though - practice is half the game; the other half is understanding why you make a mistake. If you don't understand why you're making a mistake on something, you're going to be wasting time and resources on additional questions. However, I think with your study plan (as long as you're burning yourself out with this ambitious plan) and with a good understanding of questions and mistakes, you'll score at least above 650, perhaps even 700+. Best of luck!!
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Re: Need advice from the GMAT gurus [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2010, 23:36
I am not an expert here but as far as I know after spending some time here on forum I think you should get PowerScore CR Bible if you are lacking in CR & RC, also do read some journals for example wall street journal, the economist, and Business-week if u can manage some time. But most important thing is to have a clear understanding of whatever you do/study and then practice a lot after getting a firm grasp on concepts & having thorough understanding. When going through books first get a hold of the chapter you are studying and do some practice questions related to that chapter after you feel that you clearly understand everything told in the chapter then move on to the next chapter.
Rest experts are here, they will guide you properly and also do go through threads related to guides.
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Re: Need advice from the GMAT gurus [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2010, 07:30
I agree with Atifs; Powerscore verbal bible is also a great source for CR and RC. Whatever you choose to use at the end, you want to make sure that you have enough time to absorb all the information and be able to do as many questions (and understand your mistakes) as possible. Best of luck!
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Re: Need advice from the GMAT gurus [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2010, 08:17
I got a 760 (51 Math, 41 English).. My only advice for math- rather than planning how many ques when, go back to ur diagnostic. See whr u made mistakes... jot down ur weak areas... go through their theory properly... do many ques in those areas only.... once u r comfi with all topics, then follow ur schedule.. else it will be a waste of time...
For English - observe while u go... jot down pointers like '... is an idiom' tho must say that my english score wasnt great either.. so take my advice with a pinch of salt...
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Re: Need advice from the GMAT gurus [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2010, 08:26
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I would recommend you to read debriefs of 700+ scores here:
share-your-gmat-experience-8/
Believe me, you will find a lot of very useful tips

There are a few things that worked for me:

1) always use timer and keep e-log
2) understand and concentrate on your weaknesses.
3) don't hesitate to participate in forum discussion.
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Re: Need advice from the GMAT gurus [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2010, 17:55
I realize that my plan is on the ambitious side, I am going to try following it as much as I can without burning myself out. Thank you all for your suggestion...will definitely take them into account...

let it begin..:)

edit: Yup definitely overkill...the daily plan I have outlined is way more than 2 hours a day...considering I have review all my incorrect answers and review the material I don't know.
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