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# Need help with Study plan- GMAT retake

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25 Feb 2011, 17:39
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I am aggressively preparing for my second attempt at the GMAT. My first attempt was 45,36 in Q and V respectively for a 660.

My target school needs an average of 700 and i am an Indian male which make it imperative that i hit the 700+ mark.

I noticed that i was weak in verbal and got the powerscore CR guide which has helped to a certain extent. I also used MGMAT, Kaplan 800 (still in progress) and Og12.

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In my second round:
The first MGMAT test i took i scored 750 Q48 and V44. i was extremely happy and continued more aggressively
The second test i took : i score 670! Q46 and V35
The third test i tried to slow down things as much and scored a 680. I noticed that around the 20 question i was at 85 percentile in quant and 92 in verbal around the half way mark. I ended with 78 and 81 percentile.

i did not write the AWA on which i scored a 6 in the first 3 exams. I plan to incorporate that from the next exam onwards. I took the first test in the evening and second and third test in the morning around 6am. I have always been a morning person!

My biggest problem seems to be time: I find my self left with 10 question and 10 minutes in the end!

I find it very hard to just guess in the end. I feel i can make an educated guess and hence read the question to stike out 2-3 options.

Also, One other problem i noticed is i took very long on certain quant questions- even upto 6 minutes!

I need some suggestions from you folks to correct what im doing wrong. Im at wits end and i want to take this test by march 14th. I plan to start taking the gmat club tests everyday from today and also doing 20-30 verbal problems everyday.

I have read the retake strategies and also the timing strategies. I will revisit the latter. if i continue like this i will have to postpone my exam and just go sign up for the Knewton money back guarantee!
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26 Feb 2011, 01:17
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Hi dude

I think you'll find my debrief useful! I was in your position 2 months back
650 - with 37 on verbal and 44 on quant!
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26 Feb 2011, 05:27
Entwistle wrote:
Hi dude

I think you'll find my debrief useful! I was in your position 2 months back
650 - with 37 on verbal and 44 on quant!

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mbafall2011 wrote:
Entwistle wrote:
Hi dude

I think you'll find my debrief useful! I was in your position 2 months back
650 - with 37 on verbal and 44 on quant!

By the way... When do you plan to take the test
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26 Feb 2011, 07:23
My target was was before March 15th! I just reviewed my third manhattan test. Out of 37 i had 15 wrong. Out of those 15 i had silly errors in 10. I could easily solve these without time pressure. 6 other i had some shaky or unknown concepts.
8 in 700-800 questions and 2 in 600-700!
Even if i can convert 75% of the silly mistakes i can gain some advantage.

In verbal section i noticed that i got 16 out of 41 wrong!

6 silly mistakes
4 RC out of time
5 conceptual errors

Again if i can fix the concept and timing error i will be golden!

Any tips on improving the silly mistakes? I plan to practice Kaplan 800 and OG. I will also start giving the gmat club tests now that i am close to 200 posts!
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26 Feb 2011, 09:01
Here is of course the retake thread for you to consider perusing: should-i-retake-gmat-thread-retaking-gmat-strategies-83339.html

My advice would be not to wait a long time (which you are not) and not to kill yourself - sometimes people score much better just because of resting and getting more comfortable with the test center environment.
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26 Feb 2011, 09:44
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Here is of course the retake thread for you to consider perusing: should-i-retake-gmat-thread-retaking-gmat-strategies-83339.html

My advice would be not to wait a long time (which you are not) and not to kill yourself - sometimes people score much better just because of resting and getting more comfortable with the test center environment.

bb, thanks for your encouraging words! I took my first gmat on April 12 2010. I couldnt find time to prepare for a retake till January 2011 due to excessive work pressure.

I have gone through this thread many times. I have also memorized the timing strategies.

From today i plan to implement certain changes:
1) Always spend 5 seconds to rephrase the question in my mind and map out an approach.
2) Any question where im not sure about the concept is going to become a flash card. I will make a word document with questions and answers on the front and back.
3) Never take more than 3 minutes per question.
4) In case of a time crunch- i will guess blindly (currently i try to do an educated guess by ruling out certain options) on alternate questions

Saturday and Sunday , i am going to do a marathon of working out questions of all types. I will time myself. I scored 750 on the first MGMAT test- that has got to have some valuable information which will analyze.

Hopefully if things go as per my plan i will take another test next week. I feel im so close to greatness - the only thing holding me back is the silly mistakes!
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26 Feb 2011, 10:06
All are fantastic tips/strategies to follow.

I recommend saving any questions you miss. print them out Print Screen or smth like that - you want to make sure you can answer all questions.
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02 Mar 2011, 06:11
Took the 4th MGMAT test yesterday. I scored 700 (43q,41v)

I do feel better about verbal. Some of my strategies worked in verbal but i feel so awful about quant. Some strategies i implemented during the exam did help but i cannot seem to shake off the habit of making silly mistakes. When i reviewed my questions i was able to solve 10 more questions without a sweat.

Only about 3-4 of them were conceptual. From today i intend to get the maximum out of gmat club tests.

I must pay attention to the question more deeply.
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