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Need your insight [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2012, 18:45
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Test Date - 10th Aug
Target score - 49-50 in quant
Earlier Score - 45 in real GMAT and 44-46 in five MGMATs , almost 80% accuracy in the OG (DS+PS)

My analysis === Weaker in Number properties, get hit hard with geometry, co-ordinate geometry, probability and combinations. Take longer with word problems when the question is tougher (but get it right mostly). I think I am bad at DS (mainly because of strategies)

Now, resources i have are
1) MGMAT guides and advanced mgmat and OG
2) GMAT club tests (have taken first five tests - get almost 27/28 right :( , felt demotivated and stopped taking )
3) Grockit
4) Knewton (do not think its much of use )
5) Kaplan Qbanks and Kaplan Premier ( should i get kaplan advanced edition)

My confusion

1) Should i start retaking GMATclub tests again ? or do you think that i should first work again on my basics and then start doing gmatclub tests ?
2) I feel pathetic with co-ordinate geometry and geometry (for prob and combi - i have bought the veritas guide, i think i will be good with it)
3) do i require to buy Jeff's Quant collections (advanced one, i think i have enough material for basics)

Can someone please help, i feel too much confused as to what to do ? I do not have much problems with the timings (may be because i have a few weak areas mentioned above, so whenever i get problem from that area, i get a sense in 45 seconds, and if i think i am unable to solve the same, i make a guess and move on)

I need special insight on one approach that i am following, is it really worth ?

Whenever i take a test, i analyse each and every question. While analyzing the questions , I keep two kind of problems aside and prepare collection of these two types

1) the questions i get wrong
2) The questions that i think has better explanations

I revise these questions from time to time, my apprehension is that am i learning with this approach ? or i am just mugging up the same problems ?. I mean do you think if i study the same problem twice/thrice, does it help ?

Thanks very much your help in advance
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Re: Need your insight [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2012, 19:48
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Hi Versatile,

It sounds like you're second guessing yourself, but I don't really see why. You've got a lot of very good resources, you're showing improvement, and you're doing everything right--studying right and wrong answers on your CATs, examining your own strengths and weaknesses, and so on.

To answer a few of your specific questions, work on geometry, as it's somewhat common, but actual coordinate systems are relatively rare and shouldn't be a major focus. And while GMAT Advance is a great resource, it is a complete course, with more than 20 hours of video lessons; I'm not sure how much you'd be able to take advantage of it in the time you have, given the many other resources you're working through.

Good luck with your test and let me know how else I can help!
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Re: Need your insight [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2012, 20:35
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Hi Versatile,

It sounds like you're second guessing yourself, but I don't really see why. You've got a lot of very good resources, you're showing improvement, and you're doing everything right--studying right and wrong answers on your CATs, examining your own strengths and weaknesses, and so on.

To answer a few of your specific questions, work on geometry, as it's somewhat common, but actual coordinate systems are relatively rare and shouldn't be a major focus. And while GMAT Advance is a great resource, it is a complete course, with more than 20 hours of video lessons; I'm not sure how much you'd be able to take advantage of it in the time you have, given the many other resources you're working through.

Good luck with your test and let me know how else I can help!


Thanks for your reply

Two questions, with limited time (my gmat is on 10th Aug) what would you suggest

1) Work on basics again and again to improve my fundamentals
2) Work on gmatclub tests, identify what i get wrong and revise these questions again and again. (from every test i get some 15 odd questions to work on)

would you suggest kaplan advanced book instead of kaplan advanced course ?

How do i assess from time to time that whether i am on track or not ?

thanks
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Re: Need your insight [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2012, 22:50
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versatile wrote:
KapTeacherEli wrote:
Hi Versatile,

It sounds like you're second guessing yourself, but I don't really see why. You've got a lot of very good resources, you're showing improvement, and you're doing everything right--studying right and wrong answers on your CATs, examining your own strengths and weaknesses, and so on.

To answer a few of your specific questions, work on geometry, as it's somewhat common, but actual coordinate systems are relatively rare and shouldn't be a major focus. And while GMAT Advance is a great resource, it is a complete course, with more than 20 hours of video lessons; I'm not sure how much you'd be able to take advantage of it in the time you have, given the many other resources you're working through.

Good luck with your test and let me know how else I can help!


Thanks for your reply

Two questions, with limited time (my gmat is on 10th Aug) what would you suggest

1) Work on basics again and again to improve my fundamentals
2) Work on gmatclub tests, identify what i get wrong and revise these questions again and again. (from every test i get some 15 odd questions to work on)

would you suggest kaplan advanced book instead of kaplan advanced course ?

How do i assess from time to time that whether i am on track or not ?

thanks

The GMAT Advanced book is great! And definitely, basics is good; generally, redoing questions isn't that productive. You already have seen the answers!
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