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New to GMAT preparation.. exam in 3 months. Need guidance. [#permalink] New post 12 May 2013, 04:28
I gave my first Diagnostic test yesterday, the Princeton review Diagnostic test. Scored a poor 500.Q37V23. I had finished the each section 20 mitutes before time. Specially in verbal section, I was lazy to read everything.

My exam date is in september. And I am aiming a score of 730-750. Would appreciate some guidance/review on my study plan.

May- Focus on verbal. Do MGMAT SC with questions from OG and GMAT ultimate grammar book.
June- Focus on Quant Section. Complete MGMAT Quant guides along with OG questions. Also, continue with GMAT Verbal Review guide.

Take a CAT, and asses the situation.

July- Focus on other verbal sections, CR and RC, along with Quant.

Take a CAT, and asses the situation.

August- Focus on trouble areas and take two CAT's each week.


Please let me know your thoughts on the above chalked out plan and how can i make it more effective. I am a working professional, so can take out the standard 2-3 hrs on weekdays and 6-7 hrs on weekends.

Awaiting for an earnest response.
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Re: New to GMAT preparation.. exam in 3 months. Need guidance. [#permalink] New post 12 May 2013, 07:20
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I gave my first Diagnostic test yesterday, the Princeton review Diagnostic test. Scored a poor 500.Q37V23. I had finished the each section 20 mitutes before time. Specially in verbal section, I was lazy to read everything.

My exam date is in september. And I am aiming a score of 730-750. Would appreciate some guidance/review on my study plan.

May- Focus on verbal. Do MGMAT SC with questions from OG and GMAT ultimate grammar book.
June- Focus on Quant Section. Complete MGMAT Quant guides along with OG questions. Also, continue with GMAT Verbal Review guide.

Take a CAT, and asses the situation.

July- Focus on other verbal sections, CR and RC, along with Quant.

Take a CAT, and asses the situation.

August- Focus on trouble areas and take two CAT's each week.


Please let me know your thoughts on the above chalked out plan and how can i make it more effective. I am a working professional, so can take out the standard 2-3 hrs on weekdays and 6-7 hrs on weekends.

Awaiting for an earnest response.


Hi Rhea446,

If you can take out 2-3 hours on weekdays and 6-7 hours on the weekends then this is enough for your test in September. If you finished the practice test 20 minutes early in both the sections then the result will not represent your true level. Try to take another test under strict testing conditions then see what the score comes. A jump from 500 to 730 is a huge one, but this can be achieved and you have enough time for that.

Your high level study plan looks good to me but, you may want to go through this post - gmat-study-plan-how-to-start-your-gmat-prep-80727.html to figure our your ideal study plan. Whichever study plan you should choose, you must see an improvement in your performance/ skill level, otherwise it is not working for you. I would suggest that you break your goal from 500 to 600 then after achieving 600, to 650 then to 700 and to 700+. You should also take one test every 3 weeks initially to determine your progress, even if you have some topics untouched.

Lastly do maintain an error log to keep track of questions that you got incorrect and other specific topics that you find difficult and may want to revisit in future. This log will be really helpful during the last three weeks of your prep. All the best !!!

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Re: New to GMAT preparation.. exam in 3 months. Need guidance. [#permalink] New post 18 May 2013, 01:01
Hi Vercules,
As suggested by you, I gave a GMAT Prep test. I scored a 550(Q40V25) and in IR, a score of 4. Now IR seems to be another trouble area. Could you suggest some thing for working upon it.

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Re: New to GMAT preparation.. exam in 3 months. Need guidance. [#permalink] New post 23 May 2013, 19:28
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i intend to take my test in august. i have a simple plan of 50 questions a day for may and june. have collected thousands of questions of varying difficulty off of gmatclub, and is my go-to place for prep
1.is this wise ?
2.is 50q/day sufficient ?

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Re: New to GMAT preparation.. exam in 3 months. Need guidance. [#permalink] New post 24 May 2013, 13:56
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i intend to take my test in august. i have a simple plan of 50 questions a day for may and june. have collected thousands of questions of varying difficulty off of gmatclub, and is my go-to place for prep
1.is this wise ?
2.is 50q/day sufficient ?

Thanks,
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If you're looking for practice math questions - you can do these questions: http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... questions/

Do as many questions as you can - but more important is understanding each one thoroughly so if that same question is asked a slightly different way - you'll still get it right.

Collecting thousands of questions won't do you much good once you get to a certain point. It's about quality + some repeated drills, not just pure quantity.
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Re: New to GMAT preparation.. exam in 3 months. Need guidance. [#permalink] New post 25 May 2013, 17:48
abilash10 wrote:
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i intend to take my test in august. i have a simple plan of 50 questions a day for may and june. have collected thousands of questions of varying difficulty off of gmatclub, and is my go-to place for prep
1.is this wise ?
2.is 50q/day sufficient ?

Thanks,
Abilash


Hi Abhilash!

Before you start practicing so many questions make sure your concepts are very clear. GMAT is not about knowing how to solve all questions, it's about how to solve them in the least time possible. You can probably refer to the Manhattan strategy guides and Official Guide. Again, even if you practice only 10 questions a day, make sure you refer to the answers and see if there's an easier/ shorter method to solve those problems.

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Re: score improved to 660 from 540. Suggestions needed for SC [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2013, 02:02
Hi All,

After 2 months of on-off preparation i gave GMATPrep exam again, and scored 660(Q44V37) (My target score is a720+) and IR score of 5. SC seems to be a weak area as I got 7 questions wrong out of 17 in SC. Also, I could get only 60% of first 10 questions right in SC. Quant I had not prepared much, but will focus on it now. Any tips/advice is most welcome to improve SC as I have already covered most of the material available.

RC: 10 Correct out of 13
CR: 8 correct out of 11

Quant: Not Attempted: 6
19 correct out of 31 attempted.
My exam is in 1 month from now. All help will be appreciated.

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Re: score improved to 660 from 540. Suggestions needed for SC   [#permalink] 28 Jul 2013, 02:02
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