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Hello all,

Thank you for creating such a great forum. First time poster been reading on and off for a month. Wanted to get really serious, and I think the only way to do that is to begin my story.

Took the GMAT in 2007 one year out of undergrad, where I majored in general Biology. Got a 540. Only after a Kaplan test prep in classroom course. Cannot say I would or would not recommend it. I think it would work for some, but honestly I think it was my lack of commitment that lead to my score, which is poor, but totally deserved.

Applied to some not so hot schools, got in to them and decided not to go.

Fast forward 3 years. I have finally gotten serious about the GMAT. Started with my old Kaplan books for about 2 months on and off studying as I work full-time and also have frequent family and friends that stay with me often to the demise of my study time. Found that I wasn't really improving that much, first 3 kaplan scores:

530, 520 and 560. Not so hot right?

Found this website, where they seem to recommend ManhattanGMAT test prep so I thought I would give it a try. Bought all the Quant books, plus SC, OG12, and Powerscore CR.

Currently I have been at quant for a month again, finished all MGMAT quant books late (Geometry didn't ship with the others), and am beginning to get comfortable with PS, but DS is still giving me a harder time. I have begun to keep an error log, and will use this come month 3. I am finding more and more that I am finding whether or not choices are sufficient, but often choose incorrectly between together or neither. I believe more DS practice is necessary and reviews of basic strategy from MGMAT guides. This is with only being about 55 DS Questions in to OG12, and I will probably try to finish all DS by the end of this weekend. 1/8/10-1/9/10

At the end of the quant I want to take a full length GMATPrep exam and see where I am quant-wise or maybe one of the free MGMAT exams, to gauge progress.

My plan is to finish quant at 1.5 months (around 1/13/10), and move back to verbal, where my main focus will be SC and CR, my RC was in the 80th Kaplan, and I'm not sure anything but repetition will help me personally with RC. I will hopefully spend 3-4 weeks on verbal, and then review and start taking full length tests to get the best practice.

Any thoughts on schedule? Best way to improve on DS? Let me know,

thanks!
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2011, 10:16
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Welcome abroad!

It seems you have a pretty good plan and it's all more about your commitment. keeping an error log - that's a good idea!
Always ask yourself why? why did you get it wrong? I would recommend to post questions and you will find a lot of support and explanations from others. Dig deep in your mistakes - they are a key to your progress.
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2011, 01:22
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Great idea - also look for some inspiration here: best-gmat-stories-period-98512.html
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2011, 09:23
update, after one month of studying (approx) I took my first MGMAT untimed CAT and got a Q45. This was an increase from Q35 on Kaplan from only 1 month before! Very happy. Need to work on timing.
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2011, 15:03
am putting together a study package for SC with charts, and time lines, will submit by the end of the evening.
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2011, 19:33
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2011, 06:39
WOWOWOW MGMAT SC book is excellent, is a must read, am really liking the material they have you focus on
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2011, 10:58
date booked: March 16th, 2001 12:30pm.
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2011, 08:30
Will be making a full debrief of Powerscore CR bible, with subsequent review
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2011, 09:02
delayed, i left my notes at home again, sorry guys
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2011, 08:09
getting along with verbal slowly but surely almost through OG12, reviewing Ryhmes notes, Whips notes, CR bible, MGMAT SC almost everyday, plus diong practice Qs, CATs start February 16th, with one month until test date.

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Added your progress report to the master thread: gmat-journeys-master-thread-109007.html#p868820
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2011, 09:55
Really appreciate the notes, keep up the hard work!
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2011, 07:51
finished SC and CR in OG12, really need some help on SC, bought Aristotle, am only getting about 68% of SC right based on my error log. Will be reading MGMAT SC and Aristotle tonight, and tomorrow, finish both, and reapply strat, and hopefully absorb some idioms
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first untimed MGMAT2 CAT tonight, wish me luck folks :)
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2011, 19:42
I am really frustrated, Q40 V26. I don't know what happened. On V after 10 Questions I was in the 93rd percentile. Then I fell flat on my face.
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I am really frustrated, Q40 V26. I don't know what happened. On V after 10 Questions I was in the 93rd percentile. Then I fell flat on my face.


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I've experienced the same... I ride the high 90s for a while and then I fall all the way to the 60s and then I work my way up and settle down at the higher 70s or lower 80s :D
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2011, 08:31
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I am really frustrated, Q40 V26. I don't know what happened. On V after 10 Questions I was in the 93rd percentile. Then I fell flat on my face.


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I've experienced the same... I ride the high 90s for a while and then I fall all the way to the 60s and then I work my way up and settle down at the higher 70s or lower 80s :D


honestly, i'm just going to do another CAT tonight, I think I have a kaplan left, and i think the verbal will go up, I think I just got mentally fatigued, I must be positive and think BIG picture :) I know the strat, I know the material, I can do this
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2011, 18:33
Used princetonreview's free CAT and got Q39 V34 finally a 600... new goal 700...
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Re: On going GMAT Story Will Update [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2011, 23:02
well, good luck! I just started with this process myself. Maybe in a month from you I'll give my exam. It would be useful to read about your journey!
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