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Please someone help me understand my strategy [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2010, 12:48
Hi all,

I am new to this forum. Not sure if this is the right group to post my question in.

I have been preparing for GMAT using "Kaplan Premium Online" course and "OG11".
I have studied hard and taken all the workshops in the Kaplan course.
But it is crazy that I have not been able to convince myself to take any of the CATs yet.
I have 8 CATs in Kaplan but I am too scared to take them.
I keep thinking that I am still getting a lot of questions wrong, a lot of topics are hazy to me, if I take a CAT and see a "4xx" pop up, my confidence will nosedive.
My diagnostic was 520. I gave diagnostic after studying hardfor weeks and to see 520 after so much work was apalling.

I am just working harder on OG11 on the DS question since I am the worst in them.
I thought to take GMAT on March first week but seems like that is never going to happen.
Should I register for March week 1 and from now till that day just take back to back CATs?
And if my CATs consistently show poor performance I can cancel the registeration 72hours in advance.
Or should I work harder and schedule in April?

My life has come to a standstill preparing for this exam.... but I am broken that despite my 100% dedication the results are so dis-appointing.
Please help!
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Re: Please someone help me understand my strategy [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2010, 14:39
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Re: Please someone help me understand my strategy [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2010, 17:14
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Which diagnostic did you take?

You should only test the portion of the materials that you have covered.
Working on OG 11 won't give you anything, nor will it help to take those 8 CAT's unless you understand why you keep making mistakes how to stop making them.
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Re: Please someone help me understand my strategy [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2010, 14:24
Hi.... Thanks for replying.
How do you compare "Kaplan questions" to "MGMAT questions"?
My main issues are in quantitative section.


After reading your reply, I searched online. MGMAT offers 8CATs for only $70. Significantly less than the $1299 I spent on Kaplan. I agree with you, I should extend exam date to April first week and till then take back to back CATs.

My target score is 680. I intend to go to any Texas university preferably UT-Austin. I live in Kansas and going to either of the coasts will put me too far from my husband.

Thanks for replying, I am doing self study at home and its relieving to hear from other people especially when I have nobody around to talk about GMAT or share strategies.

Founder of this forum has established a great resource for aspiring GMAT takers. And everyone else who reach out to other members and discuss/share their issues are simply HELPFUL, HELPFUL HELPFUL!
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Re: Please someone help me understand my strategy [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2010, 14:29
bb wrote:
Which diagnostic did you take?

You should only test the portion of the materials that you have covered.
Working on OG 11 won't give you anything, nor will it help to take those 8 CAT's unless you understand why you keep making mistakes how to stop making them.


Hi bb,

I took "Kaplan Diagnostic Test", the one thats provided in Kaplan Premium Online Course.
I have done enough reading and now I plan to take back to back CATs from Kaplan till my exam so I can reflect on my timing and mistakes made.
How do you compare "Kaplan Quant" to "MGMAT Quant"?
Since I have joned this forum I have read a lot of good reviews about the latter and I am thinking of getting MGMAT CATs in addition to the Kaplan CATs.
Thanks. Amber
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Re: Please someone help me understand my strategy [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2010, 01:25
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ambera wrote:
bb wrote:
Which diagnostic did you take?

You should only test the portion of the materials that you have covered.
Working on OG 11 won't give you anything, nor will it help to take those 8 CAT's unless you understand why you keep making mistakes how to stop making them.


Hi bb,

I took "Kaplan Diagnostic Test", the one thats provided in Kaplan Premium Online Course.
I have done enough reading and now I plan to take back to back CATs from Kaplan till my exam so I can reflect on my timing and mistakes made.
How do you compare "Kaplan Quant" to "MGMAT Quant"?
Since I have joned this forum I have read a lot of good reviews about the latter and I am thinking of getting MGMAT CATs in addition to the Kaplan CATs.
Thanks. Amber



MGMAT guides are the best books/self prep course available out there. I doubt anyone will argue. Kaplan books are next (few will argue with this as well though some books by other test prep in Quant and verbal stand out, none are complete).

So if you have time, definitely get the MGMAT CATs or MGMAT Guides. both are good.
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