My name is Leo and I'm currently studying for my undergraduate degree in engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. However, I have found out that I do not want to continue with engineering after my BSc in engineering. As an alternative, I will focus towards a Master's degree in General Management in Stockholm, Sweden. This General Management programme, provided by SSES, is available for everyone with a BSc from anything except economics. Depending on what score I recieve on the GMAT, I will also try to apply for other schools as well.
I'm quite curious overall and likes to learn and try out new things. I think my step towards the economical/management side of the higher education will give me huge benefits in my careers. I'm also enjoying this new area, reading business newspapers etc.
When I got into these thoughts I stumbled upon the whole field of the GMAT. I quickly got an idea of what it was all about and did some practice after that. This was during our spring break in the beginning of April. Before the school started again I did a quick GMAT prep test (one of the two you get from GMATPrep). I scored 550, Q42V24, IR4. I wasn't that disappointed as I know that 600 is the cap for applying to SSES General Management. However, I love to have options available, like applying for foreign top schools. To narrow it down, I want to do as good as possible for my test which is going to be somewhere around August 28th.
Here is a list of ideas and reflections I have come up with after my first GMATPrep:
* Quant is my strongest part (42). I was not extremely familiar with the multi statement concept, being too ignorant and such. I'm also not 100% confident with statistics and prime numbers (may also be more concepts I have to get my head into). I think it is possible to boost my Quant to the upper 40s or even 50. I'm an engineering undergraduate after all. I think it's a good idea to seize the opportunity and approach the 51 milestone.
* Verbal is extremely weak(24). I thought I would score higher than I did. It probably was because of mental exhaustion but I'm sure that I have to improve in all areas of verbal. The thing with verbal is that I have always used my feeling and intuition, referring to my years in High School. I think this approach will hurt my GMAT score severely and I need to find an effective way of tackling the verbal parts with large amounts of text. I delved into some verbal tips and guidelines (Kaplan
and OG) but I'm unsure about the way to approach these texts. Is it any good to spend time to get used to writing down/summarize the large texts of GMAT like they say you should to become "The verbal master"? Is it possible to approach these texts like I've done earlier and get good verbal scores(40-45)? This is one of the huge dilemmas that I have.
*Writing has not been done nor practiced. I have viewed some of the content and I will practice this now and then during my GMAT preparation these coming months. I know that I'm awful at producing texts of quality during a short period of time (perfectionist and google.translate cheating).
*I don't know about IR. I will practice it a bit as I know it's a combination of V and Q, although with much heavier content.
Off to my study plan, in general. Today is May 25th and I aim to take the real test in late August, around 28th. I will be away from home during 12-19 June, which means that there will be limited, if even any chance of practicing for GMAT. I will also go abroad during 22nd July to 6th of August.
In total, this means that at least 3 weeks will be gone off my total 3 month study period.
My plan is to mainly focus on V with a bit of Q in between. I read this guideline
but I am unsure if it fits me correctly as my Quant is my strongest feature on the GMAT. This is my main issue. How do I plan my GMAT studies correctly from my standpoint to achieve as good results as possible?
As I vaguely said before, my current plan is to really focus on V and use Q as something to mentally break of the verbal when I get tired of it during my study hours (letting the concepts sink in properly).
I also plan to use the last three weeks (6-28 august) to really focus on the actual test. Building up mental stamina and analyze what my weaknesses are. I read somewhere that a guy pulled off prep tests every day for three weeks before the actual test, just for this reason. He even took double writing sessions during every test to get that cutting edge mental stamina. I think this is something I should focus on. The test is 3,5 hours in total essay time and the mental stamina is the thing that is going to fail me, I'm sure of it. It's not going to matter how much I prepare for the actual content. My mental stamina must be top notch.
It should be mentioned that I can study 6-8 hours a day should it be necessary, as I have quite a long summer "break" ahead of me. I read somewhere that the average spent time is about 100 hours on the preparation for the GMAT, which I find quite low? I can work hard if I have to, still referring to my undergraduate studies in engineering. The mathematics and physics courses are not something you mess with.
That was quite a long post. I hope you could take your time to answer my questions and give me general advice. I'm also answering your questions if anything is unclear of what I've said.
Thanks in advance!