I took the GMAT on Nov. 20th and scored an embarrassing 430
(19 Math, 28 Verbal, Essays 5.5). I took one practice test from GMATPrep after one week of studying and scored a 450.
I did everything wrong before the test including the following:
1. Studied roughly 8 weeks, averaging only 5 hours per wk until the final 2 weeks.It is possible, I did it and only spent 6 weeks preparing at home for the GMAT. I however have a mathematical brain all my life. The verbal is o'right as long as you read lots of stuff. I also learnt good grammar at school.
. I however got a very high score - Anyone can.
2. Week before exam, studied 50 hours+. I was so tired I couldn't think straight I also went nuts like you but 3 weeks before the exam and studied about 6-8 hours per day. I sent my family on vacation
3. Crammed the day before exam (7 hours)Wrong - I went shopping the day before
4. Slept a total of 4 hours night before exam (usually need 8).I slept 6 hours
5. Had a difficult time finding test center in the building.I did too
6. Never had an organized study curriculum for Exam.I did actually - it is important that you set one and stick to it - No excuses!!!
7. No confidence in taking the test.You have to be positive and remain calm the day of the exam - Why this test will be any different than those you did at school
8. Studied verbal a total of 6 hrs (maybe).I am assuming your first language is English. Otherwise this was a big mistake on your part.
Since then, I have found this message board and it has really helped me. I signed up for the Knewton
Program after reading hundreds of posts about all the various companies and what they offer.
I am re-taking the test Dec. 28th. My Knewton
online classes begin Dec. 1st, but I'm reviewing archived classes right now to get a jump start.
Does anybody have any suggestions for me in improving my study methods (especially week before exam)? I have a career where I can dedicate 40hrs a week to studying if I really wanted to (my mind would explode though).
Here are a few details about me:
1. I'm 37yrs old and haven't studied in years.
2. I have always struggled with Math
3. I will understand certain basic Math concepts but get confused when put into a GMAT question form (wording of question or Data Sufficiency)
4. Education is in Liberal Arts (History and Mandarin Chinese), not Business.
5. I need a 500 to get into the program I want. My goal is a 550 (just to be safe)
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I will update everyone on my experience with Knewton
as I go through the course as well.