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Retake GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2007, 03:17
Hi,
Since I'm planning to retake the GMAT in a month's time and I'm assuming there are some other folks here who are either planning to retake the GMAT or have already done so, it'll be great if we could share some prep strategies.

I studied for 3 mo's, did great in practice tests (mostly 700+) and messed up in the real exam big time (620). Now I'm at a little confused about what I should do to improve my score. I'm considering the following:

- Doing SC/RC/CR/PS/DS 1000: mainly to improve my timing
- Downloading and working on GMAT Challenges: to improve my comfort level w/ difficult questions, understanding of concepts and my overall quant. score
- Maintaining an error log: Never did this the first time.

Any other ideas/strategies will be much appreciated.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2007, 07:01
I'm in the same boat as you... my GMAT Prep scores ranged from 700-720 and I got a 670 on the actual. My verbal score was inline the my practice, but I really screwed up the quant.

It's most important for you right now to discern why exactly you did so poor. For me, it was the fact that I rushed thru the first 10 questions in quant to get a good pace going. I blew three really easy questions, and wasn't able to recover.

Contrary to what people say here, I don't think an error log is that effective. I mean, the questions you see on test day are going to be completely different that any questions you do in prep. What's more important is that you identify your weak areas and focus on strengthening them.

Doing the 1000 series isn't really going to help much... you need to pinpoint areas to work on, not take as general an approach as you did prior to your first exam.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2007, 02:29
Thanks for the comments/advice baer. Yes, I figured that the 1000 series is not going to be of much help to me at this point.

I think I did poor on the quant. because I spent too much time on a few questions in the beginning of the test. I also panicked upon seeing a few questions which I hadn't come across before. The combination of the two resulted in a mess; I didn't pace and I guessed blindly on the last 8-10 questions just to get my answers marked.

On the verbal, I think that I wasn't critical enough of my answer choices. I did not double check any of them and actually felt pretty confident that I was doing alright. Overconfidence killed me I suppose.

Moving forward, I am planning to start doing the GMAT challenges to improve my comfort level with all question types and improve my understanding of concepts. I'm going to maintain an error log for the next 2 weeks and see how that works out for me.

What are you doing differently/additionally this time? 670 is a respectable score but of course, 700+ would be better right?
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2007, 05:32
Hi GK,

The error log is an excellent idea. Pinpoint your key weaknesses. It is particularly important for SC. If you mark the problems that you get incorrect and then revisit them in 2-3 weeks and if you STILL get it wrong, then you will need to read up on that concept more thoroughly.

3 weeks before I took my GMAT I noted that I was making way too many mistakes on SC on CAT simulations. This was strange because I was solving 80% of SCs on the OG correctly. I then realized that my weakness was not SC itself, but looking at SC on the screen and rushing to an answer, rather than taking a little team and eliminating each option. It seems that I was (and probably still am) more comfortable with reading from a paper book than reading the same thing on the screen.

I used this software called GMatter to train myself to solve SC by looking at the choices on the screen.

You can find more details about my approach on my (rather longwinded) post at :
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=47351
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2007, 01:51
Thanks BSD,
Congrats on your 720 - great score. I read you post the day you posted and found it quite encouraging.

I tend to comprehend material a lot better on paper as well; I need to re-read it once or twice on a comp. screen before I can fully grasp it. I tried downloading gmatter from the website a couple of times but for some reason it doesn't work - my computer cannot find a prog. to open the downloaded file with.

I've started an error log and will soon be starting the GMAT Challenges as well. Hopefully, my efforts this time will give way to a better result :)
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