So I'm a relatively new member, I just found this site about a week & a half ago (unfortunately one week after taking the GMAT for the first time), I've been reading post voraciously ever since. What a great resource!!
So, I did horribly the first time around 530 Q28 V35, the school I'm targeting has a middle 80% range of 530-700 (avg. approx. 590-615) so I've decided to retake the test. Ideally I'd like to be in the high 600's if not crack the 700 mark. I've never been a good standardized test taker, and it's not so much the material on the GMAT that confused me so much as I believe I allowed myself to get in the way of success; trying to gauge how well I was doing based on question difficulty, trying to solve problems I knew were easy but couldn't find the shortcut etc etc.
Bearing this in mind I wanted to give a brief summary of what I did to prepare for the first test and then share my plan for the retake. Really what I'm looking for are some suggestions for my study strategy, any stories similar to mine (for confidence
) and any general review comments about my new approach. I am a working professional 40-50hrs per week in a demanding job so please bear that in mind.
Thanks everyone!FIRST GMAT
AWA: N/A (just took it beginning of this month)
GMAT premier online; primarily used the online resources, practice quizzes and one CAT
OG GMAT practice questions; primarily focused on quant, doing a question, then reviewing the solution for immediate feedback.
Took one of the practice tests from the free software on MBA website (can't post a link yet)SECOND GMAT (PLAN)
Target overall: 680+
Test Date: 8/02/2010 2pm (so slightly over 2 months study time) I have one vacation already planned in this timeframe, 5 days 4 nights (booked months ago). I have two weekend trips to visit family that I cannot get out of (and shouldn't frankly). So there will be some breakup in my routine (I've read this could be either good or bad, advice?)
Purchased the following; OG Quant
workbook (are these the same questions that are in the bigger overall OG? just bought it last night)Manhattan GMAT
I don't think I'm going to touch the Kaplan
GMAT Premeir again this time other than the additional 5 practice tests that I have left on the CD.
Going to purchase; Manhattan GMAT number properties
, Manhattan GMAT
Sentance correction, and perhaps the Princeton Review Cracking the GMAT
1012 (should I purchase this? looking for advice).
I don't want to overdo this or have too many conflicting test strategies when preparing, but at the same time I really want to dig in. So what is everyone's advice on this approach with these materials? Anyone out there who has a 40-50+ hr a week job and retook with success? Of course any feedback that I can get would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!! I would like to be a success story on here!
Looking forward to your review/advice/suggestions!!
"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." - Napoleon Hill
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