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21 Sep 2011, 07:04
I need to help here... i had my first gmat exam today with a low score 540!

I studied almost 10 hrs a day since 1 Sept.. I took a short GMAT course in one of the school here.. so i am ok with CR, AWA and reading but i need some major help on maths and SC.

I am considering to retake the exam at end of Oct.

is there any good online course that I could attend while i am at Hong Kong right now?
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21 Sep 2011, 07:18
10 hours a day for the past 20 or so days is a recipe for burnout in spectacular fashion. Unless you're especially different from most people, I'd venture to guess the first 3-5 hours (for the first few days) were productive, while the last 5-7 you were probably burned out to the point where you were A) no longer learning anything B) actually regressing due to fatigue or C) so tired that you were learning things incorrectly, especially after 8 or 9 consecutive days of putting yourself through such mental abuse.

Go back to the drawing board and start over, budgeting around 2 hours per day on weekdays and 4-5 on weekends. And make sure you give yourself a day off every 2 weeks or so. Take an online class, like MGMAT, if you want, and start working on a 2-3 month program to get your score up. It won't happen overnight, and at this point if you were expecting to apply R1 for this fall, it's probably a bridge too far.
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21 Sep 2011, 07:30
i am planning to apply for Fall 2012... what about if i take another exam at end of Oct or early Nov?

the thing is ... i studied at new zealand before which the math i learned during my high school years and Uni was very simple.. so there is a big gap on the math area..

and i left school almost 10 years..

its gonna be hard for me..

and totally agree with you.. i was so stress on the last 20 days .. wake up at the morning.. learn... lunch.. learn for another 4 hrs.. dinner.. relax for 2 hrs.. study till 2am ..
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22 Sep 2011, 21:27
shirley916 wrote:
i am planning to apply for Fall 2012... what about if i take another exam at end of Oct or early Nov?

the thing is ... i studied at new zealand before which the math i learned during my high school years and Uni was very simple.. so there is a big gap on the math area..

and i left school almost 10 years..

its gonna be hard for me..

and totally agree with you.. i was so stress on the last 20 days .. wake up at the morning.. learn... lunch.. learn for another 4 hrs.. dinner.. relax for 2 hrs.. study till 2am ..

In my opinion, GMAT is not an exam where working hard for a few days will increase your score dramatically. What makes a difference is consistent work for a few hrs a day, 5 or 6 days in a week over 2-3 months. GMAT does not test your knowledge per se hence you can't just 'learn stuff up' and regurgitate in the exam. You need to understand the concepts and be able to apply them in new circumstances. That takes familiarity with the concepts which comes with consistent practice over time. Focus, not on memorizing, but on understanding. Also, don't overdo it. Put in a maximum of 2 hrs on Quant and 2 hrs on Verbal each day (but not on all 7 days - take at least a day off) You will feel fresh and things will make more sense. Make sure your basic Math is good before you move on to trickier topics e.g. make sure you know how to solve quadratic equations and simultaneous equations before you start working on word problems (else you will feel very discouraged).
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22 Sep 2011, 21:51
thanks so much for your tips.
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23 Sep 2011, 07:18
shirley916 wrote:
is there any good online course that I could attend while i am at Hong Kong right now?

Manhattan GMAT offers online courses that take place at convenient times for Hong Kong students. You can check out the full schedule here: http://www.manhattangmat.com/hong-kong-classes.cfm#

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