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# The One Thing You Wish You Knew About GMAT - Win $$ Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics Author Message TAGS: Senior Manager Joined: 25 May 2010 Posts: 321 Location: United States Concentration: Strategy, Finance Schools: CBS '14 (A) GMAT 1: 590 Q47 V25 GMAT 2: 560 Q47 V20 GMAT 3: 600 Q47 V25 GMAT 4: 680 Q49 V34 Followers: 4 Kudos [?]: 50 [0], given: 32 Re: The One Thing You Wish You Knew About GMAT - Win$$ [#permalink]  07 Sep 2011, 09:25
I felt that I didn't apply any strategy/process consciously during the test and later got dismal 590. Now, I'm again prepping for GMAT and learning to apply the PROCESS no matter how much pressure I'm under during the test.
So I think mantra is definitely to 'learn the PROCESS' and apply it during the test.
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Manager
Joined: 12 Dec 2009
Posts: 116
Location: United States (AL)
Concentration: Finance
Schools: Harvard Business School (HBS) - Class of 2014
GMAT 1: 770 Q50 V46
GPA: 3.91
WE: Corporate Finance (Venture Capital)
Followers: 14

Kudos [?]: 83 [0], given: 6

Re: The One Thing You Wish You Knew About GMAT - Win $$[#permalink] 07 Sep 2011, 11:32 I wish I would have known how much difference preparation makes. A lot of people told me the GMAT measures your intellectual ability and there's only so much you can do to practice. It wasn't until the end of my quant preparation that I realized how many patterns you start seeing when you've done thousands of problems. Not many people feel that quant problems are predictive, but when you do enough they become predictable. Founder Affiliations: AS - Gold, HH-Diamond Joined: 04 Dec 2002 Posts: 12854 Location: United States (WA) GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42 GPA: 3.5 Followers: 2783 Kudos [?]: 13996 [0], given: 3875 Re: The One Thing You Wish You Knew About GMAT - Win$$ [#permalink]  07 Sep 2011, 11:38
Expert's post
Any last minute posts are welcome - I will be determining the winner later on today.
I have to say it may be too hard to determine the "best" post since they are not particularly apples to apples and this may have to be a random drawing.

I have opened up the thread for everyone to see the replies.
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Founder
Affiliations: AS - Gold, HH-Diamond
Joined: 04 Dec 2002
Posts: 12854
Location: United States (WA)
GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42
GPA: 3.5
Followers: 2783

Kudos [?]: 13996 [0], given: 3875

Re: The One Thing You Wish You Knew About GMAT - Win $$[#permalink] 07 Sep 2011, 21:48 Expert's post Indeed, it has proved too hard to judge the submissions to determine the one absolute best one. There were several that were great in terms of value, others were very insightful, and yet another category of very short but powerful points. The Winner was determined based on a random number generator ... ... ... ... ... And the winner is: Moss Congratulations! _________________ Founder of GMAT Club Just starting out with GMAT? Start here... | Want to know your GMAT Score? Try GMAT Score Estimator Need GMAT Book Recommendations? Best GMAT Books Co-author of the GMAT Club tests Have a blog? Feature it on GMAT Club! GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings Current Student Affiliations: CFA Joined: 21 Dec 2008 Posts: 385 Location: United States (NY) Schools: Columbia - Class of 2013 GMAT 1: 710 Q45 V43 GMAT 2: 760 Q49 V45 Followers: 22 Kudos [?]: 114 [0], given: 64 Re: The One Thing You Wish You Knew About GMAT - Win$$ [#permalink]  08 Sep 2011, 08:50
Hooray!
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Kudos [?]: 5 [1] , given: 20

Re: The One Thing You Wish You Knew About GMAT - Win $$[#permalink] 08 Sep 2011, 23:01 1 This post received KUDOS Moss wrote: Take practice tests earlier and throughout the GMAT study process. I was discouraged early on with my performance on practice tests and thought the best approach was to spend as much of my time studying and doing OG programs as possible. I waited until a week before test day to take my first real CAT. I was totally rushed, got flustered by the whole process, and did terribly. I took me awhile to adjust to the CAT setting (eg, if you start doing well, your problems become consistently difficult with no respite). I ended up being rushed in both quant and verbal during my first time taking the GMAT and performing below expectations. My second time through taking the GMAT I made sure to frequently take CATs throughout my study process. It not only improved my timing and test form (ability to withstand difficult problem after difficult problem without fatigue), but the metrics many of the CATs product allowed me to identify weaknesses. It also helped me to realize when I simply had to move on from a problem I didn't know and go to the next -- it was very difficult for me at first to "admit defeat" on a problem, but there is simply not enough time to work through something you don't know. Ultimately, the best way to do practice problems is through a CAT -- its the most realistic and useful type of practice problem one can do. So my best GMAT advice would be to take CATs early and often! MANN, I wish you said that earlier or more appropriately I wish GCLUB put this thread earlier and proclaimed the winner earlier I just wrote the test this Monday, and scored 650 Q49/V28, although I finished all OG problems... But I only did 1 practice test, on exam day I was torn apart by fatigue when I reached the verbal part Congrats Current Student Status: MLT Fellowship - MBA Prep Affiliations: Beta Gamma Sigma - Business Honors Society, FINRA Securities Licenses, CA Insurance Licenses Joined: 29 Nov 2010 Posts: 174 Location: United States (CA) Concentration: Finance, Strategy GMAT 1: 700 Q48 V38 GMAT 2: 750 Q50 V42 GPA: 3.47 WE: Sales (Retail Banking) Followers: 8 Kudos [?]: 30 [0], given: 8 Re: The One Thing You Wish You Knew About GMAT - Win$$ [#permalink]  09 Sep 2011, 19:30
I wish I had done more timed practice drills.
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