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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 17:56
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 18:47
whip: In your error log(s), you may want to consider not including correct answers. That is a waste of your time and it won't help you at all. Plus that will make you overconfident in your ability by seeing high hit rates.

What I did was only record the wrong answers, across a number of practice materials. By doing this I was able to see EXACTLY where my weak areas were, even down to the subsection within a section. Then I just reviewed that lesson and took some more practice of that same exact subsection within a section. So for instance, a big problem for me was Operations on rational numbers within number property within Arithmetic in Quant. The error logs were invaulable in focusing on these problems.

Remember: diversify = fail...... and focus = win :)
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 18:52
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whip: In your error log(s), you may want to consider not including correct answers. That is a waste of your time and it won't help you at all. Plus that will make you overconfident in your ability by seeing high hit rates.

What I did was only record the wrong answers, across a number of practice materials. By doing this I was able to see EXACTLY where my weak areas were, even down to the subsection within a section. Then I just reviewed that lesson and took some more practice of that same exact subsection within a section. So for instance, a big problem for me was Operations on rational numbers within number property within Arithmetic in Quant. The error logs were invaulable in focusing on these problems.

Remember: diversify = fail...... and focus = win :)

So focus on equities right?
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 10:48
Time to start preparing for SC!
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 14:10
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Time to start preparing for SC!

Can't wait!
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 15:43
good luck!
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 22:22
Good luck on the study prep and all. With your comprehensive planning/work, you'd not be in bad shape in any way but my couple of nuggets from my prior experiences.

Learn to commit the hours of taking the exam - it's real slow and drab for someone used to having multiple windows open with chats/etc.

Secondly, if you get something right really quickly in math (and tams/brown ppl esp seem to occasionally have this from prior experiences), don't let it startle you and make you think "whoa I'm half done with math in half the allotted time - this is odd, gotta slow down" - this got me on the 2nd time I took quant and was silly, but meant that I started to lose my train of thought cos I was going too fast for first half of the section.

Other than that, have fun - penn state's a riot of a school and don't forget to balance ur stress level with DM/whatever is on around campus.
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2010, 10:44
This is a tremendous thread. Thanks so much for sharing.

It's great reading your experience because I myself have found the test really daunting. Maybe it's because I have been out of school for a while, or maybe it's because I was no never so sharp in the first place.

I actually read this article about the GMAT not being natural and it helped a bit. :(

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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2010, 10:47
ShannWeiss wrote:
This is a tremendous thread. Thanks so much for sharing.

It's great reading your experience because I myself have found the test really daunting. Maybe it's because I have been out of school for a while, or maybe it's because I was no never so sharp in the first place.

I actually read this article about the GMAT not being natural and it helped a bit. :(

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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2010, 11:10
good luck shannon!
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2010, 09:36
I have not touched any GMAT books for the past one week and I feel absolutely miserable. I've been so busy with the recruitment week and getting things together for school work. Must get back to SC. *solemn promise*
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2010, 10:06
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resh wrote:
Hats off to you !
At 19 , you have such a clear vision and direction.


It happens only in India - nice song.

In India, especially in the south, large emphasis is given to the education and sometimes I feel we Indians are burdened with lot of things right from the childhood.
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Haha :-D Tell me about it!!
I know exactly what you are saying.
For the record, I fall in the same category - South Indian !
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2010, 10:10
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I have not touched any GMAT books for the past one week and I feel absolutely miserable. I've been so busy with the recruitment week and getting things together for school work. Must get back to SC. *solemn promise*


Same here.. I am busy preparing my 1st application essay. I am going to apply for the first round for Fall 2011. Actually it is a career goal statement and I am not doing a good job multitasking this with GMAT preparation.

Me too need to concentrate more on SC :( .
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2010, 08:24
Haha, South Indians are the best ;)

As for SC, I've almost given up on studying now. Next week, I'll resume work.
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 17:47
Alright, started SC and taking notes now while doing 10 CR problems each day. My hit rate is very unstable - varies anywhere between a 90% and a 100% on a given day. I haven't started OG yet so I am just using this time to familiarize myself with the specific types of questions and how twisted they can get.

Meanwhile, to anyone who has used them - any idea about whether the Verbal paper tests are good?
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 20:04
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Haha, South Indians are the best ;)

As for SC, I've almost given up on studying now. Next week, I'll resume work.


:-D Whip spreading regionalism... ayio sari sari...
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2010, 23:49
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My hit rate is very unstable - varies anywhere between a 90% and a 100% on a given day.


Whipppp, What do you mean by this sentence??? :roll: Please calrify.
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 22:55
All the best for your goal whip....
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2010, 14:43
I wish I could score 690 on the GMAT cold!
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Re: Shoot for the stars, reach a treetop [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2010, 15:25
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whiplash2411 wrote:
My hit rate is very unstable - varies anywhere between a 90% and a 100% on a given day.


Whipppp, What do you mean by this sentence??? :roll: Please calrify.


Hit rate for CR Pranav :|

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