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Strategy for Study [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2004, 10:53
Hi

I would like to know the strategy i should adopt for preparing for the GMAT which i am planning to take during the last week of Jan or first week of Feb. I have the following books that i bought.....Kaplan GMAT 2004 with CD, Kaplan verbal workbook, Nova Press Gmat book and CD.
I do not have the OG and i dont think i will be able to purchase it due to lack of funds.....
Do let me know what strategy i should use to get max use of the above mentioned books.
Would really appreciate help from someone.
Thanks.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2004, 02:08
I had posted this for another member. hope this helps you.

Plan your prep in phases

Your phase one should be - Minimizing your errors and learning from them. Never make a mistake twice. "NEVER" sounds very strong, but its an ideal that you should try to achieve. Do you what you need to do to achive this goal. this is probably the most toughest part. you have to be proactive and use the info in your error log to improve day by day.

Your phase 2 should be - Building on concepts. Sure ,you must have already learnt a lot about different concepts, but this is the phase that you want to be really really sure about concepts like probability , counting methods etc.

Your phase 3 should be - Test prep strategy. read the following before you take any practise test.

a. Read the problem very carefully. Concentrate harder
on the easy problems.
b. Dont be a hero. Harder problems cost you less and
easy problems cost you more. Dont make the mistake of
spending TOO MUCH time on the first 15. if you cant
solve a problem, get as close as possible to the
answer and pick the best answer choice.
c. Do not judge your performance. Stay neutral as much
as possible. One question at a time.
d. Dont panic even if you see the most wierdest
problem ever. If you cant solve it, the chances are
that only few people will.

After your practise test, read the above four points again. ask yourself whether you followed all of the above points? if no, work on it. if yes, great , but keep working at it.

Remember, you have to get to the HARD problems to get a good score. Phase 1 will get you there. Phase 2 will help you - to a certain extent- in dealing with those crazy questions. Phase 3 will help you deal with test prep strategy.

Finally, no matter how hard you have prepped, remember that the test is blind to your preparation. Prepping ,strategizing and everything is ok. Execution is critical. One question at a time. Dont think of 700 or 750, think one question at a time.

Hope this helps
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