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Structuring your last 14 days

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New post 19 Nov 2012, 15:13
Hey guys,

well, the clock is counting down and I more and more have to fight with anxiety. I try to calm down myself with the fact that I am not going to apply this year, but still ... you know what I am talking about.

After spending a cumulative of about 2,5-3 months on my GMAT preparation I do have some rather general questions about the last 14-21 days I have in front of me. I would be more than happy if we, based on those questions, could start a discussion. I would then summarize all insights and publish them in a separate post, which would help future test takers. So here they are:

1. Assuming you have already completed all GMAT sections, how did you/are you going to structure your last 14 days?
2. How did you/do you plan to mix error log analysis, CAT test practice and revision of GMAT concepts during this period?
3. How did you/do you plan to improve your hit rate (say from 70-75% in Quant and Verbal) and the understanding of all concepts within this short period of time?
4. How much time did you/do you plan to dedicate to AWA and IR?
5. How did you/do you handle the administrative stuff:
(a) Use of scratch paper
(b) Picking the Schools you want to send a report to (no matter you plan to apply in 1-2 years time)
6. When did you feel ready for the exam and did you intentionally finish your preparation with a good CAT score?
7. Do you plan to/Did you leave a couple of days prior to the exam without any GMAT exercises?

As I am just making the first step and would be happy if this thread developes into a discussion, feel free to contribute your questions!

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bgpower wrote:
1. Assuming you have already completed all GMAT sections, how did you/are you going to structure your last 14 days?
Your last 14 days are about "touch up" and finalizing. Use it for a few practice tests and making sure you're made headway on your weakest sections.
2. How did you/do you plan to mix error log analysis, CAT test practice and revision of GMAT concepts during this period?
Error log is all encompassing. practice problems, CAT practice tests, etc.
3. How did you/do you plan to improve your hit rate (say from 70-75% in Quant and Verbal) and the understanding of all concepts within this short period of time?
The last 14 days is making sure you don't have any major issues keeping your score down - fundamental problems (consistent mistakes).
4. How much time did you/do you plan to dedicate to AWA and IR?
If you did AWA and IR during practice and read the respective threads, you should be OK
5. How did you/do you handle the administrative stuff:
(a) Use of scratch paper
Use scratch paper the way you would on the real thing
(b) Picking the Schools you want to send a report to (no matter you plan to apply in 1-2 years time)
If you don't send your scores, you are giving the GMAC donations to send your scores. Use your 5 included schools.
6. When did you feel ready for the exam and did you intentionally finish your preparation with a good CAT score?
Very few people ever feel truly ready. You set a date, run with it and then if you don't achieve your target, evaluate and improve.
7. Do you plan to/Did you leave a couple of days prior to the exam without any GMAT exercises?
No, but don't burn out the last few days before the exam. I used the last day to simply reiterate on concepts that were keeping me below 700. Some people take practice tests, some do not. This is up to you.


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