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Struggling... [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2007, 13:21
Hey All,

Need some advice from this group of GMAT/MBA wunderkinds.

I've been studying (at least trying to study) for the past couple of months, but have been unsuccessful in doing so on a daily basis and keeping to a schedule. I'm using OG11 and everything MGAMT has to offer. I do feel as though I've progressed, but not at the level I'd like. Work has been very busy... I'm traveling every other week, we're going through a re-org, and much, much more. It's been difficult for me to focus because of this. I'm to the point of exhausting in trying to balance my studies with work.

I took a practice test a week ago and got a 440 (even split between Quant and Verbal). I ran out of time on 6 of the last quant and 4 of the last verbal verbal questions and feel like I would have been in the 520 range if I had used my time properly. I've got wonderfully written essays, very attractive work experience and tremendous recommendations, but am afraid that a weak GMT score will hold me back. I am applying to Kenan-Flagler and Kelley for Round 2.

I'm schedule to take the test, for the first time, December 21 and am wondering if I should even give it a shot considering that I will most likely not land in the 620-680 range like I had hoped.

Should I put this off until next year, when things have settled at work? What do you think?

Thanks!
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Re: Struggling... [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2007, 13:32
McCombs_Hopeful wrote:
Hey All,

Need some advice from this group of GMAT/MBA wunderkinds.

I've been studying (at least trying to study) for the past couple of months, but have been unsuccessful in doing so on a daily basis and keeping to a schedule. I'm using OG11 and everything MGAMT has to offer. I do feel as though I've progressed, but not at the level I'd like. Work has been very busy... I'm traveling every other week, we're going through a re-org, and much, much more. It's been difficult for me to focus because of this. I'm to the point of exhausting in trying to balance my studies with work.

I took a practice test a week ago and got a 440 (even split between Quant and Verbal). I ran out of time on 6 of the last quant and 4 of the last verbal verbal questions and feel like I would have been in the 520 range if I had used my time properly. I've got wonderfully written essays, very attractive work experience and tremendous recommendations, but am afraid that a weak GMT score will hold me back. I am applying to Kenan-Flagler and Kelley for Round 2.

I'm schedule to take the test, for the first time, December 21 and am wondering if I should even give it a shot considering that I will most likely not land in the 620-680 range like I had hoped.

Should I put this off until next year, when things have settled at work? What do you think?

Thanks!

Would putting your apps off for another year derail your career in anyway? I mean, is there a rush for you to go back to school? If not, why not give yourself a break and wait to apply next year when you have the time to spend on your GMAT studies? I have a feeling that you might like your results better if you do, based on your post...
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Re: Struggling... [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2007, 13:40
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McCombs_Hopeful wrote:
Would putting your apps off for another year derail your career in anyway? I mean, is there a rush for you to go back to school? If not, why not give yourself a break and wait to apply next year when you have the time to spend on your GMAT studies? I have a feeling that you might like your results better if you do, based on your post...


Not really sure to be honest... I'm not a career switcher. I work in Marketing and will continue to work in Marketing after I graduate. Simplistically, I'm going to Business School to further my education and get an advanced degree, which will allow me upon graduation, to earn more money and move into a new field outside of the one I'm currently in.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2007, 14:20
Honestly, if you can bear down, and you feel like you've got most of the basic concepts, you just need to focus on weak areas over the next 3 weeks and you can push up to the 600 plus range. Its really a lot easier to go from 400 to 600 than from 600 to 700 in my opinion. It all comes down to practicing with a focus. You should time every single practice session you to to improve your timing. You need to seriously go over all of the problems you have already completed and the test results to find your weakest areas, then attack. It can be done, you just have to be more focused. I realize you're tired and don't have a lot of time, but it really only takes 1-2 hours a night. Be positive, you can do it.

P.S. I like your username.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 09:23
Can you take a few days off work to chill out and get away from the stress? Not to study, but to take a real break from everything. Go skiing or someplace warm, a different scene (and one that's relaxing, not visiting with your folks if they drive you nuts!!). :lol:

I found it very hard to concentrate on my GMAT prep until I signed up for a class. I did the online PR class, and although you can still slack on that because you don't have to physically be in a classroom at a specific time, I did get motivated. I think if you can physically see your progress, it helps. (They save your results and give you lessons based on how you're doing, which was both cool and very useful.) For me it also helps to be held "accountable" rather than entirely doing it on my own, since I hate tests like the GMAT.

Dunno if that's an option for you but it could be worth checking out.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 14:31
mochajava wrote:
Can you take a few days off work to chill out and get away from the stress? Not to study, but to take a real break from everything. Go skiing or someplace warm, a different scene (and one that's relaxing, not visiting with your folks if they drive you nuts!!). :lol:

I found it very hard to concentrate on my GMAT prep until I signed up for a class. I did the online PR class, and although you can still slack on that because you don't have to physically be in a classroom at a specific time, I did get motivated. I think if you can physically see your progress, it helps. (They save your results and give you lessons based on how you're doing, which was both cool and very useful.) For me it also helps to be held "accountable" rather than entirely doing it on my own, since I hate tests like the GMAT.

Dunno if that's an option for you but it could be worth checking out.


Thanks, Everyone, for the great advice...

I'm going to push through and take the test 12/21. I figure if I've already written the essays and basically done everything else that I need to (outside of actually taking the test), that I might as well go for it.

I'm going to concentrate on the areas in Quant where have difficulty as well as SC.

Thanks Again!
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