I can't agree more with what was said above. My first diagnostic I scored low 500s. After about 80-100 hours of studying, I consistently scored into the low 600s. It took me maybe another month and 100+ hours to score into the high 600s, trying to break 700. My goal is to score as high as possible on the real exam 5 weeks from now.
In terms of my daily study habits, here it is. I hope that it offers some direction:
A little about my daily life... I work full-time about 45-50 hours a week from Sunday through Thursday. I am President of an organization which takes about 5 hours a week of my time, depending on which events are coming up. Finally, I also spend some time in the gym to "get away." Otherwise, I'm always studying.
On work days (Sunday-Thursday), I am studying from 2-5pm. I am going over OG questions, other problem sets, reviewing strategy guides if I feel that I need to. On Thursday, I prepare to take a 3 hour CAT exam.
On weekends (Friday-Saturday), I am spending roughly 8-10 hours on reviewing my CAT exams thoroughly and to set up my schedule for the following week.
I hope this helps a little bit. If you want to speak more about which schedule would be best for you, let me know. We can chat online or something.
Stats by August 2014
28, Asian-American, Born and raised in lower-income Bronx, NY.
2.64 (downward trend) Economics degree from UT-Austin in Dec. 2009
GMAT Goal: 710+, exam scheduled for July 27, 2013 at 12PM CST
WE: Sales Team Manager at Apple - business development and strategies for the Apple Online Store
Past WE: Financial Services advising at Northwestern Mutual Financial, Equities Trading at Kershner Trading Group
EC: 3 years of National Council on Fraternity (VP, President), Current Chairman of Texas Exes, Asian Alumni Network (2012-2013)
Target: (1) NYU, (2) Duke, (3) Michigan, (4) Texas, (5) UCLA, (6) Rice
Giving this 110%. I appreciate all advice and encouragement. Thank you, everyone.