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New post 27 Apr 2013, 12:27
I am trying to crack 500. I took the practice exam GMATPREP scored 470 31Q 24V.

VERBAL- Very weak in RC and SC, so I am getting the MGMAT guides for both CR and RC. I did above average on the CR luckily.

QUANT- If I can improve my quant score 35Q+ it will be enough. For this I will use the OG guides questions and Kaplan 2011.

I also have the 9 paper practice exams, and have found the answer explanations for the quant. I will most likely work through 5 of them like a study guide, and then use 4 practice tests as mock exams. Adding the GMATPREP practice exams, I have a lot of practice exams. I can get a hold of any material needed to study, so im open to hearing other materials.

I want to take the GMAT at the end of MAY 2013. I will try to log around 150+ hours of studying until then. What is the best way to approach these next few weeks of studying? How many problems should I do each day?
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Hello, and welcome!

Here's my $0.02:

Verbal: Being above average in CR is important, because that part is hard to teach. RC levels can be elevated by challenging yourself with some professional-sounding material. Pick up The Economist or The Wall Street Journal and read 2-3 articles a day. You're guaranteed to get faster and to absorb more within a month. In addition to that, buy the Official Guide (13th ed) and go through all of the practice problems. Your approach to SC can vary, depending on whether you are a native English speaker, and whether you have an understanding of the mechanics of language. Pick up the MGMAT books and focus on Subject-Verb Agreement and Parallelism. That should boost your SC a fair deal.

Quant: I'm going to be honest - with a 31, you might need to go back and brush up on your fundamentals. Grab the Foundations of GMAT Math, by Manhattan, or another similar book that can take you through some of the basics. Don't worry - it's nothing to be ashamed of. Plenty of folks forget all of their high school math and need to do some serious revision. Once you go through that book, it's very likely that you'll be beyond a 35, and you can then do the Official Guide's quant problems for practice.

A few tips that helped me on my way: it's great to have determination, but you need to channel it correctly. Doing x problems per day doesn't necessarily equate to success, even if x > 100. Your focus needs to be on why you got stuff wrong and how you can avoid similar errors on the real thing. There were days when I would go through 50 easy problems, make 5 simple mistakes and move on. Other days, I'd go through 20 difficult ones, make 5 errors, and spend 3 times as long on them. Think quality, not quantity.

That said, if you put in 150+ hours of focus and dedication, I would be very surprised if you didn't score more than 500. If your prep goes well, I can bank on you to score 600+. If you need some inspiration, have a poke around this forum and see the stories of some folks who made enormous GMAT strides (I'm talking from <500 to >700). Best of luck to you!
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New post 27 Apr 2013, 17:55
Thank you for pointing out some key points. I will add reading news paper articles into my studying, I think I can download the WSJ app on my phone. SC has shown me I am not as good in grammar as I thought, but hopefully MGMAT RC and SC will be sufficient. I will most likely go over the MGMAT foundations books again, and Ive been going through the Kaplan gmat premiere 2011 and it has good math basics along with other sections. I had the Ebook copy of the OG 13, but I went ahead and ordered a physical copy. I guess i'm old school. The 9 gmac paper tests gives me a lot of OG problems to work from. I dont think ill need to do the OG quant and verbal books since there will be overlap? I have the ebooks though if I need additional practice.
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