Is the best way to target your weaknesses take tests and see which areas you perform poorly on?
Once you have found your weaknesses, is it best to start at the lowest level questions and build yourself up from there?
I am trying to figure out the most effective way to study and wanted to hear your thoughts.. any help is appreciated. Thank you!
You're right about step 1. Take a diagnostic test (or two!) to get some statistical data on your strengths and weakness.
However, as for the most effective way to build up, that depends on what's giving you trouble. If it's content--grammar, number properties, geometry--then doing basic problems till you've gotten a handle on the fundamentals is a solid approach. But if you're having trouble with strategy, such as handling Data Sufficiency or Critical Reasoning, doing lots of problems is more likely to fossilize bad habits than to actually help you improve. Work from a strategy guide, such as Kaplan GMAT Premier
, to make sure you're approaching such problems in the most effective possible way.
Best of luck studying, and let me know how else I can help!
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