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The Gmat Emergency, feeling like the Titanic [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2012, 16:21
Hello everyone,

Firstly, I would just like to say that I have done alot of reading through this forum and that it is a really good and well presented tool for everyone doing the GMAT not to mention the support it shows.

Sadly, I come to you all in dye GMAT circumstances, the Masters program I am going into required me to take the GMAT so in which about 3 months ago I went about studying for it in which I put around about a month of work into it. I then came to an open day in which I was told that due to my university grades that the GMAT was not necessary and that it was only asked upon students in certain circumstances. So I put the books down and stopped studying and to be honest was a bit relieved at the thought.

As of last week I received notification that I would have to take the GMAT and achieve a score of at least 600. To my disbelief, I now have to sit the exam in 2 weeks as to not miss the cut off for my course. I could spend time complaining about the information given but at the end of the day I just have to do it.

I have done the GMAT prep tests and have been hitting around the 510 mark, I also have all the GMAT Review books (12th Edition) and have been pumping through the questions.

I am sorry to say that my first post on this forum is abrupt but I feel like I have just hit the Iceberg and the Titanic is going down :(

Any advice, information, prep courses or help, would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: The Gmat Emergency, feeling like the Titanic [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2012, 20:42
Hi there - since you've already put a month of studying into it, I assume that you've gone over the basic concepts that you need to know for the GMAT. What I'd suggest now is to spend a few days or so refreshing yourself - go over all of those concepts again, and make sure that they're firmly lodged in your mind.

Once you've done that, focus on practising GMAT questions. Go through a couple of full mock tests, and figure out which types of questions you have the most trouble with. These questions are the ones where you stand to improve the most with the limited amount of time that you have, and it is these questions that you should concentrate on.

Last but certainly not least? Relax a little. Getting too worked up about things will only negatively impact your score. Take it easy, do your practice questions, and you should find yourself improving in no time.

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Re: The Gmat Emergency, feeling like the Titanic [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2012, 21:13
MrFong wrote:
Hi there - since you've already put a month of studying into it, I assume that you've gone over the basic concepts that you need to know for the GMAT. What I'd suggest now is to spend a few days or so refreshing yourself - go over all of those concepts again, and make sure that they're firmly lodged in your mind.

Once you've done that, focus on practising GMAT questions. Go through a couple of full mock tests, and figure out which types of questions you have the most trouble with. These questions are the ones where you stand to improve the most with the limited amount of time that you have, and it is these questions that you should concentrate on.

Last but certainly not least? Relax a little. Getting too worked up about things will only negatively impact your score. Take it easy, do your practice questions, and you should find yourself improving in no time.


Thanks for your advice,

I do believe that I have sorted out my areas of weakness and am now able to focus on them. I have pretty much taken the next two weeks of work so that I can get in basically 6 hours a day of practice in.

Do you recommend any online courses that I could go into for the short period of time I have?
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Re: The Gmat Emergency, feeling like the Titanic [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2012, 21:35
lucky8 wrote:
MrFong wrote:
Hi there - since you've already put a month of studying into it, I assume that you've gone over the basic concepts that you need to know for the GMAT. What I'd suggest now is to spend a few days or so refreshing yourself - go over all of those concepts again, and make sure that they're firmly lodged in your mind.

Once you've done that, focus on practising GMAT questions. Go through a couple of full mock tests, and figure out which types of questions you have the most trouble with. These questions are the ones where you stand to improve the most with the limited amount of time that you have, and it is these questions that you should concentrate on.

Last but certainly not least? Relax a little. Getting too worked up about things will only negatively impact your score. Take it easy, do your practice questions, and you should find yourself improving in no time.


Thanks for your advice,

I do believe that I have sorted out my areas of weakness and am now able to focus on them. I have pretty much taken the next two weeks of work so that I can get in basically 6 hours a day of practice in.

Do you recommend any online courses that I could go into for the short period of time I have?


We do offer online courses, but to be honest, I don't think you'll really need 'em if you already have enough GMAT questions to fill your 2 weeks. Those should be sufficient to get you over the 600 mark - that's all you need, right? You don't need to aim for a particularly high score, and the GMAT is just to fulfill a requirement of a program you've essentially already been accepted to?

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Re: The Gmat Emergency, feeling like the Titanic [#permalink] New post 20 Jun 2012, 23:46
MrFong wrote:
lucky8 wrote:
MrFong wrote:
Hi there - since you've already put a month of studying into it, I assume that you've gone over the basic concepts that you need to know for the GMAT. What I'd suggest now is to spend a few days or so refreshing yourself - go over all of those concepts again, and make sure that they're firmly lodged in your mind.

Once you've done that, focus on practising GMAT questions. Go through a couple of full mock tests, and figure out which types of questions you have the most trouble with. These questions are the ones where you stand to improve the most with the limited amount of time that you have, and it is these questions that you should concentrate on.

Last but certainly not least? Relax a little. Getting too worked up about things will only negatively impact your score. Take it easy, do your practice questions, and you should find yourself improving in no time.


Thanks for your advice,

I do believe that I have sorted out my areas of weakness and am now able to focus on them. I have pretty much taken the next two weeks of work so that I can get in basically 6 hours a day of practice in.

Do you recommend any online courses that I could go into for the short period of time I have?


We do offer online courses, but to be honest, I don't think you'll really need 'em if you already have enough GMAT questions to fill your 2 weeks. Those should be sufficient to get you over the 600 mark - that's all you need, right? You don't need to aim for a particularly high score, and the GMAT is just to fulfill a requirement of a program you've essentially already been accepted to?


Thanks for that

Yes, all i need is 600 or above and it is just for a requirement at this stage.

I do have a lot of questions that I can do so I believe that I will just practice and do as many of them as I can in my time frame.

Other than that any other words of wisdom?

:)
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