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What do you think about this strategy....? [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2005, 06:36
OK, I have read much of the GMAT study material that is available out there. Princeton Review and Kaplan both suggest taking extra time and effort on the first 10-15 questions on each section, implying that these first questons are worth more than the rest. They say to make sure you get these correct and you will get a good score (providing that you stay pace with the rest of the questions). Do you think that this is a correct strategy?
I ask this becasue I took a GMAT prep class through Veritas that I thought was good, but they said that every question should be looked at more or less equally, debunking the stategy held by Kaplan and PR. Veritas' strategy is what I have been using. What do you guys think?

I have taken this test twice (highest score 640 and I need to do way better). Most practice tests I took before the real test I have gotten around a 700 (I feel that this score attainable for me: I got a 710 and 730 on the 2 tests given to you by ETS when you sign up to take hte actual GMAT), but the real test seems to beat me. I, however, did not utilize the Kaplan and PR strategy and I am wondering if there is any merit to it. (broken record) what do you guys think?
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2005, 07:05
Do u think while using veritas strategy u were not fairing well in first few questions ? I always recommend that there has to be a balance. Difficulty level of GMAT (atleast quant) pretty much tapers off after 10-15 questions. So u shud keep enuf time to give proper attention to all questions after 15 and not just hurry up to finish the section(s) on time.

Also ETS tests (PPs) are a good indicator of ur potential score only if taken before going through OG. If you took those tests (710 and 730) before doing OG then u definitely fell short on ur real GMAT. But if u took those after then those scores are not reliable indicators. I wud suggest u download the latest tests that came out recently from http://www.mba.com. They shud give u some idea where u stand.
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Veritas [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2005, 13:11
Thanks for the input. Veritas basically says to treat all questions the same. Spend about as much time on each question. That is the way I have been doing it. If I get stuck on a problem, I try not to spend more than about 2 minutes on it. If I can't answer it, make an educated guess and move on. I have used this method and gotten good scores on the ETS tests like I have said, but the real test not so good. I am thinking of using the Kaplan and PR strategy. Spend more time on the first 10-15 making sure you get those correct. I am curious as to if others use this "more time on the first 10-15" strategy as suggested by Kaplan and PR and what do people think.

Also, what new tests (paper or electronic, etc) are on the MBA.com website and when were they released? I have downloaded almost everything from that website and I don't want to re-download (and pay) for stuff I already got. Thanks in advance banerjeea_98
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