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Working and the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2008, 08:49
Hello All,
I have been browsing this forum for a few months now and thanks to all the posts by people sharing their experiences, I have been able to motivate myself and prepare for the GMAT.
I know that many of you out there are working at the same time as preparing for your GMAT.
All I really want to do is shut myself at home, refuse any contact with the outside world and study for my GMAT. Ofcourse this is not possible because I work 5 days a week. So, beginning in March I seriously dedicated atleast 2 hrs during weekdays or more and approximately 6-7 hrs during the weekends. My score on MGMAT CATS have been as follows:

Feb-MGMAT1 570
March Beginning MGMAT2 500
March Mid: MGMAT 3:650 (some pauses needed to see if I knew all the content)
March End GMAT Prep 1 :650, no pauses
April Beginning MGMAT 4: 660, no pauses

I have scheduled my test for 20May 2008, I really need to push my score above the 700+ boundary.

I was thinking of taking a week off before the exam but not sure if that is going to be possible as I have already booked my holidays in July to the U.K (I work in Candaa, so going to visit prospective universities and arranging for recommendation letters etc).

My verbal score i definitely weaker than my quant. It has stayed consistently at 34-35. My quant score on the last exam was 47.

How many questions on the 1000 series is really sufficient to increase my verbal? I would like to focus on doing full length tests, but it sure does take some time to review each test. Hence the need to lock myself in my room and focus.
If you have a few suggestions please feel free to contribute. I know I can do this(I keep telling myself this anyway), what would be a good strategy to apply here? I have gone through the OG 11 and the quant & verbal review atleast once, some areas twice. Would it be advisable to focus on the OG and leave out other sources?

Wow I think this is long enough, but you get the gist. What would you advise?
Thank you!!!
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Re: Working and the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2008, 07:17
Download powerprep software from mba.com. It will give you an accurate indication of what score to expect on the test. OG is the best resource to prepare for the test.
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Re: Working and the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2008, 03:34
In my experience MGMAT scores are roughly 50 points below GMAT. I would start doing the gmatprep and powerprep test instead of more MGMATs. You seem to be right there in the 700 area and by becoming familiar with the style of (official) questions and timing, you should be alright.

Verbal seems to be a main driver of score, so since you are confident with your quant, really focus on verbal. SC is one of the areas with most improvement but I think RC are gimmies. Start to focus on your RC strategy and really "see" the tricks on those RC questions when you hit them.

On a side note, the 1000 CR are tough as nails.
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Re: Working and the GMAT! [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2008, 03:17
Hey thank you for your posts!!! Just working on CR right now getting the basics right. If I do have the time I will go for the 1000CR. For now its just the OG.
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