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# 3 weeks left and my CATs have been a total disaster

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06 May 2017, 10:47
Hi guys -

I am despairing.

I only have 3 weeks left until my GMAT exam and my CATs have been a total disaster. I would really much appreciate your help how to proceed:

My current CATs
I've done one Quant and one Verbal CAT:

Verbal CAT, 6th May: Correct 37,9%, Incorrect 62,1%, 27 answers completed
Verbal CAT, 2nd May: Correct 50%, Incorrect 50%, 36 answers completed

1) How long have I studied?
Quant
The last time I had math was 8 years ago, so I started 2 months ago to work 2 x 8 hours per week on the Quantitive section. I've started on the first page of the official GMAT guide and once I've come across a problem, I tried to understand the theory behind it.

Verbal
In contrary to my shambles in the Math section, I've organised my studies on the Verbal section according to the Ultimate Study Plan provided in this forum. I started 3 days ago (8 hours each) to tackle the SC section. I'm currently reviewing all the grammar. Once accomplished, I planned to focus on CR & RC.

2) My goal score: > 550
I would like to apply for Stockholm Business School (master programme in marketing). The business school only takes the Quant and the Verbal section into account for the application process. So I don't have to care about IR & AWA at all.

Last year the average GMAT score for this course of study has been 550. So my goal score should be better than hat.

3) My Test Date: 29th of May
My Test Date is scheduled on the 29th of May. As of tomorrow I am willing to spend 8 - 10 hours each day to study for the GMAT.

4) My inquiry
I've done the Quant CAT today and I was completely shocked that I was struggling so heavily. Sometimes I didn't have any idea how to approach the question. On top of that, I've just started studying for the Verbal section and don't have much practice in this part either.

I am running out of time. I don't know where to put the focus on. Should I study 4 hours on Math and 4 on Verbal? Or does a different allocation makes more sense? Moreover, I've already spent quite a lot time on the Math section but obviously with less success - how can I do better?

I do really appreciate your help very much!

Best.
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06 May 2017, 15:52
Hello

I think you should spend more time in Math section. You should practice math questions at least 3 hours per day .
Focus on practice OG questions only and take a couple complete CATs before the test.

Good luck
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07 May 2017, 10:17
Hi Guenther,

To start, we really need to see how you handle the FULL GMAT in one sitting, so I suggest that you take a FULL CAT sometime soon (including the Essay and IR sections - and while you seem to think that the School that you're interested in does not care about those 2 scores, you will still have to face those sections on the Official GMAT, so we need to see how working through them impacts your performance). Once you have that CAT Score result, you should post back here and we can discuss how best to proceed.

1) What is the application deadline for the School that you're interested in?
2) Are you planning to apply to any other Schools?

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08 May 2017, 09:16

1) The application deadline is 24th June. My GMAT is scheduled for the 30th May.
2) No, I won't apply for any other school

Thus, I think that it is not necessary to take a FULL CAT. I've been struggling heavily in the Math section and I haven't tackled CR and RC yet. So I think I should, first of all, really get way much better.

I would appreciate some advices how to improve in those areas, especially taken into consideration that I only have to score 550.
So, what are my strategies? What are my goals? How much do I have to score in each section to achieve this goal.

Thank you!

EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Guenther,

To start, we really need to see how you handle the FULL GMAT in one sitting, so I suggest that you take a FULL CAT sometime soon (including the Essay and IR sections - and while you seem to think that the School that you're interested in does not care about those 2 scores, you will still have to face those sections on the Official GMAT, so we need to see how working through them impacts your performance). Once you have that CAT Score result, you should post back here and we can discuss how best to proceed.

1) What is the application deadline for the School that you're interested in?
2) Are you planning to apply to any other Schools?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich
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