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I promised myself that I’d contribute back to the community so here is an overview of how I am studying for the GMAT.
I studied for the GMAT this past January-April and took the test shortly after. I only got a 600 - 39Q/33V? and I would say that my biggest mistake was spending too much time on quant theory and not enough time doing problems.
This is nothing earth shattering, but I hope it helps some people out there. I will do a debrief after I take the test early in 2013. Good luck everyone!
1. Take a MGMAT CAT.
2. Create a study plan to streamline your studies - use the MGMAT CAT to figure out your weak areas and deliberately spend more time on these.
3. Skim material that you already know. If you have a quantitative background, it might be sufficient to skim the chapters. I like to read the margins and end of chapter summaries in the MGMAT book. If I come across something that is fuzzy, I go back and read the chapter more thoroughly. If you have a liberal arts background and are strong in verbal, I’m sure this method would apply as well.
4. Error log – keep track of where you make a mistake, take too long, or just guess(even if you guessed correctly).
I took a MGMAT CAT without any prep and scored a dismal 460 23Q-30V. Yes, you read that right.
Here are my lessons learned from that experience:
1. Do not take the first CAT too seriously - it shouldn't hit your ego hard. You can improve, this is nothing mystical.
2. Timing is crucial - do not "hang on" to a problem. Each problem should take no longer than ~2 minutes. I thought that it would be better to get a consecutive set of quant problems correct than to finish the section. I didn't realize that I was being punished harshly for not completing the quant section until a very smart person pointed out the flaw in my strategy. Thank God for his advice.
I will post on this page as my score improves. Thank you for all of the great work BB!
Good luck! It seems you are struggling with the same things I struggle with - distractions. I found it helpful to be somewhere that internet is inaccessible (plane, woods, park, etc) and I can do a whole lot more work there than at home on the couch in front of the TV.
P.S. My most productive time is on the plane during business trips.
1. Revisit my error log more often 2. Creating flashcards 3. Break down my errors like a slow motion play by play on ESPN
I feel as if I need to spend way more time analyzing my errors than doing the problems. I'm in the 90s-100s portion of the GMAC OG13 problems, am starting to get more and more problems wrong, and feel like I found my plateau.
When I started this new study plan I had the goal of doing, analyzing, and perfecting 30 quant and 30 verbal problems per week. As I move further into the book, I feel like this isn't sustainable.
I am a bit frustrated because I want to hit my target timeline.
To the wise and experienced:
How long do you think a student should spend analyzing his or her errors?
Should I take a step back and cover these lower level gaps or move on to higher level questions?
My gut is telling me that moving on might be futile if I don't fully understand the lower level questions.