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Cold Blood Test GMAT 1 Prep - 400

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21 Jul 2017, 22:32
HI ! I took my first test ever and scored a 400 without any preparations. (GMAT PREP 1)
My target score 650-680.

So, let me tell you a few things:

1. I did not remember the basic quant formulas, so most of the questions I just guessed and moved ahead.
2. I was not sure how the GMAT pattern is actually.
3. I did not know first 20 questions are vital in each section.
4. I did not use any prep material as such.
5. My verbal is quite good ( I feel so).
6.I ran out of time in the verbal section.
7.I am thinking to purchase E-Gmat for verbal & Manhattan books for quant.
8.Target Exam date is 10th September & Target score close to 650.

Also, Experts I just want to understand are the first 10 questions really vital in terms of GMAT? In my prep test, I made mistake in 5 questions in the first 10 of both sections. Experts, Just guide me with advised help & prep materials to buy!

Looking forward!
Amit
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Re: Cold Blood Test GMAT 1 Prep - 400  [#permalink]

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22 Jul 2017, 11:36
Hi Amit,

To start, I'm hoping that you can clarify a couple of details about your studies so far:

1) When did you take this practice CAT (was it recent or was it several months ago?)? I ask because you say that you took it without any prep at all, but you've had an account on GMATClub for over 4 months and you've clearly answered questions in the Forums here, so you HAVE done some prep.
2) Beyond the questions that you've answered in the forums, what other studying have you done?
3) What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on this CAT?

With a September 10th Test Date, you have less than 2 months of study time remaining. Unfortunately, the goal of raising a 400 to a 650+ will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study. Thus, while you don't have to decide right now, you might want to consider pushing back your Test Date.

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Re: Cold Blood Test GMAT 1 Prep - 400  [#permalink]

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24 Jul 2017, 07:28
amitpandey25 wrote:
HI ! I took my first test ever and scored a 400 without any preparations. (GMAT PREP 1)
My target score 650-680.

So, let me tell you a few things:

1. I did not remember the basic quant formulas, so most of the questions I just guessed and moved ahead.
2. I was not sure how the GMAT pattern is actually.
3. I did not know first 20 questions are vital in each section.
4. I did not use any prep material as such.
5. My verbal is quite good ( I feel so).
6.I ran out of time in the verbal section.
7.I am thinking to purchase E-Gmat for verbal & Manhattan books for quant.
8.Target Exam date is 10th September & Target score close to 650.

Also, Experts I just want to understand are the first 10 questions really vital in terms of GMAT? In my prep test, I made mistake in 5 questions in the first 10 of both sections. Experts, Just guide me with advised help & prep materials to buy!

Looking forward!
Amit

Hi amitpandey25,

For GMAT preparation, you need to build the concepts/fundamentals before you jump in solving the problems. You can do so by choosing one of the following ways:
1. In person classes/private tutoring
2. Online classes
3. Self paced online preparatory course
4. Book heavy approach

Whatever you choose, make sure that you choose one. Because GMAT tests you on some concepts and fundamentals that you can learn from a course. Most of the preparatory companies including ours offer a free trial of our course. You can take the trial and see if the course suits your needs.

In addition to the preparatory material, buy the Official Guides(both the Official Guide and the Verbal Review), Question Pack 1 and the 4 official mock CATs. They should be an indispensable part of your preparation.

You need close to 3 months to prepare well for the GMAT.
1. Understand the concepts and fundamentals before jumping into problem solving
2. Solve full length CATs including AWA and IR. You can get two free GMAT Prep mock CATs and can purchase two more from mba.com
3. Make sure you solve the official questions from the Official Guide
Re: Cold Blood Test GMAT 1 Prep - 400   [#permalink] 24 Jul 2017, 07:28
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