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# Could you please evaluate my study plan?

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25 Nov 2017, 19:46
I would like to know if my study plan seems adequate to score at least a 700. My exam is on December 16th, so it's exactly 3 weeks away.

I started my studies off two weeks ago by reviewing some quant topics with Magoosh videos that I felt were rusty for me. I work in accounting, so I deal with numbers a lot, but I haven't dealt with some of the areas tested by the quant portion of the exam in years. I watched about 1/3 of the Magoosh quant video lessons. I spent zero time on the verbal, and then I decided to take a MGMAT CAT to see where I stood. I scored a 590 on it (38Q/33V/1.63 IR). After that, without any additional prep, a few days later I took the GMAT Prep practice exam. I also scored a 590 (41Q/31V/7 IR). I think my biggest issue was pacing. I ran out of time on the verbal, because I focused so hard on the first 10 questions. I got 19 out of the first 20 questions correct on verbal, but I missed an astonishing 10 in a row, because it gave me two 700+ RC level passages in a row that I guessed on due to time.

Since then, I have created an error log for the GMAT Prep exam, and went through each problem, to understand why I got it wrong (For Both Verbal and Quant). I purchased the MGMAT Set, and I've gone completely through their SC book. I also purchase the Powerscore CR Bible, and I'm about 3/4 of the way through the book.

So here's my current plan. Using the GMAT Club OG18 tracker, I plan to work through every OG18 problem before my exam, and strive to answer every question as fast as possible, while still getting the correct answer. For every question missed, guessed on, or I'm taking way too long to solve, I create an explanation in the log to explain what I should have done, and any wording in the question to help me identify this. My goal is to know how to solve every OG18 problem like the back of my hand, and to know why I solve them that way. After I'm finished going through each question, I will take another GMAT Prep CAT exam. After that, I'll evaluate my errors on the exam, and see what areas need improvement. After some time spent working on improving those areas, I'll take another GMAT Prep CAT, and then repeat the process of seeing what areas need improvement.

Does this seem like the most efficient use of my limited amount of study time, since I'll be taking the GMAT in approximately 3 weeks?
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26 Nov 2017, 06:12
Looks good! Error analysis is important. I would also add practice. Probably practice with Gmatclub questions everyday is a good way to improve performance.
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26 Nov 2017, 07:08
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That looks good - focus on all the OG - then use GMATPrep practice tests.

As you go through OG, if may find these expert videos helpful here: http://www.gmatpill.com/official-guide- ... ition=2016

They are labeled as 2016, but for the most part, questions are same as 2018.

http://www.gmatpill.com
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26 Nov 2017, 11:01
Hi atr0038,

Your first 2 CAT Scores are remarkably similar to one another - but that isn't too surprising since you've been studying for just 2 weeks and many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores (meaning that it's likely that you have not put in enough time and effort to have scored a lot higher yet). Unfortunately, your current plan only allows for another 3 weeks of study time - so there's likely going to be a limit to how much you can improve in that time. To hit your Score Goal, you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections - and all of that training will likely take at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study. This is meant to say that you might want to consider pushing back your Test Date.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your goals:

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
3) If you didn't score 700+, what Score would you be 'satisfied' with?

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