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Finally I have booked my date..i feel like I have just purchased a ticket for the scariest roller-coaster in the world(I am terrified of them)I had actually been putting it of for months!!First it was August,then Sept,then I promised myself October..just could'nt take the plunge..but today I finally did it..One step at a time eh??

My D-day is 9/11:)
Will be posting my POA and my progrees.
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19 Oct 2009, 17:14
Aww shucks..Are'nt you sweet!!Thanks a ton!!
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19 Oct 2009, 17:32
Good luck.....Will keep an eye on this thread.

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Looks like you are struggling with SC. Shoot any questions you have. Post those on forum or send a PM if you need any information. Will try to answer/explain as much as possible.

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20 Oct 2009, 07:19
Still need to make my 3 week macro POA..but here is how I spent my day.
Note:3 weeks my main focus is GMAT..have entire day to give to it.

Another note: Just for info my last(+3 weeks) gmatprep score was 660(Q47 V35).A week back had taken Powerprep (mainly because I did’nt feel like studing..and I knew powerprep had repeat questions from OG so kind of a revision..)710(Q48 V39)

Note to myself:My main weakness is my inability to sit for longer periods.. so from now on I am going to clock my sessions..90 minutes stretch or more? Opinion??

SC: Brutal SC’s 25-45.I had done the first 25 over a period of last 3 days and man was it BAAAD!!My hit rate is below 50% . I noticed that my reasoning was right and I was heading down the right path..but ultimately when it boiled down to the last two choices,I selected the wrong one. This was quite a trend.. I wonder if it says something..?!
SC is my weakness but I am not THIS bad at it!! This was terribly de-motivating and made me completely give up.On top of it,It took me AGES to even review it thoroughly.
On the positive side,it made me remember points which are rarely used and even though I knew the concepts it had gone to a dark corner of my brain..
Opinions??I have already done 45/70 so might as well finish up the rest tomorrow…
I also did 20 questions from Kaplan800..walk in the park..

RC:The source was a problem.Really don’t know where to practice RC’s from.Suggestions??
For some weird reason I decided to do 3 passages from Kaplan800(Have hardly opened this book..did a lil’ bit of quant from it ages ago)
3 passages..Blinded by science..Has anyone done it??It’s mind numbing!!As if RC is’nt already a big pain..hit rate: 2/4, 2/3, 4/4.Could’nt make sense of any of the passages I read so ok with the result.

Quant *still not reached the score of 50,which I know is very much doable,all thanks to DS..
DS: While I have solved OG 11/12 PS thoroughly and also done the error log,unfortunatly the same cannot be said for DS.So for DS I am going to stick close to OG.
Did #’s 100-125 OG12.Hit rate, as expected was low.Got to make sure I give DS proper attention everyday.

Topic of the day: HCF/LCM >>spent around 45 mins. Doing sums from the forum on this topic.The concept is MUCH clearer now.

????: I have solved OG11 and quant review and the DS in OG12 is MARKEDLY tougher than the former two books.Is this so or am I just really really out of practice??

I had come across this site Magoosh.com.Liked it because though the problems presented are not too difficult, some are tricky,and I really really need to cut down on the silly mistakes.They have video explanations which makes it kind of fun..so I plan on spending some time on the site when I am wiped out or when it’s just not “my time of the day”.I have a feeling this site will help..

P.S..Planning to restart my going to the gym from tomorrow..need the strength!!
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20 Oct 2009, 07:24
Great !!!

Just be calm and do some meditation and be regular in revision.

and yea of course, Good luck mate.
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20 Oct 2009, 08:14
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Aww shucks..Are'nt you sweet!!Thanks a ton!!

Thanks
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20 Oct 2009, 10:30
Good luck! Happy preps waiting for a wonderful debrief.

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21 Oct 2009, 04:24

I really need to chalk out my plan on the whole..please help me with that guys..The truth is I am a bit apprhensive of makeing the POA,I know seeing so much stuff to be done will get me congused..but if I have a proper plan I work better..

Some thoughts:
1.CAT's.i read that in the last 3 days no tests should be taken.Fine.So should I take 3 more each per week??that will take away 3 days:(.Havent taken a test recently so i really really need to take it.Here's what I am thinking:I have one gprep left so will take that this week..ad then reinstall and take it twice again.Or should I opt for manhattan free test once?SUGGESTIONS!!

2.Error log.Should I keep it the entire error log for last week?Or is that too late??

For the next 10 days or so I am thinking of doing the following:
Q:Topic wise.(what about gmatclub testsI have taken the first 10..so tough..should I take a couple more??)ADVICE!

CR,RC:LSAT papers(Dicey about RC as I know the structure is different from that of gmat..)

SC:finish about Brutal SC..do from forums..lets see..
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21 Oct 2009, 05:07
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I really need to chalk out my plan on the whole..please help me with that guys..The truth is I am a bit apprhensive of makeing the POA,I know seeing so much stuff to be done will get me congused..but if I have a proper plan I work better..

Some thoughts:
1.CAT's.i read that in the last 3 days no tests should be taken.Fine.So should I take 3 more each per week??that will take away 3 days:(.Havent taken a test recently so i really really need to take it.Here's what I am thinking:I have one gprep left so will take that this week..ad then reinstall and take it twice again.Or should I opt for manhattan free test once?SUGGESTIONS!!

2.Error log.Should I keep it the entire error log for last week?Or is that too late??

For the next 10 days or so I am thinking of doing the following:
Q:Topic wise.(what about gmatclub testsI have taken the first 10..so tough..should I take a couple more??)ADVICE!

CR,RC:LSAT papers(Dicey about RC as I know the structure is different from that of gmat..)

SC:finish about Brutal SC..do from forums..lets see..

I am no expert but following are my views:

1. No tests in last 3 days, why? Doesn't it sound -ve? I am sure gonna take a test the previous day to boost my confidence. But ya, if you still feel it is better to stay away then it is perfectly fine..so no hard and fast rules here
2. Not sure about error log

Club tests are awesome, try to do max if you are in the range 42-47.
LSAT stuff is also good for that 'extra' bit...so if you are rock solid with basic fundas then surely go for LSAT stuff.
You are right, for RCs there are no real strategies...read a lot..atleast until your test

Try to make a point to study 2 hours daily, this is a pre-requisite for 'implementing' whatever is the plan...but yes, you are on the right track...

And above all, hope for the best !!

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21 Oct 2009, 06:49
@Economist:If you do a search inthe forum you will read that the experts DO NOT recommend taking the tests in the last 3 days..I figure they know better than us!!So gonna stick to that.
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21 Oct 2009, 07:00
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@Economist:If you do a search inthe forum you will read that the experts DO NOT recommend taking the tests in the last 3 days..I figure they know better than us!!So gonna stick to that.

I think it is helpful to take a test 24 hrs before the real GMAT - would recommend GMAT Prep or PowerPrep to set the routine (as much as that's possible).
Otherwise, what are you going to do the last few days?
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21 Oct 2009, 09:43
Cool ! As I mentioned, whatever works for you is the best strategy for you. Important is to 'implement' plans because most of the plans fail just due to 'lack' of implementation

Ehh !! I am so blunt and I give too many advices !! So I would prefer to stay away from such threads.

Good luck, just thrash the test !

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Hey tejal… good luck dude, wishing you all the best.

After doing a few Kaplan tests they are okay practice but I find the OG material better. I would just go through the SC section of the OG again, if you have the verbal guide go through that. Don’t just solve the SCs pick the reasons why the others are wrong, try to understand each of the errors (each statement will normally have more than 1 error). Similar for RC, understand the wrong answers as well.

Definitely hit up the gym, make sure you stay health. Let us know how you go.

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21 Oct 2009, 19:43
Day 2+Day 3(day 2 loads of time wastage,day 3 has just started have to finish my workload)

So by end of today I will have completed:
Brutal SC's remaining questions+overall review of all the 75 questions (even the second time around I am getting stuck on some of the questions)

DS OG 12 100-175..some of these questions are really really nice!

Topic of the 2 days:
Statistics..around 20 questions each of PS and DS from the forum.Encountered some high level ones..really nice..
Have to do a couple of RC's today..
Have to make the POA for the remaining days..ending up wasting a lot of time...stay tuned!!
Tomorrow planning on taking MGMAT free cat...nervous!!
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22 Oct 2009, 23:00
MAJORLY disappointed..Gave my Mgmat CAT:640(Q43 V34)

I don't understand the quant score..I was actually throughly enjoying the section 'cos I was finding it easy..Damn
Few days to the G-day and I find I am nowhere..Brilliant..

he review was another nail in the coffin..silly mistakes and how!!!Marked wrong answers,Twice did a sign mistake,multiplied values where addition was required..sigh..Don't know what happened..I was all set to get my highest score and give my best,instead got the lowest imaginable..

A note:Around question 26 i had a sinking feeling that something was wrong 'cos the questions I was getting was easy..the previous times I had taken a CAT i was at a loss in Quant..when one is lost it means that you are doing better,'cos the questions you are getting is of higher level...ALWAYS trust your instinct!!The cherry on the top is that i actually rechecked some of the answers that I got wrong!!

But no use cribbing right..
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23 Oct 2009, 07:19
Here's my dismal breakup:
640(Q43 V34)
PS 15/22 DS 5/15 Sc 5/15 CR 9/14 RC 8/12

Goofup
:A Majority of silly mistakes.

Timing:Finished 10 mins early on both sections.

Timing gudelines:
(followed..well tried to.. for the first time)
Q:10..75 V:10..75
10..54 15..55
10..34 15..28
7..14 1..1

AWA:Analysis of issue is a problem:(
i-present-my-first-argument-essay-85651.html
i-present-my-first-issue-essay-85652.html

..Now what??
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23 Oct 2009, 08:57
Tejal777,

We're not going to be able to provide you with an action plan every step of the way. We can only provide high level guidance and then you need to figure out the rest. If you want the amount of overview you're looking for, I suggest hiring a tutor for a few sessions.

You said yourself you're making a lot of "silly mistakes". Figure out why you're making silly mistakes and try to avoid making them. This will drag your score down on the real thing.

Your weakest subjects are DS and SC. Figure out why you're getting the questions wrong (ignore what the right answer is, you need to resolve why you are narrowing it down the the right answer) and move on.
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23 Oct 2009, 14:56
I am not looking for an action plan every step of the way!!Sorry if you guys felt so!Just sharing my last preparation days with people who go thru the same thing and seeing if anybody has valuable action plans that I can implement..People here have been so so helpful that it's been unbelievable!
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