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# Finished Reading MGMAT and Magoosh Videos, now what?

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02 Jan 2018, 06:27
As the title says, I have completed all the MGMAT and Magoosh videos, just wondering how I should best use my time now. I wrote the first free MGMAT CAT and scored a 590 (Q41, V31), which I understand MGMAT CATS are a little bit more difficult than the real thing, so maybe that is a 610 or 620? The goal is high 600's or even 700s. I write Jan 27th, focussing 5-6 hour a day as I am not working right now. How should I spend these next weeks? I was thinking of just hammering questions. I have access to OG, Manhattan, Magoosh, and obviously GMATCLUB, so I do have more than enough questions to work through.
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02 Jan 2018, 17:36
Hi m94m,

In a couple of prior posts, you stated that you were going to take the GMAT on December 20th. Did you end up taking the Exam as scheduled (and if you did, then how did you score?)?

You also mentioned that you had taken some other CATs over the last few months. How did you score on those CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

With your current Test Date, you have a little over 3 weeks of potential study time. However, raising a 590 by 100+ points will likely take at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. This is meant to say that you might need to push back your Test Date.

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02 Jan 2018, 19:06
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi m94m,

In a couple of prior posts, you stated that you were going to take the GMAT on December 20th. Did you end up taking the Exam as scheduled (and if you did, then how did you score?)?

You also mentioned that you had taken some other CATs over the last few months. How did you score on those CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

With your current Test Date, you have a little over 3 weeks of potential study time. However, raising a 590 by 100+ points will likely take at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. This is meant to say that you might need to push back your Test Date.

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

I did not write on the 20th, I rescheduled because I had only put in about 2 weeks of studying and was only scoring 570.

I took a mock in September and scored 490, I think. I didn't get much studying in until December because I got really busy with work. After 2 weeks of studying I scored a 570 (38Q, 31V) with the Magoosh exam, and then the following week I scored a 590 (Q41, V31) with MGMAT.

I am not pushing back my test date.

All I am asking is how should I best spend these next 3 weeks. Is doing questions my best bet? Going through all these books is 90% review and I feel adapting to the type of questions and what they are asking can alone improve my score significantly.
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03 Jan 2018, 12:09
Hi m94m,

"Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process - so you should plan to do a full review of each CAT that you take (with the goal of determining WHY you're getting questions wrong). While a full CAT Analyzer or Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are certain basic questions that you should be able to answer after reviewing each CAT (and the more exact you can be with your answers the better).

After reviewing each section of your last CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

6) If you scored 640 in 3 weeks, would you be 'done' with the GMAT or would you continue studying?

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03 Jan 2018, 12:21
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi m94m,

"Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process - so you should plan to do a full review of each CAT that you take (with the goal of determining WHY you're getting questions wrong). While a full CAT Analyzer or Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are certain basic questions that you should be able to answer after reviewing each CAT (and the more exact you can be with your answers the better).

After reviewing each section of your last CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

6) If you scored 640 in 3 weeks, would you be 'done' with the GMAT or would you continue studying?

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

I would say between 5-10 were from silly little mistakes that are easily fixed from just going over the answer.

I wouldn't say I forget things, I just struggle with determining where and how to start. I have a quant background and I am native English speaker, so I am not finding the material difficult, just struggle with where to begin and figuring out what the question is asking. Which I think can be fixed just by doing questions and learning the answers.

I was never time constrained, finished with 20 and 25 minutes left in verbal and quant sections. Maybe if I focussed some more time on questions I straight up guessed I could have got a couple more questions right.

My critical reasoning and sentence correction are very good, I struggle with reading comp because I cant focus and get distracted reading the long passages.
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03 Jan 2018, 13:36
Hi m94m,

To provide you with the most appropriate advice, I'm really going to need exact answers to all of my questions - and your last post didn't provide those answers. It is worth noting that finishing the Quant and Verbal sections 20+ minutes EARLY is NOT a good thing. By slowing down, doing more work (on the PAD) and putting in a bit more effort, you almost certainly could have picked up points in both sections.

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