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# Gmat Diagnostic Test 390 !!! Completely depressed !!!

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Hi Everyone,
I just started preparing for my GMAT since 2 weeks and yesterday gave my GMAT Prep Diagnostic Test. These two weeks I started with MGMAT for Quant and Verbal and did exercises from OG12. I was good in solving GMAT-club daily questions and was on hope that I could score atleast 550 in my first prep test. But to my disappointment I just got 390 ( unbelievable and quite depressing) with Q-32 and verbal-13.I have a statistics background and I work as a statistical Consultant. I have a daily schedule of 1 hr in the morning for verbal and 1 hr in the evening for Quant on weekdays and 5-6 hrs on weekends. Meantime, my 2-yr old son keeps me busy after my office work( though part time). But with this score I am sure I need to revise my study plan but quite unsure about how to start and how to move on. I am planning to take my GMAT in feb 2013. So, any inputs from you guys will be of great use.

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Do not get depressed, it by default puts you in a no-win situation. Snap out of it as quickly as you can and ensure you learn the habit of recovering from upsets – there is always a chance that some of the scores in the practice test will hurt and again this habit may also come in handy on your actual test day.
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17 Sep 2012, 01:42
Thank you Pansi for ur suggestion. To add more, i just prepared myself just wid sc and did not touch the rest and wid quant ds had banged me. I am quite unsure about how to prepare wid verbal. One at a time or dividing the three sections everyday?

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19 Sep 2012, 04:12
Hey mansi. Do not spend too much time on fixing up the high level details. In my opinion a loose framework is enough when it comes to the schedule. But what really matters is the amount of painstaking and meticulous efforts we put into the fine details - IMO you need to consider the below things in your prep.
1.Where do you go wrong the most (is it the inequalities - if it is the inequalities is it only with Modulus bases questions, If you go wrong in DS questions - is it because you have a problem with confidently selecting E or C, If it is CR- are you going wrong with Assumption, Inference or Weaken or Support based questions).
2. Strengthen your strengths and slough off your weaknesses? For me to begin with it was Work-Rate, I leveled it. Then it was Geometry- Now I am very comfortable with the questions asked. Hands down my biggest bugbear was inequalities, now I have gotten control over it, though not to the level of mastery I set-about for. I have gotten stronger at the CR over the course of the last 2 months(hardly do I go wrong in these questions). RC still remains my nemesis - working on it.
3. Practice Tests- A must. Manhattan ones are the best. GMAT prep will help when you get close to the final lap of prep. Please ensure that all the Practice Tests are reviewed question by question as soon as you complete the test.

Please remember that all that matters on GMAT are the fine details and solid homework one does to strengthen the basics - because 2 minutes/question is a tough ask and can be beaten only if you know the basics strongly, feel an instant familiarity with the topic being tested, feel a sense of ease navigating the question set-up and practice enough to be wary of the numerous pitfalls that are inherent in GMAT questions.. All the best! Just get a piece of paper, write down your plan and get moving. Most of the times we make many false starts before we actually get serious towards the prep. More better get an exam date, if you have'nt already
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To improve your verbal score, I suggest you:

-study in the evenings instead of the mornings. It's possible you're not fully awake when you study verbal.
-study for more than an hour at a time, if possible. You might try studying only verbal for two hours one day and studying only quant for two hours the next day.
-truly reflect on every single question you answer. If you answer it correctly, reflect on it. Look at the wrong answers and understand why they are wrong. If you answer a question wrong, reflect doubly.
-study in an environment free of distractions. If you can study in an area that is totally silent, do it. This might require you to study while your child is sleeping, at school, or in the care of another adult.
-don't lose confidence. Remember that for every question, all the information you need to select the correct answer is right in front of you.

Many of these points apply to studying quant as well. Like the above poster mentioned, the quantity of problems you study matters more for the quant section, but I want to emphasize that reflection is just as important in that area. Don't assume that more problems attempted will result in better scores. More understanding will result in better scores. Spend time learning concepts and focus on understanding.

I wish you the best of luck!
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20 Sep 2012, 02:57
Thank you both for your Valuable inputs. I was really struggling how to divide my time accurately and use it properly. Thanks again for your views that was really helpful.

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