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03 Sep 2003, 08:12

homework done : Finished studying Kaplan, PR, Delta Course, 800score. Cliffs Toefl Preparation(Sentence Correction). -- reviewed for 4 months

Current Scores : Kaplan - 550, 580, 550 -- yet to take the fourth test
Plan to take the Princeton tests and 800score tests in the coming weeks.

Target - To take the test in November and to reach a target above 720.

Emotional status and interest : Down. as the scores in Kaplan do not seem to improve. Know the truth that Kaplan is MORE difficult - but currently breaking my head to cross the 600 mark in the last Kaplan test.

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1. I have to yet to start with OG - and 2 months to go - Should I start with OG now or break my head with practice scores?
2. Is two months enough to study OG ? My pace is really slow as you see above.

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03 Sep 2003, 22:36
My thought would be to practice problems more than tests. You've taken enough tests until PP to make sure your timing is down. Probably take a PP with 3 weeks left and then another with 1 week left...other than that just work on the math and verbal problems on this site (and in OG after you take the first PP test).
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05 Sep 2003, 20:00
Hi iceman,

I have the same problem as you. English is not my first language and it is difficult for me to improve my English in couple months. Please let us know how to improve our English so that we can do well on verbal part in GMAT.

Thank you so much for yours help !!!!
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07 Sep 2003, 18:45
Don't worry about your Kaplan scores - you will score 50-100 points higher on the real thing. Do NOT let Kaplan psyche you out! Forget about those scores entirely.

Once you take a Powerprep or Princeton Review test, you'll get a better feel for how you're doing. Take Powerprep tests before you do the OG - some of the questions are repeated in the book.

After you do the PP tests, get cranking on the OG. Spend a lot of time working on practice questions, then do the PR tests toward the end of your prep.

Not sure why you were doing so many practice tests before prepping with the OG, but get started on it ASAP and leave the remaining, non-PP tests aside. You need a few left after you go through the OG.
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08 Sep 2003, 10:00
Thanks JP - Let me check on my timing !!

Thanks LaQuelle - It was a clear suggestion on what I need to do further.
Let me get into OG before my two months are over. Sorry more questions --

1. Do you have an approximate idea on how much time would it take to complete the OG ?
2. But LaQuelle - just wanted to clear one thing ( not sure if I confused the public) that I had taken exactly four Kaplan tests - 550, 580, 550, 570 and I thought in general this is the right stratergy one takes before getting into OG. -- any ideas ? I still have the princetons, 800 scores with me !!

ktsang,

couple of months to improve ...hmm.... my suggestion - have a stratergy -see how much you want and need to score - verbal

Sentence Correction - Cliffs ( although long ) or any grammar book will get the basics right.
Critical Reasoning - I guess stratergy -- courtesy -- Princeton, Kaplans
Reading Comprehension - seems like now its less tougher in the actual test - anyway this is something that we keep doing until the G-day

I followed the above and I dont know if I am talking too much here. let me stop. :)
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08 Sep 2003, 10:20
I completed OG in one week. Wouldn't advise doing so. However, I had little choice.

It is possible to do it in as little as 5 days (~300 problems per day)

Only benefit of doing it over a short period of time is that it will build stamina and make the 78 problems seem like nothing.

Anyone have any thoughts regarding how OG percentage correct correlates with GMAT score?

I find the problems get progressively more difficult in ever section as you move through the book.

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08 Sep 2003, 17:43
hey iceman -

I wouldn't recommend taking a ton of practice tests without doing a lot of practice questions in between. You also need to fully analyze how you did on each test and understand why you got questions right and wrong. So I wouldn't myself have done 4 tests before starting the OG - this may be why your scores were relatively consistent.

But what's done is done, so get cranking on the OG and save some of your other tests until you've gotten a lot more practice. You will then start to see your scores go up.
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15 Sep 2003, 10:17
Hey Guys

I am back again. I took OG PP1 today - just to find out what I have acheived so far - Got 530(42,22)-- . This exam is making me mad. I havent booked my GMAT test but I need to take it before the end of this year to apply to some of the schools. Need to get above 700.

Guys - Please advise - I have taken up the OG and I am concentrating on it. Do I need to just clear off OG as soon as possible and take PP2.
Where do I go from here ? Its really seems close to impossible.

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15 Sep 2003, 12:22
Ouch, dude. I'm guessing the 22 is verbal? Bone up on your verbal skills. I found the best prep for that to be a combination of Verbal Workout from PR for timing and other strategies, and practice practice practice. Forget about prep tests for now, because it could psyche you out. Master those strategies with diligent practice. Keep at it with the OG, but take a break for at least a day, go for a run, clear your head. Watch a silly movie (I like My Cousin Vinny and My Blue Heaven for total stress relief, not to mention Liar Liar!).

After you've de-stressed a bit, pick up the OG and get back on track. But I think it will really be good for you to take a break and focus on something non b-school related for a day or two.
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15 Sep 2003, 17:34
Iceman,

Getting panic is not going to help you now. I think you're moving way to fast on your test. You need a break. Do a lot of practice before taking anymore test. A good fundamental is very important. I think you're taking the test to test your score level and this is not goignt o help you. Do all the prep before attempt another test.
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