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How to prepare to become a 99 percentiler?

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30 Jun 2018, 23:47
I am currently 39 years old and have forgotten a lot of Math formulas/tricks & English Grammar. However I have registered for the exam and I have only 2 months in hand.

I have following questions:-

1) I had studied the basic Math and English grammar long long ago, almost 20-25 years ago. From the very little I have come to know that GMAT is a reasoning test. But I have forgotten almost everything which I had learnt in school days. How can I overcome this disadvantage?

2) As I said, I have registered for the exam and I have only 2 months in hand. Is this time frame sufficient to score a 770+? Am I being over ambitious or a 770+ can be a possibility with a two months prep and my background?

3) Should I give a mock exam directly of should I prepare for first 15 days and get a feel of the question types and then give my first mock? Since I am aiming a 770+ and I have forgotten the basics of Maths & English, I don't want to get completely demoralized by getting a low score in a mock test.

4) How many questions one should attempt on daily basis to gain expertise in terms of content, timing & accuracy?

I am a person who has been good in self study. I can study for 5-6 hours a day over two months. I want to be a 99 percentiler! Some insight from experts would be really helpful.
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Hi upgmat,

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so if your schedule is limited to just 2 months, then there might be a limit to how high you can Score in that time.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) Do you have an Official Test Date scheduled yet (and if so, then when is it?)?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi upgmat,

As you’ve very correctly mentioned that GMAT tests a student’s reasoning skills and so knowing tricks is not essential in acing GMAT.

GET TO YOUR TARGET SCORE IN PHASES

You must take a Mock Test asap to know where you stand currently. It will help you in planning your preparation better. For example – If you score a 500 in the test, you must try to go upto a score of 650+ in the first phase and then work from there to a 770 in the next phase. The reason for this is the kind of preparation you would do in the first phase will be very different than what you would in the second phase.

IT MAY SEEM DIFFICULT TO ACE A COMPETITIVE EXAM AFTER SO LONG, BUT IT IS POSSIBLE!

I can understand that you feel it will be difficult to ace GMAT since you have been so out of touch. Well it will not be easy, but it is very much possible. You would need to remain dedicated and consistent throughout the preparation and you must plan your studies in a structured manner.
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upgmat wrote:
I am currently 39 years old and have forgotten a lot of Math formulas/tricks & English Grammar. However I have registered for the exam and I have only 2 months in hand.

I have following questions:-

1) I had studied the basic Math and English grammar long long ago, almost 20-25 years ago. From the very little I have come to know that GMAT is a reasoning test. But I have forgotten almost everything which I had learnt in school days. How can I overcome this disadvantage?

2) As I said, I have registered for the exam and I have only 2 months in hand. Is this time frame sufficient to score a 770+? Am I being over ambitious or a 770+ can be a possibility with a two months prep and my background?

3) Should I give a mock exam directly of should I prepare for first 15 days and get a feel of the question types and then give my first mock? Since I am aiming a 770+ and I have forgotten the basics of Maths & English, I don't want to get completely demoralized by getting a low score in a mock test.

4) How many questions one should attempt on daily basis to gain expertise in terms of content, timing & accuracy?

I am a person who has been good in self study. I can study for 5-6 hours a day over two months. I want to be a 99 percentiler! Some insight from experts would be really helpful.

Hi

You should better start with Manhattan Foundations of GMAT Math for basics concepts

as you have only two months also get a copy of Kaplan GMAT premier

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upgmat wrote:
I am currently 39 years old and have forgotten a lot of Math formulas/tricks & English Grammar. However I have registered for the exam and I have only 2 months in hand.

I have following questions:-

1) I had studied the basic Math and English grammar long long ago, almost 20-25 years ago. From the very little I have come to know that GMAT is a reasoning test. But I have forgotten almost everything which I had learnt in school days. How can I overcome this disadvantage?

2) As I said, I have registered for the exam and I have only 2 months in hand. Is this time frame sufficient to score a 770+? Am I being over ambitious or a 770+ can be a possibility with a two months prep and my background?

3) Should I give a mock exam directly of should I prepare for first 15 days and get a feel of the question types and then give my first mock? Since I am aiming a 770+ and I have forgotten the basics of Maths & English, I don't want to get completely demoralized by getting a low score in a mock test.

4) How many questions one should attempt on daily basis to gain expertise in terms of content, timing & accuracy?

I am a person who has been good in self study. I can study for 5-6 hours a day over two months. I want to be a 99 percentiler! Some insight from experts would be really helpful.

Hi upgmat,

Yes it's definitely possible. 2 months is good enough to achieve a good score. I would recommend you to take a GMAT PREP practice tests. You can then know your weaknesses and can work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. Just by going through these guides and solving the OG will help you reach 600+.I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in Quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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Thank you for taking the time out and guiding me. I have made a note of your points. Your help and guidance is Much appreciated.

Thanking you once again!!
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Hi upgmat,

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at http://www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so if your schedule is limited to just 2 months, then there might be a limit to how high you can Score in that time.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) Do you have an Official Test Date scheduled yet (and if so, then when is it?)?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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

hi EMPOWERgmatRichC

Thanks for your time and guidance. Much appreciated.

I managed to revise few concepts during the past two weeks. I gave my first mock yesterday morning. Around same time slot which have registered for the real exam on 1st sept, i.e. 10: AM (I started around 10:20 AM)

My performance was pathetic. I scored a V18. I was screwed up with my first RC. I just did not connect with it. I spent too much time on it. Subsequently I ran out of time & had to guess on last 8-10 questions. The break up is as follows:-

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My performance on CR was ok. As you can see the performance in RC and SC is not worth mentioning further. The figures speak for themselves that I need to improve on accuracy and timing. I have decided to do 20 SC questions daily from today and in a months time I should have completed 600 questions. I will solve 2-3 RC passages daily for a month and lets see how it goes?

My quant score was Q47. (PS - 6 incorrect: DS-7 incorrect ; total 13 incorrect). When I reviewed I could have got 6 of this 13 questions correct if I had been more careful. For others I think I am lagging behind in understanding of concepts and will have to improve in the coming few weeks by doing a thorough conceptual review. I must add that in the past two weeks I had more time on Quant, revising basic formulas & concepts, than in Verbal. But now I will spend more time doing Verbal, specially SC & RC.

I got 3 on IR. Just was feeling too bad after Verbal and less motivated. But I have realised that I will have to focus on IR too.

AWA was ok. Tried to do a decent job. I want to get the essay reviewed I am unable to see my submission.

I also wanted to review my timing for each question of this mock but I am unable to find these details? Are these details available?

Yes, without thinking & giving a mock, I have registered to give the exam on 1st Sept 2018, 10:00 AM slot but not feeling confident after seeing yesterdays performance that I will be able to crack 760+ in one and a half months.
I am planning to apply during December-2018-Feb 2019 admission deadlines (Aiming to get into research masters with full scholarship & living stipend into top programs)

Please let me know if you realize any gaps in my understanding.
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