Hi, I am new to this site and I really really really like the vibe here. Wish I had discovered it earlier!!!
I am a Canadian who currently works in france. Gmat has been the biggest shadow over me in the past four years. I started a dot com company with a friend when I was 19 and that ignited my interest in business. I decided that I wanted to do mba but math has been the archenemy of my family for generations--like the Capulets and the Montagues. I just graduated in 04 with a double major in Eng and theatre and hadnt touched math since high school, but I did not want math to hinder me.
I started doing research about gmat around three years ago to slowly familiarize myself with the questions and slowly conquer my fear for math. I think it is more of a psychological issue and after a couple of years I was ready to face it. So I started studying this past September.
I did
kaplan and on the diagnostic got 87% on verbal and 30% on quant. I approached the test strategically and studied the "stupid way" (since I am not a smart one) by copying down all the questions I got wrong so that I could go back and practice them a few more times. I went through some questions three or four times. This helped especially on Data Sufficiencies that deal with number properties.
I also collected books and practice questions from princeton review,
kaplan, the
OG, and test prep schools in Asia (Asians are supermen when it comes to standardized exams--esp. the math part). I compared techniques and formulas to find the most suitable, organzied them, and typed everything out. I think typing rules/formulas out or copying questions down really helped me. It helped me to remember things better, so maybe some of you can try it.
I also have a sheet that included prime numbers under 200, all the right angle triangles, squares and cubes, the quadratic formulas, the most common percent-decimal-fraction conversions...etc. I try to memorize these as much as possible.. This helped me a lot too with speed.
I went through about 4-5000 questions in the past 3 months and have seen significant improvement in quant--now it's around 80%. It's still not good enough, but I currently spend almost all my time studying, so hopefully it can still improve in the next couple of weeks. Fingers crossed. I am very glad that I found this place before the exam, I will definitely visit often.
If any of you feel that gmat is too difficult to conquer, just look at me! If I--the math retard--can improve, ANYONE can improve.