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New post 06 Aug 2012, 17:29
Hello All,

I recently completed my first actual exam and scored a 640 (Q40 V38) (my debrief is in the share experience forum for reference). I was/still am extremely down and out after my experience. I took a MGMAT class and studied for around 5 straight months (scored 4 680s in a row on my last four practice exams under real conditions). Anyway, enough complaining, I am hoping to get back on the horse and fight the GMAT one more time. I read all of the Retaking GMAT thread, but wanted opinions on a specific strategy I should undertake. A few random things:

I didn't do any of GMATPrep before my exam.
I did alot of OG12 problems and went through all of MGMAT books (some several times in my problem areas).
The highest score I ever reached on Q was 46 and V was 39.
I have always had slight timing issues (i.e. I'll spend a little too long on certain problems) However, on the actual exam, I did feel as if I were guessing alot more than normal. I wasn't all that stressed either, for some reason, I just couldn't see the problems like I did on the MGMAT tests. It was almost a big blur for me.

Thanks again and hopefully I can one day beat this thing.
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New post 07 Aug 2012, 00:51

Below advice is for improving your Quant Section
Following is what i want to suggest you
1. Prepare a xls sheet (topic by topic).. and keep a track of your progress on a daily basis. Use color coding (Red,Orange,Green).
Red: You are weak in theory - brush up your concepts.
Orange - Done with theory but weak in application of the concepts
Green - Done with the topic

2. Register in and start practicing from there. Reason why am telling you this is that grockit has a timer with eacha nd every question. So it will help you a lot in improving your timing issues!

3. Consult a tutor. Reasonw hy am telling you this because there might be questions in which you are getting stuck or you taking more time to solve and there might be a faster/smarter way of doing it. Also, one of the problem I see with people giving GMAT si that they are stuck on whether to solve the question or plug-in values and check.

General Advice:
1. Do give gmatprep tests before writing the actual exam.
2. I have also done only MGMAT and GmatPrep tests. In MGMAT tests they test you Quant concept but then don't trick you as does GMAT.

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