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Joined: 25 May 2010
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Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Finance
Schools: CBS '14 (A)
GMAT 1: 590 Q47 V25
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GMAT 3: 600 Q47 V25
GMAT 4: 680 Q49 V34
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07 Sep 2011, 11:32
I wish I would have known how much difference preparation makes. A lot of people told me the GMAT measures your intellectual ability and there's only so much you can do to practice. It wasn't until the end of my quant preparation that I realized how many patterns you start seeing when you've done thousands of problems. Not many people feel that quant problems are predictive, but when you do enough they become predictable.
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07 Sep 2011, 21:48
Indeed, it has proved too hard to judge the submissions to determine the one absolute best one. There were several that were great in terms of value, others were very insightful, and yet another category of very short but powerful points.

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And the winner is: Moss

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08 Sep 2011, 23:01
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Moss wrote:
Take practice tests earlier and throughout the GMAT study process. I was discouraged early on with my performance on practice tests and thought the best approach was to spend as much of my time studying and doing OG programs as possible. I waited until a week before test day to take my first real CAT. I was totally rushed, got flustered by the whole process, and did terribly. I took me awhile to adjust to the CAT setting (eg, if you start doing well, your problems become consistently difficult with no respite). I ended up being rushed in both quant and verbal during my first time taking the GMAT and performing below expectations.

My second time through taking the GMAT I made sure to frequently take CATs throughout my study process. It not only improved my timing and test form (ability to withstand difficult problem after difficult problem without fatigue), but the metrics many of the CATs product allowed me to identify weaknesses. It also helped me to realize when I simply had to move on from a problem I didn't know and go to the next -- it was very difficult for me at first to "admit defeat" on a problem, but there is simply not enough time to work through something you don't know. Ultimately, the best way to do practice problems is through a CAT -- its the most realistic and useful type of practice problem one can do. So my best GMAT advice would be to take CATs early and often!

MANN, I wish you said that earlier or more appropriately I wish GCLUB put this thread earlier and proclaimed the winner earlier
I just wrote the test this Monday, and scored 650 Q49/V28, although I finished all OG problems...
But I only did 1 practice test, on exam day I was torn apart by fatigue when I reached the verbal part
Congrats
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Re: The One Thing You Wish You Knew About GMAT - Win $$[#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 Sep 2011, 19:30 I wish I had done more timed practice drills. _________________ Brandon Hoffman http://www.linkedin.com/in/bdhoffman Management Leadership of Tomorrow (MLT) - MBA Programs Fellow MLT LA Chapter - Board Member / Recruiting Officer Net Impact - Professional Chapter Co-President MBADiversity Organization - Global Fellow, CHINA Re: The One Thing You Wish You Knew About GMAT - Win$$   [#permalink] 09 Sep 2011, 19:30

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