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Starting to study to GMAT? Do not make the same mistakes I did!

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Studied for 5 months (while working 10h a day) before doing the GMAT. Scored 500! That´s terrible result for the effort I gave!
What were my mistakes?

1- called former gmat students and asked how did they study. - Do that, but keep in mind that they are not experts in the matter (they told me they bought OGMAT book and did all the exercises. I did the book 3 times and still got terrible result

2- Studied not continuously. In GMAT, I found out that if you study 1h per day, than that´s a bad decision. It´s better to focus one month non-stopping in the Gmat than to do it while you work. You need to be fresh for the GMAT and work causes a lot of stress and consumes a lot of energy

3- stopped doing sports - You should always do 1h sport at least once every 3 days, so your body is strong physically. It will help with stress and endurance of the brain

4- Didn´t check the veritas blog free posts. Please take into account that Veritas gave me more in 2 weeks, than the OGmat on 5 months. (and I studied less time per day)

5- Didn´t train pace. This was the most stupid mistake I did. Since I am a perfectionist freak, I always try to get all the answers correct. Skip some if after 1m you do not see an easy way to solve or if you are doing a lot of calculations(YES every problem should have an easy way to solve). Use the tests available to train for that. you should never answer a question with less than 1 min. If you do 10 questions and can for each of them risk 2 options in under 1 min, you will already improve your probability of getting a correct answer by 13% (trust me it is a lot)
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Thanks for your nice suggestion. Could you specify which things of veritasprep help you?
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Sorry about the low score. Hope you will learn from the mistakes and prep strategically onwards.

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Thanks for your nice suggestion. Could you specify which things of veritasprep help you?
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The documents provided by Carcass or Bunuel. The documents that helped me the most were Veritas Prep Blog on Quant PDF:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/bunuel-s-sig ... 69373.html
You can also go to veritas prep blog
https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/category/gmat/

I am now going to try Gmat tests and question bank for 7 days and will let you know how good it is.
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Sorry about the low score. Hope you will learn from the mistakes and prep strategically onwards.

filiperibsantos wrote:
If I were helpful in any way, please give a Kudo, since I need 20 to get free exams from GMAT Club and can´t afford it :)

Well, you can immediately get 7 days of FREE access to GMAT Club tests and quizzes if you subscribe to GMATClub's YouTube channel. :-) Here is the subscription link.. https://gmatclub.com/youtube_verify.php



Thank you Nareen!

I couldn´t do it:

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Esta aplicação ainda não foi validada pela Google para utilizar o Início de sessão do Google."
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Hi filiperibsantos,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. Before I can offer you any advice for this next phase of your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) What type of study routine have you been following? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your overall goal score?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT. If you decide to retake and need any advice, feel free to reach out. Good luck!
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I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT. If you decide to retake and need any advice, feel free to reach out. Good luck!


Hello Scot! I saw your videos on youtube and they helped me a lot.

I scored 690 in the Gmat free Cat number 2. SO I guess I am ready to get a better mark than 600 at least (need 600, but would like to have 650)

By the way, your veritas tests helped also, but they´re far more difficult than the official GMat free Cats.

For data, I scored always around on the paid veritas CATS. 590 was my worst (3rd exam on the day, so not the best representation) and 650 was my overall best mark.

However I have never finished the quant section, leaving some unanswered questions there, so by randomly selecting the last questions and by replying 1 less, I guess I would have in each a score higher than 600

By the way, I totally recommend Veritas Prep mock tests, if you do not do the question bank before. If you use the question bank, than it´s probable that you will get higher socres in the CATS.
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ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT. If you decide to retake and need any advice, feel free to reach out. Good luck!


Hello Scot! I saw your videos on youtube and they helped me a lot.

I scored 690 in the Gmat free Cat number 2. SO I guess I am ready to get a better mark than 600 at least (need 600, but would like to have 650)

By the way, your veritas tests helped also, but they´re far more difficult than the official GMat free Cats.

For data, I scored always around on the paid veritas CATS. 590 was my worst (3rd exam on the day, so not the best representation) and 650 was my overall best mark.

However I have never finished the quant section, leaving some unanswered questions there, so by randomly selecting the last questions and by replying 1 less, I guess I would have in each a score higher than 600

By the way, I totally recommend Veritas Prep mock tests, if you do not do the question bank before. If you use the question bank, than it´s probable that you will get higher socres in the CATS.



Will try 2nd attempt tomorrow! Wish me luck ;)

I will publish my result once I do it.
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Will try 2nd attempt tomorrow! Wish me luck ;)

I will publish my result once I do it.


Good luck!!
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