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New post 16 Jan 2020, 10:10
Hi y'all,

Just wanted to express some of my feelings/experiences when I test, and would appreciate it if I could get some advice/thoughts. I'm currently practicing testing around the 660-680 range, but when I look back at those tests, it's like woah, I could convert some of these and propel me into the 720+ range. Nevertheless, just wanted to vent some experiences, and hopefully get some feedback.

Experiences/Problems
- In the midst of the test, I tend to forget my GMAT training. It seems like I have a plan going in, but then during the test, that all goes out the window, and I'm just relying on natural ability and stamina.
- On Verbal, the influx of material is an issue. On CR and CR, The concept of ok, I'm going to spend 2-3 minutes and really dive into this problem, then moments later have to forget what I immersed myself into and do it again for a totally different question is somewhat messing with me. I'm struggling with the goal of diving in for 2-3 minutes, then having to do that entire process again moments later in a different context.
- Going along the lines of the last point, on Verbal, from Question #20 ish onward, it's hard to "actively read." In the beginning, I really break down every question methodically and logically, then towards the end I have a hard time reading for comprehension and meaning. This might be a stamina issue, but it seems like my robotic approach goes out the window towards the end.


Altogether, I would appreciate any help on this. I truly feel that if I resolved these 3 main issues, I would convert the 'could-of-got' questions during the actual exam instead of looking back and saying man, I could of got those. Once again, I appreciate the advice/thoughts.
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Hi vreddy1,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Before providing specific advice, I’d like to learn more about your situation with the GMAT. I have some questions.

-- for how long have you been studying?

-- what resources have you been using?

-- what are the exact score breakdowns and dates of your official GMAT practice exams?

-- when is your GMAT?

In the meantime, you may find it helpful to read the following article:

How to Learn More, Learn Faster, and Retain More Knowledge While Preparing for the GMAT
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New post 17 Jan 2020, 15:42
Studying last 1.5 years

Resources include Kaplan, official GMAT, empower, etc. (Almost everything I've at least dabbled in)

Cant recall exact breakdowns, but usually is low 30'sV, 46-48Q

Taking officially again in about 2-3 weeks



Altogether, can you please address how to not forget foundation, training during the heat of the test and then have to rely on natural ability and stamina, how to not get stumbled by transitioning from one context into another on Verbal, and how to not have active reading fizzle out towards the end.


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vreddy1 wrote:
Hi y'all,Just wanted to express some of my feelings/experiences when I test, and would appreciate it if I could get some advice/thoughts. I'm currently practicing testing around the 660-680 range, but when I look back at those tests, it's like woah, I could convert some of these and propel me into the 720+ range. Nevertheless, just wanted to vent some experiences, and hopefully get some feedback.Experiences/Problems

- In the midst of the test, I tend to forget my GMAT training. It seems like I have a plan going in, but then during the test, that all goes out the window, and I'm just relying on natural ability and stamina.


My take is that, even though you have been preparing for a while, you have not developed solid GMAT skills. If you had, you would naturally use those skills rather than fall into "relying on natural ability and stamina.

It may be that the reason that your skills are not solid is that the approaches you are using are not logic-based and robust, but rather somehow gimmicky and unreliable. If your approaches were solid at their foundations, reliable, and obviously useful, it stands to reason that you would use them consistently, regardless of whether you are simply answering practice questions or taking a test.

So, probably, you have to adjust your approaches to answering quant and verbal questions to make them more logic-based, robust, and reliable, and then you have to practice a lot more until you master using those approaches and use them naturally.
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- On Verbal, the influx of material is an issue. On CR and CR, The concept of ok, I'm going to spend 2-3 minutes and really dive into this problem, then moments later have to forget what I immersed myself into and do it again for a totally different question is somewhat messing with me. I'm struggling with the goal of diving in for 2-3 minutes, then having to do that entire process again moments later in a different context.


This process is something that you have to accept and become accustomed to, partly through additional practice.

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- Going along the lines of the last point, on Verbal, from Question #20 ish onward, it's hard to "actively read." In the beginning, I really break down every question methodically and logically, then towards the end I have a hard time reading for comprehension and meaning. This might be a stamina issue, but it seems like my robotic approach goes out the window towards the end.


Your use of the word "robotic" may be a clue here. If your approach is robotic, probably what you are doing is too rigid, perhaps as a result of your approaches not being sufficiently logic-based, robust, and reliable, as discussed above, and also not sufficiently adaptable. It seems likely that you are operating in a way that does not completely make sense, one such that, rather than connecting directly with the process of answering the questions, you are using "approaches" that are "supposed to" work.

Generally speaking, probably you have to adjust your overall approach so that it is less of a GMAT specific approach that you developed from reading a bunch of GMAT prep materials to a life skills and logic-based, flexible, and at times out-of-the-box approach involving your directly connecting with the process of answering the questions rather than operating like a puppet master behind a curtain using "approaches." Yes, of course, there are GMAT specific aspects of any good approach to taking the test, but you have to integrate those aspects with your life skills, logical skills, hacking skills, and anything else that you would use to arrive at correct answers.
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That was exactly the type of feedback I was looking for. I heavily appreciate it.
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