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What to do 10 days before the exam; Requesting advice & suggestions

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What to do 10 days before the exam; Requesting advice & suggestions [#permalink]

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I am a non-native and started my GMAT preparation in June, 2017 (~5 years experience in Consulting & Advisory ~Big 4/ Indian Telecom no.1...Master in Business Economics & Bachelor in Technology (Computer Science Engineering).
I gave my first GMAT and scored 630 (Q47, V29) (https://gmatclub.com/forum/esr-analysis ... 45644.html). I think exam anxiety and pressure took a toll in my first attempt.

I geared up again and started focusing more on Verbal
CR: Solved all official questions on GMAT Club/LSAT Questions/QP1/OG/Mock Exams from Veritas and Manhattan, GMAT Prep, EP1
SC: Solved almost all official questions on GMAT Club/QP1/OG/Mock Exams from Veritas and Manhattan GMAT Prep, EP1 (Final Second Analysis of Wrong Questions Left)
RC: Read a lot of good books/Practiced ~100 official questions from QP1/GMAT Club/OG/GMAT Prep, EP1
PS: Solved all questions of Bunuel on daily basis (Few QP1 Hard & Medium Questions Left/60% of GMAT Club Test questions left)
DS: Solved all questions of Bunuel on daily basis (Few QP1 Hard & Medium Questions Left/60% of GMAT Club Test questions left)

Gave Few mocks
Actual GMAT Mon Jul 17, 2017 OVERALL: 630 VERB: 29 QUANT: 47 (ESR Attached in link above)

GMAT Prep Test 1 - Repeat Wed Sep 27, 2017 OVERALL: 660 VERB: 31(CR33, RC27, SC37) QUANT: 49 (PS49, DS49)

GMAT Prep Test 2 - Repeat Sat Oct 09, 2017 OVERALL: 750 VERB: 42(CR47, RC51, SC38) QUANT: 49 (PS51, DS47)

GMAT Prep Test 1 - Repeat Wed Oct 13, 2017 OVERALL: 760 VERB: 31(CR47, RC34, SC44) QUANT: 49 (PS50, DS50)

Manhattan Test 3 - Repeat Sat Oct 14, 2017 OVERALL: 680 VERB: 37 QUANT: 46

Veritas Test 2 Thu Oct 26, 2017 OVERALL: 670 VERB: 32 QUANT: 50

GMAT Prep Test 3 - EP1 Sun Oct 29, 2017 OVERALL: 710 VERB: 37(CR34, RC39, SC36) QUANT: 50(PS50, DS50)

GMAT Prep Test 2 (Repeat) Sun Nov 05, 2017 OVERALL: 760 VERB: 41(CR46, RC32, SC46) QUANT: 51 (PS51, DS51)

GMAT Prep Test 4 - EP1 Mon Nov 13, 2017 OVERALL: 730 VERB: 39(CR41, RC34, SC40) QUANT: 50(PS50, DS50)

Veritas Test 5 Mon Nov 20, 2017 OVERALL: 700 VERB: 35 QUANT: 51

Veritas Test 6 Wed Nov 22, 2017 OVERALL: 710 VERB: 36 QUANT: 51

Veritas Test 7 Sun Nov 26, 2017 OVERALL: 680 VERB: 37 QUANT: 47

GMAT EP1 TEST 3 Repeat Wed Nov 29, 2017 OVERALL: 740 VERB: 41(CR44, RC39, SC40) QUANT: 50(PS50, DS49)

GMAT EP2 TEST 5 Sun Dec 03, 2017 OVERALL: 710 VERB: 34(CR35, RC30, SC38) QUANT: 50(PS50, DS51)


I am planning to give EP2 (Test 5) on 4th Dec (basis which i will decide whether to postpone the test)and if i go ahead will give EP2 (Test 6) on 10th Dec
As if now my exam is scheduled on 13th December (Targeting second round deadline) (Target score 720+)
I would request you to help me in planning my last 09 days of preparation.
What all things i should focus to attain maximum efficiency (Sort of panicking a little)

I would sincerely appreciate your advice/suggestion
Thanks
Luckisnoexcuse
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Re: What to do 10 days before the exam; Requesting advice & suggestions [#permalink]

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Luckisnoexcuse wrote:
Hello,

I am a non-native and started my GMAT preparation in June, 2017 (~5 years experience in Consulting & Advisory ~Big 4/ Indian Telecom no.1...Master in Business Economics & Bachelor in Technology (Computer Science Engineering).
I gave my first GMAT and scored 630 (Q47, V29) (https://gmatclub.com/forum/esr-analysis ... 45644.html). I think exam anxiety and pressure took a toll in my first attempt.

I geared up again and started focusing more on Verbal
CR: Solved all official questions on GMAT Club/LSAT Questions/QP1/OG/Mock Exams from Veritas and Manhattan, GMAT Prep, EP1
SC: Solved almost all official questions on GMAT Club/QP1/OG/Mock Exams from Veritas and Manhattan GMAT Prep, EP1 (Final Second Analysis of Wrong Questions Left)
RC: Read a lot of good books/Practiced ~100 official questions from QP1/GMAT Club/OG/GMAT Prep, EP1
PS: Solved all questions of Bunuel on daily basis (Few QP1 Hard & Medium Questions Left/60% of GMAT Club Test questions left)
DS: Solved all questions of Bunuel on daily basis (Few QP1 Hard & Medium Questions Left/60% of GMAT Club Test questions left)

Gave Few mocks
Actual GMAT Mon Jul 17, 2017 OVERALL: 630 VERB: 29 QUANT: 47 (ESR Attached in link above)

GMAT Prep Test 1 - Repeat Wed Sep 27, 2017 OVERALL: 660 VERB: 31(CR33, RC27, SC37) QUANT: 49 (PS49, DS49)

GMAT Prep Test 2 - Repeat Sat Oct 09, 2017 OVERALL: 750 VERB: 42(CR47, RC51, SC38) QUANT: 49 (PS51, DS47)

GMAT Prep Test 1 - Repeat Wed Oct 13, 2017 OVERALL: 760 VERB: 31(CR47, RC34, SC44) QUANT: 49 (PS50, DS50)

Manhattan Test 3 - Repeat Sat Oct 14, 2017 OVERALL: 680 VERB: 37 QUANT: 46

Veritas Test 2 Thu Oct 26, 2017 OVERALL: 670 VERB: 32 QUANT: 50

GMAT Prep Test 3 - EP1 Sun Oct 29, 2017 OVERALL: 710 VERB: 37(CR34, RC39, SC36) QUANT: 50(PS50, DS50)

GMAT Prep Test 2 (Repeat) Sun Nov 05, 2017 OVERALL: 760 VERB: 41(CR46, RC32, SC46) QUANT: 51 (PS51, DS51)

GMAT Prep Test 4 - EP1 Mon Nov 13, 2017 OVERALL: 730 VERB: 39(CR41, RC34, SC40) QUANT: 50(PS50, DS50)

Veritas Test 5 Mon Nov 20, 2017 OVERALL: 700 VERB: 35 QUANT: 51

Veritas Test 6 Wed Nov 22, 2017 OVERALL: 710 VERB: 36 QUANT: 51

Veritas Test 7 Sun Nov 26, 2017 OVERALL: 680 VERB: 37 QUANT: 47

GMAT EP1 TEST 3 Repeat Wed Nov 29, 2017 OVERALL: 740 VERB: 41(CR44, RC39, SC40) QUANT: 50(PS50, DS49)

I am planning to give EP2 (Test 5) on 3rd Dec (basis which i will decide whether to postpone the test)
and if i go ahead will give EP2 (Test 6) on 10th Dec
As if now my exam is scheduled on 13th December (Targeting second round deadline) (Target score 720+)
I would request you to help me in planning my last 10 days of preparation.
What all things i should focus to attain maximum efficiency (Sort of panicking a little)

I would sincerely appreciate your advice/suggestion
Thanks
Luckisnoexcuse


Hi Luckisnoexcuse!

Thanks for posting! Happy to help :-)

First of all, congratulations on all your hard work so far! The number one, most important thing that you should do for these last 10 days or so is to go back through your old incorrect questions. One of the most important parts of studying effectively, possibly the most important part, is learning from your mistakes. That means carefully revisiting every single question you get wrong and spending ample time analyzing why you got it wrong, how you could have gotten it right, and what you can learn to avoid the mistake in the future.

Mike wrote an awesome blog post about this some time ago which I highly recommend. Basically, studying your mistakes gives you maximum improvement. So, go back through the explanations, study the related concepts, research any methods you're not comfortable with that are mentioned in the solution, and really analyze the questions. Doing so will help you solidify your understanding of the question and concepts being tested, preparing yourself for similar questions in the future.

This applies both to Math and Verbal. At this point, you've answered tons of practice questions (nice job!). But just practicing questions isn't enough - you need to make sure that you're really learning from all of them. As you go back through the old questions, try to notice any patterns in your incorrect answers. You'll probably find that there are specific question types, or concepts, that you tend to struggle with. Those are the ones that you want to focus on. When you identify an area like this, look up the relevant strategies for that particular question type or subject. A good starting point for that is the Magoosh Blog - just search for whatever you want to work on. The blog also has additional practice questions, as well as challenge practice questions :-)

Finally, check out these posts about test anxiety:


I hope some of this helps! If you have any other specific questions, let me know :-)

-Carolyn
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