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#### GMAT Tips, looking to improve to 700 range

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 Post subject: GMAT Tips, looking to improve to 700 range  Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:39 pm
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 Hello, I have been studying for almost 2 months now and plan another month of dedicated study before taking the GMAT in early June When I first started it was like starting over as I hadn't done math since early college days (about 4 years) I started with the foundations and then started attempting actual problems. I first did the Kaplan Premier book, then the Official Guide 12 Quant book. I took practice tests throughout the process and my scores have consistenly gone up. Kaplan 1 - CD test but my computer won't work with the CD Kaplan 2 - 580 (Q36, V36) Kaplan 3 - 660 (Q41, V43) GMAT Prep 1 - 620 (Can't locate breakdown) Kaplan 4 - 590 (Q35, V36) Kaplan 5 - 590 (Q36, V32) Kaplan 6 - 590 (Q38 V30) MGMAT 1 -600 (Q43, V31) Princeton Review Free - 620 (Can't locate breakdown) GMAT Prep 2 - 660 (Q42, V38) MGMAT 2 - 660 (Q45, V35) I feel as if my Quant score is steadily increasing and on my last CAT test, the MGMAT 2nd test upon review the only Quant questions I missed were in the 700-800 range. I recently breezed through the MGMAT Foundation books just as a refresher on core concepts (and I am waiting on the strategy guides). Previously I did all the Quant problems in the OG 12 Quant review and got 86% right. I have recently reviewed and redid all the questions I had previously gotten wrong. Any advice on how to proceed? I plan on completing all the strategy guides for MGMAT and then completing the OG 12 Verbal review.Once these are completed I plan on diving into the OG 12 and compelting each problem multiple times (until I can fully understand why the problem is correct). While doing this I plan to take CAT tests peridocally just to somewhat measure improvement and keeping the pacing strategies I currently have (as I have only run out of time once in the CAT's I have taken). I can see my Quant score slowly increasing and I have gotten my highest score of 45 today. I feel fairly confident I can increase this as I notice mistakes on some of the problems. I may have dove into the CAT's a little too early but I like to measure how my studying is going. I figure if I focus more on the tougher math problems while increase my verbal score (provided this will increase with strategy guides and more practice) I should see the scores I am looking for Any advice on how to proceed studying or any thoughts on my plans for prep? Any advice would help

 Post subject: Re: GMAT Tips, looking to improve to 700 range  Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:55 pm
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 Post subject: Re: GMAT Tips, looking to improve to 700 range  Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:46 pm
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 Post subject: Re: GMAT Tips, looking to improve to 700 range  Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:21 pm
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 Quote:I know I know, It was a mistake on my part to take so many practice tests. Good, lesson learned. :)Your review process sounds great. And timing is improving too. Good. When you make a mistake, you have to figure out exactly why you made that mistake. This is especially important for verbal, where you've typically made at least two mistakes to get to the wrong answer: you picked the wrong one AND you eliminate the right one. Why was the wrong one so tempting? What made it look good? What was your actual error in thinking that?Why did the right answer look wrong? And what was the error there?Was there something that you just didn't know - some rule you need to learn? Or did you know the material but you weren't aware that it was being tested - they managed to distract you somehow? Or did you fall into trap? Answer B sounded better than C (even though B was wrong)? Why did it sound better? Which specific part? Why did C sound worse? Which part? What's actually going on with that specific part? Etc.Once you figure out WHY you made a mistake or why something was wrong vs. right, then you can figure out what you need to do in order to learn what you need to learn or to avoid making that mistake again in future.The list of questions from the how to analyze article will help, too. It sounds like you find it easier to analyze the quant Qs, but it will come too on the verbal Qs with practice. Just keep asking yourself Why? and How do I know that? _________________Stacey KoprinceInstructorDirector of Online CommunityManhattanGMAT

 Post subject: Re: GMAT Tips, looking to improve to 700 range  Posted: Mon May 28, 2012 6:59 pm
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 Post subject: Re: GMAT Tips, looking to improve to 700 range  Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 6:52 pm
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 Post subject: Re: GMAT Tips, looking to improve to 700 range  Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:40 pm
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 To UpdateI took 2 weeks to only focus on concepts and OG problems and I was feeling more confident heading into the practice exam I took this past saturday. I took the full exam (as I do every exam) with essay and IR.I ended up with a 680 (Q47, V36)During Quant I felt I was doing well and was almost perfect with timing, I figured out that during previous exams I was taking to long on problems I did not know and I would waste time instead of guessing (although it was only an extra 20 seconds I felt it added up). This test as soon as I realized I would not be able to get an answer within a couple of minutes I would strategically guess. I never felt any fatigue at all during this test.For verbal I felt it was easier then the previous tests I had taken and timing was good for verbal as well.When the score came up I felt this was about right for the verbal as I did not notice to many hard questions along the way. There is one issue that keeps coming up on most of the exams I take, for some reason I seem to miss a string of questions in a row in both Quant and Verbal.For this test I missed the last 4 Quant questions, even during the 8 minute break I realized I missed those questions. I know how to do them I just make a mistake on them. I feel that I was on pace to get a 48 possibly even a 49 until missing these 4 questions. As it has happened on multiple occasions I identified it as a weakness but am not sure how to solve it? I know a couple of times it was due to timing but other times I had plenty of time and still missed the last 3, 4, or even 5 questions.For Verbal I miss a string of questions (usually in the beginning portion of the seciton which I find odd, but also sometimes at the end of sections). I don't know whether this is due to fatigue or if something is happening when I switch from Quant to Verbal. I missed 6 in a row and still reached a 36 (previous test i missed 5 in a row at the end and got a 38). I know I am capable of reaching my goal of a 700 but need to fix this issue before.I am hoping to solve this issue of missing multiple questions in a row before my GMAT attempt on the 23rd.

 Post subject: Re: GMAT Tips, looking to improve to 700 range  Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:52 pm
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 Post subject: Re: GMAT Tips, looking to improve to 700 range  Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:27 pm
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 Thanks Stacey,That mental fatigue does sound a lot like what I have been experiencing at the end of the quant sections of all my pratice tests whether or not I had timing issues. I found it even harder to concentrate if I was on pace with timing because I could feel my self relaxing with 3 questions left and 6 minutes left feeling I had "enough" time to finish properly.For verbal I think it is a mental switch, I usually find myself missing a string of questions in the first 10 questions.For my first break I drank the coke outside which I felt really helped being out of the quiet study room I usually take the test in. It kind of cleared my mind.The good news is I took one final practice test this past weekend and told myself if I didn't hit my target goal of at least 700 I would post pone my date (which means I have to keep studying). I went to a library where I take all my tests but this time I took some energy (a coke and energy drink with some chocolate) where usually I just drink water. During the test the essays and IR went fine. Quant was going well and I was pacing myself pretty well (fell behind 2 minutes but managed to make it up with hard questions where I gave an educated guess). At the end of the quant section I felt a little mental fatigue (after reading this post I realized that what it was) but felt pretty sure I tested well.After Quant i again left the room and drank the energy drink. I think it really helped to leave the physical room and separate myself from the test for a couple of minutes. During the break I told myself only 41 more questions and then I'm finished with my last practice test ever.... So focus on each and every question.During the first 10 or so questions of Verbal I felt myslef having trouble concentrating and thought here comes a string of misses but I took extra time on these first 5 or 6 (as I usually end with an extra 5 to 6 minutes in verbal) and buckled down. By question 10 I was back focusing and sharp. I finished verbal and even saw 3 bold face questions so I knew I was doing at least pretty well.The good news is I scored a 720 (Q47 V42) which is my target goal. Also for verbal I didn't miss more then 2 questions in a row for the entire section. I feel the break and energy I drank really helped me focus.The bad news is I still missed 3 of the last 4 for quant. After reviewing the test I had an even 2 minutes for each of the 4 questions but still failed to get these correct. What was different this time around was I did not find any careless or panic mistakes in the problems. The 3 problems I got wrong were in my weak areas which made it even harder to concentrate as I was unsure of some of the answers (and 1 was just a educated guess).All in all it was a good practice test to head into the real GMAT with. It showed me that I can achieve the 720 I want but my verbal was the second highest its ever been on a practice test meaning I shouldn't assume that since I got the 720 I can replicate it easily. I hope to buckle down on my weak concepts during this week and head into the test center fully rested.Any advice for the last couple of preparation days would be appreciatedThanks again for the help

 Post subject: Re: GMAT Tips, looking to improve to 700 range  Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:52 pm
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 Great, that's all good news. Even the errors that you had at the end - you just happened to get a few questions in a row that were in your areas of weakness. Nothing you can do about that - sometimes we get a little unlucky. But you were still able to get your target score despite that.Last few days = general review, all major strategies (how to solve different kinds of problems, pacing strategies, guessing strategies). The closer you get, the less you do (just like an athlete - you rest before the Big Game). The night before, go to the movies or do something else that will occupy your mind.Good luck! Let us know how it goes! _________________Stacey KoprinceInstructorDirector of Online CommunityManhattanGMAT

 Post subject: Re: GMAT Tips, looking to improve to 700 range  Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:35 pm
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 Post subject: Re: GMAT Tips, looking to improve to 700 range  Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:15 pm
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