Its a 630. I’m disappointed but i don’t really feel bad about myself as well. It didn’t click. Well, for lucky some it works in their first go and obviously in my case it did not. But attempting this test gave me an idea on where to focus. My focus in quants had primarily been only on OG related questions. That was my first mis-step, by the time I realized this ( about a week ago) it was too late for me to pick up. So I gave a shot at it. I’ll plan on re-taking the exam in a month or so.
Splits- Q 44. V 35
For any beginners- OG is just a basic don’t rely on it. Depend more on the GMATprep, it almost identifies your actual range accurately. It is wise to start at least looking through the questions before 3 weeks of the exam. And the questions of the two preps don’t repeat much so it’s wise to take each of them twice.
I’m feeling anxious to get over with GMAT rather than feeling tensed, which is pretty unusual considering my nature.
So things I did this week:
1) Complete revision of OG 13 ( I think if I spot a question from OG I might directly click on the answer choice )
2) GMAT prep tests . I scored 630 and 640 in those two tests ( I had trouble with some quant questions and verbal – man reading comprehension passages are so boring, just guessed and moved on)
3) I learnt the concepts of all the questions from both the test preps.
4) I went through some AWA essays.
5) I has completely forgotten about IR ( until I saw them pop up on the Test prep screen) and still did nothing about it (will do nothing about it as well )
That’s the end of this LOOOONG week!
I’ve done what I had planned. There were things I wish I haven’t done, but that’s okay I’m happy with myself. At the end of the day it’s just a TEST not the end the world. Will see how this goes.
I’m all game!
Last long week ahead. Time isn’t flying by like it usually does. Surprisingly not nervous , yet
Things I’ll be doing this week-
1) Attempt all OG 13 questions once
2) GMATprep tests ( One of which I’ll be doing today)
3) Revise my area of weakness.
4) Visit the test center once , just to be sure I’m right about the location.
5) Work on the AWA and IR sections
That’s it. Pretty much the usual stuff. All I have to do is bring my game face on for the G-day!
I have exactly two weeks for my big day and I haven’t started out on any of the full-length tests.
Things I have planned to do :
1. Go through all section’s answer explanations one last time in OG.
2. Attempt all the sections in the official guide one more time ( this is for my satisfaction).
3. Do the Powerprep (I have a doubt whether GMATprep and powerprep are the same, any idea?) tests 10 times ( 5 times each of the 2 tests).
Then if I have time, I will take up more full-length tests. But I will be more than happy to complete what I have listed above. If any other suggestions on how I can utilize maximum time for GMAT , let me know.
Wish me luck on my final lap!
Sorry haven’t been able to update my progress in a while. I’m just little overwhelmed with Verbal and I am still trying get my hands on everything that I can study for improving in that area. Still 30 days to go and though I can feel the pressure building up, I find some kind of strange confidence that I can beat this and it’s no big deal. Call me crazy, but 4 weeks to go for my big day and here I am still in the process of preparing, yet feeling light ! By the way,any words of advice would be great.
Prepare , Practice and Relax. This is going to be my motto for the next 2 weeks. I’m going to complete the official guide and get clarity on all the topics. Preparing the weak areas from other materials and revise all quant topics. Finally I should be able stop stressing about GMAT and take it as easy as possible by spending around 3 hours a day. I think I can make that work.
It just hit me that in 7 weeks I’ll be taking my test….7 weeks…SEVEN weeks!!! 7 weeks time isn’t much, and I have so much more to do. I am kinda freaking out thinking about it. All these days my prep wasn’t that dedicated, half of my time was spent wisely and the other half, well ..don’t ask. Now I am back to square one, lost!! I have to rethink my plan to get ahead of the game I guess. I’ll try to create a more organised and more achievable goals and get it done on time, I hope! I am still shaken up, gulp just 7 weeks more.!
So finally I completed Quants, Yay me I worked out for 2-3 hours a day and spent 1 hour going over my errors. totally around 3-4 hours per day. At this pace it took me about 9 days to complete all the questions. Feeling a lot more confident in the Math area, probably cause I’ve completed it. Hope Verbal prep would also be similar to this.
THINGS I DID:
- Solved all OG questions, didn’t care about making mistakes as I was still in the learning process.
- Went over all my errors and also solved them twice, just to be sure.
- Any new concepts that I came across was noted as well.
- Scanned my notes once a day.
PLANS FOR FOLLOWING WEEK:
- MGMAT sentence correction
- Prepare for the remaining two sections as well.
I don’t know how long will it take for me to complete the ‘sentence correction’ so I don’t want to plan more and stress myself. My goal is to complete Verbal prep. That’s it for the update.
Okay so my 1 day rest turned into 4 full days due to family circumstances. I didn’t complete the target I set for myself, but I am not all that sad. I had a good break and I enjoyed myself. But the sad part is from tomorrow I will not be able to spend more than 3 hours of prep a day (max) So most probably my week 3′s plan would be to complete the whole math section in OG and master all the math concepts for one last time. I hope this minor setback would not affect my prep overall, but will I run out of time?
One week of my preparation ends as of today. I managed to complete MGMAT quant books as per my plan.
I think preparing this way did give me an edge, I worked about 6 days of this taking, taking a day off. Preparation did consume a lot of time as there were around 17 basic topics that needed to be covered, even spending a minimum of 1 hour on each adds to an easy 17 hours.
It took me a massive 26hours to complete . Sounds too much, but I do think it is important to understand every simple concepts and I do think it’ll put me in a better place when I actually work out the OG problems. So fingers crossed that my 26 hours doesn’t go down the road!
I’ve debriefed this week’s prep , for those of you who want to check it out :
Day 3 Completed the left out topics in Word Translations (took 7 painful hours) and Geometry
Day 4 Revision of 3 days work.
Day 5 Completed Number Properties and Fractions, Decimals and Percents
Day 6 Equations, Inequalities & VICs and done!
THINGS I DID:
- I took notes on all topics that’ll help me till the end.
- I prepared my own Error-log, where I not only mentioned the error, but also explained with correct solution ( which helped me a lot, it just gets registered when I see them a couple of times)
- Prepared a check-list of the topics that I was going to cover for the day ( I get really excited when I cross off the topics as I complete, it gives me that extra push to complete everything on time)
- Finally I packed all my MGMAT QUANT books and locked them inside my cupboard
Overall math wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. So my next week’s plan would be to complete OG – PS and DS. I don’t want to stress myself with the preparation load and lose interest to proceed at all. SO I decided to take a day off and start from Tuesday.
Do let me know your thoughts on my plan.