Today I finished my last practice test. 3 more days until I write the real thing, and I can probably safely say I am basically done preparing. Before the actual test day, I’m going to do some of the more difficult problems from the Original Guide 12th Edition that I have been saving. Aside from that, my plan is to just review the list of AWA topics, and some probability questions as that is my weakest area.
My test results were not that great in the middle there. I was hoping to consistently hit the 750+ range on my last few, but didn’t quite manage. The encouraging sign is that I was able to get 760+ on all my GMAT Prep tests, which are supposedly the best predictors of actual performance. My weakest scores were on the Princeton Review tests, with my second last test hitting a 670. I didn’t panic with that score because I was sick that day and I knew my concentration was affected. Overall, I think I should be able to hit my goal of 740+ comfortably as long as I don’t spend excessively long on any questions and don’t have some sort of anxiety attack.
I’ll be posting after my exam is done with my results, and again shortly after with a review of the materials I used and some observations on what worked well to prepare for the exam. Here’s hoping that my next post comes with some good news!
All right! This is officially the start of my GMAT preparations. Right now, here’s my plan:
Step 1: Familiarize myself with the test and basic types of questions/strategies.
Step 2: Take my first practice test on GMAT prep (first of 2 downloadable from MBA.com). This should give me a gauge on where I stand and clarify the amount of work I have to put in.
Step 3: Go through Kaplan’s Premier guide or the Princeton Review guide (still on the fence). Attempt another practice CAT, this time from Kaplan or Princeton Review.
Step 4: Go through 12th edition Official Guide for GMAT Review. I’m going to use the Khan Academy’s free online GMAT prep video series found at the following link to review my work and keep the concepts fresh in my mind. http://www.khanacademy.org/gmat
Step 5: One more practice test.
Step 6: Go through Manhattan GMAT prep’s 8 strategy guides.
Step 7: More practice tests, followed by more practice.
Depending on how much time I have, the speed/effectiveness of how I’m able to work through all the material, and how I perform on my practice tests I’ll have to alter the plan as I go. Along the way I’ll be reading the forums/blogs at http://www.beatthegmat.com/ for tips and advice to incorporate into my approach.
Timeline: I have two weeks before I go back to school in May. My goal is to be finished with steps 1 and 2 by Wednesday, April 20th, and hopefully get around 50 hours in before May 2nd, leaving about a month to get another 50-60 hours or so in (test day is June 4th).
So here I go. Full steam ahead!