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GMAT Practice Test 1 & Revised Study Plan

I did my first practice test from GMAT Prep today, to evaluate where I stand.

I tried to take my time on the quantitative section and by the time I was halfway through the verbal section, I was getting impatient and tired of staying focused for that long. When I finished, my heart was racing with that odd mix of anticipation and nervousness one gets. The score popped out, and I almost jumped out of my seat.

My score was a 760 with a Quant score of 49 and a Verbal score of 44!! I was able to get such a high score despite finishing the quant section with 5 minutes to spare and the verbal section with around 25 minutes to spare. I could neither my eyes nor my luck; my first practice test could not have gone any better.

Once the elation subsided a bit, I got down to reviewing my results. I got 8 incorrect on the quants and 5 on the verbal. The reason the scaled quant score is higher is probably the difficulty of the questions I was given. The majority of my errors were in data sufficiency and sentence correction problems.

The score I got is pretty sweet, but now I have to resist the temptation to ease up on the studying. If I can consistently stay in this range in all my practice tests, that would be amazing! I’ve revised my study plan to hopefully address some issues in sentence correction and data sufficiency, and improve/maintain my scores.

  1. Go through Princeton Review material
  2. Work on Official Guide problems, focusing on Data Sufficiency and Sentence Correction
  3. Begin with Manhattan GMAT guide on Sentence Correction and skim other guides as needed
Throughout the process, I will also be maintaining an error log, outlining which problems I have trouble with and the source of the errors. The Khan Academy’s videos go over all the problems in the Official Guide, so it’s probably a good resource to review in understanding how to avoid repeating errors, and also a nice way to keep concepts fresh during my down time. I’ll probably also periodically be referring to the Beat the GMAT flash cards, available here: http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/free-gmat-prep-flashcards
I’ve started tracking the time spent studying each session, and what I work on during the session. I’ve also mapped out dates when I want to take practice tests and which source I plan on using. Here’s the summary:
All in all, it’s been an awesome start to my studying. Now to carry this momentum of positivity going forward!

Step 1: Preliminary Attack Plan

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!

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