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Advise/Tips needed to optimize study strategy

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Post Sun May 07, 2017 12:00 am
Hi guys,

I am studying for the gmat since 3.5 months now. I work full-time, hence my study time is quite limited. My test date is scheduled on May 21, so I still have two weeks to prepare.
I constantly review questions I got wrong and note in an error log why I got the question wrong and what would have been the correct approach. For some reason, there a few questions I get wrong over and over again even though I understand the concept, hence I feel I am not studying and using my error log efficiently (enough). I also make many careless mistakes but could not figure out yet how to reduce the number of such mistakes.
Would you recommend to review topics of questions directly after I got them wrong or rather to review each topic and try questions topic after topic?
Did you have similar problems and a suggestion how to improve or other study tips that could help me to improve?

Thank you very much in advance!!
Best,
Carolin

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Post Mon May 08, 2017 3:43 am
Hi Rich,

the deadline for the program starting in spring 2018 is July 15, 2017.
The next deadlines are in November 2017.
I already considered to push back the test date but thought that it might be better to take the test, gain the test experience and retake the test 4 - 6 weeks later if necessary.

How much time would you recommend to plan between the first and second test date?

Thank you and regards,
CArolin

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Post Mon May 08, 2017 9:46 am
Hi Carolin,

You seem to understand that if you take the GMAT as scheduled then you probably won't hit your goal score. Thankfully, Business Schools don't really care if you retake the GMAT (and you can always cancel your score if you're truly unhappy with it). The potential 'drawbacks' to this plan are that you'll have to spend $250 (whereas paying to reschedule the Exam would cost you just $50) and you might be tempted to try to 'cram' in a lot of study time into these last 2 weeks (which could lead to 'burn-out').

It's tough to say exactly when you should plan to take the GMAT that second time. I'd really need to see a more recent CAT score (as a measure of your current skills) and your Official Score result (so I can see how you perform on Test Day). If we assume that you'll probably score around 600 on both the CAT and the Official GMAT, then I would assume about another month of study after this upcoming Test Date would needed.

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Post Mon May 08, 2017 3:43 am
Hi Rich,

the deadline for the program starting in spring 2018 is July 15, 2017.
The next deadlines are in November 2017.
I already considered to push back the test date but thought that it might be better to take the test, gain the test experience and retake the test 4 - 6 weeks later if necessary.

How much time would you recommend to plan between the first and second test date?

Thank you and regards,
CArolin

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Post Mon May 08, 2017 9:46 am
Hi Carolin,

You seem to understand that if you take the GMAT as scheduled then you probably won't hit your goal score. Thankfully, Business Schools don't really care if you retake the GMAT (and you can always cancel your score if you're truly unhappy with it). The potential 'drawbacks' to this plan are that you'll have to spend $250 (whereas paying to reschedule the Exam would cost you just $50) and you might be tempted to try to 'cram' in a lot of study time into these last 2 weeks (which could lead to 'burn-out').

It's tough to say exactly when you should plan to take the GMAT that second time. I'd really need to see a more recent CAT score (as a measure of your current skills) and your Official Score result (so I can see how you perform on Test Day). If we assume that you'll probably score around 600 on both the CAT and the Official GMAT, then I would assume about another month of study after this upcoming Test Date would needed.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

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Post Sun May 07, 2017 2:31 pm
Hi Carolin,

Your 3 practice CAT scores are remarkably similar to one another. GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your CAT results show that you essentially performed the same each time (right around 600, +/- a few points). With just 2 weeks to go, it's likely that you'll continue to perform at this general level. To score 670+, you'll need to make some fundamental changes to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections - and all of those adjustments will take time (beyond learning and practicing new Tactics, you have to work to make them your 'go to' approaches). Barring a significantly higher score on your next CAT, all of that work will likely require another 1-2 months of consistent, guided study. This is meant to say that you might want to consider pushing back your Test Date - but thankfully it sounds like you have the available study time, so we should plan to take advantage of it.

1) What are the application deadlines for the Programs that you wan to apply to?

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