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Gmat study with little progress on practice tests

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Gmat study with little progress on practice tests

Post Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:42 pm
Hi,

Its now almost a year after I started my preparation, some months I did not get chance to concentrate on studies because of work, but I feel I am still at the same level as when started

1. completed manhattan live class course as of September 2016
studied all the books but have not completed all the home works
2. Restarted my preparation again in July 2017 after getting an extension from manhattan
3. Got CR bible and studied 75%
4. Non-native, so enrolled in egmat sentence correction online
5. Got access to 3 months empower gmat

I have done mock test last couple of weeks ( 1 Gmat Prep and 1 MGMAT) 510 and 540 respectively. The scores around 36-39 for math 25-28 for verbal. When I review quant section, I could have got easily few more correct but I guess time pressure is causing the issues. I planned test date of early september but considering to move to December as its difficult to get the target score 650-700. I am also thinking of private tutoring hoping that might help me but seems to be super expensive. I am leaning towards Manhattan Prep as I can follow the same materials already I have. If you guys can recommend some private tutors, please message me. Is going for 4-6 private tutoring for Manhattan Prep worth ? thats almost $1350

Thanks
Jo

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Post Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:04 pm
Hi Jo,

I've sent you a PM with some notes/suggestions about your Study Plan.

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Post Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:22 am
learningtreeman wrote:
Hi,

Its now almost a year after I started my preparation, some months I did not get chance to concentrate on studies because of work, but I feel I am still at the same level as when started

1. completed manhattan live class course as of September 2016
studied all the books but have not completed all the home works
2. Restarted my preparation again in July 2017 after getting an extension from manhattan
3. Got CR bible and studied 75%
4. Non-native, so enrolled in egmat sentence correction online
5. Got access to 3 months empower gmat

I have done mock test last couple of weeks ( 1 Gmat Prep and 1 MGMAT) 510 and 540 respectively. The scores around 36-39 for math 25-28 for verbal. When I review quant section, I could have got easily few more correct but I guess time pressure is causing the issues. I planned test date of early september but considering to move to December as its difficult to get the target score 650-700. I am also thinking of private tutoring hoping that might help me but seems to be super expensive. I am leaning towards Manhattan Prep as I can follow the same materials already I have. If you guys can recommend some private tutors, please message me. Is going for 4-6 private tutoring for Manhattan Prep worth ? thats almost $1350

Thanks
Jo
Depending on what timeframe you settle on, you could always begin self-studying, take a few more practice exams, and then reevaluate based on the kind of progress you're making. If you find that you're understanding most of what you miss, are able to make reasonable adjustments in response, and continue to make progress, that's typically a good indication that self-study will prove adequate. If you find that you're spinning your wheels, not understanding why you're missing certain questions, or feeling unsure as to how you'd attack a similar question once you're reviewed an explanation, that's a hint that tutoring could prove beneficial.

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Post Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:04 pm
Hi Jo,

I've sent you a PM with some notes/suggestions about your Study Plan.

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Post Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:22 am
learningtreeman wrote:
Hi,

Its now almost a year after I started my preparation, some months I did not get chance to concentrate on studies because of work, but I feel I am still at the same level as when started

1. completed manhattan live class course as of September 2016
studied all the books but have not completed all the home works
2. Restarted my preparation again in July 2017 after getting an extension from manhattan
3. Got CR bible and studied 75%
4. Non-native, so enrolled in egmat sentence correction online
5. Got access to 3 months empower gmat

I have done mock test last couple of weeks ( 1 Gmat Prep and 1 MGMAT) 510 and 540 respectively. The scores around 36-39 for math 25-28 for verbal. When I review quant section, I could have got easily few more correct but I guess time pressure is causing the issues. I planned test date of early september but considering to move to December as its difficult to get the target score 650-700. I am also thinking of private tutoring hoping that might help me but seems to be super expensive. I am leaning towards Manhattan Prep as I can follow the same materials already I have. If you guys can recommend some private tutors, please message me. Is going for 4-6 private tutoring for Manhattan Prep worth ? thats almost $1350

Thanks
Jo
Depending on what timeframe you settle on, you could always begin self-studying, take a few more practice exams, and then reevaluate based on the kind of progress you're making. If you find that you're understanding most of what you miss, are able to make reasonable adjustments in response, and continue to make progress, that's typically a good indication that self-study will prove adequate. If you find that you're spinning your wheels, not understanding why you're missing certain questions, or feeling unsure as to how you'd attack a similar question once you're reviewed an explanation, that's a hint that tutoring could prove beneficial.

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Post Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:53 pm
Thanks Bara and Rich for the reply. My plans are for part time MBA in the Chicago area (UChicago/Depaul), hoping to start before fall 2018. My goal was to finish the test by September, have decided to postpone till December. I currently work in the IT industry for a major financial firm with around 18 years of experience, I can see not many years left for me to get the GMAT done and start with MBA.

Most of my studies until June was based on Manhattan course videos and books, but I have not really done any home works suggested by their course content. My bad.

Here is my current study format.

1. follow 3 month study plan from empower
2. sentence correction , Manhattan SC and egmat
3. for CR - Power Score Bible
4. I plan to spend time with one more quick review of Manhattan guides geometry, word problems.

And anytime available after this for OG , OG Quantitative and Verbal problems. I would like to cover all the OG problems, but I was under the impression , I should keep trying with practice tests as well.. My guess, its might be better to finish up the OG guides before attempting any more new practice tests or study material.

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