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I feel like my progress is regressing. Advice?

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I feel like my progress is regressing. Advice?

Post Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:20 pm
I've been studying for about 2 months now and have finished through the in-person Manhattan Course. While the course was great, and I've learned a lot, I'm not really seeing progress on my CAT's despite all the OG problems making sense to me on the first go. I do a thorough review of my CAT's to find my weaknesses, then review the relevant Manhattan books and drill OG problems. I'm targeting Mid-June to take the test.

Here is a summary of my past CAT's. Note that I have only taken the IR/AWA with GMAT Prep. I know that I should take it with the other sections too because of mental stamina; however, I'd rather nail down verbal/quant before I worry about test stress with the non-scored sections.

GMAT Prep - 610 (Q36 V38) Took in January as a diagnostic
MGMAT CAT 1 - 640 (Q42 V36)
MGMAT CAT 2 - 640 (Q44 V34)
MGMAT CAT 3 - 620 (Q37 V37)

I took MGMAT CAT 3 yesterday and was thoroughly disappointed with my quant performance given my progression with the 2 CAT's before. I made some careless mistakes and time ran out on me before I could even finish the last question. With the MGMAT CAT's in general, time has been killing me in Quant.

My target score is 730, although I wouldn't retake it if the score came as low as 710. I've been keeping track of my weaknesses through some of the Manhattan analytics tools and I've been making flashcards (but haven't been reviewing them as much as I'd like). Is my target score feasible given this time frame (2 months till test day)? Any advice on some things that I could do differently? I work 40-50 hours a week and dedicate most of my weekend to studying. Sometimes the weekend can be distracting so I was thinking of restructuring my work week so I work more on Monday - Thursday and less on Friday so that I can take CAT's on Friday instead.

Any guidance would be kindly appreciated!

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Post Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:13 pm
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Rich,

Thanks for the follow up.

1. I finished the course last week
2. I can if absolutely necessary.
3. Hopefully this fall.
4. I'm eyeing Booth, Kellogg, and Wharton.


Optimus, thanks for the advice. I'll take the advice into consideration. Is it still worth making an error log even though Manhattan already gives me an analysis of my tests?
Hi DivineLegacy,

Yes it surely is worth. Manhattan will give you the analysis and that too only for the Manhattan books.
What about the Official Guide questions?

Moreover, you should note down new lessons learnt in your error log and keep revisiting them from time to time. This will ensure you do not make the same mistakes again.

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Post Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:47 pm
Hi DivineLegacy,

You've named some highly competitive Schools, so you're going to need a strong GMAT score AND a strong OVERALL application AND you'll have to make sure to 'market yourself' correctly to each of the Schools. As such, as part of your long term plans you might also want to work with an Admissions Expert. There's a Forum full of them here:

http://www.beatthegmat.com/ask-an-mba-admissions-consultant-f40.html

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Post Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:13 pm
DivineLegacy wrote:
Rich,

Thanks for the follow up.

1. I finished the course last week
2. I can if absolutely necessary.
3. Hopefully this fall.
4. I'm eyeing Booth, Kellogg, and Wharton.


Optimus, thanks for the advice. I'll take the advice into consideration. Is it still worth making an error log even though Manhattan already gives me an analysis of my tests?
Hi DivineLegacy,

Yes it surely is worth. Manhattan will give you the analysis and that too only for the Manhattan books.
What about the Official Guide questions?

Moreover, you should note down new lessons learnt in your error log and keep revisiting them from time to time. This will ensure you do not make the same mistakes again.

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Hi DivineLegacy,

You've named some highly competitive Schools, so you're going to need a strong GMAT score AND a strong OVERALL application AND you'll have to make sure to 'market yourself' correctly to each of the Schools. As such, as part of your long term plans you might also want to work with an Admissions Expert. There's a Forum full of them here:

http://www.beatthegmat.com/ask-an-mba-admissions-consultant-f40.html

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Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com wrote:
1) When did you finish up your Course?
2) Do you have the flexibility to push back your Test Date?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Rich,

Thanks for the follow up.

1. I finished the course last week
2. I can if absolutely necessary.
3. Hopefully this fall.
4. I'm eyeing Booth, Kellogg, and Wharton.


Optimus, thanks for the advice. I'll take the advice into consideration. Is it still worth making an error log even though Manhattan already gives me an analysis of my tests?

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