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## The GMAT is like prepping for a sport!

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NomoreGMAT:) Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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#### The GMAT is like prepping for a sport!

Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:27 am

As far as quant goes, I found that studying the math was really like getting in shape for a sport. For example, prepping for a basketball season that starts in 6 months, the first 3 months might be mostly about running, shooting, dribbling, lifting weights, etc…then the next 3 months might really focus on running plays and learning to execute those plays to perfection. Running those plays enables you to implement all the dribbling and aerobic fitness in a way that best exploits your opponent and maximizes the training you have done. My first 3 months on the math section was like the off season spent getting in shape, or learning the fundamentals, number properties, exponent rules, how to factor, how to simplify, etc..etc…the second 3 months was where tactics and efficiency began to be effective and important. This second 3 months is where I significantly increased my investment and began using Target Test Prep and working with Jeff the tutor. I started using Target Test Prep after I had already gone through the Veritas course could not get above a 610 on the GMAT. A friend urged me to try Target Test Prep. Initially I was reluctant because I am not a big fan of computer based learning. Target Test Prep quickly changed my perspective on what can be gained through a computer based medium, and especially what can be accomplished online with the tutor that Target Test Prep has. I started Target Test Prep (TTP) on September 30th 2016 and started working with Jeff (the Tutor from TTP) a few weeks after that. By November 12th 2016 I scored a 650. This is when I started to get serious with TTP. Based on that improvement, Jeff encouraged me to have faith in the platform, follow the curriculum, and work with him. I took his advice and alongside the curriculum, I met with Jeff (on average) once a week until the end of December and scored a 710 on December 29th 2016. I know that if I continued to work with Jeff and use TTP, my score would likely go even higher, but a 710 was good enough for me and met the balance I needed between a good score and time invested.

So to summarize my advice and experience, this is what I would take away:
1. Read everything in the verbal section as though it is the most interesting information you have ever read.
2. If you are as behind in the math as I was, understand the math section is going to be a marathon and not a sprint, but once you have gotten into good shape, you can “learn the plays” and play a far more efficient and effective game, just like athletes do in sports, they get in shape, then they implement a team strategy for winning.
3. I saw this piece of advice on someone’s post and agree with it for the most part, “don’t switch horses mid-race.” The person was emphasizing that all of the test prep programs are excellent and can probably get you the score you need, so having faith in the one you are using is an important part of the process. My caveat to this is that the needed level of faith can be difficult to maintain studying on your own. I think working with a tutor can really help keep you focused, encouraged, and disciplined.
4. My last piece of advice is based on number 3, which is that this process is an investment. I would recommend using a tutor for as much of the process as possible, especially the second three months I referred to earlier. This means you have to budget what this will cost you and you probably will need to save up for this part of the process. I have plenty of friends who have been studying for years, and so, for me, to have put the 6 months in and officially have this test behind me makes the money invested well worth it.
Best of luck!

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Sowmya2709 Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:11 pm
Interesting read, will help all the GMAT Aspirants. Thanks a lot

AlexBarret Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
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Sun May 14, 2017 9:13 am
NomoreGMAT:) wrote:

As far as quant goes, I found that studying the math was really like getting in shape for a sport. For example, prepping for a basketball season that starts in 6 months, the first 3 months might be mostly about running, shooting, dribbling, lifting weights, etc…then the next 3 months might really focus on running plays and learning to execute those plays to perfection. Running those plays enables you to implement all the dribbling and aerobic fitness in a way that best exploits your opponent and maximizes the training you have done. My first 3 months on the math section was like the off season spent getting in shape, or learning the fundamentals, number properties, exponent rules, how to factor, how to simplify, etc..etc…the second 3 months was where tactics and efficiency began to be effective and important. This second 3 months is where I significantly increased my investment and began using Target Test Prep and working with Jeff the tutor. I started using Target Test Prep after I had already gone through the Veritas course could not get above a 610 on the GMAT. A friend urged me to try Target Test Prep. Initially I was reluctant because I am not a big fan of computer based learning. Target Test Prep quickly changed my perspective on what can be gained through a computer based medium, and especially what can be accomplished online with the tutor that Target Test Prep has. I started Target Test Prep (TTP) on September 30th 2016 and started working with Jeff (the Tutor from TTP) a few weeks after that. By November 12th 2016 I scored a 650. This is when I started to get serious with TTP. Based on that improvement, Jeff encouraged me to have faith in the platform, follow the curriculum, and work with him. I took his advice and alongside the curriculum, I met with Jeff (on average) once a week until the end of December and scored a 710 on December 29th 2016. I know that if I continued to work with Jeff and use TTP, my score would likely go even higher, but a 710 was good enough for me and met the balance I needed between a good score and time invested.

So to summarize my advice and experience, this is what I would take away:
1. Read everything in the verbal section as though it is the most interesting information you have ever read.
2. If you are as behind in the math as I was, understand the math section is going to be a marathon and not a sprint, but once you have gotten into good shape, you can “learn the plays” and play a far more efficient and effective game, just like athletes do in sports, they get in shape, then they implement a team strategy for winning.
3. I saw this piece of advice on someone’s post and agree with it for the most part, “don’t switch horses mid-race.” The person was emphasizing that all of the test prep programs are excellent and can probably get you the score you need, so having faith in the one you are using is an important part of the process. My caveat to this is that the needed level of faith can be difficult to maintain studying on your own. I think working with a tutor can really help keep you focused, encouraged, and disciplined.
4. My last piece of advice is based on number 3, which is that this process is an investment. I would recommend using a tutor for as much of the process as possible, especially the second three months I referred to earlier. This means you have to budget what this will cost you and you probably will need to save up for this part of the process. I have plenty of friends who have been studying for years, and so, for me, to have put the 6 months in and officially have this test behind me makes the money invested well worth it.
Best of luck!
OMG...Its too long to read, sorry. I tried to read your thoughts but I havent enough patience to do that.))Would you write shorter?))

Dukemm Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:12 pm
AlexBarret wrote:
NomoreGMAT:) wrote:

As far as quant goes, I found that studying the math was really like getting in shape for a sport. For example, prepping for a basketball season that starts in 6 months, the first 3 months might be mostly about running, shooting, dribbling, lifting weights, etc…then the next 3 months might really focus on running plays and learning to execute those plays to perfection. Running those plays enables you to implement all the dribbling and aerobic fitness in a way that best exploits your opponent and maximizes the training you have done. My first 3 months on the math section was like the off season spent getting in shape, or learning the fundamentals, number properties, exponent rules, how to factor, how to simplify, etc..etc…the second 3 months was where tactics and efficiency began to be effective and important. This second 3 months is where I significantly increased my investment and began using Target Test Prep and working with Jeff the tutor. I started using Target Test Prep after I had already gone through the Veritas course could not get above a 610 on the GMAT. A friend urged me to try Target Test Prep. Initially I was reluctant because I am not a big fan of computer based learning. Target Test Prep quickly changed my perspective on what can be gained through a computer based medium, and especially what can be accomplished online with the tutor that Target Test Prep has. I started Target Test Prep (TTP) on September 30th 2016 and started working with Jeff (the Tutor from TTP) a few weeks after that. By November 12th 2016 I scored a 650. This is when I started to get serious with TTP. Based on that improvement, Jeff encouraged me to have faith in the platform, follow the curriculum, and work with him. I took his advice and alongside the curriculum, I met with Jeff (on average) once a week until the end of December and scored a 710 on December 29th 2016. I know that if I continued to work with Jeff and use TTP, my score would likely go even higher, but a 710 was good enough for me and met the balance I needed between a good score and time invested.

So to summarize my advice and experience, this is what I would take away:
1. Read everything in the verbal section as though it is the most interesting information you have ever read.
2. If you are as behind in the math as I was, understand the math section is going to be a marathon and not a sprint, but once you have gotten into good shape, you can “learn the plays” and play a far more efficient and effective game, just like athletes do in sports, they get in shape, then they implement a team strategy for winning.
3. I saw this piece of advice on someone’s post and agree with it for the most part, “don’t switch horses mid-race.” The person was emphasizing that all of the test prep programs are excellent and can probably get you the score you need, so having faith in the one you are using is an important part of the process. My caveat to this is that the needed level of faith can be difficult to maintain studying on your own. I think working with a tutor can really help keep you focused, encouraged, and disciplined.
4. My last piece of advice is based on number 3, which is that this process is an investment. I would recommend using a tutor for as much of the process as possible, especially the second three months I referred to earlier. This means you have to budget what this will cost you and you probably will need to save up for this part of the process. I have plenty of friends who have been studying for years, and so, for me, to have put the 6 months in and officially have this test behind me makes the money invested well worth it.
Best of luck!
OMG...Its too long to read, sorry. I tried to read your thoughts but I havent enough patience to do that.))Would you write shorter?))
hahah totally a TLDR reply. I DID however read teh post and it is a very encouraging sharing! thank you for that

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