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What to do today and tomorrow before my retake?

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What to do today and tomorrow before my retake?

Post Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:19 am
I've been drilling practice problems for almost a month now in my weak areas of easy to medium difficulty questions. I received a 450 on my real test on May 13 last month. I took a GMATPrep practice test on May 21 and received a score of 440. Just two days ago, I was able to increase that practice test score to 520. I am proud of myself for being able to increase my practice test score by 80 points in a matter of two weeks, but I'm still short of my goal score of 600.

I'm realistically not expecting another 80 point increase in less than three days time before my retake this weekend. However, what's the best way to maximize my time until then? Should I just focus my energy on one or two topics that I'm struggling with in quant/verbal and completely nail them? I have my last private tutoring session scheduled for two hours tonight to review questions I got wrong on my most recent practice test two days ago.

Also should I bother spending tomorrow (the day before retake) to memorize some flash cards/formulas? Or just completely take the day off from studying?

Thank you so much in advance!

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Post Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:06 am
pkaynj wrote:
I've been drilling practice problems for almost a month now in my weak areas of easy to medium difficulty questions. I received a 450 on my real test on May 13 last month. I took a GMATPrep practice test on May 21 and received a score of 440. Just two days ago, I was able to increase that practice test score to 520. I am proud of myself for being able to increase my practice test score by 80 points in a matter of two weeks, but I'm still short of my goal score of 600.

I'm realistically not expecting another 80 point increase in less than three days time before my retake this weekend. However, what's the best way to maximize my time until then? Should I just focus my energy on one or two topics that I'm struggling with in quant/verbal and completely nail them? I have my last private tutoring session scheduled for two hours tonight to review questions I got wrong on my most recent practice test two days ago.

Also should I bother spending tomorrow (the day before retake) to memorize some flash cards/formulas? Or just completely take the day off from studying?

Thank you so much in advance!
At this point less is more. Cramming doesn't work for the GMAT. I'd suggest quickly clicking through your old GMATPrep tests, and rather than resolving anything, quickly attempt to recognize structural clues that might indicate what a good approach might be. "Question 1, I can use my 'R*T = D' chart. *click;* Question 2, I could've back-solved, *click*" The idea is to hone your pattern recognition and briefly remind yourself which strategies might be helpful in which context. Otherwise, relax. Hang out with friends. Go for a run. Your mindset going into the exam is far more important than any equation you might cram into your head at the last minute.

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Post Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:22 pm
Hi pkaynj,

While it might be tempting to try to do a lot of studying in these last 2 days, you really should NOT try it. That type of 'cramming' rarely leads to positive results - and in the last couple of days before your Official Test Date, that type of work is more likely to hurt you than help you (since it increases the chances of 'burn out' - and that it something that you want to avoid). Some light review is fine, but don't waste time trying to work through anything too difficult. Remember that to hit a 600+, you don't have to correctly answer ANY questions that you think are too hard or too weird, but you do have to keep the little mistakes to a minimum (and properly handle the 'gettable' questions).

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