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I had nine weeks to study so this is what I did:
Practice Test Details: IR Q V T
6/30/2016 GMAT official #1 4 49 37 710
7/13/2016 MGMAT #1 7.4 45 44 730
7/20/2016 MGMAT #2 8 45 37 680
7/31/2016 MGMAT #3 3.7 45 40 700
8/9/2016 GMAT official #2 8 49 46 760
8/28/2016 GMAT official #3 8 49 46 770
Actual: 9/6/2016 8 49 46 760 6.0 AWA
How did you practice the essay section? I did a mock essay before every practice test. I graded myself based upon the rubrics I found online. There are more than a few flow charts explaining how to get a 6. Just type it into google.
Most valuable resource? GMATclub forum and practice test combo
My Math thoughts: I don’t recommend Manhattan Prep for math. They have the correct concepts but the questions are not like those on the test. GMAT Club gives way better answers online then Manhattan does. I think you are better served going cover to cover in the 2017 GMAT official book (don’t buy the first edition) in order to understand the concepts being asked. There are a limited amount of concepts. Then, answer every question you can in each concept. I personally did this answering every single question in the 2017 book. If I didn’t understand a question, I went directly to GMATClub, typing the question into google, and found a complete breakdown of how to answer that question. If I didn’t know a concept, I learned it through note-taking and flash-cards. I memorized formulas. Then I would go back to GMAT Club. You can sort by concept. I would put as many questions as I could in new tabs and try to solve each one. I would check my answers. If I was wrong, I’d figure out why. If I couldn’t remember the formula, I’d go back to my flashcards. Then again, don’t trust me in math as my score didn’t go up! (JK though. Sob story of the day, I was super nervous before the test, housed a bunch of water and had to get up and leave mid math section! I think it cost me)
English thoughts: Manhattan prep was much better here. They have every concept needed. They also have good practice questions. Most importantly, they have every rule you will need for sc. No shortcut here – you have to memorize the rules. One thing I noticed is that my ear could get me so far but then it would get me in trouble! I did many many practice questions and realized that I incorrectly know more than a few english concepts. I checked over every practice question and tried to understand why I made a mistake. Critical thinking questions required practice. After doing a million of them, the logic will start to show itself. You will be able to see easier which one has a hole or whatever. Reading comprehension – I read the economist for 15 minutes a day and that helped me re-tool so I could decipher more difficult sentence constructions.
Final note: I practiced 105 hours in total. Doesn’t seem like a lot but that is 105 hours of actual, no internet, study time (minus GMATclub of course). If I got up from the desk, I turned the timer off. Often an hour of study time would take 2.5 hours.
Any questions, let me know.
Score increase: 710 (GMATPrep test) to 760 (official)
Time spent: 2 months, 105 hours
Materials used: Official Guide (OG) for the GMAT 2017, GMATClub, GMATPrep tests, ManhattanPrep materials
Key takeaways: answer and understand every question in the OG, use flashcards to memorize concepts and rules
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