# 6-8 WEEK GMAT PREPARATION STRATEGY

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True, tried and tested in two month turn-around time method.

Diagnose – Identify the Constraint – Elevate the Constraint – Find the next constraint.

Requirements

Obviously the OG has to appear on the list.

Manhattan is the series that can teach you the Mathematics of English.

Mock tests- take as many as you can – full length and uninterrupted.

Create a Round 1 Incorrectly Answered Questions List.

Most important : create an LFM notebook – Learning from mistakes

Step 1: Take a Diagnostic Test, preferably without the AWA and IR to judge your standing on the main score area. You might arrive at surprisingly low scores in this test. Do not be disheartened, people have improved their Gmat score by 100-150 points from the DT score; you can show even better improvement depending on what you do with the time between the DT and the actual Gmat.

Step 2: Reviewing (checking the answers and errors) the diagnostic test is the most important part of the Diagnostic test. As the name of the test suggests, DT diagnoses your problems. Once you know the exact problems, you can work out a strategy for solving them. Quant should be okay if you scored in the 40's. Verbal scores might surprise you. At the outset, I must tell you that Q51 and V44 scales to a 780-790 GMAT score; not many people score above 44 in verbal or 51 in quant or both.

During the review, make sure that you score each question type separately

Quant: (37 questions) Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving

Verbal: (41 questions) Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Correction

Step 3: First Defend the Debility, and then Fortify the Forte.

Start working on the weakest section first because you cannot skip questions you dislike on the GMAT. Manhattan GMAT is an excellent resource for getting the basics right. Go through the MGMAT book, chapter by chapter and also work out the questions (usually 5-15) at the end of each chapter.

Say, Sentence Correction is your weakest area; begin with the MGMAT Sentence Correction book. Then solve the SC questions on the Official Guide (any edition). Attempt 10-12 questions at a stretch and keep a track of the time (usually 2min per question) strictly. After every set of 10-12 questions, mark the correct and incorrect answers. Do not see the solutions now, just mark incorrect/correct. Make a list of questions that you answered incorrectly. If you have a soft copy of the books, simply create a new MS word file and copy paste those questions. Complete all questions from the OG following the same technique.

Now you have a list of questions you answered incorrectly in your first attempt. If this contains more than 40% of the total questions you answered then straight away pick up the relevant Manhattan GMAT book AGAIN and repeat the cycle! Don't be disappointed, it only helps settle the concept deeper into the mind.

Step 4: Find the next weaker link (say Critical Reasoning) and do as explained in Step 3. Repeat for all subjects. Referring to MGMAT might not be required for Quant and RC, I suppose.

Step 5: Now, at this stage you will have gone through all the OG questions and will have a subject wise list of R-1 Incorrect questions. Work out these questions, taking as much time as required, do not limit the time to 1.45 – 2 minutes, just try to grasp the concept the question is based on. Complete the list. There won't be many questions that you still answer incorrectly or can't answer at all. Refer to the solution in the OG for these questions, and make a note of these errors (and solutions) in the LFM notebook (this will be the most valuable and concise resource, trust me).

Step 6: After you have conquered all questions on the OG, and have the R-1 Incorrect List and the LFM notebook, you are armored to conquer a great score on the GMAT. If you have the time and will to score above 750, Kaplan 800 is the right resource for you. But don't take it too harsh on you! Kaplan 800 has really challenging questions, especially in the Sentence correction area; you might still get questions wrong after so much practice and preparation, but that's alright. Alternatively, go through the R-1 Incorrect lists once more.

MOCK TESTS: TAKE ALL 6 MANHATTAN MOCKS, BOTH THE GMAT PREP MOCKS, GAP THE TESTS SUITABLY. TRY AND TAKE A GMAT PREP MOCK TEST (RESET IF REQUIRED) TWO DAYS BEFORE THE ACTUAL GMAT.

ON THE DAY BEFORE GMAT, JUST REFER TO LFM NOTEBOOK, NOTHING ELSE. AFTER THAT, DO THE THINGS THAT LIFT YOUR SPIRIT – LISTEN TO MUSIC, DANCE, ETC. DO NOT TRY STRANGE FOOD AND SLEEP EARLY TO STAY FRESH FOR “D DAY”.

ON THE TEST DAY, CARRY 3-4 CHOCOLATES, AND A COUPLE OF TETRA-PACK JUICES. HAVE THEM DURING THE TWO 8-MINUTE BREAKS. RELAX; TAKE THINGS EASY AND IT WILL BREEZE THROUGH.

ALL THE BEST.

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