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Friday, July 09, 2004

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Yesterday, I was studying in one of the campus study lounges and walked by some classrooms and the signs posted on two of the rooms said, "Brazilian Executive Management School Attendees". I peered into the rooms through the small windows in the doors and noticed that in one room, global supply chain management was being presented and in the other... Negotiation tactics. The school I'm taking classes at right now has an MBA program that's somewhere in the 50-60th ranking Nation wide. So I imagine that these guys were visiting to take classes with U.S. teachers and quality that they wouldn't normally get in their home country. It was interesting to watch them for a bit because the professor was speaking in English and each person was wearing a headset. I assumed it was for the live translation. Man, I was ignited. It made me all the more convicted to study that much harder for my GMAT.

With regard to my GMAT studies, I found that I needed to kick my SC skills up a notch. So I've been spending the last 3 days reviewing Kaplan 800, Princeton Review Verbal workout and Princeton Review Cracking the GMAT. They were all helpful, but here's my analysis of their coverage of SC. Kaplan 800 had more advanced grammar concepts and a helpful coverage of the tricks that ETS tries to pull. PR Verbal Workout was slightly more detailed than the Cracking the GMAT book, but it's real value was in the Verbal Glossary that went into more depth. Although I know most of the Grammar rules, I didn't think I understood them as well as I needed to. I've been having difficulty seeing the grammar breakdown in the questions I was going through. So I wasn't clearly able to identify the modifiers or verb-noun relationships and so forth. The PR Verbal Workout explained the grammar rules much better than did PR Cracking the GMAT. There were more examples and a few more subtopics that Cracking the GMAT didn't have. Then, when I went through parts of the Kaplan 800 book, I found myself starting to see and understand the basic grammar concepts both books were describing. I didn't really get that after having only gone through Cracking the GMAT text. In that sense, I would say that the Verbal workout book is of good value. I have to also conclude that the Kaplan 800 book is so good that not going through it will probably lessen ones chances to do well on the GMAT. It's a great book. You need to get it and go through it. The paper is of good quality and the material covered in it is explained well at an advanced level for both Quant and Verbal. Remember, the OG book questions are in the 550-650 difficulty range. You need to find a resource like Kaplan 800 to cover those more difficult question you hit on the actual GMAT.

Now my GMAT is in two weeks and I'm getting more worried. Which is good and bad. I'm able to study a bit better under pressure, however I really do wish I had another month. I plan on doing my best on this test, but to be honest, I don't feel my understanding and performance is of 700+ substance. I could see 600+ at this point. I have a midterm this week on Thursday which will cut in deeply with my time to prepare for the GMAT, so I'm more stressed. If my blogging becomes sporadic, you'll know why.

Anyway, I've found some additional Resources that may be of value to you.

There's a new type of GMAT question called the Bold Critical Reasoning question. Below is an overview of this type of question and detailed tips on how to prepare for it.
Bold Critical Reasoning Help

The other resource is a preventing presentation on how to prepare and work with your recommender's to create quality letters of recommendations.
Recommendation Letter PowerPoint Presentation

3 Comments:

Blogger britchick said...

Try not to get too stressed abnout the GMAT. Remember, it's only one part of the entire application.

12:56 AM  
Blogger Metal said...

Dave,
Thank you for your views on Kap 800 I was actually contemplating buying it and with your analysis ..Im gonna go for it.As for the feeling that you are not in the 700+ range...GMAT is an exam of glorious uncertainities...no matter how good or how bad you prepare it has to be your day to cross 700 and if it is then you may well get a 700+ score.I'm saying this by experience ..the last time I gave GMAT it was not my day..I hope it is this time around.

Vivek.

6:31 AM  
Blogger Riter said...

Dave, Just wanted to comment re. the bold CR- i got one of them and it was real easy. Good luck with your GMAT- I'm sure you'll do well.

12:42 PM  

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