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Knewton GMAT Starter Pack v1

Knewton GMAT Starter Pack v1

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Published by Robbie Mitchell
A short collection of tips and tricks to get you started.
A short collection of tips and tricks to get you started.

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Published by: Robbie Mitchell on Jan 24, 2011
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GMAT Starter Pack
Read through our
Knewton GMAT Starter Pack
for advice from our teachers about month-by-month study plans, acing the AWA, and mak-ing the most of your time on test day. We’ll alsothrow in a super-tough GMAT Verbal question totest your skills.In the Knewton GMAT online course, we cover allthe techniques you need to do your best on testday—from the building blocks of GMAT grammarand math rules to the strategies that 700-levelscorers need to master.To keep your GMAT momentum going, we’llfollow up by sending you strategy tips forevery section of the exam. Stay tuned, and
Here’s a guide to get you started.Getting ready to prepfor the GMAT?
Tip #1: Should I study Quant and Verbal at the same time?
Dave Ingber
 Lead Knewton GMAT TeacherB.A. Harvard
We get this question a lot from Knewton students, and there’s a very simple answer:
While studying Verbal and Quant separately might lead to high section scores in the shortterm, in the long term this strategy is much less effective.If mastering the GMAT were as simple as memorizing groups of facts, like memorizing all theU.S. states and then all the Canadian provinces, it would make sense to plan your studiessequentially. However, memorization is not a big part of the GMAT (except for certain handy-to-know items like idioms and common squares). It’s much more important to build all yourtest-taking skills in combination.Studying for the GMAT is like working your muscles—if you do a month of chin ups, and then amonth of sit ups, the rippling shoulders and biceps you built up after the first month will havefaded away by end of the second month. In GMAT terms, your Quant skills might be chiseledand strong on test day, but you won’t have the same endurance on the Verbal section that youhad at the end of your training a month earlier.That’s why most GMAT classes (like ours) are structured to develop your Quant and Verbalknowledge in tandem: one lesson covers Sentence Correction AND Quant strategy, the nextlesson covers number properties AND Reading Comprehension, and so on. This ensures thatyou build a steady foundation for each section of the test—and it prevents the burnout youmight feel from immersing yourself in GMAT verbal questions for an entire month!If you’re studying on your own, you should structure your preparation the same way. Vary yourwork with Quant and Verbal exercises, and use your drills for each question type to give you abreak from all the others.That way, your GMAT muscles will be strong and evenly developed when exam day comesalong.
How Knewton helps:
We create a study plan for you—so you only have to worry aboutthe learning part. Our classes cover all the concepts you need to succeed on the GMAT, ina sequence that’s been proven successful time and time again.
Tip #2: How long should I spend studying for the GMAT?
Jonathan Bethune
Knewton GMAT Verbal TeacherB.S. New York University
This is another big question from students trying to plan their study schedule, applicationcycle, and GMAT test date. The short answer, of course, is that there is no one-size-fits-allsolution.That said, at Knewton we generally recommend a prep period of around three months. It givesyou enough time to build a solid foundation in every key area of GMAT study, but not so muchtime that you’ve burned out by the time exam day rolls around.If a 3-month study schedule is something you’re considering, here are some guidelines andtips for spending your time wisely:
Week 1:
Take a diagnostic practice test to see where you stand overall. Learn the basicparameters of each section including scoring and question types.
Weeks 2–4:
Do as many practice problems as possible for each section and read explanationsfor any wrong answers. The goal is not just to see whether you are better at Verbal or Quant,but specifically which sections (Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction) and which questiontypes (strengthening arguments, usage of idioms) are the most difficult for you.
Weeks 4–8:
Now that you have a lot of practice questions under your belt, you want to focuson the bigger ideas behind them. If Sentence Correction is killing you, work through a goodguide to essential GMAT grammar rules. If Data Sufficiency algebra is your weak spot, thencrack open a math textbook and brush up on your fundamentals. During this middle phaseyou should keep doing practice problems for every section—not just the ones you strugglewith!—but the real goal should be mastering the content.
Weeks 9–12:
For the last month, focus on strategy. We recommend doing this last becausestrategies are what you will want to have in your head if you ever get stuck on the content of aquestion. Try plugging in numbers on the Problem Solving section. Work on sketching quickoutlines for passages in RC. Practice negating assumptions in CR. These methods don’t involvemastery of any GMAT material, but they can save you serious time once you have them down.In addition to strategy work, review any math or grammar content that still feels foggy duringthis period, and be sure to take one more practice test before the last week.
Final Week:
The final week before the GMAT is best spent working on your timing strategies.Complete entire sections of the GMAT and time yourself so that you have a sense of how longyou should spend on each question type. Don’t try to learn complex new math concepts ortest-taking strategies during this period; instead, prepare yourself mentally and emotionally bygetting more sleep and maintaining healthy eating habits. Shorten your study sessions and

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