Tuesday, 28 June 2011

GMAT Update: Week 1 - Powerscore CR Bible

After the ridiculously unsuccessful attempt at scoring well on the first practice test (you can read about that here), I decided not to wait until July, and started on my prep right away. Some might argue here that I have three full months, in fact three and a half really, given my GMAT exam is not until 14th October. But from mid July to the end of September, I will be on an internship, and hence this is probably the maximum free time I’ll have to get some reading out of the way. I have absolutely nothing to do until the internship starts (except for watching Wimbledon of course). And in October it will be back to University life.

The ‘week’ here began on Wednesday, when I opened the Official Guide (hereby OG) Review. I spent my time familiarizing myself with the test, the number of questions in each section, etc. I read through each and every section, what each section consists of, and what you’re expected to do. I then did the same for the OG Quant and the OG Verbal book.

I next started off with Powerscore’s CR Bible. I read on the BTG forum (the 3-month study plan) that you should start with your weakest area. CR wasn’t my weakest, RC was. But I dislike that section so much that I decided to start with CR.

First impression: I LOVE THIS BOOK. As I read page after page, I actually felt that I was gaining a lot of information, a lot of useful information, with every word I was reading, which is not something you can say about every book.

I took Sunday off, as my concentration was lacking. It was good that I didn’t try and force myself to go on; on Monday I was fresh and managed to cover a lot more. I now know that I need a break every four days or so to recuperate!

The plan for next week is to finish with the CR Bible and start doing around 5 CR problems every day from the OG Guides. And I guess I’ll start with RC. Sigh.


  1. Welcome to the GMAT World! :)

  2. Thanks haha, its a tough road ahead! Thanks for visiting my blog :)

  3. Good to start early! :) And CR bible is one awesome resource out there for CR.

  4. That's what I thought, I hope I don't burn out just before the test LOL.

    Yes, I have to agree. Great book.

  5. hi
    I am also planning to appear for GMAT in October.Started preparation two weeks back.
    I was thinking if we patch up and prepare together.Coordinate on daily,weekly plans.
    This will help us to boost each other on achieving
    the same goal.
    omair (omairbba@gmail.com)

  6. Hello!

    Patch up?! Not sure what you mean by that. But yea sure, hows your prep going so far? Taken any practice tests/diagnostics lately?

  7. Sorry for that I am not native English speaker.
    yes I gave gmatprep test. It was a disaster scored 580 :( Time constraint was a major issue.
    These days I am working on Sentence Correction.
    If you are online it would be great to have a chat...

  8. No problem, where are you from?
    Yea time is an issue for a lot of people. The good thing is that hopefully we'll do much better after all these weeks of preparation.
    I don't get online actually, so if you want to contact me you can send me a pm on the BTG forum. I assume you're a part of BTG?

  9. I am from Pakistan
    Ya i am part of beatthegmat.
    how can i find u in BTG ? (my name there is omair_bba)
    I need to know your strategy for preparation.

  10. I am wishing you the BEST of luck on your GMAT preparations!!! Studying for such tests can be sooooo tiring and annoying, but you'll definitely see the results of it at the end!!!

    OH! Before I forget, I love love love the new look of your blog! So fun! So you! :)

  11. Best of luck for you GMAT preparations and the actual test. Don't worry too much about it, I know you'll do amazing! :)

    PS: I second what Natalie said above, your blog looks great. Colourful and vibrant! :)

  12. Omair -

    Yes, my username is 'mriiidula'. You can send me a pm there if you wish. Try using the study plans already put up there, there are some great 3-month plans available, including one with a larger stress on Verbal.

    Natalie -

    Aww thanks so much babe! Oh definitely, its been a week and I'm already feeling the stress haha. I really hope it will be worth it in the end. And thank you! I was a bit bored of the way the other page looked, so decided to bring some colours in and sort of feminise the page ;)

    Ali -

    It's a long way away though. Thank you! For the lovely wishes and the compliment :D

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