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GMAT 2012 - Old Generation

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The list author says: "On June 6, 2012 – the GMAT changed its format to the New Generation. I was one of the last ones to take the exam under the old format, but there are still many similarities between the way I approached the exam and the way you will, too.

Learn the material. Get a book on the mathematical concepts, and on the essentials of grammar, to study the underlying concepts of what you must know. I have a pair of recommendations for you. After that, work through as many practice questions as you can find. I have some help with this, but beware of the Princeton Review book with 1012 questions and fifty errors. Be sure to reserve the final two weeks for working on practice exams. It is not easy to complete 40 verbal questions in 75 minutes, and 37 quantitative questions in 75 minutes. Don’t let your test-taking ego get in your way. Everyone wants to get a perfect score, but would you rather get a 600 and get every question right, or get your best score? Sometimes, you have to know when to fold ‘em. There is a stiff penalty for leaving questions blank, or having a series of consecutive wrong answers at the end of this exam.

I prepared for the exam without using the internet, and without using any CDs associated with the books. This was because of practical reasons. I don’t have internet access, except for what I can get at the library. You cannot take a 75 minute practice test on a computer with a 30-minute time limit. Nor did I buy any GMAT materials in order to prepare for the exam. I borrowed all materials from local library. Preparation time: 10 weeks.

While my score isn’t as high as others who took the exam, it is much better than I fared in previous standardized tests. If you usually score 700 on these exams, my advice won’t mean too much to you. Still, my 700 is probably good enough for a lot of business schools. It is in the 90th percentile, and I achieved that score with a 76 percentile on the math, and 83 on the verbal.

Good luck on the exam."
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