I forgot to mention yesterday that I performed some statistical analysis of my practice test scores that I've taken to date. First, I calculated my hit rate (in percent) for the problem solving, data sufficiency, critical reading, sentence correction, and reading comprehension questions on each of my tests. [EDITOR'S NOTE: I later determined that focusing on hit rates for practice sets is unproductive--they really don't reveal that much regarding your study progress. Practice tests are better indicators of your progress.]
Next, I calculated the standard deviation of each of these categories so that I could determine degrees of variance.
Thus, the order in which I will attack specific GMAT subjects for the next several weeks has been determined by these results. I have found that my reading comprehension skills suffer from the lowest hit rate and highest variance. I will attack this subject first so that I will have the the most time reviewing it before test day.
With all that said, I covered a lot of material today. I first did 10 Delta Course math problems off of the BONUS QUESTIONS section on the Delta Course website. I wanted to stay fresh on my probability knowledge. Next, I skimmed Chapter 3 in the Princeton Review Verbal Workout (which I found for free). It didn't really teach me much. After that, I looked at the reading comprehension section in GMAT 800, read the strategy section, and did the first set of RC passages/questions. GMAT 800 is INSANELY difficult. And I can't emphasize INSANE enough. But somehow, I managed to get all the questions right on the first set. It was luck, believe me.
Finally, I got started on the Bible of GMAT prep, THE OFFICIAL GUIDE! It's a relief to finally be at this stage. I did the last 33 problems of the reading comprehension section and managed to get every question right! I have to say that the RC questions on OG are dramatically easier and better written than what I have seen on Kaplan and PR. It's really night and day.
Why did I do the last 33 problems of this section today? I've read that it's good to go through OG starting from the end of each section because the material there is more recent and more accurate to what you will probably see on the real deal. Also, the PowerPrep software tends to draw from the earlier questions on each section. If you don't want to bias your PowerPrep practice test scores while working on OG, this strategy of working back to front is useful.
Damn, I said a lot. If you made it all the way through, thanks for your patience. Now it's time to review some flashcards and pack (I'm moving this weekend).
SUMMARY OF DAY 42 WORK:
1. Delta Course BONUS questions, #1-10.
2. Princeton Review Verbal Workout, Chapter 3, pages 35-49.
3. Kaplan GMAT 800, pages 69-79, strategy and first passage.
4. Official Guide, Reading Comprehension Section, pages 400-415, #253-285.
5. Review of Flashcards.
RECAP OF DAY 42 INSIGHTS:
1. Work through Official Guide back to front on each section.
2. Official Guide RC questions are MUCH easier than Kaplan's and PR's.
Labels: GMAT Verbal, Reading Comprehension