達到GMAT700分以上 讀書計畫
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July 26, 2011 by Gisele
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達到超過700分頂尖的GMAT讀書計畫

在我們開始這個讀書計畫之前,我要先申明GMAT的平均分數是550,而拿到650分以上的考生已經算是達到水準以上了。如果你想再拿到更高分甚至超過700分,以下幾個步驟可以提供給你,但是並沒有那麼快速而簡單。這項讀書計畫的前提是你對GMAT非常的熟析,而且已經讀過很多的準備書籍,所以不適用於新手或剛開始準備的人。

首先讓我們探討根本的問題,無法突破700分的原因:

[list]
  • 基礎數學、文法、邏輯、英語流利度之間有差距,所以往往無法得到均衡的分數
  • 無法掌握時間和考試的技巧
  • 缺乏進階主題的知識[/list]
  • 讀書計劃步驟一: 自我準備 一般策略:

    你可能已經讀過很多準備教材,而且包括所有的 GMAT Prep books重要內容了 (如果還沒,務必先讀過)。在開始之前,請先確定您已經會 Error Log這是一個必須要會而且不可或缺的工具!簡而言之,就是記錄你遇到的所有錯誤和問題。但是,你不只是要記錄這些問題,你還要印出來,複製下來,標記之後再回頭試一次。有個好方法:在回去曾經做錯或不確定的問題之前,先瀏覽過整本書/整個測驗/整個部分。要記住,想拿到700分以上,是不能用猜的過關,就算你自己做測驗時很幸運猜對了,但在測驗中心就不可能了。

    如果你不太會掌握時間,以下有幾個建議來幫助你提昇掌握時間的能力:

    [list]
  • GMAT Timer by Walker 可以在你練習題目並記錄答案和錯誤時幫你計時,非常特別的工具。
  • GMAT時間策略:http://www.hellous.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=8413&st=0&p=34906&fromsearch=1&#entry34906[/list]
  • 計量部份:

    如果你一直做錯算術題或是被愚蠢的錯誤困擾著,也許檢討基本原因會有所幫助。一直到現在,仍然沒有好的數學參考書是真的,但從現在起,你有兩個選擇:
    1。Kaplan Math Foundations - 這本書從很基本的程度開始,可以跳過前幾個部份,從你的程度開始做起。
    2Kaplan Math Workbook –也是很好的練習書籍,但設定在熟練的一定程度上


    如果你認為你需要一本什麼主題都有包含的進階書籍,如概率、組合等,你可以選擇上述推薦的任一本,兩本都有涵蓋。另一選擇是參考 Jeff Sackman's Math Prep PDF – 裡面有有關這份文件的正面的評價,但是滿貴的。然而,多數考生在現階段可以透過練習考古題來提高分數。以測驗題來說,最好的建議是 GMAT Club tests:專門設計給希望計量的分數從 45提升到50以上的考生。如果你在論壇有發表200篇文章就可以免費取得,或直接在論壇上以$79購買超過1000題的考古題。你可以在這裡參考一些 testimonials of 700+ scorers here

    更艱難的題目,如重疊集、概率和組合。請先確定您知道怎麼解這些題目,而且可以在2分鐘內解答。如果不行,就按這樣的方法:從GMAT Book記住一個例題。記住那題例題關鍵的單字,正確的解答和最後的答案。之後,當你遇到這類的問題,從印象中寫下記得的問題和解答,把數字代入例題。許多數學題型都十分類似,這種方法是很有效的,而且你不需要費神去解題。

    其他可選擇的教材:

    Kaplan Advanced 有600-700分程度的題目

    Princeton Review 1012 -有精選的GMAT題目 - 用你的 error log 決定要練習哪些題目,不要浪費時間去做全部的題目。


    語文部分:

    至於語文的部分,大概會使用到 MGMAT CR / PowerScore CRMGMAT SC/ PowerScore SCMGMAT RC。如果你還沒有使用這些書籍 – 每個部份都需要一本。不管是Manhattan GMAT或PowerScore都是不錯的用書。


    有幾個方法可以攻略語文的部份,但你必須確定你有上述任一本。當你參加考試時,你必須清楚得知道怎麼回答每種類型的題目,平均每題只能花多少時間,還有什麼時候必須進行下一題。


    我個人的對策是花45秒在SC's(看一遍題目,判斷題型,在腦海中推敲之後找出和我的回答匹配的正確答案。) 通常我能在30-45秒內解答出來,只有20%的必需的例子需要到一分半。CR的每一題我會花上一分半。

    我能用30-45秒解出一半的題目,但另一半就得花接近2分鐘的時間來解,所以平均下來大約就是1:30。我花這麼多的時間在我覺得比較困難的部分:閱讀理解。我知道我需要45 ×15在SC,1:30× 14在CR, 而剩下的40分在RC,意思是說我可以花10分鐘在每一部份。我會很仔細地讀那ㄧ段,然後花大概5-6分鐘輕輕鬆鬆沒有急迫感的作答,因為我知道我可以在這限制的時間內讀完任一段文章。完成整篇後,我知道我每一個問題有1分鐘的時間作答,所以我沒有必要急迫。在語文部分,從上一題到下一題我並沒有真正跟著時間走,但當我開始 RC的部分我會注意時間,確定我最後沒有超過規定的時間。



    再次提醒:語文的部份要使用 error log 。如果你在某個特定的部份有困難,以下有幾項建議:


    關鍵推理:要在CR拿到好分數,唯一的方法就是用 MGMAT CRPowerscore CR 指導手冊。如果你看過這兩本了還是覺得你這方面很弱,就選擇 PR 1012。這本是依照主題整理所有題目,而且用來練習假設性的題目或自己比較弱的題目也很好用。務必要記下你錯的跟不確定的問題。這些是你個人的難題的統整。另外,如果你是國際學生,在CR部分遇到不懂的字,務必要寫下來然後去探討。

    閱讀理解: 閱讀理解對很多國際學生而言是最難克服的部份之ㄧ。通常,考生的弱點就來自於非常科學、專業的文章而且會用一些很艱澀連國際學生都沒看過的單字。其實沒有簡單的方法可以解決這方面,尤其是訓練你的耳朵閱讀更難而且更有啟發性的文學而不是今日網路上找到的那些。有些人建議閱讀經濟或科學的文章。而我的建議其實相反。讀有趣的小說可以保持注意力,而且會促使你儘可能去閱讀(而不是一些枯燥的生物)。我把它稱為 GMAT Fiction: 一本有大量有啟發性語言和好文法的有趣書籍。請參考我貼在GMAT Fiction上有關GMAT考前大量閱讀的好處。


    句子改錯:如果你的英文文法比較弱,有一些建議你可以在想提高分數時參考

    1)一本好的文法書。我可以推薦 Kaplan Verbal Foundations(不錯,但並沒有我想像中的完整)或 Doing Grammar,少數語文得分高的人推薦。

    2)大量閱讀。透過閱讀,你可以開始訓練你的耳朵學習到文法書不能教你的東西:風格。風格問題是GMAT比較難的語文問題。挑出他們最簡單的方法就是閱讀有水準的英文小說來訓練你的耳朵- 請參考我的GMAT Fiction建議或輕鬆的挑選出你自己的。



    選項 2:上課 / 家教

    報名保証提升分數否則退錢的補習班。我知道有兩家是 Knewton GMAT Pill(提升50分否則退錢,可以自行再次確認)兩者都是線上,所以你可以在任何地方,以自己的節奏和進度進行。如果分數超過700 – 那你就得到你想要的結果,但如果沒有,至少你不必付錢。不管怎樣你都是“贏”的。它們有7天的試用期,所以建議你兩種方式都試試看吧。 (要了解更多有關於 Knewton、看看其他GMAT會員談談這堂課,請看:knewton-live-online-gmat-course-85519.html。想了解更多 GMAT Pill 的方法,請參考gmat-pill-discount-save-110700.html)。這是推薦的捷徑,給那些參加GMAT兩次但仍然沒有達到目標分數的人。省下你的時間和精力去上課,整體來說可能是一個更好的經驗。



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    July 26, 2011 by Gisele
    Get Over the 700 Hump GMAT Study Plan



    Before we start this Study Plan, I would like to point out that the average GMAT score is 550 and as a 650+ scorer, you have alredy reached an above-average result. If you want to improve it and go beyond 700, several options are available to you but none are quick and easy. This plan assumes that you are very familiar with the test and have gone through a number of prep books. This plan is not for newbies or those looking to start their prep Fresh.


    First let's take a look at the root of the problem - reasons for getting stuck at below the 700 level:
    [list]
  • Gaps in fundametals of math, grammar and logic, English language profficiency, often resulting in unbalanced score
  • Poor timing/test taking skills
  • Lack of knowledge of advanced topics[/list]
  • Study Plan Option 1: Self Prep
    General Strategy:
    Chances are, you have probably gone through a lot of test prep material and may have covered all the staples of GMAT Prep books. (If not, definitely familiarize yourself with those).

    Before we even start - make sure you use an Error Log - it is a tool that is indispensable and must be used! The concept is that you keep track of all mistakes (or possibly all questions) that you have covered. BUT, you are not just keeping track of these questions, you are also printing them out, or copying, or marking them and come back later on to attempt them again. A good approach is to cover the entire book/test/section before coming back to the questions you have either missed or guessed - remember that for a 700+ score, there is no guessing and if you were lucky on your home test, you may not be at the test center.

    If your timing is poor, there are several recommendations to improve timing on the GMAT:
    [list]
  • GMAT Timer by Walker - it allows you to time yourself while working on practice questions while keeping track of your answers and mistakes - truly unique tool.
  • GMAT timing strategies: timing-strategies-on-the-gmat-80176.html[/list]

  • Quant Section:
    If you are continuing to miss arithmetic questions or are plagued with silly mistakes - perhas a good review of basics will help. Until recently there has not been a good math review book really, but today 2 options are available that could be covered within a few days:
    1. Kaplan Math Foundations - this book starts out very basic but you can always skip the first few sections and find your level.
    2. Kaplan Math Workbook - good practice as well but assumes a certain level of proficiency

    If you feel that you need a good coverage of advanced topics such as Probability, Combinations, etc you can also get either of the two recommendations above - both cover them. Another alternative is to look into Jeff Sackman's Math Prep PDF - there have been positive comments about this document but it is pricey. However, most test takers at this stage can improve their score via question practice. For tests, the best recommendation is the GMAT Club tests which are specifically designed to go from 45 to 50+ quant score. They are free if you have 200 posts on the forum or you can also buy access to 1000+ questions for $79. You can read a number of testimonials of 700+ scorers here.

    For tougher questions - such as overlaping sets, probability and combinations - make sure that you understand how to solve these questions and you can actually solve them in 2 minutes. If you can't - follow this approach: memorize an example from a GMAT Book. Memorize the exact words for the problem, the exact solution, solution and the final answer. Then, when you encounter these questions, write out the memorized problem and solution from memory and use that model to plug the numbers in. Many Math questions are very much template driven, and this approach works great and you will never have to use your energy to solve them.

    Other Optional Materials:
    Kaplan Advanced - has some good 600-700 level questions
    Princeton Review 1012 - has a good compilation of categorized GMAT questions - use your error log to determine which questions to practice - don't waste time on all of them


    Verbal Section:
    For the verbal section there are the usual suspects - MGMAT CR/PowerScore CR, MGMAT SC/PowerScore SC, and MGMAT RC. If you have not used these books - do get one for each section. Both Manhattan GMAT and PowerScore are good books to use.

    There are several plans of attack for Verbal and you need to make sure you have one. When you go in to take the test, you must know exactly how you plan to answer each question type, how much time you can afford to spend on each, and when it is time to move on.

    My personal strategy was to spend 45 seconds on SC's (read question once, identify the problem, phrase it in my mind, and find the correct answer that matched the one I made up). Usually I could hit these in 30-45 seconds and in 20% of cases needed as much as a minute and a half. I would spend 1:30 on each CR question. I could crack half of them in 30-45 seconds but the other half took closer to 2 minutes, so it was averaging about 1:30. All of this was building up towards the section I had the most problems with - reading comprehension. I knew that I needed 45 x 15 for SC's, 1:30 x 14 for CR's and that left 40 minutes for RC, which meant I could spend 10 minutes per passage. I would read the passage very carefully and spend probably 5-6 minutes doing and not feeling rushed as I knew I could read any passage in that period of time. After finishing the text, I knew I had 1 minute for each question so I did not need to rush either. On the Verbal, I did not really keep track of the clock when moving from question to question, but I would note the time when I start the RC passage and made sure I did not go over the alotted time by the end.

    Again - use your error log for the verbal section. If you are struggling with a particular section - attac that section. Here are suggestions for each:

    Critical Reasoning: The only way to get good in CR is to use one of the MGMAT CR or Powerscore CR guidebooks if you have gone through them and still feel weak - get PR 1012 book - it organizes questions in topical format and great for practicing Assumption or Weaken questions - make sure you note any question that you miss or guessed. These are your own personal "Hard Question" collection. Also, if you are an international student and encounter a word you don't know in a CR question - make sure you write it down and learn it.

    Reading Comprehension: One of the hardest areas to overcome for many international students. Usually the weakness comes from very scientific or specialized texts that use rare words many international students never encountered. There is no easy solution to this unfortunately except to train your ear reading harder and more stimulating literature than found today on the web. Some recommend reading The Economist or Scientific articles. My recommendation is actually the opposite of that - read interesting fiction that will keep your attention and will motivate you to read as much as possible (rather than boring you with some biology). I call it GMAT Fiction - a compilation of interesting books that have great stimulating language and good grammar. See my post on GMAT Fiction about the advantages of reading a few thousand pages before taking GMAT.

    Sentence Correction: If you are weak in English grammar, there are a few things you can do to improve - 1) Get a good grammar book. i can recommend either Kaplan Verbal Foundations (pretty good but not as complete as I would like it to be) or the Doing Grammar book that has been recommended by a few high verbal scorers. 2) Read a lot - by reading you will start to train your ear to pick up something a grammar book cannot teach you - style. Style questions are the harder verbal questions on the GMAT and the easiest way to pick them out is to train your ear reading good quality English Fiction - take a look at my GMAT Fiction recommendations or feel free to pick out your own.


    Option 2: Class/Tutoring

    Enrol with a test-prep company that guarantees XX point improvement or provides money back. The only two I know that do that is Knewton and GMAT Pill (50 point improvement or money back - doublecheck it though) Both are online, so you can take it from any location, at your own pace and schedule. If you score higher than 700 - you got what you wanted. If you don't, at least you don't have to pay for it, so you "win" both ways. There is a 7-day trial, so recommend you give it a shot either way. (To learn more about Knewton and see what other GMAT club members had to say about the class, see this post: knewton-live-online-gmat-course-85519.html. For more information about GMAT Pill's method, visit this post: gmat-pill-discount-save-110700.html). This is the recommended path for those who took gmat twice and still have not gotten to their target score - save your time and effort - take a class - probably a better experience overall at this point.
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