Test Mastery Part 2: Creating a Customized Study Plan [Episode 6]

podcast Oct 16, 2019

We're all looking for that magic bullet for how to prepare most effectively for our standardized test so that we get maximum results on test day. Last week, in Part 1 of our Test Mastery series, we laid a solid foundation for you by explaining the three essential components of any effective study plan -- the infamous "Success Triad" of test prep -- and how they can help you improve your time management. This week, in Part 2, we're taking it a step further and helping you create a more customized study plan based on your own strengths and weaknesses. Check it out:

We're pleased to be joined in this episode of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast by Vinay Narang, founder and Chief Genius at GMAT Genius, as he lends his expertise on this topic. Specifically, we cover:

  • The importance of taking full-length practice tests, and why official tests are the best;
  • How to analyze your practice test results and what they say about where to focus your study efforts;
  • Three (3) fundamental reasons why people get questions wrong, and how you can fix them;
  • The age-old question: Should you focus on your weaknesses or strengthen your strengths?
  • What target score should you even be shooting for?
  • What an average study week should look like;
  • How you can know when you're ready to take the real thing;
  • Tips for preparing on a compressed timeframe, with a look at subtle differences in your approach if you're starting from scratch vs. if you're retaking the exam;
  • Pros and cons of a comprehensive prep course vs. private tutoring;
  • And more!

Be sure to listen all the way to the end for our "From the Mailbag" segment (~44:15). This week I answer the question, "How can I overcome the drudgery of the verbal section and avoid silly mistakes?" You won't want to miss it!

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