Saturday, October 23, 2010

Video Testimonial --> Creative & Fun (Keep it up BTG Team)

 Last night, it was my first time to do a video testimonial (rather first time recorded video of myself) on BTG. At first, I was skeptical of doing that but after looking at others coming and speaking of "Why you love Beaththegmat?" within 15 seconds. I gave it a shot and guess what, it was fun to do :).

I have to say that BTG Team is a group of smart & creative people. They always come up with new & fun to do ideas. And, there was also a great chance for 100K Challenge players to boost their scores vertically. I've already won BTG Practice Questions and I am very thankful to the BTG team for giving me such a valuable prize. Thank you! BTG (keep on surprising and helping :))

Friday, October 22, 2010

GMAT -Quant: Gmatclub.com's Number Properties-I test

Just attempted GMATClub Number Properties-I test from GMATClub's tests section. I have to say the questions were tough & tricky, after going through Number Properties topics, I thought I would be good to go. But, it did hit the nail hard in the head. I have to practice more and more, and also have to review the topics once more. This time I'll review carefully and will try to note down the concepts/formulas/tricks that are important.
And here are my results:

 So, now I have to be serious and get a firm grasp on the concepts and do lot of practice and solve more questions from Forums. Also thinking of attempting BeatTheGmat's Practice Questions (related to Number Properties)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

GMAT -Quant: Number Properties study progress

I've started studying NUMBER PROPERTIES section from GMAT Club's Math Book (almost every concept is there and compiled it in a .pdf file :) ). I have gone through following topics;
INTEGERS
Evens & Odds, Irrational Numbers, Positives & Negatives, Prime Numbers, Factors--> Finding The Number of Factors of an Integer, Finding the Sum of the Factors of an Integer, GCD/GCF (Greatest Common Divisor/Factor), LCM (Least/Smallest Common Multiple).
Perfect Square, Divisibility Rules, Factorials (Trailing Zeros, Finding the Number of of Powers of a Prime Number p in n!, Finding the Power of Non-prime in n!), Consecutive Integers, Evenly Spaced Sets.

FRACTIONS:
Fractional Representation, Converting Improper Functions, Reciprocal, Operation on Fractions, Decimal Representation, Converting Decimals to Fractions (recurring decimal, mixed-recurring decimal' conversions), Rounding, Ratios & Proportions (Invertendo, Alternendo, Componendo, Dividendo, Compo & Divi), Exponents (Operations with Expos, Fractions as Expos, Expos Equations, Expos & Divisibility), Last Digit of a Product, Last Digit of a Power (How to determine them is important), Roots (Rules and remember the values of the roots of first 10 digits), PEMDAS (Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication/Division, Addition/Subtraction).

I'll try to attempt questions on the forums (http://gmatclub.com & http://beatthegmat.com) by searching the questions related to the above topics by using tags (tag searching is amazing). Thinking of attempting questions related to these topics from OG12 (A bit skeptical and would need suggestions here :)).

The next topic would be Percents (important topic), will try to cover it asap and solve the questions related to this topic :). Or maybe, after going through Percents, I'll attempt questions.

Also, went through first 4 chapters of MGMAT Number Properties (got MGMAT books from a friend and don't have CATs yet) in parallel.
Chapter1: Divisibility & Primes
Chapter2: Odds & Evens
Chapter3: Positives & Negatives
Chapter4: Consecutive Integers
I have done these topics from GMAT Club Math Book already but do have an overview on these topics from MGMAT Book and then solve their In Action Problems at the end of these chapters.
Also, will try to go through some CR section of Verbal. Trying to mix up the preparation and do Quant + Verbal each week but more focus on Quant yet (just a go through Verbal for the time being).
Well, that's all for today.

Any thoughts or suggestions???
Happy prepping :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

I am back

It's been a long time since I posted here as was too busy with work and after that one of the deadliest flood hit our area and had to go back to village, so that could help my family to save our homes and the property. Luckily, our village survived but all of our farms were destroyed (cotton & sugar fields), but we are thankful to Almighty that our lives and homes were saved. I remember my father's face when he heard about the farms because a farmer looks after his farms & lands as much as he does for his children.

But others were affected more than us because farms were their only source of income because two of our family members (me & my brother) have their job as an alternate source of income. We were already supporting our family but now is the time to support them as much as we can. And also, support others who suffered a lot from the flood. Now all of that is over but still we can't cultivate our lands as the river has made his way between our village and our lands. And, this would be soon over too and we would be able to cultivate our lands.

That being said, we await for the time when we would start cultivation our lands again. Meanwhile, I've come back due to my job responsibilities but the project is over and I got time to start prepping for GMAT. So, I am back now and all set to embark on my journey to "Ace the GMAT" :). In next post I'll start sharing my journey :).