This is an excerpt from a longer article by Jeff Sackmann, originally published at GMAT Hacks. Jeff has created several valuable GMAT-preparation resources, including Total GMAT Math and Total GMAT Verbal.
Here’s what you’ll do when you start working through problems. Start the timer and work as you would normally. Don’t worry about meeting certain time limitations, but when you complete each question, jot down, next to your scratchwork, what your timer reads. Also, of course, write down your answer for each question. Last (this is important), if you have any concerns that the way you approached the question was inefficient, incorrect, or in any way suboptimal, mark your scratch paper with a star.
When you’re done with the problems you set out for yourself, pat yourself on the back, get up and stretch, and take a break. You might even let those problems sit for an afternoon or even a day. (But no longer than a day.) The key part of the process begins only after your first time through the problems, when you take a closer look at what you still must master.
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