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# 580 Without studying

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06 Aug 2012, 18:49
My first post

I recently took my GMAT exam and scored a 580 (Q35 V35) without studying. Well actually went over the basic math equations the day before.

Originally I wanted to study a month for it but after my CFA exam (which thankfully I passed ) I just wanted a break. So instead of wasting my \$250 I thought I would take the exam and see what I end up getting.

Yea not sure what happened with the Quant section. Def something to work on. I'm essentially a calculator Guru after my CFA exam.

Anyways, my question to you is if this is a good starting score especially if you take into consideration that I did not study.

Also, what is a good Study time frame if I am aiming for 700+?

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07 Aug 2012, 00:24
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Hi,

I think if you study seriously then 3months should be enough.
I have written a post for "how to start gmat preperations"
how-to-start-gmat-preperations-136048.html

Also, i have written my gmat debrief .. from 570 to 700...
570-to-700-my-gmat-journey-133461.html

Hope it helps!
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aaasssaaa1989,

Without any studying, that is an OK base score to work off of to get a 700+. You've passed CFA exam so at quant wise you should be able to bring this up a lot. Of course, getting over 700 will be a challenge for anyone and that's going to require some extra smart studying. There is no calculator for the GMAT exam, except an onscreen one for the integrated reasoning section.

A good study time frame to scoring 700 would be 1-2 months of dedicated studying. This would be an optimal time and as always, studying never gets done until a time is running out. So about 1-2 months is the optimal - any longer and your attention span for studying will dissipate. Your scores look pretty much even on verbal/quant, arguably quant should be able to rise more, but verbal has a few spots you can raise to 100% accuracy. Try to figure out what those sections are, improve on those sections. And also solidify the ones you are good at. The goal for 700+ is not 90% accuracy, it's going to be 95%+ accuracy. So try to get everything correct!
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13 Aug 2012, 21:56
Appreciate your comments, for the Quant, my biggest issue wasn't that I did not know how to solve the problem but rather the difficulty in answering the question in 2 minutes. After the 2 minute mark I had to make an educated guess. Something to work on in the future.
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13 Aug 2012, 22:57
I will suggest you to start practicing in grockit.com
They have a 2/2.5 mins timer for each and every question. With practice your speed will improve.
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