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620 (Q39,V35) to 580 (Q33,V36)...need 700 [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2010, 18:57
Hi Guys and Gals,

I'm hoping to get some help. I wrote the GMAT about 2 months ago with about 5 weeks of study time. I probably averaged 15 hrs (a week) for the first 4 weeks, and 4-5 hrs a day for the final week. Ended up with 620 (Q39,V35). I was pretty happy with my results, as I was getting 570-590 on the Kaplan prep tests and GMATprep.

I found out that I needed to re-write (for B-School purposes), and had 10 days to study. Spent 4 hrs/ day really focusing on my math (which i see as my main weak point). I did the GMAT Club diagnostic test and did very poorly. I went through all the wrong answers and tried to understand the mistakes. Spent the rest of the time working on GMATprep, and reviewing the wrong answers here on the board. Also spent some time in the OG and the GMAT quant review. Ended up with 590 on the GMATprep 1 (redo), and 650 on GMATprep 2.

I wrote again today, and ended up with a very disappointing 580 (Q33, V36). I felt like I had a breakdown on my basic math concepts.

I would appreciate whatever feedback i can get on building my score. I need to get 700, which i believe i should be able to achieve given my reasonable Verbal scores...

thanks in advance.
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Re: 620 (Q39,V35) to 580 (Q33,V36)...need 700 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2010, 20:49
I've been reading through the forum, there's a ton of great advice! If anyone has anything specific they could contribute, I'd appreciate it.
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Re: 620 (Q39,V35) to 580 (Q33,V36)...need 700 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2010, 06:43
I am quants-challenged too. Though I have not made it to 700, I actually did not need it for my target programs, I found that Manhattan GMAT was a very helpful resource for raising my score on quantitative part of the test. Try to identify your weekest points in math by keeping an error log on your diagnostic/practice tests and then get selected or all books from their series on math. When you buy their books you also get access to a few CAT practice tests, and additionally a bank of practice questions on topics related to book titles. From this forum you can find that Manhattan GMAT is highly recommended by many test-takers. Another consideration: if you are not a math wiz and cannot crack quants on a fly, pay more attention to doing practice tests in as realistic manner as possible with focus on timing. I would assume you probably ran out of time on your math section because of taking more time to answer the questions. Other books that I also found more helpful in my preparation were Princeton Review Cracking GMAT series. Good luck on the next re-take.
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As probably both of you know, the highest gmat score is achieved by balancing the two sections (verbal and quant).
The concept is that getting a 70th percentile in both will get you 80th or 90th overall.

So, quant should definitely be the focus.
One of the main reasons for a lower quant score is not using the proper materials: would look into Kaplan math workbook or even better, get the quant MGMAT Guides. Number Properties, Word Translations, etc.

Also, you may want to take a step back and dive into basics before even toughing any of the above books and start with MGMAT Math Foundations - a very good book for those not comfortable with math. It starts with basics and builds up from that.
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Re: 620 (Q39,V35) to 580 (Q33,V36)...need 700 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2010, 19:03
bb wrote:
As probably both of you know, the highest gmat score is achieved by balancing the two sections (verbal and quant).
The concept is that getting a 70th percentile in both will get you 80th or 90th overall.


Wow, thanks bb. I did not know that...
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Re: 620 (Q39,V35) to 580 (Q33,V36)...need 700 [#permalink] New post 09 Mar 2010, 17:44
bb wrote:
As probably both of you know, the highest gmat score is achieved by balancing the two sections (verbal and quant).
The concept is that getting a 70th percentile in both will get you 80th or 90th overall.

So, quant should definitely be the focus.
One of the main reasons for a lower quant score is not using the proper materials: would look into Kaplan math workbook or even better, get the quant MGMAT Guides. Number Properties, Word Translations, etc.



Thanks, bb. I've ordered the MGMAT number properties, f,d&p, word translations, E,I&VIC, and SC guides.
I already have the Kaplan Premiere Online.

The rush is on, I have just under 3 weeks until the re-write! :twisted:
Re: 620 (Q39,V35) to 580 (Q33,V36)...need 700   [#permalink] 09 Mar 2010, 17:44
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