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700 and retaking - quick advice if possible - test soon [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2012, 13:50
I took the GMAT last summer and scored a 700 (Q48, V38). I was disappointed because I expected about 10-20 points higher. Looking at only top programs, this score only put at at or below the median. Long story short, I applied to schools this past year and did not get in (1 WL, a bunch of dings).

In the process of improving my application for reapplication, I've decided to retake the GMAT. My test date is in 3 weeks (latest I could get before the nextgen text). I'm not as worried about the quant, as I have a degree in mathematics and was scoring 48-50 in previous practices - I just need a bit of a refresher and some fine tuning. Verbal on the other hand is low. I'd like to get it to at least a 40, ideally even higher.

When I studied last time, I worked primarily off the OG books and didn't really learn a proper strategy for the verbal section. I have the MGMAT SC book, but otherwise just the 3 main guides. I was leaning toward trying the GMAT Pill, since it seems to focus on people with shorter time frames. Does anyone have a similar experience and some feedback on GMAT Pill verbal? I can't decide if it's worth getting the entire package or just the SC, which is what I'd consider my weakest of the verbal areas.
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Re: 700 and retaking - quick advice if possible - test soon [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2012, 16:57
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Re: 700 and retaking - quick advice if possible - test soon [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2012, 19:03
I'm in a somewhat similar situation . From what I've heard GMAT pill is really good for RC and e-GMAT is really good for the SC section . But for me , GMAT pill is too expensive , so I dropped the idea .

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Re: 700 and retaking - quick advice if possible - test soon [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2012, 19:05
If you're looking just for SC go for the egmat course .

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Re: 700 and retaking - quick advice if possible - test soon [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 07:15
Thanks for the feedback.

My questions about the e-gmat course is it seems like it's geared at non-native speakers. I'm born and raised in NY, so english is my primary (and only) language. How does the program work for non-international people? I'm much more interested in learning how to spot and answer questions than an elaborate grammar lesson - the former will suit me better for the GMAT.

I too am hesitant on the cost of the gmatpill. I've started using the MGMAT SC book while deciding about the video approach. It's definitely helpful so far. My main concern is that it might be slower, and time is a premium. However, it's also supposed to be the best book on the subject. The MGMAT SC book so far is helpful (only a couple chapters in) but the explanations for OG questions aren't always as useful as I'd like - they seem to focus too heavily on the grammatical terminology)
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Re: 700 and retaking - quick advice if possible - test soon [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 10:48
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the explanations for OG questions aren't always as useful as I'd like - they seem to focus too heavily on the grammatical terminology)


That was my problem. The OG’s explanations for SC are dry and boring and I didn’t think I needed to know all that extra crap just to get through 15 or so SCs on the test. I figured just knowing the major items and being great at them would be much better.

Get this book from Aristotle (http://www.aristotleprep.com/products/# ... ct=8709069). It’s their experts one minute explanations for the SCs in the OG. They don’t go into the useless (for the GMAT anyway) nonsense that the OG explanations get into. I have learned quite a bit from this book and it has helped me improve in SC. I only wish Aristotle made a book for the SCs in the verbal supplement.

Good luck. That’s a great score btw…
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Re: 700 and retaking - quick advice if possible - test soon [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 19:23
For SC , I think the Aristotle prep SC grail is really good . I like it because it's very concise and to the point .Plus this book also has 100 questions right at the end and if cover all these questions at the end , you should be fine for the SC section.

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Re: 700 and retaking - quick advice if possible - test soon [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2012, 06:25
Thanks for the replies. I've gotten through about 6 chapters of MGMAT SC and so far am doing better than I was before. I'm going to look into the aristotle book as well, especially if it could yield similar results in less time.
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