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720+ Score needed any advice would be great!! [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2009, 07:37
Hi everyone - this is my first post but I have been looking around it for the last month or so. The site is great and really useful; I have looked at other member's previous challenges and the GMAT study plan.

OK, basically I am in my final year at university and looking to do an Msc Finance at a decent business school: Oxford Said, LSE, Bocconi, Imperial etc

I am looking to take the GMAT in mid-December so I can have the application submitted for January rounds. I was hoping to study for the GMAT through the summer but I had summer work placement which was intense.

I am looking at putting 20hrs a week for the first 5 weeks and then around 30+hrs for the next 4 weeks. This should give me over 200hrs of studying, if I can fit more in some weeks I will try.

It seems a little ambitious/stupid to just state a score I want to achieve without actually taking a practice exam but it is around the boundary of where I need to hit - ideally mid-700s would be perfect!!

I completed A-Level maths in 2006, then took a year out before starting university. Despite studying a Finance based degree I have not encountered much mathematics but definitely favour the quant side to verbal.

All I have purchased is the official GMAT review book and looked at the structure and questions within it. I took the prep exam for the quant exam and scored a 20 and 19 out of 24 for both (without any revision of any maths). I think with some studying they can both be around 22ish

(Apologies for the essay) I have looked at the recommended reading for the GMAT but was just looking for some more specialized/specific recommendations in terms of studying and practising the higher end maths questions whilst not neglecting the basics. For the Verbal again I feel I will be fairly strong but would like to know the best textbooks to buy if looking at 720+ score.

Thank you for any advice and help (first job of mine tomorrow is to a full prep test, so I can have a full score on which to start from)
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Re: 720+ Score needed any advice would be great!! [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2009, 17:48
Hello welbizzle,

Welcome to GMATClub.

While your goal is a bit far fetched, we have seen people achieve this very same goal in the time line you defined. That being said, these people were high performers to begin with and scored quite high on his/her first diagnostic test.

The key to know if this goal is practical: Take a diagnostic test and gauge your outcome with the needed score. You will need to consider all aspects of the test (confidence, timing, comfort with material, stamina, etc.).

You should get the ball rolling as soon as possible. It is possible to achieve your goal in two months, but you need to be diligent and focus.

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Re: 720+ Score needed any advice would be great!! [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2009, 20:22
It is very reasonable to reach your objective if you study intensively and will have the right material to study.
I highly recommend to have all materials from Manhattan GMAT. All 8 sets, they are perfect for reviewing math, and sentence correction strategies.
I am not sure about critical reasoning part, and RC, as I did not do it much, myself either.
Kaplan books just emphasize guessing, and picking numbers for math section, which is not useful in shooting for 720
Good luck with preparation,
I am just starting to study.
As I am shooting for 700 also!


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Re: 720+ Score needed any advice would be great!!   [#permalink] 18 Oct 2009, 20:22
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