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Advice for Second Go-Around... [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2013, 01:58
Hi All,

I just took my first official GMAT exam on Saturday and scored a 680 (Q45, V38). I have a few questions and was hoping some of you experts out there have answers...

1) I want to re-take as it has always been a personal goal of mine to break the 700+ barrier. What is the timeframe I should look to re-take? I was thinking about a month out would be good, as my mind is currently fresh with GMAT material. I typically wake up and study for about two hours before work, and about another hour or two after work (if that helps gauge anything)...

2) What should be my approach to studying? Being that I was an engineer undergrad, I am a little disapointed in my quant score, but I think focusing on verbal would give me the biggest gains in terms of score. Thoughts?

3) Practice Material - I already went through Kaplan Premiere and through all MGMAT guides one time. I think I am going to go through the Sentence Correction and Math guides again, but are there any other recommendations? I am leaning on trying out the CR Powerscore Bible as well, even though I felt confident after MGMAT CR.

4) I've also taken each GMAT prep practice test twice and all MGMAT practice CAT's, but I've heard the GMAT club tests are good, especially for improving quant? Any opinions?

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Re: Advice for Second Go-Around... [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2013, 08:37
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Hi All,

I just took my first official GMAT exam on Saturday and scored a 680 (Q45, V38). I have a few questions and was hoping some of you experts out there have answers...

1) I want to re-take as it has always been a personal goal of mine to break the 700+ barrier. What is the timeframe I should look to re-take? I was thinking about a month out would be good, as my mind is currently fresh with GMAT material. I typically wake up and study for about two hours before work, and about another hour or two after work (if that helps gauge anything)...

2) What should be my approach to studying? Being that I was an engineer undergrad, I am a little disapointed in my quant score, but I think focusing on verbal would give me the biggest gains in terms of score. Thoughts?

3) Practice Material - I already went through Kaplan Premiere and through all MGMAT guides one time. I think I am going to go through the Sentence Correction and Math guides again, but are there any other recommendations? I am leaning on trying out the CR Powerscore Bible as well, even though I felt confident after MGMAT CR.

4) I've also taken each GMAT prep practice test twice and all MGMAT practice CAT's, but I've heard the GMAT club tests are good, especially for improving quant? Any opinions?

THANKS!!


You are very close to your goal. I would advise you to take the test again when you KNOW that you will get 700+. This means wait till you start getting 750+ in your practice tests.

If you have been preparing for a few months, you might want to take a break. You would have reached a saturation level and will be trying to luck out to get a 700 at this point. You will probably apply in the first round of 2014 admits so you have plenty of time. Also your scores are kind of even and on the higher side. It will take some serious effort to push them up from this point on. Every one point increase now will take a lot of digging. Of course, rewards will be higher for every point increase in verbal but then, every point increase in Verbal will be harder than a point increase in Quant!

Your strategy now should be to zero in on your weak areas. With an engineering background, CR should come naturally to you. If it doesn't, it means your concepts are a little shaky. RC and SC will be mainly about practice and the right approach.
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Re: Advice for Second Go-Around...   [#permalink] 15 Apr 2013, 08:37
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