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After 3 months of studying, same score (710-GMATPrep)!

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After 3 months of studying, same score (710-GMATPrep)! [#permalink] New post 04 May 2013, 10:11
Hello everyone - I am hoping that there may be users who have experienced similar situations or experts who may have some advice.

I took a GMATPrep test 3 months ago and received a 710 (49Q, 38V). Today, I took another GMATPrep test, and received ANOTHER 710 (49Q, 37V). I have the test scheduled in 2 weeks!

My study plan has been:

1-Read through the entire Manhattan GMAT Complete Prep Set (first two months)
2-Practice problems from the Official Guide (last month weeks)

I have studied over 100 hours the past few months, yet I am confused as to how I did not improve!

On quant, my timing strategy has changed dramatically. The first time I took the test, I guessed on the last 8 questions due to timing, and still got a 49. This time, I only guessed on the last 2-3 because I paced myself more effectively. I did notice that I made several simple mistakes that I should not have during the test.

On verbal, I missed 8 SC as compared to 2 CR and 2 RC. Therefore, it is obvious to me that SC is my weakness.

Does anyone have any good advice for what to do with my remaining two weeks? I would really appreciate any help you can give!
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Re: After 3 months of studying, same score (710-GMATPrep)! [#permalink] New post 04 May 2013, 17:54
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Hello everyone - I am hoping that there may be users who have experienced similar situations or experts who may have some advice.

I took a GMATPrep test 3 months ago and received a 710 (49Q, 38V). Today, I took another GMATPrep test, and received ANOTHER 710 (49Q, 37V). I have the test scheduled in 2 weeks!

My study plan has been:

1-Read through the entire Manhattan GMAT Complete Prep Set (first two months)
2-Practice problems from the Official Guide (last month weeks)

I have studied over 100 hours the past few months, yet I am confused as to how I did not improve!

On quant, my timing strategy has changed dramatically. The first time I took the test, I guessed on the last 8 questions due to timing, and still got a 49. This time, I only guessed on the last 2-3 because I paced myself more effectively. I did notice that I made several simple mistakes that I should not have during the test.

On verbal, I missed 8 SC as compared to 2 CR and 2 RC. Therefore, it is obvious to me that SC is my weakness.

Does anyone have any good advice for what to do with my remaining two weeks? I would really appreciate any help you can give!


Since you have only two weeks left, try to be at least average is SC and strong in the other two. With a strong Quant, your reasoning and inference skills must be good so just make sure you think through in CR and RC - they are mostly reasoning based. Invest time in questions which have a better chance of being correct i.e. CR and RC. Don't linger on SC too much - this doesn't mean that you should guess on every SC question - it means don't spend more than 1-1.5 mins on an SC question if you are lost on it. Chances are that even if you spend 3-4 mins on it, you will still get it wrong and you would have wasted precious time that you could have been used on a CR/RC question. Try this strategy on a practice test first to see if you are able to pace yourself effectively in this manner.
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Re: After 3 months of studying, same score (710-GMATPrep)!   [#permalink] 04 May 2013, 17:54
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