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Completed the Basics...Advice on Next Steps?!?! [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2012, 15:55
Hello all,

I wrote the GMAT in May and scored a very poor 460. Taking advice from several sources I've focused on the basics and timing. Today I wrote a GMATprep test and scored a 590 (Q35 V35).

I'm happy with my improvement but I'd like some advice from the community on achieving my target score of 650.

My own self analysis/error logging has highlighted algebra (PS/DS), decimals/digits (PS/DS), overlapping sets (PS/DS), sentence correction and draw a conclusion type CR questions being my largest weaknesses.

Some questions:

1) Is 60 points realistic in 1 more month? (targeting mid-August)

2) I've been using the Manhattan GMAT guides and have completed all of the "basic" questions. I feel comfortable with solving them, should I move to the "advanced" sections?

I would really appreciate some advice on how to proceed. I'm obviously going to be working on my weaknesses but what else should I be doing? "Advanced" questions? Focus on verbal? (greatest score impacter?)

I've uploaded my error log for OG12 that I'm using to help repliers understand what I mean when referencing basic and advanced questions.

Would really appreciate some help!!!!

OxfordBound
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Re: Completed the Basics...Advice on Next Steps?!?! [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2012, 23:05
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Hello all,

I wrote the GMAT in May and scored a very poor 460. Taking advice from several sources I've focused on the basics and timing. Today I wrote a GMATprep test and scored a 590 (Q35 V35).

I'm happy with my improvement but I'd like some advice from the community on achieving my target score of 650.

My own self analysis/error logging has highlighted algebra (PS/DS), decimals/digits (PS/DS), overlapping sets (PS/DS), sentence correction and draw a conclusion type CR questions being my largest weaknesses.

Some questions:

1) Is 60 points realistic in 1 more month? (targeting mid-August)

2) I've been using the Manhattan GMAT guides and have completed all of the "basic" questions. I feel comfortable with solving them, should I move to the "advanced" sections?

I would really appreciate some advice on how to proceed. I'm obviously going to be working on my weaknesses but what else should I be doing? "Advanced" questions? Focus on verbal? (greatest score impacter?)

I've uploaded my error log for OG12 that I'm using to help repliers understand what I mean when referencing basic and advanced questions.

Would really appreciate some help!!!!

OxfordBound


60 point increase in a month is do-able though you will have to put in a good amount of effort. In the 600 range, improvement happens quickly if you work hard so keep at it.
As for your score break up, V35 is a decent score, but Q35 will give you a low percentile (so the adcom will not like it). So you need to bring up your Quant to the 40s range and try and improve verbal as much as possible.

Algebra in Quant is very important so I would suggest you to work diligently on an Algebra book (you can check out the Veritas Algebra book here: http://www.amazon.com/Algebra-Veritas-P ... gebra+book)
DS is always a little trickier but you should be able to manage most of the PS questions. As for decimals/digits, do you mean number system? Again, a very important topic. Needs work. You can ignore sets for the time being since you will get 1 or 2 questions on sets (preferably, come back to it if time permits)

Once these basics are done properly, then you can move on to more advanced application.

Meanwhile, keep working on verbal side by side. I think your verbal basics are in place. You probably just need regular practice to improve your accuracy.
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