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Countdown to GMAT in July - Target 760 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2015, 19:40
hey guys,

Im taking my first exam in July. Figured i'd post my progress here as a way to stay motivated since i just rescheduled. Finally got a 700 on my practice GMAT prep but im too close to the date to feel comfortable getting anywhere close to my target score in time for my previously scheduled exam. Did the 50 dollar reschedule.

Anyways, here is my progress so far:

1 month of Study: foundations of GMAT logic, arithmetic and Algebra
Nov. 2014 diagnostic, Veritas Prep, 690, Q42,V43
Nov. 2014 veritas prep, 670, Q43, V39

---took a break, horrible idea, just kind of lost steam---

Apr. 2015 GMAT Prep 1, 630, Q36, V40
May 2015 Veritas, 610, Q40, V34
May 2015 Veritas, 630, Q42, V35
May 2015 GMAT Prep 2, 700, Q45, V41<--this felt awesome
July 2015 GMAT Prep 3 710, (Q47,V41)

July 2015 GMAT Official - 680, (Q44,V39)

I took the two Veritas at the beginning of May and the GMAT prep this last week after deciding i was testing too often and should study for about 2 weeks straight.

My perception so far is that my quant is definitely improving after my no study period. I'm skeptical of the verbal scores with veritas. I'm not sure why they have been so low compared to the GMAT prep tests.

Anyways, I am using the full Veritas set as well as SC Guide from MGMAT and Advanced Quant from MGMAT.

Here's to hoping the extra studying lends at least another 60 points. I'm posting here to stay motivated since you can see from my current track record I have lost the motivation once before. Rescheduling was hard because I really wanted to get this test over with. I think this is for the best though, as I wont be happy with a sub 700 score.

I'll update the thread as I take more tests.

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Re: Countdown to GMAT in July - Target 760 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2015, 21:25
I am also preparing to retake my GMAT in July 2015. I was very casual in my first attempt and didn't fare as well as i wanted to. I am using the MGMAT study prep but I am not doing as many tests as your are! Yikes! :? I'm currently working so all my studies have to be before or after work hours! :?

Nevertheless inspiring post! Keep it up! :clap:
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Re: Countdown to GMAT in July - Target 760 [#permalink] New post 26 May 2015, 09:02
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I am also preparing to retake my GMAT in July 2015. I was very casual in my first attempt and didn't fare as well as i wanted to. I am using the MGMAT study prep but I am not doing as many tests as your are! Yikes! :? I'm currently working so all my studies have to be before or after work hours! :?

Nevertheless inspiring post! Keep it up! :clap:


Hi PramodGeorge! I look forward to learning how your test goes in July! I think I have been testing too often, so I'm going to try to test no more than once every two weeks.
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Re: Countdown to GMAT in July - Target 760 [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2015, 09:15
Alright the test is coming up soon. I must confess that last few weeks have been a struggle. It seems 2 months is my burn cycle.

Took another practice test today. I got a 710. (Q47,V41). While it's not much of an improvement since May, it's still an improvement. I'll be hitting the books again and my next post will probably be after I take the test.
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Re: Countdown to GMAT in July - Target 760 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2015, 08:01
I am quite disappointed to report that I ended up with a 680 on test day(Q44,V39).

I'm going to retake. I know when I took the test I had two major issues.
1. I blanked out on some of the word problem types in quant. I'm a lot rustier there than I realized.
2. I finish the Verbal section with 30 minutes to spare so my timing is terrible. I know some of the mistakes I made must have been careless.

So these are the two things I'm going to focus on. I haven't scheduled a retake. I'm going to study until I consistently get 740 to 760 on practice CATs. At that point I'll feel safe if I have another 40 point drop.
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Re: Countdown to GMAT in July - Target 760 [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2015, 09:32
willowtree2 wrote:
I am quite disappointed to report that I ended up with a 680 on test day(Q44,V39).

I'm going to retake. I know when I took the test I had two major issues.
1. I blanked out on some of the word problem types in quant. I'm a lot rustier there than I realized.
2. I finish the Verbal section with 30 minutes to spare so my timing is terrible. I know some of the mistakes I made must have been careless.

So these are the two things I'm going to focus on. I haven't scheduled a retake. I'm going to study until I consistently get 740 to 760 on practice CATs. At that point I'll feel safe if I have another 40 point drop.


Smart move not scheduling a retake immediately. When I took my first test (710) I thought it was a fluke and scheduled a retake immediately. I ended up with a 710 again. From personal experience, each 10 points above 700 is incrementally harder. I felt like I spent more time getting from 710 to 740 than from 630 (my diagnostic) to 710.
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Re: Countdown to GMAT in July - Target 760 [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2015, 20:00
Thanks for the encouragement.
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Re: Countdown to GMAT in July - Target 760 [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2015, 00:58
Hii guys,

If anyone can explain me the reason behind my scores it will be indeed helpful.
GMat prep exam 2: Score 650 V31 Q 48
Verbal incorrect question numbers: 2,3,9,11,15,18,20,22,23,25,27,31,34,35,36,38,41 Total:17
Quant incorrect question numbers: 1,4,9,11,13,14,17,18,27,31,34,36,37 Total: 13
GMAT prep exam 3: Score 640 V30 Q47
Verbal incorrect question numbers: 1,2,4,9,21,22,26,28,30,34,36,37,39,41 Total: 14
Quant incorrect question numbers: 3,10,11,,13,15,16,18,19,22,26,27,29,30,34,36 Total: 15

Can someone please explain the reason that even though the number of incorrect questions in my verbal has come down in 3rd exam but my score has also come down from 31 to 30. Also, out of initial 20 questions i got 7 wrong and got V31 and when i got 4 wrong, i got V30.
I have my exam within the next two weeks, please help and tell me what can I do to improve from here on
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Re: Countdown to GMAT in July - Target 760 [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2015, 02:45
hey guys,

all the best! :)

I'm taking my exam by August end. Got a month left, so all geared. :)
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Re: Countdown to GMAT in July - Target 760 [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2015, 17:23
I can't suggest this enough, to cram toward the end. While many people study for months and months, the studying over the last couple weeks is the most important. This is when you solidify everything and make sure to remember all of the key points.
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Re: Countdown to GMAT in July - Target 760 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2015, 07:49
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I can't suggest this enough, to cram toward the end. While many people study for months and months, the studying over the last couple weeks is the most important. This is when you solidify everything and make sure to remember all of the key points.


I've been wondering about this myself. Some people say you should take it easy the last two weeks because you "won't learn anything new." My entire academic career has told me differently though. Studying at the last minute could make the difference between an entire letter grade.

I took the slow it down route the first time. I'm thinking about changing it up this next time around.
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Re: Countdown to GMAT in July - Target 760 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2015, 07:54
Another fun note. I purchased the advanced score report. It was eye opening because the parts I thought I was struggling with the most were not the worst subjects for me.

I left the test thinking I should focus on sentence correction and word problems.

The score report is telling me to focus on arithmetic and reading comprehension. I will be changing my study habits immediately. Anyone else used an advanced score report yet?
Re: Countdown to GMAT in July - Target 760   [#permalink] 22 Jul 2015, 07:54
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