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Disappointed with GMAT score 370 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2013, 17:58
I took GMAT the last October 2012 without studying and got 250 , i did not study again , but I started studying in July, I took GMAT test today and scored 370( Q 24& v 17)I studied MAnhatan math and sentence correction and critical reasoning but without solving the problems I just reviewed the chapters , and then I solved OG 13 twice , and took notice from the wrong answers . I took GMAT software tests and scored 440, 300 , and 350 and reviewed the wrong answer. I do not know what to do to improve myself especially with the verbal section .Additionally, I took more than 2 min in solving the math questions and I can finish in time , I am not sure if this affect my score , even if I solved the questions right , that just in case. I have a high GPA 3.85 . I do not know if I should give up or take it again. I am really frustrated .
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Re: Disappointed with GMAT score 370 [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2013, 14:21
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I took GMAT the last October 2012 without studying and got 250 , i did not study again , but I started studying in July, I took GMAT test today and scored 370( Q 24& v 17)I studied MAnhatan math and sentence correction and critical reasoning but without solving the problems I just reviewed the chapters , and then I solved OG 13 twice , and took notice from the wrong answers . I took GMAT software tests and scored 440, 300 , and 350 and reviewed the wrong answer. I do not know what to do to improve myself especially with the verbal section .Additionally, I took more than 2 min in solving the math questions and I can finish in time , I am not sure if this affect my score , even if I solved the questions right , that just in case. I have a high GPA 3.85 . I do not know if I should give up or take it again. I am really frustrated .

Dear ebtehalyoussef,
I'm happy to respond. :-)

First of all, it's clear from your GPA--- you are an intelligent person, and therefore, with the right preparation, this is a challenge you can meet. Understand, it may take more than a couple weeks to get from where you are to a respectable level, but it is possible. You might have to think about applying not this year but next year, to give yourself enough time to prepare properly for the GMAT.

I notice that you said, "I studied Manhattan ... but without solving the problems, I just reviewed the chapters ..." The GMAT is not a spectator sport. Looking at something and thinking "yeah, that make sense" is a long way from GMAT-ready understanding. Here's an article about levels of understanding:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/understand ... rformance/
Especially in math: you understand NOTHING about math until you can apply it in the solutions of problems. All of math happens in the details, in the specifics of setting up and solving problems, and apart from that, abstract understanding is worth very little.

For Verbal, I have a magic one-word piece of advice: READ. Read every day. Read hard, challenging, well-written material in English. Read at least an hour a day, every single day without fail --- that's an hour over and above any GMAT preparations you do. Here's are some recommendations on what to read:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-reading-list/
In particular, the Economist magazine, a weekly publication, is one of the finest popular journals in print, and if you read that every week, it would give you loads of information about the world you will be entering once you have your MBA. I would recommend reading that cover-to-cover each week.

Here's a blog that discusses doing math faster:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/how-to-do- ... th-faster/

Here's a three-month study plan for someone struggling in both sections:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-gm ... beginners/
Here's a six-month plan:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/6-month-gm ... -schedule/
Since you have a long way to improve, I would recommend a six-month plan. It will really take time to integrate everything you need to learn.

Check out the rest of that free blog --- there's a ton of information there that can help you.

I'll also recommend Magoosh. Many customers have seen gigantic increases in score from using our product. You would qualify for our score guarantee....
http://gmat.magoosh.com/score-guarantee
... but Magoosh can easily help you improve far more than 50 points. Here's a practice SC question:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3267
Here's a practice DS question:
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Even if you decide not to sign up for Magoosh, I hope you get everything you can out of the resources I have recommended here and the free blog. Best of luck to you.

Mike :-)
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Re: Disappointed with GMAT score 370 [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2013, 18:51
@mikemcgarry. Thank you so much for your help. i did not solve manhatan because i did not have time for this . But, sometimes , i feel manhatan not that helpful and they are a little bit different from OG . Ido not know if i am right or wrong , but actually sentence correction manhatan guide does not help me at all. I know you are right about reading . I will try my best to read more and more . i wish it will be helpful .Thank you so much for the links :) i appreciate :)
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