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21 Apr 2010, 09:35
Hi Guys,

Today I took my first GMAT full practice test on mbacom.
I haven't yet studied at all, not even seen any GMAT questions before.

All I had was what I can remember from high school.

As a result I got 640 (Q49, V28).
I must say I was surprised by the ease of the Quant part.
I think with some polishing, I can easily top the quant part.

I am a bit disappointed with the verbal part. I should spend time especially on sentence correction. As a non-native speaker, I had difficulty in guessing the answers.

My plan is taking the GMAT in Aug and spending around 3 months for studying.

What do you think?
Would that be easy to reach 750+ level?

I haven't bought the books yet, which ones would you recommend? especially
for the low verbal?

Thanks.
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21 Apr 2010, 09:44
I wouldn't say that scoring above 750 is every really "easy" as such. I used the MGMAT (Manhattan GMAT) books and they were very good. Definitely the three OG (Official GMAT) guides as well. Other than that, I can't recommend much else since that's mostly what I used.

Your score is a good place to start, now just work on the sections you're having trouble with. Good luck!

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22 Apr 2010, 07:45
I studied for about 2 months and the first test I gave (PR) was in the 600 range. Just practice, practice and practice some more. OG and MGMAT are the best resources (in my opinion).
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22 Apr 2010, 16:06
I was in a similiar situation - first practice test 650, 3 weeks to study - and ended up scoring a 750. However, my split was the opposite of yours - high verbal, low quant. I don't really have a suggestion for what to study to improve your verbal score, just wanted to let you know it IS possible to make a dramatic improvement if you really dedicate yourself to studying.

Good luck!!!
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