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For the Non-genius: From 550 to 640 (w/ study sheet)

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For the Non-genius: From 550 to 640 (w/ study sheet) [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2007, 02:23
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I promised myself that if I increase my score significantly the second time around, I will post a little something for people like me... for people who are not geniuses :)

Five weeks ago I took the GMAT for the first time and scored a 550 (Q 32 V 34). I was devastated but I sort of expected it since this is what GMATprep was telling me. As soon as I got home, after throwing a fit at those around me, I signed up to retake the test. Today, I took the test again and went up 90 points and 25%tile points - 640 (Q 41 V 35). Here's my story.

I sat down and created a study plan. I KNOW THIS IS CLICHE but please believe me IT WORKS and if you set REALISTIC goals it also HELPS. I printed out five weeks forward from outlook and assigned a chapter or two of alternating Manhattan GMAT math chapters and Critical Reasoning bible chapters per day. My schedule also included two GMATprep CATS. I left the last week blank for practice questions from the OG.

I also created an error log that looked something like this: Col 1 - source; Col 2 - type of question; Col 3 - seconds used; Col 4 - error; Col 5 - lesson learned. This became a study sheet for my last week of preparation.

Finally, I created this study sheet:
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dc23fqnf_30g8cs5z

When I took the first GMATprep since my last GMAT, I scored a 680 - I was in shock. I thought it was an error. This score was, after all, 130 points higher than what I scored on the test. But CATs dont lie, especially GMATprep. In fact, I should have never taken the actual test itself when I did since I was, after all, scoring between 540 and 570. DO NOT TAKE THE TEST UNTIL YOU'RE SCORING THE SCORE YOU WANT TO SCORE ON CATS!

Anyway, the bottom line is this: I studied four months for this test. The first three months I did Kaplan and had a private tutor (12 hours). They weren't worth a damn. I ended up -- yes, I myself, the procrastinating king that I am -- doing way better when I was on my own.

Thank you to everyone at the GMAT Club who have contributed. You have all contributed to my success.

I know I can do better than 640 but I'm happy with this score. It was right around my target score. I am, however, applying to all the top programs, so I'm going to need some more luck on the apps ;)

If anyone has any questions please dont hesitate to pm me!

GOOD LUCK and YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!
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Congrats on the bump in score. I agree that GmatPrep CATs are indicatave of the score you will actually get. Nice job on the study sheet. I have all of that info, just not on 1 page.
I am in a similar situation that you were. I am scoring between 530 and 580 on the GMAT Prep and MGMAT CATS. I need above 600 and have exactly 1 month to go. (Test Date Jan. 29th) I have gone through the first 2/3s of the OG, some of the OG quant and verbal reviews, gone through first 2 chapters in the MGMAT word translations, Geometry and SC and read the entire Princeton Review Cracking The GMAT book. Also have worked through some of the PR on line coursework. I am in the 550 range now according to the CATs (taken 6 so far and I started studying first of Nov.)

I am seeing improvement as my first CAT without study was 470 back in October. I plan to finish the OG questions and MGMAT books and take 4 more CATS and review my mistakes. I have an error log also and plan to review it the last week. Any advice would be appreciated.

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is a score of Q : 41 anf V : 35 really a 640?
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thanks Octane, really good stuff. good luck
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2007, 15:56
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is a score of Q : 41 anf V : 35 really a 640?

yeah... 78%tile... i REALLY wanted to cross the 80%tile mark... but oh well!!
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Re: For the Non-genius: From 550 to 640 (w/ study sheet) [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2008, 14:38
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congratulations! that's a rather large jump. Now breathe a sigh of relief and relax until you have to start prepping applications :lol:
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Re: For the Non-genius: From 550 to 640 (w/ study sheet) [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2008, 19:58
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:-D

Congrats bro... I'm in a similar boat.. Took the GMAT last Sept. and got a 580... Promised myself I would take 3 months to study and redo it... Unfortunately due to work and other circumstances I have not been able to study at all.. But your post is very inspiring to see that there is a healthy jump to be made by dedicated independent study from people who don't score 7xx+ right off the bat..

Congrats again mate,

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fawreel902 wrote:
is a score of Q : 41 anf V : 35 really a 640?



Ya this doesnt make any sense. I got a Q44 and V 35 with the same overall score.

Congrats anyway.
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Re: For the Non-genius: From 550 to 640 (w/ study sheet) [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2008, 15:47
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Congrats on the score bump!

Good luck.
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Re: For the Non-genius: From 550 to 640 (w/ study sheet) [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2008, 13:00
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Congrats. Any study recommendation or study plans for Verbal score improvement?

Thanks in advance,
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Re: Re: [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2008, 08:30
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Ya this doesnt make any sense. I got a Q44 and V 35 with the same overall score.

Well, you don't know what youre talking about. I'll scan my score report and upload it.
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Re: For the Non-genius: From 550 to 640 (w/ study sheet) [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2008, 09:22
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As promised, here is the score report.

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Re: For the Non-genius: From 550 to 640 (w/ study sheet) [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2008, 10:33
I think in the middle range, especially on the math side, it takes more than a few points to alter the final score because there are so many math scores in that range. The hump of the bell. Someone with stats skills can elaborate.
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Re: For the Non-genius: From 550 to 640 (w/ study sheet) [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2008, 11:17
I have seen people with the exact same quant-verbal breakdown as me have a score 10 points higher than my total score. Its a bummer but the scoring is more complicated than the raw data seems to suggest.
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Re: For the Non-genius: From 550 to 640 (w/ study sheet) [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2008, 14:00
Congratulations. Excellent improvement and thanks so much for sharing your "study sheet".
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Re: For the Non-genius: From 550 to 640 (w/ study sheet) [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2008, 17:42
I am kinda in the same boat. My score went from a 530 to a 620 (Q40 V35) within a couple of months.
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Re: For the Non-genius: From 550 to 640 (w/ study sheet) [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2008, 19:38
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I am kinda in the same boat. My score went from a 530 to a 620 (Q40 V35) within a couple of months.


What made the difference in your opinion?
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