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

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30 Dec 2007, 03:23
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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:

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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30 Dec 2007, 09:19
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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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30 Dec 2007, 09:39
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is a score of Q : 41 anf V : 35 really a 640?
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30 Dec 2007, 15:03
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thanks Octane, really good stuff. good luck
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30 Dec 2007, 16:56
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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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02 Jan 2008, 15:38
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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
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02 Jan 2008, 20:58
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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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03 Jan 2008, 10:18
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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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Congrats on the score bump!

Good luck.
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Congrats. Any study recommendation or study plans for Verbal score improvement?

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09 Apr 2008, 09:30
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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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As promised, here is the score report.

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03 Jun 2008, 11:33
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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03 Jun 2008, 12:17
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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03 Jun 2008, 15:00
Congratulations. Excellent improvement and thanks so much for sharing your "study sheet".
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03 Jun 2008, 18:42
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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03 Jun 2008, 20:38
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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.

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