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# From scratch again - Math/Verbal - Best Advice?

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27 Sep 2006, 10:42
Hi everyone!

I recently discovered this forum. Read some. What's best is that so many of you who have taken the GMAT, done well, have come back to continue to assist others. Thanks for your time and generosity.

I took the test once and scored 570. I'd like to improve by 200 points at minimum.

1. What are the best prep materials for Math and Verbal - that can help get a score of 750 or more?
2. For Math - how can one SYSTEMATICALLY - go through the best problems for each type - and even learn the concepts behind each? By topic?
3. For Verbal - I gathered the LSAT comprehension questions are good right? any other recommendations?

I look forward to your advice and hopefully this new thread will help others too. I hope for a super success story and joining you guys in helping others!
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27 Sep 2006, 13:18
You've got to admire someone with high aspirations. My question is, how much time do you have to prepare?
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27 Sep 2006, 21:59
Hi! I haven't registered yet. I'd like to take it in 2 months. Can put 3hrs a day. I did the Gmat800 by Kaplan and the official guide - all math, plenty english before the previous test.

Advice please? where to begin systematically - especially for Math?

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28 Sep 2006, 00:34
Hi,

Well given your current scoring level, I think you really need to focus in on the basics. I have heard many people say that a good high school math book is the best place to start. Once you have a solid handle on the basics, you should probably work with the OG, go through it in its entirety, and review the explanations for each answer, even those that you get right. Once you can work through the OG and get 95%+ correct, you can then move on to the questions posed on the math forum here at the GMATclub and to the challenges offered here. As you go along, you should probably gauge your progress with the GMATprep software. You can use it over and over again, but you will have some repeat questions. I did them 3 times each and found the useful.

For verbal, you should not start with the LSAT questions. You should use those once you can get through the OG questions with 90%+ accuracy. I'm also a fan of the old paper tests, though I don't know that other people like them. The reality is that if you are shooting for a 200 point improvement over 570, you'll need to score 95%+ on both Q and V.

I will point out that you have a tough road ahead of you to achieve your goal. We have seen reports of people gaining 200 points on their GMAT, but it usually involves a lot more than 2 months of hard work. I believe that GMAC reports that fewer than 1/100 people that re-take the test gain 100+ points. To look at it another way, you'd be moving from the 61st percentile (about 84,000 people will achieve this or better this year) well into the 99th percentile (approx. 500 people will pass 770 this year).
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28 Sep 2006, 08:09
I'll get to work right away.
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