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# 1st Time GMAT 600, Retake Suggestions?

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17 Apr 2012, 22:05
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Hello,

I just finished taking my first gmat, and I am disappointed with my score, a 600, 43Q, 30V. When I first started studying, I scored a 510, 31 Q 31 V, and had steadily been working on improving my score. I used all the MGMAT books and then the OG 12 guide and the two supplemental guides as my primary study tools.

I took 5 of the MGMAT Cats
1. 520 30Q 32V
2. 560 35Q 32V
3. 580 39Q 31V
4. 600 42Q 32V
5. 710 42Q 44V

I also took 4 Practice Tests
1. 510 31Q 31V
2. 530 35Q 28V
3. 680 44Q 39V-This and the 710 were taken one week from the actual test
4. 620 39Q 32V-Took this the day before the actual test and it shook my confidence

Things really started to come together when I started to score in the high 6's and low 7's and it just seemed like it was clicking. I now realize that I just assumed because I am a native speaker verbal would be easy. I also almost focused entirely on quant during my studying period, but that was because I was in the getting 90% of RC and CR questions correct in OG because I had taken the LSAT before. I had worked through all the problem solving questions and about 100 of the data sufficiency problems till I got them all right.

But during the test, I felt really confident on quant for the most part, but verbal rattled me, mostly because there were a lot of SC questions and I was weak there.

I think with a retake, I would want to focus on Sentence Correction, the Equations, and VICs guide and the Advanced Quant section. Additionally, I already have Sackmann's math set, and I'm going to buy the GMATClub tests as well. Hopefully that will be enough to increase my quant by a few points, and then I really ned to work on verbal. I am targeting a 720, do you think a retake in 6 weeks makes sense before the integrated reasoning section is introduced or should I wait longer, and what I outlined make sense?
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18 Apr 2012, 00:52
You do not need to rush taking the test just to avoid the IR section. Admission officers must take time to consider whether this section is worth or not. However, if you can study intensively, 6 weeks may be enough to increase 60 points. Your choice.

SC: MGMAT SC guide is enough. Read theory, do the problems at the end of each chapter and return to the theory if you get wrong. You may try SC1000, although some questions are debatable. Search for answers on the internet can give you new perspective on the problems. SC is pattern and practice makes perfect. Visit our forum's SC regularly.
You have little difficulty in dealing with CR and RC ; it's great. Having your SC skills honed will no doubt increase your verbal score and spare time for difficult verbal questions.

Quant: Do a diagnosis test to see your current position. Take note on your weaknesses, find materials about those topics in our forum and try to solve questions. There are many challenging problems there.

Books: As you have exhausted OG and MGMAT, verbal and quant review may give some help.

Gluck.
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18 Apr 2012, 12:21
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You do not need to rush taking the test just to avoid the IR section. Admission officers must take time to consider whether this section is worth or not. However, if you can study intensively, 6 weeks may be enough to increase 60 points. Your choice.

SC: MGMAT SC guide is enough. Read theory, do the problems at the end of each chapter and return to the theory if you get wrong. You may try SC1000, although some questions are debatable. Search for answers on the internet can give you new perspective on the problems. SC is pattern and practice makes perfect. Visit our forum's SC regularly.
You have little difficulty in dealing with CR and RC ; it's great. Having your SC skills honed will no doubt increase your verbal score and spare time for difficult verbal questions.

Gluck.

Thanks a lot, I think I may wait a little. I just looked that the IR portion won't count against the 800 score, and because it will be very new when I take it. There will be a good chance it won't mean anything, it also means I get more time to study. Thanks for your advice.
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Verbal and Quant review books are on the easier side, in my opinion. I'm sort of in the same boat, have exhausted all the questions from OG/GMATPREP/MGMAT. Going to try GMATClub's questions now...
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