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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2009, 12:25
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Great idea bb to post a GMAT Study plan!

May I suggest a study plan for retakers? people with a 590 in their first exam and aiming for a 700+

My story in brief:
I have taken a 2 month break since I have taken the exam and now I am in the process of starting from the beginning and creating my study plan for retaking the exam.

I believe I have decided on the books (Og12 + MGMAT Books + Kaplan Premier) and the online CATtests (gmat club tests, GMATPrep, MGMAT tests) I will be using.

However I have some trouble with the next step: Creating the STUDY PLAN: Do I study all the theory in the MGMAT books and in between schedule CAT tests (also do I take one in the beginning?) or do I focus on any weaknesses I recognised from my last attempt or...? Also it is very important for me to plan how long I need to spend during the week (I work full-time, 45-50hrs week - w/ends off) and how long during the weekends; I have read somewhere that if you work long hours for the GMAT you might burn yourself, on the other hand people say that you should NOT study for the exam more than 3-4 months as it will start to have a negative effect on your scores! So I would really appreciate any guidance on how I should go about 'taming' this exam!

My first attempt took me about 3 months and during that time I was also investigating techniques, finding out about books, the gmat club, online CAT tests and I tried to incorporate them in my study as I went along, which is something I believe one should definitely avoid.

I want to get it right from the beginning this time, so I would like to ask if you have any suggestions for the study plan in retaking the exam (while working full-time) to go from 590 to 700+

Thank you!
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 22:03
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Great idea bb to post a GMAT Study plan!

May I suggest a study plan for retakers? people with a 590 in their first exam and aiming for a 700+

My story in brief:
I have taken a 2 month break since I have taken the exam and now I am in the process of starting from the beginning and creating my study plan for retaking the exam.

I believe I have decided on the books (Og12 + MGMAT Books + Kaplan Premier) and the online CATtests (gmat club tests, GMATPrep, MGMAT tests) I will be using.

However I have some trouble with the next step: Creating the STUDY PLAN: Do I study all the theory in the MGMAT books and in between schedule CAT tests (also do I take one in the beginning?) or do I focus on any weaknesses I recognised from my last attempt or...? Also it is very important for me to plan how long I need to spend during the week (I work full-time, 45-50hrs week - w/ends off) and how long during the weekends; I have read somewhere that if you work long hours for the GMAT you might burn yourself, on the other hand people say that you should NOT study for the exam more than 3-4 months as it will start to have a negative effect on your scores! So I would really appreciate any guidance on how I should go about 'taming' this exam!

My first attempt took me about 3 months and during that time I was also investigating techniques, finding out about books, the gmat club, online CAT tests and I tried to incorporate them in my study as I went along, which is something I believe one should definitely avoid.

I want to get it right from the beginning this time, so I would like to ask if you have any suggestions for the study plan in retaking the exam (while working full-time) to go from 590 to 700+

Thank you!


There is this one: gmat-study-plan-go-from-650-to-80235.html

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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 02:28
will surely follow this and improve
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 07:32
I've been taking the GMAT tests here and the first 9 tests - I've averaged about 20 correct answers - which is actually quite pathetic. I'm looking at Jeff Sackman's GMAT bible again and am doing his practice problems. If that doesn't take me to the 90th percentile on GC club tests - I'll have to try out the Kaplan math workbook or something else.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2009, 06:12
Great post... I am thinking of retaking the exam. I only got 570 the first time I wrote but this time I am really serious in crossing the 700 mark.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2009, 05:55
Hi BB,

Great post. Does anybody have any statistics of people who followed this approach about their success?

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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2009, 11:45
Great post,
I shared my experienc on experince phorum and my case is little confusing. I planning to retake and improve on my latest 640 but I am very inconistent on my errors and thus don't know where to concentrate.
Did you come across this kind o situation?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2009, 12:18
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Great post,
I shared my experienc on experince phorum and my case is little confusing. I planning to retake and improve on my latest 640 but I am very inconistent on my errors and thus don't know where to concentrate.
Did you come across this kind o situation?
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Yes. Also take a look at the GMAT Retake thread: should-i-retake-gmat-thread-retaking-gmat-strategies-83339.html

It is tough to improve if you don't have a clear enemy - most often people lack a solid base (moving too fast through books, etc). One way to stumble on those topics that you have missed is to do hundreds or thoudands of practice questions. However, an easier approach may be to review the books you have used or possibly get a different set: top-gmat-prep-books-guides-reviews-comments-77703.html

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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2009, 13:34
Thank you BB.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2009, 14:10
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Thank you BB.


Looking at your profile - you only need to focus on verbal (just maintain quant), so that's easier. Consider spending 1 but not more than 2 months on verbal (otherwise quant will go down) and really work on it: (get SC, CR, and RC books, start reading more (gmat fiction), and do a deep dive). Need to give it 100 percent and set yourself up right. Then if you go through the process and after a month or so, you are still not improving (most unlikely), then you will still feel as a free proud man/woman as you would have done everything in your power and there was not a single thing you could have done to help and whatever result you got - you were proud of it. A feeling of freedom regardless of result :)

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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2009, 19:00
Thanks once again. I am gonna give the test once again in mid December and considering joining Knewton. They have 50 point increase program which can help me.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2009, 11:49
I spend a month reading some forum subjects and I must admit that your contributions are awesome bb. I would like to ask you some questions.

In fact, I was supposed to take the GMAT the December 10th. However, I feel that I won't be able to reach the 7xx score I need. My Gmat Prep scores are around 650. My score in math is around 46-47 and around 32-33 in verbal.

Do you think 3 weeks and half will be enought to reach my target score ? I need to increase my math score from 46-47 to 48-49 and to increase my verbal score from 32-33 to 36-37.

After reading your post, I plan to buy the GMAT club math challenge and all the Man.Gmat Verbal books. But, I think I will need to reschedule my test because it will be too short. Unfortunately, this means reschedule my b-school application for 1 year.

Thank for your help. :-D
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2009, 18:21
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I spend a month reading some forum subjects and I must admit that your contributions are awesome bb. I would like to ask you some questions.

In fact, I was supposed to take the GMAT the December 10th. However, I feel that I won't be able to reach the 7xx score I need. My Gmat Prep scores are around 650. My score in math is around 46-47 and around 32-33 in verbal.

Do you think 3 weeks and half will be enought to reach my target score ? I need to increase my math score from 46-47 to 48-49 and to increase my verbal score from 32-33 to 36-37.

After reading your post, I plan to buy the GMAT club math challenge and all the Man.Gmat Verbal books. But, I think I will need to reschedule my test because it will be too short. Unfortunately, this means reschedule my b-school application for 1 year.

Thank for your help. :-D


3 weeks is tough to go through all of those materials. Possibly, but you will need at least another week or two to tie up and take full length tests.
Usually as long as you take the GMAT before the deadline (even if the scores are not in yet), you can submit your application and it will be reviewed (this is based on what Shadowsjc reported).

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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2009, 10:56
I feel like I have a lot of trouble doing the CR problems in 1:30 because there are a lot of questions that take a while just to read. Then you need a good 45 seconds just to read through the answers and think about it. I usually end up at the 2min mark for that.
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Study Plan to crack 2nd Time [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2009, 11:19
Hi All- I recently completed the GMAT with a disappointing 640 and want to re-take the test. I had issues both with math and verbal. Specifically with Math- number properties, data sufficieny (Is p>q type questions in DS), word problems (silly mistakes mostly) and time!
With Verbal- I often found myself short of time. Analytical- I would boil it down to 2 choices and get stuck. With RC- its the regular complaint of just not having enough speed to read and understand, and with senetence correction: I got tripped up by 3 questions which asked me about usage of : ; and - in sentences. In general I should improve the speed on sentence correction to give time for RC and Analytical.
Books I have used first time round: OG 12th edition, Princeton review and MGMAT for SC only.

Can you guys suggest how I can plan my study next time round and books you would recommend to fix my above weeknesses? Your replies are greatly appreciated.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 26 Nov 2009, 11:44
Kasi5, how did you do on the GMATprep test prior to the exam?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2009, 08:30
burnttwinky,
You bring up a good point.I was getting anywhere between 650-720 on my tests but here is tye catch. The ones i got high, I found that I had already done the OG questions and when I took the GMAT Prep test, some of them were repeats and so may havegiven me a false indication. This is one of the reasons I want to have a good study plan this time and why I gave the list of books I have already used. My weak points remain the ones I said in my previous email. Any thoughts on a study plan and book recommendations? Thanks.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2009, 10:24
I am trying to figure out a good CR source as well. I have exhausted the OG #12 questions and the verbal guide. I am trying to do as many difficult questions as I can find since that is what I will mainly be seeing on the GMAT. For SC, manhattan GMAT is money, as most people are already aware, but I am still trying to find the most accurate CR source for the GMAT.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2009, 06:41
Just one suggestion!
pay for "The Economist" subscription, get the audio edition free
i am already into 2nd Qtr running .Hope, I improve my speed:lol:

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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2009, 06:43
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pay for "The Economist" subscription, get the audio edition free
i am already into 2nd Qtr running .Hope, I improve my speed:lol:


Thanks! Why audio? Is it for TOEFL or do you feel that you get exposed to native speech/language a lot more this way than reading?

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