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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2010, 21:29
Hi,

I gave GMAT twice, in the first attempt i scored 530 (Q:38 V: 24) while in the second attempt i managed to score only 580 (Q: 42, V: 28) :x ...

I couldn't muster the courage to give the third attempt but after lot of speculation and retrospection i decided to give it a shot.

I plan to start my prepration from March 2010 and i intend to give the exam by may end...

need your suggestion on how to get near a +700 score and what strategies and time management to folow...

Looking foward for your valuable suggestions

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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2010, 15:12
great post
Thanks for the info
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2010, 00:19
Hi bb, Your plan seems pretty well thought out. I'm new and I've been browsing around a bit, the amount of information on gmatclub is really overwhelming and I'm not really sure where to start. I have 3 months now and I'd really like to get a great score (750+??) because I'm a software engineer and my extra curriculars ain't that great.
I'd taken the online free Manhattan test a couple of months ago and scored 610. Didn't do much prep until now. Anyway I took a GMATPrep test today (downloaded from the mba[dot]com site) and scored a 710 - Q46, V41. Is this any good for a start or was it just luck(moving from 610 to 700)?
On the GMATPrep test I had huge issues with timing, i missed the last 9 questions in quant and had to randomly select options due to lack of time. I got 13 wrong in quant. The verbal was much better, i completed all on time and got 6 wrong.
I'm kinda uncertain what to do now, I've got a lot of material like the OG11, OG12, Kaplan GMAT Advanced 2009-2010, Quantitative review, but I'm not sure what to start on. I really wanna really max out my score.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 22 Mar 2010, 12:21
Dear BB,

thanks a lot for this useful post,
what is your opinion about using LSAT materials for the GMAT cracking?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2010, 07:55
this is so useful! :-D
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2010, 11:33
Thanks bb ! V informative post...
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2010, 18:31
Hey BB,
I took my GMAT about 3 months ago, scored a 650 (Q42, V38), and got into my school of choice (high gpa 3.9+). But now I have the opportunity to retake the GMAT and receive about twice the scholarhip if I score 700+.
I have 2 months to take my GMAT and I'm not sure whether to study on my own following one of the guides on GMATClub or enroll in the knewton online class.
The first time I took the GMAT I read 1 book (Kaplan Advanced) and had only 2 weeks of study (GMAC test and M-GMAT tests). I feel as though there is still a lot of material I can study on my own. Any thoughts?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2010, 23:50
Hi bb,

I took my GMAT exam somewhere in October '09 and was very disappointed with my score (620). I attribute some of it to the stress/pressure that I had developed because of the thought of the test and some of it to the way I did my preparation. I wasn't really sure of my problem areas and I didn't know the appropriate material that I could use for the prep. I started with the Official Guide (12th ed) and just finished it in a month and then I did some questions from the 1000 series. I took the prep tests and scored around 650 in the first 2 attempts and 700/710 in the next two attempts. But I wasn't really convinced with my prep.
I wish to start my prep again and wish my preparation strategy could be lot more streamlined. I did read your post but I am unable to identify it with myself. First and foremost I am unable to gauge my problem areas but RC for sure is one of them. Next I don't really know what material to go through this time around and how to plan my preparation.

I am really looking forward to some help from you.

Thanks in Advance...Tingle :)
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2010, 07:24
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Hi bb,

I took my GMAT exam somewhere in October '09 and was very disappointed with my score (620). I attribute some of it to the stress/pressure that I had developed because of the thought of the test and some of it to the way I did my preparation. I wasn't really sure of my problem areas and I didn't know the appropriate material that I could use for the prep. I started with the Official Guide (12th ed) and just finished it in a month and then I did some questions from the 1000 series. I took the prep tests and scored around 650 in the first 2 attempts and 700/710 in the next two attempts. But I wasn't really convinced with my prep.
I wish to start my prep again and wish my preparation strategy could be lot more streamlined. I did read your post but I am unable to identify it with myself. First and foremost I am unable to gauge my problem areas but RC for sure is one of them. Next I don't really know what material to go through this time around and how to plan my preparation.

I am really looking forward to some help from you.

Thanks in Advance...Tingle :)


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It is not uncommon to not have a clear weakness/issue to address.
Based on what I am hearing you actually did not use any textbooks per se just did a bunch of questions and took the test - that's an issue. What if you were preparing for a medical exam - would you just practice on a bunch of dummies and then take the test without the knowledge of how everything relates, operates, and does? Probably not - same here - you need to refresh/learn arithmetic, word problems, grammar, logic, etc - you need to build a strong framework in math and grammar and then move on to the strategy stage where you learn how to approach questions in time conditions, polish your reading strategy, learn to double-check answers, take full length tests, etc.

So, if you want a 700+ score, my suggestion would be to get the MGMAT Guides and go through them in 2 months and take the test after that.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 19 Apr 2010, 05:21
Hi bb,

As for my preparation the first time, I referred to the Manhattan guide for sentence correction. I did only first 2 chapters of Manhattan CR guide. However I did not refer any book for RC. As far as maths is concerned, I somehow found that the actual questions were a little tougher than the ones in the official guide. I faced a major problem with the Data Sufficiency questions.

For now, I have started going through the Kaplan Premier program and I keep browsing through the forums here for more reading material. Should I supplement the material with MGMAT Guides or will this do.

And what should I refer for Maths Section. I am comfortable with the basics.

Thanks in Advance...Tingle :)
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2010, 02:28
hi,
I did my GMATPrep today without any prep (well I read the instructions).
Scored 650 (Q44, V36). So I want to do the gmat in 20 days (I know it always says 3 to 4 months, but i just wanna try). The good news, I have nothing else to do in during the next 20 days. So all my attention each day is focused on Gmat.
How should I alter my study plan/what should I do differently from all of those preparing 3 to 4 months but part time? (oh, I wanna score in the range of 700+)
A side note: English is not my first language, nor am I living in an english speaking country (guess it explains the low verbal score)> does this fact lead to any further differentations in my preparation?

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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 13 May 2010, 12:36
Thank you BB for this plan. I needed it since I'm am at 660 with a month to go. Error log's are depressing but guess they're necessary.
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 18 May 2010, 06:39
I have been studying for sometime now [since last October]

My materials:

EZ Solutions, Quant
CR PowerScore Bible
OG stuff

First diagnostic test 360
1st GMAT test 400
2nd GMAT test 440

p.s. I got a 110 on my TOEFL...I don't know why I can't solve right on the Verbal!

Problem:
I think I panic when I am in the exam...I just feel I won't get the questions right...also, my pacing on the Quant sucks!

My next, and final GMAT appointment, is on the 1st of July...

Any help?
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 20 May 2010, 09:49
thanks a lot for this thread
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2010, 12:13
I have taken the GMAT twice and have scored 650 and 660 respectively. I scored in the 85th and 90th percentile in verbal but have scored poorly in the math section. I have scored decently well in practice math exams (620-660 - MGMAT) but seem to falter when taking the actual test. I am really looking to get over the 700 mark. I am willing to give the test one more try. Any one have any advice? Feel free to message me or reply to this post. Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2010, 08:58
This is my second attempt. Hopefully this method will help me score higher this time!
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2010, 22:31
how to reach 650 first is there any other discussion for that
please guide
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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2010, 22:56
Dear BB,

I need some advice. I am planning to make a reasonable investment by buying couple of GMAT books. I want to do this intelligently. I am looking for a score of 750.

Should I go for:

Set-1:
Kaplan Math Foundations
Kaplan Math Workbook
Kaplan Advanced
PR 1012

or

Set-2:
MGMAT 5 Maths Strategies Books
PR 1012

Likewise, if you think that I need to change the sets contents please let me know. It would be great if you can in-fact recommend one "SUPER SET" of quant books.

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Re: GMAT Study Plan: go from 650 to 700+ [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2010, 01:28
Hello BB,

I have a question for you please. I am planning to make a decent amount of investment to buy GMAT books. I am planning to buy either 1 of the following 2 sets:

Set-1
Kaplan Math Foundations
Kaplan Math Workbook
Kaplan Advanced
PR 1012

Set-2
MGMAT 5 Maths Strategies Books
Kaplan Advanced
PR 1012

Please advise that which set do you recommend. I would also really appreciate if you can send me your own set in case you have a different advice.

thanks
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