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Help needed evaluating prep steps 650+ to 700 [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2013, 07:30
Hello everyone

I'm reading the forum for some time now and really enjoy the many helpful sources. I have been studying for some time and will take my GMAT exam a week from now.
Somehow I have trouble evaluating what the next step should be preparing for the exam... I would be very grateful if you guys could take a look at my situation and give me some feedback. I read many threads (e.g. from 650+ to over 700 aso.) but still have trouble determine further prep steps.

After a bachelor in business administration I like to pursue a master degree in finance.

Goal: 700 minimum (Q46, V40 seems realistic spread)
1 Test Date: 18.11.2013
2 Test Date: Early January 2014 if goal not reached

Study materials used:
- OG 12th
- OG Quant 2nd
- Kaplan Advanced Prep for Advanced Students
- MGMAT Advanced GMAT Quant

Ordered:
- MGMAT Quant Guides complete
- MGMAT SC

Time spend studying until today: 140 hours
I started early October 2013 to take a look at the gmat and dived heavily into it around October 15th.

My strong suit is usually the verbal part (got 116/120 TOEFL), but since I learned English just by reading stuff, watching movies and speaking I have absolutely no knowledge of English grammar.
I neglected math for a great deal but want to go into it more deeply in the future. That's why I have put a lot of effort in improving my quant score. (Basically spent over 100+hours studying quant).

Took some prep tests and got the following results:
22.10.2013 Q40, V38, Score: 640 - GMAT Prep
30.10.2013 Q42, V40, Score: 670 - Veritas
07.11.2013 Q42, V33, Score: 620 - MGMAT
09.11.2013 Q46, V 36, Score: 660 - Kaplan
11.11.2013 Q44, V 35, Score: 650 - GMAT Prep

I was really stressed with the first tests (MGMAT especially) but the more prep tests I take the better it gets. I recognized to be better in approaching quant after my studies but I'm still too stressed.
The drop in my verbal scores annoys me... if I could put the two parts together (Q46, V 40) I would be able to reach my goal...

Evaluation of the last prep test left me with the following:
11.11.2013 Quant mistakes: 2 Questions I coudn't solve (didnt know how), 8 Questions with silly mistakes
11.11.2013 Verbal mistakes: 2 CR, 2 RC, 8 SC

Planned further training until test 1:
- Taking more CATs to perform better in quant under stress/avoid silly mistakes
- Review CATs to close knowledge gap and improve in general
- Focus on SC in verbal part, read GMAT Club Grammar Book, go through MGMAT SC

What would you suggest I should spend my time on regarding:
1. Preparation for first exam next week
2. Preparation during rest of November - December until possible test date 2

Your thoughts and feedback are greatly appreciated. Sometimes other opinions help to see clearer.

Thanks and best regards
Kaali
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Re: Help needed evaluating prep steps 650+ to 700 [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2013, 06:36
Nice review....You are doing good. Also the plan you mentioned sounds good,you may also want to consider gc club test to get a good quant score.
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Re: Help needed evaluating prep steps 650+ to 700 [#permalink] New post 14 Nov 2013, 08:00
Thanks for your feedback!

Took another MGMAT CAT and ended up with the following:
14.11.2013 Q39, V39, Score: 650

Its really frustrating to have worked on the quant score for 6 weeks and not seeing progress at all...
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Re: Help needed evaluating prep steps 650+ to 700 [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2013, 06:25
kaaliad wrote:
Thanks for your feedback!

Took another MGMAT CAT and ended up with the following:
14.11.2013 Q39, V39, Score: 650

Its really frustrating to have worked on the quant score for 6 weeks and not seeing progress at all...


This might help..

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"Ultimate" Study Plan for Verbal on the GMAT|Books to Read (Improve Verbal Score and Enjoy a Good Read)|Best Verbal GMAT Books 2012|Carcass Best EXTERNAL resources to tackle the GMAT Verbal Section|Ultimate GMAT Grammar Book from GC club [Free Download]|Ultimate Sentence Correction Encyclopedia|Souvik's The Most Comprehensive Collection Of Everything Official-SC|ALL SC Rules+Official Qs by Experts & Legendary Club Members|Meaning/Clarity SC Question Bank by Carcass_Souvik|Critical Reasoning Shortcuts and Tips|Critical Reasoning Megathread!|The Most Comprehensive Collection Of Everything Official- CR|GMAT Club's Reading Comprehension Strategy Guide|The Most Comprehensive Collection Of Everything Official- RC|Ultimate Reading Comprehension Encyclopedia|ALL RC Strategy+Official Q by Experts&Legendary Club Members

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Re: Help needed evaluating prep steps 650+ to 700 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2013, 08:57
Took the test today and scored the the following: IR 7, Q42, V37, 640 Total...

I'm quite disappointed since this is the score I got when first taking a GMAT Prep Cat.
The 4 weeks+ studying seemed to have no effect at all.

I'm refocussing now and seriously considering not doing something with numbers in the future, since I don't seem able to improve in this field...
Re: Help needed evaluating prep steps 650+ to 700   [#permalink] 18 Nov 2013, 08:57
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