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Here we go again [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2011, 14:39
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Hey everyone!

I recently took the GMAT (dec 20) and scored 650 (Q47 V34), and now its time to study for a second attempt. My target score is 700 and I plan to take the GMAT again sometime in february. During the last two weeks before the test my CATs ranged from 610 to 660. However, I did not take any GMAT prep CATs, but instead knewton and Manhattan.

I took a knewton prep course and I have all the Manhattan books, went through all the quant books fairly thoroughly and the verbal books probably less thoroughly.

Now I plan to sign up for GMAT Pill, read some good reviews and the 50 point guarantee definitely plays in. If I score 700 or above I gladly pay and if not hopefully the course will have some positive effect on my score. Also, I will use the Manhattan books again and keep an error log, something that seems to be essential. I know I need to concentrate more on my weak areas in order to raise my score. Obviously, I will concentrate slightly more on verbal this time and I hope to land around 40 and get quant up to 48-50. Starting next week I will (hopefully) put in 20+ hours a week.

I will update my progress fairly frequently and hopefully someone will find it interesting/helpful and please come with insights, tips, questions or whatever you feel like.

Oh, I am a 22 year undergrad student from Sweden, looking to apply for a master in finance this fall.

Good luck to everyone else!
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Re: Here we go again [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2011, 15:12
Nice, I am glad you posted this thread because I am also in the process of studying. I will look back at this thread soon. By the way, you got some really nice Quant score. If you want to get into 700s it might be easier for you to focus on verbal section, because the improve in verbal will result in a higher result in overall score than an increase in quant section would.

Anyway, I noticed you are planning on applying to master in finance programs. I had no clue that these programs accepted GMAT. I always thought master in finance programs asked for GRE, but I guess I was wrong. I assume the schools you are looking at are in Europe. But I could be wrong again :lol:
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Re: Here we go again [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2011, 16:37
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By the way, did you end up using the Ultimate GMAT Grammar?

Good luck with GMAT Pill - let us know how it goes.
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Re: Here we go again [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2011, 02:00
Nice! Good luck with your studying, when are you planning to take the test?

I think the most hardcore quant finance masters only accept GRE, but more regular finance programs accept both tests. Could differ in USA, I have not looked a some many schools over there since masters are not as common as in Europe, although I might apply to Olin and Stuart in USA.

bb: I did not use it to much unfortunately, I looked over my weakest areas, idioms end parallelism. I know I need to put in much more effort this time, last time I was way to lazy when it came to verbal. It was hard, and I did not see the kind of progress I wanted to, which made it even more difficult and annoying.

I have heard good things about GMAT Pills verbal section, so hopefully I can benefit from it. Also, I read your post on GMAT fiction so I will start reading the Great Gatsby now. Thanks!
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