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How to get over 750? [#permalink]
07 Oct 2004, 04:13
I am new to the forum... but like all of you, I have an unstoppable desire to get a high, really high grade into the GMAT. I want to go to Harvard, and I need over 750 in GMAT.
I have started studying and already went through 7 books for the Math Section.
I would like to receive advice from the people that got really high scores... How did you do it? What helped you? What learning strategy/books do you recommend? Which websites?
Please, help with your advice. The GMAT exam is one of the most important steps in one's career.
Thank you in advance,
I know this doesn't directly answer your question, but I first want to say that you DEFINITELY do not need a 750 GMAT score to get into HBS. The majority of students at HBS (or at any school) have a score below that number. If you're thinking that you need a really high score to overcome a weakness in another part of your app, that strategy usually doesn't work (except for in a few situations such as when you have a poor undergrad GPA in quant-type courses). If you have an application with some serious holes in it, adcomms are unlikely to turn a blind eye just because of a good GMAT score, no matter how high it is.
Having said that, the best advice that I can give you is to start early, and to spread your studying out over a long, long time. (It sounds like you're doing this.) Books are enough for a lot of people. I only used books (specifically a Kaplan book and the Official GMAT Guide). For others, a course is good because it helps them focus on a particular area, and it forces them to stick to a strict schedule. This latter point is important for busy people or for those who have a hard time gettingt motivated to study.
I didn't use a course, but I mainly know people who have used Princeton Review, Veritas, and Kaplan, and they have usually been satisfied. In instances when someone wasn't satisfied, it was usually because of a specific instructor. Integrated Learning is another GMAT prep company that we partner with. I don't know any of their customers personally, but they're pretty well regarded.
I did use some other web sites and free software that I found on the Web, but in many cases the questions weren't written very well (i.e., they didn't mimic actual GMAT questions accurately).
Thank you so much for your reply. I really appreciate it. There are several reasons for which I aim for such a good score:
1. I would like to get full sponsorship.
2. My GPA is 3.8 (which you may think that is great... but it is not for full sponsorship)
3. My fiancee got 780. He is starting his PHD next year at Harvard on full sponsorship. I need to live up to his expectations. He already has 2 MBAs from MIT and another master degree.
I plan to take the exam in December (middle of the month). I am really good at Math (because I used to work as a Math Tutor for 2 years). However, I am not an American... so the English part is going to kill me for sure. I can dedicate an average of 3 hours a day for studying (more in the weekend). Do you think that I have enough time to prepare for December's exam?
Yup, you should have enough time to take the exam in December. Obviously you want to nail the verbal section of the test as well as you can, but keep in mind that your essays will be very important for the adcomms in measuring your English skills.
The GMAT can act as a compensating credential for a low GPA within reasonable limits but one must remember to account for the ceiling effect of the test.
Regarding the verbal section, most of the test is not really a test of your English skills per se, but your ability to interpret verbal information. If one has high verbal facility in virtually any common language and a reasonable facility in English, Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning should be relatively easy. Sentence Correction, of course, taps a different construct (albeit one that is highly correlated with reading comprehension).