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How to go from 420 to 450? [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2013, 12:35
I took my first GMATPrep practice test today without studying and scored a 420, which is just short of the 450 that I need. One of my friends has lent me the Manhattan GMAT books and OG 13th guide. My question is if I'm taking the test on the 27th what should I study to get my score up what it needs to be? My quantitative is horrible (I mostly guessed on these questions).

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I took my first GMATPrep practice test today without studying and scored a 420, which is just short of the 450 that I need. One of my friends has lent me the Manhattan GMAT books and OG 13th guide. My question is if I'm taking the test on the 27th what should I study to get my score up what it needs to be? My quantitative is horrible (I mostly guessed on these questions).

Any advice is greatly appreciated.


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If your target is 450 and you currently stand at 420, then you have enough time to score a 450 or even better. For 450 you need good (not thorough) understanding of basic concepts. The books your friend has lent are the best books available in the market for GMAT. As you have only one month for your prep I will suggest you to first understand you weak areas in both quant and verbal. If you have guessed most of the questions in quant then you have to go through the quant comprehensively. The better option would be to first go through the basic concepts from the MGMAT guides and if you have some time left, you can browse through the advanced topics. Take another GMAT Prep/ any other test two weeks from now, you will be able to score > or = 450. All the best !!

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Re: How to go from 420 to 450? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2013, 17:13
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I took my first GMATPrep practice test today without studying and scored a 420, which is just short of the 450 that I need. One of my friends has lent me the Manhattan GMAT books and OG 13th guide. My question is if I'm taking the test on the 27th what should I study to get my score up what it needs to be? My quantitative is horrible (I mostly guessed on these questions).

Any advice is greatly appreciated.


Hi newyorkcitybob,

If your target is 450 and you currently stand at 420, then you have enough time to score a 450 or even better. For 450 you need good (not thorough) understanding of basic concepts. The books your friend has lent are the best books available in the market for GMAT. As you have only one month for your prep I will suggest you to first understand you weak areas in both quant and verbal. If you have guessed most of the questions in quant then you have to go through the quant comprehensively. The better option would be to first go through the basic concepts from the MGMAT guides and if you have some time left, you can browse through the advanced topics. Take another GMAT Prep/ any other test two weeks from now, you will be able to score > or = 450. All the best !!

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What chapters should I focus on in the quant books and verbal books? I have two weeks left but I'm doing nothing but studying for the majority of the day and taking 30 min breaks and longer between learning concepts.
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I would focus on Arithmetic in the Quant and whatever you feel you can improve in the Verbal.
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Re: How to go from 420 to 450? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2013, 21:31
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Utilize the resources here on GMAT Club. I HIGHLY suggest reading Quant posts in which GMAT Club Expert Bunuel has posted a reply. Here's the link to his profile page. members/member-73391.html Check out the resources linked to in his signature.

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A topic you can skip on if you are too short on time is counting theory (permutations & combinations).. If you are new to the concept and don't have time, it would be too much work for too few questions...
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Re: How to go from 420 to 450? [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2013, 03:51
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I would focus on Arithmetic in the Quant and whatever you feel you can improve in the Verbal.
You can do it in 2 weeks!


Would you recommend I buy the MGMAT Math Foundations Book?
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Re: How to go from 420 to 450? [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2013, 13:03
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I would focus on Arithmetic in the Quant and whatever you feel you can improve in the Verbal.
You can do it in 2 weeks!


Would you recommend I buy the MGMAT Math Foundations Book?


You sound like me, poor in Quant, the foundation book for sure its a good base, as recommended to me by bb
Can I assume you are heading to Marist? As Im looking to do their online MBA starting Jan 14, Im looking to do my GMAT Dec 13 as I finish my BSc Bus Admin Sept 13 then spend 3 months studying

I am getting brunel's Quant questions every day as its great practice and shows you questions and how to answer them as the GMAT is all about timing so to take out the ones that arent the answers means you have less chance of getting questions wrong doing so in less time

Good luck, you get the foundations down you will be good
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Re: How to go from 420 to 450? [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2013, 16:13
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I would focus on Arithmetic in the Quant and whatever you feel you can improve in the Verbal.
You can do it in 2 weeks!


Would you recommend I buy the MGMAT Math Foundations Book?


You sound like me, poor in Quant, the foundation book for sure its a good base, as recommended to me by bb
Can I assume you are heading to Marist? As Im looking to do their online MBA starting Jan 14, Im looking to do my GMAT Dec 13 as I finish my BSc Bus Admin Sept 13 then spend 3 months studying

I am getting brunel's Quant questions every day as its great practice and shows you questions and how to answer them as the GMAT is all about timing so to take out the ones that arent the answers means you have less chance of getting questions wrong doing so in less time

Good luck, you get the foundations down you will be good


I want to focus on the easy-medium difficulty questions, since I have no time nor motivation to learn the harder questions. I have noticed the later problems in the problem solving chapter of the OG are the hard ones.
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Re: How to go from 420 to 450? [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2013, 10:45
I took the MGMAT CAT exam today and scored a 470 (Quantitative Estimated Percentile went up 12 points) and my verbal is around the same level that it was the previous test. A question I have is: should I take the exam on the 1st or 6th? I talked to my school's admission counselor and he told me to go ahead and take it on either date but it will take about 3 weeks for the scores to arrive (I think he stated the processing time on the mba website). School starts on the 26th, and I'm leaning towards taking it on the 6th. That will leave my school with a window of 20 days to get the official scores so that they can admit me.

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Re: How to go from 420 to 450? [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2013, 08:09
Thanks guys I got a 520 on the GMAT. Q33, V27. Didn't study any verbal at all and did the foundations book plus all the easy difficulty questions and some of the medium in OG guide.
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