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New post 02 Dec 2004, 21:03
Hi all,

I took my first GMAT and got a 640. What can I do to improve my score to a 700 range.

1) should I go for those expensive private tutoring sessions?
2) I used the OG-10 and KP books. Any other good materials?
3) I think I have problem dealing with the difficult questions, especially with identifying the formula and break down the questions.

I would love to hear your advice...

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New post 03 Dec 2004, 07:56
I am in the same situation as patrickpui is. To prepare for my last GMAT I studied from Kaplan, Princeton and Barrons books and took many CAT tests from CDs I borrowed from friends. I need a score of 720+.

Folks, any comments will be appreciated.

Thanxx in advance.

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New post 03 Dec 2004, 08:06
IMO, the marginal benefit of taking a private course is not worth the 1k+ you will put in a private course. I would suggest you to stick to a rigid study plan and you can break the 700+. Good luck

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New post 06 Dec 2004, 23:31
hi guys,

i am with paul and this one for the private tutoring sessions. i dont think it's worth it, just for the fact that you can get a 700+ score without going broke. i still havent take the exam yet but i am preparing for it. i dont plan on taking any fancy courses, just stay at home and study my a$$ off using prep materials provided by the good folks at kaplan, arco, barron, pr, delta, ets, friends and all others previous test takers especially the ones on this forum. it takes great discipline and hard work to reach a goal of 700+ score. i am very thankful that i found this forum, to which i have become addicted. i am already loosing sleep and missing work because i spent almost all my nights reading tru the sea of posts and at the same time work on improving my sc and cr. i dont know if i am taking it too far but it think i can do it in 4-5 months. i know getting to 750+ will not be easy, but so many of the posts on this forum are so inspiring. most of the guys here have achieved their desired score in less than 3 months of prep. i know i am not a good test taker so i want to take my time and drill the cr@p out of the GMAT. its just the kind of guy i am. or have become as of lately. i guess the best story that inspired my was about my best friend who had lost all hope about getting into a good med school after his teacher telling him he will never become a doctor. my friend became obsessed with proving his prof wrong. so he took a summer off - he locked himself into his room with a ton of books. he had half of the city library in there and probably every book on chemistry, bio and anatomy printed in the last decade. i remember not seeing him for weeks outside. he used to spend 10 - 12 hrs a day studying and creating strategies for his admissions test. and what happend in 3 months - the SOB got the highest scores in the country and got into the best program. he received a letter, a medal and a ton of awards from the test creators saying that for the last 10 years they havent seen a perfect score - 0 mistakes. all questions answered flawlessly. and med stuff is hard . stuff like that amazes me, what determination and what will power. i still talk to him occasionally and told him about how he inspired me. we joke a lot that i would probably go insane and score in the lower 300's, which will be hillarious and at the same time impossible. I would ask him - what does it take to score so high??? and he would answer - it takes a chair, a desk and a lot of cigarettes.;]] lol anyhow enough of ranting and daydreaming, i bet scoring in the 99th percentile on the GMAT would feel good. we'll se on D-DAy in April - MAy. until that day comes, i got some 8 or more old editions of kaplan and about 200 paper tests to go tru.

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