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# I need 690 or higher!!!

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12 Apr 2004, 19:48
HELP! I have been studying for the GMAT since 2002. I enrolled on Kaplan online course for GMAT got 390 on my first try, PR classroom course got 410, studied on my own took the test today got 420!!!

I don't know what I should do. I need at least 690! Any advice from people who had a 700 score or higher? I have been out of school for 8 years and have been working since then.

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12 Apr 2004, 21:00
kath wrote:
HELP! I have been studying for the GMAT since 2002. I enrolled on Kaplan online course for GMAT got 390 on my first try, PR classroom course got 410, studied on my own took the test today got 420!!!

I don't know what I should do. I need at least 690! Any advice from people who had a 700 score or higher? I have been out of school for 8 years and have been working since then.

Dear Kath

Welcome to GMATClub.

you seem to have a problem with both Math and Verbal. I would advise you to participate in the forums here. We have a lot of material and run challenges regularly. you can post any gmat problem here and i am sure our members will be glad to help.

No problem is easy or hard here. Just try participating for a two weeks and I am confident you will see a difference

There is a lot of advice here and in the gmat forum for improving your scores. Please read the posts and i am sure you will have a better idea of what to do.

Start maintianing an error log. write down every problem that you get wrong. Read this log every time you start your next prep. session. After a point, you will see that your mistakes will go down.

Strictly maintain this discipline of updating your error log and you will not be disappointed.

Please do not hesistate to ask any other questions you might have.

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12 Apr 2004, 21:17
when i got my score today, i was devastated. i contemplated if i still want to go to business school. i know that i do want to go for my mba but this gmat is really giving me a hard time. i will follow your advice. i am glad that i joined this site. i feel that people are concerned about how i feel and people want for me to reach my goals. i will really give it all this time. i will prepare very well and make sure that my scores are up on the level where i want it to be. my question is...have you met or heard from anyone who had the same score as i did and tried again and did well or better the next time around? is there hope that i will be able to reach my goal of 690 or higher?
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12 Apr 2004, 23:00
Hello,

Don't get discouraged! It seems like you are making progress... with each test, you are improving! Kaplan always appears to be tougher for most people so I wouldn't let a less than desireable score get you down.

Seems like you are focusing on Kaplan materials. Have you taken a look at Princeton Review Books? I felt that that was kind of a nice way to get started taking the tests timed tests. It included a lot of useful test taking tips.

When you take practice tests, do you finish with a lot of time left, or not enough time?

Do you think that you studied for so long that maybe you overprepared and are burned out?

Are you really stressed out when you are taking the exam?

I'd say defintely look through the solutions for all the practice sets and really understand how the questions were solved. Specifically, look at what time saving things did the solution have, what approach did the solution take to the problem, etc. Know the basic question types and know the general apprach to solve them... Then work on speed and timing.

I'm also shooting for around a 700. And right now the books I'm using include Kaplan 800, PR Verbal, and 10 Actual, Official LSATs.

Also, be sure to have a template for the AWA. In my opinion, it really saves from stressing out prematurely on the essays.

One final thing, you have a great deal of work experience. And, from what I gather, that is a big plus. You'll have a lot to offer a B-school in your professional experience. So, don't discount that!

GOOD LUCK!
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12 Apr 2004, 23:30
kath wrote:
when i got my score today, i was devastated. i contemplated if i still want to go to business school. i know that i do want to go for my mba but this gmat is really giving me a hard time. i will follow your advice. i am glad that i joined this site. i feel that people are concerned about how i feel and people want for me to reach my goals. i will really give it all this time. i will prepare very well and make sure that my scores are up on the level where i want it to be. my question is...have you met or heard from anyone who had the same score as i did and tried again and did well or better the next time around? is there hope that i will be able to reach my goal of 690 or higher?

this guy comes close
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=3313

I dont think you should worry if anyone has done it or not.

Maintian a strict discipline in your prep, and if you stick to it long enough, you will see results

good luck
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13 Apr 2004, 20:25
thanks for all the words of encouragement. i think i am burned out studying for the gmat. after my test, i did not read any gmat material. i just want to relax my mind but i know that i will go back and study again. i am really determined to go into grad school. it's really my dream to graduate from a top ten mba program and i am not losing hope. i just want to get over this gmat because this is really stopping me from submitting my application. my applications are done including recommendation letters. i will definitely keep you all updated about my scores. i will work on my verbal score because it's killing me. my quant score could also go up. my score for quant was 33. gosh! i hope i would be able to get over this.
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