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Improving on a score of 650 [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2010, 08:03
Hello folks,
I have a peculiar problem at hand and would need your guidance. I gave my GMAT today and scored 650 (Q49, V26).

My last 5 GMAT practice test results.

GMAT prep T2(Second time) - 710
GMAT prep T1 (Second time) - 710
Manhattan test from site - 680
Kaplan test from site - 680
GMAT prep T2 (First time) - 710
GMAT prep T1(first time) - 670

I have decided to give GMAT again and have booked the test for a date, 1 month from now..
I would be really glad if someone could point out, what should be my strategy for this 1 month to improve on my overall score to 700 and beyond...
Before todays test, I thought I had good grounding in basics of Verbal but was stumped in the initial few questions. So, totally confused about the preparation for this one month..
Any advice would highly valued..


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Re: Improving on a score of 650 [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2010, 10:25
motleyfocus,

Since you have just a month, I think you should focus your time on SC (60%), CR (25%) and RC(15%). In a short period of time, it's easiest to improve SC followed by CR and RC. With a score in the mid-30s you might be able to hit 7XX.
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Re: Improving on a score of 650 [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2010, 10:46
What materials do you have? You should focus on the verbal section, no doubt about it. As akaydee mentioned, spend a huge chunk of your time on SC as it's easiest to improve in a short amount of time. A good book for it is MGMAT SC. If you haven't, get the OGs. Work on as many SC questions as possible. I wouldn't pay much attention in Reading comprehension; I don't believe that a month time would change much in the RC section. With a Q49, you'll need roughly a V36 (+/- 1 raw point) to make it a 700. Best of luck!
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Re: Improving on a score of 650 [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2010, 19:35
Hello Bakfed,
My preparation last time was as below:
1. SC - Manhattan SC, OG and 1000 SC doc
2. CR - Powerscore critical reasoning bible, OG and 1000 CR
3. RC - Manhattan reading comprehension, OG

In all the above I had a hit rate of 80 percent..most of the time..

Quant - i didnt really prepare, but followed a strategy of avoiding silly mistakes that I used to commit at the start..In yesterday's test though, I had difficult questions in Probability and couple more topics which I had guessed...

My preparation was so extensive that while I tried solving OG for the second time, I recalled answers for half the questions..

I was thinking of being active on the forum and helping others solve difficult questions..how much would this help?? if at all..
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Re: Improving on a score of 650 [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2010, 19:43
Expert's post
Also, see this post: gmat-study-plan-go-from-650-to-80235.html
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Re: Improving on a score of 650 [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2010, 23:25
You can easily improve your scores. Do you know what is your weakness in your verbal? CR, RC or SC? try to understand your weakness and focus on it more than others,
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