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# Instructor-Led Prep Opinions?

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09 Feb 2012, 14:31
The last GMAT test I took I scored a 640, 40q and 38v. I think my verbal score is fine since it is at the 83rd percentile. But, my quant score needs a lot of work since it is at the 55th percentile. My new goal is to get my quant score above 60th percentile and to get an overall score of 690 to 700.

I’ve asked for feedback on this forum on how to best improve my quant score. The advice I received was that I should go through all 5 manhattan gmat quant books, twice. By doing that, I should really see an improvement in my quant score. I tend to agree with this advice…

I had a good friend of mine, who is in academia, strongly recommend to me to take an actual GMAT prep course. So, I contacted MGMAT and told them my situation as described above. He said given the fact that I am already scoring above 600, I probably could not benefit much from their standard prep course. Instead he recommended one-on-one tutoring from them.

So, I contacted Kaplan and told them about my current situation. She also said that I probably could not benefit much from their standard prep course. Instead, she recommended that I enroll in their GMAT Data Sufficiency On Demand course and their GMAT Advanced course. I told her that I need to improve my overall quant, not just in data sufficiency. I also told her that I really don’t need to spend any more time in verbal, because their GMAT Advanced course also covers verbal.

So, my question is, where should I invest my time? Should I invest it in self-study with the Manhattan GMAT books, should I spend time trying to work with a tutor from Manhattan GMAT, or should I enroll in one or both of these courses from Kaplan? Thank you.
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10 Feb 2012, 00:04
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rsampson wrote:
So, my question is, where should I invest my time? Should I invest it in self-study with the Manhattan GMAT books, should I spend time trying to work with a tutor from Manhattan GMAT, or should I enroll in one or both of these courses from Kaplan? Thank you.

well, if u fundamentals in quant are weak and u have enough \$ , u may consider one on one with tutor from mgmat..
otherwise, going through all mgmat books ( as we discussed) and gmatclub tests will take ur score to the desired level.
Hope this helps.
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10 Feb 2012, 01:18
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I dont think tutoring will help you substantially if you are well in basics and have scored decent. But if you want to self study, which I personally feel is best in such situations (by own experience) - then yes, you will need to revise these guides more than once at least 3 times, use the forum more extensively, refer to some high school books and then later, if you are left with enough time/money may opt for Kaplan advance course. However, I think the guides/forum should see you through, but you can look for some options of more practice questions by enrolling to some CAT test. That is the best way forward I can think of. I dont know when you propose to retake, that is most important to decide your plan of action. But dont assume that by enrolling to courses will lead you to paradise. As I went through same situation and lost out a lot of money in that. Thus, first assess your reason of quant weakness and then make study plan. Is it cos you are weak in basics/do you need more practice/do you need more strategies....hope this helps
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10 Feb 2012, 01:24
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If you fundamentals are trained by now and you do not want to spend much money on something, which might not work for you, try the gmatclub tests. To do so it is highly recommended to manage the fundamentals and strategic approaches. If you do, then it should push your Q up some points.
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10 Feb 2012, 02:44
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i think if u scored on 40Q all u need now is more of practice sets and some strategy brush ups...
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10 Feb 2012, 06:02

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Is it cos you are weak in basics/do you need more practice/do you need more strategies

Yes, I think it is because I am need more work in the basics and I need more strategies and I need more practice. What is a good resource out there for strategies? Or, is the MGMAT quant books sufficient?

 I dont know when you propose to retake, that is most important to decide your plan of action.

I would really like to take again sometime in May. But, I have decided that I am not going to take again until my MGMAT practice tests indicate that I am consistently scoring around my target of 690 to 700. I have noticed that I score 10 points lower on the real test as compared to my MGMAT practice tests.
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10 Feb 2012, 06:31
Kaplan advance is good for strategies, for basics it is MGMAT. but like i am doing, revising the guides over and over again. planning on gmatpill e learning in a while, as I hear some good feedback on their courses (note that is because I dont like reading materials, prefer audio-video e learnings). practice sets have already been suggested by MSoS. but u cn also try Grockit. If you take kaplan advance, you will have enough practice though.all d best. keep us posted ur action, that will guide me too.
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