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Is it possible to reach 720 from 650 in 6 weeks?Advise

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Is it possible to reach 720 from 650 in 6 weeks?Advise [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2013, 03:07
Hi dudes!!
I have dilemma over when to take my first gmat, my first attempt is scheduled on january 14th, my scores on prep test are so far:
-Manhattan CAT 1 Q45 V34 --> 650
-GMATPrep 1, Quantitative 49
-GMATPrep 2, Quantitative 50
-Manhattan CAT 2 Q45
(I did not take the verbal sections because I didnt have enough time in the gap I had for GMAT preparation).
Before taking the prep test above, I reviewed:
-Manhattan full guide, I only reviewed the quant part and 3/4 of the SC book.
-Kaplan Premier and Kaplan +800
-Veritas Geometry Book
-Magoosh, I did all the quant questions and all the SC questions.
-3 Official Guides (Quant + Verbal + the big book)

From now onwards,I have 6 weeks in total, for the first 3 weeks I have 4hours per weekday and 6hours per weekend day to study and for the last 3 weeks I can study full time (8-10 hours a day).

The deadline of the B-School I am willing to get in is on April 15th, so here it comes the 2 options I have:
-Taking on the 14th of January, if I fail, I will retake at the end of feb and if I fail again, I ll retake at the end of march. => 3 attemtps in total
-Postponing my first GMAT test to the end of January or beginning of Feb in order to get 2 more weeks of study time, and then If I fail, I will retake in mid march. => 2 Attempts in total.

My Goal is 720, which means direct admission, but if I got 700 I wouldnt take it again as I think my academic transcript could offset a 700 score.

My questions:
-Do you think it is possible to get 720 from 650 in 6 weeks time?
-Putting off the test date 2 weeks later and gaining 2 weeks of full gmat study would make a big difference?
-Any recommendations??? A study plan for 6 weeks of hard study??

Thanks a lot,
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Re: Is it possible to reach 720 from 650 in 6 weeks?Advise [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2013, 08:47
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Take a full GMAT prep along with Verbal as a 2:30 hr test and then come back and report your score.

It is possible to get to 720 from a 650. Your Q49,Q50 from GMAT Prep sounds pretty good. You need to be decent in Verbal to get to 720 here. An 80th% or more in Verbal can help you get 720 but unless you take a full GMAT prep test, no one knows what your exact level is right now.
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Re: Is it possible to reach 720 from 650 in 6 weeks?Advise [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2013, 10:02
Thanks!!

What I have seen is a huge difference in my quant scores between MGMAT CAT 45 and GMATPrep (49 and 50), and that is making me focused still a lot on quant. Should I ignore the MGMAT CATs and take GMATPrep Quant score as an accurate indicator? Should I lean towards verbal rather than quant?

Honestly, now I am spending 80% of my time on Quant and 20% on verbal (specially on SC), because psychologically I need to get good scores on Quant to calm down a bit.
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Re: Is it possible to reach 720 from 650 in 6 weeks?Advise [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2013, 10:24
A couple thoughts on this.

1) Yes, you can make a drastic score improvement over a short period of time, if you put in the work. I went from 570 to 710 in 1 month (however, that's nothing compared to other super test freaks on this forum :wink: ). The trick is to focus on your weaknesses until they become manageable. A solid grounding in the concepts of what you're weak at followed by purposeful drilling with real OG problems will get you where you need to be. For example, I was consistently at a verbal 36 and realized that I could get 90% of SC and RC correct, but only 30% of the CR questions. Over 2 weeks I reviewed the major concepts in Manhattan CR, practiced with the hardest CR questions I could find both in OG and GMATPrep, and then scored a verbal 44 on the real deal.

2) Manhattan CATs have a reputation for having harder quant sections than the real GMAT. I think this is because they are calculation intensive and throw off one's timing. That being said, I consistently scored Q45 on Manhattan CATs, and 46-47 on GMATPrep tests…and then got a Q44 on the real thing (bad timing, got bogged down, had to guess on the last few). At the end of the day, practice tests are all just approximations of how you will do on the real test with considerable room for variation.

3) I agree with the advice given in this thread. Take a FULL GMATPrep practice test (yes, write the silly essay for 30 minutes and do IR - you'd be surprised how mentally fatigued you can get in the later sections of the test…), evaluate your weaknesses, and move out from there.
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Re: Is it possible to reach 720 from 650 in 6 weeks?Advise [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2013, 10:36
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Oh, forgot. My thoughts on your questions:

- Take a full practice test about a week out from the real deal. If you're not in range of where you want to be (+/- 30 to 40 points) and can stomach a rescheduling fee, two more weeks of study couldn't hurt.

- Study plans are pretty individual, in my opinion. This is because they should be focused on your weaknesses like I said earlier. One thing to think about, however, is if studying isn't your priority right now, make it your priority. The GMAT destroyed my social life for a while. I would get up at 4am to get in some quant studying in before work when my mind was fresh. Then I would lock my self away over lunch to practice some more. Finally, when I got home tired from the day, I would work on verbal since that would best replicate the demands on my mind during the test (thinking critically while fatigued). Make sure to take breaks every 30 minutes and walk around/stretch. And work out daily. Fitness is good for health and the brain. :lol:
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Re: Is it possible to reach 720 from 650 in 6 weeks?Advise [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2013, 11:31
Thanks a lot for your advice!! I hope the period of 6 weeks will be enough to break the 700 barrier. From now I will spend most of my time reviewing the verbal section!
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