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Need help. 620 to...700? [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2011, 19:05
Hey everyone,

So I have been thinking about applying to B-school and decided to try out the CAT download from the official GMAT site as I hear it replicates the actual exam very well. Much to my dismay I scored a 620. Anyways my goal is to get a 700-720 (and take the exam by August) and I was wondering how I should go about this. I feel as though the exam has brought me down to earth as I graduated from Ivy undergrad and expected to do well. There seem to be a lot of guides out there and I was wondering where to start? I seem to have struggled primarily on the data sufficiency questions (would always get one right but not the other).

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Re: Need help. 620 to...700? [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2011, 20:01
Welcome to the club!! I think after giving an exam, you know what to expect in the exam. Pick a plan based the time/areas to focus and go through the material.

What's the split on your exam? Forum members can suggest you material or useful tips based on the split of your score.

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Re: Need help. 620 to...700? [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2011, 19:13
Thanks for the reply!
I went ahead and got MGMAT Number Properties as well as the OG12, OG Quant, and MGMAT Companion the the Official Guide.
To be honest I consider myself more of a quant person (UG was a degree in finance from probably the top program in the country) and I scored really well on the SAT Math but I just was really thrown off by the Data Sufficiency questions.

Two Questions:

1) What have you all found to be the most effective? Go through all of the MGMAT guides and then start taking practice exams or just dive into the OG and do questions until I can't figure something out?

2) What are some strategies that work well for data sufficiency?

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Re: Need help. 620 to...700? [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2011, 02:12
mustgetin wrote:
Thanks for the reply!
Two Questions:
1) What have you all found to be the most effective? Go through all of the MGMAT guides and then start taking practice exams or just dive into the OG and do questions until I can't figure something out?
2) What are some strategies that work well for data sufficiency?
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Welcome, mustgetin!

1) The MGMAT Guides are designed to be used together with the OGs - at the end of each chapter, you are provided with a list of the relevant OG questions for that chapter. I suggest you follow the guides and do as they say :) - i.e. when you are referred to the OG questions, do not just flip to the next chapter in the MGMAT book (as many of us have misfortunately done), but actually solve the questions and then move on.

2) many (including me + at least 1 pro-instructor, of whom I am a true fan) simply view DS as part of quant, i.e. master you GMAT quant skills & the DS problems will become much easier & clearer as part of the process, especially after you have acquired a feel for some typical patterns (through the OG)
You may also wish to browse the neat stuff on the DS board.

Good luck!
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Re: Need help. 620 to...700? [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2011, 16:08
Thanks! I just did the Quant Diagnostic in the OG12 and found the PS section to be particularly demoralizing. More difficult than the GMATPrep exam. Anyways there will be many of what seem to be roadblock along the way but I hope to improve and keep a log here.

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