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Need help to go from 590 to 650 [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2012, 08:07
Hi All,

I have been preparing for the GMAT from Aug 2012 and am mediocre in both quant and verbal.

Here is a list of my GMAT scores so far

GMAT prep 1#1-June 2012-530 q36 v26
GMAT prep 1#2-Aug 2012-470 q37 v19
GMAT prep 2#1-Nov 2012-560 q39 v28
MGMAT CAT 1 -Dec 2012-590 q39 v33

I was not serious until aug 2012 so I consider having studied only for around 4 months now.
My goal is to see a 120 point improvement .so my target score is 650. I plan to take the test in Feb 2013.I study for 1-2 hrs on weekdays and 3-4 hrs on weekends with one day rest a week.After putting 3+ months of effort studying the theory and understanding the concepts my score has improved only by 60 points.Although I am happy at the improvement I am not yet satisfied.Have started working OG12 questions from Nov last week only.Have completed 30 questions in each of the sections except DS.
My weakest area is DS in Quant and CR in Verbal.


1)When I take the next test on Dec 16 2012,11 days from now,I plan to get 620.I am not sure whether i have to improve in verbal or quant.Although Quant seems to be the weakest of the two i feel it would be better if I concentrate on my strength which is verbal and try improving to a V36,so that a V36 Q39 would give me a 620.What are your thoughts on this???
Should I improve my Verbal or quant to get 620 on Dec 16 2012?? or

2)should I postpone my MGMAT#2 to a date later than Dec16 2012??

3)How should I go about achieving 620 on dec 16??-should I revisit theory or is practise sufficient??

Any input is highly appreciated.

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Re: Need help to go from 590 to 630. [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2012, 08:24
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Well you are heading in the right direction.
You have reached the time where you should sleep with the OG (no pun), wake up with it and have breakfast together :P
Just kidding.
Do the OG questions thoroughly and make sure you google them for reviewing and check the expert replies (either at gmatclub forum or MGMAT forum) and please dont close the browser until you are completely satisfied with why the correct answer choice is correct and the others are not.
Doing the OG in this way will take considerable time (my guess is around a month) and only after that you should take MGMAT 3 and check the improvement.
I don't understand however, the reason that you took the gmatprep 3 times before even touching the OG.
Save those tests till the end to avoid score inflation.
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Re: Need help to go from 590 to 650 [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2012, 23:01
Hey , as far as quant is concerned, you got to identify your weak areas and thereafter give specific treatment to those areas. you may like to read the approach mentioned below in my signatures and follow it.

Fire the final bullet only when you are constantly hitting the Bull's eye, till then KEEP PRACTICING.

A WAY TO INCREASE FROM QUANT 35-40 TO 47 : a-way-to-increase-from-q35-40-to-q-138750.html

Q 47/48 To Q 50 + the-final-climb-quest-for-q-50-from-q47-129441.html#p1064367

Three good RC strategies three-different-strategies-for-attacking-rc-127287.html

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Re: Need help to go from 590 to 650 [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 15:49
Hi shouvik and rajeev,

thanks for your suggestions.I am working on them.

I have started working on the OG 12 and here are my stats for the verbal section

Topic No. of questions solved Accuracy
Reading Comprehension 55 74%
Critical Reasoning 55 73%
Sentence Correction 64 71%

Are these stats OK for the easier section of the OG 12.I have heard that questions get tougher after this level.what do you suggest??

1)should I revisit SC,CR again??I still have not read the Advanced SC part from the MGMAT guides nor the idiom you suggest me to read them before attempting any more questions??

2)I have not covered the Powerscore book only upto Assumption questions??Do you guys suggest me to cover the entire book before proceeding any further??

Now, I will present my math stats,

Topic no. of questions Accuracy

PS 64 77%
DS 34 62%

How to go about improving my DS accuracy.if i score so poorly in the first 34 questions then you can imagine how poor i am at DS.Pl suggest tips to improve DS.

Thanks a lot for your inputs so far.

Warm regards,

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Re: Need help to go from 590 to 650   [#permalink] 13 Dec 2012, 15:49
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