I took GMAT in February, but I was working full-time and taking a full-time load of classes to complete my bachelor’s degree. I had limited time to study, so I ended-up with a 400. My Quant and Verbal scores were relatively close. I applied to four relatively competitive business schools anyway, on the basis that I have a 3.9 GPA, 13 years of professional experience, recommendations, ect… I was hoping that my other qualifications and application materials would compensate for my low GMAT score. Well, unfortunately they didn’t. I have been rejected by two of the four schools so far, and one of the schools stated that the primary reason for my rejection was my GMAT score. The school stated that if I retook the GMAT and resubmitted the results, they would reevaluate the application for Fall 2010. The school is looking for a 600.
I have five weeks to study and prepare to retake the GMAT. I was going to take the Princeton Review Prep class, but I don’t think I can pull the money together to sign-up. I am dedicated to bringing my score up and just finished my bachelor’s program, so I will not have evenings and weekends free now. I was planning on studying 3-4 hours every week night and then taking a test every Saturday. I already have a bunch of books, but I need to develop an effective study routine. I took the GMAT prep exam prior to taking the actual test and received a 500, so there may be some differences in the problems, or environmental factors when I take the actual test. Either way, I need to improve on my test taking speed and knowledge of the material.
I have already signed-up to retake the GMAT. I am dedicated to bringing my score up to a 600 in five weeks. Please help by offering advice, suggestions, recommendations, techniques, ect… This will be much appreciated!
I already have the following books:
The Official Guide for GMAT Review
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review
The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative ReviewManhattan GMAT Word Translations Guide
The Princeton Review: Cracking the GMAT