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Need your help in the last lap of my prep... [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2013, 13:01
Hello !

I'm here to ask for some help. First, I want to mention that I'm french and that my message may contain some english/grammar mistakes. I'm doing my best, though. :)

So here is my story :

I want to apply for a master program in finance at a university in France. My application is somewhat good, considering that most people applying are currently in their 3rd year of superior studies. Just like me. But I have had several good internships in the finance field, I have an experience abroad ( I'm currently studying in Romania ), I'm developing a financial software and I'm a rather good at the interview game. My only problem are my grades from my 2 first years of university. There are a little bit above the average and it won't be sufficient. However, the program's adcom highly recomands people to pass the GMAT. Basically, a good GMAT with a good quantitative score will probably do the trick. The GMAT average of the program is 650 and a guy got in with a 600 score. The quant is more important than verbal because the program focused a lot on numerical side of finance and my english level will be assessed with the TOEFL. Basically, I just want to reach the interview. Then, I think I'll be able to explain why I'm a good fit, even with poor grades during my first 2 years.

I'm taking the GMAT next month, on the 26th of March, and I've been preparing it since December, with a long break during christmas holydays. :lol:

Here are the results from my tests :

Name Date Q V Total
Gmat prep 04/12/2012 40 29 580
MGMAT 1 19/12/2012 39 32 590
MGMAT 2 28/01/2013 44 34 640
MGMAT 3 04/02/2013 44 38 680
MGMAT 4 15/02/2013 42 38 660

As you can see, I've managed to improve my verbal (thanks to e-gmat course). I think I can get one or two more points since I haven't finished the CR course. Since I've started it, I have a better understanding of the key concepts involved in CR. So I think I have some potential left there. So first question, is there a huge gap between v38 and v39/40 ?

My problem is the quant. I'm quite good at quantitative stuff actually ! But GMAT uses the type of exercice I don't really like. I mean, I was one of the best in physics and maths back in high school. My best subjects at the university are maths, stats and IT. So I don't have any allergy to numbers. But, I realize that I've improved my score only by 2-4 points ! I've been through all MGMAT books, taking notes and maintaining an error log, and some of Bunuel's amazing collection. Last week, I went back over some questions I got wrong at the first attempt and I can see a lot of progress. It just doesn't seem to appear in my score... I don't really understand. I've been thinking of working with GMAT club test but I think it's still too soon. I got a Q41 at a free test, on february 1st, though.
Also, I've heard about Sackmann's Math Sets but they seem advanced and they are quite expensive given that I've already spent a lot for the GMAT...

So my question is : What do you think of my situation ? What should I do to improve my overall score to 700 (I'm not aiming more, I just want the 7..) by improving the quant part ?

Thank you all for reading :wink:
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Re: Need your help in the last lap of my prep... [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 07:29
It is most definitely the quant on which you should focus. You want a more balanced score.

Do you tend to calculate specific answers for most of your problem solving questions?
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Re: Need your help in the last lap of my prep... [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 07:31
Yes that's right. I often have difficulties to find the shortcuts to solve problems.
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Re: Need your help in the last lap of my prep... [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2013, 07:39
Try do fewer calculations. Practice with easier problems. Look at OG 13 PS 16 for an example.

You can solve that question with only 1 calculation.

Try explaining it in a repost:
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Re: Need your help in the last lap of my prep...   [#permalink] 26 Feb 2013, 07:39
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