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22 Feb 2013, 15:04
Hello,

i have been studying for the gmat for about two weeks. Last week I took an official practice test and got a 500! ouch. I have about 35 days until i take the test and really need to be in the 650 plus range. Is this possible?! I have plenty of hours in the day to study this month and am thinking of just focusing on the offical guides, since i don't have a ton of time days until the test gmat. Ive heard being able to get all the o.g problems correct is a good start for a decent score. I have also hired a math and verbal tutor. Standardized test are a weakness for me.. But at one point in my life I was getting A's in calc. So i know with practice i can get the basic math skills back.. the s.c is by far my worst section.

Please advise. I really am willing to do whatever it takes to get that extra 150 points.

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22 Feb 2013, 15:55
Leese4 wrote:
Hello,

I am knew to this forum... i have been studying for the gmat for about two weeks. Last week I took an official practice test and got a 500! ouch. I have about 35 days until i take the test and really need to be in the 650 plus range. Is this possible?! I have tons of time to study and am thinking of just focusing on the offical guides, since i don't have a ton of time. I have also hired a math and verbal tutor. Standardized test are a weakness for me.. But at one point in my life I was getting A's in calc. So i know with practice i can get the basic math skills back.. the s.c is by far my worst section.

Please advise. I really am willing to do whatever it takes to get that extra 150 points.

Dear Leese:
I'm happy to help! Absolutely it is possible to get up into 650+ territory.

First of all, here are some study schedules.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/gmat-study-schedule/
The 1-month daily schedule will be most relevant for you, but you may also look for more resources to the Version C: Verbal Focus of the 3-month plan, for further resources and ideas.

I will also recommend this recent blog, a collection of SC problems. All problems have full explanations.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-sente ... questions/
You may well find the blog articles at those links helpful as well.

Here's another SC question from inside the Magoosh product:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3289
After you submit your answer, the following page will have a complete video explanation. Each of our 700+ GMAT practice questions has its own video explanation, for accelerated learning.

I hope all this helps. Let me know if you have any questions.

Mike
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24 Feb 2013, 19:18
Leese7, a 150-point improvement is possible, but it's not an easy thing to achieve. It's possible that your weaknesses can be fixed in 35 days, but it depends on what, exactly, is holding you back--there really aren't all that many people who have achieved a 150-point jump in roughly a month, though it does happen. Sentence correction is arguably the most "improvable" part of the test in a short period of time, so it's actually encouraging to hear that that's your worst section... but to gain 150 points, you'll probably need to improve on virtually every question type.

Is there a good reason why you're in such a hurry to take the test? It can be very difficult to make such a massive improvement when you're under such a time crunch, since you won't really have time to go into GMAT topics in much depth--generally, 35-day "crash courses" require that you cut a few corners, unless you're able to study all day, every day... and even then, you risk burnout. In an ideal world, it's wise to prepare as intensely as you can, and sign up to take the test only when your practice test results are close to your target score. Again, your target score might be achievable in 35 days, but I would recommend a more flexible approach if your schedule allows.

You mentioned that you've hired a tutor, and it should be his/her job to monitor your progress and ensure that your test date and study plan actually make sense. Make sure that your tutor gives you concrete feedback on your progress, and make sure that you leave each tutoring sessions with a concrete study plan. If your tutor is giving you a plan, follow it—he or she probably knows your individual GMAT brain far better than any of us here on the forums.

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25 Feb 2013, 10:07
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Leese7, a 150-point improvement is possible, but it's not an easy thing to achieve. It's possible that your weaknesses can be fixed in 35 days, but it depends on what, exactly, is holding you back--there really aren't all that many people who have achieved a 150-point jump in roughly a month, though it does happen. Sentence correction is arguably the most "improvable" part of the test in a short period of time, so it's actually encouraging to hear that that's your worst section... but to gain 150 points, you'll probably need to improve on virtually every question type.

Is there a good reason why you're in such a hurry to take the test? It can be very difficult to make such a massive improvement when you're under such a time crunch, since you won't really have time to go into GMAT topics in much depth--generally, 35-day "crash courses" require that you cut a few corners, unless you're able to study all day, every day... and even then, you risk burnout. In an ideal world, it's wise to prepare as intensely as you can, and sign up to take the test only when your practice test results are close to your target score. Again, your target score might be achievable in 35 days, but I would recommend a more flexible approach if your schedule allows.

You mentioned that you've hired a tutor, and it should be his/her job to monitor your progress and ensure that your test date and study plan actually make sense. Make sure that your tutor gives you concrete feedback on your progress, and make sure that you leave each tutoring sessions with a concrete study plan. If your tutor is giving you a plan, follow it—he or she probably knows your individual GMAT brain far better than any of us here on the forums.

Good luck with everything!

Thank you for your input..If I end up not doing as well as this as i hope, then I will miss the deadline and have to wait a year. So if this happens, i will definitely take a more flexible approach. Right now im just trying to focus on doing everything I can to get the best score on this test. I have the month off so I can spend a lot of time preparing.

On my practice test (510 ) 10 of my questions wrong in the verbal section where s.c. That is a big number! So I'm planning on focusing a lot on that section with my tutor. The Math seemed to be a lot of silly errors from not writing everything down in an organized fashion. R.C - Im trying to learn a way to stay engaged in the reading so i don't have to re read so many times..

Trying to stay hopeful.....
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