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# Possible to increase to 50th Percentile?

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30 Apr 2008, 17:31
I took the GMAT for the first time this past Saturday and only scored a 490. I scored in the 50th percentile in the Verbal, but only in the 26th percentile on the Quantitative. The MBA program I'm applying requires at least a 50th percentile in each section (it's a Cal State School), so I won't be accepted with those scores.

In preparing for the exam, I found it tough because I graduated college almost 15 years ago. That required me to begin from the beginning in the math review. However, I did study quite a bit by purchasing the Kaplan book w/ CD, and I attended a somewhat worthless prep course over four weekends. I also work full time and have a family, so this also makes it tough (although I'm sure this is not a unique situation)

My question for all of you is: Is it possible for me to kick up the quantitative score to the 50th percentile by May 31, which is school's deadline to take the GMAT? I would appreciate your thoughts and any advice you could offer. Thanks!

P.S. - I wish I had found this community while preparing for the exam. I believe I would have done much better!
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30 Apr 2008, 18:32
yes but dont work on the problems in the forum, it wont benefit you. learn the basics, get the OG and work on those problems first 1/2 to 3/4 and know how to do them cold and know why. post any questions on here you do not understand. Do gmatprep and learn the different types of problems asked.
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30 Apr 2008, 19:36

Just to ensure I understand, I should get the GMAT Official Guide (the complete version and not just the Quantitative Review), then work on 1/2 to 3/4 of the problems in the OG? (I take it the Kaplan Book I already have is not very helpful?)

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01 May 2008, 16:17
Anyone else have any suggestions? Would really appreciate the advice! Thanks.
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02 May 2008, 05:53
I just received my official GMAT scores and I scored a 5.5 on the AWA!!

I really wish I had scored better on the Quantitative Section . . . .
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02 May 2008, 06:45
Since your goal is under 700... Buy the OG and supplements. I would focus all of you energy on OG and ignore other resources such as Kaplan, Princeton, etc. OG is the most effective way to study.
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02 May 2008, 06:52
Get both the orange book and the green book(the quant supplement). Yea study solely on official material.
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03 May 2008, 12:35
Hi. If you have the time, I HIGHLY recommend Barron's Review Course Series Let's Review: Math A or another Practical Alebra book. It will cover all of the quant fundamentals that Kaplan won't. Good Luck!
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