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Private Tutor or MGMT In-Person Class for a non-beginner?

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Private Tutor or MGMT In-Person Class for a non-beginner? [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2012, 12:29
So I'm going to be taking the GMAT for the second time on 10/5. I receieved a 660 the first try. I've gone through all questions in the OG (12th & 13th edition), as well as those 2 extra verbal & math OGs. I've also gone through all the MGMT guides (twice). On top of that, I've taken the Knewton course, which will give me a full refund if I don't score at least 50 pt higher.

My CAT scores have consistantly been LOWER than my official 660... with only 2 above 660 and 5 below. So as you can imagine, I'm in the middle of a mini panic.

My question is for if I don't score as well as I would like on the GMAT next friday... for someone who has taken the GMAT twice over the course of 6 months of studying (with breaks inbetween) and somewhat exhausted her main resources, would you suggest taking the MGMT class as the next step to improving my score, or hire a private tutor?

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Re: Private Tutor or MGMT In-Person Class for a non-beginner? [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2012, 12:32
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I think it makes sense - it could be a much faster path than taking a full course, and cheaper too.

Yes, i would recommend it even though it is quite expensive but in the end I think will be a higher ROI. You don't want the tutor to watch you solve questions but instead point out for you what you did wrong and create a map/plan for improving. I think you an get away with 2-4 meetings instead of a full class (about the same cost or cheaper). You can have 2 meetings, then another one in a few weeks, and final (if you need it) closer to the end of your progress.
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Re: Private Tutor or MGMT In-Person Class for a non-beginner? [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2012, 16:03
Agree that you should use your remaining resources hiring a tutor. At this stage of the game, you should know the areas that challenge you -- and when you get your tutor make sure that you are crystal clear that you are having issues with x,y and z and need to master them. The more focused you are about your problems, the higher the yield your investment will produce. If you instruct the tutor that your problem is with the overall test, they may take a broad approach and waster a lot of your time and money.

This is how specific you should be:

I am having problems answering reading comprehension questions that focus on scientific passages.
I have problems answering two step geometry problems on the data sufficiency section.
In problem solving, I have problems answering questions that incorporate both geometry and algebra.

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Re: Private Tutor or MGMT In-Person Class for a non-beginner?   [#permalink] 25 Oct 2012, 16:03
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