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# Retake?

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03 May 2011, 06:43
I recently took the GMAT with NO studying and received a 600, which I am definitely disappointed with. I received a 92% in verbal, and 28% in quant. To say the least, my quant score is dismal.

However, I am now looking at this as a positive. I never applied myself in high school to learn the basics of math (that is an understatement, I am lucky I even graduated), and I am thinking with a little elbow grease I can eke my total score up into the 700's without a problem. When first taking the test I literally had no clue where to even begin on most of the quant questions, because conceptually my math foundation is not there.

If I improve slightly on the verbal section, is it likely that I will be able to bring my quant score high enough to hit that 700 and above mark?
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03 May 2011, 07:28
You should consider yourself extremely lucky that you can get a 600 without studying.

Maybe start by going through the OG Math questions at your own pace and use the GMATPrep software.

Good luck.
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03 May 2011, 13:40
I have purchased the 5 book MGMAT Quant set. I am just wondering if a 100 point total score increase is realistic?

If I meticulously work my way through the MGMAT guides, will they prepare me to pull a 700+ performance?
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03 May 2011, 19:01

It is going to take a lot of work, don't kid yourself. You may even want to look at private or course tutoring, if that is a feasible option. The hard truth here is that you are currently lacking fundamental understanding of the level of math that the GMAT is testing. Good news is that the level is not impossible to grasp, and is totally feasible.

Looks like to meet your goal of 700+, you will need a Quant of 45. Of course, with an even higher verbal, your quant can be lower.

Be sure to check out the resources on this forum, search for info on how the gmat is scored, how to create an effective study plan, and tips on how to use the OG12 effectively.
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03 May 2011, 19:38
If I were you I would retake the exam. Your verbal is great and it's much more difficult to boost the Verbal section than the Quant section. I think you can achieve 700+ with 2,3 months of practicing in Quant.
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04 May 2011, 06:20
When does the application process for top tier schools generally begin? It looks like U of C begins in early fall, and Kellogg begins in the summer.

I am thinking that I will have 3 months to study, is this reasonable?

If so, my plan is this:

Month 1: MGMAT 1-3 and begin GMAT Club tests. Take Kaplan Prep test 1 at end of month.

Month 2: MGMAT 4-5 and continue GMAT Club tests. Take Official Prep test 1 at end of month.

Month 3: Finish GMAT Club tests, and review weak areas. Take Official Prep test 2 at end of month.

Is there a piece of the puzzle that I am missing at this point, or better tests I can be using? Not having tried or even purchased the GMAT Club tests yet, are they useful for diagnosing your weak areas (do they point out what problems you have difficulty with upon completion) or is there a better tool for this?
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04 May 2011, 07:46
The MGMAT books come with 6-7 online CATs which allow you to generate assessment reports.
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04 May 2011, 10:42
Search for the guide to the guide on this forum. It's a homegrown spreadsheet to track your og12 errors

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05 May 2011, 03:13
Its official. Looks like I will need to buy the OG12 as well!
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