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Retaking - Squeezing Out 30-40 More Points [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2011, 04:54
I wrote the GMAT in April (680 - 47/36) and I'm looking to bump my mark up about 30-40 points.

The first go around I purchased the 8-pack of MGMAT books and went through them myself and did the 6 practice CATs and two official GMAC tests. My final score ended up being approximately at what I was for all of my practice tests. The one thing I think I need to do better on - and may need help with - is debriefing the results of each CAT that I take.

I'm wondering if anyone has a recommendation on an approach to take to squeeze out the extra 40 points. I was considering signing up for a self-study program through either Kaplan or MGMAT but wondering if it would really benefit me in the end, as I have a decent knowledge of the basics, I think it will be a matter of refining my strategy.

I'd like to try and write for the beginning of February, so looking just over two months to go over it all again.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: Retaking - Squeezing Out 30-40 More Points [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2011, 15:35
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I wrote the GMAT in April (680 - 47/36) and I'm looking to bump my mark up about 30-40 points.

The first go around I purchased the 8-pack of MGMAT books and went through them myself and did the 6 practice CATs and two official GMAC tests. My final score ended up being approximately at what I was for all of my practice tests. The one thing I think I need to do better on - and may need help with - is debriefing the results of each CAT that I take.

I'm wondering if anyone has a recommendation on an approach to take to squeeze out the extra 40 points. I was considering signing up for a self-study program through either Kaplan or MGMAT but wondering if it would really benefit me in the end, as I have a decent knowledge of the basics, I think it will be a matter of refining my strategy.

I'd like to try and write for the beginning of February, so looking just over two months to go over it all again.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!



You're doing decent but to squeeze an extra 40 points, you'll need to develop strong mental stamina. Like tennis, performance on the GMAT exam at the higher levels is largely psychological. Make sure you have good mental attitude and a good approach to timing heading into the exam.

Having said that, your goal will be to do exactly what you've been doing but minimize the amount of time you're spending on each question. Are you necessarily approaching each question with the most efficient thought process? If you can minimize the time you spend on the easy and intermediate level questions, you'll be better positioned to spend more time on the really tough ones. It's the really tough ones that will determine your ability to squeeze in another 40 points.

This is certainly doable. We've had students in the 690 range break into 760. But of course you need to evaluate how best you learn. If private tutoring is too expensive, you can always find mentors online for a fraction of the price if you are able to for-go the in-person nature of tutoring.

Hope that helps! Focus, focus, focus.
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Re: Retaking - Squeezing Out 30-40 More Points [#permalink] New post 13 Nov 2011, 17:27
Thanks for the reply! Any strategy you can recommend that would focus on building my mental stamina?

I was thinking of joining an online program (i.e. Kaplan or MGMAT) but not sure if this would help too much, since I would imagine that a lot of the time spent would be on the basics again.

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Re: Retaking - Squeezing Out 30-40 More Points [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2011, 09:40
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nutsngum wrote:
Thanks for the reply! Any strategy you can recommend that would focus on building my mental stamina?

I was thinking of joining an online program (i.e. Kaplan or MGMAT) but not sure if this would help too much, since I would imagine that a lot of the time spent would be on the basics again.

Any advice?


Doing an online program is not a bad idea. GMAT Pill has an online course of its own that's gotten great results for students.

While core frameworks are taught from the ground up, the focus is on minimizing the amount of studying needed to get you into shape for the GMAT exam.

As for building mental stamina, take it in baby steps. A lot of that comes down to breaking down everything into little pieces - conquering the little pieces in chunks and putting them together until you've got the whole GMAT down under your belt. Here's an article that explains exactly how to do that:

http://www.gmatpill.com/practice-questi ... questions/
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Re: Retaking - Squeezing Out 30-40 More Points   [#permalink] 15 Nov 2011, 09:40
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