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Retaking the GMAT - Strategies

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Retaking the GMAT - Strategies [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2008, 11:42
Briefly, my background. I gave the GMAT last year scoring a 710 (48 m and 39 v) with 5.5 AWA.

Before studying I took GMAT PREP #1 and scored 45 m and 40 v for 690. In short, I studied pretty hard, but clearly there was not much improvement.

My biggest shortcoming is sentence correction. My greatest talents are rc and cr.

On the real test I finished 10 minutes early on verbal.

I am going to retake it, and aim for mid 700's. I think I am in a fairly common position as others. Please advise on tips, etc on how to study and prepare. Right now my plan is to:
1. Do all the challenges
2. All 1000 SC questions
3. Most importantly - take alot of full time gmat tests, including writing, working hard on endurance.

I hope to do this in 6 weeks. Suggestions?
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Re: Retaking the GMAT - Strategies [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2008, 12:44
Have you tried MGMAT SC guide? Thats what people recommend a lot on these forums.

I am going through one now. I don't know how much it would improve my SC, but the book is easy to read and concise.

If I had 710, I would be a very happy man :D
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Re: Retaking the GMAT - Strategies [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2008, 12:55
yes i did. i think i can stand to just focus more on sc, and really get timing down better. more practice tests.
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Re: Retaking the GMAT - Strategies [#permalink] New post 21 Feb 2008, 19:25
I hear ya. I scored a 720 last year and am shooting for 760+. My biggest shortcoming was verbal (37), especially sentence correction. I highly recommend MGMAT's SC. They've definitely helped a huge amount. I'm now consistenly getting 90%+ on the sentence correction questions.

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Re: Retaking the GMAT - Strategies [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2008, 19:44
Honestly, with a 710, there is no reason to retake. Being a perfectionist or obsessive about this test can actually hurt you in the admissions process. Remember, people with 750+ scores do get dinged, all the time. Make sure your application essays sing. Those are far more important.
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Re: Retaking the GMAT - Strategies [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2009, 14:55
I honestly think a 710 is perfectly fine. It is a very solid score as long as you have the academics and work experience to back you up as well. I'd focus on the essay now.
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