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16 Dec 2008, 02:09
Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and I seriously need some help from you guys.

I am very frustrated that I scored 440 on my first GMAT test last week.
32 on Quant and 18 on Verbal which is really bad.
I spent about a month to study for the test and decided to give it a shot to see where I stand.
I did most problems in the OG (I answered most questions correctly but I did not time them)and took one timed CAT test from MGMAT with results of 520.
I was very nervous the night before the test and I could not sleep at all. And in the test, I was actually running out of time for both Quant and Verbal. Especially for the Verbal part, I had 7 more questions when I had only 7 mins left on the test. Wonder if anyone could share some time-management strategy and tips on improving both parts?

1) I am planning to retake the test in about 8 weeks. Is there enough time?
2) Is it possible for me to score higher?
3) How much time should I spend on studying the materials? (I am planning to study at least 6 hours a day, will it be too much?)
4) What material is the best?

I wish I found this forum earlier and could have asked all these questions. The result of my first test was really frustrating.

Any help is much appreciated.
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17 Dec 2008, 22:32
chomomo wrote:
Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and I seriously need some help from you guys.

I am very frustrated that I scored 440 on my first GMAT test last week.
32 on Quant and 18 on Verbal which is really bad.
I spent about a month to study for the test and decided to give it a shot to see where I stand.
I did most problems in the OG (I answered most questions correctly but I did not time them)and took one timed CAT test from MGMAT with results of 520.
I was very nervous the night before the test and I could not sleep at all. And in the test, I was actually running out of time for both Quant and Verbal. Especially for the Verbal part, I had 7 more questions when I had only 7 mins left on the test. Wonder if anyone could share some time-management strategy and tips on improving both parts?

1) I am planning to retake the test in about 8 weeks. Is there enough time?
2) Is it possible for me to score higher?
3) How much time should I spend on studying the materials? (I am planning to study at least 6 hours a day, will it be too much?)
4) What material is the best?

I wish I found this forum earlier and could have asked all these questions. The result of my first test was really frustrating.

Any help is much appreciated.

no need for those kind of smiles, buddy
1) depends on by how much you want to improve your score.
2) of course you can improve it. in fact, it is really easy to improve your score when it is 440.
btw, my first score was lower than yours: 400 something....but after a thorough preparation I was able to break into 700+ club.
3) again, it depends on how fast you can process the material. It took me more than 8 weeks
4) the hardest - gmatclub challenges are great for quant. i liked manhattan. also, be sure to download the offical gmat software from gmat.com
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18 Dec 2008, 00:13
Hi Daler,
When you say it took you more than 8 weeks to improve your score, do you mean 8 full weeks or weekends only?
I took the GMAT recently and scored 530 (33V, 30Q) and was extremely devastated although i took 5 GMAT CAT tests at home scored 580, 640, 620 on the official GMAC tests from mba.com and 2 800score tests and scored 650 on each so everyone is telling me something must have went wrong in the test (nerves) and the 530 is not reflective of my capabilities..

However, i know I wasnt confident about my math and I'm still not. I'm aiming for a 650-700 and I'm going to schedule the next test in 8 weeks but i only have time to study on the weekends as I work full-time in consulting which is very time consuming!

Any advice regarding the time for preparation?

Thanks!
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18 Dec 2008, 03:22
I don't want to discourage you, quite opposite, but I certainly don't think 8 weeks would be enough to increase math from 32 to desired level. For verbal, situation is even worse. Instead, you should spend next couple of months in serious preparation for this exam. Spend entire winter studying for GMAT from OG and MGMAT books and schedule your exam for May or June. That way, you will see some serious improvement in your score, 8 weeks will be sufficient to get you in high 500's or something like that.

Even if you manage to improve your score dramatically (we are talking about 200 points improvement, improvement that is nearly impossible from 550 but very viable from 400's), you simply have not enough time to complete your applications for the year 2009. Simply postpone your MBA dream for a year, make serious schedule for next year and stick to it. That way, you'll be able to enter next summer with score that will impress your recommenders and that will give you enough self-confidence for the essays. Additionally, if you have to take TOEFL you will have more than enough time to do that and meet the deadlines for R1.

No matter what you think about it now, one year will pass in the blink of an eye and you should use the time wisely, especially since you don't have the full year, we are talking about some 9 or 10 months now. This is two cents from somebody who has already done so: I took GMAT in October 2007 and scored 610, at that time I was already 30 and felt that I don't have much time. Nevertheless, I spent entire winter in preparations and took GMAT again in April this year scoring 720. After that I had enoug time to research schools, get recommendations, take TOEFL, write essays and meet all other requirements for applying in R1.
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18 Dec 2008, 05:13
I'm in the same boat. I scored a 490. Talk about letting the wind out of your sails. What I find interesting is that with my GPA (3.80), I can't even get some schools to talk to me. I am realizing how important that score is. Maybe it's not the only indication of your ability, however, it seems that the schools use it to gauge the question of "how bad do you want it?" I enrolled in a math class at the local university and am waiting for my Manhattan GMAT books to arrive. I plan to start from the first book and work my way through them, shooting for accuracy on all the problem sets. Once I get going with that, I'll start with the challenges on this page. I don't necessarily need a 700+, but something above 650 will get me where I want to go.

So, good luck with your studying. Maybe we'll find ourselves in a discussion on the GMAT questions. All the best to you!
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18 Dec 2008, 05:31
mbamph,
I'm gonna do the same buy all the Manhattan Math books and get it right the next time around...
I dont think it needs 6 months and a 180 change of plans as pathfinder was saying. I have 1 friend that scored 540 the first time and a month later 690 and the other 560 the first time and a month later 700...they're both strong students and knew (like i do) that this cant happen again it was a one time mistake..the idea is if you were scoring in the 640+ at home on the GMAC CAT and you score so low (530 in my case) at the actual test than something went wrong it's not just lack of preparation.
I admit and have heard though from many people that lifting a score from 620 or 630 to 700 is much harder than lifting it from 500s to 650 cuz it means you did your best the first time already.

In all cases, we all have our stories and conclusions so I wish you the best as well in your next result!
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18 Dec 2008, 07:54
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I'm in the same boat. I scored a 490. Talk about letting the wind out of your sails. What I find interesting is that with my GPA (3.80), I can't even get some schools to talk to me. I am realizing how important that score is. Maybe it's not the only indication of your ability, however, it seems that the schools use it to gauge the question of "how bad do you want it?" I enrolled in a math class at the local university and am waiting for my Manhattan GMAT books to arrive. I plan to start from the first book and work my way through them, shooting for accuracy on all the problem sets. Once I get going with that, I'll start with the challenges on this page. I don't necessarily need a 700+, but something above 650 will get me where I want to go.

So, good luck with your studying. Maybe we'll find ourselves in a discussion on the GMAT questions. All the best to you!

How are you going to study for it? I am wondering if I should study 5 hours a day? I am very frustrated before I am actually apply for Master of Accountancy and not MBA, and a gmat score with 650+ is good enough for me I think.
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18 Dec 2008, 07:56
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I don't want to discourage you, quite opposite, but I certainly don't think 8 weeks would be enough to increase math from 32 to desired level. For verbal, situation is even worse. Instead, you should spend next couple of months in serious preparation for this exam. Spend entire winter studying for GMAT from OG and MGMAT books and schedule your exam for May or June. That way, you will see some serious improvement in your score, 8 weeks will be sufficient to get you in high 500's or something like that.

Even if you manage to improve your score dramatically (we are talking about 200 points improvement, improvement that is nearly impossible from 550 but very viable from 400's), you simply have not enough time to complete your applications for the year 2009. Simply postpone your MBA dream for a year, make serious schedule for next year and stick to it. That way, you'll be able to enter next summer with score that will impress your recommenders and that will give you enough self-confidence for the essays. Additionally, if you have to take TOEFL you will have more than enough time to do that and meet the deadlines for R1.

No matter what you think about it now, one year will pass in the blink of an eye and you should use the time wisely, especially since you don't have the full year, we are talking about some 9 or 10 months now. This is two cents from somebody who has already done so: I took GMAT in October 2007 and scored 610, at that time I was already 30 and felt that I don't have much time. Nevertheless, I spent entire winter in preparations and took GMAT again in April this year scoring 720. After that I had enoug time to research schools, get recommendations, take TOEFL, write essays and meet all other requirements for applying in R1.

Thank you for sharing your experience. How much time did you spend on studying the material each day during the winter? and what was your strategies??
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18 Dec 2008, 08:04
You are welcome.

I spent 15 hours per week on average during that winter. My math skills were very rusty and English is not my native language. So, there was a lot of work to be done.

For my strategies you can search my older posts, I've written some inputs on learning strategies and on materials to be used. Of course, this is just my experience and my point of view, it doesn't necesserilly mean that you will benefit from it. Anyway, be persistant and you will find your way to 700+ club. I wish you all the best.
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18 Dec 2008, 08:09
I don't think I can put in 5 hours a day. My brain can only take so much at a given time (I work full time and am taking Calculus too...) I think 5 hours on Sat and Sun is reasonable, but during the week, maybe 1 or 2 hours max. My weakness was math, I did 60% in verbal and a 5.5 on AWA. I can't wait to get my MGMAT books!
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22 Dec 2008, 16:20
Scored 420 on first try, and need to get 650+. Can anyone who has been in my position and that has scored 650+ tell me how you did it? I am not sure what happened I think it was lack of preparation.
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22 Dec 2008, 23:03
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Scored 420 on first try, and need to get 650+. Can anyone who has been in my position and that has scored 650+ tell me how you did it? I am not sure what happened I think it was lack of preparation.

What's your score breakdown? What have you been doing to study?
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31 Dec 2008, 08:17
got a 410..........V20 and Q26. I am gonna get back to studying on 01/03 so
I need not worry about any distractions. I have the GMAC Official Guide as
well as the 2 supplements. Plan on giving myself until end of March,
beginning of April to take test.........(13-15 weeks) Actually was in one
of those Kaplan courses and did not take GMAT seriously.
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31 Dec 2008, 09:20
I strongly recommend the Manhattan GMAT books. I am through my first one and really like the way they present the material. I feel like I am learning GMAT questions even as I study number properties.

However, I am struggling with data sufficiency. Does anyone have any advice on how to best approach these questions? I am struggling with clarifying the questions. Do you get better at this as you go through the books?
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08 Jan 2009, 08:52
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08 Jan 2009, 08:57
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08 Jan 2009, 09:29
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24 Aug 2010, 00:32
you can get to 700+ - many people on this site went from 400-420 to 700+ --> search for '400 to 700'
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24 Aug 2010, 11:02
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Hi everyone, I am new to this forum and I seriously need some help from you guys.

I am very frustrated that I scored 440 on my first GMAT test last week.
32 on Quant and 18 on Verbal which is really bad.
I spent about a month to study for the test and decided to give it a shot to see where I stand.
I did most problems in the OG (I answered most questions correctly but I did not time them)and took one timed CAT test from MGMAT with results of 520.
I was very nervous the night before the test and I could not sleep at all. And in the test, I was actually running out of time for both Quant and Verbal. Especially for the Verbal part, I had 7 more questions when I had only 7 mins left on the test. Wonder if anyone could share some time-management strategy and tips on improving both parts?

1) I am planning to retake the test in about 8 weeks. Is there enough time?
2) Is it possible for me to score higher?
3) How much time should I spend on studying the materials? (I am planning to study at least 6 hours a day, will it be too much?)
4) What material is the best?

I wish I found this forum earlier and could have asked all these questions. The result of my first test was really frustrating.

Any help is much appreciated.

Just start your prep without taking GMAT date but keep a tentative date in your mind...Start prepping...Start giving MGMATs and GMATPREPs...when you get 730+ in 3 consecutive prac tests then you can book the actual GMAT date within 15 days period. i think this is the better way instead of taking a GMAT date and then going into procrastination mode.
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