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Scored a 550 today, how can I improve my score by 100 pts?

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Scored a 550 today, how can I improve my score by 100 pts? [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2008, 14:47
I took the GMAT for the first time today and scored a 550 (36 quant, 29 verbal). All in all, considering I never broke 550 on any of my practice tests I was not disappointed. I didn't clam up or get nervous at all.

There were just some quant questions I had no clue how to do, geometry and algebra questions come to mind. And no matter how much I practiced, I just really, really struggled with data sufficiency.

On qualitative, I guess I did just average, I am not particularly strong in any of the three subjects. I need to get better in all three phases. During my practice tests I would consistently struggle with CR and SC.

Bottom line is I would like to get a 650 at the very least. I just need to figure out how to get there. Your help is appreciated.
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Re: Scored a 550 today, how can I improve my score by 100 pts? [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2008, 15:27
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36Q is probably due to not remembering a lot of your High School math. If I were you (and I am almost on the same boat), I'd work on getting my fundamentals up to par. Perhaps purchase MGMAT's strategy guides and/or GMAX Online. After your fundamentals are solid, the way to improve is by practicing from OG, which you'll also do by following the above mentioned resources, and by taking CAT's. Gmat Prep and MGMAT's CAT's are the way to go. GMAT Club's "challenges" are also great practice to increase your Q score. Try not to be satisfied with just working through the problems, but also understanding the details behind each question - why an answer is right or wrong. For Verbal, I'd go with SC Strategy Guide from MGMAT and Powerscore Logical Reasoning Bible for CR. You'll get access to MGMAT CAT's with the purchase of any Strategy Guide. Lastly, and perhaps equally important, reading through this forum will help you a lot by learning from other people's mistakes and achievements. Hope that helps.
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Re: Scored a 550 today, how can I improve my score by 100 pts? [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2008, 20:17
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36Q is probably due to not remembering a lot of your High School math. If I were you (and I am almost on the same boat), I'd work on getting my fundamentals up to par. Perhaps purchase MGMAT's strategy guides and/or GMAX Online. After your fundamentals are solid, the way to improve is by practicing from OG, which you'll also do by following the above mentioned resources, and by taking CAT's. Gmat Prep and MGMAT's CAT's are the way to go. GMAT Club's "challenges" are also great practice to increase your Q score. Try not to be satisfied with just working through the problems, but also understanding the details behind each question - why an answer is right or wrong. For Verbal, I'd go with SC Strategy Guide from MGMAT and Powerscore Logical Reasoning Bible for CR. You'll get access to MGMAT CAT's with the purchase of any Strategy Guide. Lastly, and perhaps equally important, reading through this forum will help you a lot by learning from other people's mistakes and achievements. Hope that helps.


I agree with everything said here. It's absolutely essential that you master the fundamentals. It's not a quick solution, but you'll see a very significant increase in your score. When I started preparing for the GMAT, I didn't even remember what an integer was. I fumbled around with Kaplan 800 and OG11 right out of the gate, but they weren't the best materials for me. I significantly improved my Quant fundamentals by using the Kaplan Math Workbook (took to me about a Q43-45). Shortly after finishing the Kaplan Math Workbook I purchased access to the GMAX Online course, which I cannot say enough about. I'm testing somewhere around a Q47-48 and Verbal 39-42 now. Once you have a solid understanding of the fundamentals, there's nothing left to do but practice and increase your speed.

P.S. Don't underestimate the difficulty of Verbal :)
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Re: Scored a 550 today, how can I improve my score by 100 pts? [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2008, 20:28
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36Q is probably due to not remembering a lot of your High School math. If I were you (and I am almost on the same boat), I'd work on getting my fundamentals up to par. Perhaps purchase MGMAT's strategy guides and/or GMAX Online. After your fundamentals are solid, the way to improve is by practicing from OG, which you'll also do by following the above mentioned resources, and by taking CAT's. Gmat Prep and MGMAT's CAT's are the way to go. GMAT Club's "challenges" are also great practice to increase your Q score. Try not to be satisfied with just working through the problems, but also understanding the details behind each question - why an answer is right or wrong. For Verbal, I'd go with SC Strategy Guide from MGMAT and Powerscore Logical Reasoning Bible for CR. You'll get access to MGMAT CAT's with the purchase of any Strategy Guide. Lastly, and perhaps equally important, reading through this forum will help you a lot by learning from other people's mistakes and achievements. Hope that helps.


I agree with everything said here. It's absolutely essential that you master the fundamentals. It's not a quick solution, but you'll see a very significant increase in your score. When I started preparing for the GMAT, I didn't even remember what an integer was. I fumbled around with Kaplan 800 and OG11 right out of the gate, but they weren't the best materials for me. I significantly improved my Quant fundamentals by using the Kaplan Math Workbook (took to me about a Q43-45). Shortly after finishing the Kaplan Math Workbook I purchased access to the GMAX Online course, which I cannot say enough about. I'm testing somewhere around a Q47-48 and Verbal 39-42 now. Once you have a solid understanding of the fundamentals, there's nothing left to do but practice and increase your speed.

P.S. Don't underestimate the difficulty of Verbal :)


Also, don't underestimate the importance of Verbal. In my 2 GMAT's, my overall score was 2 % points lower than my verbal score and the exact same % the second time I took the GMAT. 84% for verbal and 82% overall and 95% for verbal and 95% overall.
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