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Second GMAT still not up to par in Quant

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Second GMAT still not up to par in Quant [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2016, 09:25
So I took the GMAT for the second time yesterday and got a 530 overall (37%) , with 35 Quant (32% Percentile) and 28 Verbal (50%). On my last GMAT on October 15th, I got 22% Percentile in Quant. I am aiming for the 55% percentile. I know there are a LOT of things on here that can give me tips on how to proceed again, but does anyone have advice on how far I am from 55% and what I can do now? I took a group tutoring for $414 which helped but obviously not all the way.

Also I had never before scored 32% in Quant in my prep.
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Re: Second GMAT still not up to par in Quant [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2016, 11:24
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Hi sagnik242,

Before I can offer any advice, I'd like to know a bit more about how you've studied so far and your overall goals:

1) How long have you studied?
2) What materials have you used?
3) What is your overall goal score?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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Re: Second GMAT still not up to par in Quant [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2016, 15:07
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi sagnik242,

Before I can offer any advice, I'd like to know a bit more about how you've studied so far and your overall goals:

1) How long have you studied?
2) What materials have you used?
3) What is your overall goal score?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
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1) How long have you studied?--> Since October 16th
2) What materials have you used? ---> GMAT Quant Review, GMAT OG 2016, GMAT prep software add on's such as the additional problems and tests
3) What is your overall goal score? ---> 550 is the minimum but I need that 55% Quant Percentile
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?--> this was my last chance for the spring deadline so I have to hope all my essays meet the mark and my GPA is satisfactory for them I have a 3.185 they need a 3.2. Next admission deadline is August 2016.
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Re: Second GMAT still not up to par in Quant [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2016, 17:48
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Hi sagnik242,

Many Test Takers who use a "book heavy" study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular scoring level. Even the best books are limited in what they can teach you; they also can't force you to approach questions in a certain way and their explanations are often one-sided. From the resources that you've listed, it sounds like you used a book-heavy approach, so that might be part of your problem. As such, you might need to invest in some new non-book resources and learn/practice some new Tactics?

1) When you took the GMAT the second time, did you have any pacing issues in the Quant section? Did you have to guess on a bunch of questions at the end just to finish (or did you leave any questions unanswered?)?

2) From your last post, it's not clear when you're actually applying to Business School. Have you already applied? From what you've described, your GPA and your GMAT are below what the School requires. If the next application deadline isn't until August, then you have plenty of time to study.

3) Was the Q35 that you scored on the GMAT the highest that you have ever scored?

The entire GMAT is a predictable, standardized Test, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

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