I'm in a gap year between undergrad and a masters program. Applying to UNC MAC program and Duke MMS. I was a sociology major (I know...) and ended up with a 3.5. Trying to lateral into business with a more related degree.
I didn't study too hard for the GMAT, maybe 20 hours total. Mostly just worked through the Kaplan premiere
guide. Took a Kaplan
practice test 2 nights before and got a 690. Wound up with a 680 the day of.
Right now I'm earning my living teaching the SAT for two different companies. I am a good standardized test taker. My hours are getting cut back for the holidays and I'm going to have an excess of time. I would really like to get my score up in the mid 700s, not just for some comfort for my current application cycle, but hopefully to avoid taking it again down the road for an MBA program.
My quant section needs more work than verbal. I was very good at math in HS but only took stat and accounting in college. Teaching the SAT to advanced students has helped me brush up a lot, but the presentation of questions on the GMAT is very different than the SAT--even if the subject matter isn't. I need a lot of work with data sufficiency. definitely my weakest section in the official guide initial screening test.
CR I'm fine on, cramming for the LSAT helped with that. RC is also good. I can ace the grammar section on SAT practice tests but find the GMAT SC markedly more difficult. Just missing a few, but really holding back my verbal score.
So first... is it even worth it? 680 isn't bad but I know I can do better. I have the money to buy the prep books and the time to study. At the very least I know it couldn't hurt. Even if I do increase my score 40-50 points, will it make a big difference now for non-MBA programs?
And second, how should I go about doing it? The 650 to 700+ in the sticky seems catered toward my goals. I want to get the Kaplan 800
book as well as the Manhattan advanced quant book. Probably the Manhattan SC book as well.
I know I have the potential for a home run, I just don't know if it's worth going up to bat again. I would really appreciate any input/suggestions.