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Stuck at 720...How do I improve my score? [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 05:09
Hi guys,

First time posting here. I'm at a slight loss and wanted to get some input.
I've been preparing for about 3 months now using the OG and Manhattan material. Seem to be stuck at around the 720 range, and my aim is 770. The GMAT is on March 2, this friday. Taking half days off work to concentrate for this week.

I've kept an error log, and will start pushing through OG Verbal.
Any suggestions on how to improve my score? Really need some help on this. Thanks guys.



I've done 4 sample tests and gotten the following results.

Before starting prep:
1)GMAT Prep:
Overall: 660
Quant: 47
Verbal: 34

2) Manhattan CAT 1:
Overall: 630
Quant: 39
Verbal: 37

After Prep:
3) Manhattan CAT 2:
Overall: 720
Quant: 47
Verbal: 41

4) Manhattan CAT 3:
Overall: 720
Quant: 47
Verbal: 41

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Re: Stuck at 720...How do I improve my score? [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 05:47
I'd say do a search around these forums for the 700-800 level question banks. There are breakdowns by question type, so you can focus in on areas where you struggle.

Here's an example for quant 700-800 level questions:
quant-700-800-questions-ps-ds-with-solutions-123039.html

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Re: Stuck at 720...How do I improve my score? [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 06:01
since you have only a few days left to give the exam, i would advice you to review ur error log, esp for og 12 and other official material..Also go through the gmatprep questions compilation.....they are the most close to what ur going to see on the actual day.
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Re: Stuck at 720...How do I improve my score? [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 08:06
Thanks for the quick replies.
I've only recently begun keeping an error log. Based on the OG and MGMAT CATs.

For quant, I kept a log of some mistakes I made, and it seems pretty even throughout the categories...however I'm still trying to figure out how to see the list of questions I marked as "Redo" in the MGMAT Archer online tool. I'm wondering if I should try to do the GMAT Club tests, or just focus on minimizing my mistakes.

For verbal, I figure my weakness is SC, so I'm working on going through the hardest questions in the OG. Thinking of reviewing the concepts in the Manhattan SC book....

Trying to figure out the best use of the short time left before the exam.


*From the 2 recent MGMAT Tests


Quant: (Wrong)
Algebraic Translations 2
Circles and Cylinders 2
Coordinate Plane 2
Decimals 2
Divisibility and Primes 4
Exponential Equations 2
Exponents and Roots 4
Fractions 2
Inequalities 2
Odds and Evens 2
Percents 2
Ratios 2
Triangles and Diagonals 2

Verbal: (Wrong)
CR RC SC Grand Total
11 5 12 28
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Re: Stuck at 720...How do I improve my score? [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2012, 13:38
It looks like it would be good to go through the MGMAT SC again. You may also want to take another GMAT Prep test to have a more accurate estimate of your final score.

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Re: Stuck at 720...How do I improve my score? [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2012, 11:37
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Your 720 is a good score.

But, if you want to improve and score even higher you'll need to realize that you have to get ALL the answers correct.

It's not about practicing with harder level questions - doing more 700-800 level questions. No.

It's about being consistently accurate 100% of the time - whether it's EASY, Medium, or Difficult. The difference between a 720 and 770 can be careless mistake on an easy/medium question or on a difficult question - you narrowed it down to 2 choices but chose the wrong one. Choosing the right one in those situations requires an "aha" moment.

Usually students who really break that barrier see that "aha" moment and they realize that "aha" moment gets even bigger after a few more practice sessions. A fundamental change in their way of thinking gets them tackling the Difficult question in a different way.

So, focus on how you're thinking and improving your speed. Don't focus so much on practicing 800 level questions day in and day out - thinking those are the ones that trapped you.
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Re: Stuck at 720...How do I improve my score? [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2012, 23:08
Yeah, I have been facing the same problem. 5 weeks into my prep, I am plateauing at 710 levels. I have taken five practice CATs and my scores are MGMAT1 730, Kaplan1 710, MGMAT1 700, Kaplan2 700 and MGMAT3 710. Quant seems to be weak point in general.

My exam is in 3 weeks and I really need to rethink my strategy and improve my score up to 760.

My question to you guys is, there is a lot of tough material posted by Bunuel, et al. I tried solving them but find them too tough. Something in me tells me I should keep at it and not stop. But I really need some course correction advice from you guys. Please help!
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Re: Stuck at 720...How do I improve my score? [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2012, 02:26
Thanks for the insightful reply gmatpill.
Its a very good point and I've been trying to improve my thinking strategies.

I just completed 2 GMAT preps, 1 on Tuesday and 1 on Thursday, got a 730 and subsequently a 700. The last test I took suddenly seemed to be peppered with conceptual quant questions that I found pretty tough. On a side note, i've been skipping AWA until the final test.

No idea as what might be the reason for the sudden decline. Don't think it was the AWA :?
My scores have always been improving. The friend I was studying with also experienced this, going from GMAT Prep 770 to 730. Our test is tomorrow! Yikes..gotta figure out the reasons.

What do you guys think? :shock:


GMAT Prep 2:
Overall: 730
Quant: 49
Verbal: 41

GMAT Prep 3:
Overall: 700
Quant: 44
Verbal: 42
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Re: Stuck at 720...How do I improve my score? [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2012, 06:20
ShannonWong wrote:
... Our test is tomorrow! Yikes..gotta figure out the reasons.



Hey, best of luck for your exam Shannon. Be cool.
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Re: Stuck at 720...How do I improve my score? [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2012, 08:34
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Our test is tomorrow!

Best of Luck Shannon... share your awesome score tomorrow :)
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Re: Stuck at 720...How do I improve my score? [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2012, 17:52
Wishing you the best, let us know how it goes!
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Re: Stuck at 720...How do I improve my score? [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2012, 22:54
770 is a pretty high goal to set. What schools are you planning to apply? Good luck on the test. Please let us know how it went?
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Re: Stuck at 720...How do I improve my score? [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2012, 07:35
Good luck, man! But I assume, if you stil have not posted today, then the score should be really high! Wish you all the best!
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