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# What can I expect from a 590 base score?

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14 Apr 2007, 10:55
Hi All,

I just took my first practice test (probably about 3 hours of prior studying) and received a 590:

Verbal: 10 out of 41 wrong
Quant: 16 out of 37 wrong

I plan on putting in an hour/ day during the week and 4+/day on the weekend, mostly focusing on quant (obviously my weaker area).

I have the Kaplan, PR, and OG books all waiting for me

What do you think? I'm aiming for 700+, closer to 750, by the time I take the exam in a month and a half.

Am I aiming too high? Do I need to put in more hours?

thanks, Danielle
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14 Apr 2007, 17:20
Well, being realistic, I would say that if you're starting at 590, a 750 is probably not a wise target. That's an enormous jump, and very few (less than 5%?) of test-takers hit 750 at all. 700 may be doable if you're diligent, especially since you'd only had 3 hours of prep before the first test.

You've got the right books for the most part...start with the strategies in the Princeton Review book. Do practice questions in the OG, one question type a night. Take full tests on the weekends.

You didn't say, though, which test you took. If it was Kaplan, then ignore the score. They're way off (which would be a positive, because Kaplan scores much lower than you really would). If it was Princeton Review or GMATPrep, then it is a pretty reliable score.
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14 Apr 2007, 18:29
Thanks for the advice--I really want the 750 so you're just motivating me to work harder!

It was the GMAT Prep that I took, unfortunately.

I think my biggest problem is simply being rusty at math, which I havent taken since high school (Communications undergrad). But I used to be really good at it back then so that's probably why I am optimistic about making a big jump.
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16 Apr 2007, 16:14
Looks like you are targeting So Cal schools? I went to UCR, but am from Northern California. If you plan on taking a class, I am taking Veritas, which is pretty good (at least in Nor Cal). I started a lot lower than you at 480 and subsequently improved to 540 on my practice test. Hopefully, I can continue improving on my skills. What do you want to do outside of communications? Good luck!
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16 Apr 2007, 16:18

I just moved to SoCal (personal reasons) and am actually working at the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University. Free tuition so it's my no-brainer first choice.

I've been really thinking about it over the past few days and I think I'd really like to merge my 2 passions (communications and academia) and go into academic editing, specifically for business journals.

I'm about halfway there as the associate editor for Pepperdine's business journal (semi-academic but geared towards business practitioners) so I think it's a good career path for me. At least, that's what I'm going to put on my application!
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16 Apr 2007, 18:46
I took the GMAT prep tests a couple months ago when I started, got around a 540. I studied pretty hardcore for those 2, 2 and 1/2 months and retook the practice tests, got a 680 and 690.

I didn't really remember any of the questions so I would suggest retaking it right before you take the real thing.

The thing about the math is to remember that there is no calculus, nothing tough. Its all little tricks and being organized in your thought process.

Anyways, a mid 700's is gonna be tough, you're gonna have to put in more hrs I think, and start asap.
16 Apr 2007, 18:46
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