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# 14 more days to study. Please give me tips how to invest the time.

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13 Aug 2018, 03:52
I wrote gmat last year and got a 700. During this summer I have studied to retake it and I am aiming for >730.

On my last official Cat I got 740 (49Q 42V). I had 5 wrong answers in PS and 1 in DS. There were 3 wrong answers with a common theme, namely questions regarding series of sums or integers (like, how man integers are there between x and y that is a multiple of 2 but not a multiple of 3). I have and will keep practicing on these type of questions until its time to write the test. The other wrong answers were not because of a lack of knowledge in math, but rather because of the difficulty of the questions. I couldn't finish the questions quickly enough so I guessed and continued with the test. I have a magoosh membership which I use to study math if you are wondering.

Regarding the verbal part, here it is the SC that is pulling me down. In total, I had 6 wrong answers, 4 in the SC and 2 in the RC. I have the Manhattan SC book which I find very good and it has helped me to increase my SC-score quite a bit. My plan here is to keep reading in the book and applying the knowledge from the chapters on relevant questions from the OG. I do not have a specific plan for CR and RC except that I have found some nice books that I read when I am done studying for the day.

I also have one more official Cat left to do, do you guys have any idea how I should use it?

I am grateful for any tips you can think of.
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14 Aug 2018, 01:00
Hi Hayek96,

700 (88 percentile) is a great score to build upon. It indicates good grasp over concepts and process to solve GMAT questions. From here on, you must plan to improve iteratively. You may follow the below mentioned steps to do so:

All the best!

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14 Aug 2018, 15:33
Hi Hayek96,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long did you study before taking the Official GMAT the first time? When did you take the GMAT and what were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores?
2) What study materials did you use for your 1st attempt?
3) How long have you studied for this 2nd attempt?
4) Were your recent CATs in the current/shorter format or the old/longer format?

Goals:
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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16 Aug 2018, 07:02
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Hayek96,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long did you study before taking the Official GMAT the first time? When did you take the GMAT and what were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores?
2) What study materials did you use for your 1st attempt?
3) How long have you studied for this 2nd attempt?
4) Were your recent CATs in the current/shorter format or the old/longer format?

Goals:
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Hi,

1. I studied for 4 month-ish. I took it in September last year. My score was Q44 V40.
2. A couple of the books in the Manhattan set and the OG.
3. 3 months. With an average of 25-30h per week.
4. The CATs was in the new, longer format.

5. I am planning to apply in November 2018.
6. St gallen, Stockholm School of Economics, LSE and maybe something in the US depending on my score. (I am applying for graduate/master level)

//Hayek
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16 Aug 2018, 09:09
Hayek96 wrote:
I wrote gmat last year and got a 700. During this summer I have studied to retake it and I am aiming for >730.

On my last official Cat I got 740 (49Q 42V). I had 5 wrong answers in PS and 1 in DS. There were 3 wrong answers with a common theme, namely questions regarding series of sums or integers (like, how man integers are there between x and y that is a multiple of 2 but not a multiple of 3). I have and will keep practicing on these type of questions until its time to write the test. The other wrong answers were not because of a lack of knowledge in math, but rather because of the difficulty of the questions. I couldn't finish the questions quickly enough so I guessed and continued with the test. I have a magoosh membership which I use to study math if you are wondering.

Regarding the verbal part, here it is the SC that is pulling me down. In total, I had 6 wrong answers, 4 in the SC and 2 in the RC. I have the Manhattan SC book which I find very good and it has helped me to increase my SC-score quite a bit. My plan here is to keep reading in the book and applying the knowledge from the chapters on relevant questions from the OG. I do not have a specific plan for CR and RC except that I have found some nice books that I read when I am done studying for the day.

I also have one more official Cat left to do, do you guys have any idea how I should use it?

I am grateful for any tips you can think of.

Hi

1. Concentrate on your weak concepts.
2. If have prepared flash cards, Revise them.
3. Analyze recently taken CATs
4. Build your Stamina by taking more CATs
5. Build your Confidence that you can crash GMAT

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16 Aug 2018, 10:35
Hi Hayek96,

From your last message, it's not clear what format your recent CATs were in. How many questions were in the Quant section: 31 or 37?

Based on what you describe, you appear to have the ability to hit your Score Goal, so you now have to be as prepared for the overall Test Day 'event' as possible. This ultimately means that you should take each of your remaining CATs in a way that 'matches up' with what you will face on Test Day (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take them away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.).

Regarding the SC points that you're looking to pick up, do you understand WHY you got those questions wrong? When you deal with SCs in general, how often do you 'narrow the answers down to 2 choices and then "guess"?' If you're taking that approach too often (as opposed to knowing the grammar/idiom rules that define why the correct answer is correct), then there's a larger potential for a 'swing' in your scores.

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16 Aug 2018, 23:31
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Hayek96,

From your last message, it's not clear what format your recent CATs were in. How many questions were in the Quant section: 31 or 37?

Based on what you describe, you appear to have the ability to hit your Score Goal, so you now have to be as prepared for the overall Test Day 'event' as possible. This ultimately means that you should take each of your remaining CATs in a way that 'matches up' with what you will face on Test Day (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take them away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.).

Regarding the SC points that you're looking to pick up, do you understand WHY you got those questions wrong? When you deal with SCs in general, how often do you 'narrow the answers down to 2 choices and then "guess"?' If you're taking that approach too often (as opposed to knowing the grammar/idiom rules that define why the correct answer is correct), then there's a larger potential for a 'swing' in your scores.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Hi again,

I meant, of course, the new, shorter version of the test, so 31 questions on the quant. Sorry about that.

About the SC, I think my problem is not a lack of knowledge about specific rules but rather that I do not know everything well enough. I understand why I get the questions wrong it is just that I miss the "clues" while i do the questions under time pressure. My plan is to read my SC-book again and keep doing questions in the OG to try to find grammar areas that I am weak in.

Thank you for your time, Rich and I also appreciate the answers from you other guys. Thank you very much.

//Hayek
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