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480 to 680 -- is it possible?

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I feel like a broken record as I've Google'd this question and do get an answer, but no one says how. I've take the GMAT twice now -- first score was 420 after studying for ~ 80 hrs. Then I signed up to take the test January 1 and studied for 2 months ~ 90 hrs. and received a score of 480. The first time I was using Kaplan's book and the second time I was using Magoosh (which I felt was a lot better BTW).

So, I am going to retake it for a third time, and am just trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong in terms of hours spent and study materials.

Any help would be appreciated!

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I feel like a broken record as I've Google'd this question and do get an answer, but no one says how. I've take the GMAT twice now -- first score was 420 after studying for ~ 80 hrs. Then I signed up to take the test January 1 and studied for 2 months ~ 90 hrs. and received a score of 480. The first time I was using Kaplan's book and the second time I was using Magoosh (which I felt was a lot better BTW).

So, I am going to retake it for a third time, and am just trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong in terms of hours spent and study materials.

Any help would be appreciated!

Liz


Hi Liz,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. You should dedicate around 3 months to improve your score. It's a good thing you have take your GMAT. You now know your weaknesses and can work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

Your choice of Magoosh is great. It's a great course and covers the entire syllabus really well.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. Just by going through these guides and solving the OG will help you reach 600+.I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in Quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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ejs718 wrote:
I feel like a broken record as I've Google'd this question and do get an answer, but no one says how. I've take the GMAT twice now -- first score was 420 after studying for ~ 80 hrs. Then I signed up to take the test January 1 and studied for 2 months ~ 90 hrs. and received a score of 480. The first time I was using Kaplan's book and the second time I was using Magoosh (which I felt was a lot better BTW).

So, I am going to retake it for a third time, and am just trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong in terms of hours spent and study materials.

Any help would be appreciated!

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hi ejs718

I think you should postpone sitting for a third attempt for a while. If the 90 hrs are efficiently invested, I guarantee that you should have scored a higher percentile. Your case is a matter of quality rather than quantity, and I can perceive that self-learning approach may be not efficient enough for your ambition.
My advice to you is that you may need to engage an online course or GMAT tutor to help you in developing a strong mindset for GMAT.
Nevertheless, I have no idea which course or tutor is better to recommend.

try contacting people in the chat room to help you in your decision.
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Hey.!

Don't be upset. You need to work hard have patience.
I've attached below some links for GMAT study Plan, Books, Mock Tests.
Please read these articles carefully; these will help you. You may need to work with some other books. It will take some time.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-p ... ml#p605856

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu

https://gmatclub.com/forum/all-gmat-cat ... ml#p583005
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ejs718 wrote:
I feel like a broken record as I've Google'd this question and do get an answer, but no one says how. I've take the GMAT twice now -- first score was 420 after studying for ~ 80 hrs. Then I signed up to take the test January 1 and studied for 2 months ~ 90 hrs. and received a score of 480. The first time I was using Kaplan's book and the second time I was using Magoosh (which I felt was a lot better BTW).

So, I am going to retake it for a third time, and am just trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong in terms of hours spent and study materials.

Any help would be appreciated!

Liz


Best Books

For Concept Learning

Manhattan Quant Guides
Manhattan Verbal Guides
For CR: The Powerscore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible
For RC: Aristotle RC Grail

For Practice

The Official Guide for GMAT 2015-19
The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review 2015-19
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2015-19

Best Courses (Budget)

1. e-GMAT
2. Empower GMAT
3. Math Revolution (Only Math)

You can start with Quant or Verbal which suits you. If you have started with Quant then Start with the Arithmetic but if started with verbal then start first with Sentence correction. One month for learning Quant concepts and one month for practicing question and same practice for Verbal. During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice. 6-8 CATs are enough for practice the real tests. Make your Stamina for sitting 3 hours in the test and don't study more than 2 hours in one sit and 4 hours per day

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ejs718 wrote:
I feel like a broken record as I've Google'd this question and do get an answer, but no one says how. I've take the GMAT twice now -- first score was 420 after studying for ~ 80 hrs. Then I signed up to take the test January 1 and studied for 2 months ~ 90 hrs. and received a score of 480. The first time I was using Kaplan's book and the second time I was using Magoosh (which I felt was a lot better BTW).

So, I am going to retake it for a third time, and am just trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong in terms of hours spent and study materials.

Any help would be appreciated!

Liz


I feel rather then counting the number of hours you should introspect and ask yourself whether you have really laid a strong foundation to crack the GMAT or not?

Are you equipped with effective strategies to answer maximum questions correctly and with confidence. Have you worked on timing? Have you understood the various traps GMAT throws at you?

Measure your prep in qualitative parameters and not quantitative!!

All the best!!
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