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# 480 to 680 -- is it possible?

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03 Jan 2019, 14:17
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
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04 Jan 2019, 05:15
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

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.

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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04 Jan 2019, 08:59
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

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.

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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/all-gmat-cat ... ml#p583005
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