It is currently 21 Oct 2017, 00:23

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

6 months of study, 630 during flu, looking for advice/study plan

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 06 Jun 2017
Posts: 2

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

GMAT ToolKit User
6 months of study, 630 during flu, looking for advice/study plan [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 03 Sep 2017, 23:03
Hi all,
This is my first post to GMATClub as I've only recently discovered about the forums, to my dismay.

I started my preparation/study for the GMAT this January, with full time work at the same time.
Considering I'm at 35 years now, and not having had an exam for roughly 10 years, I was really worried and anxious.

I was able to commit to 2/3 hrs per day, most days, I would say 5 out of 7.
With a break of 2 weeks around April because of necessary work travelling.

Study material:
OG (2015 & 2017), with their Quant/Verbal books
Kaplan Review textbook (2015)
Have signed up for Magoosh and more recently Math Revolution

I have had some very mixed results through my preparation and tests.

Magoosh:
Magoosh 1 - 550 (34Q/32V)
Magoosh 2 - 550 (32Q/35V)
Magoosh 3 - 470 (25Q/31V)
Magoosh 4 - 550 (32Q/34V)

GMATPrep:
Unfortunately had a hard drive failure last month, so I lost all my grades, had to reinstall everything.
I had taken 4 practise exams from the default exam pack and exam pack 1. I was scoring much higher than Magoosh.
My overall scores ranged from 640 to 690.

Between work and studying I was slowly burning myself out, but didn't want to admit it.
A couple days before the exam I was out for a run, and I got caught in a flash flood rain, resulting in a cold/flu.

Nevertheless, I went in a few days later and took the exam in the beginning of June, and scored a 630.
Total 630
Quant 36 | 33 percentile
Verbal 40 | 91 percentile

I've also attached my ESR, if you're keen to take a look.

I really want to take the exam again, particularly because I feel I can do much better on the Quant part.
Realistically speaking, I don't expect to raise my score to a 700 and upwards, but I feel that I can hit close to 680.
That is, if I could raise my Quant to maybe a 40.
I can sustain the Verbal score at the same levels for sure with some effort.

I would appreciate any suggestions you have to offer, any critical judgement, and particularly any study ideas that I can commit to for the next 2 months.
I'm willing to put in the effort, but I'm at a loss on how to approach this again in a smart manner, since the first attempt took the wind out of me.
Attachments

File comment: ESR
ESR_20170904.pdf [427.71 KiB]
Downloaded 12 times

To download please login or register as a user

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Magoosh Discount CodesKaplan GMAT Prep Discount CodesJamboree Discount Codes
Expert Post
EMPOWERgmat Instructor
User avatar
P
Status: GMAT Assassin/Co-Founder
Affiliations: EMPOWERgmat
Joined: 19 Dec 2014
Posts: 9987

Kudos [?]: 3412 [0], given: 172

Location: United States (CA)
GMAT 1: 800 Q51 V49
GRE 1: 340 Q170 V170
Re: 6 months of study, 630 during flu, looking for advice/study plan [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 04 Sep 2017, 16:26
Hi miltosstella,

Considering that you took the GMAT while sick, you performed reasonably well. In addition, your Verbal skills are really strong, so you could very easily score 700+ if you make the necessary adjustments to how you 'see' (and respond to) the Quant section. A Q36 means that you made lots of little mistakes as you worked through the Quant section and you missed out on LOTS of 'strategy-based' points. Thankfully, you likely know most (if not all) of the necessary math rules/formulas, so you just have to train properly for that section of the GMAT. By extension, you might only need another month of study to hit your score goal (although it's good that you have more time than that if needed).

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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

760+: Learn What GMAT Assassins Do to Score at the Highest Levels
Contact Rich at: Rich.C@empowergmat.com

Rich Cohen

Co-Founder & GMAT Assassin

Special Offer: Save $75 + GMAT Club Tests Free
  Official GMAT Exam Packs + 70 Pt. Improvement Guarantee
www.empowergmat.com/

***********************Select EMPOWERgmat Courses now include ALL 6 Official GMAC CATs!***********************

Kudos [?]: 3412 [0], given: 172

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 06 Jun 2017
Posts: 2

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

GMAT ToolKit User
Re: 6 months of study, 630 during flu, looking for advice/study plan [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 05 Sep 2017, 03:33
Hi EMPOWERgmatRichC,
Appreciate your reply. It's very possible that I am lacking a strategy-based approach.
As for the math rules/formulas, yes, I know them, and will refresh them again of course.

To answer your questions:
1. I would realistically say about 16hrs/week, is the max I can put in

2. Applications to schools should be before end of November
I would prefer to do the retake at beginning of November

3. I am planning to apply for: INSEAD, LBS, Judge, IE (all for the full time programs)
I have a solid CV background and working experience, so I'm hoping a lower GMAT score will be balanced out with background/essays

Let me know what you think.

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Expert Post
EMPOWERgmat Instructor
User avatar
P
Status: GMAT Assassin/Co-Founder
Affiliations: EMPOWERgmat
Joined: 19 Dec 2014
Posts: 9987

Kudos [?]: 3412 [0], given: 172

Location: United States (CA)
GMAT 1: 800 Q51 V49
GRE 1: 340 Q170 V170
Re: 6 months of study, 630 during flu, looking for advice/study plan [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 05 Sep 2017, 13:06
Hi miltosstella,

To start, you've named some highly-competitve Schools, so you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of them here:

http://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admission ... tants-124/

Based on everything that you've described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat Quant Score Booster to be quite helpful. Most of our clients complete that Study Plan in under a month, so the time commitment wouldn't be too intense. We have a variety of free resources on our site (www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an account.

If you have any additional questions, then you can feel free to contact me directly.

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

760+: Learn What GMAT Assassins Do to Score at the Highest Levels
Contact Rich at: Rich.C@empowergmat.com

Rich Cohen

Co-Founder & GMAT Assassin

Special Offer: Save $75 + GMAT Club Tests Free
  Official GMAT Exam Packs + 70 Pt. Improvement Guarantee
www.empowergmat.com/

***********************Select EMPOWERgmat Courses now include ALL 6 Official GMAC CATs!***********************

Kudos [?]: 3412 [0], given: 172

Re: 6 months of study, 630 during flu, looking for advice/study plan   [#permalink] 05 Sep 2017, 13:06
Display posts from previous: Sort by

6 months of study, 630 during flu, looking for advice/study plan

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

Moderator: EMPOWERgmatRichC



GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.