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# 620 GMAT Q42 V33 - Second exam in 21 days

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13 Dec 2017, 14:51

I took my GMAT for the first time yesterday scoring a 620 Q42 V33. I need to score around a 680 to have a good shot at some of the schools I have in mind and I'm taking the exam again on January 3rd.

I've studied for about 80 hours on and off (began in August with the MGMAT foundations of math). I have all of the Manhattan books but only finished (skimmed through is more like it) Number properties, Word Problems, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Correction.

took two practice exams:

October 9th - Official GMAT Prep 560 Q34 V33 (I had only done MGMAT Foundations of math till this point)

November 26th MGMAT 550 Q35 V31 (had finished MGMAT Number properties and Reading Comprehension)

What do you recommend I do? What would be the best ROI in my case? I was always great at math getting higher than 90% in my classes but I am 32 and it's been more than 15 years since I saw a lot of these subjects on a daily basis. I can study for about 6 hours on weekdays and more than that on weekends.

Thank you!

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13 Dec 2017, 21:17
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cafj85 wrote:

I took my GMAT for the first time yesterday scoring a 620 Q42 V33. I need to score around a 680 to have a good shot at some of the schools I have in mind and I'm taking the exam again on January 3rd.

I've studied for about 80 hours on and off (began in August with the MGMAT foundations of math). I have all of the Manhattan books but only finished (skimmed through is more like it) Number properties, Word Problems, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Correction.

took two practice exams:

October 9th - Official GMAT Prep 560 Q34 V33 (I had only done MGMAT Foundations of math till this point)

November 26th MGMAT 550 Q35 V31 (had finished MGMAT Number properties and Reading Comprehension)

What do you recommend I do? What would be the best ROI in my case? I was always great at math getting higher than 90% in my classes but I am 32 and it's been more than 15 years since I saw a lot of these subjects on a daily basis. I can study for about 6 hours on weekdays and more than that on weekends.

Thank you!

Is there any other material you used? Just asking because 80 hours is a lot of time, but you've gone through only 4 of the Manhattan books. It would be a great idea to just work through all of them properly. Get those concepts in place to ensure that you're not leaving any easy points on the table. Take at least one full length practice test a week from here on. The GMATPrep exam packs could come in handy.

Going by the GMAT percentiles and your confidence in your quantitative skills, I think quant would be the section to focus on. The good thing about GMAT quant is that the concepts tested on the exam aren't too tough, so even really old people like you (us!) can do well on the GMAT.
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Hi cafj85,

With a 620, you're closer to a 680 than you probably realize - and you could pick up all of the missing points that you're looking for in just the Quant, just the Verbal or a 'mix' of the two. That having been said, you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle at least one (or both) of those two sections. A January 3rd Test Date gives you about 3 weeks of study time remaining, but that may or may not be enough time to hone the necessary skills and score higher.

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:

1) Have you used any other study materials besides the books that you mentioned?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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14 Dec 2017, 09:51
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cafj85 wrote:

I took my GMAT for the first time yesterday scoring a 620 Q42 V33. I need to score around a 680 to have a good shot at some of the schools I have in mind and I'm taking the exam again on January 3rd.

I've studied for about 80 hours on and off (began in August with the MGMAT foundations of math). I have all of the Manhattan books but only finished (skimmed through is more like it) Number properties, Word Problems, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Correction.

took two practice exams:

October 9th - Official GMAT Prep 560 Q34 V33 (I had only done MGMAT Foundations of math till this point)

November 26th MGMAT 550 Q35 V31 (had finished MGMAT Number properties and Reading Comprehension)

What do you recommend I do? What would be the best ROI in my case? I was always great at math getting higher than 90% in my classes but I am 32 and it's been more than 15 years since I saw a lot of these subjects on a daily basis. I can study for about 6 hours on weekdays and more than that on weekends.

Thank you!

Hi cafj85,

Your choice of using MGMAT guides for your preparation is great. MGMAT guides are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in "uant; 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.

For Verbal, given how close your GMAT date is, I personally do not think one should adopt any new method on the final leg of their GMAT Preparation. If you want to improve on any individual area such as Sentence Correction, you may subscribe to E-gmat individual SC course as you can finish the whole course in 10 days (with proper dedication). If however you are only looking to identify and improve on your weak areas, I would encourage you to purchase the e-gmat scholaranium. It is without a doubt, one of the best practice tools for verbal and will indeed help you on the final leg of your preparations.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a 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.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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14 Dec 2017, 19:23
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Hi cafj85,

With a 620, you're closer to a 680 than you probably realize - and you could pick up all of the missing points that you're looking for in just the Quant, just the Verbal or a 'mix' of the two. That having been said, you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle at least one (or both) of those two sections. A January 3rd Test Date gives you about 3 weeks of study time remaining, but that may or may not be enough time to hone the necessary skills and score higher.

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:

1) Have you used any other study materials besides the books that you mentioned?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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1) Have you used any other study materials besides the books that you mentioned? I used the geometry mgmat book two days before the exam. I also have the gmat club math book but I've gone through less than 20% of it. I've also gone through some of the OG problems the mgmat guides suggest.
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School? Round two, which is why I chose Jan 3rd to retake my exam.
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to? For sure Tuck,Duke, Cornell, Kellogg, Kelley, WP Carey (ASU) and Johns Hopkins as I have application waivers from them. I also don't want to wait until third round because \$ is important for me unfortunately. I am a Fulbright scholarship alternate candidate and in my country, the agency that awards the scholarship has sent 100% of alternate candidates who end up accepting the past five years.

Just so you don't get an idea I am lazy, the reason for putting studying behind was work. Since March I've been working non stop on one of the most ambitious project my office has ever embarked on and it has been gratifying but it has also taken way too much time.

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15 Dec 2017, 17:31
Hi cafj85,

With your limited timeframe, you're not going to be able to hone every possible Quant and Verbal skill, so it would make the most sense for you to try to 'maximize' one of those Scaled Scores while doing enough work to maintain your skills in the other. Thus, you have to define whether the Quant or Verbal makes you more 'comfortable' or seems easier/more approachable.

As something to consider, many Business Schools view an Applicant's Quant Scaled Score as an indicator of how that Applicant might handle the 'academic side' of the Program - and a Q42 won't impress anyone (although it won't necessarily keep you out of consideration either). This is meant to say that by focusing on Quant Tactics, you'll be better able to increase your GMAT Score AND how Business School Admissions Officers will view your potential to handle the Program.

Once you define which section you'd like to focus on, we can discuss how best to proceed.

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11 Jan 2018, 10:46
Guys,

I took my second exam Jan. 3rd with a 670 result, Q46 V36. For the time being I will not take another exam and have been sending out round 2 applications. I still feel there is a lot of improvement to be made in Quant, I think a 48 or 49 are realistic scores and verbal as well as I studied less than 30 total hours of verbal from when I began studying.

I finished the Manhattan books I had pending while reviewing other material. Between my first and second exam I did an additional 40 hours tops of studying.

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