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# 690 (Q47 V38): My experience

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GMAT 1: 690 Q47 V38
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27 Nov 2018, 05:03
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I started studying in August to apply to master programs starting in 2019. Like many people, I picked up the Manhattan set. They are good books and I would highly recommend them, especially the quant ones. I went through all the OG books after learning the material from Manhattan and scored a 630 on my gmatprep. I knew I would be satisfied with a 650 so I went ahead and took the real thing. Instead of scoring 20 points more, I scored 10 less and ended up with a 620 (q45 v31). I found the score to be a little weird since the quant score I got was my highest ever while my verbal was the lowest ever. After the 620, I knew I needed some help outside of books but also did not want to spend a lot of money. However, I ended up getting the empowerGMAT course (\$85 for the first month and \$99 for the next), gmatprep exam pack 3&4 (\$40 through a deal), and a Kaplan book for more tests (\$25). Oh yeah and the \$250 for the GMAT retake. Yikes.

I paced my self to finish the course in 6 weeks so it lines up with my retake date. Overall, the course helped me the most with test-taking strategy and how to set up the work in the verbal section. In quant the best tip I found was to get all the answerable questions, dump the really hard ones. The ones you dump actually have to be considered hard by the test. These, for me, were crazy inscribed geometry and crazy combination problems. I knew I that half of the times I would get them wrong and even if I got them correct, it would take me 3 mins or more. For verbal, I found knowing how to approach each question type, even types of questions within SC, RC, and CR, gave me a lot of confidence. Knowing each type of question is highly beneficial even for native speakers. I found the course to be much more useful than the books I used, not to say that the books are bad. I got a 690 (q47 v38) which is much better than the 650 I wanted at the minimum. Give it your best you guys and keep working hard!

Some additional info: I got a 690 on my gmatprep with 1 point higher quant and 1 point lower verbal. That 690 was my highest score on the official practice tests. I found Kaplan scores so be in the same ballpark as official tests but the verbal score is absolutely inflated. My diagnostic was around 450 (yup).
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27 Nov 2018, 06:50
grindanyway Congratulations on your score improvement. Empowergmat seem to be the best out there. Wish I found them earlier in my prep. I will like to send you a PM but I couldn't. Approximately how many hours did you put in per day in the 6 weeks before your retake?

Best wishes with your applications.

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GMAT 1: 690 Q47 V38
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27 Nov 2018, 07:41
funsogu Thank you! I studied around 4 hours a day to complete the Total Score Booster plan while doing some extra questions in the Quant and Verbal OG books. I am assuming closer to 2.5 hrs and 3 hrs were spent with 100% focus. One week was a bit lax with around 2 hrs of studying but I managed to keep on track with the plan and was able to finish it with some extra time remaining to review some sections again.
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27 Nov 2018, 07:49
Thanks for your response grindanyway. Did you disable your PM? I don't know if that is possible on gmatclub. I have some additional questions but can't PM you.

Best wishes!

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funsogu Thank you! I studied around 4 hours a day to complete the Total Score Booster plan while doing some extra questions in the Quant and Verbal OG books. I am assuming closer to 2.5 hrs and 3 hrs were spent with 100% focus. One week was a bit lax with around 2 hrs of studying but I managed to keep on track with the plan and was able to finish it with some extra time remaining to review some sections again.
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GMAT 1: 690 Q47 V38
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27 Nov 2018, 08:02
funsogu Oops, it's enabled now.
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27 Nov 2018, 08:38
grindanyway Thanks. I just messaged you.

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funsogu Oops, it's enabled now.
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27 Nov 2018, 08:56
Congratulations!! Thats a solid score.

So glad to hear good reviews about EmpowerGMAT course, i recently started the course & cannot agree more with you.

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27 Nov 2018, 22:25
Hi grindanyway,

First off, a 690/Q47 is a fantastic score (it's right around the 85th percentile overall), so you can comfortably apply to any Schools that interest you. Your overall improvement from a 450 to a 690 is also an amazing achievement - and it shows that you have the capacity to learn and implement new ideas (which is a skill that will serve you well in Business School and beyond!).

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

Congrats again on all of your success so far!

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