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12 Apr 2017, 04:50
So I was dinged at Booth EMBA and probably Columbia EMBA for being under the 600 min GMAT score. Yes, I know they don't post it, but that's the feedback that I wouldn't be invited to interview because of a low GMAT.

So I am thinking about my options and I think I have a plan moving forward so I can get in next year. My weakness is the Quant by far. I have come to realized I am very weak in basic math (mostly remembering all the details since its been close to 20 yrs since I have actually sat in a math class). Also I have trouble identifying what the question is actually asking: is this a algebra question or is it something else...? And lastly my timing is terrible. I kept having to play catchup and guess because I was spending too much time thinking about the problem.

So I would like some feedback on my new approach. Moving forward I am going to take a basic college review course, probably this coming summer session. Probably this course: Math 080 (fundamentals of arithmetic, a thorough introduction to signed numbers, and a presentation of the basic concepts of algebra. Topics include proportion and percent, polynomials, factoring, linear equations and inequalities in one variable including systems, graphing, integer exponents and quadratic equations). And then maybe second summer session do the Berkeley Math X402 and hire a tutor to help me with any sticking points. Then come fall hire a tutor for the GMAT for three months to help me understand the GMAT and help me with timing and strategies. Then is early winter take the test.

Does this seem like a actionable plan?
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12 Apr 2017, 16:27
Hi gmarius,

In an earlier post back in January, you stated that you scored a 440 on the Official GMAT and that you were planning to retake the Test. Did you end up retaking it (and if so, then how did you score?)?

The general 'steps' in your plan sound fine, but one of the big issues to consider with this plan is something that seemed to 'hinder' your prior studies: how consistently will you be studying? If you're going to be relearning a lot of math rules and building up your math skills, then you'll need to commit to a consistent routine (since new skills tend to 'fade' if you're not regularly practicing them).

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13 Apr 2017, 04:58
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi gmarius,

In an earlier post back in January, you stated that you scored a 440 on the Official GMAT and that you were planning to retake the Test. Did you end up retaking it (and if so, then how did you score?)?

The general 'steps' in your plan sound fine, but one of the big issues to consider with this plan is something that seemed to 'hinder' your prior studies: how consistently will you be studying? If you're going to be relearning a lot of math rules and building up your math skills, then you'll need to commit to a consistent routine (since new skills tend to 'fade' if you're not regularly practicing them).

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

I appreciate the response. So I tested to 480 so a 40 point increase. So I did improve, but not anywhere enough. And I was studying 2hrs a night for about 5 weeks before the exam. But it doesn't seem to have helped as much. I think I was trying to kill two birds with two stones: relearning parts of the math while studying for the GMAT. I need to relearn the math...then move to the actual GMAT and get my timing down and learn the higher strategies.

Does that make sense? Or am I looking at it wrong?

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13 Apr 2017, 06:26
gmarius wrote:
So I was dinged at Booth EMBA and probably Columbia EMBA for being under the 600 min GMAT score. Yes, I know they don't post it, but that's the feedback that I wouldn't be invited to interview because of a low GMAT.

So I am thinking about my options and I think I have a plan moving forward so I can get in next year. My weakness is the Quant by far. I have come to realized I am very weak in basic math (mostly remembering all the details since its been close to 20 yrs since I have actually sat in a math class). Also I have trouble identifying what the question is actually asking: is this a algebra question or is it something else...? And lastly my timing is terrible. I kept having to play catchup and guess because I was spending too much time thinking about the problem.

So I would like some feedback on my new approach. Moving forward I am going to take a basic college review course, probably this coming summer session. Probably this course: Math 080 (fundamentals of arithmetic, a thorough introduction to signed numbers, and a presentation of the basic concepts of algebra. Topics include proportion and percent, polynomials, factoring, linear equations and inequalities in one variable including systems, graphing, integer exponents and quadratic equations). And then maybe second summer session do the Berkeley Math X402 and hire a tutor to help me with any sticking points. Then come fall hire a tutor for the GMAT for three months to help me understand the GMAT and help me with timing and strategies. Then is early winter take the test.

Does this seem like a actionable plan?
I think it's good that you're focusing on the basics. This situation doesn't call for GMAT-specific prep at this stage, in my opinion.
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13 Apr 2017, 10:52
Hi gmarius,

The average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years, so your score would likely have been seen as a potential 'red flag' (many Schools consider the Quant Scaled Score in particular to be an indicator of how an applicant might handle the 'academic side' of the Program). Keep in mind that a 480 isn't a reflection of your IQ, professional attributes, accomplishments etc.) - and Business Schools understand that not every applicant is a great Test Taker. However, you've named some highly-competitive Schools and those types of Schools see so many quality applicants that every aspect of the application tends to be 'nitpicked.'

For future reference, Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so the 5 weeks of study that you described was not nearly enough.

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08 May 2017, 23:34
Hi gmarius,

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

Hope this helps. All the best.
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