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New post 30 Mar 2017, 00:06
Hi experts

After a pause, I have again started preparing for GMAT. My last score was a 550 (Q37 and V28).
I am (this time) completely focussing on fundamentals and official guide.
I have two months (April and May) to prepare for the GMAT and I am aiming for a 700+.
I know it's little tough to get a 700+ but nothing good came that easy and with the advise of experts this can become possible.

Any advise regarding preparations and how I can EFFICIENTLY work to get a score of 700 in the time frame would be great...:)


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Hi Shiv2016,

First off, if you're restarting your studies after some time 'off', then it will likely take a bit of time just to reacquire the skills that you had before. Beyond that point, raising a 550 to a 700+ will take some considerable effort - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. That type of work will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - so you might need to consider pushing back your planned Test Date.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information about your prior studies and goals:

Studies:
1) How long did you study?
2) What study materials did you use?
3) How many times have you taken the GMAT?

Goals:
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Shiv2016,

First off, if you're restarting your studies after some time 'off', then it will likely take a bit of time just to reacquire the skills that you had before. Beyond that point, raising a 550 to a 700+ will take some considerable effort - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. That type of work will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - so you might need to consider pushing back your planned Test Date.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information about your prior studies and goals:

Studies:
1) How long did you study?
2 months
2) What study materials did you use?
Official guide 2015, Verbal official guide 2016, and GMAT club question bank
3) How many times have you taken the GMAT?
Official test in 2014 and after that was not able to take out time for the preparation. Again started preparing in October 2016


Goals:
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
Round 1
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
Depends on my score :) First I want to give GMAT.

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Hi Rich
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Hi Shiv2016,

Every Business School Program has an 'range' of GMAT scores that its Admissions Officers consider acceptable. This is important to note because the score that you "want" and the score that you "need" are probably not the same thing. If you can list out the Schools that interest you, then you'll have a better idea of how competitive your Official GMAT score actually is - and whether you should retest or not.

Your prior studies have been 'book heavy', but many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level. Thus, you'll likely end up needing to invest in some new non-book resources to hit your score goal.

1) Do you have an Official Test Date yet (and if so, then what is it?)?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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