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# Aiming for 700+

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15 Sep 2012, 00:46
I had decided to give my GMAT about 2 years ago with a goal of getting 700+. After 3 months of real hard work, I gave my GMAT. But I was shocked at my score. 600 (Q39, V33). It was nowhere close to what I was aiming for. I knew I couldn’t apply to good schools with such a score and will have to retake the exam but I just couldn’t put myself into studying again. I decided to put off MBA for a couple of years and started concentrating on my work.

Just about a month back, I came across GMAT club. I started going through the forums here and was totally inspired by the ones where test takers have shared their GMAT experience. It motivated me and I decided to retake the exam now. Hats off to the people who started GMAT club.

I bought the following books after seeing recommendations on the forums here:

MGMAT
1. Sentence correction
2. Number properties
3. Word Translations

Powerscore
1. Critical reasoning bible

Are these books enough to get that score of 700+? Is there anything else that you would recommend for my preparations?

I can study for about 2-3 hours everyday. How long should I prepare before taking up the exam?
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20 Sep 2012, 02:51
Yeah these books should help.
But mostly mastering the official guide is what you should aim at.
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24 Sep 2012, 10:19
Using books can help and it depends on your learning style - how effective you are at retaining the concepts and strategies learned in the book. If you did not do any preparation beforehand, then certainly preparation with some study material should help you improve. Keep in mind some people do retake the exam but score lower. Make sure you understand what you're doing differently this time around and apply a new strategy going into your retake.

Is there a specific section you are weak in? If so, develop new strategies here.

Do you need more practice? If so, try some more practice questions.

If you take the IR section before? If not, try some IR questions here.

Good luck.
Re: Aiming for 700+   [#permalink] 24 Sep 2012, 10:19
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