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# Aiming for 700+ by end of the year. How should I approach this?

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28 Jul 2018, 09:40
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I've been studying on and off for the past few years, but I'm ready to give the GMAT my full focus and attention now. I took the actual GMAT once (just to get familiar with the setting. I didnt do much studying). My verbal score was 36 (81%). Quant, I didnt give much attention to so I did poorly on that section (below 50th percentile).

Right now, I'm focused on getting my Verbal score in the 90th percentile and above, and getting quant in the 70s or 80th percentile.

Here are the resources I have:

My initial plan is to read through all of the Manhattan Prep books and CR Bible, doing the questions in there, and then doing practice questions in the Verbal and Quant guides. After that, what should my next approach be? I would like to take a CAT after I go through the books, but I'm wondering what is the best strategy to utilize the review material I have.

My end target score is 700-730, and I plan to apply to business school in Fall 2019
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28 Jul 2018, 14:24
Hi Blazethrough14,

Since you took the GMAT over a year ago, you took it in the 'old format.' This past April, GMAC shortened the Quant and Verbal sections (fewer questions in each section and less overall time to answer those questions), so it would be a good idea for you to take a NEW, FULL-LENGTH CAT in the current format, so that we can get a sense of your current skills, strengths and weaknesses. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

1) What is your goal score?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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29 Jul 2018, 07:36
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Hi Blazethrough14,

Since you took the GMAT over a year ago, you took it in the 'old format.' This past April, GMAC shortened the Quant and Verbal sections (fewer questions in each section and less overall time to answer those questions), so it would be a good idea for you to take a NEW, FULL-LENGTH CAT in the current format, so that we can get a sense of your current skills, strengths and weaknesses. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

1) What is your goal score?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
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1) What is your goal score? At least a 700. Goal is 720.
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week? 2-3 hours a night during the week; 5-6 hours on the weekend.

I will take a NEW, full-length CAT. What are the best ones to take? If I recall correctly, you get 2 tests from MBA.com and I have the OG guide too.

Where else can I find CATs in the new format. I have the 6 exams from Manhattan GMAT, but those are in the old format I believe.
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29 Jul 2018, 08:49
I'm also looking into purchasing the MGMAT Interact course to guide me through the MGMAT books. 6 months of access - which brings me to my targeted score timing of the end of the year.

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29 Jul 2018, 10:34
Hi Blazethrough14,

What "brands" of practice CATs have you used before? I ask because while most of the CATs that are available on the market have been adapted to the current, shorter format of the Exam, the 'pool' of questions that comes with each CAT has not changed in a significant way. Seeing even a few 'repeat' questions on a CAT (and/or any questions that you already know the answers to) can 'throw off' the Score Algorithm and impact your pacing, energy levels, fatigue, etc., which almost always leads to an unrealistic, 'inflated' score result.

There are 2 CATs that you can take for free online at www.mba.com, so if you haven't taken those CATs before, then you should take one of them - and take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss how best to proceed.

When it comes to studying for the GMAT, there are a variety of different options. Most GMAT Companies offer some type of free materials (practice problems, Trial Accounts, videos, etc.) that you can use to 'test out' a product before you buy it. We have a variety of those resources at our website (www.empowergmat.com). I suggest that you take advantage of all of them then choose the one that best matches your personality, timeline and budget.

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29 Jul 2018, 11:34
I've only done one CAT from the GMATPrep software. For CATs, I will buy the additional CATs from GMAT Prep (to bring me to a total of 5) and use the MGMAT 6 exams. I'll try to use the MGMAT CATs first (during my review phase) before using the official CATs. I'd want to save those to the latter part of my preparation.
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30 Jul 2018, 03:50
Blazethrough14 wrote:
I've only done one CAT from the GMATPrep software. For CATs, I will buy the additional CATs from GMAT Prep (to bring me to a total of 5) and use the MGMAT 6 exams. I'll try to use the MGMAT CATs first (during my review phase) before using the official CATs. I'd want to save those to the latter part of my preparation.
Do you want to consider taking an official practice test at regular intervals, with one or two non-official tests in between? That'll help you make decisions about your plan based on better data. For example, the feedback from your Manhattan tests could point you in a particular direction as far as your quant prep goes, but that might be a major overcorrection, given the differences between Manhattan quant and GMAT quant.
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31 Jul 2018, 04:13
After some thinking, this is the strategy I'll run:

Finish review of Manhattan Prep books and CR bible
Do practice questions along the way from the OG
Take Manhattan GMAT CAT #1
Re-assess strengths & weaknesses; review MGMAT books and do more OG practice questions
Take Official GMATPrep CAT
Re-assess strengths & weaknesses - look for improvements; review MGMAT books and do more OG practice questions
Then follow a pattern of reviewing, practicing and taking more CATs.

My target scores right now are:

48-49 Quant
41-43 Verbal
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31 Jul 2018, 17:55
Blazethrough14 wrote:
After some thinking, this is the strategy I'll run:

Finish review of Manhattan Prep books and CR bible
Do practice questions along the way from the OG
Take Manhattan GMAT CAT #1
Re-*** strengths & weaknesses; review MGMAT books and do more OG practice questions
Take Official GMATPrep CAT
Re-*** strengths & weaknesses - look for improvements; review MGMAT books and do more OG practice questions
Then follow a pattern of reviewing, practicing and taking more CATs.

My target scores right now are:

48-49 Quant
41-43 Verbal
You should also set timelines for all of these. Try to leave yourself at least 1-1.5 months for the review and additional practice phase.

Additionally, you could look at taking only 3 GMATPreps so that you have 2 left in case you want or need to take the exam again. This is because most test takers do not perform to potential on their first attempt, and finding good practice tests can be difficult if you're out of GMATPreps.
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