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Breaking Through 550

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New post 07 Jan 2014, 10:51
:arrow: I am trying to get into business school, where my school of choice has told me (once I got my deferred decision) that I will gain admittance once I achieve a 550+ on the GMAT.

When I took my first GMAT assessment I achieved a 390! smh

I started studying on my own and got it up to a 440! (Still terrible)

I decided to get a tutor at $50/hr and saw NO improvement, he was able to do the work but was unable to help me the test taker!

So I said to myself "this is my dream school and this is what I really want" so I quit my job and decided to study full-time on my own. Right now I am around 490-540 with my best Quant=36 and my average Verbal=28.

My real goal is 650+ but find it very difficult to comprehend the 600-700 level math. I've hit a roadblock, I'm at an impasse and VERY VERY FRUSTRATED, can anyone lend me some good advice so that I can move on with my life, get into business school and become successful? :cry:

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New post 08 Jan 2014, 06:10
Hi TroyfontaineMacon,

I think I can help you with your difficulties. As a veteran Admissions Consultant with a 750 GMAT score, I have 7 years of teaching experience, a Rotman MBA, and a career in Banking. My services are targeted to professionals committed to taking their career to the next level.

I have been trained at, and have worked for two major test prep institutions, and have taught hundreds of satisfied students in Canada, the US, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. I have helped students get into Ivy League and top European MBA programs.

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New post 08 Jan 2014, 11:18
Hi TroyfontaineMacon,

Keep your head up. With distractions out of the way, you should be able to dedicate extreme focus to the GMAT. But of course, you need to know what to do with your time to make the most of your preparation. Re-learning concepts is not good enough. You can understand all the angles and formulas for geometric shapes - and memorize the d = rt formula, but you can still get lots of questions wrong. So application of concepts in a timed environment is important.

As you know, tutoring costs can really add up. That's why we created GMAT Pill - to provide a tutor-like experience at a fraction of the cost. Our focus is on efficiency and identifying where the booby traps are.

For example, when I see a data sufficiency question that involves some big expression raised to the 8th power - I recognize immediately that 8 is an even exponent. And with even exponents - there an be 2 possible solutions - so there may not be enough information to definitively solve the question. This is just one example of how we show our students where all the pitfalls are so they can identify them in practice and on the real thing.

If, after going through our program, there are specific areas that you need extra assistance with - then we would recommend that you have a private tutor assist you specifically on your problem areas.

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