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Hi Guys,
Hope everyone is doing well.

Well, I am Marcab, previously a very active verbal forum moderator and scored 720 in Sep/Oct 2013 before pursuing Masters in Finance from Simon, NY. Well, it seems like now its the right time for me to take the GMAT again and pursue an MBA; can't wait to be active again.

However, I am pretty sure that a lot has changed in GMAT exam and will really appreciate if we can connect again to discuss the changes.

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Hi Marcab,

Almost all of the content that you'll see on the GMAT now is the same content that you saw back in 2013. The biggest changes are more to the physical length/timing of the Test (both the Quant and Verbal sections are shorter - meaning fewer questions per section and less time to complete each section).

To start, we need to properly assess your current test-taking skills. Thus, it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (you have to take those 2 CATs online though; they are no longer download-able). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can refamiliarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT currently takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here, we can discuss the results and how you might go about studying for this next attempt.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
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3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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Hi Marcab,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. As mentioned already, the content tested on the GMAT has not changed since 2013, so there is nothing new you have to learn from a content perspective. That being said, there have been some changes regarding the structure of the GMAT. The quant section was reduced by 6 questions and the verbal section by 5 questions. Also, you now have the option to select section order, an option that was not available back in 2013.

I agree that since you are just starting out, you should take an mba.com practice exam to get a baseline score. If you’d like some further advice after taking the practice exam, feel free to reach back out, and I’d be happy to help. You also may find my article about
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New post 31 Oct 2018, 17:05
Welcome back Marcab!

Great to have you back! Things have changed a bit with both GMAT and GMAT Club.

Now you can cancel scores, the test is shorter by 6 questions in each section or about that. You can also choose what you want to tackle first in your test - essay, quant, or verbal.

Oh yes, and the worst part - the GMAT prep software still has the same questions but it is now online and works half the time.

Welcome back :D

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Hi Guys,
Hope everyone is doing well.

Well, I am Marcab, previously a very active verbal forum moderator and scored 720 in Sep/Oct 2013 before pursuing Masters in Finance from Simon, NY. Well, it seems like now its the right time for me to take the GMAT again and pursue an MBA; can't wait to be active again.

However, I am pretty sure that a lot has changed in GMAT exam and will really appreciate if we can connect again to discuss the changes.

Cheers,
Marcab

Cheers, Marcab! This is the third (almost fourth, really) time that I have prepped for the GMAT over the last 6+ years. Every time at a point before taking the exam, life got in the way as I could never properly study while I worried about my work situation at that point in time (I spent years being underemployed at the admission of my own bosses, and most of it due to sheer bad luck). Every time I stopped right around the point that I'm at now...at or just under a 700 (I've hit a 680 and 670 in two of the three Veritas Prep tests I've taken the last couple of weeks). I pretty much always wanted to get a little bit above a 700 on the actual exam and always fell just short of hitting that in my practice tests, but I also never had any real confidence during my preparation due to my work (and thus life) situation.

I've found that most of things for the math section comes back pretty quickly. Outside of the IR questions, nothing feels all that foreign after a bit of practice. The IR section itself just feels incredibly time crunched and sometimes feels very obtuse. I've read some opinions that indicate the IR score isn't as important as the quant/verbal scores (not sure how true this is), but the section definitely takes some getting used to. I haven't actually practice any IR questions on their own yet, so my views on them may change later (only taken them in practice tests). With an MS from Simon in Finance, you clearly have the math skills to do well. Anyways, I just wanted to say good luck, and I wish you the best on this go around!
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