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Hey GMATClub members,

I just finished my 1st mock test today and I got 370 which is too below the score I want which is 750, I was preparing from Manhattan for quantitative but didn't actually practice official problems.

I have studied SC from Manhattan guide too but didn't actually prepare for RC neither CR, I rescheduled my test o be on March 24th, which is 7 weeks a head and I'm totally for the test.

What shall I do to get this score in this time of preparation? Should I go for the exam and see what score I'll get then reenter it?

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Can you breif more about the study material you followed and did you join any classes or something ?

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I studied from Manhattan guides for quantitative except for algebra, haven't time to study it and sentence correction only. Also I didn't practice any OG problem before.

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Hi SamarAli,

In a prior series of posts, you seemed to be studying for the GMAT back in 2018 - and you were scheduled to take the GMAT in October (but thinking about rescheduling it to November). Did you end up taking the GMAT last year - how did you Score?

Raising a 370 to a 750+ will be a challenging task - and will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. However, with just 7 weeks of potential study time, there will likely be a limit to how much you can improve. Before we can discuss how best to proceed with your studies, I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi EMPOWERgmatRichC,

No, I didn't take it. I rescheduled the test to be in January due to some family circumstances and started to fully study be December and as I wasn't certain about my study rescheduled it again for the end of March.

I'll apply to the mentioned school in their 3rd round.

I'm seeking MiM not MBA programs, most probably HEC with Technical University of Munich, dual master degree, Technical university of Berlin, Leipzig University, and I was reached by EDHEC, Cass University and Manchester Alliance University so I'd probably apply for them.

I prepared from Manhattan for the Quantitative part but didn't actually practice any OG problems which is my weak point.

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In a prior series of posts, you seemed to be studying for the GMAT back in 2018 - and you were scheduled to take the GMAT in October (but thinking about rescheduling it to November). Did you end up taking the GMAT last year - how did you Score?

Raising a 370 to a 750+ will be a challenging task - and will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. However, with just 7 weeks of potential study time, there will likely be a limit to how much you can improve. Before we can discuss how best to proceed with your studies, I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:

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Hi SamarAli,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, you have successfully completed the first step: taking a diagnostic to get a baseline score. Since you are 380 points from your score goal and scored 370, it’s clear that you have some major work to do to improve to a 750. Furthermore, I recommend that you give yourself a minimum of 6 months to prep for your GMAT, and thus I recommend that you reschedule your March exam date. That being said, your next step is to lay out a sound and thorough study plan. Ideally, you want to follow a linear study plan that allows you to start with the foundations and progress to more advanced topics. By following a structured and methodical approach, you can ensure that you master each topic individually as you move through GMAT quant and verbal.

For example, say you are learning about Number Properties. First, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

You can work on verbal in a similar manner. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and instead focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and thereby comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, it is likely that you will have to work on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning the grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. You must develop your skill in seeing what is going on in the various versions of the sentence that the answer choices create. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off, and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may consider using a self-study course, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

You also may find it helpful to read the following articles about
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT and url=https://blog.targettestprep.com/gmat-preparation-time/] how long to study for the GMAT [/url].

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Hi SamarAli,

Since you know the specific Schools/Programs that you want to apply to, have you researched any info on Class statistics for each of those Programs (such as Average GMAT Score, Median Score, "middle 80", etc.)? I ask because you probably don't necessarily "need" a 750+, but if you're not going to stop studying until you earn that type of Score, then you might need to consider pushing back your application plans.

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Hi EMPOWERgmatRichC,

Thanks a lot for your reply. Yes, I've researched for the average GMAT scores for HEC, EDHEC and other schools, Cass university and Manchester Alliance require around 650, HEC and EDHEC require around 720.

[*] Actually, I don't know the minimum GMAT score for round 3.
[*] I can put 60 hours a week to my study for the GMAT.

I need high score to get a scholarship or a fellowship, I can't afford for tuition fees with a big floating rate in Egypt.

Yet, when I analyzed my mock, I noticed that I have problem with sub 600 which is downsizing my score to 29 in Quantitative. Another thing is that I studied but didn't practice actually any questions out of the MGMAT guide except for geometry.

What if I entered the exam on time with an excellent preparation in those 7 weeks? I'm hoping for a plan that help me.

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Hi SamarAli,

Since you know the specific Schools/Programs that you want to apply to, have you researched any info on Class statistics for each of those Programs (such as Average GMAT Score, Median Score, "middle 80", etc.)? I ask because you probably don't necessarily "need" a 750+, but if you're not going to stop studying until you earn that type of Score, then you might need to consider pushing back your application plans.

1) Wha is the minimum GMAT Score that you would apply with for Round 3?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Thanks a lot ScottTargetTestPrep for your detailed advice, certainly, I'll follow it in the 7 weeks till my exam and take it. If I got a bad score, I'll consider retaking it and have a concrete plan to overcome my hurdles in the first attempt.

Yet, when I analyzed my quantitative in mock, I found that I don't solve sub 600 correctly and solve 600-700 correct, what's the problem then?

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I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, you have successfully completed the first step: taking a diagnostic to get a baseline score. Since you are 380 points from your score goal and scored 370, it’s clear that you have some major work to do to improve to a 750. Furthermore, I recommend that you give yourself a minimum of 6 months to prep for your GMAT, and thus I recommend that you reschedule your March exam date. That being said, your next step is to lay out a sound and thorough study plan. Ideally, you want to follow a linear study plan that allows you to start with the foundations and progress to more advanced topics. By following a structured and methodical approach, you can ensure that you master each topic individually as you move through GMAT quant and verbal.

For example, say you are learning about Number Properties. First, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

You can work on verbal in a similar manner. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and instead focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and thereby comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, it is likely that you will have to work on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning the grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. You must develop your skill in seeing what is going on in the various versions of the sentence that the answer choices create. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off, and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may consider using a self-study course, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

You also may find it helpful to read the following articles about
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Hi SamarAli,

While the fact that you got harder questions correct and missed easier ones is interesting, and encouraging in a way, to be honest, it probably doesn't make sense to spend much time worrying about the micro-data from your practice exam. The big takeaway is that you scored 370 and you are 380 points away from your score goal, right? So, regardless of any patterns related to the difficulty of the questions that you missed or answered correctly, you have a lot to learn and a lot of skill development to do in order to get to your score goal. Thus, moving forward, your ONLY focus needs to be on following a plan that allows you to work topic by topic to significantly improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills (as already mentioned).

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

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Hi SamarAli,

Based on the information that you have provided, a couple of things seems clear:

1) You will need a high GMAT Score to properly apply to each of the Schools that you are interested in.
2) You will need to qualify for a significant Scholarship - regardless of which School you attend - meaning that a 700+ will likely be required.

Based on those two details alone, you won't be able to properly apply UNLESS you have that high GMAT Score that you need. In simple terms, the application deadlines simply do NOT matter until you have that Score. Unfortunately, your current timeframe will make it really difficult to achieve your Score Goal - and I wouldn't want you to 'rush in' to take the GMAT (and spend a lot of money on testing and retesting) if you might not have the necessary skills to consistently earn that type of Score. There are ways to help you improve and score at a much higher level, but they all involve committing to a far lengthier study period.

While I understand that the idea might not make you 'happy', you should consider pushing back your application plans. Remember your REAL Goal - to get into your first-choice School, even if that might mean changing your timeline a bit.

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New post 09 Feb 2019, 21:19
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Hi SamarAli,

Based on the information that you have provided, a couple of things seems clear:

1) You will need a high GMAT Score to properly apply to each of the Schools that you are interested in.
2) You will need to qualify for a significant Scholarship - regardless of which School you attend - meaning that a 700+ will likely be required.

Based on those two details alone, you won't be able to properly apply UNLESS you have that high GMAT Score that you need. In simple terms, the application deadlines simply do NOT matter until you have that Score. Unfortunately, your current timeframe will make it really difficult to achieve your Score Goal - and I wouldn't want you to 'rush in' to take the GMAT (and spend a lot of money on testing and retesting) if you might not have the necessary skills to consistently earn that type of Score. There are ways to help you improve and score at a much higher level, but they all involve committing to a far lengthier study period.

While I understand that the idea might not make you 'happy', you should consider pushing back your application plans. Remember your REAL Goal - to get into your first-choice School, even if that might mean changing your timeline a bit.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich
Hey Empowergmatrichc,
I thought for best best options before I read your reply and finally realize that the best thing is to postpone my application process for the new year rounds so I can get 700+ and get a scholarship also.

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New post 09 Feb 2019, 21:23
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Thank you gmatwizard,
I have read most of these posts but reading without advancing your problem solving is worthless. So my intension for now after following the advice mentioned through the replies is to tackle every subject and advance my problem solving and get accuracy around 95% that's the way I will have my intended score. Thanks a lot for reaching out.

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