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# 100 More Points - Strategy to go from a 610 to a 710

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Manager
Status: Planning to retake.
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Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship
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Re: 100 More Points - Strategy to go from a 610 to a 710 [#permalink]

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04 Nov 2010, 05:36
Thanks for your post, mohater! I like the sound of 700+!!!

mohater wrote:
Have you browsed debriefs and the math forum to figure out how to address this?

I have been browsing both debriefs and the math forum. (As you can see earlier, I did BETTER on my quantitative on GMATPREP2 with a 40V/42Q.)

Given how much I have prepared in the past week, I estimate that my quantitative level at this point, when I manage my time correctly, is somewhere between a 40 and a 43.

Let me explain what my problem was. I tried harder than I have ever tried before and triple-checked all of my work on the first 15 quantitative questions, but so much revision got me off-pace. This was also the first time I had had a 5-Hour Energy while testing, so I may have hyperfocused, i.e., done better on the first 15 than I normally would've but been so focused that I didn't pay attention to the time.

I can say with confidence that my primary problem with quantitative at this point is a LACK of confidence in my answers - especially on data sufficiency questions. I have to learn to just accept an answer and move on instead of wasting 3-4 minutes , since I don't trust myself, on every single DS question.

Can anybody attest to the efficacy of Guess-Solve-Guess-Solve-Guess-Solve when you are in a time crunch?
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05 Nov 2010, 20:38
Check out the strategy in the books that you got. . The picking numbers and backsolving are some techniques you can use to save time. . Just go through all the maths strategys. I think its just your lack of confidence. Try not to give quants so much respect Its much simpler than you think.
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06 Nov 2010, 09:44
Reading that a recent GMAT taker (briangtsmith - congrats again, by the way) got a 700 with a 42Q/42V split has seriously made me smile!
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07 Nov 2010, 07:06
For those of you that have been following this story, check out this link:

http://gmatclub.com/forum/profile-evaluation-3-16-gpa-projected-690-720-gmat-104232.html#p814248''

Paul did a profile evaluation for me, and his thoughts and my reply may interest you.
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13 Nov 2010, 14:05
UPDATE:

Avoid GMATLive if you are trying to get a high score. It is not difficult enough.

I'm really zeroing in on my weaknesses and practicing frequently. 1 more month to go!
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16 Nov 2010, 13:44
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Good thread. Keep going, best of luck.
I have my GMAT next week and I am working at raising my current 650 to 700...
Wish me luck..
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16 Nov 2010, 13:52
Best of luck, piyushagarwal!

I've been parsing through the MGMAT 8-Pack. I'm afraid to take my next practice test since I don't want to show a lack of improvement...I'll make myself soon, though.

One thing that is really starting to scare me is that I am starting to get better at quant than CR!

So my areas of focus for now are:

650 to 700-Level Questions for CR, DS, and PS
700 to 750+ Level Questions for RC and SC (My best area is SC - I was a history undergraduate.)

As many have said before, your score is only as strong as your weakest section...so I've got to get 700-level DS, PS, and CR questions consistently correct.
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Status: Planning to retake.
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16 Nov 2010, 19:24
Just took the first Manhattan CAT. (Not the practice one.)

I could tell that I was doing poorly on the math; however, for the verbal, I definitely thought that I would get higher than a V44. I had a ton of ridiculous CR that brought me down.

Anyway, here's my score report.

Q38 V44 Composite: 680

680 was my original goal, but it will no longer suffice! COME ON 700+!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Each moment of time ought to be put to proper use, either in business, in improving the mind, in the innocent and necessary relaxations and entertainments of life, or in the care of the moral and religious part of our nature.

-William Andrus Alcott

Manager
Status: Planning to retake.
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Joined: 25 Oct 2010
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Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship
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GPA: 3.16
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17 Nov 2010, 18:49
All I have to say is...this is what my Verbal and Quantitative scores seem to enjoy doing:

On the MGMAT #2, I just got my highest quantitative score yet - a Q43; however, right after a resounding V44 last night, I got a V36.

LOL.

Wow.

I must say that I felt the CR on MGMAT #2 was much harder and unusual than anything I have previously encountered.
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17 Nov 2010, 19:16
MGMAT is still better than Knewton I believe. I got a 44 on Knewton Q with 5 mistakes that were all spaced out. I know there is no correlation between number correct, but seriously, Knewton is much harsher. I got a 700 on MGMAT with a Q47 V38. You're getting closer!
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Status: Planning to retake.
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18 Nov 2010, 13:06
640 on MGMAT 3. CRAP.

42Q/36V

I'm better than this!!!!!!!!!!! Come on brain, stop being an idiot and get me a nice 43Q/44V like you are supposed to!!!!
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18 Nov 2010, 13:12
rockzon - When do you plan to take the test? 640 on an MCAT is NOT bad. It's much harder than the real gmat, from what I've read/experienced.
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18 Nov 2010, 13:22
I'm taking it December 13th. The reason it is so frustrating is I received a 680 2 days ago on MGMAT 1, and a 650 yesterday on MGMAT 2. I was able to laugh yesterday's performance off; however, getting almost the exact distribution - except lower - is definitely disheartening.

I have GOT to figure out a way to achieve a positive performance on each section of the test DURING THE SAME TEST!!! If I could have done that yesterday then I would've gotten a 43Q/44V - more than enough for me.
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18 Nov 2010, 13:42
I got the same exact problem as you. Whenever I got a 43 on quant, my verbal would go down to 38/39. It's crazy.

I would advise that you don't do a CAT everyday. Instead, go over your errors. I think taking CATS daily really hindered my progress.

I am taking the test again on Dec 20th after cancelling my scores yesterday (totally freaked out) and I feel like we have similar strenghts/weaknesses, although I think you seem to do a lot better than me on the MCATS.
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20 Nov 2010, 06:37
hi guys i am anil, my last 4 gmat prep scores are 590,590, 570 & 630. i booked my slot on jan 13. i am doing poor in verbal i am getting around 25 - 30. can some one guide me getting 700+
thank u
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