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# First attempt 590, retaking it (international applicant)

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01 Nov 2012, 08:57
Hi everyone,
I'm 27 years old and I'm from Chile. This last may I took the GMAT for the first time and got 590, in the GMAT PREP TEST I got 530 in the first attempt (without any preparation) and 640 in the 2nd test (with some study, but not the best one). When I left the testing center I wasn't sure if I wanted to retake the test, I was kind of frustrated and wasn't really excited with the idea of studying again for a couple of months. So I didn't study at all for 5 months, but today I woke up and decided to retake the GMAT PREP 1 and got a 610 (Q48 V26), I did not remember any of the questions at all so it was like a new test for me.
Now I'm decided to develop a study plan and start to study again, now I'm going to use this forum and try to participate more (the first time I took the GMAT I didn't do it).
It's clear that I have to focus on the Verbal section. I also know that there are tons of people like me that write this kind of post in the forum, but I just need to pump myself up.
What would be a good score to set as a goal?, do you think that it would be possible to get a 700 (with a 2 month preparation)?
If you have any advice or words that could help me in this 2nd preparation I would appreciate it.

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01 Nov 2012, 09:12

Good luck and remain positive. Pursuing your MBA is definitely worth the effort.

Kimberly Plaga
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02 Nov 2012, 08:51
Your quant score is pretty good but if you want to practice tougher questions you could try the GMAT club tests or look up for posts from bunuel hes compiled some really good questions from various topics.

For verbal manhattan books are pretty good you could try the SC grail book by aristotle prep that book worked well for me. Also there are a lot of good reviews on the e-gmat course for verbal. They have some free classes if you make an account over there and see if their classes suit you

http://gmatclub.com/reviews/e-gmat-6
http://gmatclub.com/blog/courses/e-gmat ... upon-code/

If your looking for detailed plan you could look at this post by bb

gmat-study-plan-how-to-start-your-gmat-prep-80727.html

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Concentration: Finance, Economics
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GMAT 1: 600 Q45 V28
GMAT 2: 670 Q44 V39
GMAT 3: 750 Q49 V42
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WE: Accounting (Insurance)
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02 Nov 2012, 09:46
I went from 600 to 750, its doable. My orignal verbal was poor as well, which is a killer. Just spend a lot of time prepping for verbal (I used the manhattan verbal books). It is more or less just seeing questions over and over again and learning how the GMAT wants you to answer them. I have a native ear, but the verbal section was impossible until I saw the problems over and over, then I kind of just could feel which answer was right.

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