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First CAT… scored horribly (520). First GMAT test coming up in May

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Hey guys, I just took my first CAT using the GMATPrep software and scored a 520. On the 37Q, I missed 15. On the 41V, I missed 14. On the 11IR, I missed 8.

I am scheduled to take the GMAT May 22. My target is to obtain a GMAT score of at least 700, but would want to aim close to 720-730. I am from an underrepresented demographic and my target schools would be Stanford/Harvard/UCLA. I may not go back to B-school, but I want to get the test out of the way now as I’m only two years out of college and want to have the option in the future.

I have never excelled at test-taking (went to a top 15 university however) but did extremely average on the SAT/ACT (although I didn’t really study).

How can I best use my short time to improve my score into the low 700’s? I have all of the MGMAT books, the OG 2016 and 2018 books,

I started studying for the GMAT (kind of minimally) in November/December 2016, but had a big move for my job and ended up not studying whatsoever between January/February. I originally was hoping to take the test in January but got totally distracted. I began again to study about two weeks ago. I scored much better on the verbal (650 i think) because it’s mostly what I have studied.

I have always been very weak in math related topics so I know that area is going to have to be my focus.

My workload isn’t too crazy for the next few months, so I think I can consistently put in 2-3 hours a night (more on the weekend) to study.
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Hi surfingpirate,

A 520 is a solid initial CAT score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years). Raising a 520 to a 720+ will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. The various Quant skills in particular that you'll need to develop to hit that Score Goal will take some serious time and effort. This is meant to say that you might need to consider pushing back your Test Date.

Studying now - well in advance of any application deadlines - is a smart choice. Given your Score Goal, you would likely benefit from investing in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led), so you should plan to look into the available options. Most GMAT Companies offer some type of free materials (practice problems, Trial Accounts, videos, etc.) that you can use to 'test out' a product before you buy it. We have a variety of those resources at out site (www.empowergmat.com). I suggest that you take advantage of all of them then choose the one that best matches your personality, timeline and budget.

If you have any questions, then you can feel free to contact me directly.

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