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Hello all,

I just recently decided I wanted to go to B-School after attaining my BS in Business Administration/Finance exactly two years ago. I just took a cold practice test on Veritas Prep with no prior study or preparation and scored a 440 (27Q and 24V). I know this is quite low but not having practiced any mathematics/algebra or grammar for some years now I'm not too surprised. I'm a Project Admin for a construction firm so grammar is not top priority in my industry. My end goal is to score in the mid 600 range as I would love to apply to Baruch in NYC which has a middle 80% GMAT range of 550-710. I want to give myself plenty of time to study as I don't have a timeline of when I would want to enroll in a program though best case scenario would be Spring 2018.

Here are the materials that I have acquired or will be acquiring in the next week or two:

Complete MGMAT Strategy Guide Set 6th Edition
OG Bundle (not sure what year as I'm getting it from a friend)
GMAT prep software (thinking about the exam/question packs a month or two prior to exam)

What would be the best way to tackle this material and really get a good start on brushing up my fundamentals. I have plenty of time at work to get in some extra hours of study so time is not really an issue for me. Also any other resources to help me prepare would be greatly appreciated.

I look forward to hearing your responses :P
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Hi Kng9931,

Many GMATers are unhappy with their initial practice scores, but you really shouldn't be. It's just a measure of your skills right now - and you've already admitted that it's been awhile since you practiced any of the Quant/Verbal subjects that the GMAT tests you on. Thankfully, the GMAT is a remarkably consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

Raising a 440 by 200+ points will take some significant work and you'll have to make big improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, it sounds like you have plenty of potential time to study though, which is good. While you can certainly get started with the material that you have, it's worth noting that many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level, so you'll likely end up needing to invest in some non-book resources. I suggest that you study as you see fit for the next 2-3 weeks, then take a new FULL LENGTH CAT (with the Essay and IR sections). That score result will give us an idea of how well you're improving by studying in this way and what changes might be necessary.

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Hi Kng9931,

Many GMATers are unhappy with their initial practice scores, but you really shouldn't be. It's just a measure of your skills right now - and you've already admitted that it's been awhile since you practiced any of the Quant/Verbal subjects that the GMAT tests you on. Thankfully, the GMAT is a remarkably consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

Raising a 440 by 200+ points will take some significant work and you'll have to make big improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, it sounds like you have plenty of potential time to study though, which is good. While you can certainly get started with the material that you have, it's worth noting that many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level, so you'll likely end up needing to invest in some non-book resources. I suggest that you study as you see fit for the next 2-3 weeks, then take a new FULL LENGTH CAT (with the Essay and IR sections). That score result will give us an idea of how well you're improving by studying in this way and what changes might be necessary.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich


Rich,

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I am looking forward to putting in the necessary work to raise my score in both categories. Since I will not likely have my material for another week or two, what are some resources I can use to start my studies? I have already downloaded the Manhattan Prep App which is great at going through the basics and I will most likely purchase the premium version at $40, unless the topics are overlapping to the study guide set. Also, you referred to non-book resources? Could you give a further explanation to some of the materials that would be categorized as non-book?

I fully believe in my ability to score a 600 or higher I just need some guidance on how to restart my study regimen. I had a 3.3 undergrad GPA and I know I could have raised that to at least a 3.5-3.7 if I actually applied myself more and didn't skip some classes here and there. I had a terrible habit of procrastinating study before tests and I want to change that with the GMAT. Luckily my significant other is great at Math and English so she has already committed to helping me study.

Again, I thank you for the help and support.


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Hi Kng9931,

Beyond doing lots of practice problems, you will likely need consistent, professional guidance so that you can learn all of the patterns, tactics and 'secrets' of the GMAT (without having to try to figure out all of that stuff on your own). This is meant to say that you would likely find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some kind (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led). Since you're not on an immediate deadline, you don't have make any decisions about that just yet.

For free general math practice and help, I recommend that you set up an account at Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org). The site is completely free and makes the learning a bit more fun and 'game-like' (as opposed to the dry academic approach taken by most books). While the site is vast, you should limit your studies to basic Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. After spending a little time re-building those skills, you would likely find much of the 'math' behind the Quant section to be easier.

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