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# First GMAT 620 - retake in 6 weeks - help on study plan needed!

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GMAT 1: 620 Q41 V34
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08 Oct 2017, 11:46
Hi everyone,

I took my first GMAT last week and scored a 620 (Q41 V34 IR6) - something that wasn't unexpected.

I think I can do a lot better next time since this exam was taken with:
- Unstructured 2-month on-off studying for quant, something I have never been good at
- Practically no studying on verbal at all
- A middle of the night break-in into my house and straight into my room 2 weeks before the exam that's really messed up my sleep ever since

I have the top 10 schools in mind so I need to at the very least get a 700! I would really appreciate some advice on a study plan for each section.

Quant
- I tried to learn all fundamentals watching Magoosh videos
- In my last week before the exam I only used GMATclub questions, trying to do questions by topic and difficulty and learning tricks on how to think and do the questions that way.
>> Results:
- ESR shows I'm at 58% in Arithmetic and .... 5% in Algeba/geometry
- PS: 50% / DS: 30%
- Timing was extremely tight - I had to skip and guess through at least 3 questions

Verbal
- Again, 0 studying done to learn any fundamentals because I was freaking out about math
- As a somewhat native speaker, I wasn't even sure where to start without "wasting" time on the basics
>>Results:
- ESR shows I'm at 45th in CR, 73th in SC, and 80% in RC
- I remember guessing through around 4 - 5 questions here near the end though because I ran out of time (there was a glitch in one of the RC passages where the "highlighted text" was never shown, and that threw me off)

I can dedicate 3 hours each weekday and all of the weekend over the next 6 weeks until the retake! Please share some advice.

Thanks all.

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08 Oct 2017, 14:51
Hi jfonger,

Considering everything that you've described, this 620 is a strong performance. While you could potentially hit a 700+ in the time that you have, you will have to be really 'efficient' with your studies - and you'll have to improve in BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) What study materials have you used so far?
2) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

Goals:
3) What is your exact Test Date to retake the GMAT?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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08 Oct 2017, 15:47
Well,
For the Math, you can go for any course that suits your desire. One thing that I can suggest is to Keep Practicing until, regardless of question type and concepts asked, you are able to respond a question in two to three minutes.
If you run into a question and cannot figure out how to tackle, that would be a problem. If you keep doing 50 Question with a heavy emphasis on Quant, 35 Q, and 15 V, I am sure you can get the score you want.

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08 Oct 2017, 16:54
Study plan: Use ESR to identify your weak areas and work on those religiously without overlooking your strengths. Not all questions on GMATClub are fruitful. I recommend using GMATprep and OG material. I’m sure you have heard of Bunuel for Quant. Nothing more need to be said. For Verbal, I use Manhattan guides. 3hrs prep daily. Practice questions at the level you want to perform;if you want to break 700, do 700 level questions. Keep an error log. Time yourself and take mock exams and review your progress. Above all develop mental fortitude; you need it for the exam and life. Shot happens. I too was robbed two weeks before my exam, and like You it completely messed me up. Good luck! From LSE grad.

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09 Oct 2017, 19:37
Hey jfonger,

I'd say that you could make the most headway by improving your verbal score- if you take a look at scoring matrixes online (just google it), you'll see that a verbal score above 40 does more for overall score than a higher quant score. With that said, I'd recommend taking a look at the Thursday's with Ron sentence correction videos. I think SC is the easiest section to bump up in a short period of time. Ron's emphasis on meaning really helped propel my SC scores from high 30s to low 40s.

Hope this helps and good luck to you!

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