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# First mock done, need help with 680 strategy

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10 Sep 2017, 14:55
Hi guys,

I just started studying for GMAT. Did my first mock from Manhattan and got 580, Q39V31 with absolutely no practice (attaching the report file).
Really have to get the test done this year so I'm planning to take the test in mid november, so that I still got time to take it again if I fail. I am able to study for about 2h per weekday and maybe 8 hours total per weekend.
Is it possible to get 680 within that timeframe (to the first test in mid november)? How would you put up the strategy? I got the Manhattan Book series and access to 5 more mock exams from there.

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11 Sep 2017, 12:37
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Hi olle,

With a mid-November Test Date, you have about 2 months of potential study time - and you could potentially improve a great deal during that time. Given the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on this CAT, you will have to make some significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections - so you'll have to be 'efficient' with your studies going forward to hit 680 by mid-November. It's worth noting that many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so it's possible that you'll need more time than you've allotted to hit your goal score. In addition, many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' Study Plan end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level, so it's likely that you'll need to invest in some additional non-book study materials.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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11 Sep 2017, 13:56
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi olle,

With a mid-November Test Date, you have about 2 months of potential study time - and you could potentially improve a great deal during that time. Given the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on this CAT, you will have to make some significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections - so you'll have to be 'efficient' with your studies going forward to hit 680 by mid-November. It's worth noting that many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so it's possible that you'll need more time than you've allotted to hit your goal score. In addition, many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' Study Plan end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level, so it's likely that you'll need to invest in some additional non-book study materials.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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

Thank you for the response.
Im going to apply in mid january, thats why I wanted to get this done before the end of this year.

What schools I'm going to apply to depends on what result I'm getting, but since I'm Europe based I'm aiming for schools like:
RSM - Rotterdam
ST Gallen
LBS
SSE - Stockholm
CBS - Copenhagen

Please note that I'm applying for MSc in management (or possibly finance), not an MBA, I also got pretty good grades and some good EC's.

Is it better to put in more time and effort in the quant part? I haven't done this kind of math in a while and I think I can improve it quiet a bit compared to the verbal part since I'm not a native speaker. What do you think?
Do you have some suggesitions for the non-book study materials you mentioned?

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11 Sep 2017, 13:57
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Yes you can get 680 given the time frame and your first mock's scores.
You got 580 in Manhattan's mock so you can assume that you will get around 600 in Gmat prep as Manhattans quant is some what tougher that OG's.
First read the basics (Theory) in Quant and Verbal from any source.
I will suggest you to purchase GMAT PREP NOW'S Video course and Manhattan's SC Guide.
After that you can practice OG's problems.
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11 Sep 2017, 14:59
dreamyagrawal wrote:
Yes you can get 680 given the time frame and your first mock's scores.
You got 580 in Manhattan's mock so you can assume that you will get around 600 in Gmat prep as Manhattans quant is some what tougher that OG's.
First read the basics (Theory) in Quant and Verbal from any source.
I will suggest you to purchase GMAT PREP NOW'S Video course and Manhattan's SC Guide.
After that you can practice OG's problems.

I have all the Manhattan guides so for sure I'll do that. Any other tips or tricks? Do you think that it's easier for me to get better in the quant part given that english is not my first language? Seems like people are getting higher on that part in general and my quant was not as good as the verb part measured in percentiles.
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11 Sep 2017, 21:02
Hi olle,

Finance-based Programs often put a greater emphasis on an applicant's Quant Scaled Score (sometimes more than the emphasis that they might place on the Overall Score). As such, scoring at a much higher level in the Quant section would likely benefit your applications a great deal. That having been said, you've also listed some highly competitive Schools, so you can't focus solely on the Quant section - as there will almost certainly be a block of applicants who score at a high level in all sections (and you don't want to 'look bad' by comparison).

When it comes to studying for the GMAT, there are a variety of different 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 our website (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 additional questions, then you can feel free to contact me directly.

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