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# From 440 to 650 asking for help

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17 Jan 2019, 13:29
Hey GMAT Ninjas,

I decided that I will take the GMAT exam on April 6th. Currently I am working through the GMAT Ultimate Grammar Guide.
The mock test was very low (440) and I am still undecided which course provider is the best for me.

My current plan is getting the Math Revolution Course (199\$) for the quant part.

For verbal (non-native speaker btw) I am not sure which option to take.

The numbers of offers are overwhelming.

Perhaps there is also a provider who is very good in both areas.

Edit:
Forgot to ask the question, which verbal provider can be redommended. (low-mid budget)
Is there a all in one option (max 350€)

The target score is 650+.
I am working full time as an analyst for a management consultancy my goal is the CEMS MIM program.
For verbal I was totally shocked by the score since I took the TOEFL in June and scored 106 out of 120 (IBT).

Nils
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17 Jan 2019, 20:21
Hi nils91,

To start, raising a 440 to the point that you can consistently score 650+ will likely require 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. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. That having been said, your current Test Date gives you less than 3 months of time - so you might need to consider pushing back your Test Date (although you don't have to make any decision about that at this point).

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) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) What this the only CAT/mock that you have taken so far? How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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18 Jan 2019, 01:38
Hey Rich,

Studies:
1) How long have you studied? Working through the "Ultimate Grammar Guide" from the GMAT Club since January 5th
2) What study materials have you used so far? Only worked with the "Grammar Book" so far
3) What this the only CAT/mock that you have taken so far? How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)? 1 test, January 6th, Q:23 V:21 (Not 100% sure, I will have a look later currently I am working)

Goals:
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School? This year deadlines are the end of April /end of May
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to? First target CEMS schools, second target MIM Smurfit, third target Mannheim

Best regards,

Nils
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18 Jan 2019, 12:27
Hi nils91,

Your overall timeframe is a bit 'tight', but you could potentially hit your Goal Score if you're really efficient with your studies going forward.

You would likely benefit from investing in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led) - and it sounds as if you're investigating your options - which is a good start. When it comes to studying for the GMAT, there are a variety of different Courses to choose from. 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.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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18 Jan 2019, 12:42
I would say 2-3 hours per day in the week and 6 hours per day on the weekend
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20 Jan 2019, 15:04
Hi nils91,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Regarding prep reousources, in addition to seeking advice in this thread, take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses, and also read through some GMAT success stories to see what materials have worked well for other test-takers.

how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

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21 Jan 2019, 06:29
nils91 wrote:
Hey GMAT Ninjas,

I decided that I will take the GMAT exam on April 6th. Currently I am working through the GMAT Ultimate Grammar Guide.
The mock test was very low (440) and I am still undecided which course provider is the best for me.

My current plan is getting the Math Revolution Course (199\$) for the quant part.

For verbal (non-native speaker btw) I am not sure which option to take.

The numbers of offers are overwhelming.

Perhaps there is also a provider who is very good in both areas.

Edit:
Forgot to ask the question, which verbal provider can be redommended. (low-mid budget)
Is there a all in one option (max 350€)

The target score is 650+.
I am working full time as an analyst for a management consultancy my goal is the CEMS MIM program.
For verbal I was totally shocked by the score since I took the TOEFL in June and scored 106 out of 120 (IBT).

Nils

Hi nils91,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. 3 months is good enough to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have taken a GMAT Mock once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. Just by going through these guides and solving the OG will help you reach 600+.I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in Quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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21 Jan 2019, 07:10
You can try egmat course for verbal. That can really help you with the preparation.

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22 Jan 2019, 03:57
First of all thanks for the answers.

E-GMAT also has an online course which does both verbal and quant for 299\$.

So for me, I have the option to do Math Revolution for Quant + E-GMAT for Verbal (199\$ each)

Or to do the E-GMAT complete online course for 299\$

Atm I already bought the Math Revolution Course, but to be honest, I don´t really like the way the videos are made. The videos seem old and the instructor is only reading out the slides. He´s not really explaining the basic concepts as well (or at least not good for me, but who am I to judge). I will try Math Revolution out more till I have a clearer opinion about it (7day refund).
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