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I began my journey on the 27th of July with a diagnostic test and reached 500. Low score.

Now with an aim of 700+ to apply to Master of Finance courses such as LSE, Imperial, HEC and so forth.. what would be the optimal strategy to increase the score?

I started using e-gmat verbal and quant as a way to discover the concepts and get familiarity.

In this case, is enrolling in an online classroom useful? Usually, the classroom allos you to discover the material and so forth. What about private tutoring?

Appreciate your responses.

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I began my journey on the 27th of July with a diagnostic test and reached 500. Low score.

Now with an aim of 700+ to apply to Master of Finance courses such as LSE, Imperial, HEC and so forth.. what would be the optimal strategy to increase the score?

I started using e-gmat verbal and quant as a way to discover the concepts and get familiarity.

In this case, is enrolling in an online classroom useful? Usually, the classroom allos you to discover the material and so forth. What about private tutoring?

Appreciate your responses.

Best,

Albert
The average GMAT score is around 550, so your initial score isn't bad at all. A course could be useful for the discipline it could bring to your preparation or if you have to take the exam sooner than you can manage with self-study. A private tutor might be the best option, but could prove to be much more expensive than the others. As such, there is a lot of basic work that you can do at this stage on your own if you'd like, before you invest in test prep.
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Thanks for the response AjiteshArun.

I will present the test mid November to mid December period.

I am working full time so in this case, what would a good strategy?

For example, I can work on my own and hire a private tutor for specific topics or enroll in an online class and learn the basics at a specific pace + work on my own.

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Hi Albert,

If it's been a month since you took that initial practice CAT, have you taken any others? If you have not, then you might want to take one soon (perhaps this weekend). That result will help to define how effectively you've been studying so far - and the areas that you still need to work on. Once you have that score, you should post back here and we can discuss how best to proceed.

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Impressive Q diagnostic. Lots of room for growth with the verbal. I'd allocate 70/30 study time for verbal/quant. Nice target schools for MSc Fin too.

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Hi Albert,

If it's been a month since you took that initial practice CAT, have you taken any others? If you have not, then you might want to take one soon (perhaps this weekend). That result will help to define how effectively you've been studying so far - and the areas that you still need to work on. Once you have that score, you should post back here and we can discuss how best to proceed.

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I will go back to the gmat in 2 weeks as right now have some things to do.

Appreciate your input, I will do it and get back to you with a score - 'GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made' - nice quote

I do believe that some focus on SC, RC will help raise the score significantly and key concepts in Q.

Let's wait and see.

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Hi Albert,

The 700+ score is approximately the 90th percentile, meaning that 90% of Test Takers will never score that high regardless of how long they study or the number of times they take the GMAT. Most GMATers have busy lives, so it's totally understandable that it might be challenging to find time to study consistently. That having been said, taking significant time 'off' from your studies (in this case, 2 weeks before you think you can take another CAT) will limit how well you will be able to improve. Properly training for the GMAT is essentially a part-time job, so you have to commit the necessary resources to the task.

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
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The 700+ score is approximately the 90th percentile, meaning that 90% of Test Takers will never score that high regardless of how long they study or the number of times they take the GMAT. Most GMATers have busy lives, so it's totally understandable that it might be challenging to find time to study consistently. That having been said, taking significant time 'off' from your studies (in this case, 2 weeks before you think you can take another CAT) will limit how well you will be able to improve. Properly training for the GMAT is essentially a part-time job, so you have to commit the necessary resources to the task.

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Hi Rich,

I agree with that point however I have interviews coming up and need to focus on that.

Once I am done, I can focus entirely on the GMAT.

I am allocating my time as effectively as I can.

Appreciate your feedback in all cases.

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Private tutoring is more far better than online class, because you can understand more quickly and thoroughly and issues are solved at the spot with out delays and tutor finds different ways to teach you. A big difference is of budget and timing flexibility if you have no issue with both then PT is better option

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albertziade wrote:
I began my journey on the 27th of July with a diagnostic test and reached 500. Low score.

Now with an aim of 700+ to apply to Master of Finance courses such as LSE, Imperial, HEC and so forth.. what would be the optimal strategy to increase the score?

I started using e-gmat verbal and quant as a way to discover the concepts and get familiarity.

In this case, is enrolling in an online classroom useful? Usually, the classroom allos you to discover the material and so forth. What about private tutoring?

Appreciate your responses.

Best,

Albert



Hi Albert,

I think it totally depends on the individual. I tried personal tuition for GMAT and it did not result in anything positive for me. e-gmat is a great course specially for the verbal section/ Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market.

You can cover the concepts of Quant section from e-gmat. 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, Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a 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.

I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

Hope this helps. All the best.
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