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# From 590 to a target score of 700+ what are the best resources to use

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12 Dec 2017, 06:30
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Hi,

I have started my preparations and I plan to take the GMAT by March 2018. After 2 weeks of some preparation (OG+online resources), I gave the GMAT prep and got a 590 (Q43, V28) So, I understood that I will have to work really hard on the Verbal part while I need to improve on Quant too. But right now I feel like I do not have a direction where to start from and most importantly what resources would help me. I want to know a few things before I prepare my study plan:
1. What resources to refer to, focussing more on Verbal
2. What prep exams I should be taking and how many?
3. Are there any suggestions on which of the prep exams I should attempt during the early stages and reserve which one for later so that I get a close estimate of the score that I can expect on the actual exam?
Thanks!
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12 Dec 2017, 10:56
Hi Shenaz,

To start, a 590 is a solid initial CAT Score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years). A March Test Date gives you plenty of time to continue studying and improving - which is good. 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 do you currently possess?
2) With this initial CAT, did you take the FULL Exam (including the Essay and IR sections)?

Goals:
3) What is your goal score?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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13 Dec 2017, 10:37
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Hi Shenaz

590 is a good place to be in after some initial preparation.
I think you should try and improve our verbal score to 38 and Quant score to 49-50

As for the questions that you have asked.

You should try the free trials of the various prep companies, which you can find
here in GMATClub. I would recommend you to use the Manhattan Strategy guides
to build your basics. Limit yourself to official questions for practice!

Some additional books/course I would recommend are as follow
SC : Aristotle SC Grail/eGMAT SC(they don't offer the individual package, but you
can try talking to them)
CR : Powerscore CR Bible - This IMO is enough to improve your CR skills

For Quant, you could use the ULTIMATE GMAT QUANTITATIVE MEGATHREAD for concepts.

As for prep exams, i would recommend official exams only. You could buy
the GMATPrep Official Bundle(2 Prep tests-EP1 and EP2 and questions pack-QP)
In addition to this, you could get the Manhattan Prep exam(it costs 50\$).
If I were you, I would take 2 tests a month after you are done with your basics.

Would be happy answering any specific questions that you might have.

Hope this information helps you!
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15 Dec 2017, 00:48
Hi EMPOWERgmat,

Thank you for your response. So here is what you had inquired for:
Studies:
1) What study materials do you currently possess? --> I am referring to OG2018, some local institute material & few online free resources
2) With this initial CAT, did you take the FULL Exam (including the Essay and IR sections)?--> Yes

Goals:
3) What is your goal score? --> 720 - 740 (Can say I am targeting a decent above 700 score)
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School? -->2019 intake as I am already late I believe for most college deadlines for 2018
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to? Honestly, I have not done a thorough research to boil down to like top 3 or 5 right now. But since I have a 9+ years work experience, I am looking for an executive program that can be good for my career. I know of few such programs at ISB, UCLA, NUS, so basically flexible with any geography but want to get into something that would help me build my career on top of my current experience.

EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Shenaz,

To start, a 590 is a solid initial CAT Score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years). A March Test Date gives you plenty of time to continue studying and improving - which is good. 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 do you currently possess?
2) With this initial CAT, did you take the FULL Exam (including the Essay and IR sections)?

Goals:
3) What is your goal score?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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15 Dec 2017, 01:00
Hi pushpitkc,

Thank you so much for your response! These are really good insights and since I am planning for my preparations, this is a big help.
I was exactly looking for such information
I am yet to go through all the links and explore the materials but its nice to know what to look for otherwise there is so much information available everywhere that it gets confusing in the end.
I am sure I will have queries in future. Will reach out then.
Thanks again for now

pushpitkc wrote:
Hi

590 is a good place to be in after some initial preparation.
I think you should try and improve our verbal score to 38 and Quant score to 49-50

As for the questions that you have asked.

You should try the free trials of the various prep companies, which you can find
here in GMATClub. I would recommend you to use the Manhattan Strategy guides
to build your basics. Limit yourself to official questions for practice!

Some additional books/course I would recommend are as follow
SC : Aristotle SC Grail/eGMAT SC(they don't offer the individual package, but you
can try talking to them)
CR : Powerscore CR Bible - This IMO is enough to improve your CR skills

For Quant, you could use the for concepts.

As for prep exams, i would recommend official exams only. You could buy
the GMATPrep Official Bundle(2 Prep tests-EP1 and EP2 and questions pack-QP)
In addition to this, you could get the Manhattan Prep exam(it costs 50\$).
If I were you, I would take 2 tests a month after you are done with your basics.

Would be happy answering any specific questions that you might have.

Hope this information helps you!
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15 Dec 2017, 07:37
Shenaz wrote:
Hi,

I have started my preparations and I plan to take the GMAT by March 2018. After 2 weeks of some preparation (OG+online resources), I gave the GMAT prep and got a 590 (Q43, V28) So, I understood that I will have to work really hard on the Verbal part while I need to improve on Quant too. But right now I feel like I do not have a direction where to start from and most importantly what resources would help me. I want to know a few things before I prepare my study plan:
1. What resources to refer to, focussing more on Verbal
2. What prep exams I should be taking and how many?
3. Are there any suggestions on which of the prep exams I should attempt during the early stages and reserve which one for later so that I get a close estimate of the score that I can expect on the actual exam?
Thanks!

Hi
A score of 590 on the first prep test is very good. It means generally the concepts are pretty much clear. Further resources, you can refer to the MGMAT guides for Verbal and Quant as they are one of the best.
Regarding prep tests, Gmatprep tests are the closest to the actual Gmat. It is advisable to buy the Gmat prep 1 and 2 test packs each consisting of 2 tests, so you get 4 tests. These are suggested to be taken at the final stages of preparation. Additionally you can practice the MGMAT tests or Veritas prep tests. Both are somewhat difficult compared to the actual test but give you good practice.
Hope this helps!
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15 Dec 2017, 17:08
Hi Shenaz,

Raising a 590 to a 720+ will require that you make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections and that training will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study. This is meant to say that your goal IS achievable, but you'll have to be efficient with your studies going forward.

Given everything that you've described, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some kind (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led). 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 site (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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20 Dec 2017, 22:34
Shenaz wrote:
Hi,

I have started my preparations and I plan to take the GMAT by March 2018. After 2 weeks of some preparation (OG+online resources), I gave the GMAT prep and got a 590 (Q43, V28) So, I understood that I will have to work really hard on the Verbal part while I need to improve on Quant too. But right now I feel like I do not have a direction where to start from and most importantly what resources would help me. I want to know a few things before I prepare my study plan:
1. What resources to refer to, focussing more on Verbal
2. What prep exams I should be taking and how many?
3. Are there any suggestions on which of the prep exams I should attempt during the early stages and reserve which one for later so that I get a close estimate of the score that I can expect on the actual exam?
Thanks!

Hi Shenaz,

3 months is a good enough time to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have given GMAT PREP once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 4 months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking an additional GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

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.

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.

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

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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