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New post 14 Jan 2018, 18:07
Hi There,

I found this forum to be very useful and has been using the forum to help myself prep and study GMAT. I've been studying for about 3-4 weeks (2 hours a day and 3-4 hours a day on the weekend with usually one day off during the week) and scored 640 on my first practice CAT and 660 on my second practice CAT this past weekend. My quant range is from 45-47 while Verbal is from 34-37. The biggest mistake that I found from these two tests happened to be time management.

1. spending too much on stat/geomeetry problems on Quant (both PS and DS)
2. tendency to re-read passages on Verbal while spending too much time on "inference" and "assumption" questions.

I found myself to be guessing a few questions towards the end, when I should have guessed problems in the mid-range to avoid getting questions wrong consecutively in the end.

My test is in the next three months and I would like to score +700. I have purchased three sets of books to study thus far:

1. Manhattan Prep (completed)
2. 2018 Official Guide (haven't started)
3. Kaplan GMAT Plus (completed)

Questions.
1. Which book should I use to help improve on verbal?
2. Which book should I use to help improve on Stat/Geo questions?
3. What are some other general tips you could share with me to improve +50 test scores in the next three months?

I really appreciate your help.

Thanks,
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Hi minku1016,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 2 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 650 +/- a few points). These scores show that you handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores though, so you might naturally improve over time. That having been said, it's worth noting that many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level. While it's too early to determine whether that's happened to you or not, you might end up needing to invest in some new, non-book resources.

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:

1) Did you take each CAT in full (with the Essay and IR sections)?
2) What is your exact goal score?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 15 Jan 2018, 14:09
Hi,

Thank you your for response. What are some good non-book resources?

1) Did you take each CAT in full (with the Essay and IR sections)?
Yes - I got 6 and 8 in IR respectively with essays using the tips from GMATClub by chineseburned on this forum

2) What is your exact goal score?
My goal score is 730, with 700 being the minimum,

3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
I would like to apply this upcoming Fall 2018.

4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
I am looking into Duke, UNC, Cornell, Yale, Kellogg and Booth for Round 1 and potentially a few more, such as Ross and Columbia, in Round 2

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New post 16 Jan 2018, 12:16
Hi minku1016,

You've given yourself plenty of time to study for the GMAT - which is good. Since you've already purchased some study materials, I suggest that you study as you like for the next 2-3 weeks, then take a NEW, FULL-LENGTH CAT (with the Essay and IR sections). Once you have that score result, you should report back here and we can discuss if any adjustments to your studies are needed.

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