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# Gmat 1st Attempt : 450 - June (2015) New year resolution : Above 700.

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24 Dec 2017, 21:02
Hello fellow GMAT Club Members,

I am a working professional with 10 years of work ex,want to join a one of the top MBA colleges through GMAT.
I gave my first attempt of GMAT and scored badly of about 450. Do not remember the break of numbers for Quant and Verbal.
Stressed out job timings and very little time to study. I want to get a good score above 700 to get into a best college.
For this a I need dedication and some religious study for GMAT along my job and personal tasks at home.

How to achieve this? My new year resolution is all set. The only thing I need is plan and motivation. Any help from club members is welcome.

Thanks
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24 Dec 2017, 22:42
First strengthen your fundamentals. GMAT club grammar book, GMAT club math book, MGMAT foundations and MGMAT strategy guides are good.
Once you are through with fundamentals, start practicing problems. You will need Official Guides, Question banks, etc. that are found in this forum. While you solve these, remember to check your progress every now and then with CATs. You can go for GMATprep free CATs, EP1 and EP2 (Highly recommended), and other TIER 1 CATs. This is just an overall idea. You can make a plan that suits your work schedule, GMAT test date, etc.
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24 Dec 2017, 23:21
i do agree with this suggestion. the fundamental is everything. don't just go to practices without any strong basic fundamentals.

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Re: Gmat 1st Attempt : 450 - June (2015) New year resolution : Above 700.  [#permalink]

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25 Dec 2017, 00:33
Anshul09 wrote:
Hello fellow GMAT Club Members,

I am a working professional with 10 years of work ex,want to join a one of the top MBA colleges through GMAT.
I gave my first attempt of GMAT and scored badly of about 450. Do not remember the break of numbers for Quant and Verbal.
Stressed out job timings and very little time to study. I want to get a good score above 700 to get into a best college.
For this a I need dedication and some religious study for GMAT along my job and personal tasks at home.

How to achieve this? My new year resolution is all set. The only thing I need is plan and motivation. Any help from club members is welcome.

Thanks

Hi Anshul09,

Preparing for GMAT along with the job would require followings:

1. Discipline - Study Every Day
2. Set Timing - Fix a Schedule. Give your prep the best hours of the day. Study in morning if you can.
3. Travel time - If a lot of time is going in travel then utilise that time for the revising the learnings. Keep flash cards or any document online.
4. Health - Stay fit and do some meditation as well. Keep your mind stress free.
5. No Rush - Do not rush or panick to get done with the GMAT. When you start getting consistent result in mocks and feel confident taking 4 hour long test then go take your second GMAT.

6. Concepts - Clear your concepts first.
7. Practice - Practice all type of questions for a concept learned.
8. Quizzes - Do set of questions with timer.
9. Start taking CATs on regular interval but do not do that immediately. first do #6 & #7 well.
10. Confidence - Be confident all the time. Without it everything would seem tough.

If you have vacations then enjoy them well and get ready for Marathon.

Keep posting any doubt you have. Happy to answer that.
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25 Dec 2017, 10:37
Hi Anshul09,

Raising a 450 to a 700+ will require that you make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections - and all of that training will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. 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) Have you done any studying since you took the GMAT in 2015?
2) What study materials have you used so far?

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

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26 Dec 2017, 18:33
Hello fellows,

Thanks for the above replies and boosting up my confidence. I know I need to improve a lot and for that I need to have my fundamentals clear, practice, stay healthy and have confidence as suggested by HKD1710.

I started my prep last week : -
1.Brushing up my fundamentals in Airthmatic and word problems (my weakest area).
2. Following blogs on Gmat Club (Bunnel and others helps a lot..)
3. Practicing some DS question from the blogs itself.

My Queries :
1. Should I start with GMAT Official guide as well with Maths section?
2. What should I start in my Verbal Section first?

Studies:
1) Have you done any studying since you took the GMAT in 2015? No
2) What study materials have you used so far? Gmat Official Guide with Practice tests + Princeton Review and Tests

Goals:
3) When are you planning to take the GMAT? (March)
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School? (August September 2018)
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to? (I am dreaming about Wharton and Booth but Targeting TOP 20 Colleges all Over). Academically I am Master's in Engineering from US with 10 years of work Exp. I know my hopes are not hopeless....
Any insights?

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27 Dec 2017, 12:24
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Hi Anshul09,

A potential Test Date in March would give you about 2-3 months of study time, but it's likely that you'll need more time than that to hit 700+. This is meant to say that you might need to adjust your timeline at some point (although you don't need to make any decisions about that just yet.

Since you restarted your studies last week, it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). That score will give us a good sense of your current strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 4 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

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29 Dec 2017, 08:28
Sure Rich,
I will give my Mock Exam for GMAT by this weekend and share the results here.

Thanks
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30 Dec 2017, 08:07
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Anshul09 wrote:
Hello fellow GMAT Club Members,

I am a working professional with 10 years of work ex,want to join a one of the top MBA colleges through GMAT.
I gave my first attempt of GMAT and scored badly of about 450. Do not remember the break of numbers for Quant and Verbal.
Stressed out job timings and very little time to study. I want to get a good score above 700 to get into a best college.
For this a I need dedication and some religious study for GMAT along my job and personal tasks at home.

How to achieve this? My new year resolution is all set. The only thing I need is plan and motivation. Any help from club members is welcome.

Thanks

Hi
First of all, I would suggest to take a mock test of Gmatprep to assess your current level.
Then based on the evaluation of the test, start with the weaknesses.
Brush up the fundamentals of Quant and Verbal from MGMAT guides. Maintain an error log.
Stick to OG material for practice.
Then appear for another Gmatprep test and analyze the improvement and simultaneously work on your weakness.
Hope it helps.
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30 Dec 2017, 08:54
Anshul09 wrote:
Hello fellow GMAT Club Members,

I am a working professional with 10 years of work ex,want to join a one of the top MBA colleges through GMAT.
I gave my first attempt of GMAT and scored badly of about 450. Do not remember the break of numbers for Quant and Verbal.
Stressed out job timings and very little time to study. I want to get a good score above 700 to get into a best college.
For this a I need dedication and some religious study for GMAT along my job and personal tasks at home.

How to achieve this? My new year resolution is all set. The only thing I need is plan and motivation. Any help from club members is welcome.

Thanks

Hello

Material

1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides
2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides
or Aristotle Verbal Guide for CR critical reasoning bible is best book with 300+ pages of comprehensive Data

Start with Quant, learn the concepts tested on GMAT. After learning, practice your learned section with timed practice. You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT. 1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal. When completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice. Take full lenght CATs, know your estimated score. Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

TOP Mock Exams

1. Official GMAC (50+50\$)
2. Manhattan GMAT (49\$)
3. GMAT Club Quant CATs (80\$)
4. Veritas CATs (49\$ but you can buy at 15-20\$ During sale period)

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30 Dec 2017, 09:40
Seems like its been sometime since you would have actively studied for an exam so I would definitely recommend to go for either a coaching inst or an online course. None of them will do wonders but with their schematic schedule to keep you on course for completing the content, it will become easier to get into the study mode post which it will become easy for you to start studying on your own.
Even a gmat buddies group would also be of great help to stay motivated and keep yourself adhered to the target timelines.
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31 Dec 2017, 04:43
Anshul09 wrote:
Sure Rich,
I will give my Mock Exam for GMAT by this weekend and share the results here.

Thanks
Anshul
Just in time to make your (study) plan for the new year Great timing!
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31 Dec 2017, 07:31
Anshul09 wrote:
Hello fellow GMAT Club Members,

I am a working professional with 10 years of work ex,want to join a one of the top MBA colleges through GMAT.
I gave my first attempt of GMAT and scored badly of about 450. Do not remember the break of numbers for Quant and Verbal.
Stressed out job timings and very little time to study. I want to get a good score above 700 to get into a best college.
For this a I need dedication and some religious study for GMAT along my job and personal tasks at home.

How to achieve this? My new year resolution is all set. The only thing I need is plan and motivation. Any help from club members is welcome.

Thanks

Hi Anshul09,

You should dedicate around 4 months to improve your score. It's a good thing you have taken your GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and can 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 a 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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31 Dec 2017, 20:31
Hello,

Thanks for the boost up.
The study plan is set. The goals are set. It's been 2 weeks since I started the perp. I studied basics for Quant. The main issue
Is word problems. Need to have more practice for it.

I wish you all A very Happy and prosperous new year.

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