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New post 17 Dec 2018, 13:59
Hi All,

New here to GMAT Club and frustrated I didn't find this community sooner. I'll try to keep this short but overall looking for some general advice.

I studied for 2 months (late decision to apply to B school) and just scored a 530. I've since cancelled the score and plan on taking it again in late February in time to submit my applications for the last round. I am targeting MBA programs (think NYU, UT, UVA) but also Masters in Finance programs abroad given I graduated recently in 2017. I'd like to get to at least a 680 and am looking for advice on how to get there. All I've used is the Kaplan Prep Plus book and frustratingly enough when I took those 5 Kaplan practice tests, I scored between 580-620. Still lower than I wanted going into test day, but was very disappointed on test day.

Common sense would be to keep working and likely apply next fall and take more time to study for the GMAT, but unfortunately, my situation at work has only gotten worse and worse and I need to get out. I'd like to go back to school to help pivot my career. I'd appreciate if people can share their experiences of improving their score quickly (and how they did it) or maybe general career advice. Would working for a family office next year or the next two years make more sense and then apply to B school later on? Or maybe I should focus on applying to Masters programs that dont require GMAT (Warwick)? Just feeling a bit lost tbh. Thanks!

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Hi gmat0305,

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) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
2) What were your Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores when you took the Official GMAT (the 530)?
3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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Hi gmat0305,

You ask some really good questions. I understand that you are not happy at work; however, trying to rush into business school is probably not the answer. At this stage, you may be better off looking for a new job. Also, since you are just one year removed from college, but most top schools prefer multiple years of work experience, why not get some further work experience under your belt before applying to school? Working for a few more years may provide some further clarity about what you’d like to do with your MBA, and by giving yourself more time, you can adequately prepare for your GMAT. If you decide to get a new job and apply to business school in a few years, you can continue to study for the GMAT now, take your exam when you are ready, and then save your score for when you apply to schools, right?

Once you make a firm decision either way, reach back out, and I’ll be happy to provide some advice regarding your GMAT study plan. You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

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