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I am a recent graduate in engineering who has to crack the GMAT in the next 50 days. I am going to give my free mock in the weekend. Subsequently I would share that I have already taken GRE during undergraduate school with a score of 320. What should be my strategy for different sections of the test considering that I feel that verbal and data sufficiency will be the test areas for me.

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I am a recent graduate in engineering who has to crack the GMAT in the next 50 days. I am going to give my free mock in the weekend. Subsequently I would share that I have already taken GRE during undergraduate school with a score of 320. What should be my strategy for different sections of the test considering that I feel that verbal and data sufficiency will be the test areas for me.

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Welcome to Gmatclub. It's good that you have taken GRE in the past and its experience will be helpful in your GMAT mock test. Reply on the same post with your score. Strategies are different for different scores and hence, it is required to know at least 1 mock score. I would recommend taking the official one. Thanks.
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I am a recent graduate in engineering who has to crack the GMAT in the next 50 days. I am going to give my free mock in the weekend. Subsequently I would share that I have already taken GRE during undergraduate school with a score of 320. What should be my strategy for different sections of the test considering that I feel that verbal and data sufficiency will be the test areas for me.

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For DS, you should know about "variable approach". It may help you for sure-it'll save your time in the real exam.
Also, you should also read the Data Sufficiency: Strategies & Tactics-chapter 4 designed by ManhattanPrep. This chapter is very powerful for DS, i think.
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I am a recent graduate in engineering who has to crack the GMAT in the next 50 days. I am going to give my free mock in the weekend. Subsequently I would share that I have already taken GRE during undergraduate school with a score of 320. What should be my strategy for different sections of the test considering that I feel that verbal and data sufficiency will be the test areas for me.

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For DS, you should know about "variable approach". It may help you for sure-it'll save your time in the real exam.
Also, you should also read the Data Sufficiency: Strategies & Tactics-chapter 4 designed by ManhattanPrep. This chapter is very powerful for DS, i think.
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Hi abdullahR95,

The good news is that 320 is a very solid GRE score, so that is a good sign for your GMAT I’m happy to provide some further advice but it would be helpful to see your baseline score. Once you complete your practice exam, feel free to report back here and I can provide some advice.
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Hi abdullahR95,

Many Business Schools accept either the GMAT or the GRE as part of the application process, so since you've already taken the GRE (and done fairly well on it), you might consider retaking the GRE (assuming that the Schools you plan to apply to will accept that Score).

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have your Score, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi abdullahR95,

The good news is that 320 is a very solid GRE score, so that is a good sign for your GMAT I’m happy to provide some further advice but it would be helpful to see your baseline score. Once you complete your practice exam, feel free to report back here and I can provide some advice.
Will take the practice exam in the weekend and report my scores here. Your guidance would really be anticipated.
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Hi abdullahR95,

Many Business Schools accept either the GMAT or the GRE as part of the application process, so since you've already taken the GRE (and done fairly well on it), you might consider retaking the GRE (assuming that the Schools you plan to apply to will accept that Score).

Since it sounds like you're just beginning your studies, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at http://www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have your Score, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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The school I'm targeting has a criterion for financial support for a score above 700 in the GMAT, so I have to take the exam. Will be reporting my score once I take my test in the weekend

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Hi abdullahR95,

The good news is that 320 is a very solid GRE score, so that is a good sign for your GMAT I’m happy to provide some further advice but it would be helpful to see your baseline score. Once you complete your practice exam, feel free to report back here and I can provide some advice.
Will take the practice exam in the weekend and report my scores here. Your guidance would really be anticipated.
Thanks

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Sounds good. Let me know how it goes.
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ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
Hi abdullahR95,

The good news is that 320 is a very solid GRE score, so that is a good sign for your GMAT I’m happy to provide some further advice but it would be helpful to see your baseline score. Once you complete your practice exam, feel free to report back here and I can provide some advice.
Will take the practice exam in the weekend and report my scores here. Your guidance would really be anticipated.
Thanks

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Sounds good. Let me know how it goes.
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Hi abdullahR95,

This 640 is a strong initial CAT Score (the average Score on the Official GMAT hovers around 550 most years). Assuming that you took this CAT in a realistic fashion, you're relatively close to a 700+ right now - although you will have to focus on learning and practicing the proper Tactics to get to the point that you can consistently score at that higher level.

"Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix'). As such, I'd like to know a bit more about this CAT. While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

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Hi abdullahR95,

640 with Q48 is not a bad start! Are you looking for some advice on how to improve both your verbal and quant skills?
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Hi abdullahR95,

640 with Q48 is not a bad start! Are you looking for some advice on how to improve both your verbal and quant skills?
Verbal seems to be a problem since 28 doesn't seem that great. In areas of quant I found my bad areas. Will share my findings after I get home.

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ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
Hi abdullahR95,

640 with Q48 is not a bad start! Are you looking for some advice on how to improve both your verbal and quant skills?
Verbal seems to be a problem since 28 doesn't seem that great. In areas of quant I found my bad areas. Will share my findings after I get home.

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Sounds good. I'm happy to help.
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abdullahR95 wrote:
ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
Hi abdullahR95,

640 with Q48 is not a bad start! Are you looking for some advice on how to improve both your verbal and quant skills?
Verbal seems to be a problem since 28 doesn't seem that great. In areas of quant I found my bad areas. Will share my findings after I get home.

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Sounds good. I'm happy to help.


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1) 2 wrong due to miscalculation (trigonometry, number line, power, )
2) 1 wrong due to missing small details (
3) 1 wrong due to low time
4) 2 wrong due to not revising permutations and combination; Intercepts
5) 2 wong due to not knowing some solutions (sequence, range
6) Data sufficiency: need to read some Algebra
7) Data sufficiency: need to read some Trigonometry
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abdullahR95 wrote:
ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
Hi abdullahR95,

640 with Q48 is not a bad start! Are you looking for some advice on how to improve both your verbal and quant skills?
Verbal seems to be a problem since 28 doesn't seem that great. In areas of quant I found my bad areas. Will share my findings after I get home.

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Hi abdullahR95,

To start, Trigonometry is NOT a subject that the GMAT 'tests', so while you might be able to answer some Quant questions by suing 'Trig skills', that process would involving learning/practicing some material that you do not have to learn to earn a perfect Score in the Quant section.

Your analysis of your performance shows a standard 'mix' of common issues to work on - which is fine. You'll need to be efficient with your remaining study time to get to the point that you can consistently score 700+ though.

1) What study materials are you currently working with?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi abdullahR95,

To start, Trigonometry is NOT a subject that the GMAT 'tests', so while you might be able to answer some Quant questions by suing 'Trig skills', that process would involving learning/practicing some material that you do not have to learn to earn a perfect Score in the Quant section.

Your analysis of your performance shows a standard 'mix' of common issues to work on - which is fine. You'll need to be efficient with your remaining study time to get to the point that you can consistently score 700+ though.

1) What study materials are you currently working with?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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1) I have a hard copy of KAPLAN 2020 and Barrons GMAT 16th Ed. with me but I am more reliant on content on the internet since these books cover a wide array of sections.
2) I have 5 to 6 weeks which gives me 2 hrs for 5 weekdays and 8 hours for the weekend. In a week I get a total of 18 hrs making it 90 hours in total.
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Hi abdullahR95,

You have a nice amount of available study time - which is good (and you will need to commit a certain amount of that time to learning and practicing the proper Verbal Tactics). Given your timeframe - and this initial practice CAT result - while you might be able hit your Goal Score by studying on your own, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led), so you should plan to look into the available options. 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 out 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.

If you have any additional questions, then just let me know (and you can also feel free to contact me directly).

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Hi AbdullahR95,

Thank you for sharing. I just want to caution you about reading too much into the result, since just one practice exam as the sample size is quite small. In any case, if you’d like some general advice on how to improve your quant and verbal skills, feel free to reach out.
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