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GMAT Debrief 630 (Q47, V29, IR7)

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I just got back from retaking the GMAT and I am disappointed. Previously, I had a 640 (Q44, V44). Today, I got a a 630 (Q47, V29, IR7). Really, all I care about is getting a Q49. That's where 100% of my prep has been. I am trying to apply to a computer science program and all they want is a quant score in the 80th percentile, but they'll accept Q49, maybe even a Q48. I have been studying for six months and I am upset that I am not closer. I am happy I've improved, but still this is not comparable with how hard I have been working.

I have used Kaplan, GMAT Club and Math Revolution. My first attempt was about five weeks ago and I just used Kaplan and GMAT Club. However, I probably used GMAT Club too late in the game for the first try. It is the hardest set of questions. It's really the only question bank that I'd endorse. That said, the questions are often poorly written, but still really challenging on the quirks of DS. It's apparent some of these questions were written by non-native speakers. Kaplan is the weakest of the group. After taking a few practice exams, I realized how poorly Kaplan prepared me and so I added GMAT Club which is much better and harder. I have been religious about keeping an error log and determining my weak points. I do make a fair amount of stupid mistakes. Also, my issue is I take too much time.

The exam itself was tough. For whatever reason, I struggle in the first ten problems and especially the second problem. This happened to me last time, as well. They're not hard questions, but I get rattled on them and take too much time to answer a basic arithmetic mean problem. I know how to solve a problem like that quickly, so why is it so hard on test day? Timing was an issue, I used Math Revolution's tip for counting the variables and using that as the primary means to solve when you have less than 2 minutes per question left. I had to guess flat out on 2 questions using those rules and that's when all my time issues disappeared. The rest of the exam was smoother, I was still getting tough questions, but not as tough as before. I knew I did better than my first attempt, but I wasn't sure it was enough for a 49. I would have guessed I got a 48, but got a 47.

Right now, I am trying to figure out how to get better and how far away I am from a Q49. Any advice would be appreciated. I really need it right now. I'd even consider tutoring. To some extant, I feel like I have been giving it my all and this still isn't enough. I am 34, so a little older and with a brain that's more rigid than when I was 22. However, I feel like I can still do this, I just need some direction.

It's hard when you've been pretty successful in your career and that isn't enough to be accepted into a program. My whole life, I have been considered pretty smart, but not a great student.
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Hey Plunkster82, don't give up! At least you've realized that there are far better GMAT preparation options than the big companies can provide.

I've taken the GMAT 5 times total. I scored 47, 42, 44, and 46 on Quant before I finally cracked the ceiling and scored Q50. Persistence and determination are key.

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Hey Plunkster82, don't give up! At least you've realized that there are far better GMAT preparation options than the big companies can provide.

I've taken the GMAT 5 times total. I scored 47, 42, 44, and 46 on Quant before I finally cracked the ceiling and scored Q50. Persistence and determination are key.


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What suggestions would you have? I've taken it four times, total. I took it when I was 24 and did really well on verbal which got me into the master's program I wanted. Quant was a laggard then, as well. Generally, what's the difference between a 47 and 49?

How do your students improve normally? While I would gladly pay for a tutor, I am certain my wife wouldn't let me.
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I'd love to hear any feedback or ways to improve my problem solving. I make a lot of silly mistakes. If you've had luck improving on stupid mistakes, I'd love to hear how you did it.

Also, I appreciate any kudos.

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What suggestions would you have? I've taken it four times, total. I took it when I was 24 and did really well on verbal which got me into the master's program I wanted. Quant was a laggard then, as well. Generally, what's the difference between a 47 and 49?

How do your students improve normally? While I would gladly pay for a tutor, I am certain my wife wouldn't let me.


My students improve on average about 50-150 points, depending on their starting scores. The difference between a Q47 and a Q49 is often very minor, and is tied to your performance on the (critical) first 12 questions of the Quant section.

I would suggest that you buy yourself a copy of the GMAT OG 2017 and work through every single Quant question by topic. Work through 10-20 questions at a time, and check your answers immediately. If you got it wrong, then read the explanation in the book / on GMAT Club, then try the question again. Even if you remember the answer, then you still need to prove the answer on the page before moving on. Use this google spreadsheet of a modified GMAT Club document to help organize your studies: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... =669794543

Also, if you could share your ESR--yes, you can order ESRs even for cancelled GMAT scores--then I would be able to give you more specific advice about what went wrong.

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