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GMAT Prep Tips/Suggestions (510 the economist)

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23 Dec 2018, 11:08
Background: So I started preparing for Gmat at jamboree (offline classes) in July'18, then after completing the classes I got out of touch with the preparation. Had solved half-heartedly solved OG'18 without error logs and etc.

fast forward, I restarted studying in this November and I purchased the economist Gmat course. Now I have completed 82% of the course there, I am scoring really low. My target score is 650+ and I wanted to appear for round 2 in January for MIM programs but I guess the plans didn't go accordingly. I am scoring 510 in the latest CAT so I think I can extend this to mid of January. I am currently studying 5-6hours now. giving 2-3hours to quants to the economist. and the rest of the day to Solving OG questions of SC/CR. and RC questions from gmat club.

my scores breakup is this,
TEST DATE SCORE IR QUANT VERBAL
Sim exam #1 Dec 1, 2018 7:22 PM 450 1 31 20
Sim exam #2 Dec 13, 2018 1:57 PM 460 1 36 16
Sim exam #3 Dec 23, 2018 9:58 PM 510 1 39 21

I have timing issues in VERBAL, attaching the screenshot of the last cat (today)

I need some guidance probably change in plans, study habits, and guidance to business schools applications
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Hi prototypevenom,

In a prior post, you stated that you were planning to take the GMAT on December 15th. Did you actually take the GMAT at that time (and if you did, then how did you score?)?

Assuming that these CAT Scores are accurate - and that your current 'ability level' is right around 500, raising a 500 to the point that you can consistently score 650+ will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. However, you might need to consider changing your application plans a bit.

1) When do you expect to finish your current Course?
2) What are the next application Rounds AFTER January?

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Hi prototypevenom,

In a prior post, you stated that you were planning to take the GMAT on December 15th. Did you actually take the GMAT at that time (and if you did, then how did you score?)?

Assuming that these CAT Scores are accurate - and that your current 'ability level' is right around 500, raising a 500 to the point that you can consistently score 650+ will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. However, you might need to consider changing your application plans a bit.

1) When do you expect to finish your current Course?
2) What are the next application Rounds AFTER January?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

no I postponed it, I don't want to give before I see my target score i.e 650 at least once on the mock tests.

1) When do you expect to finish your current Course? at max within 5days or so. excluding IR and AWA.
2) What are the next application Rounds AFTER January? they are ranging from feb to march(round 3)
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Hi prototypevenom,

If all of these CAT Scores have been from 3rd-party CATs, then it would help to see how you perform on one of the Official CATs. I suggest that you finish your current Course, then do some general review of everything you've learned. Once that's done, you should take one of the Official GMAC CATs - and make sure to take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here with your results and we can discuss how best to proceed.

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28 Dec 2018, 12:01
Hi prototypevenom,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Based on your 3 practice exam scores, my gut is telling me that it’s unlikely that you will be able to improve to a 650+ GMAT score by mid-January. That being said, before you make any final decisions, I agree that you should take an official MBA.com practice exam to get an accurate baseline GMAT score. Once you complete the exam, report back here, and I can provide some further advice.

Also, you may find it helpful to read the following articles about how long to study for the GMAT and [url-=https://blog.targettestprep.com/how-to-score-a-700-on-gmat/] how to score a 700+ on the GMAT [/url].
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