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Hey! I went to University of Florida (2012) and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.84 GPA. I'd like to attend Columbia, MIT, or another top school and get a Masters in Real Estate degree. MIT's website says the average GMAT score is 660-700 for masters in real estate development. I would like to at least get a 660 so i can be competitive. However, right now i'm scoring 580. I have a few questions.

1. Do you suggest scheduling test in advance or continue studying until you feel ready and then schedule?
2. What do you think is the best approach to increase score at least 80 points? I've been thinking maybe one of the expensive tutoring programs like Veritas, etc. may help?
I've tried Magoosh (didn't finish all the videos / practice questions) but i did watch all the quant videos and did many practice problems but it didn't help my quant score.

Just trying to figure out best way to reach my goal. I know i can score better than what i am scoring. It's been difficult with work and gym to make enough time to study and have the energy to retain the info. lol. I studied for the last 3 months, 2 hours per day on weekdays, and 3-4 hours on weekends. As i mentioned before i bought Magoosh and the Official guide for Verbal & Quant (2017). I did all the verbal & quant official guide problems.

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For the first question, I personally prefer schedule the test first, so I can plan my study with specific target. Have a deadline will also put a little pressure that help you focus more on study. Again this is only my personally choice. Hope this help. Good luck with your exam :)

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Hi Nawz,

Since it sounds like you've put in some significant study time already, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your CAT scores and your goals:

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1) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?
2) Do you have to rush to finish any of the sections during your CATs (and guess on a bunch of questions at the end of the section)?
3) When are you planning to apply to School?

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New post 31 Aug 2017, 12:52
Thanks for the response. I've been scoring around the same. No real improvement.

Verbal 27 / Quant 42
Verbal 28 / Quant 40
Verbal 29 / Quant 40

I'm a very slow test taker. I was usually one of the last people out of test room in college / high school but we always had much more time. Quant i'm usually guessing the last few answers. Verbal i can finish on time.

I'm in no rush to apply. If i can reach my target GMAT score then i will probably apply next year. I was thinking to retake test in December so i can use some holiday / vacation time (around two weeks) and be fully rested / more prepared. I took the GMAT on a Saturday after a full work week so maybe using some vacation time will help.

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Hi Nawz,

From your last post, it sounds like you've taken the GMAT already. Is that true? Are the 3 scores you listed Official GMAT Scores or practice CAT Test Scores?

In either case, you have the potential to pick up serious points in BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Considering the consistency in these results though, it appears that you might have gotten 'stuck' at this level. As such, you're going to have to make some significant changes to how you 'see' (and respond to) the Test to hit your goal score. It's also possible that you've developed some 'bad habits' that will take time to fix (and replace with new "good habits"). All of that work will likely take another 2 months of consistent, guided study. With a December Test Date, you still have plenty of time to study and improve though.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Rich,

I did take the test already. The scores are a combination of real GMAT / practice tests. I can study 1-2 hours per weekday and 2-4 on weekend.

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I personally think you should get ready and then schedule a test, unless you need it by a certain date.
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Hi Nawz,

When you say that you are a 'slow' Test Taker, what does that mean exactly? Do you find that you have to read the questions more than once before you get started working? Do you get 'lost' while working through a question, then have to go back and double-check your work up to that point? Are you currently on any medications such as Ritalin or Adderall?

You don't have to be a 'fast' Test Taker to score at a high level on the GMAT, but you DO have to 'efficient.' Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

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Rich,

I usually, especially in math, take longer than most people to finish tests. I typically like to check my work as there are usually multiple ways to complete a math problem. Also, in many math problems on the GMAT, i see the long way route (completing all the algebra, etc.) clearly but I don't always see the shortcut routes.

In regards to your first question i do sometimes re-read the question a few times. In regards to your other two questions the answer is no.

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Hi Nawz,

Based on everything that you've described so far, it seems as though "your way" of approaching Quant questions is often the "long way." The Quant section of the GMAT is NOT a 'math test'; it's a critical thinking test that requires lots of little calculations as you work through it. Thus, you have to train to 'see' the Quant section in that strategic way - otherwise, you will likely continue to face those same pacing issues and earn those same results. So now the issue is whether you're willing to work through that training. The good news is that the work is easy; the bad news is that learning new ways to do things is sometimes difficult for some people.

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