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# GMAT Study plan for retake: analysis of study strategy (need help!)

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29 May 2018, 20:24
Hey guys,
Hoping you could help me!

I just finished my first actual GMAT. Despite studying for about 3 months, my score has not improved. I am definitely doing something wrong. I was hoping you can help me understand what it is. I don’t want to waste time and make the same mistakes.

I have been studying since the beginning of march.

Below are my scores from mock tests:
GMAT Prep 1 (march 5): Q35, V17 (450)
Man Cat1: Q22, V33 (480)
Man Cat 2: Q37, V28 (540)
Man Cat 3: Q26, V32 (490)
GMAT Prep 2 (may 27): Q24, V23 (420)

Actual GMAT (May 29): Q30, V22 (450)

Materials used:
-Foundation MGMAT (Q and V): I realized early on that since I have been out of school for 10 years, I needed to build my base.
-Manhattan Books: Number properties, Algebra, CR, SC
-Took a review class prior to studying on march, but majority of the students were fresh out of university. I couldn’t keep up.
-OG 12 and 2016: I do problems before reviewing from Manhattan
-Created an Error log: but I think it could be more detailed. (I just write why I got it wrong)

Majority of my studies have been foundations. Building my based on concepts I forgot.
I do solve OG questions, I do my best to understand and learn from each problem.

Weaknesses: DS, RC, SC
Strength: CR

I’ve been reading the forum and I must say I’m slight overwhelmed. But if I have about 3 months to study till the next actual GMAT, what should I be focusing on? How should I be studying? I can do about 3 hours a day on weekdays, and 4 hours on Saturdays. My goal is at least 650.

Initial ideas to recalibrate my study plan (let me know what you think):
-Better Error Log?
-At this point, since I believe I do understand foundations, should I be just solving from OG only?
-I read somewhere that instead of solving out problems, I should be analyzing answers immediately, so my brain understands the right way of doing things, instead of how difficult it was the first time around.
-Analyzing the problem: why this answer is correct and why the others are wrong. Understanding if this is the fast way to do it
-Read more books to improve my ear?

Other resources: I have about 3 more CATS from Manhattan, OG online bank.

I’m open to your suggestions. I need help ☹

Please tell me there is still hope for me!
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Updated on: 31 May 2018, 18:53
Hi ams17,

With 3 months of additional study, you could potentially improve a great deal. However, since "your way" of studying over the last 3 months has not led to a significant improvement, you cannot afford to continue working in that same way. 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 your timeline and your goals:

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

Raising a 450 to a 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.

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Originally posted by EMPOWERgmatRichC on 30 May 2018, 12:18.
Last edited by EMPOWERgmatRichC on 31 May 2018, 18:53, edited 1 time in total.
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30 May 2018, 17:14
I am planning to apply this Oct / Nov for next year's intake.
Looking at European schools like: HEC, and Essec.

Is 450 to 650 possible in 3 months?
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31 May 2018, 18:56
Hi ams17,

My apologies for the typo in my original post. To answer your immediate question: Yes - raising a 450 to a 650 IS possible in 3 months. That having been said, you will have to be really 'efficient' during this next phase of your studies and you're going to have to learn/practice the proper Tactics (in BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections) to improve that much in that timeframe. You would likely benefit from investing 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 question, then just let me know.

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