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New post 05 Dec 2019, 08:44
Hi guys,
just wanted to get some feedback on my first practice exam score.
I did it without any studying whatsoever and I had some technical difficulties which made me miss a few questions on quant, verbal and also the integrated reasoning.
My scores : Integrated Reasoning: 3, Quant 28, Verbal: 37, Total: 540
I was wondering what I should focus on in order to get a high score (aiming for a 700+) ... Should I strengthen my verbal even further or should I focus on solidifying my quant skills?
Looking forward to your answers.
Sincerely a rookie :-D
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Welcome to gmat club.
Focus more on quant as you already got good verbal score but practice both
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New post 05 Dec 2019, 09:19
Focus on quant. Q28 indicates a pretty rusty state of quant affairs. I would recommend getting the Manhattan mass foundations book or the TTP quant course.

How much time you have? Are you applying in January for round two?

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Yes, as recommended by bb , you must give a shot a ttp for conceptual clarity. For practice i would suggest you to take up the gmat club tests and official gmat retired questions. that should do it. If you don't chose to take the course however; You might find this quite resourceful https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gma ... l#p1886497 . For verbal, practicing and reviewing official questions should do the trick as at V37, your concepts seem pretty clear.
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New post 05 Dec 2019, 09:45
hi thanks for the feedback, yes my quant skills are terribly rusty. the calculator is a blessing and in this case also a curse ... :-D
Regarding applications I'm actually planning on applying in march and doing the GMAT in february ...
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Sounds good.

PS. Just make sure you are not applying in any R3/Final rounds. If a program has four or five rounds then round three is fine but if that’s the last round, the chances are very very slim and you may be better off waiting a year for around one next year.

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New post 05 Dec 2019, 10:11
Why not work on both sections? V37 on some unknown test in only one instance means little.

Focusing work on verbal from beginning will provide you with basis for a strong score. As for quant, you should practice solving questions, regardless of their type or difficulty. The test rewards practice. GL!
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Hi TheRover34,

To start, a 540 is a solid initial CAT score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 550 most years). That having been said, raising a 540 to the point that you can consistently score 700+ will likely require at least 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.

Since you've admitted that your 'math skills' are a bit rusty, you might want to do some general math practice before you commit to a GMAT Study Plan. For free math practice and help, I recommend that you set up an account at Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org). The site is completely free and makes the learning a bit more fun and 'game-like' (as opposed to the dry academic approach taken by most books). While the site is vast, you should limit your studies to basic Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. After spending a little time re-building those skills, you can start your GMAT studies.

Before I can offer you any additional advice for your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your timeline and your goals:

1) When you say that you had a few 'technical difficulties' during this 1st CAT, what does that mean exactly? Were you unable to finish all the sections (and leave some questions unanswered?) or are you referring to not knowing how to answer certain questions (but you chose an answer anyway)?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
3) What are the exact application deadlines that you are facing?

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New post 05 Dec 2019, 18:38
Hi TheRover34,

540 is not a bad start. To improve your score to 700+ you should work on improving both your verbal and quant skills. Would you like some more detailed advice on how to do so? In the meantime you may find it helpful to read the following article:

How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT — A Mini-Guide for Success
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