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Hi all,

I took the official exam about 3 weeks ago and scored a devastating 410. I canceled my score right away.

I was studying for 1.5 prior to taking the test. I only took the official exam to gain a better understanding of my current situation. I only used the OG 17 and Magoosh GMAT as my study materials.

Now:
I'm back and ready to start studying for the GMAT again. My goal is to be in the 85th - 90th percentile in order to apply to my dream business schools.

I'm not really sure what study materials i should purchase this time to achieve my goal. I'm planning to study 2 hours on weekdays and 4 hours on weekends as i'm currently working full time. I can even squeeze in an extra hour on weekdays in the morning to review previous day material if needed.

Any help and guidance is truly appreciated.

Thank you
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New post 10 Dec 2017, 18:06
Hi RohamP ,

Welcome to the GMAT Club and do not be so self critical of yourself as such things happens to all of us.
Even i ended up getting an 470 on my first GMAT Prep mock test.!

However to score on the higher end of the exam from where your current score is you need to put in more effort to understand the fundamental concepts in both verbal and quant. Be thorough with it and then prepare an error log while solving the questions. This will help you understand what are you weak areas and where you need to improve.

For more details please refer to the below link provided by bb

https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-plan-how-to-start-your-gmat-prep-80727.html

If you could go through the 3 month study plan as mentioned in the above link at a consistent pace i am sure you would end up getting your desired score :)

All the best with your preparations then!! :grin:
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RohamP wrote:
Hi all,

I took the official exam about 3 weeks ago and scored a devastating 410. I canceled my score right away.

I was studying for 1.5 prior to taking the test. I only took the official exam to gain a better understanding of my current situation. I only used the OG 17 and Magoosh GMAT as my study materials.

Now:
I'm back and ready to start studying for the GMAT again. My goal is to be in the 85th - 90th percentile in order to apply to my dream business schools.

I'm not really sure what study materials i should purchase this time to achieve my goal. I'm planning to study 2 hours on weekdays and 4 hours on weekends as i'm currently working full time. I can even squeeze in an extra hour on weekdays in the morning to review previous day material if needed.

Any help and guidance is truly appreciated.

Thank you
Roham
When are you planning to take the exam again? Also, how long did you prepare last time (1.5 months?) and what was your quant/verbal split?

Most takers need 3-4 months to prepare well for the exam, so you should plan for at least that much time. I'm not sure that you need to change your prep material immediately. Have you worked through all the concepts there?
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RohamP wrote:
Hi all,

I took the official exam about 3 weeks ago and scored a devastating 410. I canceled my score right away.

I was studying for 1.5 prior to taking the test. I only took the official exam to gain a better understanding of my current situation. I only used the OG 17 and Magoosh GMAT as my study materials.

Now:
I'm back and ready to start studying for the GMAT again. My goal is to be in the 85th - 90th percentile in order to apply to my dream business schools.

I'm not really sure what study materials i should purchase this time to achieve my goal. I'm planning to study 2 hours on weekdays and 4 hours on weekends as i'm currently working full time. I can even squeeze in an extra hour on weekdays in the morning to review previous day material if needed.

Any help and guidance is truly appreciated.

Thank you
Roham


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1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides
2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides
or Aristotle Verbal Guide for CR critical reasoning bible is best book with 300+ pages of comprehensive Data

Strategies

Start with Quant, learn the concepts tested on GMAT. After learning, practice your learned section with timed practice. You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT. 1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal. When completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice. Take full lenght CATs, know your estimated score. Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

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Hi Roham,

Raising a 410 to a 700+ will be a challenging task - and will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study. As part of your training, you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. 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 goals:

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
3) How do you know you "need" a 700+ Score to apply to these Schools?

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RohamP wrote:
Hi all,

I took the official exam about 3 weeks ago and scored a devastating 410. I canceled my score right away.

I was studying for 1.5 prior to taking the test. I only took the official exam to gain a better understanding of my current situation. I only used the OG 17 and Magoosh GMAT as my study materials.

Now:
I'm back and ready to start studying for the GMAT again. My goal is to be in the 85th - 90th percentile in order to apply to my dream business schools.

I'm not really sure what study materials i should purchase this time to achieve my goal. I'm planning to study 2 hours on weekdays and 4 hours on weekends as i'm currently working full time. I can even squeeze in an extra hour on weekdays in the morning to review previous day material if needed.

Any help and guidance is truly appreciated.

Thank you
Roham
When are you planning to take the exam again? Also, how long did you prepare last time (1.5 months?) and what was your quant/verbal split?

Most takers need 3-4 months to prepare well for the exam, so you should plan for at least that much time. I'm not sure that you need to change your prep material immediately. Have you worked through all the concepts there?




AjiteshArun,
Thank you for your reply.

I'm planning to take the test in about 3 months. I studied about 1-2 hours a day during by 1.5 months of studying. I don't remember the split.

I never got to finish all the questions from the OG. I only too the official test to get a feel for the exam. I think i need to focus on learning from mistakes and creating some form of error log.

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Thank you for your reply. I've purchased the Manhathan Gmat Prep Books. Hopefully i'll be able to achieve the desired score this time.
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I think the way you're studying matters even more than the materials you're using. Even with a great set of books, you can study either well or poorly. Good studying involves repeatedly going back to review old material, staying engaged (studying with a pen and paper and actually working out examples and practice problems), and continuing to work towards mastery rather than being satisfied with 'I get it'. Just reading the books isn't good enough (although obviously I think the MPrep books are great. :))
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AjiteshArun,
Thank you for your reply.

I'm planning to take the test in about 3 months. I studied about 1-2 hours a day during by 1.5 months of studying. I don't remember the split.

I never got to finish all the questions from the OG. I only too the official test to get a feel for the exam. I think i need to focus on learning from mistakes and creating some form of error log.

Thank you
I think you already know at least one possible way forward: to try to work through all the material you have. And you're right: you need to learn from your mistakes, and an error log could help with that.

So set a date by which you want to finish the material you already have (I'd go with 1-1.5 months at most, if you're already comfortable with some of it), and until you're absolutely sure that you've mastered it, don't look for additional material. New material will probably just distract you. You'll also want to track the progress you're making, so taking a full length test every 3 weeks or so could help. Getting the additional GMATPrep exam pack tests could help there.
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