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# Got 590 (Q35, V35) on my first mock test - help with study plan

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12 May 2018, 14:39
I finally took my first mock test on MGMAT after lurking in reddit/gmatclub forums for about a week. I am not happy with my score at all but I am willing to make up for it in the coming months.

So the assessment report is really a great help in identifying which areas I need to work on, but I feel so overwhelmed with all the Quant topics I need to cover. How should I go about making a study plan for this? Do I need to tackle it based on the question type, topic, etc? I'm pretty sure I need to brush up on my foundation first but I would like to plan for the structure ahead of time. Another problem for me is that I am very impatient with Math that I give up easily without even finishing the question. Would it be a good idea to mix Quant with a little Verbal per day? Or just tackle Quant for one whole month (in the hopes of getting rid of this impatience), and once I get the hang of it, only then I move on to Verbal?

I also have no idea how to improve my Verbal score other than to power through practice questions, read the strategy guides, and get some additional reading done.

I plan to take the exam in the 2nd week of August with a target score of ~700. I currently have the latest OG, and the MGMAT strategy guides. Planning to use those + GMATClub resources + error log. In addition, I do have a full-time job so I can only get 2-3 hours of studying on weekdays, and 5 hours on weekends. So about 20-25 hours per week.

My question is - is this score even achievable given the time frame and the resources I currently have? I do not have the budget for taking a course/registering for online classes, which seems like the effective way to reach that score, at least according to the posts I have read so far.

Any suggestions is greatly appreciated!
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13 May 2018, 00:30
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Hi ellaineplm

I've got good news for you. GMAT Quant is the easiest part to improve on the
GMAT. I would recommend you to work on building your concepts using the
Manhattan strategy guides and then follow it up with some practice specific to
the topic.

While solving problems, try to understand if you are able to apply the learning
to the problems. Every time you are not able to solve a question go through the
thread(where this question has been discussed) and try to learn from different
methods given there. You will come across a few tricks which might help you
save time when you are solving similar problems later.

You could also check these links for more GMAT Quant related information

2.ALL YOU NEED FOR QUANT ! ! !
3.PS Directory by Topic and Difficulty
4.DS Directory by Topic and Difficulty

Last but not the least, work on maintaining an error log and go through the
mistakes you make from time to time. This retrospection will definitely help
you improve your scores. With a Q49 and a slight improvement in Verbal,
you are looking at a 700+ score.

Hope this helps you!
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Re: Got 590 (Q35, V35) on my first mock test - help with study plan  [#permalink]

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ellaineplm wrote:
I finally took my first mock test on MGMAT after lurking in reddit/gmatclub forums for about a week. I am not happy with my score at all but I am willing to make up for it in the coming months.

So the assessment report is really a great help in identifying which areas I need to work on, but I feel so overwhelmed with all the Quant topics I need to cover. How should I go about making a study plan for this? Do I need to tackle it based on the question type, topic, etc? I'm pretty sure I need to brush up on my foundation first but I would like to plan for the structure ahead of time. Another problem for me is that I am very impatient with Math that I give up easily without even finishing the question. Would it be a good idea to mix Quant with a little Verbal per day? Or just tackle Quant for one whole month (in the hopes of getting rid of this impatience), and once I get the hang of it, only then I move on to Verbal?

I also have no idea how to improve my Verbal score other than to power through practice questions, read the strategy guides, and get some additional reading done.

I plan to take the exam in the 2nd week of August with a target score of ~700. I currently have the latest OG, and the MGMAT strategy guides. Planning to use those + GMATClub resources + error log. In addition, I do have a full-time job so I can only get 2-3 hours of studying on weekdays, and 5 hours on weekends. So about 20-25 hours per week.

My question is - is this score even achievable given the time frame and the resources I currently have? I do not have the budget for taking a course/registering for online classes, which seems like the effective way to reach that score, at least according to the posts I have read so far.

Any suggestions is greatly appreciated!

Hi ellaineplm,

It is indeed possible! You should study for around 3 months to achieve a good score. It’s a good thing you have taken a GMAT Mock once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for around 3 months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course.

Your choice of using MGMAT guides for your preparation is great. MGMAT guides are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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13 May 2018, 03:56
Hi pushpitkc

Thank you for the links you provided! I was having a hard time navigating the forum as it contains A LOT of information/resources. These links will help me get started with my Quant Prep.
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13 May 2018, 04:00
Thanks for the suggestions rohan2345

I would like to give GMAT a try without having to enroll in a course first. I do not have sufficient budget to take one in time for my August exam. But as you have suggested, I will be trying the free content found on those prep websites.
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13 May 2018, 07:26
ellaineplm wrote:
Thanks for the suggestions rohan2345

I would like to give GMAT a try without having to enroll in a course first. I do not have sufficient budget to take one in time for my August exam. But as you have suggested, I will be trying the free content found on those prep websites.

Hi ellaineplm,

https://gmatclub.com/forum/free-access- ... s#p2060661

Hope this helps. All the best!
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13 May 2018, 09:55
ellaineplm wrote:
I finally took my first mock test on MGMAT after lurking in reddit/gmatclub forums for about a week. I am not happy with my score at all but I am willing to make up for it in the coming months.

So the assessment report is really a great help in identifying which areas I need to work on, but I feel so overwhelmed with all the Quant topics I need to cover. How should I go about making a study plan for this? Do I need to tackle it based on the question type, topic, etc? I'm pretty sure I need to brush up on my foundation first but I would like to plan for the structure ahead of time. Another problem for me is that I am very impatient with Math that I give up easily without even finishing the question. Would it be a good idea to mix Quant with a little Verbal per day? Or just tackle Quant for one whole month (in the hopes of getting rid of this impatience), and once I get the hang of it, only then I move on to Verbal?

I also have no idea how to improve my Verbal score other than to power through practice questions, read the strategy guides, and get some additional reading done.

I plan to take the exam in the 2nd week of August with a target score of ~700. I currently have the latest OG, and the MGMAT strategy guides. Planning to use those + GMATClub resources + error log. In addition, I do have a full-time job so I can only get 2-3 hours of studying on weekdays, and 5 hours on weekends. So about 20-25 hours per week.

My question is - is this score even achievable given the time frame and the resources I currently have? I do not have the budget for taking a course/registering for online classes, which seems like the effective way to reach that score, at least according to the posts I have read so far.

Any suggestions is greatly appreciated!

How GMAT club works : https://gmatclub.com/forum/topic257054.html#p1993468

Quant directory : https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-math-qu ... 7/?fl=menu

Verbal directory : https://gmatclub.com/forum/verbal-gmat- ... 1/?fl=menu

Timing strategy : https://gmatclub.com/forum/timing-strat ... ml?fl=menu

Study Plan : https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-self-pr ... tml?f=menu

Hope this helps.

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18 May 2018, 04:00
ellaineplm wrote:
I finally took my first mock test on MGMAT after lurking in reddit/gmatclub forums for about a week. I am not happy with my score at all but I am willing to make up for it in the coming months.

So the assessment report is really a great help in identifying which areas I need to work on, but I feel so overwhelmed with all the Quant topics I need to cover. How should I go about making a study plan for this? Do I need to tackle it based on the question type, topic, etc? I'm pretty sure I need to brush up on my foundation first but I would like to plan for the structure ahead of time. Another problem for me is that I am very impatient with Math that I give up easily without even finishing the question. Would it be a good idea to mix Quant with a little Verbal per day? Or just tackle Quant for one whole month (in the hopes of getting rid of this impatience), and once I get the hang of it, only then I move on to Verbal?

I also have no idea how to improve my Verbal score other than to power through practice questions, read the strategy guides, and get some additional reading done.

I plan to take the exam in the 2nd week of August with a target score of ~700. I currently have the latest OG, and the MGMAT strategy guides. Planning to use those + GMATClub resources + error log. In addition, I do have a full-time job so I can only get 2-3 hours of studying on weekdays, and 5 hours on weekends. So about 20-25 hours per week.

My question is - is this score even achievable given the time frame and the resources I currently have? I do not have the budget for taking a course/registering for online classes, which seems like the effective way to reach that score, at least according to the posts I have read so far.

Any suggestions is greatly appreciated!

Hi

Yes! your target score is possible till august with sound prep Strategies. During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice. 6-8 CATs are enough for practice the real tests. Make your Stamina for sitting 3 hours in the test and don't study more than 2 hours in one sit and 4 hours per day

Top CATs for Practice

1. Official GMAC CATs
2. Manhattan CATs
3. Kaplan CATs
4. GMAT Club Quant CATs

Good Luck!
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