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New post 28 Sep 2017, 12:42
Hi everyone!

I'm a first time writer in the forum. I've seen how this forum helped a lot of students and I wanted to be a part of it.
I took the diagnostic Kaplan CAT after doing only a couple of questions of each type of question and I scored 610.
Is this a good starting point to get to 700 in 3 months? I'm still lacking a lot of foundation knowledge, particularly in Quant so I think I still have some room to improve.
I wanted to ask for help concerning which type of study plan and resources I should take to improve as much as I can. I have the possibility of studying 10 to 15 hours a week. Also, which are the most reliable CAT exams out there? I've read some contradicting reviews on the Kaplan CATs as being either too difficult or too unreliable. Which are your thoughts? I think three months is a lot of time if used correctly. Do you think it's enough to get to the 700+ level?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Hi FMD1906,

To start, a 610 is a strong initial CAT Score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years). Kaplan CATs are 'close enough' to the real thing to provide a reasonably accurate score assessment (assuming that you took this CAT in a realistic fashion). With 3 months of study time, you would have a reasonable chance to hit your score goal (assuming that you focus on learning/practicing the proper Tactics and honing the necessary skills).

1) What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on this CAT?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi Rich,

First of all thanks for the reply! To answer your questions:

1) I got Quantitative 41 and Verbal 33.
2) I'm planning to apply in January right after I have my GMAT score.
3) I'm applying for Msc in Finance at Bocconi, ESADE and Rotterdam School of Management. They all require a good GMAT score.

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Hi FMD1906,

To start, I wanted to address one of your earlier questions - The scoring algorithm on the Official GMAT is far more complicated than most people realize. Since that algorithm is proprietary, no GMAT company has an exact match for it, thus CAT scores can vary a bit based on the 'biases' involved in their respective designs. The most realistic CATs available are the 6 from GMAC (the 2 free CATs, and each of the 2 that come with Exam Pack 1 and Exam Pack 2), so you should plan to take at least a few of those Official CATs at strategic points during your studies.

Based on this CAT result, you have potential to pick up some serious points in BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Finance Programs tend to put a greater emphasis on an Applicant's Quant Scaled Score though - so you'll benefit in multiple ways if you can significantly improve your Quant Scaled Score.

When it comes to studying for the GMAT, there are a variety of different 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 our website (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 questions, then you can feel free to contact me directly.

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FMD1906 wrote:
Hi everyone!

I'm a first time writer in the forum. I've seen how this forum helped a lot of students and I wanted to be a part of it.
I took the diagnostic Kaplan CAT after doing only a couple of questions of each type of question and I scored 610.
Is this a good starting point to get to 700 in 3 months? I'm still lacking a lot of foundation knowledge, particularly in Quant so I think I still have some room to improve.
I wanted to ask for help concerning which type of study plan and resources I should take to improve as much as I can. I have the possibility of studying 10 to 15 hours a week. Also, which are the most reliable CAT exams out there? I've read some contradicting reviews on the Kaplan CATs as being either too difficult or too unreliable. Which are your thoughts? I think three months is a lot of time if used correctly. Do you think it's enough to get to the 700+ level?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Cheers


Hi

Better to start with taking a GMAT Prep CAT exam as Kaplan is not as much close predictor as GMAT Prep is, know starting point 3 month is pretty enough time so you can start with Best comprehensive material

Best Books

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

Best Mocks

1. Official GMAC (50+50$)
2. Manhattan GMAT (49$)
3. GMAT Club Quant CATs (80$)

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FMD1906 wrote:
Hi everyone!

I'm a first time writer in the forum. I've seen how this forum helped a lot of students and I wanted to be a part of it.
I took the diagnostic Kaplan CAT after doing only a couple of questions of each type of question and I scored 610.
Is this a good starting point to get to 700 in 3 months? I'm still lacking a lot of foundation knowledge, particularly in Quant so I think I still have some room to improve.
I wanted to ask for help concerning which type of study plan and resources I should take to improve as much as I can. I have the possibility of studying 10 to 15 hours a week. Also, which are the most reliable CAT exams out there? I've read some contradicting reviews on the Kaplan CATs as being either too difficult or too unreliable. Which are your thoughts? I think three months is a lot of time if used correctly. Do you think it's enough to get to the 700+ level?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Cheers



Hi LavanyaR87,



3 months should be good enough to achieve your dream score. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 3 months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, Your decision to go with e-gmat verbal live course is great. It is an 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.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. For CR, Powerscore CR Bible is amazing. 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 and help you with your anxiety issues. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG, the verbal review and GMATPREP QP1 for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

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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