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How many hours did you study for the gmat?

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I have been wondering about taking the GMAT again. Not so much to get a better score to help me get accepted. After looking thorugh the Who's Going Where 2008 thread I'm convinced that my 720 is good enough to get in to any school. I think my essays could either get me accepted with a 720 or get me rejected even with a 790. If my essays are bad, my GMAT score is unlikely to be something to push me over the edge to acceptance regardless of how good it is.

My reason for wanting to take it again (possibly early 2009 after acceptance) is to get in to the 99th percentile. Something I've learned from GMATClub is that I really enjoy helping people learn this stuff. I really think I'd like to tutor/teach. I'm not sure how difficult it is to get a job with a company like Manhattan GMAT (provided the GMAT score is 760+) but I think it would be a great way to earn some extra money during school. If MGMAT really pays their teachers $100 / hr like their website claims, I'll certainly take a part-time job of that!

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I studied probably about 130-140 hours.

9 classes * 3 hours each = 27 hours
8 weeks (Mon-Fri) * 6 hours each = 48 hours
8 weekends * 8 hours each = 64 hours

That seems about right.

But the thing that's funny are my practice test scores. I started out with the 6 MGMAT tests, went from 700 on the first to 760 on the last, then 740's on the GMAT Preps. So that last 1/4 of studying, I think I peaked and got burnt out and my scores went down. My actual GMAT was a 740, but with much lower verbal than I was capable of.

So I definitely think that for some people, you can really over-study for the GMAT. Test takers should keep that in mind.

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If you're studying 400+ hours it's very possible that you may not be studying efficiently.

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I probably "studied" for about 20 hours, and then took the two GMATPrep tests.

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New post 03 Aug 2008, 19:49
Note that many of those folks studying 400+ hours may well be internationals with little or no English skills whatsoever. That was precisely my case when I started my GMAT classes. They all were taught in English and, the truth be told, after about 80 hours of classes, I had almost no improvement at all, my best score was 620 and AWA didn't seem even remotely doable. So I took a month off job and studied my ass off for this month 10-12 hours daily. Which in total brings me easily to 400+ hours ( 80 hours of classes + maybe 20-30 hours for homework + 30 days X 10 hours daily = 400+ hours of total preparation time ).

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