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How many weeks of preps to climb up to a 700+ score from 630?

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New post 07 Apr 2017, 01:51
Hi,

I took a Gmatprep test today and scored really low.
Scores: 630; Q47, V32

I have to reschedule my test date as I am not prepared enough to get the desired 700.
Can somebody please help me to decide a reasonable prep time given the below conditions?
Also, answers to some of the questions I have w.r.t. to the preparation would be a great help.
1. I have to improve on quant and a lot on verbal. As English is not my first language, I have to work on my reading and comprehension tremendously.
2. I have studied verbal only from the official guide. Should I practice and study the questions again? CR and RC are my weaker areas more than SC.
3. Quant - I have solved OG and OG quantitative review.
In the coming weeks, I have planned to take up my weak areas and get familiar with different question types. Would that be okay?
4. I can spend 5-6 hours on preparation every day.
5. What would be the right strategy to move ahead from here on?
I want to ensure I am on the right track and working on things which can really make a difference.

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Hi soa7,

Unfortunately, there isn't a 'fixed' answer as to how long it would take to raise a 630 to a 700+. Depending on your particular strengths/weaknesses and your ability to learn new Tactics, it would likely take at least another 1-2 months of consistent, guided study to get to that level. It's also worth noting that at higher and higher scoring levels, the GMAT becomes really 'sensitive' to little mistakes - so you have to try to define WHY you get questions wrong on your CATs (re: do you not know how to solve the question or are you getting it wrong because you made a little mistake?). Before I can offer you any additional advice about how to continue your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What materials have you used?
3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?
4) Did you take the FULL CAT each time (with the Essay and IR sections)?

Goals:
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Thank you for the response Rich.
Here are the answers:
I am not completely sure but I feel the questions which go wrong are the ones in which I can't decide on an approach as soon as I read the question. And by the time I start solving, more than a minute is lost and instead of concentrating on solving the question I start to think of a wise guess so that I do not loose on time at the end. I feel I need to familiarize myself with the question types. For verbal, I feel my comprehension is poor under the time pressure because the questions I mark incorrect on SC also are mostly the meaning questions.
Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
- I have studied for 4 months.
2) What materials have you used?
- I attended a classroom program and practiced questions from the OG and the material they provided.
3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?
- I have taken 4 tests. Below are the scores:
Test1 - 540; Q39 V22
Test2 - 640; Q47 V31
Test3 - 640; Q47 V30
Test4 - 630; Q47 V32
4) Did you take the FULL CAT each time (with the Essay and IR sections)?
- Yes, I have taken the tests with AWA and IR.

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Goals:
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
- I have to submit applications by September 2017
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
- INSEAD, Cornell, Marshall, Owen school

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Hi soa7,

Your last 3 CAT scores are remarkably similar to one another, which means that while you handle certain parts of the GMAT consistently well, you also make certain consistent mistakes. This implies that you've developed some 'bad habits' that will take time to fix (and replace with new 'good habits') - and that extra work will take time. Thankfully, you still have plenty of time before the September application deadlines, so if you can commit to learning/practicing the proper Tactics, then I think that you would have a good chance to hit that score goal.

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Thank you Rich. I will have to analyze my tests first before taking a new approach. May be there are certain type of questions which i am not familiar with and they eat up my time. Thank you for pointing this out. I will begin with the analysis.

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Three months should be good enough to improve your score. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking an additional 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, 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.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they 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. 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.
Lastly I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review 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

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New post 25 Apr 2017, 06:42
Thank you Rohan for listing all the sources. I have taken 2 months of time and rescheduled my test. I think I should be focusing mainly on the official material. Also, as you have suggested, I will take the gmatclub practice tests. Thank you for your response.

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