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# How should I plan to study after the first exam?

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06 Apr 2018, 20:01
Hi,
I just took my first official test (very exhaaaausted right now..) and I got 710(q 50, v36), which is below my target score 750.

I started to study GMAT in January, so I've been studying for 3 months.

I took the the 2 official GMAT prep exams before a week and before 3days.
The scores:
710 (q49 v36)
750 (q50 v41)

I know that prep exam score might be inflated but I believed that at least 730~740 is my score with more confidence on verbal section. Anyway, the fact is that I got 710. Not bad, but still more to go.

My question is, now how should I plan to study after taking this first exam? Right now, I feel like just wanna stay away from my gmat study materials and just rest.. But that rest might cost me something right..? Just keep going on as I have been doing? When should I take my second exam?
+this new GMAT with less questions is bugging me.(that's why I wanted to finish my GMAT in this first attempt)

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07 Apr 2018, 14:10
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That's quite rare to score so high on your first practice test.

At this point, I'd do some practice questions with various resources and take another practice test one or two weeks before your scheduled test.

If your test taking skills are getting you the results you want already - you don't need to change much. Just tweak as needed.

You can, for example, go through OG questions and supplemental sources such as online question banks:

http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-test/

Other than that, just keep doing what works.

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07 Apr 2018, 23:28
megakee9 wrote:
Hi,
I just took my first official test (very exhaaaausted right now..) and I got 710(q 50, v36), which is below my target score 750.

I started to study GMAT in January, so I've been studying for 3 months.

I took the the 2 official GMAT prep exams before a week and before 3days.
The scores:
710 (q49 v36)
750 (q50 v41)

I know that prep exam score might be inflated but I believed that at least 730~740 is my score with more confidence on verbal section. Anyway, the fact is that I got 710. Not bad, but still more to go.

My question is, now how should I plan to study after taking this first exam? Right now, I feel like just wanna stay away from my gmat study materials and just rest.. But that rest might cost me something right..? Just keep going on as I have been doing? When should I take my second exam?
+this new GMAT with less questions is bugging me.(that's why I wanted to finish my GMAT in this first attempt)

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Your score is quite decent though since your target is even higher so we can see that there is potential in Verbal section for improvement.

A few things to criticize that I can find about your study plan are
1) You haven't taken enough practice tests. We suggest students to practice atleast 6-10 practice tests before taking the official exam. A small sample space of just two practice test smay not be sufficient to predict the level of preparedness when you are already aware that the GMAT PREP at times give inflated score due to the obvious reasons that students practice the question if they go online.
2) You score in Quant seems consistent hovering around 50 whereas your verbal score are varying in nature so you should take the second test only when you see consistency in the scores that you get in the practice tests and never skip taking as many good practice tests as possible. Manhattan is best so far in market.

For the rest we can only keep Verbal in focus and work on it to seek the desired score.
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