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How to get from 760 to 780/790?

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I scored a 760 Q49 V44 IR8 this morning with a moderate amount of studying. I had some difficult life events happen a few days leading up to the exam (full story and debrief here). I've signed up for a re-take in three weeks and am hoping that some more serious studying and better GMAT strategy can boost me up some points. Does anyone know of good resources to get to the top end of the GMAT?

I know it's a privilege to be able to get on my first try what many people dream of doing. If you're wondering why I'm going through a re-take, I'm hoping that a really high score will help secure scholarship money to help pay for school, since tuition is not cheap.

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Hi. Not sure why you posted your debrief on Reddit but thenlink seems to produce a not found page for me.

In general you seem to need to focus on the quant. You can search and for how to get Q50 or Q51 since you have “only” a Q49 (which is a 79th or 75th percentile these days)

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Congratulations!! Nice debrief.

You should post it here as well, i think it will be inspiring for someone in a similar situation as your were.

As suggested by BB you can search for the relevant topics here, you will find good information.

If you want you can purchase your ESR & check exactly where you lacked on test day. My suggestion will be to then work on your weaker areas in quant & start attacking hard questions from Manhattan or GMAT club tests. Bunuel's sets are also good.

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bb GyMrAT Thanks for the feedback! I've copied my debrief over to GMATClub here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/retaking-760 ... 73077.html
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New post 14 Aug 2018, 17:53
Hi ducksuit,

Congrats on the 740! Regarding score improvement, I agree with bb; you should look to improve your quant score. Since you were able to score a Q49 with moderate studying, if you are able to put in some hard work, you probably can improve your score.

To score Q50 or Q51, your preparation is going to have to be more complete. Specifically, you have to go through GMAT quant carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point.

For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, then carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why you got it wrong. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

To follow the path described above, you may need some new quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the[url=https://gmatclub.com/reviews/highest-rated-gmat-courses/best-for-quant-4
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You also may find my article with more information regarding how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.

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