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# I need advice to improve my score within 2 weeks

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01 Dec 2019, 13:08
Hello GMAT Club!

I have my GMAT on the 16th of December so in 2 weeks from now and I need some good advice to improve my score.

My target score is 550 and on my last attempt, I scored 490 (32 in quant and 25 in verbal).

What would you advise me to increase my score by 60 points?

Thank you a lot for your help!
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01 Dec 2019, 19:43
Hi didiervanoverveld,

To start, with a Score Goal of 550+, you do NOT need to correctly answer ANY questions on the GMAT that you think are too hard or too weird, but you do have to keep the little mistakes to a minimum.

1) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
4) What application deadlines are you facing?

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01 Dec 2019, 19:58
Which mock test you tried prevously?
check in which topic you are weak, focus on 2 or 3 topics, there may be chance to increase your score
But its better to post pone exam and practice more
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02 Dec 2019, 02:50
Hello Rich,

SO you would recommend focussing on avoiding silly mistakes?

1) I study for a little bit more than a month now and I spend on average 9 hours a week to study for the GMAT.
2) I use the official GMAT guides, some free trial preparations, daily math and quant questions, as well as the Magoosh flashcard app and the GMAT club flashcards.
3) First CAT on 16th of November (Quant : 26 and Verbal 25)
Second CAT on 29th of November with 32 in quant and 25 in verbal
4) I have my Gmat on the 16th because the application deadline is on the 10th of January

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02 Dec 2019, 12:04
Hi didiervanoverveld,

Many GMATers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores - and many of those people will spend 15-20 hours each week on their studies. Since you've been studying for just a month - and only 9 hours a week - you shouldn't expect to have mastered any GMAT concepts just yet. Thankfully, you don't actually have to 'master' anything to hit your particular Score Goal. When dealing with questions that you think are too challenging, you should immediate 'dump' those questions (just take a guess and move on) - that way, you'll have more time to spend on all of the 'gettable' questions. By extension, you should be able to take more notes, double-check your work, etc. and minimize the little mistakes.

You can pick up all of the additional points that you're looking for in either the Quant section or the Verbal section, so you might find it beneficial to focus on whichever section you find easier to deal with (and hone the proper skills for that section).

1) Do you find the Quant or Verbal to be easier?
2) Going forward, how many total hours do you think you can commit to your studies before Test Day?

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02 Dec 2019, 19:24
Hi didiervanoverveld,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Although you need just a 60-point score increase, I think that you may need more than just 2 weeks to improve your score. Is there any way you could study longer and take your GMAT at a later date? In any case, if you’d like some general advice on how to improve your quant and verbal skills, feel free to reach out.
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