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I Scored 510 on the GMAT.. Need 550 In the Next 2 months...

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I wrote the GMAT 3 weeks ago and scored extremely poorly. While my practice tests were all in the range I was looking for (high 500s-mid 600s), I found the real test much more difficult and ended up with V28 Q34 which resulted in a 510.

I recently got accepted to the top Canadian business schools already (the rest of my application except for the GMAT was stellar) and my conditional admission requirement is a 550 on the GMAT before September.

Ideally I'd want to hit 550 or higher as soon as possible. I've registered for a test in early April just to see where I stand but I'm committed to doing the GMAT right this time. What is the realistic timeframe I need to get the score I need?

Any tips or section scores I should be aiming for to hit my goal? I found I had an issue with time management but the verbal section especially where I've done OG questions, when it came to the real test, I didn't know where to begin with SC and the RC passages were very complex.

On that note, I did purchase official GMAT tests, I recall doing the free ones and they still had the old test length. Does anyone know if there's a function to change the number of questions to the new format?

Thanks!
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I wrote the GMAT 3 weeks ago and scored extremely poorly. While my practice tests were all in the range I was looking for (high 500s-mid 600s), I found the real test much more difficult and ended up with V28 Q34 which resulted in a 510.

I recently got accepted to the top Canadian business schools already (the rest of my application except for the GMAT was stellar) and my conditional admission requirement is a 550 on the GMAT before September.

Ideally I'd want to hit 550 or higher as soon as possible. I've registered for a test in early April just to see where I stand but I'm committed to doing the GMAT right this time. What is the realistic timeframe I need to get the score I need?

Any tips or section scores I should be aiming for to hit my goal? I found I had an issue with time management but the verbal section especially where I've done OG questions, when it came to the real test, I didn't know where to begin with SC and the RC passages were very complex.

On that note, I did purchase official GMAT tests, I recall doing the free ones and they still had the old test length. Does anyone know if there's a function to change the number of questions to the new format?

Thanks!


Hi royalblue37,

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Hope this helps. All the best.
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try to focus more on Quant while continue to practice verbal section and you can try GMAT club tests also, ( two are free ), tetlst score will help you to focus on quant

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On that note, I did purchase official GMAT tests, I recall doing the free ones and they still had the old test length. Does anyone know if there's a function to change the number of questions to the new format?

Thanks!
The online (latest) version of the free tests is available here. I'm not sure how helpful those two tests will be to you now, but you could give them a shot. If you don't remember the questions you got on those tests, you should definitely try taking them again.
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New post 21 Mar 2019, 09:27
Hi,
To score 550 is not difficult. Logically if u see, u only need to attempt easy and medium level questions correctly.

Start focussing on those level of questions.

For time management
Always time urself while doing practice questions even a single one. This way ur brain will automatically get trained.

Don't dwell urself in so many courses and books as u only have to score more than 550 not 750.

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Hi royalblue37,

To start, with a 510, you're closer to a 550+ than you probably realize. To earn that type of Score, you do NOT need to correctly answer ANY questions that you think are too hard or too weird, but you need to keep the little mistakes to a minimum (especially on the 'gettable' questions). This is all meant to say that you could retest in a couple of weeks and potentially hit your Goal Score.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) What 'brands' of CATs have you taken so far and how have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi royalblue37,

To start, with a 510, you're closer to a 550+ than you probably realize. To earn that type of Score, you do NOT need to correctly answer ANY questions that you think are too hard or too weird, but you need to keep the little mistakes to a minimum (especially on the 'gettable' questions). This is all meant to say that you could retest in a couple of weeks and potentially hit your Goal Score.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) What 'brands' of CATs have you taken so far and how have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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Hi, thanks for commenting.

1) I've probably put in at least 300 hours so far.
2) I took a course that gave a bunch of resources.
3) I've done pretty much every CAT on GMATClub (Economist, Princeton, Kaplan, Veritas etc)

My lowest CAT was 560 and my highest was 670 with the average usually being in the low 600s. On the Quant, I'm getting mid to high 30s and verbal usually in the low - mid 30s. I just found the real GMAT verbal very hard and ended up with a 27 which I've never gotten before.
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Hi royalblue37,

Before I can offer you the specific advise that you're looking for, I'm really going to need exact answers to my questions. There are almost certainly going to be 'easy' subjects/ways for you to pick up the points that you're after, but to define those areas that you should focus on, I need more information on how you studied so far:

1) Your 300 hours of study were spread out over how long of a timeframe?
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3) What 'brands' of CATs have you taken so far and how have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi royalblue37,

Before I can offer you the specific advise that you're looking for, I'm really going to need exact answers to my questions. There are almost certainly going to be 'easy' subjects/ways for you to pick up the points that you're after, but to define those areas that you should focus on, I need more information on how you studied so far:

1) Your 300 hours of study were spread out over how long of a timeframe?
2) What are the EXACT study materials that you have used so far?
3) What 'brands' of CATs have you taken so far and how have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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1) 300 from November - March. About 8-10 hours a week, if not more.
2) Official guide books and resources, the course I took which was Admit Master that had their own resources.
3) Kaplan: Scored 640, Q: 39, Verbal: 39 (something like that)
Princeton Review: 590 Q:39 Verbal: 32
Manhattan Prep: 580 Q:39 V: 31
Official Test 1: 600, Q36, V:35
Official Test 3: 580, Q42, Verbal 28

I'm sorry if I have forgotten the other ones, will update when I get a chance to remember my account details to check the score
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Hi royalblue37,

Based on your Official Score, you can pick up all of the missing points that you're looking for in just the Quant section of just the Verbal section, so you don't actually need to restudy every subject before you retest (although you will want to do at least some 'maintenance study' - so that you don't lose any of the skills that you've gained in either section so far).

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?
2) Which practice CATs have you NOT used yet?

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Update: Managed to score much higher than that. Managed to get 35V, 42Q for a 640.

I knew I could get away with skipping questions given the score I needed and so I was able to focus on getting questions I knew how to do (especially on quant) right. Backsolving and picking numbers really helped.

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Hi royalblue37,

That's great news! Considering you took your prior GMAT a little over a month ago, this is a fantastic improvement - and since you've already been accepted to the Schools that you applied to, it looks like you're all set!

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