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I took the GMAT Prep cold -> 640 . Which materials and strategie now?

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Hi GMAT-Club,

I just took the first GMAT Prep practise exam, whithout knowing the structure and without any preparation. My score is:
640
Q44
V34


Since englisch is not my native language, I lacked some vocabulary (GMAT is using some special words, which wont appear in most of the normal englisch texts). However, I have the most room for improvement in the Sentence Correction part, where I made 5 or 6 Mistakes and didnt really know how to choose the correct option. Whats a good resources for studying those?

In general, I want to take the GMAT in early NOV or mid DEC and dont really want to spent more than 500€ on materials. Maybe a bit more, if you highly recommend those.

Thanks in adavance for any replys/suggestions.
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Hi GMAT-Club,

I just took the first GMAT Prep practise exam, whithout knowing the structure and without any preparation. My score is:
640
Q44
V34


Since englisch is not my native language, I lacked some vocabulary (GMAT is using some special words, which wont appear in most of the normal englisch texts). However, I have the most room for improvement in the Sentence Correction part, where I made 5 or 6 Mistakes and didnt really know how to choose the correct option. Whats a good resources for studying those?

In general, I want to take the GMAT in early NOV or mid DEC and dont really want to spent more than 500€ on materials. Maybe a bit more, if you highly recommend those.

Thanks in adavance for any replys/suggestions.
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Hi AVBER

Happy to help!

First of all that is an excellent score to start your GMAT journey with. You do have scope for improvement in both the sections, however the intensity and direction depends on your targets. Keeping Mid-Dec as your target timeline, you have 4.5 months to prepare which is a good enough time as long as you keep your practice consistent and stick to the plan. My suggestions for materials (based on my personal experience) are below:
    1) Verbal: e-GMAT. I would suggest you look at Verbal online. Verbal Live was a bit slow for my liking and frankly, the Q&A forum of Verbal Online is sufficient for any queries one may have. Check out videos of Thursdays with Ron and posts of GMAT Ninja as you proceed with your prep
    2) Quant: GMAT Club's Quant book is a thorough repository of all the theory you will require. You can also check the important links I have listed below

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Hi GMAT-Club,

I just took the first GMAT Prep practise exam, whithout knowing the structure and without any preparation. My score is:
640
Q44
V34


Since englisch is not my native language, I lacked some vocabulary (GMAT is using some special words, which wont appear in most of the normal englisch texts). However, I have the most room for improvement in the Sentence Correction part, where I made 5 or 6 Mistakes and didnt really know how to choose the correct option. Whats a good resources for studying those?

In general, I want to take the GMAT in early NOV or mid DEC and dont really want to spent more than 500€ on materials. Maybe a bit more, if you highly recommend those.

Thanks in adavance for any replys/suggestions.
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Hi AVBER,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. Around 3-4 months is good enough to achieve your target score. It's a good thing you have taken a GMAT Mock once. You now know your weaknesses and can work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP 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 TTP as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

If you are looking for a good course in 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 easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

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 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 practice tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice.

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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[quote="AVBER"]Hi GMAT-Club,

I just took the first GMAT Prep practise exam, whithout knowing the structure and without any preparation. My score is:
640
Q44
V34


Since englisch is not my native language, I lacked some vocabulary (GMAT is using some special words, which wont appear in most of the normal englisch texts). However, I have the most room for improvement in the Sentence Correction part, where I made 5 or 6 Mistakes and didnt really know how to choose the correct option. Whats a good resources for studying those?

In general, I want to take the GMAT in early NOV or mid DEC and dont really want to spent more than 500€ on materials. Maybe a bit more, if you highly recommend those.

Thanks in adavance for any replys/suggestions.
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New post 29 Jul 2019, 10:07
Hi AV,

640 cold is a very nice start! Regarding resources, in addition to seeking advice in this thread, take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses, and also read through some GMAT success stories to see what materials have worked well for other test-takers.

Also, would you like some general advice on how to improve your verbal and quant skills?

You also may find my it helpful to read this article about
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

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See that guys, now that is a genius level IQ. When brushed up by SC, you can definitely score a 700+.

Not to forget that V34 is a score most students stay stuck for a long time. But since your concepts are truly strong, I believe you're definitely touching a V40 some time soon.

May be my study plan could give you a lil something
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Hi AVBER,

To start, a 640/Q44/V34 is a really strong initial CAT Score (the average Score on the Official GMAT hovers around 550 most years). Assuming that you took this CAT in a realistic fashion, you seem to be a fairly strong critical thinker - which is good. You also have plenty of time before you plan to take the GMAT - which is good. 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 your timeline and your goals:

1) What study materials do you currently have access to?
2) What is your goal score?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Thank you all alot for your replys and advice!
Since Rich adressed some questions I will answer to those:
I will answer the questions from Rich

EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi AVBER,
1) What study materials do you currently have access to?
2) What is your goal score?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?


1) I have no materials at all. Not even the Official Guide. Currently, I am caught up in another project but could start studying in about 3 weeks. (Aug 19.)
2) After receiving my initial score (If it is accurate, maybe something went wrong) My first goal is breaking the 700 or maybe 720
3) The first round for application closes in the beginning of Nov (~10Weeks to study) and the 2nd round around Christmas (~17Weeks to study)
4) I have a particular school in Asia in mind for two reasons. Firstly, I like the culture and how the pace of technological advancement is set in Asia. Secondly, they offer well funded scholarships for international students. Spending 100k for an MBA is not an option for me.

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Hi AVBER,

From what you describe, your work/job will take priority over your studies (at least in the short term - which is why you don't plan to begin your studies for about 3 weeks). Do you anticipate any other times during the next 10 weeks in which you will nott be able to study? Once you begin your studies, how many hours do you think you will be able to consistently study each week?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi AVBER,

From what you describe, your work/job will take priority over your studies (at least in the short term - which is why you don't plan to begin your studies for about 3 weeks). Do you anticipate any other times during the next 10 weeks in which you will nott be able to study? Once you begin your studies, how many hours do you think you will be able to consistently study each week?

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Hi Rich,

Depending on the round I am applying for I have 10 or 17 weeks for studying.

during the first 10 weeks I wont be able to study for around 10 consecutive days.
I can allocate aprox. 15-25h per week during the other weeks. (Around 2h on 3 days/week and 5-10h on another 2or3 days a week)

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Hi AVBER,

GMAT skills can 'fade' over time if you do not practice them consistently. As such, those 10 days 'off' from your studies - depending on when they occur in the timeline - could be disruptive to your goals. Can you be a bit more specific about when those 10 days would occur? It's also possible that you might not need 10 (or 17) weeks of study time to hit your Score Goal - you might be able to do it in less time (but not if those 10 days occur right in the 'middle' of that timeframe).

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi AVBER,

GMAT skills can 'fade' over time if you do not practice them consistently. As such, those 10 days 'off' from your studies - depending on when they occur in the timeline - could be disruptive to your goals. Can you be a bit more specific about when those 10 days would occur? It's also possible that you might not need 10 (or 17) weeks of study time to hit your Score Goal - you might be able to do it in less time (but not if those 10 days occur right in the 'middle' of that timeframe).

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Hi Rich,

the 7-10 days off are after 2 weeks of study.
It would be really helpful if you could suggest some study materials for improving my score. I Feel like having the most room to improve in Sentence Correction and in Quant.

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Hi AVBER,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores. Taking 1 - 1.5 weeks off of a 10-week schedule as described would mean that you would have about 2 months of study time (2 weeks - then the break - then about another 6.5 weeks). If you have trouble retaining what you learn in those first 2 weeks, then this might not be enough time for you to get to the point that you can consistently score 700+/720+. Based on your self-assessment, we could focus on the larger point areas - and your self-defined 'weak spots' - to start, then see how well you progress in those areas.

When it comes to studying for the GMAT, there are a variety of different study materials that you might use. Based on your timeframe, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led), so you should plan to look into the available options. Most GMAT Companies offer some type of free materials (practice problems, Trial Accounts, videos, etc.) that you can use to 'test out' a product before you buy it. We have a variety of those resources at our website (www.empowergmat.com). I suggest that you take advantage of all of them then choose the one that best matches your personality, timeline and budget.

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