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# Is 560- 650 possible in 1 month??

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08 Jan 2007, 14:38
Hi All,
Happy new year all! I am taking the GMAT in approx. 1 month and wanted to know what the best strategy is for attaining a 640-650 score. My last score was about 1 year ago and was 560. Is this possible? What materials are recommended? Your help is greatly appreciatedâ€¦

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08 Jan 2007, 15:30
Absolutely possible, given that you devote enough time to preparation and develop a thought-out prep plan.

Get an Official Guide and make a quick fresh-up on base concepts for all questions. Then download GMATprep, take a practice test; analyze your correct/incorrect responses to identify problem types you're weak on. Pay attention to your timing as well. This information will help you to build a plan for your preparation.

Overall, don't panic but take it seriously. One two-hour session each Saturday will NOT push you to 650. You need to concentrate and work hard.

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08 Jan 2007, 16:03
Thanks a bunch , Braindancer....!
I plan to devote serious time to this ...seems like my issue is timing...Would you suggest i master (timed) easy/moderate problems first in OG before proceeding to more difficult ones? Or should i try to grasp the how and why of moderate/difficult and work backwards...

Would you say this amount of time is sufficient?
weekdays - 2hr of one question type

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09 Jan 2007, 11:05
hey mitch, i had the same dilemma. i was near nyc so i had a lot of options about how to best prepare quickly. i didn't end up doing it, but check out manhattan review's weekend crash courses. one of my girlies took their class out in london and loved it. obviously i'd rather have months to get ready, but if you gotta get it done quick, they apparently do a nice job of covering the bases. she was more pleased with her math preparation from their crash course, but said that they got teh job done with verbal also. good luck. i know i'll need it!

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10 Jan 2007, 08:40
Hello everyone...I wanted to thank everyone for the support so far...I had a quick question:

If I am aiming for a 640-660 range from a 560 a year ago, what would the best prep guide be? I have OG, but I heard Kaplan 800 is a great tool. However, I also heard that the problems are very difficult which is fine but I want to be realistic as far as my target score and time constraint. (1month). Any advice would be a tremendous help!

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10 Jan 2007, 09:32
its very possible you just have to dedicate the time to study. Lets face it the key is to determine your weakness and improve upon it. Thanks

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10 Jan 2007, 20:01
mitch25 wrote:
Hello everyone...I wanted to thank everyone for the support so far...I had a quick question:

If I am aiming for a 640-660 range from a 560 a year ago, what would the best prep guide be? I have OG, but I heard Kaplan 800 is a great tool. However, I also heard that the problems are very difficult which is fine but I want to be realistic as far as my target score and time constraint. (1month). Any advice would be a tremendous help!

Cheers,

I went from a 500 to a 640 in six weeks just focusing on GMATPrep, retire ETS paper tests, MGMAT, McGraw Hill, and the OG. It was by far one of the toughest six weeks of my life (aside from preparing for the Japanese Level 1 exam) but the practice did boost my confidence.

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08 Feb 2007, 21:58
mitch25 wrote:

Would you say this amount of time is sufficient?
weekdays - 2hr of one question type

Cheers!!

that's definitely enough time. I did that and got a 650.

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12 Feb 2007, 14:27
as far as taking a full CAT on both weekend days I've found that doing sections at a time is really effective...rather than jumping into full tests, building up your test taking stamina by doing sections at a time is a fulfilling strategy.

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