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Hey everybody, I took the official GMAT two weeks ago and I was really disappointed in my score (560) so I cancelled it. Not sure why, but I feel that my score really understated my ability to do well on this test. Anyway, I want this post in the forums so when I come back after taking my GMAT later, this post can prove to people that no matter the jump or obstacle, as long as you believe in yourself from the start, you really can do anything. I'll get a 750+ score on the GMAT probably around August the latest. So yeah, I'll be in and out of the forums with updates, but come this August (or earlier), be ready for a debrief of a lifetime.

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Hi 800boyo,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not turn out better. As an aside, the 750+ score is approximately the 98th percentile - meaning that 98% of Test Takers never score that high (regardless of how long they study or the number of times that they take the GMAT). Thankfully, NO Business School requires a score that high - so it's important to realize that the score that you "want" and the score that you "need" are probably not the same thing. There's no harm in making that your Score Goal, but you'll need to hone a number of specific skills before you can get to the point that you can consistently score at that higher level - and that training will take a significant amount of time and effort.

Before I can offer you any additional advice for your studies, 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? 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) When are you planning to apply to Business School and what Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi 800boyo, I like your spirit, and I would like to remind you that gmatclub would be a useful tool to achieve your goal, especially regarding the quant part. I got Q51 with no course, but with the help of the content of this club.

here is my recipe:
1- study each topic from this megathread: https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gmat-quantitative-megathread-244512.html#p1886497
2- After each topic, don't jump to the next until you practice questions on it.
3- After finishing a topic, go to the questionbank https://gmatclub.com/forum/search.php?view=search_tags
4- choose the same topic, start with the easy difficulty, and choose known sources only (Offical guide, Kaplan, Veritas, Manhattan,....) and click search
5- rearrange the questions in decending order according to the number of kudos.
6- Solve the top questions (easy top 50) (medium top 25) (hard top 15)
7- for each question, use the time counter.
8- for any question that you solved too slow or solved wrong, add it to you bookmark.
9- read the explanation of each questions thoroughly (both right and wrong ones)
10- pay attention to how the questions are answered and the concept behind
11- if you find any new concept or formula, write it down in a separate paper for your reference.
12- repeat these steps for each topic by advancing from easy to medium to hard.
13- don't skip a level without making sure that the previous level is mastered (easy 90%, medium 80%, hard 65%)
14- don't skip a day without solving quant.
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Hi 800boyo,

I love the confidence:).

If you have any questions regarding your study plan, feel free to reach out.

Good luck!!
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800boyo wrote:
Hey everybody, I took the official GMAT two weeks ago and I was really disappointed in my score (560) so I cancelled it. Not sure why, but I feel that my score really understated my ability to do well on this test. Anyway, I want this post in the forums so when I come back after taking my GMAT later, this post can prove to people that no matter the jump or obstacle, as long as you believe in yourself from the start, you really can do anything. I'll get a 750+ score on the GMAT probably around August the latest. So yeah, I'll be in and out of the forums with updates, but come this August (or earlier), be ready for a debrief of a lifetime.

- 800boyo



Hi 800boyo

All the best for your preparation.
I’m sure it would a heck of a debrief.

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