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Good evening,

I just purchased the Veritas self-study course and took their first CAS without any prepwork. I wanted to get a good baseline to track my improvement so figured this was the best course of action. I scored a Q: 38, V: 36, Overall: 610. I'm shooting to get a 730 and submit Round 2 applications to HBS, Wharton, Kellogg, Booth, CBS, Sloan, and Darden. I am currently accepted at UVA Law with all my tuition covered from 60% of the GI Bill and a scholarship from the school. I am considering doing the joint JD/MBA at UVA Law/Darden, or just going to business school. If I somehow got into HBS or Wharton, I would more than likely go that route over law school. The other schools would depend on the total out of pocket cost of attendance.

My background:
Bachelor of Science in History from U.S. Air Force Academy (3.03 GPA)
Master of Public Policy from George Mason University (3.82 GPA)
Captain in U.S. Air Force, will have 6 years of work experience as a contracting officer by the time I matriculate.

It took me about 6-7 months of total prep time to go from a 151 on my first LSAT practice test to a 173 on my 2nd actual attempt. Given all of this information, is it reasonable to think I could improve enough by the time Round 2 applications are due to be competitive for admission at these schools? If so, when would be the best time to schedule the actual test? (I ask because there is typically a 1 month delay on the LSAT before getting the official score and I am not too familiar with the GMAT at this point). Finally, what is the best way to utilize the GMAT Official Guide and the Veritas self-study course for those who went that route?

I appreciate any insight provided.
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New post 05 Oct 2018, 14:23
Hi vincitygialam1,

Since many of your questions are ultimately Admissions and application questions, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here: ... tants-124/

This 610 is a strong initial CAT Score (the average Score on the Official GMAT hovers around 550 most years). With a 173 on the LSAT, I would bet that you could pick up some additional Verbal points on the GMAT without too much trouble (since GMAT RC and CR is relatively similar - and arguably easier - than LSAT RC and LR). Given your Score Goal, you would likely need at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study though. Based on the application deadlines you're considering, you'll have to be efficient with your time (since you would also have to work on your applications), but all of this is certainly doable under the timeframe you've described.

1) What are the exact application deadlines for the Programs that you're interested in?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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New post 07 Oct 2018, 18:04
Hi vincitygialam1,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, can you improve your score by 120 points in a few months? Well, it’s not a guarantee, but it’s certainly possible. The best thing you can do is work your butt off between now and your GMAT and see what happens, right?

Regarding when to take your exam, it can take up to 20 days for you to receive your official score. So, at the latest, you’d need to take your GMAT three weeks prior to your earliest deadline. That being said, you also may want to reach out to the folks at admissions to see whether they’d accept another GMAT score after the deadline. In that case, if necessary, you’d have the opportunity to retake the GMAT and submit a higher score.

Regarding your study plan, since you scored a Q38/V36, it’s clear that you lack some quant and verbal fundamentals necessary for a high GMAT score. The most important piece of advice I can provide is that you follow a LINEAR study plan, meaning that you study in a way that allows you to slowly build mastery of one GMAT topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts. By doing so, you can ensure that your studying is focused and organized, thus allowing you to slowly and comprehensively build your quant and verbal skills.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

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