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# Need help boosting my Quant score; stuck around 60th percentile

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03 Jan 2018, 23:41
Hi everyone,

I have been studying for the GMAT on and off for a year, with 3 tests under my belt (the 3rd was a freebee, as my second had a malfunction that caused my test to end a few minutes early).

I am stuck at the 710 plateau; both my 2nd and 3rd tests were 710. I don't have the numbers breakdown, but the 2nd was 63%Q/94%V, and today I was at 60%Q/91%V, both 710. I really want to hit 730 to improve my chances of getting into a top 15 school. I have taken the Economist's prep course twice, and I felt I was more ready after the course was completed a few weeks ago. It seems I have regressed since then. I spent approximately 45 hours studying over the past month, with a decrease in score from test 2 to test 3.

My practice Official GMAT tests put me in the 68/78/82 Quant range, and 90-94-96 Verbal range, which is close to 730 overall if I have a good day. My last exam was puzzling: I couldn't seem to get in a rhythm, and I have never excelled at timed exams. My AWA always comes in at a 6: those are cakewalks compared to quant, where I always seem to make a dumb math error or skip a step. I have an engineering degree and as an undergrad, I always excelled at project assignments but blew up during timed exams. My brain has never been wired for a timed exam.

I am looking for a good 30-60 day prep course that can bump me up to the 730 range. I have a non-traditional background (successful business owner who has built a business from the ground up and pulls down \$300k/year, 40 years old, but I know top b-schools are looking for students already working for big-name companies and don't always like to look outside the box) and I am therefore worried that without an above-average GMAT, I will be discounted.

What are my best options? I have done all of the practice problems in the "official" guide and rarely miss a problem, which should translate to higher scores than I am currently seeing.
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04 Jan 2018, 11:27
Royalsfan wrote:
Hi everyone,

I have been studying for the GMAT on and off for a year, with 3 tests under my belt (the 3rd was a freebee, as my second had a malfunction that caused my test to end a few minutes early).

I am stuck at the 710 plateau; both my 2nd and 3rd tests were 710. I don't have the numbers breakdown, but the 2nd was 63%Q/94%V, and today I was at 60%Q/91%V, both 710. I really want to hit 730 to improve my chances of getting into a top 15 school. I have taken the Economist's prep course twice, and I felt I was more ready after the course was completed a few weeks ago. It seems I have regressed since then. I spent approximately 45 hours studying over the past month, with a decrease in score from test 2 to test 3.

My practice Official GMAT tests put me in the 68/78/82 Quant range, and 90-94-96 Verbal range, which is close to 730 overall if I have a good day. My last exam was puzzling: I couldn't seem to get in a rhythm, and I have never excelled at timed exams. My AWA always comes in at a 6: those are cakewalks compared to quant, where I always seem to make a dumb math error or skip a step. I have an engineering degree and as an undergrad, I always excelled at project assignments but blew up during timed exams. My brain has never been wired for a timed exam.

I am looking for a good 30-60 day prep course that can bump me up to the 730 range. I have a non-traditional background (successful business owner who has built a business from the ground up and pulls down \$300k/year, 40 years old, but I know top b-schools are looking for students already working for big-name companies and don't always like to look outside the box) and I am therefore worried that without an above-average GMAT, I will be discounted.

What are my best options? I have done all of the practice problems in the "official" guide and rarely miss a problem, which should translate to higher scores than I am currently seeing.

Start with the Manhattan books. It will really help you out. There is a book for each topic of GMAT and would really polish you skills for quant. For practicing you can use the Ultimate quant thread at GMAT club. It has all kinds of question which would help you in increasing your speed and timing the questions properly.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gma ... l#p1886497

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04 Jan 2018, 11:49
Royalsfan wrote:
Hi everyone,

I have been studying for the GMAT on and off for a year, with 3 tests under my belt (the 3rd was a freebee, as my second had a malfunction that caused my test to end a few minutes early).

I am stuck at the 710 plateau; both my 2nd and 3rd tests were 710. I don't have the numbers breakdown, but the 2nd was 63%Q/94%V, and today I was at 60%Q/91%V, both 710. I really want to hit 730 to improve my chances of getting into a top 15 school. I have taken the Economist's prep course twice, and I felt I was more ready after the course was completed a few weeks ago. It seems I have regressed since then. I spent approximately 45 hours studying over the past month, with a decrease in score from test 2 to test 3.

My practice Official GMAT tests put me in the 68/78/82 Quant range, and 90-94-96 Verbal range, which is close to 730 overall if I have a good day. My last exam was puzzling: I couldn't seem to get in a rhythm, and I have never excelled at timed exams. My AWA always comes in at a 6: those are cakewalks compared to quant, where I always seem to make a dumb math error or skip a step. I have an engineering degree and as an undergrad, I always excelled at project assignments but blew up during timed exams. My brain has never been wired for a timed exam.

I am looking for a good 30-60 day prep course that can bump me up to the 730 range. I have a non-traditional background (successful business owner who has built a business from the ground up and pulls down \$300k/year, 40 years old, but I know top b-schools are looking for students already working for big-name companies and don't always like to look outside the box) and I am therefore worried that without an above-average GMAT, I will be discounted.

What are my best options? I have done all of the practice problems in the "official" guide and rarely miss a problem, which should translate to higher scores than I am currently seeing.

Hi
In my opinion 710 is a good score and there is no need to retake the Gmat. Also you have a good background of business, so you have a good profile too.
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