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Hi guys, I'm a doctor from India and want to apply to Wharton for Healthcare Administration. The average score is 730 and I got 720 in my first attempt 3 days ago. The score break up is Q45 V42 so its quite evenly balanced.

I was very disheartened because I prepared for 3 months and was consistently getting 730-740 in the last few mocks. I want to know how I can improve to 750+.

For the first attempt, I had used :
1. Manhattan Prep guides for both verbal and quant (including advanced quant)
2. Official guides
3. MGMAT mock exams
4. GMAT club CATs and quizzes

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New post 27 Aug 2018, 12:51
Hi Sunaya94,

To start, a 720 is an outstanding Score (it's above the 90th percentile), so you can comfortably apply to any Business Schools that interest you. That having been said, many Business Schools view an Applicant's Quant Scaled Score as an indicator of how that Applicant might handle the 'academic side' of the Program - and while a Q45 is a solid performance, it won't impress anyone. That score implies that you were great on most of the "math" questions that you saw on Test Day, but you missed out on LOTS of 'strategy-based' points. This is meant to say that by focusing on Quant Tactics, you'll be better able to increase your GMAT Score AND how Business School Admissions Officers will view your potential to handle their respective Programs.

1) What application deadline are you currently planning to apply for?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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New post 29 Aug 2018, 08:18
Sunaya94 wrote:
Hi guys, I'm a doctor from India and want to apply to Wharton for Healthcare Administration. The average score is 730 and I got 720 in my first attempt 3 days ago. The score break up is Q45 V42 so its quite evenly balanced.

I was very disheartened because I prepared for 3 months and was consistently getting 730-740 in the last few mocks. I want to know how I can improve to 750+.

For the first attempt, I had used :
1. Manhattan Prep guides for both verbal and quant (including advanced quant)
2. Official guides
3. MGMAT mock exams
4. GMAT club CATs and quizzes

Is EmpowerGmat score booster good to push from 720 to 760?


Hey ,

First of all well done. And maybe you just had a bad day.

However I advice you to get an ESR so that you can focus on your weakness. You will kNow what caused your score yo drop.

Then you can work on those concepts and only those concepts.
I hope that helps.

All the best.
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New post 29 Aug 2018, 09:05
Sunaya94 wrote:
Hi guys, I'm a doctor from India and want to apply to Wharton for Healthcare Administration. The average score is 730 and I got 720 in my first attempt 3 days ago. The score break up is Q45 V42 so its quite evenly balanced.

I was very disheartened because I prepared for 3 months and was consistently getting 730-740 in the last few mocks. I want to know how I can improve to 750+.

For the first attempt, I had used :
1. Manhattan Prep guides for both verbal and quant (including advanced quant)
2. Official guides
3. MGMAT mock exams
4. GMAT club CATs and quizzes

Is EmpowerGmat score booster good to push from 720 to 760?


Hi
Congrats on such a good score in the GMAT. Your score breakup suggests that you can improve in Quant. In my opinion, you can refer to the Ultimate Gmat Quant megathread. Also, a subscription to the Gmatclub tests may be beneficial. It contains hard Quant questions that make you identify the common mistakes and reinforce the concepts.
EmpowerGmat course too has good reviews on Gmatclub. You can go through the reviews and take a free trial before zeroing in.
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New post 29 Aug 2018, 09:22
I also think you should try egmat and get the esr report for your exam to analyse the mistakes you committed. The esr contains detailed analysis and will exactly help you to understand where are you lagging. Egmat verbal is good. Try to take more mocks from GMAT club.

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New post 29 Aug 2018, 17:11
Hi Sunaya94,

Great job with the 720! Since you were scoring higher on practice exams, it would not be a bad idea to study some more and retake the GMAT. That being said, I’m happy to provide some advice on how to improve your GMAT score.

It's possible to score 720 without fully understanding some topics or refining certain skills. To score 730+, your preparation is going to have to be more complete, meaning that you have to go through GMAT quant and verbal carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better.

For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, then carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

You can work on verbal in a similar manner. Let’s say you are reviewing Critical Reasoning. Be sure that you practice a large number of Critical Reasoning questions: Strengthen and Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, find the Conclusion, Must be True, etc. As you go through the questions, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get correct. If you missed a Weaken the Argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize what the question was asking? Did you skip over a key detail in an answer choice? Getting GMAT verbal questions right is a matter of what you know, what you see, and what you do. So, any time that you don't get one right, you can seek to identify what you would have had to know in order to get the right answer, what you had to see that you didn't see, and what you could have done differently to arrive at the correct answer.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new verbal and quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

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