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New post 18 Jul 2017, 13:55
Hello all,
I have been studying for the past 2 months and as of 2 weeks ago my score is still at a 500. Started out around 440 so it has been creeping up but not fast enough. I would like to apply for first round so I have a bit of a deadline problem. Also I am shooting for a top 10 business school so I need to get in the 700 club. My exam is scheduled for august 26th so I need a lot of help.

Past 2 months studying 12-15hrs:
2hrs a day 5 days a week
3-5 hours on weekends

Just beefed up my schedule to:
Weekdays-
1.5 - 2 hrs morning
3-4 hours evening
Weekends-
5-6 hours

So far, my Quant score is 36, verbal 23, IR 4.
Current books are Manhattan Prep and OG 13th edition.

Not exactly sure what else I could be doing and where to go from here. I am focusing more on practice problems now as I feel I've covered most of the material already.
Please if anyone has any suggestions for what to focus on for the next month or so and how to strategize, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!




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Hi MPhizzle,

Raising a 500 to a 700+ will take some serious work - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. All of that work will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study, so you might need to consider pushing back your Test Date.

From what you've described, your studies so far have been 'book heavy.' Unfortunately, many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level - and it looks like that might have happened to you. This is all meant to say that you'll likely end up needing to invest in some new, non-book resources. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

1) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 18 Jul 2017, 21:38
Hi thanks so much for your reply! I realize now that my book heavy strategy was all wrong. Correcting it now with all practice problems and jotting down mistakes for review. I just joined the gmat club, are there any other non book resources you can suggest ?

1) I plan to apply to Columbia and Wharton for fall 2018.


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Hi MPhizzle,

Both Columbia and Wharton are highly competitive Schools, so beyond having a competitive GMAT Score, you also need to have a strong OVERALL profile AND you need to make sure that you properly 'market yourself' to each individual Program. Given the type of score improvement that you're looking for, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led).

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New post 19 Jul 2017, 06:05
MPhizzle wrote:
Hello all,
I have been studying for the past 2 months and as of 2 weeks ago my score is still at a 500. Started out around 440 so it has been creeping up but not fast enough. I would like to apply for first round so I have a bit of a deadline problem. Also I am shooting for a top 10 business school so I need to get in the 700 club. My exam is scheduled for august 26th so I need a lot of help.

Past 2 months studying 12-15hrs:
2hrs a day 5 days a week
3-5 hours on weekends

Just beefed up my schedule to:
Weekdays-
1.5 - 2 hrs morning
3-4 hours evening
Weekends-
5-6 hours

So far, my Quant score is 36, verbal 23, IR 4.
Current books are Manhattan Prep and OG 13th edition.

Not exactly sure what else I could be doing and where to go from here. I am focusing more on practice problems now as I feel I've covered most of the material already.
Please if anyone has any suggestions for what to focus on for the next month or so and how to strategize, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!




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At 500, I think you need to focus more on concepts and fundamentals first. Only practice problems may not help that much at this stage. Practice problems help in fine tuning the concepts, not establishing them. I am guessing there are some major gaps which first need to be filled through theory and basic practice. At these scores, I usually advise students to run through a complete curriculum to see an uptick of about 100-120 points. Here is a link to some of our free resources:
https://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/
You will get our DS book and SC video here. They discuss GMAT relevant fundamentals in detail.
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MPhizzle wrote:
Hello all,
I have been studying for the past 2 months and as of 2 weeks ago my score is still at a 500. Started out around 440 so it has been creeping up but not fast enough. I would like to apply for first round so I have a bit of a deadline problem. Also I am shooting for a top 10 business school so I need to get in the 700 club. My exam is scheduled for august 26th so I need a lot of help.

Past 2 months studying 12-15hrs:
2hrs a day 5 days a week
3-5 hours on weekends

Just beefed up my schedule to:
Weekdays-
1.5 - 2 hrs morning
3-4 hours evening
Weekends-
5-6 hours

So far, my Quant score is 36, verbal 23, IR 4.
Current books are Manhattan Prep and OG 13th edition.

Not exactly sure what else I could be doing and where to go from here. I am focusing more on practice problems now as I feel I've covered most of the material already.
Please if anyone has any suggestions for what to focus on for the next month or so and how to strategize, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!




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At 500, I think you need to focus more on concepts and fundamentals first. Only practice problems may not help that much at this stage. Practice problems help in fine tuning the concepts, not establishing them. I am guessing there are some major gaps which first need to be filled through theory and basic practice. At these scores, I usually advise students to run through a complete curriculum to see an uptick of about 100-120 points. Here is a link to some of our free resources:
https://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/
You will get our DS book and SC video here. They discuss GMAT relevant fundamentals in detail.


Ok will take a look. Thanks a lot for the feedback. Definitely some disconnect so I'll spend some time with fundamentals first. Would you suggest running through my manhattan prep foundation books as well?


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Hi MPhizzle,

CAT review is an important part of the training process - you need to know WHY you're getting questions wrong so that you can focus your energies on 'fixing' whatever needs to be fixed (so that you can score higher).

After reviewing this last CAT, how many questions did you get wrong in each section....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you narrowed the answers down to 2 choices, but "guessed wrong"?
5) Because you were low on time and had to guess?

Once you have answers to these questions, we'll have a better idea of what you'll need to work on to improve.

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Ok thanks. Will take a careful assessment tomorrow.


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MPhizzle wrote:
Hello all,
I have been studying for the past 2 months and as of 2 weeks ago my score is still at a 500. Started out around 440 so it has been creeping up but not fast enough. I would like to apply for first round so I have a bit of a deadline problem. Also I am shooting for a top 10 business school so I need to get in the 700 club. My exam is scheduled for august 26th so I need a lot of help.

Past 2 months studying 12-15hrs:
2hrs a day 5 days a week
3-5 hours on weekends

Just beefed up my schedule to:
Weekdays-
1.5 - 2 hrs morning
3-4 hours evening
Weekends-
5-6 hours

So far, my Quant score is 36, verbal 23, IR 4.
Current books are Manhattan Prep and OG 13th edition.

Not exactly sure what else I could be doing and where to go from here. I am focusing more on practice problems now as I feel I've covered most of the material already.
Please if anyone has any suggestions for what to focus on for the next month or so and how to strategize, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!!




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Hi

First of all learn all the concept being tested on the GMAT, Manhattan Guides are good source to do that. When you have learned 100% concept with good sense THEN Do practice of Official guide questions + additional questions in OG 16 + additional questions in OG 17. Make an error log while practicing and time your practice. When each and every question is done then Take a CAT, check your result if there is still no progress then you should reschedule your Test date. Each time you take a CAT always review your wrong and guessed questions. Take at least 6 CATs review all of them review your error log know your weak areas and learn again from it.
If studying for two month and their is 440-500 progress, I think you need to reschedule your Test date to get 700+ Score and if you want to apply into top 10 Business School then definitely you need 720+ Score

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New post 21 Jul 2017, 11:44
Hi MPhizzle,

You need to focus on both Quant and verbal. One month may be a short time to improve your score drastically, however you can try. It’s a good thing you have taken a GMAT mock exam. You now know your weaknesses and can work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

Hope this helps. All the best.
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New post 31 Jul 2017, 18:57
Yes thanks very much for your input!


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