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Hi tina7,

First of all, Welcome to GMATClub.

in my opinion, your first step is to buy the ESR for your official test to figure out what exactly went wrong.
Also since your split is Q42,V33 you have ground to cover on both the sections. Once you have the ESR,
you should be able to figure out what your weakest sub-sections are?

If you feel like you need to revisit your concepts before you begin practice, you might want to check e-GMAT.
This is a very good course for non-native speakers and the entire course is structured in the form of videos
and will help in understanding the basic concepts of dealing with the various questions. SC is easily the
highlight of this course. There is a free trial which comes with a few videos(explaining a concept or two
and this should help you understand if the course is a good fit for you)

For Quant, you might want to work on your weak areas using the Quantitative Mega-thread
This thread contains theory for all the Quant topics. It makes sense to understand the theory associated
with each topic and follow that up with some related practice. You can find practice questions on
specific topics, here at GMATClub(Search by tag).

Also, Follow Bunuel at the Math Forum and make sure you do each question that he puts up on the forum.
His signature contains some of the questions that give you the true taste of GMAT(Baker's Dozen, 12 Easy Pieces etc..)

For RC, this link is very beneficial: https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-club-s- ... 83101.html

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Hi tina7,

To start, raising a 400 to a 610 is a significant achievement. Raising a 610 to a 700+ though will likely take at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, you appear to have that time, but you'll need to be really 'efficient' with your studies going forward.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) You've stated SOME of the study materials that you used, but I'd like to know all of the study materials you've used.
2) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

Goals:
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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tina7 wrote:
Hi everyone!
I took my Official GMAT around 3 weeks back(end Aug), scoring 610 (Q42, V33)
Had been preparing for 3 months (since June), went from 400 to 640 in GMATPrep and Manhattan tests.
Some of the materials used : GMATCLUB tests,
Manhattan tests,
Kaplan 800,
Manhattan SC and RC.
Manhattan Quant guides

I have around 2 months time now to increase my score for my next attempt. I am looking to score around 700 at least.
I think my weak areas are CR, RC and DS.
Should I focus more on Quant or Verbal? & what can I do to improve efficiency?
Any help will be appreciated. Thanks in advance! :grin:


Nice improvement.

Quant: I would advise you to look at the CATs you took and find out if mistakes in quant were silly. If that is the case then you can improve in quant easily. But Q42 shows issues with concepts. If you're surprised to see Q42 then order ESR to have more insights about the exam day.

Verbal: Do 3 RCs everyday. Spend time on reading articles about the topics that you do not fully understand when you comes across them while doing an RC. Reading an hour everyday would help you immensely. This exercise would help you in CR as well. Practice pre-thinking/paraphrasing for R questions.

DS: Learn the traps/patterns. Make a strategy. Try to find a concept in multiple questions to see how GMAT adds level of complexity in questions for a very same concept. Avoid Silly mistake. Avoid mixing the information of one statement into another. These are small things that we forget and get penalised.

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Thanks a lot for your response, rich !
1. I have some other materials, although I have not studied them in great detail (skimmed through)
All Manhattan Guides (both Q and V), Advanced Quant MGMAT, PowerScore CR Bible, Kaplan Workbooks.

2. Here are my test scores :
GMATPREP 1: 400 - Q29 V17 - (June)
GMATPREP 2: 550 - Q42, V23 - (July)
MGMAT : 580 - Q38, V32 - (July)
MGMAT: 640 - Q43, V34- (Aug)
OFFICIAL GMAT : 610 - Q42, V33 - (Aug)

3. I am planning to apply for Fall 2018, for the MIM/MS in Management Programs (as I am recent graduate)

4. I have not finalized the schools, but I have some shortlisted in France and USA.

Looking foward to hearing from you! :-D

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Thanks for the suggestions! HKD1710
I had expected a little better than Q42, as I had been scoring about the same on GMATCLUB tests, which are more advanced.
Would you suggest any materials in particular?

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Hi tina7,

Many Grad/Business School applicants don't realize that the score that they 'want' and the score that they 'need' are rarely the same thing. The reason why I asked which Schools you plan to apply to is that once you have that list, you can research the Programs in more detail and (in many cases) learn what the AVERAGE GMAT Scores of the prior incoming classes were. With that information, you can get a sense of the 'range' of Scores that each Program considers 'acceptable' (and sometimes Programs list the 'middle 80%' range of scores - so you'll know exactly what the range is). We can certainly work towards a 700+ score - but again, you might not actually need a score that high to get into your 'first choice' Program.

Your studies so far have been 'book heavy' and many Test Takers who study in that way end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level. This is meant to say that you will likely need to invest in some new, non-book study materials to hit a 700+.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Hey rich
Last I checked, the range of average scores were somewhere between 680 and 710. To answer your question, I can devote around 4 to 5 hours a day. So about 25 hours per week (roughly) :grin:

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Hi tina7,

You have a lot of potential study time available, so I suspect that you could improve a great deal on this 610 IF you focus on learning and practicing the proper Tactics (for both the Quant and Verbal sections). Based on everything that you’ve described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat Total Score Booster to be quite helpful. Most of our clients complete that Study Plan in well under 2 months, so the time commitment wouldn't be that bad. We have a variety of free resources on our site (www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an Account.

If you have any additional questions, then you can feel free to contact me directly.

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