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Online Prep recommendation - short timeline and 700 baseline

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New post 26 Sep 2019, 11:56
Hi all!

I will take the GMAT in around a month. I have been studying on my own and have scored consistently on the 680-700 range, but I am having a hard time moving the needle towards my 740-750 target.

Finally, I decided to purchase one of the online prep courses - besides on-demand videos, I value trackers and the structure of the training process, as I had been all over the place when I was practicing by myself.

Considering that I start from a 700 baseline and that I don't have much time (4 weeks), which online prep package would you recommend? I was looking at Kaplan and Manhattan more recently but would love to get your inputs! Thank you all!
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Hi willrs3,

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) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) When is your exact Official Test Date?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi, thanks for the reply, happy to provide more details!

1) I haven't studied much - I would estimate a total of 20-30 hours, very scattered over a couple of months
2) Official GMAT books and some Veritas materials; I know the "rules of the game" and what GMAT is all about, and now I need to focus on remembering mathematical concepts, learning more content on the Verbal side and doing things faster
3) I'm currently at 680/700 range on 3-4 official prep tests, scoring 48/49 on Quant (I am an engineer and I believe I should be able to get to at least Q50 by recapping some concepts and more practice) and 38/40 on Verbal (bigger deficiency definitely SC; RC has been rather slow and eats out time which affects score)

On goals, I have 4 weeks to maximize my score (ideally 740/750) and I'll put a lot of effort into that (~80-100h over that period) - all other points you've mentioned are decisions I have already made and that for a variety of personal and professional reasons, I will not revisit - these variables are unfortunately off the table for now.

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Hi willrs3,

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) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) When is your exact Official Test Date?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
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New post 27 Sep 2019, 09:17
Hi willrs3,

Regarding prep courses, in addition to seeking advice in this thread, take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses, and also read through some GMAT success stories to see what materials have worked well for other test-takers.

Also, would you like some general advice on how to improve your verbal and quant skills?

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

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