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Overwhelmed! 650 to 700+ with prep courses/tutors etc in three weeks?

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New post 22 Nov 2018, 05:00
Hi everyone!

I've seen so many posts on the forum asking for similar help but I find it a bit overwhelming to be scrolling through posts upon posts, some feel relevant and others not at all.

I've done the GMAT three times already (second one I cancelled). Last score was 650, which was a 10 points increase from the first one. I have been scoring around 650-710 on my practice tests with Kaplan and I also had a Kaplan tutor for about 15hrs of lessons. I'm scoring around 40-47 on my Quant and 32-40 on my Verbal. I know that if I manage to do both section well on the same test, I can cross the 700 mark, but I find my scores to be too volatile. I want to just solidify my score above 700, preferably around the 730 mark and am available full time to work on this the next few weeks.

After my tutor lessons, the tutor recommended that I do practice questions and carefully review to develop the "GMAT instinct" so I have been spending a lot of time on doing questions and thoroughly reviewing them. I have a good grasp of most of the concepts and cannot really pin point a pain point. However, I am not seeing any improvement. Application deadlines are coming up and I would like to get some thoughts on which prep company/material/courses/strategy I should go with for the next three weeks?

From the forum I've understood that e-GMAT is good for verbal and others say that Math Revolution is good for quant. I'm not really sure what I need and somehow feel that after watching hours of hours of Kaplan videos, I'm skeptical that watching more videos from someone else would be helpful, but maybe I'm wrong?

Everyone keeps saying that GMAT is the most predictable component of a B school application but right now, I feel it's what keeping me from the top schools :(

Any advice and guidance would be helpful - also open to signing up for additional courses and tutor sessions, but I have three weeks and want to make sure it's worth my time!

Thanks a lot!
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Hey Hi,
From your score i would say that you mainly need help with the verbal section, I would advice you to have a look at E-Gmat, they have a 30 day trail with which you can see if the course suits you.
For verbal E-Gmat is the best option especially if your having trouble in the SC section. It really helped me improve my verbal score quite a bit after going through various material I found their course was really good.

You can read the following thread:-
https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-co ... ml?fl=menu
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Hello asl416 ...... welcome to the community.

To me there is no better bench marking exam than the GMAC Practice tests . Though is not 100% correct. The score can fluctuate +/- 30. I mentioned above as your scores at the two sections fluctuated too much V : 9 points & Q : 6 points - Not very normal . The issues I can think of are careless errors and/or poor time management .

If those are the the cases :
1. Practice mindfully.
2. Definitely analyze your ESR to pinpoint some weak areas and work on them rigorously .
& 3. Work on your timing strategy.

Hope this will stabilize and at the same time improve your score.

All the best :-) .
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New post 24 Nov 2018, 19:36
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Hey Hi,
From your score i would say that you mainly need help with the verbal section, I would advice you to have a look at E-Gmat, they have a 30 day trail with which you can see if the course suits you.
For verbal E-Gmat is the best option especially if your having trouble in the SC section. It really helped me improve my verbal score quite a bit after going through various material I found their course was really good.

You can read the following thread:-
https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-co ... ml?fl=menu


Thanks GmatWizard -- I've signed up for their course and trying it out! Hopefully it'll help me stabilise my verbal score! Really appreciate the help!
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New post 24 Nov 2018, 19:39
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Hello asl416 ...... welcome to the community.

To me there is no better bench marking exam than the GMAC Practice tests . Though is not 100% correct. The score can fluctuate +/- 30. I mentioned above as your scores at the two sections fluctuated too much V : 9 points & Q : 6 points - Not very normal . The issues I can think of are careless errors and/or poor time management .

If those are the the cases :
1. Practice mindfully.
2. Definitely analyze your ESR to pinpoint some weak areas and work on them rigorously .
& 3. Work on your timing strategy.

Hope this will stabilize and at the same time improve your score.

All the best :-) .



Thanks a lot -- I signed up for the e-gmat course and feel that the sub-sectional focus is good. I haven't really paid attention to that before, so I think that'll help me practice mindfully.
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New post 15 Dec 2018, 02:44
I heard a lot about Economist GMAT to improve Verbal part, tried their trial and learned some good stuff for SC. Unfortunately, trial does to permit me to jump to RC strategies, and I struggled a lot with RC. You can try their 7 days trial to compare with E-gmat

Also looking for course to boost score (my first attempt was this week, 600(V28, Q44).


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New post 15 Dec 2018, 03:33
Hey,

I know you already stated that you watched multiple videos of Kaplans, but have you tried "Thursdays with Ron"? Ron talks more about startegies on how to tackle question and how to approach them in the first place...

It really helped me for CR and RC! If you have the time/money you can also consider Ron as a tutor (https://www.ronpurewal.com/), but definitly check out some of his videos (https://gmatclub.com/forum/manhattan-s-thursdays-with-ron-consolidated-video-index-223612.html#p2138753)

Hope it helps a little bit...
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