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27 Nov 2006, 17:45
Hi,

Long time lurker, first time poster.

Currently I am planning to apply to Uni. So Cal, Uni. North Carolina, Illinois, Notre Dame, UT Austin in March for the Masters of Accounting program. I am a recent grad at the University of Florida, majored in Finance graduated with a 3.7 Cum Laude. Currently I am working at a major appliance company in the supply chain company.

As for the GMAT I have taken it exactly twice. First time w/out studying I got a 510, second with some study but on and off for 6 month I got a 580. I am planning to retake it in mid Janurary. I was wondering what can I do to improve my score to around a 630-660.

Is it even possible for me to improve taht much within this period of time?
During the second go around of the GMAT, I scored in the 60th percentile in both Quant and Verbal. I beleive I was doing well in Quant because I saw a combinations problem. But from that point on I wasn't able to answer questions because of time constraints. I would see problems that I knew that I could answer but couldn't because of time constraints.

As for Verbal I have not improved or did worse since my first test.

So what do you guys think I should do?

My books include Manhattan GMAT, Kaplan 800.

Thanks, and any help would be appreciated!
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28 Nov 2006, 03:34
I don't know anything about Masters of Accounting programs so I have no suggestion regarding how your score stacks up for those applications.

I will say that Florida is a pretty good school and a 3.7 GPA is great. Given your background in finance I think you definitely have the potential to improve your score. I can't say whether you have enough time to do it by January.

I suggest that you give the test your full attention for the next month. You can't really do your best if you study on and off. A higher GMAT score will pay off down the line in a degree from a better school and better employment opportunities, so if you can find the time it will be worth your while.
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28 Nov 2006, 06:08
Welcome Neueziel !

It's very nice that u have decided to post more than lurke ... Actually, one key of improvments is how much u participe to this forum . U should expose your answers to the view of other testtakers in order to have remarks or to assimilate better/other ways to solve math problems for instance.

As Pelihu said, I think u have all the necessary background to go up till the 90 purcentil (49) in quant, at least

> Do u use an errorlog to track your mistakes? To identify your weak areas?
> How many time did u do a whole GMATPrep or a consor exam? with or without the AWA section?
> After 1min30 lasted on a single quant question, do u ask yourselves : Can I solve this question within the next 30s or not?
> Do u practice questions in sets or independently ? For how long?

Last thing...... U can do it ! :D
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28 Nov 2006, 19:26
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Welcome Neueziel !

It's very nice that u have decided to post more than lurke ... Actually, one key of improvments is how much u participe to this forum . U should expose your answers to the view of other testtakers in order to have remarks or to assimilate better/other ways to solve math problems for instance.

As Pelihu said, I think u have all the necessary background to go up till the 90 purcentil (49) in quant, at least

> Do u use an errorlog to track your mistakes? To identify your weak areas?
> How many time did u do a whole GMATPrep or a consor exam? with or without the AWA section?
> After 1min30 lasted on a single quant question, do u ask yourselves : Can I solve this question within the next 30s or not?
> Do u practice questions in sets or independently ? For how long?

Last thing...... U can do it ! :D

Hey thanks for all the encouragement!!

As for the questions you asked:
1. I base all of my studying off of the Manhattan GMAT books. I study an entire book and do the problems. After completeting the problems I review the ones I get wrong.
2. Honestly I didn't really take any practice tests to work on my timing. I probably took a few tests from GMAT Prep the week of the exam.
3. No I really wasn't too concerned with time. Unfortunately that is the cause of th elower score I think.
4. I do the problems listed in the Manhattan GMAT guide everytime I finish a book. So all the problems I do are focused on a particular topic. As for how long it takes for me to do the problems, I usually take as long as I need.

From answering all those questions its clear that I have no time management skills. Do you have any advice on working on that.

Once again thanks for all your help!
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29 Nov 2006, 03:04
Hi neueziel

Good news : u can do thing to progress

> Step 1 : Put u in exam conditions. U need to work on sets of question and to spend time in intensive practices. Concretly, plan to work 3 h on weekdays : half for the practice of questions and half for the correction of your mistakes. A wrong question should receive 3 min minum for a deep understanding. Use this the GMATClub search tool for this goal. It's "magical" and very accurate tool, u will see

> Step 2 : Preserve your mistakes in a errorlog. This habit will be benefical to identify your weak areas and to address them by appropriate deeper studies. At the end of your preparation, u will be able to see paterns of usual mistakes. Thus, u will be able also to set measures in order to reduice your "silly" mistakes.

> Step 3 : Take 1 full exam a week. U will build up your confidence by seeing that u can make up your score ... Do not forget the AWA : it's crucial to give the full 4 hours. U will perhaps identofy a problem of concentration or lack of energy at half of the verbal section.

> Step 4 : Never stop 1 section to the benefit of the other one. It's the case also for sub categories such as SC or CR. U need to work on all and to focus on weak areas. If u stop working on some parts, u will observe a lose of abilities on it. To me, the GMAT test is a matter of peacking all our skills to maximum for the GDay.

> Step 5 : Partice on this forum ... A great community is here to help u

Good luck !
29 Nov 2006, 03:04
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