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# Possible/Impossible? 690 Diagnostic to 750 in 1.5 months?

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20 Nov 2018, 14:40
Hi everyone, first post here.

I am currently in China studying in a 1 year Chinese language program, as well as taking an online TEFL course (for fun, not too serious about it). I have signed up to write the GMAT on December 31st, and took a diagnostic exam, using Exam 1 from the gmatcom practice exams provided upon exam registration. I got a score of 690, with scaled scores of Q:44 V:40 (though I'm not 100% sure how its scaled or how the scored translate from the questions). I am planning to apply to the Tsinghua Global MBA program in the 3rd wave (mid February deadline), and as I am not of a business background nor do I have much working experience to my name, I am hoping to get in on a good GMAT score and extracurriculars. If I set some time aside every day from my current language program, and study my weaknesses, is it at all possible/realistic to achieve a 750 on Dec 31st starting from a 690? And even with that score, would my chances of being accepted to my first-choice program still be dismal?

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20 Nov 2018, 19:17
Frisbee68 wrote:
Hi everyone, first post here.

I am currently in China studying in a 1 year Chinese language program, as well as taking an online TEFL course (for fun, not too serious about it). I have signed up to write the GMAT on December 31st, and took a diagnostic exam, using Exam 1 from the gmatcom practice exams provided upon exam registration. I got a score of 690, with scaled scores of Q:44 V:40 (though I'm not 100% sure how its scaled or how the scored translate from the questions). I am planning to apply to the Tsinghua Global MBA program in the 3rd wave (mid February deadline), and as I am not of a business background nor do I have much working experience to my name, I am hoping to get in on a good GMAT score and extracurriculars. If I set some time aside every day from my current language program, and study my weaknesses, is it at all possible/realistic to achieve a 750 on Dec 31st starting from a 690? And even with that score, would my chances of being accepted to my first-choice program still be dismal?

690 is a great first score, and you should back yourself to increase that in the next 5-6 weeks! And yes, a 750 would look good on any application
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Hi Frisbee68,

A 690 is an outstanding initial practice CAT Score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 550 most years). Assuming that you took this CAT in a realistic fashion (and did not already know the answers to any of the questions that you faced), then you are a strong critical thinker and you could potentially hit a 750+ with 1.5 months of proper study.

As far as your Admissions questions are concerned, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile and application plans. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

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 timeline:

1) What study materials do you currently have?
2) Have you done any studying so far or was taking this practice CAT/mock the first GMAT-work you've done?
3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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22 Nov 2018, 05:52
1) What study materials do you currently have?
2) Have you done any studying so far or was taking this practice CAT/mock the first GMAT-work you've done?
3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

1) I currently don't really have any, I started studying on an app called 4GMAT, I don't know if it is effective or not.
2) The mock was the first GMAT work I've done, after taking the test I downloaded the aforementioned app.
3) I think I could commit 2-3 hours per day, but at the same time I'm concerned about how to fill that time without burning out.

Another concern of mine is that I am applying effectively straight out of undergrad, so I'm currently 23y/o without any full-time work experience. I do have lots of leadership experience in the various political research groups I am a part of, but other than that I have no MBA-relevant experience to speak for. I realize this will greatly hinder my chances, and I also know that many others on this forum would encourage me to wait a few years before going to b-school, but I would still like to continue with my plan if it is at all possible. If my chances are astronomically low perhaps I'll give something else a shot.
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Updated on: 27 Nov 2018, 14:48
Hi Frisbee68,

When it comes to studying for the GMAT, there are a variety of different resources that you could use. Based on the strength of this initial CAT Score, you could potentially hit 750+ with a number of different resources, so you should start by deciding whether you would prefer the 'structure' of a formal Study Plan or not. Most GMAT Companies offer some type of free materials (practice problems, Trial Accounts, videos, etc.) that you can use to 'test out' a product before you buy it. We have a variety of those resources at our website (http://www.empowergmat.com). I suggest that you take advantage of all of them then choose the one that best matches your personality, timeline and budget.

Many Business School Programs expect Applicants to have 2-5 years of noteworthy Work Experience, but not all of them do. Since you know the exact Program that you're interested in, I suggest that you speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile and application plans. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

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27 Nov 2018, 09:38
Hi Frisbee68,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Regarding whether you’d be a good candidate, you should reach out to one of the many admissions consultants here on GMAT Club to get an answer from someone qualified to tackle your question.

Regarding your GMAT, 690 cold is an awesome start! Given you were able to achieve such a score with no prep, it’s possible that you could raise your GMAT to 750 in the next 5 weeks. To maximize your study time, you may consider following an online self-study course. To see what courses are available, check out GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses, and also read through some [url=https://gmatclub.com/forum/share-your-gmat-experience-8/?fl=menu] GMAT success stories to see what materials have worked well for other test-takers.

[url=http://blog.targettestprep.com/how-to-score-a-700-on-the-gmat/] how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

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