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# Possible to score a 720+ in 6 weeks of full-time study?

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Updated on: 03 Jul 2018, 10:25
Taking the summer off following the completion of my degree and prior to beginning full-time work as a consultant at a reputable firm. I don't think I'll have significant time to study once I begin work, and was planning to complete my GMAT this summer. I've signed up for a course and my diagnostic test was 560. However, I went into this test completely unaware of the test's structure, format, and question types.

I'm looking to take the test in approximately 6-8 weeks, and I am targetting a 720+. I have the OG guide, a Manhattan Prep membership, and all of my course materials, as well as no major commitments for the remainder of the summer (besides one 4 day trip at the beginning of August). Furthermore, I'm planning to commit approximately 35-40 hours/week towards studying and have one day dedicated to my GMAT course every week.

Is this target score realistic given my starting point, availability, and resources?
Do you have any recommendations for any other resources I should think about employing in my studies?
Do you have any tips, tricks, or strategies that can help make my studying a more efficient and effective process?

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If it helps, I'm a native English speaker and I'm a recent graduate from a quantitative discipline at a prestigious school.

Originally posted by dawncheadle on 03 Jul 2018, 08:06.
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Re: Possible to score a 720+ in 6 weeks of full-time study?  [#permalink]

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03 Jul 2018, 09:33
Taking the summer off following the completion of my degree and prior to beginning full-time work as a consultant at a reputable firm. I don't think I'll have significant time to study once I begin work, and was planning to complete my GMAT this summer. I've signed up for a course and my diagnostic test was 560. However, I went into this test completely unaware of the test's structure, format, and question types.

I'm looking to take the test in approximately 6-8 weeks, and I am targetting a 720+. I have the OG guide, a Manhattan Prep membership, and all of my course materials, as well as no major commitments for the remainder of the summer (besides one 4 day trip at the beginning of August). Furthermore, I'm planning to commit approximately 35-40 hours/week towards studying and have one day dedicated to my GMAT course every week.

Is this target score realistic given my starting point, availability, and resources?
Do you have any recommendations for any other resources I should think about employing in my studies?
Do you have any tips, tricks, or strategies that can help make my studying a more efficient and effective process?

Hi,

It is of importance which practice test you have used as diagnostic. If it is GMATprep from mba.com, then it is fine, but if it is from other test prep companies, your score may got inflated a bit. In latter case, you will not get exact idea of your baseline score. It is difficult to reach from 560 to 720 + in 6 to 8 weeks as you are starting from scratch irrespective of the courses you choose. As you move from 560 to 700 +, it becomes difficult to improve as things get tougher and time consuming.

You can use this link for study plan : https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-self-pr ... tml?f=menu.

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03 Jul 2018, 09:59
Its not really a realistic target, however, can be achieved. This would require intense focus and dedication. I know someone who scored 680 after 7 weeks of prep. 720 is quite high a target. Everything is possible.

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Re: Possible to score a 720+ in 6 weeks of full-time study?  [#permalink]

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03 Jul 2018, 10:05
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Taking the summer off following the completion of my degree and prior to beginning full-time work as a consultant at a reputable firm. I don't think I'll have significant time to study once I begin work, and was planning to complete my GMAT this summer. I've signed up for a course and my diagnostic test was 560. However, I went into this test completely unaware of the test's structure, format, and question types.

I'm looking to take the test in approximately 6-8 weeks, and I am targetting a 720+. I have the OG guide, a Manhattan Prep membership, and all of my course materials, as well as no major commitments for the remainder of the summer (besides one 4 day trip at the beginning of August). Furthermore, I'm planning to commit approximately 35-40 hours/week towards studying and have one day dedicated to my GMAT course every week.

Is this target score realistic given my starting point, availability, and resources?
Do you have any recommendations for any other resources I should think about employing in my studies?
Do you have any tips, tricks, or strategies that can help make my studying a more efficient and effective process?

2 months is good enough to achieve your target score. I would encourage you take one of the two GMAT PREP practice test. You can know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course.

Your choice of using MGMAT guides for your preparation is great. MGMAT guides are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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03 Jul 2018, 15:44

To start, a 560 is a solid initial CAT Score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years). That having been said, many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so there might be an issue with the total improvement that you could potentially achieve in just 6-8 weeks. In addition, based on what you've described, you'll be studying so much that you will increase your chances of 'burn out' before Test Day. No one here knows you well enough to know what YOU are truly capable of - and it's understandable why you would want to try to get all of this done in a relatively short period of time - but you're interested in a Score that 90% of Test Takers can't achieve (and trying to 'cram' all of your studies into just 6-8 weeks doesn't help).

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 your timeline and your goals:

1) When do you begin working?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT? Are you leaving yourself enough 'room' to take the GMAT twice?

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18 Jul 2018, 17:16

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help!

Regarding your initial questions, your score goal of 720 is possible, although not guaranteed. The good news is that even if you do not achieve your score goal in your first go-around, you can always retake the GMAT. I realize you will be starting a new job; however, as I’m sure you know, most GMAT-takers manage to balance a career and the GMAT, so I don't think you will have any issue doing the same.

For example, if you were to find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, you would carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why you got it wrong. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant
topics.

You can work on verbal in a similar manner. Let’s say you are reviewing Critical Reasoning. Be sure that you practice a large number of Critical Reasoning questions: strengthen and weaken the argument, resolve the paradox, find the conclusion, must be true, etc.

As you go through the questions, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get correct. If you missed a Weaken question, ask yourself why you didn't get it right.
Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize what the question was asking? Did you skip over a key detail in an answer choice? Getting GMAT verbal questions right is a matter of what you know, what you see, and what you do. So, any time that you don't get one right, you can seek to identify what, if anything, you would have needed to know in order to get the right answer, what you had to see that you didn't see, and what you could have done differently to arrive at the correct answer.

When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of the questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to at least around 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and, when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently.

The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new verbal and quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

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