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# Practice test 570 48Q 20V, score goal 700

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02 Nov 2018, 11:12
Hi to everybody, today i did my first practice test in the MBA site and i have scored a 570 48Q 20V. I'm planning to do it in January so i still have time , but my score goal is 700. Since now i have only made the exercises for the quantitative part in the OG and the free material of the economist GMAT tutor. I want to know how you advise me to prepare for the exam and which materials use. Thank You!
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02 Nov 2018, 11:33
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Hi gl7,

Raising a 570 to a 700+ will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. You might need to consider pushing back your Test Date though (depending on when in January you are currently thinking about taking the Official GMAT). 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:

1) How long have you studied?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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02 Nov 2018, 11:54
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi gl7,

Raising a 570 to a 700+ will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. You might need to consider pushing back your Test Date though (depending on when in January you are currently thinking about taking the Official GMAT). 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:

1) How long have you studied?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi, so 1) I didn't study a lot, i just made quantitative exercises, maybe 15 hours in total i think and 3 hours of the gmat economist tutor
2) The deadline is approximately the 20 of March
3) I want to apply to Bocconi University and i have 2 options, the first is Msc in International management which i know is pretty difficult to enter and i think the required score is 710 at least, the second option is Msc in Management (Eng) which is more easy to enter and i think a 650 could be enough. Thank you!
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02 Nov 2018, 12:03
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Hi gl7,

If the application deadlines are not until March, then you have plenty of time to study and improve. Thus, the immediate question is how 'efficient' you want to be about your studies going forward. You have some time to 'play around' with your studies if you like, but if you want to lock up a higher Score sooner rather than later, then you would likely benefit from investing in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led).

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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02 Nov 2018, 12:13
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi gl7,

If the application deadlines are not until March, then you have plenty of time to study and improve. Thus, the immediate question is how 'efficient' you want to be about your studies going forward. You have some time to 'play around' with your studies if you like, but if you want to lock up a higher Score sooner rather than later, then you would likely benefit from investing in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led).

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Hi Rich, i think that all November till mid December i can study 1.5/2 hours per day but from mid December to 20 January circa, i have a month only to focus on GMAT so i can also spend 6 or 8 hours a day if it's necessary.
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02 Nov 2018, 18:39
Hi gl7,

From what you describe, you will be dealing with a bit of a limited timeframe - so if you cannot study beyond January 20th, then there might be a limit to how much you could improve. Given that 'deadline', you will want to maximize the time that you have now, so an organized Study Plan will be a must. When it comes to studying for the GMAT, there are a variety of different options. 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 (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.

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02 Nov 2018, 20:03
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Hi to everybody, today i did my first practice test in the MBA site and i have scored a 570 48Q 20V. I'm planning to do it in January so i still have time , but my score goal is 700. Since now i have only made the exercises for the quantitative part in the OG and the free material of the economist GMAT tutor. I want to know how you advise me to prepare for the exam and which materials use. Thank You!

Hi gl7 and welcome to GMAT club

Since you got a Q48 indicating that your Quant is better than your Verbal.So, IMO you should dedicate much of your prepping towards verbal

Best Books

1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides
2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides
3. Powerscore Verbal Guide for CR critical reasoning

In addition there are lot of Vendors which offer 7 days trial.You can try and see which one suits you the best.

Best Mocks

1. Official GMAC

3. GMAT Club Quant CATs (These can help you in achieving Q50)

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03 Nov 2018, 00:46
gl7 wrote:
Hi to everybody, today i did my first practice test in the MBA site and i have scored a 570 48Q 20V. I'm planning to do it in January so i still have time , but my score goal is 700. Since now i have only made the exercises for the quantitative part in the OG and the free material of the economist GMAT tutor. I want to know how you advise me to prepare for the exam and which materials use. Thank You!

Hi gl7,

Welcome to GMATCLUB. You should dedicate around 3 months to achieve a good score. It's a good thing you have taken a GMAT mock once. You now know your weaknesses and can 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. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online. It's an amazing course. 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. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. Just by going through these guides and solving the OG will help you reach 600+.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.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have 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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04 Nov 2018, 10:38
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today i did my first practice test in the MBA site and i have scored a 570 48Q 20V.

Hi gl7, it will be an understatement that Verbal needs a massive push, for you to realize your goal of hitting the 700 mark.

Which area in Verbal, is bothering you the most?
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06 Nov 2018, 09:14
Hi gl7,

So, 570 with a Q48 is a good start! Although two months of prep is not a ton of time, if you can work your butt off between now and January, you probably can improve your GMAT score.

Regarding study materials, since you need a 130-point improvement, you may consider following an online self-study course rather than free courses and the OG. Take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses. Regardless of which course you select, my advice is that you follow a study plan that allows you to learn linearly (especially for verbal), starting with the foundations of each topic and progressing to more advanced concepts as you build your foundational knowledge. Since you scored a V20 on your initial diagnostic, let’s first address how to improve your verbal skills.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

Now, regarding quant, you seem to be in much better shape. Since you recently scored a Q48, you clearly don’t need to start with the foundations of GMAT quant; however, you still should engage in a process of linear learning and focused practice to find and fix any gaps in your quant knowledge. For example, if you are reviewing Number Properties, be sure that you practice 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. 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.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types.

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.

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Hi to everybody, today i did my first practice test in the MBA site and i have scored a 570 48Q 20V. I'm planning to do it in January so i still have time , but my score goal is 700. Since now i have only made the exercises for the quantitative part in the OG and the free material of the economist GMAT tutor. I want to know how you advise me to prepare for the exam and which materials use. Thank You!

You should better focus on a solid study plan with sound strategy. Here is a study plan for you

Best Books

For Concept Learning

Manhattan Quant Guides
Manhattan Verbal Guides
For CR: The Powerscore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible
For RC: Aristotle RC Grail

For Practice

The Official Guide for GMAT 2015-19
The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review 2015-19
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2015-19

Best Courses (Budget)

1. e-GMAT
2. Empower GMAT
2. Math Revolution (Only Math)

You can start with Quant or Verbal which suits you. If you have started with Quant then Start with the Arithmetic but if started with verbal then start first with Sentence correction. One month for learning Quant concepts and one month for practicing question and same practice for Verbal. During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice. 6-8 CATs are enough for practice the real tests. Make your Stamina for sitting 3 hours in the test and don't study more than 2 hours in one sit and 4 hours per day

Top CATs for Practice

1. Official GMAC CATs
2. Manhattan CATs
3. Kaplan CATs
4. GMAT Club Quant CATs

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All GMAT CATs

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At V20, you may have some serious gaps in your understanding of core sentence structure. I believe this is what's preventing you from moving up. You may be surprised - once this area clicks and makes sense for you, you can see dramatic improvement.

But until then, it could be a struggle.

Focus on SC sentence structures -- because those sentence structures will also appear in CR and RC passages. Having 100% confidence in the sentence structures will make reading passages so much easier to make sense of. So take baby steps -- dedicate multiple "SC Days" to your studies - where you do nothing except eat, breathe, sleep, and do SC. Then, when you are ready, transition to CR/RC.

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