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Hi all

I've taken the GMAT once (in January), scoring 690 (99% verbal, 47% quant).

I'm looking to take it again in the next month and would appreciate any advice on the best way to approach studying so as to improve the quant to 70-75%.

I've used the Manhatten books/tests so far.

Thanks!

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Hi all

I've taken the GMAT once (in January), scoring 690 (99% verbal, 47% quant).

I'm looking to take it again in the next month and would appreciate any advice on the best way to approach studying so as to improve the quant to 70-75%.

I've used the Manhatten books/tests so far.

Thanks!

Hi:
Wow! You have a killer verbal score and all you need to do is maintain your form. Now let's talk about how we can improve the quant score.
I present to you "The Topic from Hell" :devil approach.
Here's the plan.
1. Review the Manhattan prep tests you wrote.
2. Identify one topic that has consistently brought your performance down. This topic is your "Topic from Hell"
3. Work on ONLY that topic for a couple of days
4. Re-take one of the Manhattan tests (forget about the familiarity bias. This is just practice)
5. Check if you made any improvement in the "Topic from Hell"
6. If not, then study the topic for a couple of days and take another test
If yes, pick another topic - your new "Topic from Hell" - and study it for a couple of days. Then write a practice test to check improvement
7. Do this for the whole of next month and I am sure you will make a huge leap

The principle at play: Given a fixed period of time, you are likely to make significant improvements studying your weakest area.

All the best :thumbup:

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Thanks! I'm a lawyer, so would be slightly worried if my verbal was too far off.

I think my problem has been trawling through practice questions/tests without analysing the results in enough detail.

Geometry and number properties are the real killers, I suspect.

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Phocion88 wrote:
Thanks! I'm a lawyer, so would be slightly worried if my verbal was too far off.

I think my problem has been trawling through practice questions/tests without analysing the results in enough detail.

Geometry and number properties are the real killers, I suspect.

Yeah... I get what your saying... trawling got me a 650 and analysis got me a 710... Then passion (some say I went bonkers) got me a 750 :D
Now you know the devils. I suggest starting with Number Properties because it will help you with a lot of other topics.
Geometry is also a good place to start since there's no pre-requisite knowledge required.
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wow! what an incredible verbal score!
As mentioned above, work on your weaknesses. In addition, I would suggest solving problems posted in Quant section on gmatclub! Bunuel's answers are amazing! You can learn a lot from his posts.

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Focus on variations of the same question -- it helps to look at a typical sum of sequences question from various angles. What you see on the exam will likely be similar to what you've seen in practice -- with slight differences. Be prepared for those slight differences.

We recommend focusing on topics of Algebra, Geometry, Number Properties, and Sequences here: www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-test/gma ... questions/

This is where the 500 and 600 level questions tend to be.

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Hi Phocion88,

I'd like to know a bit more about this Official Score and your practice so far:

1) What were your Scaled Scores on your Official GMAT (the 'other' numbers, not the percentiles)?
2) Do you have a pacing problem in the Quant section? Do you ever finish early? Do you have to rush (and guess on a bunch of questions just to finish)?

3) How long did you study before taking the GMAT?
4) Were you studying primarily with books?

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Hi Phocion88,

I'd like to know a bit more about this Official Score and your practice so far:

1) What were your Scaled Scores on your Official GMAT (the 'other' numbers, not the percentiles)?
2) Do you have a pacing problem in the Quant section? Do you ever finish early? Do you have to rush (and guess on a bunch of questions just to finish)?

3) How long did you study before taking the GMAT?
4) Were you studying primarily with books?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
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Hi Rich

1. I scored 49 verbal and 36 on quant.

2. My pacing problem was that I lost a fair bit of time at around questions 13-16 so had to make up some time but nothing major. Finished with a minute or so to go.

3. I studied for about two months but only the last week was what you might term "intensive" study.

4. I read the quant books through and then attacked the questions in the official review, intersperse with practice tests, all of which showed I was on course for the score I eventually achieved. I largely ignored the verbal/essay portions while studying.

Any advice gratefully received! Thanks.

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Thanks for your advice (in particular to those of you who post questions in the quant section).

I retook the GMAT today and somehow scored at 760 (49 quant, 45 verbal).

Onwards!

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Phocion88 wrote:
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Thanks for your advice (in particular to those of you who post questions in the quant section).

I retook the GMAT today and somehow scored at 760 (49 quant, 45 verbal).

Onwards!

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Hey Phocion88
! I saw your verbal is super high! OMG! I am taking GMAT in 3 weeks and my verbal is horrible on the GMAT MOCK got only 16 with 11% percentile.
Could you please advice me on the verbal? as of now I am studying all verbal from powerscore and been looking at EMPOWER verbal course lately
Thank you!! :)

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Hi all

I've taken the GMAT once (in January), scoring 690 (99% verbal, 47% quant).

I'm looking to take it again in the next month and would appreciate any advice on the best way to approach studying so as to improve the quant to 70-75%.

I've used the Manhatten books/tests so far.

Thanks!


How thoroughly did you study the MGMAT books? I'm going through them right now, with only one week left until my exam, and I kinda regret not starting with them in the first place... They have everything, and more! After that, just practice a lot, and review your tests very carefully. Good luck! :-)

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Hi gracecud46

The other posts in this thread are all over 2 years old, so it's unlikely that you'll receive any response from those posters. However, there are plenty of people here (myself included) who can answer any questions you have and offer you the advice that you're looking for. I suggest that you start your own post-thread and provide a bit more information about how you've been studying, your practice scores and your goals and we can go from there.

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