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Re: Realistic GMAT Score Improvements (updated for 2023!) [#permalink]
Hello,

I have my 1st Gmat attempt in middle of December. Have been preparing for the concepts for 6+months now. The following are my CAT scores:
Gmatprep 1st free test- 490(3 months before)
Princeton CAT - 540 (1 month before)
Gmatpre 2nd free test - 580 (today)- Got 14 incorrect in verbal and 13 incorrect in Quant.

I feel that my hold on verbal & Quant has improved. But still didn't get at least a 600. Now I am feeling disheartened whether I can pull my score by 120 points to touch 700 in about one month. Is it too much to expect? Need motivation :(
Is this jump possible in this short time span?

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How difficult is it to improve from 710 to 750 ?

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The effort in the research and the post is highly appreciable. However, it may be good to just keep it simple and focus on learning. Knowing beforehand that there is a ceiling you cannot cross may do more harm than good. Furthermore, with due respect, I have seen people scoring from 370 to 700+. My own score improved by more than 200 points from where I started. Personal opinion- with full respect to your research. Kudos.
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Someone just flagged this post for me to comment on improvement. Let me know if you have specific questions. I honestly, no table is perfect and no guideline is exact. I have seen people improve a lot and I also have seen people be able to maintain their improvement to my surprise. Great great example is Souvik who after two years of business school was able to get a 760 after just a couple hours of refreshing.....

I agree that score improvement has diminishing returns and that the general 80/20 rule hold with GMAT as it holds with everything else :-) You will have to put in quite a bit of work to reach the top person tiles for obvious reasons. At the same time, I suggest that you don’t feel limited by this table or prediction. You can read a number of debriefs in the shared GMAT experience to get a sense of both the improvement in the effort an improvement of a particular level can carry.

I would say that probably the most improvement I’ve seen on GMAT Club it’s about 350 points and they probably have been around 10 people who have been been able to improve that much. I am not saying this to discourage anyone but to indicate the amount of effort you will have to put in. Also, there are many aspects to applications and with the number of business schools waiving GMAT requirements, it is more true than ever.

I have personally improved my score by about 220 points and it was the most stay had to work until that point and probably the most effort I’ve ever put into anything.

Also I would caveat that improving certain areas is easier than others. These areas vary and differ for each one of us. If you have a good Norred math and struggled with it ever since missing a couple of those crucial seventh grade lessons, you’ll have to go back all the way to the seventh grade and retrace your steps. That’s going to be a lot of work. At the same time if you are a non-native speaker, you will have to build up your English language skills and train your ear to master the verbal section. I always recommend starting with the easier for you section. Get some easier wins and then build up momentum for the harder areas. Believe me, you don’t want to box with Mike Tyson as your first opponent. Go to boxing bag 1st 🤣

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Anyone who wants some confirmation that the potential for improving your GMAT score is basically unlimited can read this debrief by GMAT Club member daldilaimi, who went from 250 on her first GMAT to 780 on her last one. https://gmatclub.com/forum/530-point-gm ... 56872.html
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Improving from 250 (1%) on their worst attempt at the GMAT to 780 (99%) on their best is a remarkable and incredible achievement, and I congratulate this student on their (now-verified) 530-point GMAT score improvement!

However, although it is certainly possible, this type of improvement is definitely not "realistic" (see the title of the post), and though there is no evidence that they did not give 100% on their first attempt, I do worry about the possibility of an already high-scoring student intentionally "bombing" their first test in order to simulate a huge GMAT score improvement (even this student admitted to giving up a bit on their 250 attempt).

One should also note that their two verified GMAT attempts were nearly 5 years apart (December 2016 and January 2021), a span of approximately 1,500 days.
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