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# Retake strategy

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03 Sep 2018, 10:05
I am sitting for my first GMAT this coming Thursday. However, I am already anticipating retaking it towards the end of September or early October given that my practice exams are not as high as I would like.

GMAC practice exams:
Practice exam #2- 630 (Q39, V37)
Practice exam #3- 640 (Q41, V36)

In both exams I took the quant section first and ran out of time on verbal, with about 3-4 questions remaining in each exam. I am taking my last practice exam tomorrow morning and a will attempt to remedy the time issue in verbal by taking the verbal section first and quant second.

In anticipation of taking on a new strategy after the my first official exam, can anyone offer a retake strategy to improve both aspects but with emphasis on quant? I feel I can make the most improvement in quant and would like to shoot for 47-49.

I have been using magoosh videos and their practice problems, but I feel maybe I have not exposed myself to enough practice problems. I have done about the first 1/2 of the practice problems in the OG18 guide of each section(PS, DS, SC, RC, and RC).

Would Target Test Prep be ideal for someone in my situation? Any advice would be appreciated.
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03 Sep 2018, 13:19
Hi Eric8923,

Since your Official GMAT is in 3 days, we'll be better able to discuss how you should proceed once we have that Official result to use as a reference. You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what you should work on to score higher. If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

Beyond that, 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) What is your goal score?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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03 Sep 2018, 21:06
Eric8923 wrote:
I am sitting for my first GMAT this coming Thursday. However, I am already anticipating retaking it towards the end of September or early October given that my practice exams are not as high as I would like.

GMAC practice exams:
Practice exam #2- 630 (Q39, V37)
Practice exam #3- 640 (Q41, V36)

In both exams I took the quant section first and ran out of time on verbal, with about 3-4 questions remaining in each exam. I am taking my last practice exam tomorrow morning and a will attempt to remedy the time issue in verbal by taking the verbal section first and quant second.

In anticipation of taking on a new strategy after the my first official exam, can anyone offer a retake strategy to improve both aspects but with emphasis on quant? I feel I can make the most improvement in quant and would like to shoot for 47-49.

I have been using magoosh videos and their practice problems, but I feel maybe I have not exposed myself to enough practice problems. I have done about the first 1/2 of the practice problems in the OG18 guide of each section(PS, DS, SC, RC, and RC).

Would Target Test Prep be ideal for someone in my situation? Any advice would be appreciated.
Any good resource should provide you enough quant practice material. However, you're looking to move from 35-41% to 61-74%, so it's possible that just solving more questions is not going to be enough (it looks like you need to work on your concepts).
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05 Sep 2018, 09:08
Hi Eric8923,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Assuming you score around a Q41 on your real GMAT, then yes, a retake will be necessary. That being said, since you are looking for quant help, TTP would be an awesome resource for you. We are the top-rated quant course here on GMAT Club.

Below are some key reasons why GMAT students have found success with Target Test Prep.

-- We meticulously created TTP questions to properly emulate the questions on the actual GMAT. TTP questions are extremely similar in form and function to the questions you’ll see on test day.

-- We offer more than 3,000 realistic practice GMAT Quant questions, each with a crystal clear, clean, actionable solution. We know that when you are preparing for the GMAT, proper practice makes perfect.

-- We teach every concept, strategy, tool, and technique that you need to crush your competition and earn a top GMAT Quant score. When you study with TTP, you leave nothing to chance.

-- We provide you with a personalized, smart, strategic plan of study to follow, whatever your starting point and score goal. You’ll always know exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it.

-- We wrote the TTP course with the goal of making GMAT math come to life and making GMAT math mastery attainable for all students.

-- We ensure that you are truly learning every lesson and retaining what you learn. Each major topic is supported by realistic practice questions that underscore what has been discussed.

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If you would like to discuss Target Test Prep further, feel free to reach out to me directly.
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