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Retaking the GMAT after two years

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New post 27 Feb 2019, 14:23
Hey Everyone,

I'm in a kind of a unique position and would love some advice. I took the GMAT two years ago and got a 680. My verbal score was great (98%) but Quant did not go well. I showed up a minute or two late and lost some time on that section and it really threw me off.

I'm planning on taking the test again and my working situation is unique so I have 30+ hours a week to study. I am wondering if it would be worth the money retaking an official in person course or considering my timeline and background, if it would make more sense to do a self paced course and get a private tutor on the side to help bring up my quant score.

Has anyone else taken such a long break before trying again and do you have any advice on how to get back into studying?

Thanks!
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New post 27 Feb 2019, 23:10
Hi paven21,

GMAT skills tend to 'fade' over time, so you shouldn't expect to have retained everything you learned from 2 years ago.

Back in April, 2018, GMAC actually changed the GMAT (the Quant and Verbal sections are now shorter - fewer questions and less time per section), so the logical first step would be to see how you handle the current format of the Exam. As such, it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can take 2 for free at www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can refamiliarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your current strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 3.5 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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Quant section in the GMAT does not test high-level math concepts and therefore you do not necessarily need to sweat it. Most of the topics are limited to high school mathematics. That said, it is of prime importance that you have concept clarity. I would recommend that you enroll in an online course. I highly recommend EMPOWERgmat; the course is one of the best and is of the main reasons I have comfortably score 700+ in all practices tests. With a disciplined preparation of 3 months, you can definitely improve your Quant score, to be honest. For the Quant section, GMAT Club Test Center is another great option for score improvement. The questions available in the GMAT Club Tests are extremely representative of actual GMAT. Once you are done with Quant concepts, please purchase the GMAT Club tests. You'd see tremendous improvements in your Quant score. I wish you all the best in your GMAT preparation.
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paven21 wrote:
Hey Everyone,

I'm in a kind of a unique position and would love some advice. I took the GMAT two years ago and got a 680. My verbal score was great (98%) but Quant did not go well. I showed up a minute or two late and lost some time on that section and it really threw me off.

I'm planning on taking the test again and my working situation is unique so I have 30+ hours a week to study. I am wondering if it would be worth the money retaking an official in person course or considering my timeline and background, if it would make more sense to do a self paced course and get a private tutor on the side to help bring up my quant score.

Has anyone else taken such a long break before trying again and do you have any advice on how to get back into studying?

Thanks!


680 is a great score and I am sure you will do much better this time. Since you are quite confident of your verbal skills, I would recommend you to invest in an online course for quants.

Most of them have free trials,so ensure that you make the most out of it.

Best wishes!:)
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New post 03 Mar 2019, 06:44
Hi paven21,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Since you are diving into your GMAT prep after a few years, start by taking an official GMAT practice exam. The results of that exam will give you a bird’s-eye view of your strengths and weaknesses and indicate how far you are from your score goal.

Once you complete the exam, feel free to report back here, and I can provide some advice regarding your study plan.

Also, you may find it helpful to read this article: How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT — A Mini Guide for Success.

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