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# Right strategy and sources to get 650+

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28 Nov 2017, 05:16
Hello everyone

I really need your suggestions and advice on how to improve my score.

I recently gave the GMAT exam and scored 500, though I was getting 550 in mocks but they were untimed, I am aiming to score at least a 650 to get into the b school of my choice. I am more comfortable with the quants section and less in verbal.

I have already practiced questions from the OG 2017 and the Princeton Review books as well as the online content, which I found very easy for me. I currently don’t work so I have my full time to devote to the exam. When I gave the exam I realized I have problems in dealing with indirect quants questions which I found to be very time consuming, thereby losing almost 10 questions in the end of the section. The same goes for the Verbal section as well, I have problem in solving all of the questions in the given time.

Kindly suggest how should I pace myself so I can solve all of the questions, also which would be the right source from which I can get good practice tests. I am planning to give the exam in December.
Hoping to hear some good suggestions!

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28 Nov 2017, 12:34
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Hi sofiahasan,

Earlier this year (in January), you scored 450 on a practice CAT and now you've scored 500 on the Official GMAT. GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, these results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 480 +/- a few points). Raising a 500 to a 650+ will require that you make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections - and all of that training will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study. As such, you will likely have to push back your Test Date.

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:

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1) What were your Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on the Official GMAT?
2) What study materials have you used so far besides the books that you mentioned?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
5) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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28 Nov 2017, 12:58
Hi Rich,

Thanks a lot for your time and effort on replying to my post. I would be happy to answer all of your questions as follows:-

1) My Quant score on the official GMAT was 37 and the Verbal score was 23
2) I have not used any other study materials except for Official Guide 2017 and The Princeton review Quants and Verbal guides .
3) I am planning to apply for Fall 2018 intakes.
4) I am planning to apply to California State Universities(specifically CSULA, CSULB, as i think i have to score higher plus work experience is required for other universities)
5) I can study consistently for 40 hours per week(taking 6 hours each day, with one day 4 hrs)

Moreover, I was getting a little confused whether I should currently send applications to the universities mentioned above, as i gave my TOEFL on 19th December 2015, and the scores will expire this year, and later on send my GMAT scores after taking the exam. What is your opinion regarding this?

Thanks again!
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28 Nov 2017, 13:27
Hi sofiahasan,

I'm not an Admissions Expert, so I have no idea what the policies are at each of those Schools regarding how you should submit your GMAT Score and TOEFL Score. As such, I suggest that you contact each School and ask.

From what you've described, you're continuing to use the same study materials that you used before - and ending up with practice CAT scores around 500. To score at a significantly higher level, you will likely need to invest in some new, non-book study materials and focus on learning/practicing the proper Tactics. Since it will likely take at least 3 months of consistent, guided study to score 650+, is there a lower GMAT Score that you would be satisfied with?

I have to assume that if your TOEFL Score expires, then Schools would probably expect you to retake the TOEFL, which will add additional 'work' to your application plans. If a lower GMAT Score (such as a 550) would be acceptable, then you could potentially take the GMAT in December, hit that lower goal and apply before your TOEFL Score expires.

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28 Nov 2017, 13:40
HI Rich,

I think I will be able to apply to the schools with a 550 score also, so which non-book study materials can you recommend? Also I would be really obliged if you could help me on setting up a good time-table/schedule for effective studies. And how many minimum Mock tests should i take if i plan to give the GMAT in December?

Thank you.
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29 Nov 2017, 20:21
Hi sofiahasan,

To hit a 550+, you do NOT need to correctly answer ANY questions that you think are too hard or too weird - so the most strategic choice when facing any of those questions is to 'dump' them immediately. By 'freeing up' that time, you'll have more time to spend on the questions that you ARE able to correctly answer. Since a 550 is relatively close to a 500, I suggest you take a CAT this weekend (in a realistic way that matches up with how you took the Official GMAT), but with one notable task - I want you to purposely dump 10 questions in each section. You can choose which ones, but they need to be ones that you think are difficult AND you have to dump them quickly (just take a guess and move past those questions). I want to see how you score when the pressure of dealing with tougher prompts is removed.

As far as your studies going forward, you should plan to take 1 FULL-LENGTH CAT per week and you should consider taking one day 'off' per week (so that you don't 'burn out' before Test Day).

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