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Hey everyone,

This is my first post and that might help explain my low score :lol: . I decided 6 weeks ago to apply for Grad school and immediately started studying for the GMAT. I even decided to book my test for 5 weeks later, understanding that I like would NOT get the score I needed, but I figured the tight timeline would force me to study more than I would have otherwise, while also getting exposed to the test day experience. Basically a dress rehearsal.

During the five weeks, I signed up for Manhattan Prep's Self-Study course and spent every day going through each lesson. I probably spent 80+ hours studying over the last month and felt like I was getting significantly more prepared.

My initial CAT was 500, my next was 550 and I took my third CAT the week before my real Test and got a 580. So, I went into my first crack at the GMAT thinking it would be very encouraging to eclipse the 600 mark.

However..........when the test was over... there it was... a big fat 510 staring me in the face. Even though I wasn't planning on applying with the score I got that day, I didn't expect a step backwards like that.

So here o did I just waste a month of my life or should I buckle down and keep studying because a 700 before the end of the year is still possible?

Thanks All and God Bless

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Going from 500 to 700 is a very significant improvement, but it can be done. I might consider working with a private GMAT tutor, if it's worth it from a ROI perspective.

What was your Quant/Verbal split?

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New post 15 Sep 2017, 16:40
A month's time and Manhattan's material is probably not the best prep for your first attempt.

Here's what I would do:

1) Set a 60-75 day deadline.
2) Evaluate the free chapters on gmatprepnow.com (I recommend) or any of the other courses GMATClub reviews recommend and see if they help me improve.
3) Attempt 5-8 questions of each category (DS, PS, RC, SC & CR) from the OG and OG Supplements (Quant Review, Verbal Review).
4) From Day 30 onward, schedule an official GMAC CAT every weekend.

If you want a more detailed study plan, subscriber to GMATClub's 60 day study plan. From personal experience, GMAT is less an exam of academics and more of patience/practice/keeping your cool.

Feel free to reach out on PM if you think I can be of any other help.

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New post 15 Sep 2017, 20:14
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So here o did I just waste a month of my life or should I buckle down and keep studying because a 700 before the end of the year is still possible?
Most people need at least 3-4 months to do well on the GMAT. A good score in just a month's time is rare, but I wouldn't consider this time wasted. You've studied a bit and know more about the actual exam now. That's more than most other test takers have at this stage.
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New post 16 Sep 2017, 12:48
Hi DouglassJensen,

Raising a 510 to a 720+ will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll likely have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. 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:

1) What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on each of your practice CATs?
2) What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on the Official GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Grad/Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 17 Sep 2017, 10:41
DouglassJensen wrote:
Hey everyone,

This is my first post and that might help explain my low score :lol: . I decided 6 weeks ago to apply for Grad school and immediately started studying for the GMAT. I even decided to book my test for 5 weeks later, understanding that I like would NOT get the score I needed, but I figured the tight timeline would force me to study more than I would have otherwise, while also getting exposed to the test day experience. Basically a dress rehearsal.

During the five weeks, I signed up for Manhattan Prep's Self-Study course and spent every day going through each lesson. I probably spent 80+ hours studying over the last month and felt like I was getting significantly more prepared.

My initial CAT was 500, my next was 550 and I took my third CAT the week before my real Test and got a 580. So, I went into my first crack at the GMAT thinking it would be very encouraging to eclipse the 600 mark.

However..........when the test was over... there it was... a big fat 510 staring me in the face. Even though I wasn't planning on applying with the score I got that day, I didn't expect a step backwards like that.

So here o did I just waste a month of my life or should I buckle down and keep studying because a 700 before the end of the year is still possible?

Thanks All and God Bless


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Best Books

1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides
2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides
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Aristotle Verbal Guide for CR critical reasoning bible is best book with 300+ pages of comprehensive Data

Strategies

Start with Quant, learn the concepts tested on GMAT. After learning, practice your learned section with timed practice. You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT. 1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal. When completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice. Take full lenght CATs, know your estimated score. Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

Best Mocks

1. Official GMAC (50+50$)
2. Manhattan GMAT (49$)
3. GMAT Club Quant CATs (80$)
4. Veritas CATs (49$ but you can buy at 15-20$ During sale period)

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DouglassJensen wrote:
Hey everyone,

This is my first post and that might help explain my low score :lol: . I decided 6 weeks ago to apply for Grad school and immediately started studying for the GMAT. I even decided to book my test for 5 weeks later, understanding that I like would NOT get the score I needed, but I figured the tight timeline would force me to study more than I would have otherwise, while also getting exposed to the test day experience. Basically a dress rehearsal.

During the five weeks, I signed up for Manhattan Prep's Self-Study course and spent every day going through each lesson. I probably spent 80+ hours studying over the last month and felt like I was getting significantly more prepared.

My initial CAT was 500, my next was 550 and I took my third CAT the week before my real Test and got a 580. So, I went into my first crack at the GMAT thinking it would be very encouraging to eclipse the 600 mark.

However..........when the test was over... there it was... a big fat 510 staring me in the face. Even though I wasn't planning on applying with the score I got that day, I didn't expect a step backwards like that.

So here o did I just waste a month of my life or should I buckle down and keep studying because a 700 before the end of the year is still possible?

Thanks All and God Bless


Hi DouglassJensen,

You should dedicate around 4 months is good enough to achieve your dream score. Its a good thing you have taken the GMATPREP once. You now know your weakness and can work on your weak areas. If you are willing to study dedicatedly, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them. Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina and help you with your anxiety issues. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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