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Seeking Help - Need 100pt improvement. Stick with GMAT or take GRE?

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New post 09 Jul 2018, 17:24
Experts,

I am seeking advice on whether I should stick with the GMAT or switch to the GRE. I've posted the summary below of my journey thus far. I am not opposed to trying new methods or shaking things up whichever way I can to boost my score. I am all ears and greatly appreciate any feedback. Thank you in advance.

Studies:
1.) How long have you studied?

I started studying in May 2017. I enrolled in a 6-week online Veritas course and was able to dedicate 1 hour a night and a few hours on the weekends for 3 months. 6 weeks after the course I scheduled a test for August 2017 and scored a 560. Not satisfied, I told myself I would circle back and take the test again once work slowed down.

I didn't touch a book or start studying again until late February 2018. This time I was studying 2 hours a night M-Th and 5 hours Sat/Sun until June 2018. I signed up for target test prep and completed approximately 70% of the coursework. Even though I feel slightly more comfortable with the quant than when I first started, my score has remained stagnant. I studied until late June and am coming off a 2 week break from work/family trips. Right before

2.) What study materials have you used so far?
Veritas Online Prep Course
Target Test Prep
OG 2016 w/ Quant and Verbal supplement (limited number of problems)
Manhanttan SC Guide

3.) How have you scored on EACH of your CATS (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)
Veritas Prep #1 Aug 2017 510 Q36 V24
Veritas Prep #2 Aug 2017 540 Q37 V28
Official GMAT Test #1 Aug 2017 560 Q40 V27 (cancelled)
GMAC Test #1 May 2018 530 Q40 V23
GMAC Test #2 May 2018 510 Q35 V25
Veritas Prep #3 June 2018 540 Q40 V25
Veritas Prep #4 June 2018 560 Q34 V33
Official GMAT Test #2 June 2018 370 (don't remember split…was incredibly sick during test, cancelled scores immediately).

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4.) When are you planning to apply to Business Schools?
Ideally I would like to apply R1 but I am willing to push it to R2 if necessary. I understand that most R1 schools have submissions in Sept/Oct so it might be difficult to squeeze another GMAT test with where my scores are hovering.
5.) What schools are you planning to apply to?
If I can score a 680 or above, a few top 15 schools.

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6.) Would it be wise to take the GRE instead?
7.) Do schools see all of your GMAT scores or do they only receive the score you chose to send them?
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New post 10 Jul 2018, 21:03
Hi anddy,

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, your various CAT score results (going back 10 months) - and your 1st Official GMAT Score - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 540 +/- a few points). The fluctuations in your quant and Verbal Scaled Scores notwithstanding, it's likely that you've gotten "stuck" at this particular 'score level.' Assuming that your Score Goal is a 680+, you will likely need at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study to hit that Goal - and you'll have to make big improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

It's certainly possible that the GRE might be a 'better' Exam for you, but you should first make sure that the Programs that you're interested in actually accept the GRE as part of the application process. It would be a shame if you switched Exams only to find that you couldn't apply to all of the Programs that you wanted to (because they won't accept the GRE). You can take 2 free practice GREs through www.gre.org. I suggest that you try one; make sure to take the FULL EXAM (with the Essays) and do so in one sitting. Once you have that result, you should report back here and we can discuss the results.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?
2) When are you planning to take your next Official Exam (whether it's the GMAT or the GRE)?

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New post 11 Jul 2018, 14:05
Rich, thank you for your response.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?
-I can spend approximately 15 hours a week. 2 Hours Monday->Thursday in the evenings, and 4 hours Saturday/Sunday.
-When you mention guided study, did you mean through another online platform or with a tutor?

2) When are you planning to take your next Official Exam (whether it's the GMAT or the GRE)?
-I don't have a set date. I would like to apply R1 but am willing to delay to R2 if it means I can boost my score.
-Ideally I would set my exam date once I am able to score above 650 on a practice test or two.

I'd rather not switch to the GRE because of the amount of time i've invested into the GMAT already. I am willing to give it another 2-3 months of guided study and at this point am deciding whether it would be worth signing up for empowergmat, magoosh premium, or gmatpill.

That being said, I will take your advice and take a GRE in the next week and report back with some scores.
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New post 11 Jul 2018, 22:31
Hi anddy,

The GRE places a much greater emphasis on your overall vocabulary (and your knowledge of when to use certain words). If you have skills in those areas, then you might find that the GRE gives you a better opportunity to score at a higher level. That having been said, I agree that you likely know more about the GMAT at this point - so you should probably stick with the GMAT.

Beyond continuing to do lots of practice problems, you need consistent, professional guidance, so that you can learn all of the patterns, tactics and 'secrets' of the GMAT (without having to try to figure out all of that stuff on your own). As such, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some kind (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led). Most GMAT Companies offer some type of free materials (practice problems, Trial Accounts, videos, etc.) that you can use to 'test out' a product before you buy it. We have a variety of those resources at our site (www.empowergmat.com). I suggest that you take advantage of all of them then choose the one that best matches your personality, timeline and budget.

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New post 12 Jul 2018, 16:32
I am pretty much in the exact same boat. Took the official GMAT twice and got 470 and 480 (prepped with ManhattanPrep). I know I can do a lot better! I debated between GRE and GMAT, as well. Hoping my quant skills would overshadow my verbal, I bought GRE material. However, deep down, I had to give it one more try. It's kind of becoming personal. I know I have somewhat a decent foundation from the manyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy hours of studying. I just have to hone my skills and execute. I am training with EMPOWERGMAT right now, and definitely see the benefits thus this far. I would have to say, I like EMPOWERGMAT's approachs of idenitfying your mistakes vs the problem type. Thus good for people with good foundation but make silly mistakes, like me!
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