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New post 06 Oct 2017, 15:17
Hi,

New here; pleased to meet you all. I need help determining a plan forward.

Background: I took a Veritas exam, cold, without having ever seen a GMAT practice question before. I completed Verbal in 40 minutes and finished with 32 correct and 9 incorrect, good for a 32 raw score. Quant, well, I brute forced my way through (I haven't seen math like this in 15+ years). The result: 20 correct and 17 incorrect, good for a 34. Overall score: 560.

I have read on these boards that Veritas tests skew very, very low (to the tune of 50-100 points lower than official practice exams). Assuming I can translate this score to a 600-620, what would be my best plan of attack to get over a 700?

I clearly can afford to slow down on Verbal -- I wonder if that would be enough for me to get my raw score up in the mid-40s...?

As per Quant, I'm completely lost here. I am very good with numbers and did very well in HS math (took AP calculus classes); however, that was 15+ years ago. With concepts so unfamiliar to me, I don't even know where to start (although I am hopeful I can improve drastically).

Anyways, any help here would be immensely appreciated!

Thank you,

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EDIT: Was to clean up an incomplete thought in my last paragraph re: Quant. Oops :)

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New post 06 Oct 2017, 18:20
Hi ntbro,

Welcome to GMATClub!

Its a good thing that you started with a mock to understand your initial level.
It quite clear that you need to improve in both the sections, but it might make
sense to spend more time on Quant for now as it can easily be improved to Q48-49.
Also, I feel going through the Manhattan Guides and slowing down on the Verbal,
should do the trick to improve your Verbal score!

The scoring pattern on the GMATPrep tests(2 free tests available at mba.com)
are the closest to the real tests and these tests are the most reliable indicators
to your current performance. I would recommend you to take one of the free tests
when you feel you are relatively comfortable with the concepts. In addition to the
free tests, there are 4 more tests which you can buy for a price of around 100$.

If you wish to use the forum effectively for your Quant preparation, Follow Bunuel.
His signature contains some awesome questions that give you the true taste of GMAT
Math(Baker's Dozen, 12 Easy Pieces etc.. ) Solve each and every question he puts up
on the forum. They definitely give you all the practice that you need for Quant.
If you prefer using books, you should definitely try the Manhattan Guides, which
help you with the understanding of the basics.

You could use the study plan here at GMATClub, which should definitely
help you stay on track!

These are some links which I found to be very beneficial in order to build your concepts.
GMAT Club Maths Book : https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-math-book-87417.html
Quantitative Megathread : https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gma ... 44512.html

Hope that helps you!
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New post 06 Oct 2017, 21:38
Hi,

I too started with Veritas CAT and scored a Q47, V30.
For quants, analyze which area you are struggling. Is it DS or PS?
Improving in quants might be easier for you as you already have a history of being good at it. It just boils down to identifying your areas of strength and weaknesses. Plan more study hours for the areas that you are weak in. To strengthen your fundamentals you can go through MGMAT strategy guides. They are good. Practice a lot. You get thousands of questions in this forum. I think with right preparation and study plan you must be able to get a good score.

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New post 06 Oct 2017, 22:47
ntbro wrote:
Hi,

New here; pleased to meet you all. I need help determining a plan forward.

Background: I took a Veritas exam, cold, without having ever seen a GMAT practice question before. I completed Verbal in 40 minutes and finished with 32 correct and 9 incorrect, good for a 32 raw score. Quant, well, I brute forced my way through (I haven't seen math like this in 15+ years). The result: 20 correct and 17 incorrect, good for a 34. Overall score: 560.

I have read on these boards that Veritas tests skew very, very low (to the tune of 50-100 points lower than official practice exams). Assuming I can translate this score to a 600-620, what would be my best plan of attack to get over a 700?

I clearly can afford to slow down on Verbal -- I wonder if that would be enough for me to get my raw score up in the mid-40s...?

As per Quant, I'm completely lost here. I am very good with numbers and did very well in HS math (took AP calculus classes); however, that was 15+ years ago. With concepts so unfamiliar to me, I don't even know where to start (although I am hopeful I can improve drastically).

Anyways, any help here would be immensely appreciated!

Thank you,

B

EDIT: Was to clean up an incomplete thought in my last paragraph re: Quant. Oops :)


Manhattan books for concepts and OG for practice would be a good start.

You can refer to these posts too for plan and resources

https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-plan-217827.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/all-you-need ... 40445.html
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New post 06 Oct 2017, 23:00
Hi ntbro
read manhattan quant book specially advance section and gclub quant test to increase your qscore.
I raised my score to q50 using these test only
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New post 06 Oct 2017, 23:11
Hi ntbro
First of all, u need to brush up your quantitative concepts. Since u are good at Verbal, u can take it up bit later.
For this u can enroll into the new feature started recently in GMAT club
https://gmatclub.com/forum/study-plan-383/
It will give u a good balance of theory and practice.
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New post 07 Oct 2017, 05:20
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I clearly can afford to slow down on Verbal -- I wonder if that would be enough for me to get my raw score up in the mid-40s...?
Getting a V32 in just 40 minutes is not easy. You're in a very good position to break into the 40s.
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New post 07 Oct 2017, 11:39
Thanks to everyone who has responded! Such a helpful bunch!

Does the following sound like a logical plan of attack?

Purchase the Manhattan and OG books and embark on studying high level Quant: concepts, rules, question types etc. Do this 1-2 hours a day for a month and see where I'm at. If it seems to be working, kick it in high gear: go deep into practice questions and then add some Verbal for about two months.

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New post 08 Oct 2017, 05:17
ntbro wrote:
Thanks to everyone who has responded! Such a helpful bunch!

Does the following sound like a logical plan of attack?

Purchase the Manhattan and OG books and embark on studying high level Quant: concepts, rules, question types etc. Do this 1-2 hours a day for a month and see where I'm at. If it seems to be working, kick it in high gear: go deep into practice questions and then add some Verbal for about two months.

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Sounds good, but when do you plan/need to take the GMAT? Also, try to take a GMATPrep to check your progress next time.
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New post 08 Oct 2017, 05:35
I benefit from not having a hard and fast date by which I need to take the exam. I'm a former attorney turned entrepreneur who thinks that an MBA might be something that interests me. Basically, studying will be a fun project that takes place in the background of my normal everyday life. That said, I wouldn't want to drag this out further than the spring/summer of next year.

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