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21 Aug 2010, 04:58
Hi guys,

I took the GMAT and it got...470 Q32 V19.

I studied my butt off putting in 30 hours+ per week for 2.5 months. I knew quant was going to need help since I was never the math type. So probably 90% of the time I studied for math. Big mistake. I definitely needed to spend more time on verbal. GMAT verbal is tough.

I am targeting 700 +( so as to get admission in Top B schools .I know I need alot of help on verbal(to achieve 40+) and quant( to achieve 48+).

Can you please advise which of the following will be the correct approach:

1) Take a break from work and study for 1-1.5 months and write GMAT again. Please advise if 1 or 1.5 month would be sufficient including practice tests.

2) Continue with work and study for next 3 months and then re-take.

Any suggestions for help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys.

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21 Aug 2010, 05:32
PositiveSoul wrote:
Hi guys,

...I am targeting 700 +( so as to get admission in Top B schools .I know I need alot of help on verbal(to achieve 40+) and quant( to achieve 48+).

Can you please advise which of the following will be the correct approach:

1) Take a break from work and study for 1-1.5 months and write GMAT again. Please advise if 1 or 1.5 month would be sufficient including practice tests.

2) Continue with work and study for next 3 months and then re-take.

Any suggestions for help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys.

I think you should go for option (2). It makes more sense given your target score. The following link gives some information on the typical number of hours you will need to put in to score 700. It's more like a necessary condition, but not sufficient though.

http://www.kaptest.com/GMAT/Learn-and-D ... -you-prep/

The table below from Hussain15 (one of the users of GMAT Club) gives a matrix of Q and V scores you'll need to score 700. Hope it might be of help.

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21 Aug 2010, 05:57
Akaydee,

Having gone through the ups and downs of the GMAT studying game, I recommend you continue working and studying for the test at night and on weekends. I think that studying for 8 hours a day, if you were to take a month off work, would not be an effective use of your time. Other recommendations:

1) Take a GMAT prep course through Kaplan or another prep firm
2) Study with a friend to keep yourself motivated
3) Set milestones and a schedule for your progress
4) Take the test under timed conditions similar to the actual GMAT

I think the most important thing you could do at this point is to take a Kaplan course. Many courses have a money-back guarantee if you don't improve your score.

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21 Aug 2010, 08:11
I'm sorry to read this my friend. I'll suggest you the option no. 2, continue your office and study side via side..

Engage here on gmatclub discussions, purchase gmatclub tests and if you can register for course (I'll recommend knewton). You can do this, read the experiences of people and design your study plan and try to stick to that plan.

Good luck friend!
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21 Aug 2010, 08:50
Thanks akaydee, Sam and kissthegmat for your valuable input. In case if I am going with option 2 then , I will not be able to apply for R1. What are your thoughts about this?

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21 Aug 2010, 11:32
PositiveSoul wrote:
Thanks akaydee, Sam and kissthegmat for your valuable input. In case if I am going with option 2 then , I will not be able to apply for R1. What are your thoughts about this?

Best Regards,
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Don't think of R1. Think how you are going to go about getting a better score. It's important to get a getter score in order to improve your chances of getting admitted to the school of your choice.

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21 Aug 2010, 12:14
I agree. There is no difference, in my mind, about applying in round 1 vs. round 2. I wouldn't apply in round 3 however. It is imperative you bring the score up before you consider investing so much time as it will take to write your essays.

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24 Aug 2010, 01:51
don't give up!!! ever!

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