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New post 25 Mar 2017, 13:35
Hi everyone,

First of all, LOVE this forum/gmatclub, it's been so useful.

I'd love some advice from all of you, as I've been really struggling to figure out my approach, nothing seems to be really helping.

Background:
I tried studying for the GMAT back in 2015, took a Manhattan prep course, didn't get above a 590 in practice, so never took the actual test.

This year, I decided I really wanted to buckle down and take the test. I'm aiming for a top 10 school, so of course need a top score for that.
I took a "diagnostic"/re-assessment initial MGMAT test (renewed access to all my MGMAT materials) and got a 640 (Q44, V35) - I feel I got some easier Quant/had looked at some similar question methods right before, so Quant may even be slightly skewed upward.

Just took a second exam after 1.5 months of studying (reviewing MGMAT materials, started sessions with a tutor) and got a 620 (Q39 V36) - I felt I was getting MUCH harder verbal questions (and even looking into the details, got almost ONLY 700-800 level questions), while Quant is more or less what I expected, as I am still working through my basics.

Verbal is generally my strength, and I'm trying to capitalize on that. I know I'm weaker in Quant, and while I'm working on making my math foundation strong, I'm hoping to improve Verbal considerably to at least offset any Quant weakness.

My test date is May 6 (!!!) and coming up quickly. Any advice from all of you gurus on how to maximize the next month (should I take a test every weekend?) and really shoot for improving as much as I can so test day goes relatively well?

Thank you!!
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New post 25 Mar 2017, 20:10
sunny216 wrote:
Hi everyone,

First of all, LOVE this forum/gmatclub, it's been so useful.

I'd love some advice from all of you, as I've been really struggling to figure out my approach, nothing seems to be really helping.

Background:
I tried studying for the GMAT back in 2015, took a Manhattan prep course, didn't get above a 590 in practice, so never took the actual test.

This year, I decided I really wanted to buckle down and take the test. I'm aiming for a top 10 school, so of course need a top score for that.
I took a "diagnostic"/re-assessment initial MGMAT test (renewed access to all my MGMAT materials) and got a 640 (Q44, V35) - I feel I got some easier Quant/had looked at some similar question methods right before, so Quant may even be slightly skewed upward.

Just took a second exam after 1.5 months of studying (reviewing MGMAT materials, started sessions with a tutor) and got a 620 (Q39 V36) - I felt I was getting MUCH harder verbal questions (and even looking into the details, got almost ONLY 700-800 level questions), while Quant is more or less what I expected, as I am still working through my basics.

Verbal is generally my strength, and I'm trying to capitalize on that. I know I'm weaker in Quant, and while I'm working on making my math foundation strong, I'm hoping to improve Verbal considerably to at least offset any Quant weakness.

My test date is May 6 (!!!) and coming up quickly. Any advice from all of you gurus on how to maximize the next month (should I take a test every weekend?) and really shoot for improving as much as I can so test day goes relatively well?

Thank you!!


One practice test every week sounds good. Though note that you must spend 2 days evaluating your answers, official answers, missed concepts etc to gain from the test experience.
Yes, there is quite a bit of scope for improvement in Quant. Suggest you to check out my blog, which predominantly deals with Quant concepts: http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/categor ... er-wisdom/

Also, suggest you to try out our free practice test: https://www.veritasprep.com/gmat/
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sunny216 wrote:
Hi everyone,

First of all, LOVE this forum/gmatclub, it's been so useful.

I'd love some advice from all of you, as I've been really struggling to figure out my approach, nothing seems to be really helping.

Background:
I tried studying for the GMAT back in 2015, took a Manhattan prep course, didn't get above a 590 in practice, so never took the actual test.

This year, I decided I really wanted to buckle down and take the test. I'm aiming for a top 10 school, so of course need a top score for that.
I took a "diagnostic"/re-assessment initial MGMAT test (renewed access to all my MGMAT materials) and got a 640 (Q44, V35) - I feel I got some easier Quant/had looked at some similar question methods right before, so Quant may even be slightly skewed upward.

Just took a second exam after 1.5 months of studying (reviewing MGMAT materials, started sessions with a tutor) and got a 620 (Q39 V36) - I felt I was getting MUCH harder verbal questions (and even looking into the details, got almost ONLY 700-800 level questions), while Quant is more or less what I expected, as I am still working through my basics.

Verbal is generally my strength, and I'm trying to capitalize on that. I know I'm weaker in Quant, and while I'm working on making my math foundation strong, I'm hoping to improve Verbal considerably to at least offset any Quant weakness.

My test date is May 6 (!!!) and coming up quickly. Any advice from all of you gurus on how to maximize the next month (should I take a test every weekend?) and really shoot for improving as much as I can so test day goes relatively well?

Thank you!!


It looks like you've taken only the CATs from MGMAT? Have you tried a CAT from the official GMATPrep. That should give you a proper breakdown of your strengths and weaknesses.
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New post 26 Mar 2017, 06:35
sunny216 wrote:
Hi everyone,

First of all, LOVE this forum/gmatclub, it's been so useful.

I'd love some advice from all of you, as I've been really struggling to figure out my approach, nothing seems to be really helping.

Background:
I tried studying for the GMAT back in 2015, took a Manhattan prep course, didn't get above a 590 in practice, so never took the actual test.

This year, I decided I really wanted to buckle down and take the test. I'm aiming for a top 10 school, so of course need a top score for that.
I took a "diagnostic"/re-assessment initial MGMAT test (renewed access to all my MGMAT materials) and got a 640 (Q44, V35) - I feel I got some easier Quant/had looked at some similar question methods right before, so Quant may even be slightly skewed upward.

Just took a second exam after 1.5 months of studying (reviewing MGMAT materials, started sessions with a tutor) and got a 620 (Q39 V36) - I felt I was getting MUCH harder verbal questions (and even looking into the details, got almost ONLY 700-800 level questions), while Quant is more or less what I expected, as I am still working through my basics.

Verbal is generally my strength, and I'm trying to capitalize on that. I know I'm weaker in Quant, and while I'm working on making my math foundation strong, I'm hoping to improve Verbal considerably to at least offset any Quant weakness.

My test date is May 6 (!!!) and coming up quickly. Any advice from all of you gurus on how to maximize the next month (should I take a test every weekend?) and really shoot for improving as much as I can so test day goes relatively well?

Thank you!!


Quant questions in MGMAT CATs are unnecessarily harder than the real ones. So you shouldn't get disappointed about that score. You could take practice CAT from GMAT Prep, and questions from this software are really close to the actual ones. Hence, you could evaluate your performance better.

You shouldn't take the test every weekend since you could get tired and bored and this could decrease your overall performance. Just do that if it's 2-3 weeks before the test date. At that time, you should take only the test from GMAT Prep to evaluate your performance and get familiar to the real test.
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Hi sunny216,

There are a couple of issues to discuss:

1) You mentioned wanting to apply to a Top 10 School - and you seem to understand that having a strong GMAT score will be necessary. Highly-competitive Schools tend to view the Quant Scaled Score as a measure of an applicant's ability to handle the 'academic side' of the Program. As such, you do not want to apply with a 'weak' Quant Scaled Score (since that might be viewed as a 'red flag'). While you could certainly score 700+ with a stronger Verbal and a weaker Quant, that 'combination' might actually work against you if the rest of your application isn't strong enough to compensate for a lower Quant Score.

2) Your Test Date is in about 10 days. If your score goal is 700+, then it's not likely that 10 days will be enough to raise a 620 to that level.

3) Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores. From what you've described, you're close to about 2 months of study.

Considering the above points, you might want to consider pushing back your Test Date - so that you can continue to study and hone your skills (and improve your Quant skills as much as possible).

1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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New post 26 Mar 2017, 19:37
sunny216 wrote:
Hi everyone,

First of all, LOVE this forum/gmatclub, it's been so useful.

I'd love some advice from all of you, as I've been really struggling to figure out my approach, nothing seems to be really helping.

Background:
I tried studying for the GMAT back in 2015, took a Manhattan prep course, didn't get above a 590 in practice, so never took the actual test.

This year, I decided I really wanted to buckle down and take the test. I'm aiming for a top 10 school, so of course need a top score for that.
I took a "diagnostic"/re-assessment initial MGMAT test (renewed access to all my MGMAT materials) and got a 640 (Q44, V35) - I feel I got some easier Quant/had looked at some similar question methods right before, so Quant may even be slightly skewed upward.

Just took a second exam after 1.5 months of studying (reviewing MGMAT materials, started sessions with a tutor) and got a 620 (Q39 V36) - I felt I was getting MUCH harder verbal questions (and even looking into the details, got almost ONLY 700-800 level questions), while Quant is more or less what I expected, as I am still working through my basics.

Verbal is generally my strength, and I'm trying to capitalize on that. I know I'm weaker in Quant, and while I'm working on making my math foundation strong, I'm hoping to improve Verbal considerably to at least offset any Quant weakness.

My test date is May 6 (!!!) and coming up quickly. Any advice from all of you gurus on how to maximize the next month (should I take a test every weekend?) and really shoot for improving as much as I can so test day goes relatively well?

Thank you!!


Take GMAClub quant tests for practice. As I have observed from many other posts, MGMAT CAT quant tests are highly calculation oriented.
Also take GMatPrep exams for actual scoring.
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