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New post 12 Mar 2017, 00:36
Hi all,

I'm brand new to the forum and I've glanced around looking for my answer but it seems like I just can't come to a conclusion for my situation.

After 15 days of preparation using Magoosh, I took a practice GMAT from the GMAC program and received the following scores:

IR: 5
Q: 32
V: 27
Total: 510.

Disappointed with my scores, I ordered Manhattan GMAT prep course and GMAT Sentence Correction Grail 3rd edition (Aristotle).

My question: My exam is scheduled for 8/14. Since I am weak in both subjects, does it make more sense to study both quant and verbal throughout these months evenly? Or, based on my scores, should I focus more on Verbal?

Also, how often do all of you take a practice exam to re-assess your score level?
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New post 12 Mar 2017, 00:47
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Hi all,

I'm brand new to the forum and I've glanced around looking for my answer but it seems like I just can't come to a conclusion for my situation.

After 15 days of preparation using Magoosh, I took a practice GMAT from the GMAC program and received the following scores:

IR: 5
Q: 32
V: 27
Total: 510.

Disappointed with my scores, I ordered Manhattan GMAT prep course and GMAT Sentence Correction Grail 3rd edition (Aristotle).

My question: My exam is scheduled for 8/14. Since I am weak in both subjects, does it make more sense to study both quant and verbal throughout these months evenly? Or, based on my scores, should I focus more on Verbal?

Also, how often do all of you take a practice exam to re-assess your score level?
It's normally a good idea to work on both, without any major "gaps" in between quant and verbal practice sessions.

Also, Q32 is actually 24% and V27 is actually 47%. So if you consider the percentile scores, your GMATPrep indicates that your performance on the verbal section was better than your performance on the quant section.
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New post 12 Mar 2017, 09:52
econbound wrote:
Hi all,

I'm brand new to the forum and I've glanced around looking for my answer but it seems like I just can't come to a conclusion for my situation.

After 15 days of preparation using Magoosh, I took a practice GMAT from the GMAC program and received the following scores:

IR: 5
Q: 32
V: 27
Total: 510.

Disappointed with my scores, I ordered Manhattan GMAT prep course and GMAT Sentence Correction Grail 3rd edition (Aristotle).

My question: My exam is scheduled for 8/14. Since I am weak in both subjects, does it make more sense to study both quant and verbal throughout these months evenly? Or, based on my scores, should I focus more on Verbal?

Also, how often do all of you take a practice exam to re-assess your score level?


V27 is almost the 50th percentile. You are already better than 50% of test takers in Verbal. I suggest you focus on the Quant then the Verbal in the following order: SC, CR, RC
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New post 12 Mar 2017, 10:29
Hi econbound,

To start, a 510 is a decent initial CAT score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years). An August 14th Test Date also gives you plenty of time to study and improve - which is good (and you might not even need all of that study time). As far as how best to structure your study routine, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your goals:

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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econbound wrote:
Hi all,

I'm brand new to the forum and I've glanced around looking for my answer but it seems like I just can't come to a conclusion for my situation.

After 15 days of preparation using Magoosh, I took a practice GMAT from the GMAC program and received the following scores:

IR: 5
Q: 32
V: 27
Total: 510.

Disappointed with my scores, I ordered Manhattan GMAT prep course and GMAT Sentence Correction Grail 3rd edition (Aristotle).

My question: My exam is scheduled for 8/14. Since I am weak in both subjects, does it make more sense to study both quant and verbal throughout these months evenly? Or, based on my scores, should I focus more on Verbal?

Also, how often do all of you take a practice exam to re-assess your score level?
It's normally a good idea to work on both, without any major "gaps" in between quant and verbal practice sessions.

Also, Q32 is actually 24% and V27 is actually 47%. So if you consider the percentile scores, your GMATPrep indicates that your performance on the verbal section was better than your performance on the quant section.


Whoops, didn't realize that. It's clear that I'm really new to all of this. Thank you, I will try to focus on both without major gaps but perhaps focus more on math.

Thank you!
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econbound wrote:
Hi all,

I'm brand new to the forum and I've glanced around looking for my answer but it seems like I just can't come to a conclusion for my situation.

After 15 days of preparation using Magoosh, I took a practice GMAT from the GMAC program and received the following scores:

IR: 5
Q: 32
V: 27
Total: 510.

Disappointed with my scores, I ordered Manhattan GMAT prep course and GMAT Sentence Correction Grail 3rd edition (Aristotle).

My question: My exam is scheduled for 8/14. Since I am weak in both subjects, does it make more sense to study both quant and verbal throughout these months evenly? Or, based on my scores, should I focus more on Verbal?

Also, how often do all of you take a practice exam to re-assess your score level?


V27 is almost the 50th percentile. You are already better than 50% of test takers in Verbal. I suggest you focus on the Quant then the Verbal in the following order: SC, CR, RC


Thank you so much! Will do, I can't wait for my Manhattan books to arrive!
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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi econbound,

To start, a 510 is a decent initial CAT score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years). An August 14th Test Date also gives you plenty of time to study and improve - which is good (and you might not even need all of that study time). As far as how best to structure your study routine, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your goals:

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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Hi Rich,

1) 730.
2) Either this upcoming September or December.
3) Harvard and Stanford.

I understand that I've set super high goals but I will do everything in my power to achieve them.
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Hi econbound,

Raising a 510 to a 730 will take some significant effort - and you'll have to make big improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, you've given yourself plenty of time to study (and that work will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study). As you continue to study, you should plan to post back here after each practice CAT that you take. If you end up getting 'stuck' at a certain score level, it would help to know that sooner rather than later. Right now, you have some study materials and a general plan, so you should proceed as you like. You might find that you have to make some adjustments down the line though.

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi econbound,

Raising a 510 to a 730 will take some significant effort - and you'll have to make big improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, you've given yourself plenty of time to study (and that work will likely take at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study). As you continue to study, you should plan to post back here after each practice CAT that you take. If you end up getting 'stuck' at a certain score level, it would help to know that sooner rather than later. Right now, you have some study materials and a general plan, so you should proceed as you like. You might find that you have to make some adjustments down the line though.

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Thank you! I'll definitely keep your advice in mind while I'm studying hard :)
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Since I am weak in both subjects, does it make more sense to study both quant and verbal throughout these months evenly? Or, based on my scores, should I focus more on Verbal?


Hi, I'd suggest you to take one of Manhattan's free CATS, it will give you a detailed report of your strengths and weaknesses in both verbal and quant. It would be advisable to tackle your weaknesses first(topic wise for both quant and verbal). So take Manhattan's free CAT and check the assessment report and then dive into studies accordingly.

Verbal skills take more time to build than quant, it takes daily practice.
Solve CR questions daily, even 3-5 will do, and 1-2 RC passages and SC 3-5. Simultaneously work on your weak spots in quant.

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Also, how often do all of you take a practice exam to re-assess your score level?

once you have tackled all your doubts in quant and verbal, say after 3 weeks of study, you can take a test. Subsequently, you can take full tests 3 times a week(1 with IR and Essay and 2 without it) Don't do more than 3 a week, you don't want to tire yourself out, this is only to build your stamina and maintain it. Make sure you review every question you got wrong/guessed/took too long to solve thoroughly, drop doubts on gmatclub's forum.
GMATPrep and Manhattan CATS are the best. However GMATCLUB quant CATS are excellent to build your score up to a 50.
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