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New post 04 Apr 2018, 08:34
Hey all,

I took the GMAT six years ago for the MBA program and scored 620 without using any purchased study materials; I spent 8 weeks watching the old Kahn academy videos, practiced with problems I found online, and took the mba.com practice test repeatedly.

I need to retest for the PhD program so and I'm going to need a much higher score this time.

Do you all think the official GMAT guide and corresponding practice tests, coupled with free material online, will be enough? I am sticking to an 8 week study plan again but I need to up my game- big time!

I appreciate any advice.


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Hi jsandroid,

Since you're coming back to the GMAT after 6 years, it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from http://www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can refamiliarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 4 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

Yesterday, GMAC announced that some changes are going to be made to the format of the Exam - there's a discussion thread about that here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-is-chan ... 62569.html

Since some of the specifics are not yet known, it's going to take a bit of time for all of the available practice resources (including the available practice CATs) to reflect these changes to the Exam. Thus, while the question types, content tested and Tactics will all be the same, everyone's probably going to need some time to properly adjust to the new format and 'feel' of the Exam.

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:

1) What is your goal score?
2) What is the application deadline for the PhD Program you're interested in? Are you applying to more than one Program?
3) Is there a particular reason why you're trying to limit your studies to just 8 weeks?

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Thank you so much! I will take the practice test this weekend and get back to you.
FYI: I need a 700+ for admission. I'm hoping to get into the program at my local university and not too interested in applying anywhere else. All my eggs are in one basket!

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New post 04 Apr 2018, 11:42
jsandroid wrote:
Hey all,

I took the GMAT six years ago for the MBA program and scored 620 without using any purchased study materials; I spent 8 weeks watching the old Kahn academy videos, practiced with problems I found online, and took the mba.com practice test repeatedly.

I need to retest for the PhD program so and I'm going to need a much higher score this time.

Do you all think the official GMAT guide and corresponding practice tests, coupled with free material online, will be enough? I am sticking to an 8 week study plan again but I need to up my game- big time!

I appreciate any advice.


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Working with OGs and other free material will not be enough to score 700+. Start preparing from GMAT club directories and take up a good reasonable course in few weeks. That will help.

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New post 30 Jul 2019, 08:05
Hi jsandroid,

Since you are just picking back up with the GMAT after a number of years, to start, you should take an official GMAT practice exam, so you can see how far off you are from your score goal.

Regarding resources, in addition to seeking advice in this thread, take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses, and also read through some GMAT success stories to see what materials have worked well for other test-takers.

Also, would you like some general advice on how to improve your verbal and quant skills?

You also may find my it helpful to read this article about
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

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