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# Study Plan for 700+

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20 Jul 2012, 06:46
I started studying for the GMAT 6 weeks ago. I started with the Princeton Review Guide and then took a practice test from GMAC. I scored a 690 with a 44 Quant and 40 Verbal. I continued with the Official Guide, however, I did not find it all that useful because the explanations are not very good. I finished the Problems, Data Sufficiency, and Sentence Correction sections (my weakest areas) and scored a 690 again. My primary problem is running out of time on the Quant (I rushed the last 10 questions of both tests and completely guessed on the last 5 or 6), so that is killing me.

Anyways... I am trying to revamp my study plan. I am applying for PHD programs for the fall of 13 and I need to score at least a 700+, however, I would like to score a bit higher. Where do I go from here? The MGMAT books? I have even considered the MGMAT online class? I don't mind spending the money on the MGMAT class if it will help me improve.

Suggestions?

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20 Jul 2012, 08:42
I also forgot to mention Knewton... In my situation would Knewton or MGMAT be more beneficial?
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22 Jul 2012, 07:35
Classes attempt to have a one size fits all (for the most part). The instruction may very well fill in the gaps in your own prep.

My own score improved from a 610 to a 710 and I used MGMAT. After the class I realized I could have self prepped, but I do not regret taking the course. It was very useful, the MGMAT staff was excellent (good instruction/explanation, office hour staff, etc.) and well worth the amount I spent. Knewton offers the 50 point guarantee, that might be more up your alley since you're determined to get above your current scoring level.
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25 Jul 2012, 06:39
Thanks for the advice! The only hesitation that I have with Knewton is that their 50 point guarantee is based off their own initial assessment. I have read reviews by many individuals who believe that the assessment is low. I guess I could take the real gmat. and get an actual score and then enroll in Knewton. Thoughts?

Some additional info... I finished the FDP book from MGMAT and took the Free CAT 1. I scored a disappointing 640 (Q43, V32). At this point I am questioning my direction. please help. Does the free cat generate a lower score as a marketing ploy to get you to enroll in their prep or did I really drop 50 points? Thanks!

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25 Jul 2012, 07:01
People generally report MGMAT being more difficult than the real thing. Don't feel so discouraged.
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25 Jul 2012, 12:39
Thanks for the encouragement. I was primarily confused how my Verbal dropped so much. I anticipated the Quant to be tougher, which I think is true, but I was not expecting to drop that much on the Verbal. The scary part is that I didn't feel like I was getting my butt kicked by the Verbal that bad, but the Quant was a different story.
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25 Jul 2012, 13:22
Haven't used the GMATPrep software yet, but the MGMAT CATs seem tougher than the problems in the OG. Is there a significant discrepancy in the difficulty between these two?
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