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Hi,

I took the GMAT in November 2016 and scored a 440 (which was lower that my practice exams which were in the 500-550 range). I want to start studying again and I am confused about where to start and if I should continue with the Manhattan prep materials that I used for my previous attempt. I am stuck and don't know how to proceed. I know that I will need to strategize well if I want to score a 700.

I would appreciate all the help that I can get.

Thank you!

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Hi znT396,

If you have not studied since last November, then the logical first step now would be to take a NEW, FULL-LENGTH CAT. With that score result, we can get a better sense of your current skills, strengths and weaknesses. Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss how best to proceed. Beyond that score though, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you previously studied and your goals:

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1) How long did you study last time before taking the GMAT?
2) What study materials did you use?
3) What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores on your Official GMAT (the 440)?

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5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi,

I took the GMAT in November 2016 and scored a 440 (which was lower that my practice exams which were in the 500-550 range). I want to start studying again and I am confused about where to start and if I should continue with the Manhattan prep materials that I used for my previous attempt. I am stuck and don't know how to proceed. I know that I will need to strategize well if I want to score a 700.

I would appreciate all the help that I can get.

Thank you!


Hi

3 month is pretty enough time so you can start with Best comprehensive material 1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides 2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides or Aristotle Verbal Guide for CR critical reasoning bible is best book with 300+ pages of comprehensive Data. Start with quant, learn the concepts tested on GMATAfter learning, practice your learned section with timed practice You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT

1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal when completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice Take full lenght CATs, know your estimated score Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

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1. Official GMAC (50+50$) 2. Manhattan GMAT (49$) 3. GMAT Club Quant CATs (80$) 4. Veritas CATs (49$ but you can buy at 15-20$ During sale period)

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znT396 wrote:
Hi,

I took the GMAT in November 2016 and scored a 440 (which was lower that my practice exams which were in the 500-550 range). I want to start studying again and I am confused about where to start and if I should continue with the Manhattan prep materials that I used for my previous attempt. I am stuck and don't know how to proceed. I know that I will need to strategize well if I want to score a 700.

I would appreciate all the help that I can get.

Thank you!


Hi znT396,

4 months is a good enough time to prepare for GMAT. It’s a good thing you have given GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 4 months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking an additional GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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