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Targetting 750+ and might be stuck at 710-720 (40 days to go)

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I am 32, work full time and started preparing for GMAT around 7th Nov 2019 with a target of 750+ in mind

Summary of preparation so far.

07 Nov - 25 Nov : Quant OG + MGMAT SC
26th Nov: GMAT Prep 1 : 690 (Q47, V 37)
27th Nov-07th Dec: Verbal OG + Quant OG questions
08th Dec: GMAT Prep 2: 700 (Q49, V 35)
10th Dec- 28th Dec: EGMAT Sessions + GMAT Club Quant tests (Scoring Q42-49)
29th Dec- GMAT Prep: GMAT Prep 3: 710 - Q49, V 37 (was expecting 730+ especially after getting first 17 Quant questions right). With pathetic performance in CR(60% Wrong), otherwise 20% usually. Subsequently shifted my GMAT date to Mar 2, 2020 from Jan 20, 2020

01 Jan- till date: Attempted Topic wise 700+ quant questions at GMAT club, Egmat scholarium for Verbal (SC - 75-80%, RC- 60-70%, CR, 60-70% accuracy)

Proposed plan:


25th Jan - 02 Feb:

1) Review OG (All sections), OG mistakes, E GMAT Verbal Scholarium mistakes, GMAT club questions wrongly + bookmarked (easily 200-300+ across topics)
2) Revise material (EGMAT notes, MGMAT notes, Quant GMAT club book)

03 Feb - 01 March

1) Attempt GMAT prep 4-6
2) GMAT Club verbal (Min 9) + quant tests (Min 25)
3) MGMAT Mocks (as many)
4) GMAT prep advanced 300 questions
5) 700+ Questions on GMATClub for verbal


The reasons I am feeling stuck:
Verbal: I make different mistakes and my performance varies across sections. Though I have definitely improved on RC over the last week or so, CR performance is still way off the mark and dynamic for my liking
Quant: Struggle with 50 and 51 level questions on GMAT Club a lotl


bb Souvik

Comments / suggestions / advice are welcome! Especially on how to pursue GMAT Prep 4-6 and MANHATTAN CATS


P.S. Ignore typos/grammatical errors. 2 AM in my zone, and I can barely keep my eyes open.

Originally posted by Sparta_750 on 23 Jan 2020, 12:03.
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Sparta_750 wrote:
I am 32, work full time and started preparing for GMAT around 7th Nov 2019 with a target of 750+ in mind

Summary of preparation so far.

07 Nov - 25 Nov : Quant OG + MGMAT SC
26th Nov: GMAT Prep 1 : 690 (Q47, V 37)
27th Nov-07th Dec: Verbal OG + Quant OG questions
08th Dec: GMAT Prep 2: 700 (Q49, V 35)
10th Dec- 28th Dec: EGMAT Sessions + GMAT Club Quant tests (Scoring Q42-49)
29th Dec- GMAT Prep: GMAT Prep 3: 710 - Q49, V 37 (was expecting 730+ especially after getting first 17 Quant questions right). With pathetic performance in CR(60% Wrong), otherwise 20% usually. Subsequently shifted my GMAT date to Mar 2, 2020 from Jan 20, 2020

01 Jan- till date: Attempted Topic wise 700+ quant questions at GMAT club, Egmat scholarium for Verbal (SC - 75-80%, RC- 60-70%, CR, 60-70% accuracy)

Proposed plan:


25th Jan - 02 Feb:

1) Review OG (All sections), OG mistakes, E GMAT Verbal Scholarium mistakes, GMAT club questions wrongly + bookmarked (easily 200-300+ across topics)
2) Revise material (EGMAT notes, MGMAT notes, Quant GMAT club book)

03 Feb - 01 March

1) Attempt GMAT prep 4-6
2) GMAT Club verbal (Min 9) + quant tests (Min 25)
3) MGMAT Mocks (as many)
4) GMAT prep advanced 300 questions
5) 700+ Questions on GMATClub for verbal


The reasons I am feeling stuck:
Verbal: I make different mistakes and my performance varies across sections. Though I have definitely improved on RC over the last week or so, CR performance is still way off the mark and dynamic for my liking
Quant: Struggle with 50 and 51 level questions especially in quick solving

Context:
Second -MBA Goals: Attempted GMAT in 2015 and scored 720. Completed MBA from a top 25 B school based out of India with specialization in Strategy. Non-engineer and currently working with Big 4 as a Manager in consulting. Strong public service experience (fellowship with Indian Parliament for an year), few years of corporate strategy experience with Indian conglomerate (USD 5 BN Market Cap) at Chairman's office. Potential recommendations by CEO of the conglomerate and the partner I am working at at Big 4. Major highlight in the current job is handling market entry strategy and setting up of Indian operations (like literally location assessment and program management for setting up of plant with a capacity of 0.5 mn cars / vendor eco system) for a 3 Bn USD investment in automobile sector. Objective is get above average Indian GMAT score, primarily to make it to a top 10 B school in US or UK with a focus on finance, switch to finance and settle in western world. Also, there is no chance with my present firm for a secondment in US or UK offices

bb Souvik

Comments / suggestions / advice are welcome!


P.S. Ignore typos/grammatical errors. 2 AM in my zone, and I can barely keep my eyes open.



Hi, I don't know if you know this but a Second MBA would be extremely difficult especially at this point of age and after already completing an MBA.
US B-schools need a reason as to why you need a second MBA

It is not just about scoring a 750, it is about getting in to those universities too, right?

750 is achievable but can you tell me which universities did you get in to ?
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I am aware that odds are not in my favour.

However, at this point of time I am solely focusing on the GMAT score

One step at a time.


Businessconquerer wrote:
Sparta_750 wrote:
I am 32, work full time and started preparing for GMAT around 7th Nov 2019 with a target of 750+ in mind

Summary of preparation so far.

07 Nov - 25 Nov : Quant OG + MGMAT SC
26th Nov: GMAT Prep 1 : 690 (Q47, V 37)
27th Nov-07th Dec: Verbal OG + Quant OG questions
08th Dec: GMAT Prep 2: 700 (Q49, V 35)
10th Dec- 28th Dec: EGMAT Sessions + GMAT Club Quant tests (Scoring Q42-49)
29th Dec- GMAT Prep: GMAT Prep 3: 710 - Q49, V 37 (was expecting 730+ especially after getting first 17 Quant questions right). With pathetic performance in CR(60% Wrong), otherwise 20% usually. Subsequently shifted my GMAT date to Mar 2, 2020 from Jan 20, 2020

01 Jan- till date: Attempted Topic wise 700+ quant questions at GMAT club, Egmat scholarium for Verbal (SC - 75-80%, RC- 60-70%, CR, 60-70% accuracy)

Proposed plan:


25th Jan - 02 Feb:

1) Review OG (All sections), OG mistakes, E GMAT Verbal Scholarium mistakes, GMAT club questions wrongly + bookmarked (easily 200-300+ across topics)
2) Revise material (EGMAT notes, MGMAT notes, Quant GMAT club book)

03 Feb - 01 March

1) Attempt GMAT prep 4-6
2) GMAT Club verbal (Min 9) + quant tests (Min 25)
3) MGMAT Mocks (as many)
4) GMAT prep advanced 300 questions
5) 700+ Questions on GMATClub for verbal


The reasons I am feeling stuck:
Verbal: I make different mistakes and my performance varies across sections. Though I have definitely improved on RC over the last week or so, CR performance is still way off the mark and dynamic for my liking
Quant: Struggle with 50 and 51 level questions especially in quick solving

Context:
Second -MBA Goals: Attempted GMAT in 2015 and scored 720. Completed MBA from a top 25 B school based out of India with specialization in Strategy. Non-engineer and currently working with Big 4 as a Manager in consulting. Strong public service experience (fellowship with Indian Parliament for an year), few years of corporate strategy experience with Indian conglomerate (USD 5 BN Market Cap) at Chairman's office. Potential recommendations by CEO of the conglomerate and the partner I am working at at Big 4. Major highlight in the current job is handling market entry strategy and setting up of Indian operations (like literally location assessment and program management for setting up of plant with a capacity of 0.5 mn cars / vendor eco system) for a 3 Bn USD investment in automobile sector. Objective is get above average Indian GMAT score, primarily to make it to a top 10 B school in US or UK with a focus on finance, switch to finance and settle in western world. Also, there is no chance with my present firm for a secondment in US or UK offices

bb Souvik

Comments / suggestions / advice are welcome!


P.S. Ignore typos/grammatical errors. 2 AM in my zone, and I can barely keep my eyes open.



Hi, I don't know if you know this but a Second MBA would be extremely difficult especially at this point of age and after already completing an MBA.
US B-schools need a reason as to why you need a second MBA

It is not just about scoring a 750, it is about getting in to those universities too, right?

750 is achievable but can you tell me which universities did you get in to ?
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I agree my friend, you must only take one step at a time, but, if you have completed an MBA from a top 25 us school, the chances reduce exponentially. I believe, if you are targetting the 750-760 score, you'll do well with the strategy you currently wish to pursue
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Hi Sparta_750,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your recent CAT score results - along with the Official Score that you have listed in your profile - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 700 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also leave yourself open to making certain types of mistakes.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long ago did you take the Official GMAT?
2) For your recent studies, how many hours do you typically study each week?

Goals:
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi Sparta_750,

Your plan seems quite thorough and structured, so I like to see that. Your quant seems to be in a great place, so I think that at this point, verbal is what is holding you back. With that in mind, is it safe to say that CR is your major weakness in verbal? If so, would you like some general advice on how to improve your verbal skills? Also, since you took your last practice exam about a month ago, it will be interesting to see how you score on your next official practice exam to track your improvement. Do you plan to take that practice exam in the next week or so?
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Hi Rich,

I attempted GMAT first in 2015 end and scored 720. But that time my focus was to get 700+ score only and I had limited time.

I attempted GMAT prep exams 5 & 6 last week, and scored 740 in both with identical splits (Q49, V42).

With exam roughly 25 days to go, I still have 100-120 hrs at my disposal including for mocks.

On the target schools front, I am looking to target top 10-15 schools with a focus on finance. In a perfect world I would want Wharton but I would still be happy with NYU in this world.

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Hi Sparta_750,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your recent CAT score results - along with the Official Score that you have listed in your profile - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 700 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also leave yourself open to making certain types of mistakes.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long ago did you take the Official GMAT?
2) For your recent studies, how many hours do you typically study each week?

Goals:
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi Scott,

I focussed heavily on verbal and increased my score to 42 on the last two GMAT prep exams I attempted last week with Q49 & 740 overall.

It's reasonable to say that i am getting better at verbal part but at the same time, I am still stuck at 49 for quant. I would feel way better if I start scoring 50 consistently. But that's something I am unable to break till now. ( On a brighter side, scored 49 on GMAT prep exams 2-6)

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[quote="ScottTargetTestPrep"]Hi Sparta_750,

Your plan seems quite thorough and structured, so I like to see that. Your quant seems to be in a great place, so I think that at this point, verbal is what is holding you back. With that in mind, is it safe to say that CR is your major weakness in verbal? If so, would you like some general advice on how to improve your verbal skills? Also, since you took your last practice exam about a month ago, it will be interesting to see how you score on your next official practice exam to track your improvement. Do you plan to take that practice exam in the next week or so?[/quote]

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Sparta_750 wrote:
Hi Scott,

I focussed heavily on verbal and increased my score to 42 on the last two GMAT prep exams I attempted last week with Q49 & 740 overall.

It's reasonable to say that i am getting better at verbal part but at the same time, I am still stuck at 49 for quant. I would feel way better if I start scoring 50 consistently. But that's something I am unable to break till now. ( On a brighter side, scored 49 on GMAT prep exams 2-6)

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Hi Sparta_750,

At higher-and-higher Score levels, points can be won and lost rather easily, meaning that if you are looking to squeeze out as many additional points as possible on the GMAT, we have to better define how you are currently performing during your CATs. "Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix'). As such, I'd like to know a bit more about your last CAT. While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this recent CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

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