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Hi Everyone! I am trying to improve my score from low 600 to 700+ (V32/Q42) with roughly less than one month to prepare. (Background:I took my first GMAT a month ago and only used Official Guide to prepare for 2 weeks. Real test was harder than practice. Time management should be improved.There might be other perspectives I need to improve but I might not know about.)
1. Any suggestions on whether I should use a large test-prep company's courses or individual tutor?
2. Any recommendations on which test-prep material and company is effective.
3. Any recommendations on tutors (online/ in person in NY)?
4. Any suggestions on an effective study plan to achieve my goal in this case?


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you can use MANHATTAN books for quant and E-GMAT for verbal.

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Hi Lyndashpr,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so it's likely that you would have a better chance of hitting your score goal if you could commit to a longer, more consistent study period. Given your score goal - and using your prior Official Score as a gauge - you will have to make some significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. All of that work will take time though; it's likely that you would need at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study to hit 700+.

1) Is there a particular reason why you're trying to do all of this work in such a short timeframe?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi Lyndashpr,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so it's likely that you would have a better chance of hitting your score goal if you could commit to a longer, more consistent study period. Given your score goal - and using your prior Official Score as a gauge - you will have to make some significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. All of that work will take time though; it's likely that you would need at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study to hit 700+.

1) Is there a particular reason why you're trying to do all of this work in such a short timeframe?
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,

Thanks for replying! The followings are my answers. Hopefully, you could provide some insights for me.
1) I am on a time crunch because I have deadlines coming up for Master programs.
2) I am currently not applying for MBA but Master of Finance programs in NY. Some of the score requirements are around high 600. With my current score, It will be better if I have a better score to submit.
3) I am applying for master of finance programs in business schools in NY. (e.g. Fordham Master in Finance, Columbia Master of Enterprise Risk Management, and Baruch Master in Finance)

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Hi Lyndashpr,

In another post, you've stated that your Official Test Date is May 11th, which gives you about 3 weeks of study time remaining. Unfortunately, the goal to raise your score 100+ points in that time is not realistic. Thus, we should consider how you might adjust your timeline or goals (or both).

1) What is the minimum GMAT score that you would want to apply to these Schools with?
2) If you can't hit that score, will you end up applying anyway?
3) What are the exact application deadlines for the Schools that you've listed? And what are the next application deadlines after these upcoming deadlines?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Lyndashpr,

In another post, you've stated that your Official Test Date is May 11th, which gives you about 3 weeks of study time remaining. Unfortunately, the goal to raise your score 100+ points in that time is not realistic. Thus, we should consider how you might adjust your timeline or goals (or both).

1) What is the minimum GMAT score that you would want to apply to these Schools with?
2) If you can't hit that score, will you end up applying anyway?
3) What are the exact application deadlines for the Schools that you've listed? And what are the next application deadlines after these upcoming deadlines?

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Hi EMPOWERgmatRIchC,

Thanks for replying. The followings are my answers. Please let me know if you have any advice. Thanks!

1) The minimum GMAT will be around 660-680.
2) I will have to apply for these programs regardless.
3) Fordham's deadline already ended. Columbia's deadline is May 15 although they do not need GMAT score. (I will send over the score if I improve to increase my chance of admission.) Baruch's deadline is July 1 but I am planning on submitting application no later than June 15th. (Their GMAT score is 660-700 Mean-75%)
All of the programs I am applying for are not MBA programs. They are master programs in their business school.

I would appreciate some advice on how to adjust my goal and timeline to ensure I get admitted to at least one of the programs. Thanks! :)

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Hi Lyndashpr,

Raising a 610 to a 660 in the time that you have will be considerably easier than raising it to a 700, although that task will still require a significant amount of effort on your part AND you'll have to make some fundamental changes to how you 'see' (and respond to) the Test.

That having been said, I'd still like to confirm a couple of things:
1) What's MORE important - getting into your first-choice Program OR getting into any of these Programs right now?
2) Since you took the Official GMAT 1 month ago, have you taken any practice CATs since then? And if you have, then how did you score (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?
3) How many hours can you consistently study each week?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Lyndashpr,

Raising a 610 to a 660 in the time that you have will be considerably easier than raising it to a 700, although that task will still require a significant amount of effort on your part AND you'll have to make some fundamental changes to how you 'see' (and respond to) the Test.

That having been said, I'd still like to confirm a couple of things:
1) What's MORE important - getting into your first-choice Program OR getting into any of these Programs right now?
2) Since you took the Official GMAT 1 month ago, have you taken any practice CATs since then? And if you have, then how did you score (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?
3) How many hours can you consistently study each week?

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Hi EMPOWERgmatRIchC,

1) Getting into any of these programs right now. Ideally, I would want to get into first-choice program, which is why I want to score as high as possible.
2) I haven't taken any CAT since my official GMAT.
3) I can put in 8 hours per day each week.

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Hi Lyndashpr,

If you haven't taken a FULL Test since your Official GMAT, then we really need a measure of your current skills, strengths and weaknesses. I recommend that you take one of the Official GMAT CATs and take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss how to tailor your remaining study time.

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