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# What kind of study should I follow after my first practice test?

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27 Aug 2018, 14:13
Hi, I took my first practice test last night after a week of doing practice problems every night. I did well, with a composite 740 but obvious areas to improve upon. I got 46 in both quant and verbal, barely had time in quant and had about 20 minutes extra in verbal.

I feel confident I can do self-study for verbal and end up missing 0-1 questions on test day.

For quant/IR, though, I really need guidance on time management and strategies for some of these problem types. I feel as if no matter how many times I practice, for example, rate problems, once I see one on the computer with the timer in the corner, I freeze. It’s the same way for some of the other problem types. I also have a time management problem in general for quant.

I’ve looked briefly at some programs like Magoosh but can’t tell if they best suit what I need. I would greatly appreciate any advice you guys have to offer about what might be best-suited for someone with my profile. Would a one-on-one tutor be best? Perhaps just more time of self-study (I can’t imagine that’s the case, but maybe so)?

I have no familiarity with the GMAT apart from the study books and forums. I don't know anyone IRL who has taken the test or gone to grad school, so I really feel lost here. Sorry if these kinds of questions are very common.

Thank you!
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Hi, I took my first practice test last night after a week of doing practice problems every night. I did well, with a composite 740 but obvious areas to improve upon. I got 46 in both quant and verbal, barely had time in quant and had about 20 minutes extra in verbal.

I feel confident I can do self-study for verbal and end up missing 0-1 questions on test day.

For quant/IR, though, I really need guidance on time management and strategies for some of these problem types. I feel as if no matter how many times I practice, for example, rate problems, once I see one on the computer with the timer in the corner, I freeze. It’s the same way for some of the other problem types. I also have a time management problem in general for quant.

I’ve looked briefly at some programs like Magoosh but can’t tell if they best suit what I need. I would greatly appreciate any advice you guys have to offer about what might be best-suited for someone with my profile. Would a one-on-one tutor be best? Perhaps just more time of self-study (I can’t imagine that’s the case, but maybe so)?

I have no familiarity with the GMAT apart from the study books and forums. I don't know anyone IRL who has taken the test or gone to grad school, so I really feel lost here. Sorry if these kinds of questions are very common.

Thank you!

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Welcome to the Gmatclub.
A score of 740 on your first practice test is superb. Analyze the test thoroughly and identify your strength and weaknesses. Start working on the weaknesses.
For Quant you can refer the Ultimate Quant megathread of Gmatclub. It contains entire theory covered in the Gmat.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/timing-strat ... 06035.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/share-gmat-experience-8/
Regarding self study/online course/personal tutor, I think it depends upon the time and budget. If you have more time then you can go for self study. Personal tutor may be costly. Online course will be cost effective but depends on how comfortable you are with it. You can find many reviews on the forum. Ensure to take free trial of any course before zeroing in. Most of the courses allow a free trial for some period.
Hope it helps.
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28 Aug 2018, 00:02
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Hi, I took my first practice test last night after a week of doing practice problems every night. I did well, with a composite 740 but obvious areas to improve upon. I got 46 in both quant and verbal, barely had time in quant and had about 20 minutes extra in verbal.

I feel confident I can do self-study for verbal and end up missing 0-1 questions on test day.

For quant/IR, though, I really need guidance on time management and strategies for some of these problem types. I feel as if no matter how many times I practice, for example, rate problems, once I see one on the computer with the timer in the corner, I freeze. It’s the same way for some of the other problem types. I also have a time management problem in general for quant.

I’ve looked briefly at some programs like Magoosh but can’t tell if they best suit what I need. I would greatly appreciate any advice you guys have to offer about what might be best-suited for someone with my profile. Would a one-on-one tutor be best? Perhaps just more time of self-study (I can’t imagine that’s the case, but maybe so)?

I have no familiarity with the GMAT apart from the study books and forums. I don't know anyone IRL who has taken the test or gone to grad school, so I really feel lost here. Sorry if these kinds of questions are very common.

Thank you!

Hi pzone123.

First of all congratulations on a fantastic score on your practice test. With a little more effort I am positive you will cross the 760 mark. For Quant, you can try out the Math revolution course as it is phenomenal and covers the entire syllabus really well. Plus it has great reviews on GMATCLUB. 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.

Lastly I would also encourage you to purchase the GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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28 Aug 2018, 03:53
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Hi
Welcome to the Gmatclub.
A score of 740 on your first practice test is superb. Analyze the test thoroughly and identify your strength and weaknesses. Start working on the weaknesses.
For Quant you can refer the Ultimate Quant megathread of Gmatclub. It contains entire theory covered in the Gmat.
Regarding self study/online course/personal tutor, I think it depends upon the time and budget. If you have more time then you can go for self study. Personal tutor may be costly. Online course will be cost effective but depends on how comfortable you are with it. You can find many reviews on the forum. Ensure to take free trial of any course before zeroing in. Most of the courses allow a free trial for some period.
Hope it helps.

Thank you, souvonik2k. I have taken a look at the mega thread and I have to say, I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of material and tips! I don't even know where to begin. When I was browsing I felt like it was so much information in such a "raw" format, if you will, that I would prefer to pay than to sift through all the information there. I think it set off my anxiety sensors, or something. It might just be because I'm new to the GMAT.

I am working a full-time job and am able to get about 1.5-2.5 hours of studying in after work, and weekends are free. I guess free trial of a program would be a good way to start. When I signed up for GMATClub I was automatically enrolled in lots of free trials, which was also stressful since now I feel like I have to try them all before they expire.

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28 Aug 2018, 03:57
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Hi pzone123.

First of all congratulations on a fantastic score on your practice test. With a little more effort I am positive you will cross the 760 mark. For Quant, you can try out the Math revolution course as it is phenomenal and covers the entire syllabus really well. Plus it has great reviews on GMATCLUB. 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.

Lastly I would also encourage you to purchase the GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice.

Hope this helps. All the best.

Hi Rohan2345, thank you. I am in fact interested in Math Revolution, although I have heard mixed reviews wherein some say that it is hyped more than it should be as a "miracle" program for a perfect quant score.

The whole GMAT thing is so stressful, as I am sure it is for everyone. I honestly have no idea where to begin and feel as if I'm wasting time by not knowing where to go next. I think I am getting inside my own head. As I mentioned above, when I signed up for GMATClub I was enrolled in several free trials, so the clock is ticking on those as we speak. It is nerve-racking to know that I have to try about 7 programs' free trials right away to see which ones are right for me.
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28 Aug 2018, 04:54
pzone123 wrote:
Hi, I took my first practice test last night after a week of doing practice problems every night. I did well, with a composite 740 but obvious areas to improve upon. I got 46 in both quant and verbal, barely had time in quant and had about 20 minutes extra in verbal.

I feel confident I can do self-study for verbal and end up missing 0-1 questions on test day.

For quant/IR, though, I really need guidance on time management and strategies for some of these problem types. I feel as if no matter how many times I practice, for example, rate problems, once I see one on the computer with the timer in the corner, I freeze. It’s the same way for some of the other problem types. I also have a time management problem in general for quant.

I’ve looked briefly at some programs like Magoosh but can’t tell if they best suit what I need. I would greatly appreciate any advice you guys have to offer about what might be best-suited for someone with my profile. Would a one-on-one tutor be best? Perhaps just more time of self-study (I can’t imagine that’s the case, but maybe so)?

I have no familiarity with the GMAT apart from the study books and forums. I don't know anyone IRL who has taken the test or gone to grad school, so I really feel lost here. Sorry if these kinds of questions are very common.

Thank you!

Yes, Verbal should not be a problem for you at all.
As for the Quant gaps, check out our blog for write-ups on specific concepts. Self study should help plug these.
Here are some on rates:
https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2011/0 ... -problems/
https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2012/1 ... revisited/
https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2013/0 ... variation/

If you feel that there are many gaps in Quant, you can consider a tutor at a later stage.
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28 Aug 2018, 18:53
Hi pzone123,

A 740 is an outstanding initial practice CAT Score - and assuming that you took that CAT in a realistic fashion, it shows that you are a strong critical thinker overall. You could potentially take the Official GMAT relatively soon and score at a really high level. From what you describe, your 'needs' are more in the Quant section than in the Verbal section. With a Q46, you likely know most (or even all) of the math rules/formulas that you need to know. It's important to remember that the Quant section of the GMAT is NOT a 'math test' though - it's a 'critical thinking test' that requires lots of little calculations as you work through it. To score at a much higher level in this section, you need to become more of a 'strategist' and less of a 'mathematician.'

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:

1) What study materials have you used so far?
2) What is your goal score?
3) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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29 Aug 2018, 03:50
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi pzone123,

A 740 is an outstanding initial practice CAT Score - and assuming that you took that CAT in a realistic fashion, it shows that you are a strong critical thinker overall. You could potentially take the Official GMAT relatively soon and score at a really high level. From what you describe, your 'needs' are more in the Quant section than in the Verbal section. With a Q46, you likely know most (or even all) of the math rules/formulas that you need to know. It's important to remember that the Quant section of the GMAT is NOT a 'math test' though - it's a 'critical thinking test' that requires lots of little calculations as you work through it. To score at a much higher level in this section, you need to become more of a 'strategist' and less of a 'mathematician.'

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:

1) What study materials have you used so far?
2) What is your goal score?
3) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Hi Rich, thank you for the insight. I've gotten that impression about the quant section and have such a hard time breaking away from my years studying math. I loved it in high school and got a couple light minors in college in math and stats, so it's really hard not to apply the "correct" approach to every problem. I know if I learn the more strategic way to approach the problems I can learn it, though -- I am generally good at testing and picking things up.

1) I've used the original guide and its online counterpart, GMATPrep. I've done maybe 1/2 of the quant questions in the book. I did practice exam 2 (is that the CAT you referred to?) from mba[dot]com.
2) Based on my practice score test and my verbal advantage, I think I can get over 750. I'd like 760 or higher.
3) I would like to take the GMAT before the end of the year, really as soon as I feel confident enough and have taken several tests in a row without horrible blunders. I don't want to draw this out too much as I believe it will disadvantage me.
4) I plan to stay at my job a while longer and ideally get a promotion at year-end. If I get a promotion, I would probably apply to grad school in spring of 2020 and start the program in January 2121.
5) I want to apply to INSEAD.

Thank you!
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29 Aug 2018, 19:26
Hi pzone123,

Based on this CAT Score - and considering that you're relatively early-on in your studies - you could potentially take the Official GMAT relatively soon and hit 760+ (meaning that you would not necessarily need to study for several months to earn that type of score).

You mentioned a pacing issue - and many Test Takers face that type of issue in the Quant section or Verbal section (or both) at some point during their studies. It's important to remember that pacing problems do NOT exist on their own - they're the results of OTHER problems. In most cases, the issue is "your way" of tackling questions. To maximize your Score, you have to get to every question in each section, so you cannot afford to be inefficient about how you go about answering questions (otherwise, you'll end up wasting too much time and end up rushing through a bunch of questions at the end of a section - which will likely cost you points).

Since you have several months of potential study time available, you could continue studying however you choose - and you might improve just fine on your own. If you would rather have a more formal Study Plan and all the Tactics, patterns and little 'secrets' to the GMAT laid out for you, then investing in some Course-oriented materials would be the better option.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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30 Aug 2018, 14:19
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Since you have several months of potential study time available, you could continue studying however you choose - and you might improve just fine on your own. If you would rather have a more formal Study Plan and all the Tactics, patterns and little 'secrets' to the GMAT laid out for you, then investing in some Course-oriented materials would be the better option.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Rich

Hi Rich,

I typically study between 1-2.5 hours after work on weekdays, usually 1.5-2. I've been feeling less motivated since the practice test because I feel a bit lost and unsure of how to proceed in serious study mode, but I am still working through practice problems and timing myself. On weekends, I usually have the days free and devote at least 6 hours a day to studying but can do more, as the time passes quickly.
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30 Aug 2018, 14:50
Hi pzone123,

If the guidance and structure of a formal study plan are what you think you need to stay focused, motivated and committed to your studies, then investing in a GMAT Course of some type might be a good idea.

When it comes to studying for the GMAT, there are a variety of different options. Most GMAT Companies offer some type of free materials (practice problems, Trial Accounts, videos, etc.) that you can use to 'test out' a product before you buy it. We have a variety of those resources at our website (www.empowergmat.com). I suggest that you take advantage of all of them then choose the one that best matches your personality, timeline and budget.

If you have any additional questions, then you can feel free to contact me directly.

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi pzone123,

If the guidance and structure of a formal study plan are what you think you need to stay focused, motivated and committed to your studies, then investing in a GMAT Course of some type might be a good idea.

When it comes to studying for the GMAT, there are a variety of different options. Most GMAT Companies offer some type of free materials (practice problems, Trial Accounts, videos, etc.) that you can use to 'test out' a product before you buy it. We have a variety of those resources at our website (www[dot]empowergmat[dot]com). I suggest that you take advantage of all of them then choose the one that best matches your personality, timeline and budget.

If you have any additional questions, then you can feel free to contact me directly.

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30 Aug 2018, 16:39
Hi pzone123,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, awesome job with the 740! With some more dedicated quant prep, you will be able to improve your quant score.

To improve to a Q49+, your preparation is going to have to be more complete, meaning that you have to go through GMAT quant carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant courses.

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