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Wrong GMAT Approach / Consider GRE?

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Hi all -

First time poster here. I've been enrolled in the GMAT Manhattan Prep course this summer and am approaching the end. It's been helpful and I have improved on a lot of basic knowledge that I forgot and never fully built.

I scored very badly the first CAT I took - 480 (23Q/10%, 33V/69%). I took another CAT yesterday and performed a little better - 610 (38Q/38%, 35V/76%). My ultimate goal is to score a 700 around October so I can be a first round applicant to MSF programs. I understand I am in a very bad position to achieve my goal (especially with such a low quant score). My approach to studying after the course ends is to use the strategy guides to master topics and simply practice as many problems as I can with an error log. I aim to put in 15+ hours a week after my internship during the school semester.

I want to ask you all,
1) is my goal achievable with my current performance in mind?

2) if not, is there a way I can change my above approach to make 700 an achievable goal?

3) how accurate are the MGMAT CATs as a reflection of my current abilities? I did not feel anymore comfortable taking the 2nd CAT than I did taking the first. I was actually very surprised to see the 130 point increase because I felt just as clueless during the 2nd exam.

4) Due to my quant score being so low, I have been given advice to try the GRE. I don't have much time so I can't study for both exams. Knowing that I've already spent $1k for a GMAT prep course also makes me reluctant to give the GRE a go. But is this something I should consider?

Thank you guys in advance for your help. Getting into my goal MSF is the only priority I have right now so all comments or feedback are appreciated.
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Hi all -

First time poster here. I've been enrolled in the GMAT Manhattan Prep course this summer and am approaching the end. It's been helpful and I have improved on a lot of basic knowledge that I forgot and never fully built.

I scored very badly the first CAT I took - 480 (23Q/10%, 33V/69%). I took another CAT yesterday and performed a little better - 610 (38Q/38%, 35V/76%). My ultimate goal is to score a 700 around October so I can be a first round applicant to MSF programs. I understand I am in a very bad position to achieve my goal (especially with such a low quant score). My approach to studying after the course ends is to use the strategy guides to master topics and simply practice as many problems as I can with an error log. I aim to put in 15+ hours a week after my internship during the school semester.

I want to ask you all,
1) is my goal achievable with my current performance in mind?

2) if not, is there a way I can change my above approach to make 700 an achievable goal?

3) how accurate are the MGMAT CATs as a reflection of my current abilities? I did not feel anymore comfortable taking the 2nd CAT than I did taking the first. I was actually very surprised to see the 130 point increase because I felt just as clueless during the 2nd exam.

4) Due to my quant score being so low, I have been given advice to try the GRE. I don't have much time so I can't study for both exams. Knowing that I've already spent $1k for a GMAT prep course also makes me reluctant to give the GRE a go. But is this something I should consider?

Thank you guys in advance for your help. Getting into my goal MSF is the only priority I have right now so all comments or feedback are appreciated.


Well seeing that you have already started your GMAT preparation it would be better in my opinion to stay focused on it and chuck the GRE thought.
From your scores, it seems verbal is quite decent and a bit more practice will take you to 37-38.
Quant is, as you have pointed out, the area of concern and the best thing is this can be improved within the time-frame you have set. You need to get back to your Manhattan course materials and build on that. Practice from OG for both quants and verbal and also do the problems in the Quant review and verbal review. I would say your goal of 700 is very much achievable if you put in the effort.
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black1ce wrote:
Hi all -

First time poster here. I've been enrolled in the GMAT Manhattan Prep course this summer and am approaching the end. It's been helpful and I have improved on a lot of basic knowledge that I forgot and never fully built.

I scored very badly the first CAT I took - 480 (23Q/10%, 33V/69%). I took another CAT yesterday and performed a little better - 610 (38Q/38%, 35V/76%). My ultimate goal is to score a 700 around October so I can be a first round applicant to MSF programs. I understand I am in a very bad position to achieve my goal (especially with such a low quant score). My approach to studying after the course ends is to use the strategy guides to master topics and simply practice as many problems as I can with an error log. I aim to put in 15+ hours a week after my internship during the school semester.

I want to ask you all,
1) is my goal achievable with my current performance in mind?

2) if not, is there a way I can change my above approach to make 700 an achievable goal?

3) how accurate are the MGMAT CATs as a reflection of my current abilities? I did not feel anymore comfortable taking the 2nd CAT than I did taking the first. I was actually very surprised to see the 130 point increase because I felt just as clueless during the 2nd exam.

4) Due to my quant score being so low, I have been given advice to try the GRE. I don't have much time so I can't study for both exams. Knowing that I've already spent $1k for a GMAT prep course also makes me reluctant to give the GRE a go. But is this something I should consider?

Thank you guys in advance for your help. Getting into my goal MSF is the only priority I have right now so all comments or feedback are appreciated.
You should take a GMATPrep test soon. That will help you get a better idea about how your GMAT will feel.

On the whole, I'd say that with a target date of October and a score above 600 already, you're looking good for a 700 (possibly more).
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This is an post in our forum which gives you some of the differences between the GMAT and the GRE score :
https://gmatclub.com/forum/thinking-of- ... 22292.html

Since you are clear that the primary reason for taking the GRE is to get into school, I would not say NO to that completely.
But maybe after you have tried your hands on the GMAT(and haven't scored in the target region of the school)

As for the approach you could take for the exam, these are a few articles which could help you.
To boost score in Verbal : https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 42361.html
To boost score in Quant : https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 42810.html

But before you work on these strategies, take a GMATPrep Test to assess your
current capability(as the MGMAT Quant is a lot tougher than the original GMAT/GMATPrep Quant)

Hope that helps you.
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Well seeing that you have already started your GMAT preparation it would be better in my opinion to stay focused on it and chuck the GRE thought.
From your scores, it seems verbal is quite decent and a bit more practice will take you to 37-38.
Quant is, as you have pointed out, the area of concern and the best thing is this can be improved within the time-frame you have set. You need to get back to your Manhattan course materials and build on that. Practice from OG for both quants and verbal and also do the problems in the Quant review and verbal review. I would say your goal of 700 is very much achievable if you put in the effort.


This is what I was thinking. Thank you for commenting - I appreciate your insight!

AjiteshArun wrote:
You should take a GMATPrep test soon. That will help you get a better idea about how your GMAT will feel.

On the whole, I'd say that with a target date of October and a score above 600 already, you're looking good for a 700 (possibly more).


You're right. I will do that this weekend to hopefully find that it feels similar to the CAT I have taken (and that my score is consistent). Thank you for your comment!

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This is an post in our forum which gives you some of the differences between the GMAT and the GRE score :
(cannot post URLs)

Since you are clear that the primary reason for taking the GRE is to get into school, I would not say NO to that completely.
But maybe after you have tried your hands on the GMAT(and haven't scored in the target region of the school)

As for the approach you could take for the exam, these are a few articles which could help you.
To boost score in Verbal : (cannnot post URLs)
To boost score in Quant : (cannot post URLs)

But before you work on these strategies, take a GMATPrep Test to assess your
current capability(as the MGMAT Quant is a lot tougher than the original GMAT/GMATPrep Quant)

Hope that helps you.

Thank you for the link to that thread - it was an interesting read! I think the point about the GRE being a new territory for admissions is weaker now that it is 2017. Nevertheless, the thread is eye opening.

Those links are very useful, thank you!

I agree, my next step is to take a GMATPrep exam and study extensively. From there I will decide if the GRE is a correct move.

Thank you all for your help!
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