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## 5 days to my GMAT NEED HELP PLS!!!

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Nancy David Just gettin' started!
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5 days to my GMAT NEED HELP PLS!!! Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:20 pm
Hi I have bee studying for the Gmat exam for months now and has the exam gets closer I feel I am unprepared. I used Kaplan 800, OG and Algebra for dummies to study and now i took the Gmat prep and scored 300. I took the Manhattan CAT and scored 300. Please how do I improve my scores?

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Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:01 pm
Nancy David wrote:
Hi I have bee studying for the Gmat exam for months now and has the exam gets closer I feel I am unprepared. I used Kaplan 800, OG and Algebra for dummies to study and now i took the Gmat prep and scored 300. I took the Manhattan CAT and scored 300. Please how do I improve my scores?
Hi Nancy,

I'm sorry to hear that you're not scoring at the level you need to be scoring. Unfortunately, there's really no advice I can offer that will significantly increase your score in a 5-day period.

Since it's too late to reschedule your test (without paying the full \$250 anyway), I'll offer a few things.

Given the limited time, you need to work on concepts that have the greatest return on investment (ROI). These are concepts that are tested frequently and require the least amount of time to learn. In my opinion, these concepts are:
- Sentence Correction
- Data Sufficiency strategies
- Percent
- Integer Properties
- Powers/roots
- Algebra
- Geometry

Be sure to take at least 2 more official practice tests in order to build your endurance and to help identify areas of weakness that you can work on.

That's about the best advice I can think of.

Now, if it turns out that you don't achieve your target score on test day, I think it's important to say a few things about your current study materials.

To begin, a score of 300 tells me that you are probably having difficulty with some of the concepts that serve as the foundation for more complex concepts. The Kaplan 800 is a good book, but it contains very difficult questions, and it tests advanced concepts. So you should leave that book until you've mastered the basics first.

Algebra for Dummies might not be the best resource to prepare for the GMAT. Granted, I love all of the "For Dummies" books, but this book is not designed to help you prepare for the GMAT. You need a resource that teaches you GMAT-specific strategies. Also, the Algebra for Dummies book will invariably have material that is not tested on the GMAT, and it will be lacking material that is tested.

The OG by itself is not enough to learn GMAT-specific content and strategies. For example, what resource are you using to learn strategies for Sentence Correction, Data Sufficiency, Geometry, Integer Properties, etc.?

One last piece of advice: it's a good idea to schedule after you've achieved your target score at least once. That said, if you do schedule your test in advance, be sure to take one or two practices tests before the 7-day cutoff for rescheduling your test. That way, if your practice test scores are still quite far from your target score you can reschedule your test (for a \$50 fee).

I hope that helps.

Cheers,
Brent

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Nancy David Just gettin' started!
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Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:18 pm
Thank you so much Brent would do that now.

Nancy David Just gettin' started!
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Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:45 am
Hi,I took the GMAT yesterday as scheduled but was unfortunately a poor score I had 240.19 in quantitative and 6 in verbal. To my surprise quantitative was higher than verbal, which I find really strange math has always been my weakest point all my life. I always had to take extra time to study it to pass it. So now I need your help on strategies to improve my score. What do you suggest.
Thank you.

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Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:07 am
Nancy David wrote:
Hi,I took the GMAT yesterday as scheduled but was unfortunately a poor score I had 240.19 in quantitative and 6 in verbal. To my surprise quantitative was higher than verbal, which I find really strange math has always been my weakest point all my life. I always had to take extra time to study it to pass it. So now I need your help on strategies to improve my score. What do you suggest.
Thank you.
Hi Nancy,

I'm sorry to hear about your score. Don't be disheartened. If you read the forum posts on this site, you'll find hundreds of stories of people who took the test many times and ended up reaching their target score. You're not alone.

So, at this point, it's important to put all of that behind you, and start looking forward.

Given your story, it sounds like you need to start with the basics and work your way up. So, your plan of attack should be as follows:
1. Learn the basic concepts
2. Learn GMAT-specific strategies
3. Practice those strategies until you reach your target score
4. Schedule your test
5. Ace the test
6. Celebrate

This time around, ensure that you get the study resources that cover all of the necessary GMAT concepts (no more, no less).

Also, you might want to consider some kind of learning guide.
BTG has one here: http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/gmat-guide
I have a Learning Guide on my website as well.

Cheers,
Brent

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Brent Hanneson, BSc, BEd, MEd
- Check out GMAT Prep Now’s online course at http://www.gmatprepnow.com/
- Use our video course in conjunction with
- Watch hours of free videos on DS, RC and AWA
- Our top 3 free videos:
1) The Double Matrix method
2) Calculating combinations in your head
3) Managing your time on the GMAT

Study Smart! Use Beat The GMAT’s FREE 60-Day Study Guide in conjunction with GMAT Prep Now’s video course and reach your target score in 2 months! With two money-back guarantees, you can try us out risk-free.

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