• PrepScholar GMAT
    5 Day FREE Trial
    Study Smarter, Not Harder

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    PrepScholar GMAT
  • Economist Test Prep
    Free Trial & Practice Exam
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Economist Test Prep
  • Veritas Prep
    Free Veritas GMAT Class
    Experience Lesson 1 Live Free

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Veritas Prep
  • e-gmat Exclusive Offer
    Get 300+ Practice Questions
    25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    e-gmat Exclusive Offer
  • Varsity Tutors
    Award-winning private GMAT tutoring
    Register now and save up to $200

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Varsity Tutors
  • Magoosh
    Magoosh
    Study with Magoosh GMAT prep

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Magoosh
  • Kaplan Test Prep
    Free Practice Test & Review
    How would you score if you took the GMAT

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Kaplan Test Prep
  • Target Test Prep
    5-Day Free Trial
    5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Target Test Prep
  • EMPOWERgmat Slider
    1 Hour Free
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    EMPOWERgmat Slider

6 weeks to go for GMAT - aiming at a modest 670-680

This topic has 3 expert replies and 3 member replies
ameyarprabhu Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
Joined
28 Jun 2016
Posted:
4 messages

6 weeks to go for GMAT - aiming at a modest 670-680

Post Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:27 pm
Hi fellow GMATers,

While most students out there are aiming for 750+ I am aiming at a modest 670-680 because I know I will be able to get through a college of my choice with this score.

While I have gone through all the quant and verbal material once (Manhattan), I struggle with remembering all the concepts, especially counting methods, probability, a little bit of geometry, certain grammar rules, etc.

Can someone guide me on the topics to focus more on/ master, that will help me achieve this sore. Given 6 weeks to D-Day, I rather spend time mastering certain topics rather than waste time on difficult topics that will not carry much weight and I afford to skip or maybe take a guess during the test.

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Need free GMAT or MBA advice from an expert? Register for Beat The GMAT now and post your question in these forums!
ameyarprabhu Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
Joined
28 Jun 2016
Posted:
4 messages
Top Reply
Post Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:29 am
Hi Rich,

As suggested, I gave my first ever CAT - gave the Manhattan mock test. Scored a sorry 530 (Q36, V28), an eye opener for me. I have attached screenshots of my report (In case you want to go through it)

I have about a month and a half to D-day - please help out.

I want to go all in, give my best, stretch my study time - just need some sound guidance.

Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com wrote:
Hi ameyarprabhu,

Since you haven't taken a FULL-LENGTH CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) yet, it would be a good idea for you to take one soon; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). A FULL CAT takes about 4 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can talk through your study plan going forward.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich
ttps://postimg.org/image/vfng57v9t/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/zdapumi35/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/wx8wgs00h/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/qxl5d4f81/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/d5bbv8du9/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/6sw6leas1/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/bg28n5y4x/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/pnrxbtatt/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/6wq01ng9d/" target="_blank">

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Top Reply
Post Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:21 pm
Hi ameyarprabhu,

Raising a 530 to a 670+ in 6 weeks will be challenging. While not impossible, that type of improvement in such a relatively short period of time will require guidance and consistent study on your part. You already seem to be comfortable with the idea that you're going to 'dump' certain questions so that you can focus on the larger categories and pick up the 'gettable' points - and that mindset will be helpful for the task at hand.

Based on everything that you’ve described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat Total Score Booster to be quite helpful. Most of our clients complete that Study Plan in well under 2 months, so that schedule should fit your timeframe. We have a variety of free resources on our site (www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an Account.

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

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

_________________
Contact Rich at Rich.C@empowergmat.com

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
ameyarprabhu Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
Joined
28 Jun 2016
Posted:
4 messages
Post Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:29 am
Hi Rich,

As suggested, I gave my first ever CAT - gave the Manhattan mock test. Scored a sorry 530 (Q36, V28), an eye opener for me. I have attached screenshots of my report (In case you want to go through it)

I have about a month and a half to D-day - please help out.

I want to go all in, give my best, stretch my study time - just need some sound guidance.

Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com wrote:
Hi ameyarprabhu,

Since you haven't taken a FULL-LENGTH CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) yet, it would be a good idea for you to take one soon; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). A FULL CAT takes about 4 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can talk through your study plan going forward.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich
ttps://postimg.org/image/vfng57v9t/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/zdapumi35/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/wx8wgs00h/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/qxl5d4f81/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/d5bbv8du9/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/6sw6leas1/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/bg28n5y4x/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/pnrxbtatt/" target="_blank">

ttps://postimg.org/image/6wq01ng9d/" target="_blank">

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Post Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:21 pm
Hi ameyarprabhu,

Raising a 530 to a 670+ in 6 weeks will be challenging. While not impossible, that type of improvement in such a relatively short period of time will require guidance and consistent study on your part. You already seem to be comfortable with the idea that you're going to 'dump' certain questions so that you can focus on the larger categories and pick up the 'gettable' points - and that mindset will be helpful for the task at hand.

Based on everything that you’ve described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat Total Score Booster to be quite helpful. Most of our clients complete that Study Plan in well under 2 months, so that schedule should fit your timeframe. We have a variety of free resources on our site (www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an Account.

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

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

_________________
Contact Rich at Rich.C@empowergmat.com

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Post Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:58 am
Hi ameyarprabhu,

Since you haven't taken a FULL-LENGTH CAT (with the Essay and IR sections) yet, it would be a good idea for you to take one soon; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). A FULL CAT takes about 4 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can talk through your study plan going forward.

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

_________________
Contact Rich at Rich.C@empowergmat.com

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
ameyarprabhu Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
Joined
28 Jun 2016
Posted:
4 messages
Post Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:27 pm
Hi Rich,

mentioned my answer next to your questions

1) How long have you studied? - took around 2 months (May and June) to read through concepts, but this was with wide gaps between studying and no studying, thanks to work. Now I am on a 6 week break, so want to optimize my time.

2) What materials have you used besides the books that you mentioned? - Manhattan is the only guide I have used, in addition to solving few quant sums on GMAT club and verbal on Beat the GMAT.

3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)? - Not taken any yet

4) When are you planning to apply to Business School? - This year, want to start in 2017

5) What Schools are you planning to apply to? - So far, I am working towards ISB (given a strong 'non-engineering' profile). Others in mind are Nanyang, HKUST and UCLA Anderson.

Just some info about me:

26 yo Indian male, by October I will have 4.5 years full-time and 6 months freelance work-ex. 2 years working in research and the rest in Advertising.



Rich.C@EMPOWERgmat.com wrote:
Hi ameyarprabhu,

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) How long have you studied?
2) What materials have you used besides the books that you mentioned?
3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?

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

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag

Best Conversation Starters

1 lheiannie07 112 topics
2 swerve 64 topics
3 LUANDATO 64 topics
4 ardz24 61 topics
5 AAPL 57 topics
See More Top Beat The GMAT Members...

Most Active Experts

1 image description Scott@TargetTestPrep

Target Test Prep

227 posts
2 image description Brent@GMATPrepNow

GMAT Prep Now Teacher

176 posts
3 image description Jeff@TargetTestPrep

Target Test Prep

168 posts
4 image description Rich.C@EMPOWERgma...

EMPOWERgmat

138 posts
5 image description GMATGuruNY

The Princeton Review Teacher

129 posts
See More Top Beat The GMAT Experts