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Breaking through a Plateau

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Breaking through a Plateau

Post Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:16 am
Hi everyone,

I've been using the math-heavy 3-month study plan from Magoosh and am currently working through Week 5. I feel like I understand the math itself better but am still making silly mistakes in practice. My calculated Quant score through Magoosh hasn't really budged. I'm studying 2-3 hours a day (usually in the morning before work) and I think part of it is just rushing through to get everything done.

Has anyone else experienced something similar? How do you push through the plateau to make progress? How long did you have to study before you saw results?

I took the GMAT cold about 6 weeks ago and got a 650 - 42Q, 38V - but am aiming for a 720. Quant is where I need the help the most.

Thanks!
Ryn

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Post Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:29 pm
Hi Ryn,

Since you're now less than 2 months away from your next attempt at the GMAT, you should plan to take FULL-LENGTH CATs (with the Essay and IR sections) at regular intervals (1 FULL CAT every 1-2 weeks). Doing so should help you to hone a number of Test-taking skills while providing you information on any content-related areas that you still need to improve on.

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Post Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:37 pm
I just finished my first practice exam and scored a 690! The breakdown was 43 Quant/40 Verbal. I'm planning on spending a lot of time on the questions I missed specifically in Quant to try them again and see what I did wrong. I did notice I had more time at the end of the Quant section this run-through then I did when I took my first test, so it's possible that better budgeting of my time will help a lot too.

I'm feeling a lot better that my score went up overall but bummed Quant didn't go up more. I'm still 7 weeks away so I'm going to double down and keep studying.

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Post Wed Jul 06, 2016 3:29 pm
Hi Ryn,

Since you're now less than 2 months away from your next attempt at the GMAT, you should plan to take FULL-LENGTH CATs (with the Essay and IR sections) at regular intervals (1 FULL CAT every 1-2 weeks). Doing so should help you to hone a number of Test-taking skills while providing you information on any content-related areas that you still need to improve on.

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

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Post Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:37 pm
I just finished my first practice exam and scored a 690! The breakdown was 43 Quant/40 Verbal. I'm planning on spending a lot of time on the questions I missed specifically in Quant to try them again and see what I did wrong. I did notice I had more time at the end of the Quant section this run-through then I did when I took my first test, so it's possible that better budgeting of my time will help a lot too.

I'm feeling a lot better that my score went up overall but bummed Quant didn't go up more. I'm still 7 weeks away so I'm going to double down and keep studying.

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Post Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:28 am
Thanks for the replies KG and Rich!

With the study plan I'm on I'm slated to take my first practice test this weekend and will post the results afterwards. Hopefully it will show progress being made!

I'm scheduled to retake the GMAT at the end of August so I can apply for R1 of schools. My top 3 choices are UCLA, Stanford, and MIT, so I really need to get above a 700 to be in the running (I got a 7 on IR and a 5.5 on AW but have heard schools don't really take those parts into consideration). I have 8 years of experience working in tech/hyper growth startups (marketing, customer support, and operations - managing teams for the last 4 years), but want to expand my view of the business world and eventually start my own thing.

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