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(And I'll echo Rich's sentiment. When you consider the expense and time commitment of an MBA, the quality of the program is much more important than when you enroll. Generally speaking, I'll always encourage applicants to wait a year rather than enroll in a program they're not thrilled with.)

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(And I'll echo Rich's sentiment. When you consider the expense and time commitment of an MBA, the quality of the program is much more important than when you enroll. Generally speaking, I'll always encourage applicants to wait a year rather than enroll in a program they're not thrilled with.)

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A note about integrating mindfulness for a week:

You likely won't see significant improvements on your score or performance in a week. It's an effective practice to integrate into your day-to-day, and will will likely improve all aspects of your life, but you'll need a chunk of time to really bask in the exponential benefits.

Quicker improvements through mindful/holistic means, include hypnosis, NLP, EFT and EMDR, to name a few. These all show immediate benefits.

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Hi pgburel,

Right now, you're letting the upcoming application deadline dictate your decisions - and that's a potential problem. To start, you have to define what's more important: getting into your first choice Business School (whether that's this School or some other School) or rushing to send in an application with a GMAT score that might not be 'competitive.'

It's completely understandable that you *want* to apply right now, but the application process for most Business Schools is rather competitive, so you don't want to put yourself in a disadvantageous position by sending in an application that could be significantly stronger if you adjusted your timeline and put more work in.

From what you've described, you've been back in 'study mode' for a little over a month. However, many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores. With your current Test Date, you'll have put in a little less than 2 months of that time. This is meant to say that you could potentially score much higher if you extended your studies a bit.

1) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
2) What are the application deadlines for each School (and what is the NEXT application deadline for this upcoming School after the upcoming one?)?

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Thanks for all of the responses. Here's a little bit more about my situation...I started studying in October 2016 and took a Manhattan Prep 1-month online course and got pretty into it. Christmas rolled around and I took about a 2 month break and just picked back up an aggressive study routine at the end of February. From the 5 CATs that I have taken, I haven't been able to break the 600 barrier. In fact, my first CAT was the best and it was a 590. My first official test date is April 24 so I have about 1.5 weeks to figure it out. My original goal was to get a 700 but seeing as how I have made such little progress, I figured that 650 is a more attainable goal given my test date. My thought process is that since I haven't improved the way that I have anticipated, I will go for 650 and not even bother studying the 700-800 level questions that Manhattan Prep labels as "harder." I understand that I can take the test again but this test will be the only test I take before my first B-school application is due so it's essentially all-in for the next 1.5 weeks.

On another note, I don't have any problems solving most problems that are given to me if I had 3 minutes for every problem. My biggest problem, like many, is timing. The clock is stuck in my head; I can't go through a problem without asking myself how much time is left 4-5 times every question. I also have a tendency to let my self work on a quant problem for more than 2.5 minutes. I would say it's more of a discipline problem and not being able to say enough is enough and jump to the next question. Thoughts?

Also, thanks for the awesome responses!

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Hi pgburel,

To answer your immediate question though, since the GMAT is an adaptive Test, questions can be designed for any difficulty level - meaning that there really aren't specific subjects that are exclusive to a particular score range. For example, on Test Day you could see a real straight-forward combinatorics question that isn't all that difficult to answer (so you shouldn't 'skip' that subject during your studies).

I'd like to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:
1) What is your goal score?
2) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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