Low GMAT Pre-Study Score
I took the Veritas Prep GMAT Practice Test without studying the other day and performed poorly - 460. Is this typical in a candidate who hasn't studied? I have bought a lot of study materials and will be using Magoosh's online prep course. I'm giving myself 3 months to prepare. Do you think that 3 months is enough? Any additional suggestions? I'm shooting for a 700.
- Joe El Rady expert Hi Charles. I used to teach GMAT. In fact, I've written GMAT curriculum. Yes, it is common for very smart people to score vey low If they have not prepped. The GMAT is a specific test of very specific skills. You can't go into with no prep and no practice. Also, it is a test of endurance, determination, and stamina. Taking a GMAT with no prep is like doing a tough mudder with no training... Ok, so now let's assess the question of your score increase from two standpoints. First, the time needed to achieve that much of a bump-- basically, you need about 100 hours of work to get there... that would be 10 weeks, 10 hours per week. More is better. Second, frankly... it's tough to get that much of a score gain working alone. You may need a tutor. It's like training for a big athletic competition... tough without the right coach.
- anonymous Thank you, Joe! Right now I can't afford a tutor so I will try to get my score as high as possible over the next 3 months and reassess where I am. I appreciate the feedback
- Joe El Rady expert Glad I could help... keep us updated!