5 Tips on Getting a 700+ on the GMAT

So I have taken the GMAT twice and gotten a 710 twice. My splits were (Q49, V38) and (Q47, V41).

This blog post is going to go over what I think are the FUNDAMENTAL elements for getting the ever elusive 700+ score. Use these tips to SMASH the GMAT and get your dream score! (Be sure to check out my GMAT Guide as well!)


1. Have the time & availability to study

timeI cannot stress this enough! You should try to take the GMAT during the Fall or Winter BEFORE you apply. This allows you to focus on one specific part of your application AND allow you to have enough time to take it again in case you don’t get the score you want.

I had a really crazy schedule, which meant that I was stressed out and not 100% when I was studying. Don’t be like me! Don’t wait to the last second! Also, I believe studying at lease 1-2 hours everyday for three months will DEFINITELY give you a 700+. I did 2 months (both times), and they felt really rushed.


2. Have the best study materials

Make sure you check out my top 6 key resources for the GMAT. You ABSOLUTELY should buy the OG book and additional tests. These are the materials that are the closest to actual exam material and will help you greatly! Also be sure to check out Magoosh (I’m a big fan of them!); their program helped prepare me for my first 710.


3. Utilize an error log

error logsI have said it again and again, make sure you use an error log. This is an excerpt from My 3 Biggest Mistakes Studying for the GMAT post:

“An error log is ABSOLUTELY critical in studying. Typically, GMAT test takers make one of three types of errors: 1) Careless errors, where you know the content and logic, but made a silly mistake 2) Content errors, where you did not know the needed information to solve the problem, or 3) Logic errors, where you knew the content, but not the GMAT logical way to solve it.

My error log consists of using 3×5″ index cards. For every careless error I make, I keep track of it on one card. For example, if I make 2 careless errors out of 20 questions on 7/16, I will write “7/16 – 2/20″ and keep track of all my progress on one index card. Towards the end of your GMAT prep, you should not be making any careless errors.

For “real errors,” I write whether it was a content or logic error, what type of question it was, what is the content matter of the question, and how the solution should have been found. It is REALLY important to understand not only WHY you got the question wrong, but HOW to get the question right next time. I will then review my 3×5″ index cards every few days, drilling myself on content & logic.”


4. Understand why answer choices are correct AND incorrect

If you understand why certain answer choices are correct, GREAT! That will get you a 600! To get in the 700 range, you have to be able to quickly determine why certain answers are incorrect.

The abilities of those test-takers that can fluently communicate why certain choices are incorrect directly correlate with their ability to get a 700+ (and how high of a 700 as well).


focus5. Understand your weak areas and focus down

You absolutely must understand what areas you are weak in and get help! Study partners, GMAT programs, BeatTheGMAT, gmatclub, whatever it takes… get that area fixed! I highly recommend working with a tutor (local area tutors can be cheap).

If I could do it all again, I would probably do that. When you are studying, having someone walk you through VERY difficult questions can be EXTREMELY valuable!


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5 Responses to “5 Tips on Getting a 700+ on the GMAT”

  1. topdogmba

    I really have to commend (again!) your thoughfulness toward fellow applicants. See below for my two cents (I took my GMAT in 2012 and scored 720 first time).

    As GrantMeAdmission recommends, use the GMATPrep software for at least one mock exam. The screen layout and operation are the same as you will experience in the real exam and it gets you used to ticking and confirming your answers.

    During my mocks, I was super observant of the timings for each section, using the restroom between each section (just as you would in the real exam), not talking to anyone etc. It might sound a bit much but it helped take the edge off on actual exam day, plus the extra focus really paid off in the last few questions (particularly not needing to use the restroom!).

    I also used this GMAT score calculator to give me an idea of how I would score in the actual exam: http://gmatclub.com/gmat-score-calculator/

    If you’re not good at managing stress on the day, make a trip to the GMAT centre you’ll be using, figure out how the parking works, where the exam room is etc. It all helps to make the actual exam day that little bit more familiar.

    And then come back to my home (http://topdogmba.com) and tell me how you SMASHED my score 🙂 Best of luck!

  2. sciMBA

    Thanks for the posts. They’re really informative. I know you were a little let down about your second score, but it’s great that you’ll get a 20 point bump with Tuck. Good luck!


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