Hi I took my gmat and scored really low
and it was my first attempt... I am not sure what are the next steps ...I am aiming for 700+...I started preparing from April and took my first test on August. I did all the tests in MGMAT, GMAT prep. But my actual(official) Gmat score was way lower than what I scored at home.This even frustrated me. I am planning to retake my next exam in some time(not decided).
By the way I scored poor in verbal... Math I did it better.
Please do help!!!
Hi lindt123, it certainly sounds like your exam didn't go as well as you'd hoped, so let's look at some ways to try and improve your score.
First of all, based on both your writing style and your prior comments that the verbal part was hard to follow, it sounds like English isn't your first language. If that's the case, a good way to help boost your verbal score is to read more in English. I strongly recommend the Economist
as a relevant magazine with an excellent writing style. The Wall Street Journal and other similar publications are also good resources to help hone your verbal skills. It's interesting that you only spent a month studying verbal and instead focused on quant. Did you feel that math was more important to study or did you feel that it needed more improvement than the verbal?
In terms of your scores, if you're getting 500 on your practice tests, it's reasonable to expect roughly the same score on the actual test. You may have underperformed due to stress and fatigue versus your practice tests. However I should warn you that going from 500 to 700 will require a considerable effort to become more familiar with the question types on the exam and a fair bit of practice. It's entirely possible to get your score up to that level but you shouldn't expect 700+ unless your practice tests are at roughly that level as well.
If you want to provide more details as to what questions and subjects bothered you the most on the test, I'll be happy to try and provide more help. But for now, honing your verbal skills seems like an important part of trying to maximize your score on this test.
Hope this helps!
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