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Advice needed [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2012, 03:38
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I am supposed to take my GMAT (2nd attempt) tomorrow after 2 months of preparation. I scored 660 in my earlier attempt ( Q: 47, V:34). I wanted to score above 720+ in this attempt.

However, i scored a 690 (Q: 49, v:34) in GMAT prep 1 and took my 2nd GMAT prep yesterday and got a mere 600 (Q: 47, v:27).

I was shocked after seeing my low score and my confidence is down to rock bottom and i am not ready to take my test tomorrow.

SOME BACKGROUND INFO:

in my earlier attempt, i took all the MGMAT practice tests and got a 680 and 690 consistently and my GMAT prep score was 710 in both the tests. However, i scored only a 660 in my real GMAT. My quant score was 47, which was low. i also took about 15 of the GMAT club tests and i used to average around 27- 28.

In my second attempt, i took my remaining GMAT club tests and scored 30 consistently in the last 5 tests.

Real Issue:

To be frank, i am good conceptually in both math and verbal. However, i always used to make about 4 silly mistakes in math and my SC accuracy was close to 60 %, CR accuracy was 70% and RC used to wary greatly from 30 % to 90 % (not sure why??).

I desperately need some sound advice. I used to study for atleast 3 hours a day till yesterday and will be able to spend 3hours a day.

I just feel that i am banging my head with eyes closed against a wall. I just need to find a way to get to that score.

Any help would be highly appreciated.

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Re: Advice needed [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2012, 20:36
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Hi,

I am supposed to take my GMAT (2nd attempt) tomorrow after 2 months of preparation. I scored 660 in my earlier attempt ( Q: 47, V:34). I wanted to score above 720+ in this attempt.

However, i scored a 690 (Q: 49, v:34) in GMAT prep 1 and took my 2nd GMAT prep yesterday and got a mere 600 (Q: 47, v:27).

I was shocked after seeing my low score and my confidence is down to rock bottom and i am not ready to take my test tomorrow.

SOME BACKGROUND INFO:

in my earlier attempt, i took all the MGMAT practice tests and got a 680 and 690 consistently and my GMAT prep score was 710 in both the tests. However, i scored only a 660 in my real GMAT. My quant score was 47, which was low. i also took about 15 of the GMAT club tests and i used to average around 27- 28.

In my second attempt, i took my remaining GMAT club tests and scored 30 consistently in the last 5 tests.

Real Issue:

To be frank, i am good conceptually in both math and verbal. However, i always used to make about 4 silly mistakes in math and my SC accuracy was close to 60 %, CR accuracy was 70% and RC used to wary greatly from 30 % to 90 % (not sure why??).

I desperately need some sound advice. I used to study for atleast 3 hours a day till yesterday and will be able to spend 3hours a day.

I just feel that i am banging my head with eyes closed against a wall. I just need to find a way to get to that score.

Any help would be highly appreciated.

- POOR SOUL looking for some sound advice.


The 600 is most probably an aberration. If you take GMAT right away, you will probably score around 650-700. The deciding factor would obviously be Verbal since your Quant is pretty stable at 47-49.

Bad News: To ensure a 720+, you need to get a 750+ on GMAT prep tests. From what I have seen, in actual GMAT, people get around 30-50 points less than their GMAT prep tests scores. I guess we can blame the nerves for the dip.

Good News: You know exactly what you can do to get that 720.
First of all, you need to practice RC. You cannot afford anything below 80% accuracy on RC and CR. I wouldn't complain with a 60-70% accuracy on SC.
Your Quant is at Q47. Try and push it to Q50 which is not going to be easy. Try and identify one or two areas where you make most mistakes. Try fortifying them. In addition, I like to tackle some higher level concepts in my blog so check that out. You might pick a tip or two from there. Also, avoid those 'silly mistakes'. Double check the question and answer and see if the answer you got seems reasonable. Since you are conceptually strong, I doubt time in Quant would be an issue.
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Re: Advice needed [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 05:44
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Go with the confidence of ur preparation for last two months(it means a lot to do 3 hrs a day over two months) and believe in urself with the aim to destroy the GMAT. Don't get panicked, come what may, keep ur faith system moving and you will destroy it
Rather than anybody else, ask ur inner-self. you have scored 660 in ur earlier attempt, thereafter practiced for 3 hrs a day over two months.
I am sure if u have studied diligently over last two months, you will score around 700.
yes, i totally agree with Karishma that if you let ur nerves play with ur mind, surely you will perform badly like 600. Play with confidence and win will be urs whether it is tomorrow or anytime later.
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Re: Advice needed [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 09:34
VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
First of all, you need to practice RC. You cannot afford anything below 80% accuracy on RC and CR. I wouldn't complain with a 60-70% accuracy on SC.
Your Quant is at Q47. Try and push it to Q50 which is not going to be easy. Try and identify one or two areas where you make most mistakes. Try fortifying them. In addition, I like to tackle some higher level concepts in my blog so check that out. You might pick a tip or two from there. Also, avoid those 'silly mistakes'. Double check the question and answer and see if the answer you got seems reasonable. Since you are conceptually strong, I doubt time in Quant would be an issue.


Hi Karishma,

thnx for the informative post. do u mean that to get 700+ score a person needs to get at least 80% on RC? so, having lets say 60-70% RC, but much better results on SC and CR, a person still cant expect 700+score?
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Re: Advice needed [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 19:11
I have completed all my MGMAT, GmatClub, GMATPrep practice tests. Can somebody suggest a good practice test?.
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Re: Advice needed [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 19:40
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thnx for the informative post. do u mean that to get 700+ score a person needs to get at least 80% on RC? so, having lets say 60-70% RC, but much better results on SC and CR, a person still cant expect 700+score?


No, that's not the case at all. The advice was person specific. Maheshsrini has 60% SC accuracy and 20 to 90% RC accuracy. His RC accuracy varies a lot, probably due to different interest and comprehension levels in different topics. If he is a Science guy, he probably performs poorly in literature passages. So my guess is he knows what to do in RC (as in he knows the question types and how to approach them etc) so some practice with passages from different fields should easily help him get 80% accuracy in all passages. Improving your SC accuracy from 60 to 80% would take more time and effort.

If you have better results in SC and CR but lower in RC, it doesn't stop you from getting a 700+. All sub sections count equally toward your Verbal score.
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Re: Advice needed [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 19:43
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I have completed all my MGMAT, GmatClub, GMATPrep practice tests. Can somebody suggest a good practice test?.


Get the Veritas RC book. It has many 700+ level passages and some 750+ level too from varied fields. With the book, you will get free access to 5 Veritas practice tests.
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Re: Advice needed [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 22:34
There are free practice tests by almost all test prep companies, so you may like to try these tests. more insight by bb on:-
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