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taken gmat 4 times and always landed around 600.wht to do?

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taken gmat 4 times and always landed around 600.wht to do? [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2012, 23:51
Hello,
I have taken the gmat 4 times in the past 3yrs my scores are as follows

1st attempt (feb 2010):350(v12,m27) (10days prep)
2nd attempt (sep 2011): 590(v34,m38) (2 months prep(4-6 hrs daily) with tutor)
3rd attempt (may 2012): 580(v33,m37) (2months prep(4hrs daily)
4th attempt (sep 2012) :600(v31,m42)(3months prep 4-5 hrs daily)

I have tried all the materials such as manhatten, princeton review and others.i even also hired personal tutors to improve my scores.even though i score around 640-690 in practice tests.my test results bomb as usual.
My confidence is shattered. my target score has always been 680.after 4 attempts If am trying to do any material i remember the answer before completing reading the question. wht should i do am confused i want to beat the gmat but every time i try to do i fail.
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Re: taken gmat 4 times and always landed around 600.wht to do? [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2012, 23:04
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It's hard to give specific advice without knowing more about your performance. A few questions:

*Are those 640 - 690 scores on realistic exams? (I.e. material you haven't seen before, taken under realistic test conditions, full test w/ AWA & IR)
*How is your timing? Do you often run low on time at the end, or time out with some questions left undone?
*Do you have some especially weak areas? If so, what are they?

If you have a Manhattan account, you can also PM me your info and I will take a look at your exams.

In general, I can say that there are a lot of people in your position. They've memorized the material without mastering it. You need to slow down and focus on true mastery. You should spend most of your study time taking problems apart and understanding how they work, whether you got them right or not, and whether you've seen them before or not. Do you recognize the overall problem type you're dealing with? Do you know several ways of handling the problem? Can you get going on a solution quickly and confidently? Can you identify potential traps? If you saw a problem like this with different specifics, how quickly could you solve it?
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Okay, now that I've seen your exams I can provide some more specifics.

*First and foremost, you need to fix your quant timing. You are allowing yourself to take 3-4 minutes or more on some problems. Eventually, you end up falling behind by 15 minutes or so and then crashing at the end. This is absolutely deadly for your score! You can't allow yourself to fall behind by more than 2 minutes or you are very unlikely to catch up. Practice doing sets of 5 fairly tough problems in 10 minutes. Do not give yourself one extra second, and aim to get as many correct as possible. You'll find that to maximize your performance, you may need to drop the occasional problem, just like you might drop a losing investment. Once you get used to this, try another CAT and check in every 10 minutes (or even more often). If you're behind the pace of 5 problems every 10 minutes, you'll need to make sure to drop a problem pretty soon to catch back up. This is *much* better for your score than having that big slide at the end.

*Your quant is also very uneven. Your problem solving is strong, but your data sufficiency is really low. Work specifically on this, making sure you are catching the initial rephrase, if there is one. Also, don't settle for "This statement is insufficient." If a statement is insufficient, ask yourself what information it *does* provide. That will prepare you better to decide between C and E, if necessary, and sometimes it will lead you to realize that the statement is sufficient after all. Also, you are getting hit hard in straight algebra--go back over the algebra problems from your tests and see what's getting you. Given your strength elsewhere, it's probably not basic mechanics, but something is not working there.

*In verbal, you are missing a lot of inference-based questions: CR conclusions, RC inference, and RC specific detail. You need to work on your approach here. Make sure you are going back and finding specific support for these. Although an inference (as opposed to one of the specific details) won't be stated outright, there should still be some part of the text you can point to and say "Because of X here, I also know Y." I have an article on the subject of inference in our GMAT Roadmap book, page 69.

*Note that you also have a little room to *slow down* on verbal, particularly RC. Take advantage of it. Make sure you have a strong grasp of the structure and the overall point of the passage, and always support your answer choices. When you're studying, go back and do every verbal problem again untimed, making sure you know why each choice is right or wrong. This process will strengthen your instincts and give you good habits that you can put to use on the test.

I hope this helps!
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Re: taken gmat 4 times and always landed around 600.wht to do? [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 23:15
Thank u very much for the detailed feedback and the advice. i always had a problem doing DS quests & algebra. i surely will follow ur advice thanx again for ur valuable feedback

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