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1st mock 560 ... Need some advice for 720

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New post 18 May 2019, 10:45
Hi guys,

I brushed up the OG questions for a month and took the 1st mock test from GMATprep.

Got only 560: Q44, V23, IR3

I Was expecting at least 650 or 680 since my accuracy levels during OG practice were good on the easy / medium difficulty questions and fairly better even in the difficult ones. I did not practice IR.

I did not have time to finish in any of the sections during the mock. So I had to randomly guess some of the questions. I am yet to review the test but I can tell even without reviewing that speed is the major concern.

During the next one month I intend to focus only on learning and applying concepts, techniques and strategies.

I intend to use some more books such as power score CR, Aristotle RC grail, Manhattan SC (I found these were most suggested in this forum).

Need some advice. I am targeting 720 in August 2019.

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New post 18 May 2019, 10:56
Hi Shorub,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so with just one month of book-heavy study, it's likely that you just have not put in enough time and effort to score higher yet.

"Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix'). As such, I'd like to know a bit more about your last CAT. While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this recent CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

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Hi Shorub,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so with just one month of book-heavy study, it's likely that you just have not put in enough time and effort to score higher yet.

"Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix'). As such, I'd like to know a bit more about your last CAT. While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this recent CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

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Hi Rich,

I reviewed my test. Here is the analysis.

Score - 560 Q44 V23 IR4
Incorrect questions - Q 15, V 14, IR 7

Quant - Incorrect
1. Question numbers - 2.3.5.8,16,17,19,24 to 31 (Last 8 - all wrong)
2. Question types - Quant 9, DS 6
3. Reasons
a. Wrong calculations / was not confident about the answer - 1 (Numbers), 2 (Algebra), 1 (Set theory), 1 (Arithmetic)
b. Could not workout but could solve it after test - 1 (Numbers), 1 (Statistics)
c. Silly mistake - 1 (Co-Geometry), 1 (Percentage), 1 (Fraction)
d. Did not workout (Low on confidence) - 1 (Permutation)
e. Did not workout (Low on time) - 1 (Numbers), 1 (Statistics), 1 (Percentage)
f. Fundamentals related - 1 (Co-Geometry)

Verbal - Incorrect
1. Question numbers - 1,4,6,8,10,11,12,15,16,17,20,22,34,36 (Within first 18 - 10 wrong / Within next 18 - only 4 wrong)
2. Question types - SC 4, CR 4, RC 6
3. Further categories / Reasons
a. SC - Silly mistakes (parallelism with conjunction, missed out verb "are", Did not identify a plural noun), did not use the test strategy used during practice.
b. CR - Overlooked / Did not read properly - Time pressure
c. RC - Primary purpose and Inference questions - Did not take notes

IR - Incorrect
1. Question numbers - 2,4,5,8,9,10,11 (Last 4 - Wrong)
2. Reasons - Completely unprepared with the format of these questions / Time pressure.

Looking forward to your views.

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New post 22 May 2019, 10:18
Hi Shorub,

Your analysis is quite helpful - as it defines a number of different areas that you need to work on. In two different posts, you noted different Score Goals (one stated 720, the other stated 750), but both those Goals require the same degree of content knowledge, Tactical approaches and consistent, organized work on your part (meaning proper note-taking and no silly mistakes).

Raising a 560 to the point that you can consistently score 720+ will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. With a planned August Test Date, you could conceivable hit your Goal Score in the time that you have, but you'll have to be really 'efficient' with your studies going forward.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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New post 22 May 2019, 10:24
Thanks Rich for your quick response.
Yes initially I looked at 720 however 750 is on my wish list too since I will be looking for scholarships. I have 15 years of work experience, hence looking at 1 year programs in international B schools. I intend to put 2-3 hours / day during week days and 5 hours / day during weekends in the next 3 months. And yes, I look forward to applying to some programs this year.

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Hi Shorub,

Assuming that you're thinking about some of the Round 1 application deadlines later on this year, you might have to work on your applications while you are studying for the GMAT. That's not much of an issue (many Test Takers do that), but it does mean that you'll need to be even more efficient with your time, so that you can accomplish all of your Goals.

Many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level - and since you're thinking in terms of working through a bunch of GMAT-related books, it's possible that this will happen to you as well. Even the best books are limited in what they can teach you; they also can't force you to approach questions in a certain way and their explanations are often one-sided. Given everything that you have described, you would likely find it beneficial to invest in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led), so you should plan to look into the available options. Most GMAT Companies offer some type of free materials (practice problems, Trial Accounts, videos, etc.) that you can use to 'test out' a product before you buy it. We have a variety of those resources at out site (www.empowergmat.com). I suggest that you take advantage of all of them then choose the one that best matches your personality, timeline and budget.

If you have any additional question, then just let me know.

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Hi Shorub,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, up to this point, you’ve been following a plan that I call “practice first and figure the rest out later.” In other words, you are doing practice problems before understanding the concepts on which those problems are based, and thus you are trying to learn solely from reading solutions to problems. Following such a study plan will lead to disorganized studying and ultimately hold you back from improving your quant and verbal skills. Luckily, you plan to adjust your approach; however, in doing so, you likely will need an additional resource. Try to find a resource that allows you FIRST to learn the concepts and strategies related to GMAT quant and verbal and SECOND to practice with a large number of realistic questions.

If you decide to use some new prep materials, check out the reviews here on GMAT Club of the best quant and verbal courses. If you’d like more specific advice on how to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills, feel free to reach out. Also, you may find my article with more information regarding
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Shorub wrote:
Hi guys,

I brushed up the OG questions for a month and took the 1st mock test from GMATprep.

Got only 560: Q44, V23, IR3

I Was expecting at least 650 or 680 since my accuracy levels during OG practice were good on the easy / medium difficulty questions and fairly better even in the difficult ones. I did not practice IR.

I did not have time to finish in any of the sections during the mock. So I had to randomly guess some of the questions. I am yet to review the test but I can tell even without reviewing that speed is the major concern.

During the next one month I intend to focus only on learning and applying concepts, techniques and strategies.

I intend to use some more books such as power score CR, Aristotle RC grail, Manhattan SC (I found these were most suggested in this forum).

Need some advice. I am targeting 720 in August 2019.

Shorub

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