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2 years of studying with disappointing scores, help!

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Hi,
I have been studying GMAT for about 2 years. Took the Manhattan in person class at the end of 2015, but waited until the end of 2016 to take the actual test. I know…big mistake. As you can see from the score below, I never felt ready.
5/16 MGMAT 540 (Q32, V33)
7/16 MGMAT 570 (Q41, V28)
8/27 MGMAT 550 (Q40, V27)
10/16 MGMAT 510 (Q30, V30)
11/16 MGMAT 560 (Q37, V30)
I took the actual GMAT in November and got a 590. I was so disappointed that I don’t remember the breakdown exactly, something like Q42 V28. After the first test, I lost motivation and took a 3-month break before getting back to studying. I read good reviews about TTP, so I bought a 4 month subscription. After months of studying my scores are:
5/17 Veritas prep 590 (Q42, V30)
7/17 Veritas prep 620 (Q43, V33)
Actual GMAT 570 (Q44, V25)
After months of studying, I thought my GMAT score would improve! But to my surprise, I got an even lower score than the first one. I have studied at least 600 hours at this point and have spent a good amount of money on prep materials. I am lost, what should I do next? Should I get a tutor? My ideal score would be 700.



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Sorry to hear that. Wow. You took 2 courses!
Unfortunately the longer you wait, the lower the scores get.... kind of like dragging anything out - imagine casually doing 1 push up every few minutes or every few hours - that won't help with the muscle or scores.

Have you talked to Scott from TTP? It may be worth reaching out to him - he does miracles for his students (though he is one busy guy). He may be able to help point out some obvious and more treacherous things - he has access to your performance and info from the course. I would give him a shout and don't give up!
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Hi,
I have been studying GMAT for about 2 years. Took the Manhattan in person class at the end of 2015, but waited until the end of 2016 to take the actual test. I know…big mistake. As you can see from the score below, I never felt ready.
5/16 MGMAT 540 (Q32, V33)
7/16 MGMAT 570 (Q41, V28)
8/27 MGMAT 550 (Q40, V27)
10/16 MGMAT 510 (Q30, V30)
11/16 MGMAT 560 (Q37, V30)
I took the actual GMAT in November and got a 590. I was so disappointed that I don’t remember the breakdown exactly, something like Q42 V28. After the first test, I lost motivation and took a 3-month break before getting back to studying. I read good reviews about TTP, so I bought a 4 month subscription. After months of studying my scores are:
5/17 Veritas prep 590 (Q42, V30)
7/17 Veritas prep 620 (Q43, V33)
Actual GMAT 570 (Q44, V25)
After months of studying, I thought my GMAT score would improve! But to my surprise, I got an even lower score than the first one. I have studied at least 600 hours at this point and have spent a good amount of money on prep materials. I am lost, what should I do next? Should I get a tutor? My ideal score would be 700.



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If you have already relied on two courses, may be it is time to rely on yourself. Not that the courses were bad but maybe the level of input you could put in at the time was not what worked with those courses to eek out a good score. So, do not think you do not know things. You already have done more courses than the average GMAT hopeful. You just need to rely on yourself, use the resources already available and may be do a more methodical approach.
Can I ask if you had a personalized GMAT work plan where you went through the plan topic by topic, practiced every concept separately to get a good grip of the topic and then follow up with revision of weak areas. Did you consult any other hopefuls, join groups, discussions, and try finding out what other GMAT hopefuls were doing. It is no secret GMAT requires dedication and extreme focus. People on this forum have spent 4 years of plucking low lying fruit before they got the actual gist of what GMAT is trying to test and then scores suddenly improved remarkably. I wish you the same but you will need to change your approach towards GMAT and become more organized.
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Hi luyang4,

Based on the information that you provided, it appears that you took most of your CATs when you were NOT actually enrolled in a Course - meaning that it's unclear what specific studying you were doing during those time periods (other than taking those CATs). How were you reviewing your work? What subjects/content and Tactics were you focused on? What type of study routine were you following? You haven't provided any information to truly define how you were studying most of the time.

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 2 'groups' of CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same during each block (at first: 550 +/- a few points; second: 590 +/- a few points). At no point were you ever near your goal score though, so there's also the question as to why you didn't push back your Test Date either time.

Since the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. There are some big unknowns about how most of your study was designed (from a planning and implementation standpoint), so - for this next attempt - I suggest that you work on a specific schedule and study plan and commit to it.

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Thank you guys for the advice! I will have to focus on the low-hanging fruit of certain topics and try again.
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