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550 GMAT Mock Score with 13 incorrect in Q and 10 incorrect in V??

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New post 31 May 2020, 01:27
Hi guys,

This is my first post on the forum so wanted to introduce myself. I am a 28yr F from India currently based in San Francisco. I am in the marketing analytics & strategy space and have already done an MS from Northwestern University. I am looking to apply for an MBA this year to start next year to make my move into strategy in tech relatively easy.

I have signed up for Magoosh's 3 month study plan and took a GMAC mock at the beginning. I got a score of 550 (Q31 V34). I'm honestly really perplexed by that score as I only got 13 questions on quant wrong with 15 minutes remaining and around 10 on verbal wrong. I have time and again read and one can get 16-22 questions on quant wrong and still get a score of 700 so I expected a much higher score with just 13 wrong. What am I missing?

Can somebody shed some light?

Thanks and excited to be a part of this community!

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Hello Mate,

This happened may be because the number of questions you got correct were not in range of 700, or maybe you didn't enter the 700 questions range because you got mid-600 range questions wrong.
"one can get 16-22 questions on quant wrong and still get a score of 700", this also can happen the way i explained above.
If you get maximum of your 700-level questions correct and just miss on mid-600 or mid-500 level questions, you have a chance of scoring a 700.

Understand it this way : Answering 15 easy questions will produce a lower score than answering 15 difficult questions.

Hope this helps.
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Because of the adaptive nature of GMAT test, most test takers will probably get similar number of questions wrong but receive drastically different scores.

Please spend sufficient time reviewing questions you get wrong. That is how we can make progress toward higher scores. That is especially true for official questions.

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Hi ag1991 550 is the average score in gmat and a very good base score.Its only onwards and upwards from here.As explained by someone above me its die to the adaptive nature of the gmat exam that your score was all over the place.on the contrary you will realise that you will score high if you get the 700+ level questions correct.

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ag1991 wrote:
Hi guys,

This is my first post on the forum so wanted to introduce myself. I am a 28yr F from India currently based in San Francisco. I am in the marketing analytics & strategy space and have already done an MS from Northwestern University. I am looking to apply for an MBA this year to start next year to make my move into strategy in tech relatively easy.

I have signed up for Magoosh's 3 month study plan and took a GMAC mock at the beginning. I got a score of 550 (Q31 V34). I'm honestly really perplexed by that score as I only got 13 questions on quant wrong with 15 minutes remaining and around 10 on verbal wrong. I have time and again read and one can get 16-22 questions on quant wrong and still get a score of 700 so I expected a much higher score with just 13 wrong. What am I missing?

Can somebody shed some light?

Thanks and excited to be a part of this community!

Ananya

You might have had got easier question(just a likely scenario) overall. Another possibility is you made more errors in easier questions. The link might help you understand.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/new-format-g ... 69682.html
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ag1991 wrote:
Hi guys,

This is my first post on the forum so wanted to introduce myself. I am a 28yr F from India currently based in San Francisco. I am in the marketing analytics & strategy space and have already done an MS from Northwestern University. I am looking to apply for an MBA this year to start next year to make my move into strategy in tech relatively easy.

I have signed up for Magoosh's 3 month study plan and took a GMAC mock at the beginning. I got a score of 550 (Q31 V34). I'm honestly really perplexed by that score as I only got 13 questions on quant wrong with 15 minutes remaining and around 10 on verbal wrong. I have time and again read and one can get 16-22 questions on quant wrong and still get a score of 700 so I expected a much higher score with just 13 wrong. What am I missing?

Can somebody shed some light?

Thanks and excited to be a part of this community!

Ananya

You might have had got easier question(just a likely scenario) overall. Another possibility is you made more errors in easier questions. The link might help you understand.
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Thanks for sharing that link. Definitely helpful! I read all the combinations Bunuel tried. I don't think I have the confidence to randomly guess some questions and assume that I would know the ones I have to attempt correctly. I was thinking about how making mistakes in easier questions impacts one's score too. Would make sense and go back and review each question.
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New post 31 May 2020, 12:37
Hi Ananya,

To start, a 550 is a solid initial CAT score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 550 most years). The scoring algorithm on the Official GMAT is far more complicated than most people realize - and it takes into account far more than just the number of correct and incorrect answers, so you have to consider more than just the number of incorrect answers in your performance.

Before I can offer you any additional advice for your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your timeline and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) Are you using any other study materials besides the course you mentioned?

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3) What is your overall goal score?
4) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School and what Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi ag1991

Thanks for reaching out on the forum, it feels good to see you coming out and asking for advice.

Before we delve into strategies to improve Quant and Verbal, let me point out that 550 is a very good starting point and you can easily get to a 700+ score by preparing extensively. A very important step to reach at that score is to:

    • Make a study plan to reach that target score

Doing this will make your preparation focused on the target which is the most efficient way to study. A study plan would also help you estimate the amount of time you would need to study and thereby when to plan the test.

To answer your question, the number of questions you mark wrong doesn't decide what your score will be, the deciding factor is the difficulty level of the questions and in which block you are marking them wrong.

Looking at your scores, I can say that you need significant improvement in both Verbal and Quant. Majority of students falter in their GMAT exam because they start their preparation with solving questions.

This is a major mistake because if you start your preparation by solving OG questions, you are skipping to practicing questions without learning the concepts. This is a trial-and-error based preparation methodology which cause a two-fold problem:

    1. It increases your preparation time by up-to 5X.
    2. You tend to miss out on concepts even after solving many questions.

We have helped more than 25,000 people in last 1 year in achieving their target of a good GMAT score. Maximum people attributed their success to the structured process which we suggested them. I suggest you break your preparation into 3 stages and follow the below plan:

    Stage – 1 --> Learn the concepts
    Stage – 2 --> Cement the concepts by practicing a sub-section in Isolation
    Stage – 3 --> Become test ready (practicing all the sub-sections together)

Prawee (550 to 740) used all the books and local coaching classes but was unable to improve her GMAT score beyond a certain point. She changed her approach and finally scored 740 in her 5th attempt and got a $180,000 fellowship cumulatively from 3 top business schools. She is currently pursuing MBA from Kellogg. Kellogg was once not even on her radar.

7 Steps – How to score 700+ on the GMAT
You can start your preparation by giving a mock to test your current ability.

Hope the above strategy get you to your target score

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Hi Ananya,

To start, a 550 is a solid initial CAT score (the average score on the Official GMAT hovers around 550 most years). The scoring algorithm on the Official GMAT is far more complicated than most people realize - and it takes into account far more than just the number of correct and incorrect answers, so you have to consider more than just the number of incorrect answers in your performance.

Before I can offer you any additional advice for your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on your timeline and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied? How many hours do you typically study each week? I have now studied for about 3 weeks. I study around 18-20 hours a week.
2) Are you using any other study materials besides the course you mentioned? No, just the Magoosh 3 month plan and OG 2019

Goals:
3) What is your overall goal score? 700+
4) When are you planning to take the GMAT? July 23rd so I have around 7 weeks left
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School and what Schools are you planning to apply to? Apply this Aug to INSEAD, Cornell, Oxford and Columbia J term

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New post 01 Jun 2020, 06:02
Really appreciate the detailed response Payal. Thank you for taking out the time.

I am, fortunately, following a strategy similar to the one you laid out so hopefully I will start seeing the pay off in my next mock which I plan on taking in 2 weeks.
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Hi Ananya,

To start, since you are interested in some highly-competitive Schools, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile and plans. Those Experts should be able to answer your Admissions questions and help define the specific areas of your profile that could use some improvement.

There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admissio ... tants-124/

Statistically-speaking, raising a 550 to the point that you can consistently score 700+ 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. That having been said, you might need to consider pushing back your planned Test Date.

"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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New post 01 Jun 2020, 18:16
Hi ag1991,

To reiterate, your GMAT score is based on not only the number of questions you answer correct/incorrect, but also the difficulty of those questions, among other things. Thus, it’s possible that your score was lower than you thought it should be because you got a number of “lower level” questions wrong. In any case, if you want some advice regarding your study plan moving forward, feel free to reach out. Lastly, you may find it helpful to read the following article:

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