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Hi everyone,

today I took my first gmat exam and it did not go as I wished... I ended up with a 590 (41Q, 31V). I did 4 practice test from GMAT prep more or less every two weeks (my prep lasted 2 months) and I got these results:
-570(41Q,28V)Gmat Prep1
-500(35Q,23V) was a really bad day so I did't rely on it so much
-640(42Q,35V) Gmat Prep 1 attempt 2
-710(49Q,39V) Boom! I thought that i went so bad and instead I broke the 700, Gmat prep 3
-630 (46Q, 31V) I returned on earth after an unexpected 710.

Now, I started the preparation 2 months ago with the OG, but i realised that maybe i did too much in quantity and not su much in quality, i mean i did revise exercises so often, did not have a strategy, did not have a way of doing the Verbal part, some tricks etc.

My questions are three:
-why i got this bad result
-what do you think is the score i can reach, let's say i'm hoping for a 680, but i know it is very difficult so a 650+ would be great.
-Should i buy the KAPLAN GMAT PREP BOOKS? maybe i can do more strategy and trick instead of 100 of exercises with no criteria.

Hope someone will answer. :)
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Hi ggg2154,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. When these types of score drops occur, the two likely "causes" involve either something that was unrealistic during practice or something that was surprising (or not accounted for) on Test Day. If you can answer a few questions, then we should be able to figure this out:

When you took your CATs:
1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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New post 11 Oct 2018, 08:13
I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. So, what stands out to me from your post is, “maybe I did too much quantity and not so much in quality.” That statement could not be more true!! One of the biggest mistakes people make when studying for the GMAT is diving head-first into practice questions before learning the content on which those questions are based. Since you never fully mastered GMAT quant and verbal, you see that your actual GMAT score came in on the low end of your score range.

Regarding study materials, since you need a 300-point improvement, you may consider something more robust than books alone, such as an online self-study course. Take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

Regardless of which course you select, my advice is that you follow a study plan that allows you to learn linearly, starting with the foundations of each topic and progressing to more advanced concepts as you build your foundational knowledge. By following this plan, you will favor quality OVER quantity. If you’d like more specific advice on how to study quant and verbal, feel free to reach back out.

Lastly, you may find it helpful to read this article about How to Learn More, Learn Faster, and Retain More Knowledge While Preparing for the GMAT.

Please keep me updated and reach out with any further questions.
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Hi ggg2154,

Links to the best gmat textbooks:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ma ... 35162.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 17254.html
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