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# 6 months of studying with no results.

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06 Dec 2018, 21:18
I started my gmat classes in june, I kept studying for 2-3 hours daily,

I got good at verbal but was struggling with quant,

I had planned to give the exam in October but realized I am not prepared at all,

I then started studying from scratch again,

My classes are over now (they were literally of no use I feel because they were too advanced and never covered basics)

I studied the basics in the month of november for almost 80% of quant topics,

I am now practicing questions from OG & gmat club,

I can solve 600-700 level questions (struggle a bit with time)

700 level questions 60% I can solve,

Gave my first mock last weekend and got 370 which is pathetic after all the time I have put in,

Now I have finally decided to give the exam on 31st Jan or 14th feb (the 2 dates available in 2 months)

What do you suggest? I have already invested 6 months into this while others have aced the exam in 2-3 months.

I am at a point where I feel stuck.
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11 Dec 2018, 09:02
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I understand that this could be very frustrating.

I would like to make following points after reading your post:-

1) Firstly GMAT is different from other school/college exams. GMAT is a reasoning test. Familiarize yourself with the question types and how to approach them. Don't compare your self with others. You might have seen some cracking this exam in few days while other might take years to crack this exam. There are many factors like your background, how good you are at reading, how good is your foundation knowlege etc.

2) Which prep company did you join?

3) Which mock did you give?

4) Are you maintaining an error log?

Kindly answer these questions & give a mock test. Once you share your results of the mock test & answer these questions then we could help you with other questions which you have asked in this forum.

All the very best!!
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23 Dec 2018, 09:07
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Manat wrote:
u1983 CAMANISHPARMAR Gladiator59 Hi Good morning, i gave the mock today and im so happy. I got Q41 & V29. Im so happy with quant, I know my verbal score is bad but i know i can improve it, it was better in all the prevision test. Solving 600 level questions indeed helped me alot. I gave the Manhattan CAT & got 580, I skipped IR & AWA, had i not skipped IR, would i have got a higher score than 580? just curious. Thank u all again, u saved me.

Hi Manat

Good progress! Happy to know that you are so happy with these improvements.

Just few pointers:-

1) Your verbal score is better than your quant score. Kindly refer about "What Your GMAT® Percentile Ranking Means" on this page:-

https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat/after-th ... means#tab3

Q41 means you did better than 41% of the candidates on the Quant section of GMAT where as a V29 means you did better than 56% of the candidates. Having said that you should aim to improve on both the sections as their is a huge scope for improvement. Since you are dedicated and committed towards studies with consistent efforts you should get there!!

2) Skipping IR and AWA sections do not affect your Quant and Verbal and overall score out of 800.

Hope this helps!! Keep up the good work and all the best!!
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19 Jan 2019, 12:45
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Hi Manat ..... ur 500 level looks good. But 600 level still needs work. Have u taken a gmatprep mock? It will show you a true level. Saying that 600 level needs to reach at 80%+ accuracy if you are shooting for Q48 and more..... all the best

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19 Jan 2019, 12:52
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Manat,

Must have missed the original tag. You seem to be improving continuously ( Q37 -> Q44) Keep up the good work!

I would completely agree with u1983's take on it. You must ensure 80-85% accuracy in all types of 600-700 level questions to ensure you get to see the light of day if you are gunning for Q49 and above.

The GMAT exam starts by giving you medium level questions and if you get most of them correct you get a chance to see higher level questions (More such info here). While the GMAT Club quant CATs may be designed to show a higher proportion of "difficult" questions (which they do for a good reason) for someone who is at Q44, focussing on medium level questions is of greatest importance.

All the best! Hope to hear back from you in a few days with more awesome progress.
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19 Jan 2019, 12:59
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Also, did I mention that even a single wrong in the "super easy" or 500 level can tank your scores irrevocably? Especially in the first ten questions.

Don't hesitate to spend a few extra mins (2-3 mins) for the first ten questions to ensure you do not end up missing any of them. I am sure you will see immediate score boost with this technique. Just make sure you don't spend too much time as even running out of time towards the end is penalized per unattempted question! Yikes.
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28 Jan 2019, 04:13
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Hi Manat,

Happy to know you're on track!

For IR apart from spending a few hours to go through the strategies and articles present here, you could try a few tricks. One popular trick is to aim for only 10 out of the 12 questions so that you increase the amount of time per question. Doing so would give you 3 mins and more confidence as you would not end up getting question partially correct ( but lose full marks in the process).

Also, instead of blindly choosing the two questions to skip, it would be a smarter idea to spend 10 secs to read ( or just skim) and then decide.

What would be a big no for IR would be spending 2-3 mins on a question and then not attempting / or getting it wrong for sure.

Hope this helps.
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28 Jan 2019, 07:16
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I second each and every word Gladiator59 mentioned. Just to add on to that ........ Do not miss Multi-Source Reasoning Q... the reasons are :
i. It has 3 Qs ... and even if your average speed is 2.5 mins .... you will get 7.5 min for essentially 1 Q (and 3 points) ... if you are targeting 3 mins...even better... you will get 9 mins in total.
ii.Almost all the time they are not part of the experimental Qs.

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09 Dec 2018, 07:39
can someone please answer? I took another mock test today scored even worse on quant.
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09 Dec 2018, 09:19
Hello Manat .... the first step would be finding out the week areas and work on them to improve. Please donot get me wrong .....but,unless something really went wrong ...... 370 means ... you need to start almost from scratch. Please go through the link below , you will have a fair idea how plan & proceed.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-p ... ml#p605856

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11 Dec 2018, 09:05
Hi, thank you for replying. I joined jambhoree for my coaching. I gave the offical free mock at gprep and a jambhoree mock, scored exactly 370 both the sundays. I have started again from scratch, when i analyse the mock, i feel i knew this but i made a silly mistake or i ran out of time. I am maintaining an error log but don’t really know the purpose or how to use it.

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11 Dec 2018, 23:49
Also Manat, regarding the available dates. Keep checking the site, it keeps changing based on cancellations and all. So the available dates might be more if you check in a few days.

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Manat wrote:
can someone please answer? I took another mock test today scored even worse on quant.

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12 Dec 2018, 09:09
u1983 CAMANISHPARMAR Gladiator59 Hi Just wanted to update everyone. I have been studying the basics and taking two topics per day & practicing 600-700 level questions on the forum, i was able to achieve 90% accuracy though i am not using the time tracker for now. I released another thing that once i am able to understand what the question wants me to find, i can easily solve it, so the problem lies in reading and understanding the question in 30 seconds, as i'll only have 2 minutes per question (fyi im taking 3-3.5 mins currently approx) . Will practice improve my speed to read & understand quant questions or i need to do something else? Planning to give another mock on Sunday.
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12 Dec 2018, 09:18
Manat wrote:
Hi, thank you for replying. I joined jambhoree for my coaching. I gave the offical free mock at gprep and a jambhoree mock, scored exactly 370 both the sundays. I have started again from scratch, when i analyse the mock, i feel i knew this but i made a silly mistake or i ran out of time. I am maintaining an error log but don’t really know the purpose or how to use it.

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You may try the trial versions of other prep companies.

For error log: check out this link - https://gmatclub.com/forum/importance-o ... 68428.html
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13 Dec 2018, 09:03
Manat wrote:
Hi Just wanted to update everyone. I have been studying the basics and taking two topics per day & practicing 600-700 level questions on the forum, i was able to achieve 90% accuracy though i am not using the time tracker for now. I released another thing that once i am able to understand what the question wants me to find, i can easily solve it, so the problem lies in reading and understanding the question in 30 seconds, as i'll only have 2 minutes per question (fyi im taking 3-3.5 mins currently approx) . Will practice improve my speed to read & understand quant questions or i need to do something else? Planning to give another mock on Sunday.

Yes, reading is one of the most important skills on GMAT. If you read carefully and comprehend what you are reading then this solves most of your problems. I would advise you to spend some time with sub-600 level questions as well. If you get all the sub 600 level questions right then you score will shoot up from 370 to 550+.

Also its okay if you take 2.5 - 3 mins on few questions provided you are able to solve few questions in less than 1.5 mins.

Do share your mock experience. All the best!!
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22 Dec 2018, 23:30
u1983 CAMANISHPARMAR Gladiator59 Hi Good morning, i gave the mock today and im so happy. I got Q41 & V29. Im so happy with quant, I know my verbal score is bad but i know i can improve it, it was better in all the prevision test. Solving 600 level questions indeed helped me alot. I gave the Manhattan CAT & got 580, I skipped IR & AWA, had i not skipped IR, would i have got a higher score than 580? just curious. Thank u all again, u saved me.
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25 Dec 2018, 00:50
u1983 CAMANISHPARMAR Gladiator59 merry Christmas to all of you. Had an off from work today, so decided to give the Kaplan free mock, scored 660 today with a Q43 & V38. I am very satisfied with the progress. Going to relax the afternoon and analyse the mock in the evening. Once again merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone

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25 Dec 2018, 01:00
Merry Christmas to you too my friend.

Happy holidays.

Best,
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26 Dec 2018, 08:43
u1983 CAMANISHPARMAR @Gladiator59:-Hi Guys, i gave the gmat club quant CAT, scored a Q35, is that really bad? I found some questions to be a bit difficult

These are the stats

RESULTS BY DIFFICULTY

500 Level-83% correct
600 Level-64% correct
700 Level-8% correct
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26 Dec 2018, 09:17
Hi Manat ....... adjectives are subjective.

But anyways ........ looking at your score......(if you are targetting Q49-50ish), I would try to get at the split-level below at GCTests :
500 Level >90%
600 Level >80%
700 Level >70%

But I would not go for 700levl now. I would rather concentrate on 600 level at GC Club practice and try to get my accuracy >85% there within 2 min limit. If you can achieve that you will see you are already at least at 30-50 % accuracy range for 700 lvls

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