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630 in GMAT .In search of figuring out what ought to be done next.

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Q49 ||V 27||Overall :630::[b]Verdict:[/b]702 is average score for schools I am planning to apply. R1 is gone and R2 is now my only hope.
Above is the summary of the test I took yesterday.

Well to give a brief background , I started of preparing around 2 months back but never got going with a regular routine till the time I had only 3-4 weeks left for the exam.
Resources used was the Official Guide 2019 and Gmat Club questions alone and a few free tests offered .

My preparation was only focussed only on verbal reasoning . I didnt prepare much or in other words may be nothing for quant .
Now I am clueless what should be done and how can I improve my verbal score to at least 37.

Failure is nothing new to me .It has become almost synonymous with me .Almost 90 percent of things I tried , I failed .However this doesn't stop me from trying .
So here I shall ask for all experts to please help me , so that I can push for one more time and hopefully I shall be able to make the cut.

So before I ask for everyone's valuable opinion. ..below self analysis I would like to put together.
1. I underestimated quant section. Although I can solve most of the problems without the timer , I really mess it up with the clock ticking.
2. Again in verbal , my accuracy level goes down during real exams compared to doing each question in isolation. A lot of questions I simply mark in hope or may be that sounds good(esp. in sc) once I end up spending around 2 minutes on that each questions.
3. Sentence correction : I really find it difficult to identify in a glance the splits and take a informed decision . Once the clock hits around 1.20 mins mark I usually panic and mark something which sounds good or logically correct.
4. Critical Reasoning is my strong point , but just because I usually spend a lot of the time at the beginning everything starts falling apart at the end .
5. Managing Time : I am not able to manage time at all properly. I become over cautious during the start and dare devil at the end just because I have to complete all the questions.

I am planning to retake the exam around Sept end . So I am having around 40 days in which I need to scale things up.Usually after every failure I mosty crib for long time . But this time some how I am taking everything in a more objective manner . I am not sure if I am going achieve my target score in the next attempt , but I definitely want to give it a proper shot.
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Hi,

It is good to read your post. Well, my situation is also the same as yours is. I am at V20 Q48 and I need V33 till Sep end.

You have explained your analysis at the time of real exam very well, which is most of the people face including me. It is very common and happens under exam pressure.

If you are doing good in mocks then there is no need to worry much you will just have to be calm at the time of the exam, maybe meditation can help.

I hope this helps.

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Q49 ||V 27||Overall :630::[b]Verdict:[/b]702 is average score for schools I am planning to apply. R1 is gone and R2 is now my only hope.
Above is the summary of the test I took yesterday.

Well to give a brief background , I started of preparing around 2 months back but never got going with a regular routine till the time I had only 3-4 weeks left for the exam.
Resources used was the Official Guide 2019 and Gmat Club questions alone and a few free tests offered .

My preparation was only focussed only on verbal reasoning . I didnt prepare much or in other words may be nothing for quant .
Now I am clueless what should be done and how can I improve my verbal score to at least 37.

Failure is nothing new to me .It has become almost synonymous with me .Almost 90 percent of things I tried , I failed .However this doesn't stop me from trying .
So here I shall ask for all experts to please help me , so that I can push for one more time and hopefully I shall be able to make the cut.

So before I ask for everyone's valuable opinion. ..below self analysis I would like to put together.
1. I underestimated quant section. Although I can solve most of the problems without the timer , I really mess it up with the clock ticking.
2. Again in verbal , my accuracy level goes down during real exams compared to doing each question in isolation. A lot of questions I simply mark in hope or may be that sounds good(esp. in sc) once I end up spending around 2 minutes on that each questions.
3. Sentence correction : I really find it difficult to identify in a glance the splits and take a informed decision . Once the clock hits around 1.20 mins mark I usually panic and mark something which sounds good or logically correct.
4. Critical Reasoning is my strong point , but just because I usually spend a lot of the time at the beginning everything starts falling apart at the end .
5. Managing Time : I am not able to manage time at all properly. I become over cautious during the start and dare devil at the end just because I have to complete all the questions.

I am planning to retake the exam around Sept end . So I am having around 40 days in which I need to scale things up.Usually after every failure I mosty crib for long time . But this time some how I am taking everything in a more objective manner . I am not sure if I am going achieve my target score in the next attempt , but I definitely want to give it a proper shot.


You are hardly a failure and this result is hardly a failure as well.

You barely spent much time in preparation -several months at the least are needed. Therefore, you did not have much time to polish your test taking strategies - time and anxiety management, among others.

Be careful of using words such as "failure" and "success". Putting labels on oneself might bring perverse pleasure but they do long term harm.

Many smart individuals have problems managing time and other day-to-day affairs. Procrastination is a common factor here, as well as self-pity, euphoria, despondency and the like. You may benefit from awareness and self-improvement studies. More importantly though, you have to recognize that each of us has unique and many undeveloped strengths.

Solving questions in isolation in relaxed environments is a far different experience than solving bunches of questions in exam conditions. Every testtaker deals with emotions. We have to bring out our own strengths achieved through self-awareness, etc. GL!

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Hi unflinchingSubhs,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not turn out better. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so if your consistent studies were really just for 3-4 weeks, then that might help to explain why you have not scored higher yet. You will need to learn, practice and hone a specific series of skills to earn that higher Score. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score higher.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) Did you use any other additional study materials besides the ones you listed?
2) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
3) What is your overall goal score?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi unflinchingSubhs,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not turn out better. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so if your consistent studies were really just for 3-4 weeks, then that might help to explain why you have not scored higher yet. You will need to learn, practice and hone a specific series of skills to earn that higher Score. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score higher.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) Did you use any other additional study materials besides the ones you listed?
2) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
3) What is your overall goal score?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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Please find the answers below

Studies:
1) Did you use any other additional study materials besides the ones you listed? ---No only official guide + Gmat club forum questions + Manhattan SC guide
2) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
----I took around 4-5 CATs (free tests and GMAT prep test) and the scores for Quant would hover around 48-50 and for verbal 27-30.Over all around 50.
Goals:
3) What is your overall goal score?----My target score is around 700. Thats the average and median score for schools I am planning to apply.
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?-----I am looking to apply in Indian B' schools only (IIM A/B/C and ISB)
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Hi unflinchingSubhs,

In my prior message, I asked about which dates you took your individual CATs - as well as the individual Scores (not the 'ranges') - since there are likely patterns in your performances and the more data that we can acquire, the easier it should be to recommend an appropriate Study Plan for you.

In addition, going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Hi unflinchingSubhs,

First off, Q49 is a very nice quant score, so give yourself some credit, my friend. Well done. Also, given that you studied hard for only 3 to 4 weeks and did not really follow a study plan, 630 is not all that bad. That said, to truly improve your GMAT verbal skills, moving forward, you need to follow a linear and structured study plan that allows you to individually learn each GMAT verbal topic, and then practice each topic until you’ve gained mastery.
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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi unflinchingSubhs,

In my prior message, I asked about which dates you took your individual CATs - as well as the individual Scores (not the 'ranges') - since there are likely patterns in your performances and the more data that we can acquire, the easier it should be to recommend an appropriate Study Plan for you.

In addition, going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Hello ,
Sorry for the late reply as I was busy this weekend taking some horse riding classes to shrug off the disappointment and start afresh :-D .
So I took MGMAT1 during July last week ; Gmat Test Prep 1 and Veritas Test 1 in Aug 1st week ;Veritas Test 2 and Gmat test Prep 2 in 2nd week of August .
On a average, I can dedicate 3 hours on weekdays and 7 hours in weekends.

Also I take this opportunity to thank you for helping me out :) .
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Hi unflinchingSubhs,

First off, Q49 is a very nice quant score, so give yourself some credit, my friend. Well done. Also, given that you studied hard for only 3 to 4 weeks and did not really follow a study plan, 630 is not all that bad. That said, to truly improve your GMAT verbal skills, moving forward, you need to follow a linear and structured study plan that allows you to individually learn each GMAT verbal topic, and then practice each topic until you’ve gained mastery.



Hi Scott,

Thanks for your encouraging words and suggestions :) . I am optimistic that I would be able able to improve all areas of my preparation and post a pleasant experience next time around :)
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Hi Scott,

Thanks for your encouraging words and suggestions :) . I am optimistic that I would be able able to improve all areas of my preparation and post a pleasant experience next time around :)


My pleasure.

Good luck!
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Hi unflinchingSubhs,

With about 5 weeks of study time, you could potentially raise a 630 to a 700+, but you will have to be really efficient with your studies going forward. With a V27, you would have lost significant points in all 3 major Verbal categories (RC, SC and CR), so the bulk of your time should be spent on learning and practicing the proper Verbal Tactics.

Based on everything that you have described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat Verbal Score Booster to be quite helpful. Most of our clients finish that Study Plan in under a month, so it would fit your schedule perfectly. During that time, you'll also be able to access any of the Quant resources that interest you. We have a variety of free resources on our site (www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an account.

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi unflinchingSubhs,

With about 5 weeks of study time, you could potentially raise a 630 to a 700+, but you will have to be really efficient with your studies going forward. With a V27, you would have lost significant points in all 3 major Verbal categories (RC, SC and CR), so the bulk of your time should be spent on learning and practicing the proper Verbal Tactics.

Based on everything that you have described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat Verbal Score Booster to be quite helpful. Most of our clients finish that Study Plan in under a month, so it would fit your schedule perfectly. During that time, you'll also be able to access any of the Quant resources that interest you. We have a variety of free resources on our site (http://www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an account.

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

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Thanks ...will take a look.
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