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650, 640 One Month Later - Retake in 1 month again?

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New post 25 Jan 2020, 19:58
Hi all-

After 1 month of studying 15-20 hrs a week after my first GMAT attempt 650 (47Q/34V), I took my 2nd test today and scored a 640 (45Q/32V). I decided to do so since I was consistently scoring 37+ on my practice tests in V. During my first preparation, I studied over 30 hours a week and focused on Q over V. I tried my best to switch the order since I thought that doing V first made me more nervous and error prone. I am shocked with the V 32, as 2 days before the test, I scored a 45 in V on a Manhattan Test. I have not scored this low on a Verbal test. I thought that studying too hard caused me to perform poorly on my first attempt, so I tried to balance my life more with studying.

I am currently rescheduled to take the exam in 3.5 weeks time. Would this be enough for me to figure out what I'm doing wrong in verbal? I am currently working with a live, small-group class and have completed 2/5 sessions. I have 3 more sessions to go before my scheduled retake. Would you guys risk taking the test again in just 3.5 weeks? I know there is a 5 time a year limit and I am hoping to apply to schools this fall. I also don't want to risk burning out since I have studied so much (>350 hours for my first try) and ~100 for my second try. Since I did not practice Q, I noticed that my score dropped as I forgot question style. I am very disappointed as I focused on verbal this month leading into the test... One problem that I noticed is that during the test I spent too much time on a few questions, which caused me to rush through a few questions that I probably could have solved without the time constraint. This does not happen to me on practice tests as I am less nervous and make decisions quicker.

If it helps, I scored 33rd Percentile in CR, 88th for RC, and 78th for SC during my first test.

I would really appreciate any advice...
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New post 26 Jan 2020, 07:22
Hi hopeful15,

First off, what is your score goal? Second, it’s not worth taking GMAT again in 3.5 weeks. I think you need to give yourself more time not only to improve your verbal skills but also to improve your quant skills. If you can hit Q48+/V40+, you’ll have one heck of a GMAT score. I’m happy to provide some further advice but would first like to learn more regarding your situation with the GMAT.

-- for how many months have you been studying?

-- what resources have you been using?

-- what are the score breakdowns and dates of your official practice exams?

Once I learn more about you, I can provide some more detailed advice. In the meantime, you may find it helpful to read the following article:

The Phases of Preparing for the GMAT
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Hi hopeful15,

First off, what is your score goal? Second, it’s not worth taking GMAT again in 3.5 weeks. I think you need to give yourself more time not only to improve your verbal skills but also to improve your quant skills. If you can hit Q48+/V40+, you’ll have one heck of a GMAT score. I’m happy to provide some further advice but would first like to learn more regarding your situation with the GMAT.

I have been studying for 4 months straight (probably with 3 days off after New Years). I want to score a 720+.

-- for how many months have you been studying?

-- what resources have you been using?
I took a live Manhattan Prep class. I am now taking a live Verbal class. I used Target Test Prep, OG Guides, All Manhattan Prep Guides, Powerscore CR, Aristotle SC, GMAT Advanced Question Booklet.

-- what are the score breakdowns and dates of your official practice exams?
My official practice exams are always in the 700+ range. I think that for some reason, when I get to the test, I choke on verbal and end up speeding through the exam. I can do well on practice tests at home but on test day I feel rushed when I run out of time and end up rushing through readings which ruins my score.

Once I learn more about you, I can provide some more detailed advice. In the meantime, you may find it helpful to read the following article:

The Phases of Preparing for the GMAT


I am not really sure how to proceed at this point. How many weeks/months would you suggest for a retake? I worry that if I let too much time pass, I will forget the concepts of the test, which I believe happened to me in the Quant part.
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Hi hopeful15,

In a prior post, I noted that a 650/Q47 is a solid Score, so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School - and that is still the case. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile and plans. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

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

Beyond that, GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Your 2 Official Scores show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 650 +/- a few Scaled Score points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. It's possible that you have developed some 'bad habits' during your studies that are keeping you from scoring higher, but the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Raising a 650 to the point that you can consistently score 720+ will likely require at least another 1.5 - 2 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. By extension, you might want to consider pushing back your next planned Test Date.

If you were consistently scoring higher on your CATs/mocks, then some further investigation is probably warranted. 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. Before we discuss any of those potential issues though, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) 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)?
2) What 'brands' of practice CATs have you used over the course of all of your studies?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report for this most recent attempt. 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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New post 29 Jan 2020, 17:43
Hi hopeful15,

The good news is that you are pretty set in quant, right? We just need to figure out exactly what is going on with verbal. On the actual GMAT, did you feel as though you had issues with nerves/anxiety or more so that you struggled with the content of GMAT verbal? If the latter, then I think that you really need to spend some more time improving your GMAT verbal skills. Do you know what I mean?
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Hi enhance your Quant skill with gmatclub tests.

For verbal, your CR seems very weak. RC is much stronger than mine. For CR, you can use and complete gmat advanced questions book. I think the book reflects current CR style.

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New post 04 Feb 2020, 01:40
hopeful15,

You should definitely go for it. My advice, watch some video of what to do the day before the Gmat test there are a lot.

The rest of the days up until the exam. Wake early do a test (same numbers of questions of Q and V will be enough). Time yourself 8 minutes break in the middle. In the afternoon review your test, and try to find areas where you are weaker and on weekends review them on detail.

Every day, except the day before the exam. Good luck, I did 640 to 710 in 40 days. Focus,

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New post 04 Feb 2020, 13:47
Hopeful 15,

You can also do official mocks 1-6. Time your break 7 mins, instead of 8 mins. Whatever the results of your mocks, it is good to learn from mocks answer explabnlation found here.

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