GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

It is currently 13 Nov 2019, 16:01

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

Advice needed! Failed GMAT twice!!

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 10 Feb 2019
Posts: 1
Advice needed! Failed GMAT twice!!  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 17 Oct 2019, 12:19
I have a long history with GMAT that started around August 2018.

I purchased the Official Guides and studied lightly for 2 months, then work got busy and I postponed taking the GMAT. In June 2019, I took GMAT for the first time and scored 680. My type of students who apply to business school have at least 710, so I cancelled the score. Before the test, I had studied around 1 hour for 1 month before the exam and studied 5+ hours last week. My Verbal was 32 and my Quant was 50.

Today I took the exam again after 2 months of studying every day at least 2 hours and 5+ hours in weekends. I woke up early before work, I studied after work, I didn't go out at the weekends. I subscribed to Magoosh and solved 500+ verbal questions. I solved all the verbal questions on OG. I purchased the additional trial tests of OG (scored 710 in both of them.) I timed my verbal studies all the time.I even subscribed to Economist to improve my reading.

And I scored 670 today. My verbal was 31 and my Quant was 49. I simply have no idea what I should do. I was aiming for a 30+ points increase but I scored even less than the first time I scored. I simply feel exhausted. GMAT has already costed me around 900 dollars, 7 vacation days from work and incredible amount of stress. I don't feel like taking GMAT in the next few months, but I want to know how to start and use the right resources when my brain is fresh again.

Before taking GMAT today I thought I had handled sentence correction. I studied Manhattan SC a couple of times. But I feel like SC questions on the exam today were much more difficult than the ones on Magoosh or OG. I was more scared about RC, but it didn't feel that bad today. But since I cancelled my score again, I don't know how I performed in those sections. But I know for sure I need to improve my verbal score.

I feel like if I have the same strategy for the next time with the same resources I will fail again. What resources should I try for the next time? How can I improve my verbal score? How long should I study given my history with GMAT? Any advice is much appreciated.
EMPOWERgmat Instructor
User avatar
V
Status: GMAT Assassin/Co-Founder
Affiliations: EMPOWERgmat
Joined: 19 Dec 2014
Posts: 15439
Location: United States (CA)
GMAT 1: 800 Q51 V49
GRE 1: Q170 V170
Re: Advice needed! Failed GMAT twice!!  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 17 Oct 2019, 13:29
Hi jrsc,

First off, your initial 680/Q50 is a strong score, so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, another 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. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

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

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your CAT score results - along with your 2 Official Scores - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 690 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes.

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) Have you used any other study materials besides the ones that 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) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) 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.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich
_________________
Contact Rich at: Rich.C@empowergmat.com
Image


The Course Used By GMAT Club Moderators To Earn 750+

souvik101990 Score: 760 Q50 V42 ★★★★★
ENGRTOMBA2018 Score: 750 Q49 V44 ★★★★★
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
P
Joined: 15 Feb 2018
Posts: 386
Premium Member
Re: Advice needed! Failed GMAT twice!!  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 17 Oct 2019, 19:02
Were you well rested before each exam?
Were they at the same time of the day?
What scores were you getting in your practice CATs?
Did you take those practice CATs at the same time of day as your actual GMAT test?
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
P
Status: PhD-trained. Education, Research, Teaching, Training, Consulting and Advisory Services
Joined: 23 Apr 2019
Posts: 398
CAT Tests
Re: Advice needed! Failed GMAT twice!!  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 17 Oct 2019, 19:20
680 and 670 are not bad scores, they are in the higher end of the scale and both scores are statistically the same. Not clear why you are cancelling them.

To score above 700 requires not just studying but having strong testtaking skills on test day. Pacing is only one part of these skills. You need strategies to manage anxiety, confidence, and many others.

I would also suggest increasing the number of hours of study. Revise concepts, practice, analyze. Most importantly, take breaks.

Your skills at the test do not seem to have improved. The good news is that they have not declined either. Perhaps only attempt the test after some months of adopting new preparation strategies. If you take the test again soon, my prediction is that the score will not change by much. So, there's no point in wasting more money. Try later with newer strategies.

Posted from my mobile device
Director
Director
User avatar
V
Joined: 05 Feb 2018
Posts: 583
Location: India
Concentration: Finance
GPA: 2.77
WE: General Management (Other)
CAT Tests
Re: Advice needed! Failed GMAT twice!!  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 18 Oct 2019, 00:56
Target Test Prep Representative
User avatar
V
Status: Founder & CEO
Affiliations: Target Test Prep
Joined: 14 Oct 2015
Posts: 8370
Location: United States (CA)
Advice needed! Failed GMAT twice!!  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 18 Oct 2019, 07:11
Hi jrsc,

I’m sorry to hear about how things went with the GMAT. So, the good news is that 670 with Q49 is a very nice start. Regarding your plan forward, you’ll need a significant increase in your verbal score to hit your GMAT score goal. That said, since you recently scored V31, you need to follow a study plan that allows you to learn GMAT verbal from the ground up. In other words, follow a study plan that allows you to learn each GMAT verbal topic and then practice each topic until you’ve gained mastery. Let me expand on this idea further.

Say you begin studying Critical Reasoning. First, you need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various question types. Do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual Critical Reasoning topics such that you develop the necessary skills to properly attack any Critical Reasoning questions that you encounter.

As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you incorrectly answered a Weaken the Argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice Reading Comprehension, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing that you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you’ll then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple SC topics.


Regarding verbal, take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for verbal courses, and also read through some GMAT success stories to see what materials have worked well for other test-takers.

Lastly, you may find it helpful to read the following article:

How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT — A Mini Guide for Success
_________________

Scott Woodbury-Stewart

Founder and CEO

Scott@TargetTestPrep.com
TTP - Target Test Prep Logo
122 Reviews

5-star rated online GMAT quant
self study course

See why Target Test Prep is the top rated GMAT quant course on GMAT Club. Read Our Reviews

If you find one of my posts helpful, please take a moment to click on the "Kudos" button.

GMAT Club Bot
Advice needed! Failed GMAT twice!!   [#permalink] 18 Oct 2019, 07:11
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Advice needed! Failed GMAT twice!!

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

Moderator: DisciplinedPrep






Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne