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Advice Needed for Retaking the GMAT

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New post 18 Aug 2019, 11:26
Hello All,

I'm looking for advice for the reattempt of the GMAT in another 1.5 months.

I have been preparing for the GMAT on and off from past 1 year.I have 10 years of experience.
I had taken my GMAT on 24 July and got a disheartening 570(Q47 V23).During the exam I was confident while attempting the Quant section
but during the Verbal section I just blanked out and was exhausted .I was not able to concentrate at all.I haven't attempted much of mock
tests.I know that I should have done that.I also believe that it is not the best of my performance and I can do better than this.I had taken egmat course for verbal for the first attempt.
for this time, I have started going through the Manhattan books and would again revise from egmat course.

I was highly demotivated in retaking the GMAT so couldn't start the preparation again .I am not sure how to approach it and need some guidance.
My target is 710/720 and I have to give it by end of Sep to apply in business schools.

I am ready to give 3/4 hours in weekdays and 6/7 hours during weekends or whatever it requires.


Could anyone please suggest how should I approach Verbal and Quant this time.

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New post 18 Aug 2019, 11:44
I need to ask you a few questions just to assess your current position in order to help you

What course did you use (EGMAT and which one)?

Was the course truly upto the mark?

Did you take the Official mock tests?

Which and how many times did you take the mock test?

Are you planning to expand your GMAT prep with more suggestions and other institutions?

Getting a 720 it's difficult but definitely not impossible. There's a saying, "If you fail, change your plan not your goals"

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New post 18 Aug 2019, 11:46
Hi ManjariMishra,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not turn out better. From what you describe, your studies have been a bit inconsistent (and if you were not taking practice CATs/mocks at regular intervals, you would not necessarily have known what you needed to work on to improve).

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) At what point did you commit to a consistent study routine (before your Test on July 24th)? How many hours have you studied each week since you took the GMAT?
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)?
3) 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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New post 18 Aug 2019, 12:43
Businessconquerer EMPOWERgmatRichC Thanks a lot for replying !

I had taken Verbal online course from egmat.The course was good.I think I lacked here and just took 1 mock test.
I know I had committed a blunder but I had this aversion to take mock tests which I shouldn't had done.

I had started prepraing consistently from May mid onwards.I was able to give more time approx 7 hours during weekends or 1/2 hours during weekdays.I couldnt concentrate more during weekdays due to work pressure.

I had taken 1 offline course last year and I am going through that as well also I had completed the OG's and also finished the Mahattan books for Quant.

I am basically targeting Indian/Candian business schools.

I am ready to give whatever it takes this time and would prefer a dedicated self study.

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Businessconquerer EMPOWERgmatRichC Thanks a lot for replying !

I had taken Verbal online course from egmat.The course was good.I think I lacked here and just took 1 mock test.
I know I had committed a blunder but I had this aversion to take mock tests which I shouldn't had done.

I had started prepraing consistently from May mid onwards.I was able to give more time approx 7 hours during weekends or 1/2 hours during weekdays.I couldnt concentrate more during weekdays due to work pressure.

I had taken 1 offline course last year and I am going through that as well also I had completed the OG's and also finished the Mahattan books for Quant.

I am basically targeting Indian/Candian business schools.

I am ready to give whatever it takes this time and would prefer a dedicated self study.

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Manjari


Hey you're Indian, that is cool
Although I would agree GMAT is different
You need to approach everything smart

I took a total of 6 courses
Manhattan (paid)
Veritas(gift)
Jamboree(paid)
Egmat (free trial)
Local(paid)
Empowergmat(gifted)


Jamboree is very resourceful when it comes to official material
They have a website where they've just made the questions into quizzes, like sectional quizzes

Probably you'll benefit from Jamboree
They also provide 2 additional official mock tests Test 5&6

Empowergmat is a self prep course and is advantageous in some aspects, especially strategy wise

Also, they provide additional 4 official tests test pack 2 and 3
There's a sale on EmpowerGMAT rn, may be you can take their course, and take the online access to jamboree.online website

A combo of 3, and you'd be unbeatable
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Hi ManjariMishra,

Raising a 570 to the point that you can consistently score 710+ will likely require at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. While I'm sure that you can train to score higher, the end of September is less than 1.5 months from now - and that type of score gain in such a short period of time is probably too difficult to be considered realistic.

1) What application deadlines are you currently considering?

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New post 20 Aug 2019, 18:16
Hi Manjari,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. The good news is that Q47 is a very nice quant score. With some further prep, I think that you’ll be able to push that score even higher. That said, it’s clear that verbal is what really drove down your GMAT score, so here is some advice you can follow to improve both your quant and verbal skills. I’ll start with verbal.

To improve your verbal skills, you need to follow a linear and structured study plan that allows you to individually learn each verbal topic and then practice each topic until you’ve gained mastery. For example, when studying Critical Reasoning, 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 to 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, 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 stimulating. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such bland passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as The New York Times, 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.

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 less than 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 none of those reasons are 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 answers were always the ones 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 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 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 put in the necessary time to see the differences between answers 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 to arrive at that answer and what you could do differently 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 do 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 skills improve, you’ll then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple SC topics.

Although your quant is stronger, you can follow a similar process for that section. For example, if you are reviewing Number Properties, be sure that you practice 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. When you are working on learning to answer questions of a particular type, start off taking your time, and then seek to speed up as you get more comfortable answering questions of that type. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not properly apply the remainder formula? Was there a concept you did not understand in the question? By carefully analyzing your mistakes, you will be able to efficiently fix your weaknesses and in turn improve your GMAT quant skills. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see, types that you would rather not see, and types that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new study materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses. You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with further questions. Good luck!
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