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Advice on How to improve my GMAT score?

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Hi Experts,

I gave my first GMAT Test prep exam end of Jan, 2018 after completing half of official guide and got a score of 570 (Q49, V19). And now, I gave my second GMAT Test prep exam in mid March,2018 after completing official guide and going through MGMAT SC two times (even made the notes). Now, I got a score of 590 (Q45, V27). Hardly any improvement in score. Infact, my score dropped in Quantitative ability and not any great improvement in Verbal. I need score above 700.

I have my GMAT exam in starting of May,2018. I have approximately one and a half month. Please advice me on how to improve my GMAT score.
My GMAT test prep scores: 590 (Q45, V27)
Verbal: SC - 8 wrong
CR- 3 wrong
RC - 6 wrong
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Hey eshitajuneja

I think you should try a different approach to increase your scores in SC. If you
don't mind spending some money, you could try the free trials of the various prep
companies, which you can find here on GMATClub. Limit yourself to official
questions for practice!

Some additional books/course I would recommend are as follow
SC : Aristotle SC Grail/eGMAT SC(they don't offer the individual package, but you
can try talking to them)
CR : Powerscore CR Bible - This book alone is enough to improve your CR skills
RC : Read this post.

For Quant, you could use the ULTIMATE GMAT QUANTITATIVE MEGATHREAD for concepts.

This post should help you in improving your scores to Q 49-50
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 41670.html

If you are able to increase your quant scores to Q50 and verbal scores to V35+
you could be looking at a GMAT score in excess of 700!

Would be happy answering any specific questions that you might have.
Hope this information helps you!
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eshitajuneja wrote:
Hi Experts,

I gave my first GMAT Test prep exam end of Jan, 2018 after completing half of official guide and got a score of 570 (Q49, V19). And now, I gave my second GMAT Test prep exam in mid March,2018 after completing official guide and going through MGMAT SC two times (even made the notes). Now, I got a score of 590 (Q45, V27). Hardly any improvement in score. Infact, my score dropped in Quantitative ability and not any great improvement in Verbal. I need score above 700.

I have my GMAT exam in starting of May,2018. I have approximately one and a half month. Please advice me on how to improve my GMAT score.
My GMAT test prep scores: 590 (Q45, V27)
Verbal: SC - 8 wrong
CR- 3 wrong
RC - 6 wrong


Hi eshitajuneja,

Around 2 months is a good enough time to prepare for GMAT. It’s a good thing you have taken GMAT Mock once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking an additional GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in Quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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Hi eshitajuneja,

Based on this second CAT Score (relative to your first CAT Score), you clearly have made some improvements to how you handle the Verbal section overall, but you aren't a strong enough Quant thinker to consistently perform at a high level in that section. Raising a high-500s score to a 700+ will likely take at least another 2-3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. This is meant to say that you will likely need to push back your Test Date. 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 your timeline and your goals:

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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