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Hi Everyone,
So after a preparation of 4.5 long months (250+hours), i took a GMAT (CAT) test that was available on MBA.com. And i got a disappointing score of only 490. Q35, V22

Analysis:
QUANT:
I got 16 incorrect out of 31 in quant section.
Wrong Quest: 1,3,6,12,13,14,16,17,18,20,25,28,29,30,31

Verbal:
I got 16 incorrect
Wrong Quest:1,3,4,8,11,17,18,19,21,25,27,29,31,32,33

IR: Didnt touch the IR part, just clicked on next next, and i got only 1 score. (Because i was told that IR wont affect other sections)

My experiences:
-I am good in Verbal even though i failed to demonstrate that during the test.
-I understand my Maths is quite weak and i get confused with some easy questions that are asked in a word problem.
-I admit that i am not very strong in quant but i do am familiar with many concepts that are being tested in GMAT. And i have finished OG and have also taken classes offered by Jamboree.

-I have booked my GMAT on 11th March and i my target score is above 600. Currently i am reading 3-4 RC passages everyday and practicing that. As for quants I am doing questions of OG on daily basis and on top of that revising some questions that i did in my class.

Any advises that someone can give me here pls?
I know that i got plenty of questions wrong in my test, but still i was expecting the score to be above 500, so I am not really sure why my score is extremely low ?

CURRENT STRATEGY:
Quant: Completing each and every question of OG and knowing it by heart. Revising everday.
Verbal: Reading comprehension 3-4 passages on daily basis. Revision of SC and from time to time practicing CR.


Can anyone help me with some advise ?
As i just have one month left for preparation and i am 100 points away from my desired score. Although i am good in Verbal but still failed to achieve that.
Appreciate your answers.
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Hi hsn81960,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, since you scored 490 (110 points from your score goal) after studying for 250+ hours, you really need to look at HOW you have been preparing and make some changes. I realize that you say that you are strong in verbal; however, your most recent test score indicates that the way you have been preparing has not resulted in your verbal strengths' being translated into skill in answering GMAT verbal questions. So, overall, the way you have been preparing has not been effective.

Moving forward, instead of focusing on more practice, you really need to ensure that you take a structured approach to your prep that allows you to fully learn each quant and verbal topic, and follow your learning with focused practice. By studying in such a way, you can methodically fill in your gaps in knowledge and leave no stone unturned. In all likelihood, this process will take longer than just one month. Thus, you may consider pushing your GMAT to a later date. Here is some more specific advice you can follow to improve your quant and verbal skills.

Let’s say you begin by studying quant. If you are learning about Number Properties, for example, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

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.

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 and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions 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.

You can work on verbal in a similar manner. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, 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 instead 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 thereby 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 Reading Comprehension 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.

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 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. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. 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 skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

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 quant and verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

You also may find it helpful to read the following articles about how to increase your GMAT quant score and the phases of preparing for the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.

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Hi hsn81960,

To start, raising a 490 to the point that you could consistently score 600+ will likely require at least another 2 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. However, with a March 11th Test Date, you have less than 4 weeks of study time remaining. As such, you might need to consider pushing back your Test Date.

Before we discuss this CAT in more detail, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) What study materials have you used so far?
2) Have you taken any other CATs/mocks? How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi Rich,

Thanks for the reply.
I am trying to study roughly 3-4 hours a day and over 7 hours on weekends. and from 1st of March I will increase my studying hours to 10 hours per day. so thats another 100 hours in 10 days.
Every weekend I am giving a CAT exam to train myself.

Studies:
1) What study materials have you used so far?
I have mainly just relied on OG and 1 book that comprise each and every part of Quant and Verbal provided by Jamboree institute. Its like a summary of the whole GMAT. For verbal i have also watched videos provided by the institute where we solve questions from OG.
2) Have you taken any other CATs/mocks? How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
I have taken 3 CAT exams so far.
-1st CAT was from MBA.com and i got 430. but i was not prepared well and also exhausted. (That was on 8th January. Q22, V25)
Right after 1st CAT i focused entirely to improve my Verbal as i am weak in Maths and after one month i took my 2nd CAT.
-2nd CAT was also from MBA.com, the same test i did before and i got 490 with intensive studies and preparation. I got V22 and Q35 which is very strange because i only prepared more for Verbal and the score decreased.
-3rd CAT was from Manhattan ( Last week). Surprising enough i got 590 in the test but it felt like the scores were a bit inflated in Manhattan. so im not sure. Q38 and V33


Goals:
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
I would like to apply this year. for Fall semester or for semesters starting in January next year.
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
-Queen's (Canada)
-Rotterdam Business School (Netherlands)
-York Schuilch (Canada)


Sometimes i feel like I am studying a lot and there are some improvements, but I just fail to demonstrate my capabilities on the actual test. It will be very hard to change the date of my exam due to my work. 11th of March is the best shot i got as i already took 10 days off in March just to prepare myself.

Any thoughts?
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Hi hsn81960,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, since you scored 490 (110 points from your score goal) after studying for 250+ hours, you really need to look at HOW you have been preparing and make some changes. I realize that you say that you are strong in verbal; however, your most recent test score indicates that the way you have been preparing has not resulted in your verbal strengths' being translated into skill in answering GMAT verbal questions. So, overall, the way you have been preparing has not been effective.

Moving forward, instead of focusing on more practice, you really need to ensure that you take a structured approach to your prep that allows you to fully learn each quant and verbal topic, and follow your learning with focused practice. By studying in such a way, you can methodically fill in your gaps in knowledge and leave no stone unturned. In all likelihood, this process will take longer than just one month. Thus, you may consider pushing your GMAT to a later date. Here is some more specific advice you can follow to improve your quant and verbal skills.

Let’s say you begin by studying quant. If you are learning about Number Properties, for example, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

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.

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 and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions 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.

You can work on verbal in a similar manner. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, 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 instead 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 thereby 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 Reading Comprehension 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.

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 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. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. 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 skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

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 quant and verbal materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

You also may find it helpful to read the following articles about how to increase your GMAT quant score and the phases of preparing for the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.

Good luck!
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Hi Hassan,

To start, you have to be careful about confusing "quantity" of study with "quality" of study. I've never asked anyone to study 10 hours a day - and while it's great that you might have the available time to study that much, you would run the risk of 'burning out' before Test Day (and that is something that we want to avoid). If you are going to try to study that much, then I suggest that you take one hour "off" for every two hours of study. For example, you could study for 2 hours, then stop for an hour, then study for another 2 hours, etc. You should pay careful attention about how you're feeling during that time though - and stop if you're feeling tired or if you don't appear to be retaining what you've learned.

In addition, retaking a CAT that you've already taken will almost certainly lead to seeing repeat questions. Unfortunately, even a few of those repeat questions will throw off the Scoring Algorithm as well as the 'realism' of the experience and your pacing, stress and energy levels will all be 'better' than they normally would be. From what you describe, your 2nd CAT was right around February 8th - and was a retake of your 1st CAT (from January). Since that 2nd CAT was a 'retake', I would have to assume that the 490 was an inflated result - implying that your general ability level was still in the mid-400s. The jump to 590 on your 3rd CAT (in such a short timeframe) seems like it may be an unrealistic result.

At this point, it's not clear what your current ability level actually is, so I'd suggest that you study as you choose for the next week, then take a NEW, FULL-LENGTH CAT - and make sure to take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back here and we can discuss how best to proceed.

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Hello, hsn81960

I’m sorry to hear that your score right now is disappointing. Your verbal score could be influenced by the other factors, such as time management or anxiety, if your verbal skills are truly good as you said. But don’t skip questions on test. It could be detriment to your total score. Considering that you spent 4-5 months(quite long months) but you got unexpected score, there could exist huge problems in your studying style.

Firstly, you could have wasted time on learning the concepts that are not that important and necessary in GMAT. You should focus on fully understanding these 5 key topics (Integer, Statistics, Inequality, Probability, and Absolute Value) that account for 80% of the GMAT exam. Or secondly, without fully understanding the concepts, you could have only practiced solving questions. And those weak establishments can hamper you hitting the high score. Also, even though you put a huge effort in reviewing the wrong questions, those analyzing process could be just copying out the explanations written on the guide book. Keepin mind that solidifying basics first, and then acquiring solving skills.

I recommend you to take online courses. It could be really difficult for you to start studying by yourself to learn the concepts and skills. The way of teaching could be a bit different by companies, so you can take one that suits your studying style. However even in this case, please always remember the principle of "Slow, Hand, Detail"​. Solve "slowly " when you study and practice. ​Solve the problems by "hand " as a rule. Understanding how the problems are solved in videos is very different from actually. Solve them on paper yourself. So, practice by solving the problems by hand-writing them is very important after you have studied with the videos.​When you solve them, write a "detailed " calculation process without skipping any steps. This is also important. ​If you don’t follow the above advice, you will have a difficult time improving your GMAT math skills and scores. If you are not strong in basic math skills, your PS won’t be good. If your PS isn't good, you will have a difficult time in establishing equations in DS. So, your DS would not be good either.

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Hi Rich,

So after intensive study and taking multiple CAT exams provided by various resources.
I believed that my score was around 500-550. ( as its an average of my CAT exams from Manhattan, Veritas, Kaplan, 530,560, 520)
And today i used my 2nd official GMAT CAT exam available at MBA.com.
And i scored just a 370. ( q20 and v20) I am so confused because this is even worse than my 1st attempt which i made 2 months ago. At that time it was 430 and i didnt even felt prepared that time.
This time i was completely ready, focused and all present in the moment and still i got this.
My test is on 11th March, and im so confused now.
Because even if i reschedule I am not sure what would differ in few weeks than now.
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Hi Hassan,

It's possible that you just had a bit of a 'bad day', but considering this CAT result, your prior 3 CAT results and your Score Goal, it's not clear whether you have the skills right now to actually Score 600+ or not.

GMAC allows Test Takers to reschedule their Exams for a fee (currently $60), but you have to reschedule at least 7 full days in advance of your Test. With a March 11th Test Date, you would have LESS THAN A DAY to make that choice. Even just a couple of additional weeks of study time could be beneficial, especially if we can define the specific areas that you need to work on.

1) What are the application deadlines for each of the Schools that you want to apply to?
2) What is the minimum GMAT Score that you would apply with?

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Hi Rich,
Thanks for the reply.
1.The deadline for the school is not a problem. I believe I have time until September for the last application. But i want to apply as early as possible.
2.I haven't had this conversation with the school yet, regarding the minimum score that i can apply with. But i believe considering the current status. I would be willing to apply with something above 550.

I didnt reschedule my test date because I honestly dont know what I could change even if i have more time and now its already too late to reschedule.

Having said that, Now i have 7 days including today until me test day. I will continue doing CAT on daily basis. Brush up my data sufficiency and Reading Comprehension.
Any other advise you can give me as a tip for my last week ?
Which are the key areas i should focus on to achieve my desire score?

Appreciate your help here, really.
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Hi Hassan,

A CAT is really a 'measuring device' - when used correctly, it will give you a realistic score and help define your strengths and weaknesses, but it will NOT help you to fix any of those weaknesses. To raise your scores, you have to learn the necessary Tactics and put in the proper practice and repetitions. The CAT will show you whether your studies are helping you to improve or not.

In addition, the process of taking (and reviewing) a CAT requires a significant amount of energy and effort - and takes time to 'recover' from. This is one of the reasons why you typically shouldn't take more than 1 CAT per week - and your last CAT should be taken about 1 week before Test Day. Taking a CAT each day is NOT a good idea - you will greatly increase your chances of 'burning out' before Test Day and you will likely end up 'wasting' a bunch of CATs that you could use later on.

To hit your Goal Score, you do not need to correctly answer ANY questions on the GMAT that you think are too hard or too weird, but you do have to keep the little mistakes to a minimum. During this next week, you should work on your 'precision' (how you take notes, doing consistent work on your pad, etc.) and mentally preparing yourself to 'dump' a few hard/weird questions on Test Day.

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Thats a really meaningful advise Rich. I will keep in mind and hopefully come back to you next week with the POSITIVE updates of my test result.
Thanks again.
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Hi hsn81960,

I understand you have spent a lot of time solving questions. This is what many students feel is the right thing to do. Rather than just solving questions I would suggest you focus more on how you are solving the questions.

When you practised, before taking the mock test, were you confident of marking the answers? Could you eliminate or select answer options on strong grounds?

Consistent scores will come only when you have clarity of understanding. After solving a question spend some time analysing your mistakes, things that you could have done better etc. learn from every question that you solve.

Way Forward

Taking one CAT after the other will not help unless you do something different in each test. By different, I mean learning and applying a better approach or better understanding of concepts. If you learn the concepts and their application well then not more than 20-25 hours of your study time will be required for mock tests.

I would suggest,

    • First analyse the mock tests/practice questions that you have taken so far. Learn how to analyse GMAT mock tests to course correct effectively.
    • Isolate the weaknesses and then work on improving them.
    • Then you can take one final CAT. As exam is knocking at your door try to take it by tomorrow (preferably 3 days before the exam)

The following articles will help you utilise the last few days in the best possible way and be test ready


As you focus on solving RC passages daily, learn how to solve them effectively. Attend the free RC webinar this weekend to learn how to understand the meaning in first read itself. You can attend the free Quant workshop as well to assess your ability and get personalised insights to achieve your target Quant score.

If you need any other help feel free to reach out to me at acethegmat@e-gmat.com.

Lastly, relax and be confident. Wish you all the best for the test!

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Thank you so much Zinnia, Appreciate your advise here
I am really grateful to all members of GMAT Club actually. I am so glad that i came to know about this platform.
A bit late but still better late than never.
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Hi Rich,
So yesterday i had my GMAT and it was not a good experience. I ended up getting only 370.
I think i panicked in the start and that impacted my score. But also in Quant part i felt like i am missing some fundamental knowledge.
I have finished OG and practiced plenty of questions from GMAT club. One more thing i noticed is that i was getting relatively very easy questions in Quant, mainly on geometry, statistics and arithmetic but i was unable to tackle them. I believe my problem is that i am not comfortable in solving NEW questions. Because lately i mostly practiced bunch of questions that i already know. At one time when i start getting questions that were of 500 level, even those i wasnt able to crack easily. So i also need to work on my accuracy. (Perhaps this also was impacted because i was under a lot of pressure)

As disappointed as i am. I dont wanna give up because i have already given a lot to this test and i would like to finish what i started.
Good things:
- I am not aiming for a really high score, Something around 600 would be fine for me.
-I dont have to start preparation from scratch, I already know a lot but i just need a better strategy on how to study.
- The schools i want to apply to have their final deadlines by end of August, so that gives me a lot of time to prepare.

But nevertheless i would like to take the test in 2 months . What would you recommend me ? Is this plan do able ? You thing i can overcome this?

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Hi Hassan,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not go as well as hoped. From everything that we have discussed over the last month, you were trying to achieve a lot in a relatively short amount of time - without having enough data to properly define your actual 'ability level.' It's certainly possible that you were 'stressed' to the point that you weren't in the right frame of mind to perform at your best on Test Day - and if you tried to study too much over the prior 10 days, then you might have also been too tired to perform at your best.

Considering that your 2 most recent Scores are identical (the 370 on the Official GMAT and on your last CAT), we have to work up from those results - and it might take longer than 2 months for you to get to the point that you can consistently score 600+.

Right now, I suggest that you take at least a few days 'off' and NOT think about the GMAT. That might seem counter-productive, but I think that you would benefit from a bit of relaxation and not having to think about GMAT subjects for a few days. For this next phase of your studies, you will want to be clear-headed and ready to make some adjustments to your routine (as well as how you 'see' - and respond to - the Exam). You should PM or email me in a couple of days (or you can post back here) and we can come up with a Study Plan.

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Thank you so much Rich. Will surely do so. I am taking a couple of days off now from studies. In the meantime i also wrote an email to the school and update them with my score. Just to see if they are willing to let me apply without my scores for now. And in the meantime i can work to improve my score. Because getting 600 is a realistic plan given the fact that i already have prepared a lot. But i just need some guidance to study better :)
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Hi Rich,

I sent you a private message.
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