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Hello I took the 9 week Manhattan Prep GMAT interact very religiously. I did all the homework, assignments, videos and analysis on time. I took one practice CAT every Saturday on the timing I scheduled my official test.
My first CAT was 480 (Q31,V26). I worked studied the interact over the next 8 coming weeks and was able to get a 570(Q38,V30) a week before the exam.
I took the official GMAT today and to my complete disappointment my score was 480 (Q32,V24).

I am really lost right now on what to do next. I am definitely attempting the GMAT again but I am clueless on what went wrong and why. It seems like despite all the practice and improvement that I was seeing on the practice CAT, my score eventually tanked to the same point where it began 2 months ago. The past two months according to the score feels like a waste of time.
My target score is 700 and my target schools are University of Michigan - Ross, Stanford, Kellogg and Booth. I'm not sure if people on this forum think I might just be aiming too high for myself but I know I am willing to do whatever it takes.

All suggestions are welcome.

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Try to figure out what went wrong.. Where your weakness is.. And redo the Og this time.. Mark your answers in the error log

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Hello I took the 9 week Manhattan Prep GMAT interact very religiously. I did all the homework, assignments, videos and analysis on time. I took one practice CAT every Saturday on the timing I scheduled my official test.
My first CAT was 480 (Q31,V26). I worked studied the interact over the next 8 coming weeks and was able to get a 570(Q38,V30) a week before the exam.
I took the official GMAT today and to my complete disappointment my score was 480 (Q32,V24).

I am really lost right now on what to do next. I am definitely attempting the GMAT again but I am clueless on what went wrong and why. It seems like despite all the practice and improvement that I was seeing on the practice CAT, my score eventually tanked to the same point where it began 2 months ago. The past two months according to the score feels like a waste of time.
My target score is 700 and my target schools are University of Michigan - Ross, Stanford, Kellogg and Booth. I'm not sure if people on this forum think I might just be aiming too high for myself but I know I am willing to do whatever it takes.

All suggestions are welcome.


Hi shreyas11,

Your score suggests that you lack a proper understanding of the fundamentals. it is very important to build them before jumping on to questions.
You can do so by choosing one of the following ways:
1. In person classes/private tutoring
2. Online classes
3. Self paced online preparatory course
4. Book heavy approach

Whatever you choose, make sure that you choose one. Because GMAT tests you on some concepts and fundamentals that you can learn from a course. Most of the preparatory companies including ours offer a free trial of our course. You can take the trial and see if the course suits your needs.

In addition to the preparatory material, buy the Official Guides(both the Official Guide and the Verbal Review), Question Pack 1 and the 4 official mock CATs. They should be an indispensable part of your preparation.

Also, try to drill down into each problem type to ace them.

SC: The questions test various concepts such as S-V agreement, modifiers, parallelism etc. Find out what troubles you. As a general guide line, you can start solving a question by taking the following things in consideration:

1. Find out the subject and the verb
2. See that the S&V agree in number
3. Look out for the modifiers
4. Look out for parallelism
5. Look out for usage of certain words - such as vs like, few vs less etc.

CR: There might be certain types of questions that are troubling you. May be Assumption, may be conclusion, inference etc.
You need to find that out and then practice them
RC: This again can be drilled down into different types of questions and also different topics. See what questions and topics trouble you the most and then practice accordingly.
Quants: Again try to break the questions in topics such as Algebra, Number system (very important), Geometry, PnC etc.

As an addition, start preparing an error log and keep a note of all the mistakes you made and the lessons you learnt from the problems. This will ensure you do not make the same mistake again.

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shreyas11 wrote:
Hello I took the 9 week Manhattan Prep GMAT interact very religiously. I did all the homework, assignments, videos and analysis on time. I took one practice CAT every Saturday on the timing I scheduled my official test.
My first CAT was 480 (Q31,V26). I worked studied the interact over the next 8 coming weeks and was able to get a 570(Q38,V30) a week before the exam.
I took the official GMAT today and to my complete disappointment my score was 480 (Q32,V24).

I am really lost right now on what to do next. I am definitely attempting the GMAT again but I am clueless on what went wrong and why. It seems like despite all the practice and improvement that I was seeing on the practice CAT, my score eventually tanked to the same point where it began 2 months ago. The past two months according to the score feels like a waste of time.
My target score is 700 and my target schools are University of Michigan - Ross, Stanford, Kellogg and Booth. I'm not sure if people on this forum think I might just be aiming too high for myself but I know I am willing to do whatever it takes.

All suggestions are welcome.


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It is better to start with taking a CAT exam know starting point. 3 month is pretty enough time so you can start with Best comprehensive material

1. Manhattan GMAT Quant Guides 2. Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides
or
Aristotle Verbal Guide for CR critical reasoning bible is best book with 300+ pages of comprehensive Data

Start with quant, learn the concepts tested on GMAT. After learning, practice your learned section with timed practice. You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT. 1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice and same with the verbal, when completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice. Take full lenght CATs, know your estimated score

Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

Best CATs

1. Official GMAC (50+50$)
2. Manhattan GMAT (49$)
3. GMAT Club Quant CATs (80$)
4. Veritas CATs (49$ but you can buy at 15-20$ During sale period)

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Hi shreyas11,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. From your post, there are 2 issues that we should start with:

First, with a goal score of 700+, scoring 570 a week before your Official GMAT showed that you were not close enough to your score goal to think that that outcome was realistic. As such, you should have pushed back your Test Date. Thankfully, there's no harm in retesting (Business Schools generally don't care how many times you take the GMAT) - but going forward though, you have to be prepared to adjust your schedule (and push back your Test), if needed.

Second, 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. If you can answer a few questions, then we should be able to figure this out:

When you took your CATs:
1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you plan to take your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE?

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shreyas11 wrote:
Hello I took the 9 week Manhattan Prep GMAT interact very religiously. I did all the homework, assignments, videos and analysis on time. I took one practice CAT every Saturday on the timing I scheduled my official test.
My first CAT was 480 (Q31,V26). I worked studied the interact over the next 8 coming weeks and was able to get a 570(Q38,V30) a week before the exam.
I took the official GMAT today and to my complete disappointment my score was 480 (Q32,V24).

I am really lost right now on what to do next. I am definitely attempting the GMAT again but I am clueless on what went wrong and why. It seems like despite all the practice and improvement that I was seeing on the practice CAT, my score eventually tanked to the same point where it began 2 months ago. The past two months according to the score feels like a waste of time.
My target score is 700 and my target schools are University of Michigan - Ross, Stanford, Kellogg and Booth. I'm not sure if people on this forum think I might just be aiming too high for myself but I know I am willing to do whatever it takes.

All suggestions are welcome.


Hi Shreyas,

Do not be disheartened. GMAT does test your perseverance. 4 months should be good enough to achieve your dream score. It’s a good thing you have taken the GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and can 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 a 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.

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, Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have a 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/.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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