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Bad score again - 640 (v 33, q 46)

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Hi
I gave my 4th attempt and could score 640 only.
I have studied a lot and i know i make mistakes under exam pressure.
I am not able to solve simplification questions in maths.
I am planning to give exam again in january.
Please guide me how to improve.i am attaching esr.Please compare my esr with previous one.
I have to score above 700 in any case.
Also will any good colleges be available by jan end ?
i am more interested in european colleges.
My profile is indian male software engg ,7.5 years experience, VP Pr toastmasters, Project manager at NGO Bhumi.
Plz help.
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New post 11 Dec 2019, 23:00
Hi Manav,

To start, this 640 is a nice improvement over your first 3 GMAT Scores - and a 640/Q46 is a solid Score, so it could be strong enough to get you into Business School. From your post, it's not clear whether you have a list of Schools that you want to apply to yet or not. By having a specific list of Schools, you'll be better able to assess how competitive this GMAT Score really is, so if you have not already done so, then it would be a good idea to put together a list soon (especially if you want to apply for the next application Round).

The last time we discussed your studies was back in late 2018 - so before we discuss the data in your recent ESR, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying in 2019:

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1) Have you studied through all of 2019 or did you take any 'time off' from your studies?
2) What study materials have you used over the course of ALL of your studies (including practice CATs/mocks)?
3) Over the last 3 months, 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)?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Manav,

To start, this 640 is a nice improvement over your first 3 GMAT Scores - and a 640/Q46 is a solid Score, so it could be strong enough to get you into Business School. From your post, it's not clear whether you have a list of Schools that you want to apply to yet or not. By having a specific list of Schools, you'll be better able to assess how competitive this GMAT Score really is, so if you have not already done so, then it would be a good idea to put together a list soon (especially if you want to apply for the next application Round).

The last time we discussed your studies was back in late 2018 - so before we discuss the data in your recent ESR, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying in 2019:

Studies:
1) Have you studied through all of 2019 or did you take any 'time off' from your studies?
2) What study materials have you used over the course of ALL of your studies (including practice CATs/mocks)?
3) Over the last 3 months, 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)?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
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Hello sir

I did complete egmat quant for 45 days but didnot practice ,i seriously studied from september 2019.
I have used egmat verbal and quant and also i have used manhattan 700 plus questions ,along with ogs and jamboree quant and verbal.
I gave veritas test and scored 660 (
Gmat prep official test 3 - 650 ( v 34 , q 45) on 26th nov 2019
Gmat prep official test 4 - 680 ( v 37 , q 46) on 27th nov 2019
Gmat prep official test 5 - 640 ( v 31 , q 46) on 29th nov 2019
Gmat prep official test 6 - 670 ( v 39 , q 43) on 3rd dec 2019

Also i gave veritas free test and scored 650 ( v 34 q 46)

Please guide me on how to improve further.
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Hi Manav,

I've sent you a PM with an analysis of your ESR and some additional notes.

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New post 13 Dec 2019, 11:23
Hi vanam52923,

Since you scored Q46 on your recent GMAT and V34 (only a 1 point improvement from your previous GMAT) it’s clear that verbal is dragging down our overall GMAT score. Furthermore, it’s apparent from your two ESR’s that RC and CR are your two biggest weak areas in verbal. Although one month is not a ton of time to make a significant improvement in your verbal skills, I’m happy to provide some detailed advice on how to improve in CR and RC. I’ll start wtih CR.

To improve in Critical Reasoning, you first need to master the individual Critical Reasoning 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.

A major mistake that people make when training for CR, and for GMAT verbal in general, is that they do practice questions too fast. To get Critical Reasoning questions correct, you have to see exactly what's going on in the passages and answer choices, and it's likely that you won't learn to do so by spending a few minutes on each question. At this stage of your training, you may need to spend as many as 15 minutes on each question, learning to see what there is to see. Here is a way to look at this process: If you get a new job in a field in which you are not experienced, you may not be as fast as the other people working with you, but you know you have a job to do and you make sure you learn all the angles, so that you do the job well, if not as quickly as those around you. Rushing through the job and doing it incorrectly would not make sense. Then, as you gain more experience, you learn to do the same job more quickly. Think of Critical Reasoning questions similarly. Your job is to do what? To get through questions quickly? Not really. Your job is to get correct answers.

So, first you have to learn to get correct answers, generally at least 10 to 15 in a row consistently, and more in a row would be better. Doing so is your job, and if it takes you fifteen minutes per question to get correct answers consistently, then so be it. Only after you have learned to get correct answers consistently can you work on speeding up. Working quickly but not doing your job is useless. Better to work slowly and learn to do your job well. You can be sure that with experience, you will learn to speed up, and then you will still be doing your job well, i.e., getting correct answers consistently.

Finally, a key aspect of getting correct answers to Critical Reasoning questions is noticing the key differences between trap choices and correct answers. Trap choices can sound temptingly correct but don't get the job done. The logic of what a trap choice says simply doesn't fit what the question is asking you to find. So, to get better at your job, learn to see the key differences between trap choices and correct answers.

To improve in Reading Comprehension, you need to focus on understanding what you are reading. When you incorrectly answer Reading Comprehension questions, it’s partly because you didn’t truly understand what you read, right? Thus, you likely have to slow down in order to (eventually) speed up. At this point, your best bet is to focus on getting the correct answers to questions, taking as much time as you need to see key details and understand the logic of what you are reading. You have to learn to comprehend what you read, keep it all straight, and use what you are reading to arrive at correct answers. If you don't understand something, go back and read it one sentence at a time, even one word at a time, not moving on until you understand what you have just read. There is no way around this work. Your goal should be to take all the time you need to understand exactly what is being said and arrive at the correct answer. If you can learn to get answers taking your time, you can learn to speed up. Answering questions is like any task: The more times you do it carefully and successfully, the faster you become at doing it carefully and successfully.

Another component of understanding what you are reading is being “present” when reading. Don’t worry about how things are going at work, or what you will eat for dinner, or even how long you are taking to read through the passage. Just focus on what is in front of you, word by word, line by line. Furthermore, try to make reading fun. For example, even if you are reading about a topic that bores you, pretend that you are the person making the argument. By doing so, you will make the passage more relatable to YOU, and ultimately you should be able to read with greater focus.

One final component of Reading Comprehension that may be tripping you up is that RC questions contain one or more trap answers that seem to answer the question but don't really. So, a key part of training to correctly answer RC questions is learning to notice the differences between trap answers and correct answers. You have to learn to see how trap answers seem to follow from what the passages say, but don't really, while correct answers fit what the passages say exactly.

Lastly, you may find it helpful to read this article about [url=(https://blog.targettestprep.com/how-to- ... 0-on-gmat/]how to score a 700+ on the GMAT[/url].

If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.
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vanam52923 wrote:
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I gave my 4th attempt and could score 640 only.


First, a 640 isn't a "bad" score by any stretch. Plenty of people get into good schools with scores in that range.

Glancing at your ESR, your biggest area of opportunity is probably Reading Comp. (Don't just study RC, but devote more time to it than to the other areas.)

Here's something to read about how to approach an RC passage: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... p-passage/

And here's something about how to review RC problems: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... -question/

I'd particularly like you to read and use the second article, because you'll need to figure out what types of mistakes you're making and what types of RC problems you're missing. (A lot of the same advice applies to CR, as well.) I don't know what analysis you've done so far on the practice problems you've done, but that analysis - even if you just start doing it now - will tell you what to study next.
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