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I have been preparing for GMAT since 3 months. I took an official mba com test yesterday and scored a 520(34Q,28V). All of my previous tests have been in 550-590 range.I bombed the verbal section yesterday due to disturbance and i believe i can score at least 34 in verbal but i am scared about my quant section. It has always been between 35-40 and i would like to make it a 45 on official test. I have booked my test on 28th Feb 2019.I am freaking out because of the low score and I want a 600+ on my main test. Do i have sufficient time to make that happen? if yes ,how?
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New post 11 Feb 2019, 14:21
Hi lavish66,

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) What study materials have you used so far?
2) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks? Which 'brands' of CATs hav you used so far and how have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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3) When are you planning to apply to Business School? Are you facing any upcoming application deadlines (and if so, then what are they?)?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi GMATclub
I have been preparing for GMAT since 3 months. I took an official mba com test yesterday and scored a 520(34Q,28V). All of my previous tests have been in 550-590 range.I bombed the verbal section yesterday due to disturbance and i believe i can score at least 34 in verbal but i am scared about my quant section. It has always been between 35-40 and i would like to make it a 45 on official test. I have booked my test on 28th Feb 2019.I am freaking out because of the low score and I want a 600+ on my main test. Do i have sufficient time to make that happen? if yes ,how?
The best thing to do here would be to put this practice test behind you and continue taking tests. I don't think that your 520 is particularly reliable, and given that you have got quite close to a 600 on previous tests, you are very close to your target score.

Which areas do you still need to work on?
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lavish66 wrote:
Hi GMATclub
I have been preparing for GMAT since 3 months. I took an official mba com test yesterday and scored a 520(34Q,28V). All of my previous tests have been in 550-590 range.I bombed the verbal section yesterday due to disturbance and i believe i can score at least 34 in verbal but i am scared about my quant section. It has always been between 35-40 and i would like to make it a 45 on official test. I have booked my test on 28th Feb 2019.I am freaking out because of the low score and I want a 600+ on my main test. Do i have sufficient time to make that happen? if yes ,how?


Yes you have enough time to improve your quant, You just need to work on the weak areas which you might get to know once you evaluate your ESRs and the only thing that can save you is just practice :) :thumbup:
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lavish66 wrote:
Hi GMATclub
I have been preparing for GMAT since 3 months. I took an official mba com test yesterday and scored a 520(34Q,28V). All of my previous tests have been in 550-590 range.I bombed the verbal section yesterday due to disturbance and i believe i can score at least 34 in verbal but i am scared about my quant section. It has always been between 35-40 and i would like to make it a 45 on official test. I have booked my test on 28th Feb 2019.I am freaking out because of the low score and I want a 600+ on my main test. Do i have sufficient time to make that happen? if yes ,how?


I don't want to comment on whether you have sufficient time or not but, to be honest, you are the best judge on when you should give the exam or not?

The roadmap to success is Hard + Smart work. Since you want to focus more on GMAT Quant, it would be nice if you make a note of the following points.

1) GMAT Quant is a reasoning test NOT a math test. Having said that it would be nice that you have the foundation of math basic concepts.

2) You should develop an understanding of various topics and especially how to approach these questions in less time.

3) GMAT OG questions are like gold mine. Try to do sets of 20-30 questions daily from OG under timed conditions. (Kindly note that there is a main OG & a separate Quant & Verbal OG).

4) You may like to practice more of data sufficiency questions because these questions are specific to GMAT and you might not have seen them before. You may like to refer to the following post for better understanding:-
https://gmatclub.com/forum/data-suffici ... ufficiency

5) Periodically (once a week) take a mock to evaluate your weak areas and keep working on them.

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I reviewed the test properly Verbal(30) was not that bad I could have avoided some silly mistakes and made it a 34. On the other hand Quant(35) was horrible. It has always been that way Quant holding my score down. The main problem in Quant section in this test was approaching functions questions,deciphering word problems,D/S/T questions. Also can you tell me the most important topics in Quant so I pay close attention to those as I have only 13 days left for the main exam. I just want to push the score to 600 and I am confident I can score a 33+ in Verbal but I have no idea how to get a 40 in quant. Thanks
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Hi lavish66,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Honestly, since you have been studying for 3 months and still have yet to break 590, you may need to look at HOW you have been preparing and make some changes. Given that you recently scored a Q34/V28, you lack the GMAT quant and verbal fundamentals you need for a high score. To improve your GMAT score, you really need to spend some time improving your quant and verbal skills. To do so, you should follow a linear and structured study plan that allows you to individually learn each quant and verbal topic, starting with the foundations before moving to more advanced concepts. This process may take longer than just a few weeks. Is there a particular reason why you need to take the GMAT on the 28th? If necessary, could you push your test to a later date? In any case, here is some advice you can follow to improve your GMAT 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.

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New post 17 Feb 2019, 22:31
Hi, lavish66

It seems that your score is quite unstable and you have 2 weeks left. You should keep in mind that there still could be discrepancy in your mock and official test scores. Firstly, I want to say that getting the score that you have gotten before is much easier to get again. So, Q40 is highly achievable. However, hitting the score over Q45 requires a lot of factors, such as improved skills, solid establishment, concentrations on the test day, and good luck. 2 weeks could be not that enough to obviously improve your score. Just constant and solid studying is really important during the long journey. You may retake the exam if you are not satisfied with your score.

But if getting Q45 is urgent and solid score is not that important, here are some tips. If you study intensively at least 3 hours a day, you can improve your score in just about 2 weeks. Variable Approach for DS is a quick win compared to IVY Approach, a method for PS. Also, a majority of questions that determine a score of 50-51 are DS. If you focus on DS for 2 weeks, you can improve your score by 3-5 points. However, you should have good math basics. ​Also, focus on 5 key topics (Integer, Statistics, Inequality, Probability, and Absolute Value) that account for 80% of the GMAT exam. If you can master the Variable Approach, you can hit at least Q45.

Also, considering that you got V28 due to some disturbances, you could be easily influenced by the surroundings. It can hugely sway your score. Try to adjust to the test environment. Remember that there always could exist variables. When you take kind of mock tests, it is helpful to set the place where you are taking mock tests similar with the real place. Mind control is really important everytime.

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