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Can't score higher than 350 in practice tests!

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Hi guys

So I've been preparing for the GMAT for about 2 months and I'm taking the test in 15 days but everytime I take a practice test, I get around 350 :cry:
It's been years since I took math classes and my native language isn't english so that may be why it's harder for me. However, I was wondering if you had any tips for me?

Thanks a lot! :please
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Hi leinmad,

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) How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) 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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4) What is your overall goal score?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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I would suggest you to postpone your exam date and rework on your fundamentals completely.
Also, understand the scoring process of GMAT and find out if you are doing any blunder.
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New post 02 Dec 2019, 04:04
leinmad - Welcome to GMAT Club.

I am sorry that you are having a hard time with your GMAT preparation. Honestly, 350 is quite a low baseline score and therefore you most definitely need an online course or a tutor. What is your target score? All that said, I do not think it's ideal to take the test in 15 days. Do you mind postponing the test until you are better prepared? If you are taking the test in 15 days, then today must be the last day you can reschedule the test for a $100 fee.
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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi leinmad,

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) How many hours do you typically study each week? I try to study 5 days a week for 2 hours or more
2) What study materials have you used so far? I've used the economist GMAT prep platform, Kaplan's book and things I could find on Internet
3) 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)? I scored 350 on the one I took a month ago :
IR : 2
QUANT : 21
VERBAL : 19


Goals:
4) What is your overall goal score? 650
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School? This winter for the Fall 2020 semester
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to? Only applying to McGill's University (Montreal, Canada)

With that being said, when I do the exercises one by one I can get pretty good scores but I'm just too slow. I understand the concepts but am just being freaked out by the timer on the corner of my screen. :|

Thanks for your help!

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Hi leinmad,

From your original post in this thread, it sounded as though you had taken several practice CATs - but based on your last message, you have taken just 1 CAT (and it was a month ago). As such, it's not clear what your current skills, strengths and weaknesses are. As such, you should take a NEW CAT sometime soon - 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 the results.

Assuming that your current ability level is in the high-300s or low-400s, then raising that type of Score to the point that you can consistently score 650+ will likely require at least another 3 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. There's no harm in taking the GMAT as scheduled, but you will almost certainly have to retake it again later - so you can potentially save some money and aggravation by paying to reschedule your Official GMAT.

"Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix'). As such, I'd like to know a bit more about your last CAT. While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this recent CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

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If your goal is 650 then kindly push your test date further. You need enough time to build your fundamentals very well. It clear you have a very weak fundamentals Q21 V19 is way way below average
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Hi guys

So I've been preparing for the GMAT for about 2 months and I'm taking the test in 15 days but everytime I take a practice test, I get around 350 :cry:
It's been years since I took math classes and my native language isn't english so that may be why it's harder for me. However, I was wondering if you had any tips for me?

Thanks a lot! :please


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New post 02 Dec 2019, 19:06
Hi leinmad,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Since you scored 350 on your most recent practice GMAT, you will not be able to improve by 300 points (to your 650 score goal) in just 3 weeks. Thus, you may consider pushing back your GMAT and giving yourself more time to study. In any case, if you’d like some detailed advice on how to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills, feel free to reach out.
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