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Crisis, help anyone?

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I’ve been studying for two months now, mainly from Magoosh. I took a CAT before I started studying to see how I was and scored 450. After two months of using Magoosh, watching all of he videos and doing around 300 questions on Math and 200 questions on verbal, I had today my exam and scored 440 . I don’t understand how that happened. I was a bit anxious and because I have been studying so hard I was expecting to get a good result.

I plan to take it again in 3-4 months and take it easy with the studying. But I don’t know what is the best way to study. I need to get at least 700 to apply to the universities I want. Can anyone please recommend me how should I study?

Thanks in advance


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Luisalafaurie wrote:
I’ve been studying for two months now, mainly from Magoosh. I took a CAT before I started studying to see how I was and scored 450. After two months of using Magoosh, watching all of he videos and doing around 300 questions on Math and 200 questions on verbal, I had today my exam and scored 440 . I don’t understand how that happened. I was a bit anxious and because I have been studying so hard I was expecting to get a good result.

I plan to take it again in 3-4 months and take it easy with the studying. But I don’t know what is the best way to study. I need to get at least 700 to apply to the universities I want. Can anyone please recommend me how should I study?

Thanks in advance


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Luisalafaurie, hey, I totally feel you. I had magoosh subscription and the same happened to me, score was very low at the end of the course. I think the main problem was that their quizes after each topic are of very easy difficulty level, thus one cannot really estimate his ability in a given topic. So, I ended up with same 480 at the end. Then I completely changed my study plan and was able to reach 630 (still low though). What I did was I used Manhattan Study Guides and Gmat Club Math book. Seriously, those are best in the market and besides, you don't have to pay for them. I recommend you to change your study material and begin from the basics because 460 tells me you still lack basic concepts.
Should you happen to have questions, please let me know. Best wishes with GMAT
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Tip #1 is, "Do not start to study before consulting widely about how to study." I'm sure you made some study of this question, but evidently you must agree that you chose your answer too quickly, and - I suspect - without testing your choice rigorously, against other opinions. I would be most keen to know your opinion now , now that you have been searching through this forum. Is it easy to learn the flaws with Magoosh, or rather: the ways in which Magoosh materials might best be used?

One student feedback about Magoosh was that their daily diet of lessons and exercise gave him structure and support and even motivation to study on a daily basis. That was at the time meant as subtle criticism for me, whose approach is more spontaneous and insight-driven (my words, not his).

Another student's feedback was that Maggosh tutorials are not easy to understand. We looked at one of these videos, together, and it was indeed not easy to understand. There were gaps in the flow of the explanation - and not such gaps that are meant to help you to think solo. I think you hit with Magoosh a gap that you hit usually with the third party materials: quality control. They simply don't have the people in place to vet and redraft material. The overarching emphasis is on putting out more blog materials, so that a new student is directed quickly to the Magoosh website. This is a marketing-driven approach, which is leagues better than my own marketing. But I would argue- and the onus on you to vet my analysis - any GMAT program that comes to your attention should be weighted with some skeptical-factor, and the more easily you heard of these materials, the higher the skeptifactor that you should instantly attach. The more popular, the more you need to look closely. No doubt there are virtues behind the popularity - but we need to research to know the true worth.

On another note, this forum, gmatclub, has the virtue that nearly everything is on it - probably. One drawback is the research time required. Amongst all the study plans around here, the guidance that you need is no-doubt somewhere. But how long to find it? How long to evaluate it? Would not one or two hours with a qualified tutor be a better investment of your time? Not all tutors would tell their best plan in only one or two hours, but some would. It's an interesting topic for the tutor-turned-businessperson...

For my part and at this moment, I would do an hour like that. I would not offer the reduced fee that I agree with long-term students, but I would give away a big-picture survey of the GMAT mountain ranges, and a few of the trails that you might follow to the top of the most important peaks. With that, you could more efficiently get into the wealth of topic on this forum, and better use the paid resources that you could buy - or have already.

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Luisalafaurie wrote:
I’ve been studying for two months now, mainly from Magoosh. I took a CAT before I started studying to see how I was and scored 450. After two months of using Magoosh, watching all of he videos and doing around 300 questions on Math and 200 questions on verbal, I had today my exam and scored 440 . I don’t understand how that happened. I was a bit anxious and because I have been studying so hard I was expecting to get a good result.

I plan to take it again in 3-4 months and take it easy with the studying. But I don’t know what is the best way to study. I need to get at least 700 to apply to the universities I want. Can anyone please recommend me how should I study?

Thanks in advance


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hey, I totally feel you. I had magoosh subscription and the same happened to me, score was very low at the end of the course. I think the main problem was that their quizes after each topic are of very easy difficulty level, thus one cannot really estimate his ability in a given topic. So, I ended up with same 480 at the end. Then I completely changed my study plan and was able to reach 630 (still low though). What I did was I used Manhattan Study Guides and Gmat Club Math book. Seriously, those are best in the market and besides, you don't have to pay for them. I recommend you to change your study material and begin from the basics because 460 tells me you still lack basic concepts.
Should you happen to have questions, please let me know. Best wishes with GMAT

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Luisalafaurie wrote:
I’ve been studying for two months now, mainly from Magoosh. I took a CAT before I started studying to see how I was and scored 450. After two months of using Magoosh, watching all of he videos and doing around 300 questions on Math and 200 questions on verbal, I had today my exam and scored 440 . I don’t understand how that happened. I was a bit anxious and because I have been studying so hard I was expecting to get a good result.

I plan to take it again in 3-4 months and take it easy with the studying. But I don’t know what is the best way to study. I need to get at least 700 to apply to the universities I want. Can anyone please recommend me how should I study?

Thanks in advance


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Hi Luisalafaurie,

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. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have 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 GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu

Hope this helps. All the best.
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