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I gave my first mock test on Gmac site today and the results were very disappointing
Scored - 550
Q45,V23

When I practiced the CR and RC section on paper things were seeming easy and I was getting most answers correct. But when I take online test, things were reversed.
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I gave my first mock test on Gmac site today and the results were very disappointing
Scored - 550
Q45,V23

When I practiced the CR and RC section on paper things were seeming easy and I was getting most answers correct. But when I take online test, things were reversed.
Please assist



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i don't know how you prepared and how much practice you have done....
but if problem is with online mode , take some test series and try it.
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I started preparing from 10th July
From Princeton review notes
And practiced verbal from OG.
For quant I did a quick review of notes but not have practiced from OG.

Please suggest how should I prepare


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Also should I go with Manhattan test series ??



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When I practiced the CR and RC section on paper things were seeming easy and I was getting most answers correct. But when I take online test, things were reversed.
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The big difference between the paper tests and the official GMATPrep test is that the GMATPrep tests are computer adaptive.
This means you'll keep getting harder and harder questions until you start getting questions that are barely within or beyond your abilities.

For more, here's a video on the GMAT scoring algorithm:

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I started preparing from 10th July
From Princeton review notes
And practiced verbal from OG.
For quant I did a quick review of notes but not have practiced from OG.

Please suggest how should I prepare


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even i am taking princeton review classes for preparation and they ask first thing is to complete OG and revise it atleast 2 times, so that you are sure of all the concepts.
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I gave my first mock test on Gmac site today and the results were very disappointing
Scored - 550
Q45,V23

When I practiced the CR and RC section on paper things were seeming easy and I was getting most answers correct. But when I take online test, things were reversed.
Please assist



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A score of 550 on your first Gmatprep test is very good. Although you have not told for how long you have prepared, but its a good score for starters. Analyze the test thoroughly, and identify your strength and weakness. I would suggest to focus more on Verbal so that you can bring your score to around 30 and then focus on Quant. Maintain an error log and keep revising it. Hope it helps.
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I gave my first mock test on Gmac site today and the results were very disappointing
Scored - 550
Q45,V23

When I practiced the CR and RC section on paper things were seeming easy and I was getting most answers correct. But when I take online test, things were reversed.
Please assist



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Hi lovin,

First CAT score of 550 is not bad. As it is a GMATPrep it does represent the practice level pretty well. v

As you have given the mock, i am sure you would have revised all the maths and verbal concepts tested. Now, To practice, Pick up a concept and do 10 questions on that and this way complete the concept learning phase.
after that do quizzes. But along with it you can also keep giving mock every weekend from MGMAT/Veritas/any other test series. this will help make the test taking experience a habit for you.


1. Focus on getting minimum Q49.
2. Read articles/novel everyday.
3. Practice 2-3 RCs everyday.

MGMAT Verbal is excellent and quant is little tough but will make you a better at quant. so MGMAT series is good.

For quant follow bunuel and go through solutions posted by him.

Here is one URL that would thoroughly help you:
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Hi lovin,

To start, a 550 is a solid initial CAT Score (the average Score on the Official GMAT hovers around 540-550 most years). As you've discovered, you will have to properly train to handle the GMAT on a computer to properly score at a high level on Test Day. 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:

1) What study materials have you used so far?
2) What is your goal score?
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New post 30 Jul 2018, 01:12
Hi lovin,

The thing with official mocks is that it is adaptive which means that as you got a question correct your next question is of a higher difficulty level. Did you practice on a good mix of questions of different difficulty levels?

Improving from 550


550 on the first mock is not as bad as you think especially since it has been just 20 days since you started preparing. Do not be demotivated but take it as an eye-opener and plan your further studies accordingly.
    • Bruno improved from a 540 to 730 in 1 month. See how he focused on "logical approach" and building "core skills". Click here to watch his amazing video debrief.
    • Abhijay improved from 560 (V20) to 710 (V38). Click here to watch his inspiring video debrief.

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Hi lovin,

I’m glad you reached out and I’m happy to help. The good news is that you have not studied a whole lot but were able to achieve a pretty decent score on your practice exam. However, since you scored a V23, clearly you are lacking some fundamental skills necessary for a good verbal score. Thus, moving forward, consider using a resource that allows you to learn the concepts and strategies related to Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension, and to practice the concepts you have reviewed.

For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: strengthening, weakening, resolve the paradox, etc. As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so you can track your knowledge in the topic. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific Critical Reasoning 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. Follow this process for Reading Comprehension as well.

Sentence Correction, on the other hand, 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, it is likely that you will have to work on all three of those aspects, and it is also likely that the reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working on all three of those aspects. Let's discuss each of those aspects and how you can work on them.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. The Manhattan Prep books that you have are full of discussion of grammar rules. By using those books, you probably can gain sufficient understanding of the grammar rules you need to score high in Sentence Correction.

Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning the 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. Likely, the main reason that Sentence Correction has not "clicked" for you is that you have not put enough work into developing your skill in seeing what is going on in the various versions of the sentence that can be created with the answer choices. 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, say, 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 in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? 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.

The third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct is what you have to do. The main thing that 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 in a Sentence Correction question, 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 are answering Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. For instance, 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 that would have resulted in your extending your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regiments, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, you are going to want to engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you will then want to practice with Sentence Correction questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

Ultimately, if you are unable to learn and practice in the manner described above, you may consider looking for additional verbal prep resources. If you are unsure of which resources to choose, check out some reviews here on GMAT Club.

Regarding quant, although your quant score is better than your verbal score, you may consider improving your GMAT quant score as well. To improve in GMAT quant, you can follow a study routine similar to the one I suggested for verbal. For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. As you practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you got a remainder question wrong, ask yourself why you got it wrong. 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Once again, you may need additional quant materials, so you can take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant courses.

You also may find it helpful to read my article for more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with questions.

Good luck!
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