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# ESR analysis 580【Q45 V25】

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28 Sep 2018, 17:44
Hi Experts~
I took gmat the day before yesterday. i worked very hard in the past 3 months but got depressed score: 580【Q45 V25】
i would really appreciate if someone can give me some advice.

My study plan:
i practiced 3 RC passages a day, follow the daily practice in gmatclub and practice 20SC, 10CR everyday.

My mock test:
My mock test score in MGMAT is 600【Q47 V25】 650【Q45V34】 660【Q45 V35】 590【 Q39 V32】
i don`t know what should i do, i am so depressed with the verbal score.
can someone help me with my poor gmat ?

how can i improve my score from 580 to 700 within a month?
what should i do ?

Thanks and regards!!!!
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28 Sep 2018, 19:00
Hi AllisonZ,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not go as well as hoped. 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 long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?

Goals:
3) What is your goal score?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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28 Sep 2018, 19:14
Hi EMPOWERgmatRichC:
I have taken 3 tests already, it`s my third attempt.
I practice OG in the first 2 months. in September, I began to practice CR700-800, SC700-800, RC700-800 and Quant 700-800.
I study 10-12 hours per day average. But 10 days before the test I was busy involving my school stuff so I only studied 5-6hours per day. (Actually, I have no idea about how to prepare before the test, I always feel nervous before the test)

My goal is to take 700 score, and I have to apply to business school in November. I know it looks impossible. Could you please give me some advice ?

Thanks!
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29 Sep 2018, 06:04
AllisonZ wrote:
Hi Experts~
I took gmat the day before yesterday. i worked very hard in the past 3 months but got depressed score: 580【Q45 V25】
i would really appreciate if someone can give me some advice.

My study plan:
i practiced 3 RC passages a day, follow the daily practice in gmatclub and practice 20SC, 10CR everyday.

My mock test:
My mock test score in MGMAT is 600【Q47 V25】 650【Q45V34】 660【Q45 V35】 590【 Q39 V32】
i don`t know what should i do, i am so depressed with the verbal score.
can someone help me with my poor gmat ?

how can i improve my score from 580 to 700 within a month?
what should i do ?

Thanks and regards!!!!

Hi AllisonZ,

Please do not be disheartened as GMAT does test your perseverance. 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.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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29 Sep 2018, 14:40
Hi AllisonZ,

If you've taken the Official GMAT 3 times, then it would help if you could provide some additional information about your prior GMATs and your overall timeline:

1) On what date did you take each of your Official GMATs?
2) How did you Score on EACH attempt (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
4) What are the application deadlines for each of those Programs?

Raising a 580 to a 700+ will likely require at least another 2-3 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. That having been said, the goal to raise your Score that much in just 1 month is likely too difficult to be considered realistic - so you might need to make some adjustments to your plans.

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29 Sep 2018, 20:47
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi AllisonZ,

If you've taken the Official GMAT 3 times, then it would help if you could provide some additional information about your prior GMATs and your overall timeline:

1) On what date did you take each of your Official GMATs?
2) How did you Score on EACH attempt (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
4) What are the application deadlines for each of those Programs?

Raising a 580 to a 700+ will likely require at least another 2-3 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. That having been said, the goal to raise your Score that much in just 1 month is likely too difficult to be considered realistic - so you might need to make some adjustments to your plans.

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Thanks for you advice! I will adjust my plan and improve study efficiency!!!
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Updated on: 09 Oct 2018, 20:34
Hi AllisonZ

I found tips in this article pretty useful: https://gmatclub.com/forum/most-compreh ... 76986.html. Hope that helps!

Originally posted by dabaobao on 30 Sep 2018, 10:27.
Last edited by dabaobao on 09 Oct 2018, 20:34, edited 1 time in total.
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01 Oct 2018, 01:10
Hi AllisonZ,

• Rohan improved from 610 (Q46 V25) to 750 (Q50 V40). Click here to watch his very inspiring video interview.
• Jaqueline, mother of a 6-month old, improved her score from 640 (Q45 V32) to 720 (Q49 V40). Click here to watch her very inspiring video interview.

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02 Oct 2018, 17:32
Hi AllisonZ,

I’m sorry to hear how things have been going with your GMAT. Believe it or not, there is some good news here: You were able to score a pretty awesome Q47 despite following a study routine that relied only on practice questions. While engaging in practice is a necessary part of improving your GMAT skills, such practice is only beneficial after you have studied the necessary topics on which those questions are based. So, moving forward, rather than ONLY practicing GMAT questions, consider adjusting your study plan such that it allows for linear learning. Specifically, consider using a resource that allows you FIRST to learn the concepts and strategies related to GMAT quant and verbal and SECOND to practice with a large number of realistic questions.

For example, if you are learning about Number Properties, 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.

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, 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.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. 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 the answer choices create. 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. 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. 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 Sentence Correction 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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