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# ESR Evaluation

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09 Apr 2019, 12:17
Hello Experts,

I took GMAT on Thursday and got a score of 640 (Q46, V34). I am planning to take the exam again in a month.
I would like to know how I can improve.
My quant is good and I was scoring 47-50 on my mocks.
Attaching my ESR .
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09 Apr 2019, 12:25
Hi neetib,

To start, a 640/Q46 is a relatively strong score, so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. There's no harm in retesting though - and you have the potential to pick up some serious points in BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Since you're planning to retest relatively soon, before we discuss the data in your ESR, 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?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
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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10 Apr 2019, 08:33
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neetib wrote:
Hello Experts,

I took GMAT on Thursday and got a score of 640 (Q46, V34). I am planning to take the exam again in a month.
I would like to know how I can improve.
My quant is good and I was scoring 47-50 on my mocks.
Attaching my ESR .

Hi
In my opinion, increasing your Quant score will be easier than increasing your Verbal score.
V34 is a fairly good score and if you can get a Q50, you can get to 700 score.
Q46 means you have the basic concepts clear and need to work on your weakness.
From the ESR, it is clear, you need to work more on Data sufficiency.
You can also find the fundamental skills that need improvement, so you can practice those topics more.
But keep up your Verbal practice too, in order not to lose points in Verbal by focusing too much on Quant.
Hope it helps. All the best.
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10 Apr 2019, 12:12
EMPOWERgmatRichC

Thanks.

1. 3-4 months
2. I followed egmat for verbal , manhattan mocks, OG, Verbal Review , Gmat club
3.i always scored around 48-50 in quant and 28-34 in verbal
4. My target score is 700 and above
5. Target schools are ISB , Rotman
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10 Apr 2019, 16:54
Hi neetib,

I've sent you a PM with the analysis of your ESR and some additional questions.

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10 Apr 2019, 19:41
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Hi neetib,

Regarding verbal, although a V34 is a solid start, you clearly can make the most gains by improving your Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction skills. As with quant, to improve your CR and SC skills, you need to ensure that you take a linear approach, so that you can individually learn each Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction topic and then practice each topic until you’ve gained mastery.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to 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. Furthermore, the likely 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, 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 less than 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 none of those reasons are 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 answers were always the ones 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 logical meanings. 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 until you start to see the differences 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. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to take the time to see the differences between answers 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 to arrive at that answer and what you could do differently 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 do differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning regimen, 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 want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

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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Feel free to reach out with any further questions. Good luck!
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