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Hi gmat experts , i gave my GMAT for the first time on 3rd jan 2019 after a 3-4 months prep from all the popular sources , but my gmat test day was disappointing with a score of 560 Q38 V28 , and to evaluate section wise , i feel in quant my theory was pretty decent but my time management dropped my score especially because of poor time management the last set of questions came easy but due to shortage of time i did them incorrect and suffered a high penalty and though in verbal mY CR was majorly incorrect but there also in last set i suffered due to time management .
i am attaching the ESR report of my score , if someone can go through and help me direct towards a good approach so that i can do well on my second attempt
my target score is 690-720
and target colleges are LBS(MIM) and LSE ( strategy and management or MIM )
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Hi siddharth19 ...... welcome.

Here are my 2 cents.
It seems your major improvement area is Q ( for those courses you probably at least need Q48-49). So I would suggest you to practice at GMAT club at certain difficulty level, get your accuracy at >90% under two mins and then move on to the next. By the time you move on to 700 level and 60% accuracy at 700 level under two mins .... you will see a marked difference in your Q score.
(btb to gauge your progress in Q, you may use GMAT Club test (closest to GMAT Q)

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Hi siddharth19,

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) What study materials have you used so far?
2) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
3) When are you planning to retake the GMAT?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi EMPOWERgmat ,
Thanks for your response

STUDIES :
1) i have used MGMAT SC, MGMAT quant (both basic and advanced ) , OG19 , gmat club posts and also taken 1-1 classes for CR and SC
2) on gmat prep mock 1 and 2, i scored 650 ( Q49 V31) , on MGMAT 1-4 i scored 550-580 ( Q39 V28-32 )

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3) for now i am planning to take it between 28th feb to 5th 2019 march as 3rd deadline for my target school is9th march but at the same time i am also feeling to give this as my best and final attempt so that i achieve the target score once for all even if i miss my deadline as recollecting again takes time, and i am simultaneously done with 70% of my applications so i can apply the day i get my score everything would be ready
4)i took my gmat this 3rd jan as i wanted to apply in 2nd round , i wish to join this 2019 batch itself , but i feel after second round chances are pretty low but still would try for this year and if i am not able to get for 2019 then would apply in the early round for 2020 batch
5) target colleges are LBS ( MIM ) and LSE ( strategy and management or MIM ) as i am a recent graduate , graduated 6 months back
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New post 06 Jan 2019, 00:36
thanku u1983 , for your valuable time and advice , would surely try to follow that pattern
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Hi gmat experts , i gave my GMAT for the first time on 3rd jan 2019 after a 3-4 months prep from all the popular sources , but my gmat test day was disappointing with a score of 560 Q38 V28 , and to evaluate section wise , i feel in quant my theory was pretty decent but my time management dropped my score especially because of poor time management the last set of questions came easy but due to shortage of time i did them incorrect and suffered a high penalty and though in verbal mY CR was majorly incorrect but there also in last set i suffered due to time management .
i am attaching the ESR report of my score , if someone can go through and help me direct towards a good approach so that i can do well on my second attempt
my target score is 690-720
and target colleges are LBS(MIM) and LSE ( strategy and management or MIM )


There is a good scope for improvement in both quant and verb section.

You may also try to improve your timing.

Wishing you all the very best!!
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Hi siddharth19,

I've sent you a PM with an analysis of your ESR and some suggestions for going forward with your studies.

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Hi Siddharth19,

I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT. I realize that you are hoping to craft a master plan based on your ESR; however, you need to make sure that you avoid falling into the trap of focusing on micro-details based on your ESR and thus misdiagnosing your weaknesses. Since your ESR is based on only 31 quant questions and 36 verbal questions (a very small sample size), it may not give you a complete picture of what to focus on going forward. Furthermore, since you scored 560 and are 130+ points away from your score goal, rather than creating a study plan based on the data from your ESR, you really need to follow a complete, linear, and structured study plan that allows you to fully master ALL quant and verbal topics. Ideally, this study plan should allow you to learn each topic individually, starting with the foundations and then moving to more advanced concepts.

For example, say you are learning about Number Properties. First, 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.

Follow a similar routine for verbal. For example, let’s say you start by learning about Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type of question. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific 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.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and instead focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and thereby comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. Keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to analyze such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

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.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning 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. 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. 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 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 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 skills improve, you will then 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 consider using an online self-study course, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.

Good luck!
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New post 09 Jan 2019, 08:44
Hi siddharth19,

I am sorry to know your scores were not in line with your expectations. From your ESR, following are your areas of improvement:
    - Quant section
    - CR in Verbal
    - Time Management

Given this, you might find the below articles to be very helpful:

If you have any further questions, please feel free to write to us at support@e-gmat.com. We would be happy to help!

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