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04 Sep 2018, 01:43
Hello everyone

I hope you're doing good whilst reading this post

I would really appreciate your inputs as to where to focus my attention on this upcoming 2 weeks.

Bit of background first: I have been preparing my GMAT on and off for some time now. First I took the MGMAT online course at the beginning of the year and stopped 2 weeks before the test due to some personal issues, anyhow I did the test on March 27th and scored badly (540 V24 Q40) (ESR attached). After this I completely parked my preparation until July 15th, when I started again.

Since July 15th I have been preparing verbal on my own and Quant with Ankit ( BrushMyQuant ) (Kudos to the guy, he helped me A LOT!). My preparation was meant to finish with the test on August 30th, but didn't go as expected. My target was 670 and during the weeks before the test I was consistently scoring V35-V37 and Q45-Q47 (670-690), but on the actual test I scored Q47 (expected) and a sad V30... 630 in total, ESR attached. Whilst I was feeling good doing quant, I did arrive late from the break to the verbal part ( ) and felt rushing only throughout the first 9 questions. It seems to be tho that I hit rock bottom on the second 9 questions and then wasn't able to get back on track even with 86% and 88% correct in parts III and IV...

I have been given the chance to retake the test on September 19th, so I am going all in for this! I feel solid and look forward to test day

However I am not sure how to approach this follow days... Should I keep normal practice or focus in strategies and specific topics? Should I be taking a CAT every 3/4 days to get better at the test itself or separate the sections (eg marathon vs sprint)....

All your recommendations/inputs are greatly appreciated!

Thank you all !

PS: regarding the 50% on geometry and inequalities on August 30th's ESR, I was given extremely difficult questions (or at least they seemed to me) on the XYZ plane (inequalities on space) and with pentagons surrounding circles (number of adjacent sides)... I normal am not weak on those areas, but I felt that the questions were extremely hard, it's a pity that the ESR doesn't take into account the difficulty factor when evaluating specifics.... (not the same answering 100% good to easy questions than 50% to 700+ ones? )
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05 Sep 2018, 22:46
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Hi bpegenaute,

To understand your ESR better, I would recommend that you go through this article on Analyzing ESR in 3 steps. The method of analysis shared in this article along with your knowledge of what happened during the test will allow you to have precise understanding of your attempt.

Since you have only 2 weeks till your next attempt, you must focus your energies on specific areas of improvement instead of general studies. You may follow the below mentioned steps to do so:

Hope this helps. All the best!

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06 Sep 2018, 01:45
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bpegenaute wrote:
Hello everyone

I hope you're doing good whilst reading this post

I would really appreciate your inputs as to where to focus my attention on this upcoming 2 weeks.

Bit of background first: I have been preparing my GMAT on and off for some time now. First I took the MGMAT online course at the beginning of the year and stopped 2 weeks before the test due to some personal issues, anyhow I did the test on March 27th and scored badly (540 V24 Q40) (ESR attached). After this I completely parked my preparation until July 15th, when I started again.

Since July 15th I have been preparing verbal on my own and Quant with Ankit ( BrushMyQuant ) (Kudos to the guy, he helped me A LOT!). My preparation was meant to finish with the test on August 30th, but didn't go as expected. My target was 670 and during the weeks before the test I was consistently scoring V35-V37 and Q45-Q47 (670-690), but on the actual test I scored Q47 (expected) and a sad V30... 630 in total, ESR attached. Whilst I was feeling good doing quant, I did arrive late from the break to the verbal part ( ) and felt rushing only throughout the first 9 questions. It seems to be tho that I hit rock bottom on the second 9 questions and then wasn't able to get back on track even with 86% and 88% correct in parts III and IV...

I have been given the chance to retake the test on September 19th, so I am going all in for this! I feel solid and look forward to test day

However I am not sure how to approach this follow days... Should I keep normal practice or focus in strategies and specific topics? Should I be taking a CAT every 3/4 days to get better at the test itself or separate the sections (eg marathon vs sprint)....

All your recommendations/inputs are greatly appreciated!

Thank you all !

PS: regarding the 50% on geometry and inequalities on August 30th's ESR, I was given extremely difficult questions (or at least they seemed to me) on the XYZ plane (inequalities on space) and with pentagons surrounding circles (number of adjacent sides)... I normal am not weak on those areas, but I felt that the questions were extremely hard, it's a pity that the ESR doesn't take into account the difficulty factor when evaluating specifics.... (not the same answering 100% good to easy questions than 50% to 700+ ones? )

I am assuming you have taken some mocks after your previous attempt. How have you done in those? You can opt for the GMATPrep mocks in case you haven't exhausted them.
If you are hitting your target score consistently, then it would not be advisable to do anything too drastic. Keep practicing some stuff regularly and review them properly. If you have any specific areas you aren't very confident about, you can focus more on those. A mock every 3 days or so will be fine. Just make sure you have the full time for each section this time around.
Good luck.
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