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ESR Report Analysis Help: Dropped from 720 to 620

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New post 17 Sep 2018, 08:05
Hello everybody,

I took my GMAT Exam last week and guess what: I **** it up :D 620 (Q47; V28)

My preparation was three month intensive study for 4-5 hours a day plus on the weekends.

The materials I used:

- OG 2018
- MGMAT 6th Edition all books
- Magoosh

My test scores in the preparation were:
Exam 1: 640 (Q47; V31)
Exam 2: 660 (Q48; V34)
Exam 3: 710 (Q49; V38)
Exam 4: 720 (Q49; V40)

During the exam I really had a great feeling at the start of each section which also reflected in the score report, but when I moved deeper into the section the questions became harder and I made stupid mistakes. Especially the Reading Comprehension killed me. The texts were way too long for me to cover and throw me out of my pace.

Would be greatful to get some expert advise on how to improve here!

My initial thought is to additionally buy egmat to really nail verbal this time.

Thanks in advance and best wishes,

Philip
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Hi HHPreparation,

It seems that you had RC passage in the second section as you made a lot of mistakes and your RC ranking is quite low.
It seems that you were running out of time in both verbal and quant, especially the latter one. These posts might be helpful:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/timing-strat ... 06035.html
Everything You Need to Know about GMAT Time Management
Information on NEW GMAT ESR REPORT

Hope this helps!
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Hi Philip,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. When these types of score drops occur, the two likely "causes" involve either something that was unrealistic during practice or something that was surprising (or not accounted for) on Test Day. If you can answer a few questions, then we should be able to figure this out:

When you took your CATs:
1) On what dates did you take your CATs? Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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New post 17 Sep 2018, 23:23
Thank your for your quick responses!

EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:

1) On what dates did you take your CATs? Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?

- I took two CATS per week (wednesday and sunday)
- I did two the full length but the rest I concentrated on Verbal and Quant as I started out with theses sections and I saw that both times I took the entire CAT I already managed to get a good IR result.

2) Did you take them at home?

- First two yes
- The last ones I took in the office of a friend

3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?

- No was split

4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?

- One exam (660) I took a longer break, as I had to go for an important meeting

5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

- There were like a few tests that had 1-3 questions I knew. But I at least screwed one question up of these anyway :D So I think it should not inflated the score too much.



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Hi Philip,

From your prior post, there were some 'red flags' in terms of how you took your CATs. Before we discuss those issues though, I have a few additional questions about the lead-up to Test Day and Test Day itself.

1) To clarify some information that you already provided - did you take just those 4 practice CATs? And did you take them in the last 2 weeks before you took your Official GMAT?

2) What did you do in the 3 days before your GMAT?
3) How did you sleep the night before your Test?
4) How long was the ride to the Test Center from your home?
5) Were there any distractions at the facility or during the Test?
6) What did you do during the two 8-minute breaks?
7) Did you finish any sections early?
8) Did you have to rush to finish any sections (and guess on questions just to finish on time)?

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Hi HHPreparation,

I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT. Based on what you’ve said, your score drop is likely the result of some lingering Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension weaknesses that were exposed on test day. Before your retake, you need to spend some time improving your skills in both of those sections.

Let’s say you start by reviewing Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each Critical Reasoning question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. 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 Reading Comprehension, 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. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Regarding quant, although a Q47 is a pretty awesome score, it may not hurt to do some further quant prep to increase your score to a 49+. I recommend focused practice to find and fix any lingering weaknesses. For example, if you are reviewing Number Properties, be sure that you practice 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics. By finding, say, a dozen weaker quant areas and turning them into strong areas, you will make great progress toward hitting your quant score goal. If a dozen areas turn out not to be enough, strengthen some more areas.

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.

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

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.

Good luck!
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