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Exam in 6 days - Stuck in low 600s - Advice needed

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Hi all, my exam is in a week from today and I am stuck on a score between 520 and 630. I have taken the exam five times and am very skeptical about the score I would get but have decided to give it one final shot. I am waitlisted at three Top 5 schools and my GMAT score is the only thing that would prevent me from getting in (as explained to me by admissions). I need at least 650, preferably 690 to make the cut.

In quant (range 30-42), my weakest side is problem solving, specifically word problems (algebraic translations, rate problems, and occasionally, linear equations). I am doing very well on DS problems, combinatorics, and all other topics (Rarely make mistakes on DS). Time management is not an issue - I often finish 5-10 minutes early in each section, but I clearly need to spend this time proofing my work. In verbal, I am stuck on a range 27 - 35. My weakest side is CR (assumption / inference), SC (Idioms), and RC overall. Admittedly, I have not spent much time on RC, or verbal prep in general. I did read about and tried to apply the various Kaplan and Manhattan techniques but found that my V score dropped..

Any suggestions on how I can best spend the next 5-6 days before test day would be greatly appreciated. I have already exhausted the question bank from GMATPrep and completed the 6 Manhattan practice tests (and almost done with the free tests listed on the forum. I have taken time off of work to study and plan to take a test each day, review it, and allocate 1-2 hours in the evening each day to verbal / quant and focus on addressing my weaknesses. Thank you for the advice!
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I am on the same boat as you basically, I am taking the GMAT next tuesday. I just finished the GMAT Prep Test and got a 580 overall and 8 in Integrated Reasoning.

There are some points that I know definetely lowered my score such as: taking many breaks and stopping because my family was talking to me during the exam, doing parts of it really late at night when I was tired, not having memorized the formulas yet, or I wasn't thinking with the right mentality most of the time as I was replying to messages and checking the phone during the exam..... and with all that time wasting I still managed tohave 10 minutes left in the quantitive section and in Verbal 15 minutes left. In terms of the Quantitive I think not knowing all the formulas had a lot to do with it. More worrysome was the verbal where I got 18 incorrect. Going back through it I can just see where I did wrong, but at the time of the exam I keep going back to the thinking process of 'this sounds better to me' than actually breaking down the sentence. This is silly since I get in practice questions most lv 600 and 70% of lv 700 right.

I know I could have definitely gotten 30-50 points more had I just done this at 5pm when I have the exam, which is the time at which I work best instead of 1am. Also completely focusing on the exam and not walking off at 3am and starting sleepy at 9am will help. Now, even with all these variables, I do not know if I can go from a 580 to a 700. Because one thing I've noticed I did struggle with the hardest level questions in the exam. I knew what to do but did not implement the formulas/theory correctly.

Lets see how it goes. Seeing how the actual exam actually is has given me a rough estimate of how it will be. I need to give x time for the first y questions, because I worried about time and I made mistakes in questions when I rushed thinking it would be right and then I had 16 minutes left. Silly.
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Does anyone have specific advice for my case? Would really appreciate it.

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Hi all, my exam is in a week from today and I am stuck on a score between 520 and 630. I have taken the exam five times and am very skeptical about the score I would get but have decided to give it one final shot. I am waitlisted at three Top 5 schools and my GMAT score is the only thing that would prevent me from getting in (as explained to me by admissions). I need at least 650, preferably 690 to make the cut.

In quant (range 30-42), my weakest side is problem solving, specifically word problems (algebraic translations, rate problems, and occasionally, linear equations). I am doing very well on DS problems, combinatorics, and all other topics (Rarely make mistakes on DS). Time management is not an issue - I often finish 5-10 minutes early in each section, but I clearly need to spend this time proofing my work. In verbal, I am stuck on a range 27 - 35. My weakest side is CR (assumption / inference), SC (Idioms), and RC overall. Admittedly, I have not spent much time on RC, or verbal prep in general. I did read about and tried to apply the various Kaplan and Manhattan techniques but found that my V score dropped..

Any suggestions on how I can best spend the next 5-6 days before test day would be greatly appreciated. I have already exhausted the question bank from GMATPrep and completed the 6 Manhattan practice tests (and almost done with the free tests listed on the forum. I have taken time off of work to study and plan to take a test each day, review it, and allocate 1-2 hours in the evening each day to verbal / quant and focus on addressing my weaknesses. Thank you for the advice!
I'm not sure how helpful taking a test every day will be. Go ahead if you feel that it won't affect your GMAT, but the safer option is to give yourself some time before the exam to ensure that you are able to focus fully on the day of the exam. Managing time (not rushing or finishing early) is also important, and you can take a little more time on tough questions if you are ahead on time.
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Just took the Veritas and got 630. 44 quant and 33 verbal. This time I was more focused, and did it as if I would do the normal exam. 8/8 in IR, so it is a shame it does not count towards the overall grade. I seem to be getting between a 42-45 in quant everytime. I keep getting the same type of questions wrong, so it seems like I thankfully have time to revise those topics and maybe bump up the score one or two points. The biggest fluctuation is in verbal, where it seems to go from 20-35. Any good cheat sheet/rules to check over?
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Hi all - following up on the below. If anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them as I have less than 5 days to test day.
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Hi all, my exam is in 5 days from today and I am stuck on a score between 520 and 630. I have taken the exam five times and am very skeptical about the score I would get but have decided to give it one final shot. I am waitlisted at three Top 5 schools and my GMAT score is the only thing that would prevent me from getting in (as explained to me by admissions). I need at least 650, preferably 690 to make the cut.

In quant (range 30-42), my weakest side is problem solving, specifically word problems (algebraic translations, rate problems, and occasionally, linear equations). I am doing very well on DS problems, combinatorics, and all other topics (Rarely make mistakes on DS). Time management is not an issue - I often finish 5-10 minutes early in each section, but I clearly need to spend this time proofing my work. In verbal, I am stuck on a range 27 - 35. My weakest side is CR (assumption / inference), SC (Idioms), and RC overall. Admittedly, I have not spent much time on RC, or verbal prep in general. I did read about and tried to apply the various Kaplan and Manhattan techniques but found that my V score dropped..

Any suggestions on how I can best spend the next 5 days before test day would be greatly appreciated. I have already exhausted the question bank from GMATPrep and completed the 6 Manhattan practice tests (and almost done with the free tests listed on the forum. I have taken time off of work to study and plan to take a test each day, review it, and allocate 1-2 hours in the evening each day to verbal / quant and focus on addressing my weaknesses. Thank you for the advice!
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@Mitko20m:
i all - following up on the below. If anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate them as I have less than 5 days to test day.
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Hi all, my exam is in 5 days from today and I am stuck on a score between 520 and 630. I have taken the exam five times and am very skeptical about the score I would get but have decided to give it one final shot. I am waitlisted at three Top 5 schools and my GMAT score is the only thing that would prevent me from getting in (as explained to me by admissions). I need at least 650, preferably 690 to make the cut.

In quant (range 30-42), my weakest side is problem solving, specifically word problems (algebraic translations, rate problems, and occasionally, linear equations). I am doing very well on DS problems, combinatorics, and all other topics (Rarely make mistakes on DS). Time management is not an issue - I often finish 5-10 minutes early in each section, but I clearly need to spend this time proofing my work. (It looks like your problem solving problems could be fixed by memorizing all formulas and key concepts on great resource for that is Target Testp Prep, super recommended!!)In verbal, I am stuck on a range 27 - 35. My weakest side is CR (assumption / inference), SC (Idioms), and RC overall. Admittedly, I have not spent much time on RC, or verbal prep in general. I did read about and tried to apply the various Kaplan and Manhattan techniques but found that my V score dropped..For Verbal.. you can try the following:
1. For assumption/Inference questions issues: for inference always look for the answer choice that MUST be true based on the passage. For Assumption: try to connect the relation between the evidence and the conclusion of the argument.
I won´t recommend Kaplan or Manhattan specially if you are a non native english speaker. Rather, first try to solve CR and SC questions from the OG do not time them just try to identify the issues and solve it in either case. If you don´t understand something look at the explanations found in the book or you can use GMAT Navigator Tool to track your progress. Also be aware to start with EASY questions ONLY until you feel more confident. You can leave RC for last since by practicing CR and SC you are practicing RC without noticing jaja.
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Any suggestions on how I can best spend the next 5 days before test day would be greatly appreciated. I have already exhausted the question bank from GMATPrep and completed the 6 Manhattan practice tests (and almost done with the free tests listed on the forum. I have taken time off of work to study and plan to take a test each day, review it, and allocate 1-2 hours in the evening each day to verbal / quant and focus on addressing my weaknesses. Thank you for the advice! Welcome hope you will do GREAT in your GMAT!! Good Luck
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mitko20m wrote:
Hi all, my exam is in a week from today and I am stuck on a score between 520 and 630. I have taken the exam five times and am very skeptical about the score I would get but have decided to give it one final shot. I am waitlisted at three Top 5 schools and my GMAT score is the only thing that would prevent me from getting in (as explained to me by admissions). I need at least 650, preferably 690 to make the cut.

In quant (range 30-42), my weakest side is problem solving, specifically word problems (algebraic translations, rate problems, and occasionally, linear equations). I am doing very well on DS problems, combinatorics, and all other topics (Rarely make mistakes on DS). Time management is not an issue - I often finish 5-10 minutes early in each section, but I clearly need to spend this time proofing my work. In verbal, I am stuck on a range 27 - 35. My weakest side is CR (assumption / inference), SC (Idioms), and RC overall. Admittedly, I have not spent much time on RC, or verbal prep in general. I did read about and tried to apply the various Kaplan and Manhattan techniques but found that my V score dropped..

Any suggestions on how I can best spend the next 5-6 days before test day would be greatly appreciated. I have already exhausted the question bank from GMATPrep and completed the 6 Manhattan practice tests (and almost done with the free tests listed on the forum. I have taken time off of work to study and plan to take a test each day, review it, and allocate 1-2 hours in the evening each day to verbal / quant and focus on addressing my weaknesses. Thank you for the advice!


Ok, by no means am I an expert, but I think you're pretty close to a 650 its possible to get there maybe possibly even a little higher. You say your range is Q30-Q42. If you slow down a little in your exam you might easily get to Q45. You identified PS as your issue, I would go through GMAT MATH Flash Cards on this forum. You have 6 days, review these cards at least 3-4 times. Practice problem-solving questions, and just take your time with them. Even if it takes you three - four minutes to solve its fine. With time you will get quicker.

Also Highly recommend looking at this article on how to organize your scratchpad, especially for the quant section. It comes with a very good way of keeping track of your time management effortlessly. It seems like you know your weaknesses if you feel there is a question you have no chance of solving sacrifice it. (Unless you're way ahead on time) Now you have a little extra time and you could possibly get a few more of the problem-solving questions right with the extra time.

Try doing just a QUANT CAT with the mentioned strategy, see how you feel.

I am pretty much with you in the same boat for verbal, so I can't really make some great recommendations there.

I was falling a little behind in SC and needed to catch up on some knowledge gaps so I used this free ebook: http://www.manhattanreview.com/download ... -Guide.pdf

You can go through all the content minus practice problems in about 3-4 Hours. If anything it is a good review.

For CR Assumption/Inference Questions You want to quickly map out The Premises, and then the Conclusion. And See what assumption would you have to take to from the Premise to the Conclusion.

If you can tighten these errors you should easily be able to get Q45v35 which is about a 650. You could also do much better then this, but you are not far from your goal.

Most of all believe in your self that the score you want is possible!!

Best of Luck Hope You get that 690+ !!!
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