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# Failed GMAT 2nd time with same score of 480, Need help!!!

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GMAT 1: 480 Q35 V21
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23 Jan 2016, 12:13
Hi,

First Attempt:
I recently took my first GMAT exam on December 3, 2015 and my score was 480 (Q35,V21). I was feeling shattered with my score and I thought may be I did not study well or something. I studied from Kaplan resources. My study pattern was like 16 hours/week and I felt I am doing well.
Kaplan CAT scores:
CAT 1: 510
CAT 2: 480
CAT 3 580
CAT 4: 530
CAT 5: 540

Second Attempt:
So, I took 3 weeks off from everything else and started studying and rescheduled GMAT for January 21, 2015. I have been studying 6 hours a day during those 3 weeks and tried to do the best I could by studying all the Veritas books. Surprisingly I got the same score this time 480 (Q37,V19). This time I studied using Veritas prep resources, thinking that I have already exhausted Kaplan material so I should go for Veritas Prep resources for studying as I heard it is good material to study from. This time I took GMAT Prep as I heard that it is the most accurate score measure for the exam.
GMAT Prep 1: 480
GMAT Prep 2: 540

I am already admitted in MBA program that I want to pursue, but I need to submit a GMAT score of 600+ to go to school. I have not given up on my goal to pursue education just because of an exam. I have decided to retake it for the third time. I do not want to repeat the history by making the same mistakes again. This is my last chance to get the GMAT score for my school before April, which means I have like 2 months to take the exam again and score a 600+. Please help me guys with your experience and expertise so that I can achieve my goal and beat the gmat with help of a strategic approach, because I have realized that number of hours of study and cramming the books does not help to beat this test. I heard that gmatclub is a really good platform for those who seek guidance and it really helps to ace the gmat. Thanks.
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23 Jan 2016, 18:19

Your two Official GMAT Scores are essentially the same performance - you did certain things consistently well, but you made the same consistent mistakes. Many Test Takers who use a 'book-heavy' study approach tend to get 'stuck' at a particular scoring level; that's likely a part of what's happened to you. In addition, since you've been studying a certain way for so long, you've likely developed some 'bad habits' that will take some time to 'fix' (and replace with new 'good habits').

Thankfully, your score goal is modest and 2 months is still plenty of time to make the necessary adjustments to how you study and improve. Given what you've described, you might want to invest in a GMAT Course of some type (either Guided Self-Study or instructor-led).

1) Have you scheduled your next Official GMAT yet?

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23 Jan 2016, 21:50
480 to 600 is definitely possible if you put in 120 hours of effort. Here is what you need to decide:

1. What would be your target Quant and Verbal scores. I would recommend a Q45, V32 (for 630).
2. The start with either Quant or Verbal. I would recommend Verbal and finishing the same. Spend about 70 hours on the same.
3. Learn how to adapt your study plan. Look at some of the examples below for inspiration.

There are many students who have done the same. Click the links below to see more such examples:

Sudheshna improved from V19 (19 percentile) to V37 (83 percentile). Listen to her debriefing to learn how she modulated her preparation based on her weaknesses (and strengths).

Learn how Nikhil improved the GMAT Verbal Score from V19 to V38 over three attempts. Nitin articulates his struggles during this three GMAT Test attempts, outlining what worked for him and how was he able to finally improve to V38.

Tanay improved from 580, 600 to 710, improving his GMAT Verbal score from V28 to V40 in the process. Three things that led to improvement

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