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# Failed in G-MAT after lot of preparation!! Need expert's suggestion

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31 Aug 2018, 03:27
Hi,

I have recently taken GMAT and I did not do well. In the all Mocks ( GMAT Prep , MGMAT) I always used get 46 -49 in Quant section but in the actual I scored just 36. I never expected this score. This created lot of confusion now becuase I am not sure how to improve further because before the test I have completed many Quant books (MGMAT, OG, KAPLAN) . In the test day , I agree ,I was not able to give my best. I wasted my time mostly in word problems. But still 36 was not expected.

In the verbal section also I got a shock. I thought I will score 30+ but I got 18!! I was confident in SC and RC section. CR was okay ( I thought 4-5 will be wrong). I really do not know what went wrong. When I start my GMAT preparation 4/5 months back my CAT score was better that this actual score.

I am very upset and not sure what went wrong. I am nervous also because I do not how to impore 200+ score from here in few months. My biggest worry is , I had completed many books and appeared for lot of mock test . To name few are, OG 2018, ( Also Verbal ,Quant Review), MGMAT, KAPLAN800, E gmat scholaranium.As I am not a native English speaker I really worked hard for my Verbal section. In the Mocks when I started scorring 30+ then only I booked my GMAT test date. Though I do not want to give up my hope ,but in the same time I do not want to waste my time also in my next effort. Can you please suggest me if anything might help me in this stage ! My Target score is 650+ and I have 2 months. I am a working professional ,and I can spend maximum 3-4 hours daily.

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31 Aug 2018, 05:08
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Hi,

I have recently taken GMAT and I did not do well. In the all Mocks ( GMAT Prep , MGMAT) I always used get 46 -49 in Quant section but in the actual I scored just 36. I never expected this score. This created lot of confusion now becuase I am not sure how to improve further because before the test I have completed many Quant books (MGMAT, OG, KAPLAN) . In the test day , I agree ,I was not able to give my best. I wasted my time mostly in word problems. But still 36 was not expected.

In the verbal section also I got a shock. I thought I will score 30+ but I got 18!! I was confident in SC and RC section. CR was okay ( I thought 4-5 will be wrong). I really do not know what went wrong. When I start my GMAT preparation 4/5 months back my CAT score was better that this actual score.

I am very upset and not sure what went wrong. I am nervous also because I do not how to impore 200+ score from here in few months. My biggest worry is , I had completed many books and appeared for lot of mock test . To name few are, OG 2018, ( Also Verbal ,Quant Review), MGMAT, KAPLAN800, E gmat scholaranium.As I am not a native English speaker I really worked hard for my Verbal section. In the Mocks when I started scorring 30+ then only I booked my GMAT test date. Though I do not want to give up my hope ,but in the same time I do not want to waste my time also in my next effort. Can you please suggest me if anything might help me in this stage ! My Target score is 650+ and I have 2 months. I am a working professional ,and I can spend maximum 3-4 hours daily.

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Prasun

Hi Prasun,

Sorry to hear about your experience. Please do not be upset as GMAT does test your perseverance. If you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in Quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them. Please Note, that you should only do GMATCLUB tests once you have covered the base and looking to further enhance your concepts as GMATCLUB tests are a bit more difficult than the actual GMAT.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Veritas Prep Tests and Experts Global tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Hope this helps. All the best!!
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31 Aug 2018, 14:04
Hi Prasun,

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:

1) 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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01 Sep 2018, 02:26
Hi Rich,

Thank you for the reply. Do you think anything can be done to overcome this kind of situation next time. May I request you to suggest me , what kind of changes I need to bring in my practice now. On the test day, what could be the other surprising factors which I could know before the test, so that I would be prepared for it next time. I targeted for 32+ in Verbal and 48+ in Quant. And I was happy with my preparation. I think my accuracy and ability both betrayed me on the test day. As my target score is 650, do you think that I need to raise up my target score for both verbal and quant. So that in worst case scenarios also I would not miss my target. And to achieve this what kind of preparation and change of approach I require now.

1) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?

I normally took Quant and Verbal together . Sometime I took IR also along with Quant and Verbal.

2) Did you take them at home?

Yes, mostly at home.As I did not have other options where I can write the exam.

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

No, as I am working professional I used to take the mocks in my convenient time. But I made sure to complete quant and verbal section religiously.

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.)?

On the test day I was struggling with Marker pen. Because ink was drying up frequently and I used to call the invigilator frequently for new pen.But I do not think that could be the only reason for my failure.

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)?

Yes for GMAT Prep mocks , I agree few of the questions were known but these were conceptual question which might be known to all when anyone start GMAT preparation. During the test time I did not even realize whether I solved it earlier or not. But MGMAT tests were mostly accurate. I used to score 42-45 range, and people used to say me in the final exam I could expect 4-5 point increment from MGMAT tests.

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01 Sep 2018, 10:35
Hi Prasun,

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

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

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01 Sep 2018, 17:31
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I would also request you to get an ESR and post it to get expert reviews.
My two cents:

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No, as I am working professional I used to take the mocks in my convenient time. But I made sure to complete quant and verbal section religiously.

Did your convenient time match the same as per your exam slot?
Say you took mock at 6 am and your actual exam was at 10 am.
Also do you recall anything e.g feeling more hungry/distracted/ stuck up in few quarters during your actual exam?

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On the test day I was struggling with Marker pen. Because ink was drying up frequently and I used to call the invigilator frequently for new pen.But I do not think that could be the only reason for my failure.

I wish you gave yourself a pat on back since there are tons of stories of low scores from people getting distracted
because of the loud surrounding noise or few admin issues as in your case. May I know how you handle
stress genereally at your workplace or in personal life? A self-introspection shall reveal a supporting evidence for your above claim.

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To name few are, OG 2018, ( Also Verbal ,Quant Review), MGMAT, KAPLAN800, E gmat scholaranium

My friend, the mocks made by every different prep shall allign with the course structure taught in their modules.
E.g scholarinium would bank on pre-thinking and meaning approach.
Manhattan mocks have an excellent after mock analysis. See if your weak areas in actual exam (e.g. hard word problems)
matched with manhattan mocks. You shall also see time spent on 700 level Qs in manhattan mocks.

While every prep company tries to mimic GMAC pattern, please be aware that GMAC actually spends huge amount of money to
make sure each and every Q on GMAT reflects your true ability (unless you are stressed or not letting few hard ones go)
When you are close to the actual exam, did you practice from question pack and exam packs?
If possible can you share the split of the same including splits in above mocks?

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In the Mocks when I started scorring 30+ then only I booked my GMAT test date.

Do thoughts in this post

Wishing you all the best for your re-attempt.
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03 Sep 2018, 16:10
Hi prasunsaha3434,

I’m sorry to hear about how things went with your GMAT. While it’s possible that nerves affected your performance on the test, since you had such a severe score drop, it's more likely that some of your verbal and quant weaknesses were exposed when you took the GMAT. In other words, it could be that in your preparation, you did not really learn to do what you have to do in order to score high, but rather you picked up on some patterns that were effective in getting you relatively high scores on practice tests.

Since you scored a Q36/V18, it’s clear that you lack certain GMAT quant and verbal fundamentals that are necessary for a high GMAT score. To improve your skills, follow a study plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can slowly build GMAT mastery of one topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts. For example, if you are learning about Number Properties, 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.

Each time you strengthen your understanding of a topic and your skill in answering questions of a particular type, you increase your odds of hitting your score goal. You know that there are types of questions that you are happy to see and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions that you take a long time to answer correctly. Learn to more effectively answer the types of questions that you would rather not see, and make them into your favorite types. Learn to correctly answer in two minutes or less questions that you currently take five minutes to answer. 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.

You can work on verbal in a similar manner. For example, let’s say you start by learning about 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 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 Critical Reasoning 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.

Sentence Correction, on the other hand, 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, and it is also likely that the reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning the 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. Likely, the main reason that Sentence Correction has not "clicked" for you is that you have not put enough work into developing your skill in seeing what is going on in the various versions of the sentence that the answer choices create. 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 in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? 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 in a Sentence Correction question, 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 are answering Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. For instance, 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 that would have extended 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 Sentence Correction skills improve, you will then want to practice with Sentence Correction questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

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.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new verbal and quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

Keep in mind also that this process may take longer than two months, so track your progress over the next four to six weeks, and if you are not making the type of improvement you need, consider pushing back your exam.

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04 Sep 2018, 06:12
Hi Scott,

Thank you so much for the detailed reply. One thing I understood, may be I should not set anytime line now ( as I thought of 2 months for my target score). I will give my effort but if not then I will extend for next year. I also did some self study .One reason I found I was not consistent in my scores in mock tests. Someday I used to get 630 and in some other day 520. I thought in actual test I would get 630+. My bad judgement.

I will start afresh and rely more on GMAT club content.I will give myself ample time and whenever I will consistently score 650 in mocks then I will write GMAT again. I will reach all experts here for any specific doubts in my study. Thank you once again.

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Hi prasunsaha3434,

I am sorry that your scores were not in line with your expectations. You seem to have put in a lot of effort and used a lot of resources. It is now important that you make sure you have learnt adequately from all the resources that you have used. You must review all the mistakes that you have made to identify the reason for making those mistakes and work on improving that. Since you have used Scholaranium in your preparation, I would recommend that you look at the Skill Data section in it and identify the topics that you need to improve upon and do so in a structured manner. I also think that you would find the following article helpful:

Feel free to write to us at support@e-gmat.com for any further assistance.

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