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I've been studying for the GMAT for about two months now, and my score after the first practice CAT went up by 120 points (first try was a 350, I was absolutely freaked out by the format of the test and had no idea what was happening, second try a month later was a 470 and I felt decently confident but made some silly math mistakes), but now I feel kind of stagnant and stuck. I just tried to do another CAT but couldn't even complete it because it felt like CAT1 all over again, the PS questions didn't feel familiar.

I'm doing an online course, EMPOWERgmat, and I have really loved it so far, but after taking a new CAT today I feel like I haven't really been practicing the kinds of problems I need to be doing. With the syllabus, i'd been focusing a lot more on the Verbal section and DS questions, and I feel as though that put me at a huge disadvantage for PS questions.

Whats a way that I can utilize both my online course and my OG guides (more than I am now)? When I started the CAT today, I felt like I was seeing kinds of problems I hadn't seen in a while on the Quant section and it really frustrated me. It seems like I haven't been practicing actual problems enough, and i'm not sure what to do. I can follow the syllabus as i've been doing, but I don't know if that'll be enough. Any/all advice appreciated, thanks!

CAT1: 350 (Q9, V26)
CAT2: 470 (Q24, V31)

I study 2-3 hours a day, I go through the EMPOWERgmat schedule, which can be quizzes or reviews of different topics/strategies. I use a tracker to keep track of problems I am consistently getting wrong or mistakes I make, and I review all problems I get wrong on the CATs or quizzes.

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Hey futuremba96 ,

If you can share more details about your study schedule, strategies, which mocks you took both the times, how are you learning from your mistakes, base score, new score, sectional scores, weak areas and similar kind of information, we will be able to help you more.
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Just added some more information, please let me know if that will suffice. Thanks!

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Hi futuremba96,

To start, raising your score 120 points in about 2 months (with improvements in both the Quant and Verbal sections) is a significant improvement. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores - and you freely admit that you've come across question types that you have not learned to deal with yet - so more study is clearly needed (and you will likely continue to improve as you continue to study).

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) Have you filled out a CAT ANALYZER for this recent CAT? Can you define WHY you're currently getting questions wrong?
2) How far have you gone through the EMPOWERgmat Course?
3) What is your goal score?
4) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

If you'd rather discuss your studies privately, then you can feel free to PM me or email me directly.

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Hi futuremba96,

To echo the others, once you have some more information posted, it will be easier to provide advice. I personally had a positive experience with my limited use of EMPOWERgmat. I hope you reach your goals - I'm sure it's possible!

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi futuremba96,

To start, raising your score 120 points in about 2 months (with improvements in both the Quant and Verbal sections) is a significant improvement. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores - and you freely admit that you've come across question types that you have not learned to deal with yet - so more study is clearly needed (and you will likely continue to improve as you continue to study).

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) Have you filled out a CAT ANALYZER for this recent CAT? Can you define WHY you're currently getting questions wrong?
2) How far have you gone through the EMPOWERgmat Course?
3) What is your goal score?
4) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

If you'd rather discuss your studies privately, then you can feel free to PM me or email me directly.

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Hi Rich, just sent you a PM! Thank you!

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1) Have you filled out a CAT ANALYZER for this recent CAT? Can you define WHY you're currently getting questions wrong?
I did not finish the CAT from yesterday as I felt very frustrated and felt it wouldn't be beneficial if I kept going, as my scores would not truly reflect what I know. On the past CAT I completed, I made some silly math mistakes and felt over-powered by some of the passages on Verbal, though after doing more of the modules I felt very confident in the Verbal section and do believe I can get an even higher score now that I know more about pacing and different tactics to answer the questions.

2) How far have you gone through the EMPOWERgmat Course?
I am now at 1.21, though I have done 2 CATs. The second CAT, where I received a 470, was after I started the course and I took that CAT on September 10th.

3) What is your goal score?
My goal score is a 650-700, though higher would be fantastic.

4) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
I was planning to take it in December, but may push it to February to ensure I have enough time to study and master the test.

5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
My application should be in by March 10th.

6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
A top 5 program.

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So I completed the full CAT and received a 540!!! Guys, not gonna lie, i'm freaking out. My Q score was a 36! I went from 9, to 24, to 36! My V score was a 27, which was lower than last time and i'm a little bummed about that, but I can work through it and figure out what the issue is (my guess is CR, those seemed to get me). But holy cow. Just thought i'd share! I cannot believe I got a 36 on the Quant! I understand there's still lots of work to do to reach my score, but i'm pretty happy with my progress. Now I just gonna figure out where to go from here.

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Hi futuremba96,

You continue to make really nice progress, so your hard work is clearly paying off. As you review this CAT, beyond focusing on the obvious things (the questions that you got wrong - and WHY you got them wrong), you should also note the Tactics and patterns that you were able to use to get questions correct (as they will likely be useful again on later CATs - and on Test Day).

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