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Five months of work didn’t pay off, new strategy needed

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New post 13 May 2018, 13:51
Hey,

I took my GMAT last week for the first time and scored a depressing 540. I started to study for the GMAT in January, when I scored a 560 on the Princeton Review mock exam.

I completed the book ,,Cracking the GMAT“ and studied 2-3 hours every day in January and February, most of the time with the official guide. However, I couldn’t study a lot in March because of other exams. I returned to study full time in April, when I studied at least 7 hours per day. I completed the math book here on gmatclub, the verbal books of Manhattan, the Kaplan GMAT workbook and all the official guides. Additionally, I solved a lot of questions which were posted in this forum. I got approx. 90% right on Sub-600 questions and 60% on the 600-700 questions.

These are my mock exam statistics: 640 (mba.com, beginning of March), 580 (Manhattan, beginning of April), 680 (Kaplan, mid of April), 640 (Veritas Prep, Beginning of May)

My problem is that I don’t see an especially weak area, because my quantitative and verbal scores are pretty balanced. Maybe my Quant score is a little bit lower on average. Even though I am pretty devasted about scoring so low on my actual gmat, I want to retake it in two months to reach my target score of 650.

I need some help with the right strategy to reach that goal. I thought about taking the math Mathrevolution Online Course to enhance my Quant score and the E-Gmat verbal course. Do you think these two would be helpful, even though I feel pretty confident with all the concepts proved on the gmat? I already spent so much money on my gmat prep, however my actual gmat result of 540 showed me that my strategy didn’t pay off.

Many thanks for your help in advance


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New post 13 May 2018, 14:24
Going from 540 to 650 is going to take at least 3 months of consistent prep.

540 means you have problem with basics. For 650 you need nearly hundred percent accuracy on sub 600 and about 70 percent accuracy on 600-700

Also don't focus on practicing too much but rather on learning


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Hey,

I took my GMAT last week for the first time and scored a depressing 540. I started to study for the GMAT in January, when I scored a 560 on the Princeton Review mock exam.

I completed the book ,,Cracking the GMAT“ and studied 2-3 hours every day in January and February, most of the time with the official guide. However, I couldn’t study a lot in March because of other exams. I returned to study full time in April, when I studied at least 7 hours per day. I completed the math book here on gmatclub, the verbal books of Manhattan, the Kaplan GMAT workbook and all the official guides. Additionally, I solved a lot of questions which were posted in this forum. I got approx. 90% right on Sub-600 questions and 60% on the 600-700 questions.

These are my mock exam statistics: 640 (mba.com, beginning of March), 580 (Manhattan, beginning of April), 680 (Kaplan, mid of April), 640 (Veritas Prep, Beginning of May)

My problem is that I don’t see an especially weak area, because my quantitative and verbal scores are pretty balanced. Maybe my Quant score is a little bit lower on average. Even though I am pretty devasted about scoring so low on my actual gmat, I want to retake it in two months to reach my target score of 650.

I need some help with the right strategy to reach that goal. I thought about taking the math Mathrevolution Online Course to enhance my Quant score and the E-Gmat verbal course. Do you think these two would be helpful, even though I feel pretty confident with all the concepts proved on the gmat? I already spent so much money on my gmat prep, however my actual gmat result of 540 showed me that my strategy didn’t pay off.

Many thanks for your help in advance
1. I think that 540 you got is not representative of your current capability. You have 600+ scores on almost all your tests (and most importantly, on a GMATPrep test). As such, you might get a better score just by taking the GMAT again.

2. You might want to take a few more GMATPrep tests to see whether you are able to consistently touch or cross that 650 target you have set yourself.

3. Additional practice material could come from new sources, but that's something that you are in the best position to take a call on. Again, it depends on how well you do on the other GMATPrep tests you take.

Keep in mind that scores do move up and down for a lot of reasons and that only a large number of attempts can guarantee that you'll get the score you deserve. A few people get their target score on the first attempt, but many more need to retake the exam (sometimes twice, thrice...).
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New post 14 May 2018, 11:02
Hi JRiverside,

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) Were these CATs in the 'old' format or the new, shorter format?
2) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
3) Did you take them at home?
4) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
5) 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.)?
6) 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 15 May 2018, 05:03
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi JRiverside,

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) Were these CATs in the 'old' format or the new, shorter format?
2) Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
3) Did you take them at home?
4) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
5) 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.)?
6) 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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Rich


Hey Rich,

the Kaplan and the Mannhattan one were in the new format, the other ones were in the old format.
I always started with Quant as my first segment, followed by Verbal. I completed the essay and IR questions really fast, because i was just concerned about my score.
I took my tests at the library where i studied most of the time, and around the same time i would actually sit for the exam.
I didn´t do anything which i couldnt do on testday, and i got the feeling that i saw some questions on the mba.com ones before.

Thanks for your help


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Hi JRiverside,

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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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi JRiverside,

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)?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich


Hello Rich,

sorry for coming back that late.

I have really big problems with test anxiety etc, so i think thats one of my biggest weaknesses. However i dont think that this affected me a lot during the exam, because i felt really calm. Timingwise, I felt good, only reading comprehension bothered me a lot, because i didn´t know that you had to scroll up in order to see the first paragraph. So i started to read with the second paragraph.
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JRiverside wrote:
Hey,

I took my GMAT last week for the first time and scored a depressing 540. I started to study for the GMAT in January, when I scored a 560 on the Princeton Review mock exam.

I completed the book ,,Cracking the GMAT“ and studied 2-3 hours every day in January and February, most of the time with the official guide. However, I couldn’t study a lot in March because of other exams. I returned to study full time in April, when I studied at least 7 hours per day. I completed the math book here on gmatclub, the verbal books of Manhattan, the Kaplan GMAT workbook and all the official guides. Additionally, I solved a lot of questions which were posted in this forum. I got approx. 90% right on Sub-600 questions and 60% on the 600-700 questions.

These are my mock exam statistics: 640 (mba.com, beginning of March), 580 (Manhattan, beginning of April), 680 (Kaplan, mid of April), 640 (Veritas Prep, Beginning of May)

My problem is that I don’t see an especially weak area, because my quantitative and verbal scores are pretty balanced. Maybe my Quant score is a little bit lower on average. Even though I am pretty devasted about scoring so low on my actual gmat, I want to retake it in two months to reach my target score of 650.

I need some help with the right strategy to reach that goal. I thought about taking the math Mathrevolution Online Course to enhance my Quant score and the E-Gmat verbal course. Do you think these two would be helpful, even though I feel pretty confident with all the concepts proved on the gmat? I already spent so much money on my gmat prep, however my actual gmat result of 540 showed me that my strategy didn’t pay off.

Many thanks for your help in advance

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New post 22 May 2018, 11:17
Hi JRiverside,

To properly define what went wrong on Test Day - and to help you to better prepare for your next attempt - I'm going to need more information and you're going to have to provide far more information than you have currently provided. In these types of situations, the details matter a great deal, so I'm really going to need answers to all of my questions before I can offer you the specific advice that you're looking for.

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