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# From 400 to 700?

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27 Jun 2018, 23:29
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Hi Gmat Brotherhood,

Currently, I am really unmotivated and discouraged that I will do well on the Gmat, as I did my first practice test and only scored 400 Points ...
I will write the GMAT in approx. 3-4 month.
Do you think it is possible to achieve a score over, lets say, at leats 650? Or even better 700?
FYI: Actually I have learnt all the concepts already at some Point in time during my School years, so they are not new for me, I just forgot them somehow.

Wish you the best and thank you for your Input,

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28 Jun 2018, 02:48
CaptainPatch wrote:
Hi Gmat Brotherhood,

Currently, I am really unmotivated and discouraged that I will do well on the Gmat, as I did my first practice test and only scored 400 Points ...
I will write the GMAT in approx. 3-4 month.
Do you think it is possible to achieve a score over, lets say, at leats 650? Or even better 700?
FYI: Actually I have learnt all the concepts already at some Point in time during my School years, so they are not new for me, I just forgot them somehow.

Wish you the best and thank you for your Input,

CP

Hey CaptainPatch
I have no idea what your abilities are, so I can't say if 650-700 is realistic, but what I can tell you is that I wouldn't worry too much about the score on the first practice test, if you haven't studied before it.
Everyone has studied the material before, and pretty much everyone forgets it by the time they approach the GMAT. That's totally natural - it is necessary to re-learn it. Even after that, the material is not the main issue: what the the GMAT tests is your ability to answer quickly.
Maybe you'll find this blog post useful:
https://exampal.com/gmat/blog/prepare-gmat-60-days/
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28 Jun 2018, 05:51
CaptainPatch wrote:
Hi Gmat Brotherhood,

Currently, I am really unmotivated and discouraged that I will do well on the Gmat, as I did my first practice test and only scored 400 Points ...
I will write the GMAT in approx. 3-4 month.
Do you think it is possible to achieve a score over, lets say, at leats 650? Or even better 700?
FYI: Actually I have learnt all the concepts already at some Point in time during my School years, so they are not new for me, I just forgot them somehow.

Wish you the best and thank you for your Input,

CP

The time you have on hand is enough to bump your score significantly. By how much you can improve will depend on how wisely you utilize the time and the way you study. The more self-aware you are, the more you will be able to identify and work on your weak areas. Good luck!
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28 Jun 2018, 12:39
Hi CaptainPatch,

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:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for this 400?

Goals:
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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09 Jul 2018, 02:08
Hi CaptainPatch,

You can surely improve your score within 3-4 months! If you want 700, a good mix of 700 is Q49 and V35. If you do better on verbal, you quant score can be lower than 49. Since we are specialized in math, we can give you advice on math only.
Based on the score, it seems like you need to work on your basic math skills first before studying GMAT Math.
It seems like you already know the concepts but you didn't study them for many years so all you need is to go over the basics to refresh your memory
If you would like to study basics first, you can also learn them on our website as we offer them as free lessons.

Also, the other reason for your low score is that you don't seem to understand how GMAT Math works.
In fact, there are two important things you need to know about GMAT Math;
Firstly, GMAT is a logic test, not a general math test. That is, you need to learn the logic to tackle GMAT questions.
You can still solve GMAT questions with the conventional method.
If you aim to hit a high score in quant, the conventional method is time-consuming and tends to be inefficient. You may hit Q45 or above with the conventional way, but it is difficult or very long to study until you hit Q49-51. Hence, we strongly recommend learning the logic, which you can learn from our online course.

The other important factor is to practi​ce​ the most current GMAT questions. A number of questions you get to practi​ce​ online tend to be out-of-date and they ​might ​not ​be ​that relevant to the current type​s​ of GMAT questions. If you are not used to the current type​s​ of questions, this could also be a reason to why your score is not improving. However, all the questions you get to practi​ce​ from our online course are developed based on the current type of GMAT questions.

Most importantly, we can help you with the two key factors if youw ant to succeed in GMAT,
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10 Jul 2018, 09:29
CaptainPatch wrote:
Hi Gmat Brotherhood,

Currently, I am really unmotivated and discouraged that I will do well on the Gmat, as I did my first practice test and only scored 400 Points ...
I will write the GMAT in approx. 3-4 month.
Do you think it is possible to achieve a score over, lets say, at leats 650? Or even better 700?
FYI: Actually I have learnt all the concepts already at some Point in time during my School years, so they are not new for me, I just forgot them somehow.

Wish you the best and thank you for your Input,

CP

Hi

It is possible to get 700 score with sound strategies and study plan after 400 diagnostic test score. Here is a study plan for you

Prep Material

For Concept Learning

Manhattan Quant Guides
Manhattan Verbal Guides
For CR: The Powerscore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible
For RC: Aristotle RC Grail

For Practice

The Official Guide for GMAT 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2015-18

You can start with Quant or Verbal which suits you. If you have started with Quant then Start with the Arithmetic but if started with verbal then start first with Sentence correction. One month for learning Quant concepts and one month for practicing question and same practice for Verbal. During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice. 6-8 CATs are enough for practice the real tests. Make your Stamina for sitting 3 hours in the test and don't study more than 2 hours in one sit and 4 hours per day

Top CATs for Practice

1. Official GMAC CATs
2. Manhattan CATs
3. Kaplan CATs
4. GMAT Club Quant CATs

Good Luck
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11 Jul 2018, 09:01
CaptainPatch wrote:
Hi Gmat Brotherhood,

Currently, I am really unmotivated and discouraged that I will do well on the Gmat, as I did my first practice test and only scored 400 Points ...
I will write the GMAT in approx. 3-4 month.
Do you think it is possible to achieve a score over, lets say, at leats 650? Or even better 700?
FYI: Actually I have learnt all the concepts already at some Point in time during my School years, so they are not new for me, I just forgot them somehow.

Wish you the best and thank you for your Input,

CP

Hi CaptainPatch,

Yes it's definitely possible. You should dedicate around 3 months to improve your score. It’s a good thing you have taken a GMAT Mock once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for that period, you are sure to achieve your goal. I think you need to solidify you base and adopt a proper technique to answer the questions. I believe you may benefit from taking a GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

You can also try out the MGMAT guides they are phenomenal and cover the entire syllabus really well. Just by going through these guides and solving the OG will help you reach 600+.I must add that 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.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep 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.

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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13 Jul 2018, 06:37
CaptainPatch wrote:
Hi Gmat Brotherhood,

Currently, I am really unmotivated and discouraged that I will do well on the Gmat, as I did my first practice test and only scored 400 Points ...
I will write the GMAT in approx. 3-4 month.
Do you think it is possible to achieve a score over, lets say, at leats 650? Or even better 700?
FYI: Actually I have learnt all the concepts already at some Point in time during my School years, so they are not new for me, I just forgot them somehow.

Wish you the best and thank you for your Input,

CP

4 months? no

you're better off cancelling the test, and not rescheduling one until you achieve a three test trailing average of at least 650. otherwise, you'll be wasting your money
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