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# From 560 to 550 to 540 - HELP!

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From 560 to 550 to 540 - HELP!  [#permalink]

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Updated on: 03 Apr 2019, 08:32
Hello everyone!

I am reaching out because I am hopeless from my last GMAT result.

Yesterday, I had performed the last one and got a 540 (the lowest score I had ever)!

Definitely, my weak area is verbal and I am aware that to reach the 700 I need to increase the verbal part a lot!

I am missing confidence, and I have exam anxiety. My last official attempts in the mock tests I had taken were: 610 (V29, Q44) (twice), 640 (twice), and 660.

I am not giving up but I also would need help to establish an efficient strategy. Any help, suggestions??

Many thanks!
Lolajam

Originally posted by lolajam on 03 Apr 2019, 06:05.
Last edited by lolajam on 03 Apr 2019, 08:32, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: From 560 to 550 to 540 - HELP!  [#permalink]

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03 Apr 2019, 08:22
lolajam wrote:
Hello everyone!

I am reaching out because I am hopeless from my last GMAT result.

Yesterday, I had performed the last one and got a 540 (the lowest score I had ever)!

Definitely, my weak area is verbal and I am aware that to reach the 700 I need to increase the verbal part a lot!

I am missing confidence, and I have exam anxiety. My last official attempts in the mock tests I had taken were: 610 (V9, Q44) (twice), 640 (twice), and 660.

I am not giving up but I also would need help to establish an efficient strategy. Any help, suggestions??

Many thanks!
Lolajam

Hi lolajam,

I believe you have typed your verbal score incorrectly.

You can start going through your mistakes.
Try to figure out which areas you are committing the mistakes.(Time/Concept or anything specific)
Practice those sections individually and try a mock after some days. I am sure you ll get a better score.

or if you have any specific question, Please feel free to ask here

I hope it helps
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Re: From 560 to 550 to 540 - HELP!  [#permalink]

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03 Apr 2019, 10:49
Hi lolajam

Firstly don't get discouraged by this attempt.You can find lots of stories,on gmatclub, in which people have achieved their dream score in subsequent attempts.

For Quant I would suggest you go thru Manhattan Quant guides and couple them with GMAT club tests, which help you to reach Q49.

For verbal, I would suggest you to enroll for egmat.

All the best!
Hope this helps!
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Re: From 560 to 550 to 540 - HELP!  [#permalink]

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07 Apr 2019, 03:55
Hey lolajam
There can be many many reasons for low verbal score:
- inefficient methodologies (do you get confused by the different answer choices or take too much time?)
- lack of attention to detail (especially in SC but also in RC)
- having difficulty breaking down a CR question into its logical components
- and many more

here are a few thoughts on improving:
When strategizing for the exam, , more than basic skills are important for the Verbal section. It’s just as important to teach yourself the right way to approach each question. Many people, for example, make the mistake of reading all answer choices in all questions; with the clock running, you can’t afford to do this! Many Verbal questions are ones where all the relevant information is in the question itself, and you can use the PRECISE approach to answer the question directly, and avoid becoming confused by the answers. Other questions are those in which there is a general LOGICAL rule that can help answer the question quickly – reading all answers is a waste of time here as well. Only about a third of the questions are those in which it is necessary or preferable to go over all the answer choices (using the ALTERNATIVE approach). The trick is, of course, figuring out which question is which, and this requires concentrated study, checking not only whether you got the question right, but also whether you did so quickly and efficiently.
Hope this helps!
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08 Apr 2019, 01:34
Hi @davidtutoreexamPAL,

Thank you for the advice, but how do you suggest that I do that? Do you suggest any tutor in mind?

I am afraid to re-start my studies again but without a plan or a strategy. I can;t afford to lose my time anymore.

Best,
lolajam
Re: From 560 to 550 to 540 - HELP!   [#permalink] 08 Apr 2019, 01:34
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