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650 (Q46, V34) - First attempt.

My real prep time was 1.5 month since January. But I had been on and off on preparation since last September. Mocks had me pegged between 610 & 680 (GMAT prep was 640 & 680; Veritas 650, MGMAT - 610 & 640).

For my target programs (full time MBA @ HEC, IESE, SDA Boconni, and being an Indian male (non engineer), I need a 700 plus.

I am unsure what to do now. Haven't lost my resolve. But the disappointment is taking me over.

I am not pressed for time so I'm thinking, I can reschedule an appointment in another 1.5 months. But I'm really unsure now what would help to improve my score.

PS - Now that I feel a bit more calm. I need a roadmap to tackle this and get a 720 plus. Help please!
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Hi ravigupta2912,

To start, a 650/Q46 is a solid performance. That having been said, raising a 650 to the point that you can consistently score 720+ will likely require at least another 1.5 - 2 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

Before we discuss how you might best continue with your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) Over the last 1.5 months, how many hours did you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School? If it's soon, then what are the exact application deadlines that you are facing?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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Hi ravigupta2912,

To start, a 650/Q46 is a solid performance. That having been said, raising a 650 to the point that you can consistently score 720+ will likely require at least another 1.5 - 2 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

Before we discuss how you might best continue with your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) Over the last 1.5 months, how many hours did you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School? If it's soon, then what are the exact application deadlines that you are facing?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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Hi Rich, thanks for responding. To answer your questions:-


1) Over the last 1.5 months, how many hours did you typically study each week?

I had to juggle work and preparation both, so for the initial 2 weeks, it ranged from maybe 0-1hrs on an average. In the last 3 weeks or so, I did average around 3-4hrs a day. But do keep in mind that I had been on and off on it for the past couple of months. So I wasn't exactly unfamiliar or totally shooting in the dark.

2) What study materials have you used so far?

SC - Aristole SC Grail. Lots of GMATNinja videos as well.

CR - Powerscore Bible
RC - Nothing in particular (OG)

For SC, I am well versed with the concepts and the grammar and meaning rules. However, on test, I have noticed I realise not always on my approach (POE) but also on intuition (when stuck between 2-3 choices).

For RC & CR - I struggle to form the structure and accurately identify the answer. I need to be forced to provide a reason for rejection of answers I think.

For quant, I used MGMAT Strategy Guides for Number Systems & Geometry and did Advanced Quant. I had taken a Jamboree classroom course back in May 2019 so I was not unfamiliar with Q's. However, in quant I struggle with DS and P&C, Inequalities in general. I did the OG and gave quizzes on Veritas, which never ranked me over 50% for DS. Watched some videos from egmat as well on YouTube.

3) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Veritas - 9th Feb 2020 v34, q46 (650)
MGMAT 1 - 4th Feb 2020 v34, q45 (650)
MGMAT 2 - 13TH Feb 2020 v33, q37 (580) (I threw the quant away after 24th Q since I found MGMAT quant significantly tougher)
MGMAT 3 - 13th Feb 2020, v37, q38 (630)
MGMAT 4 - 14th Feb 2020, v37, q 40 (640)

(Bear with me while I gather my GMAT prep scores. At work.)

I guess I bungled by giving too many CATs and actually wasting the limited resource.

I do have my weakness (at large) identified. It is just that I am struggling to move forward.

4) When are you planning to apply to Business School? If it's soon, then what are the exact application deadlines that you are facing?

Planning to apply for 2021. I haven't worked out deadlines but they aren't imminent. I have time till May / June to submit applications but I do want to get over with GMAT by March / first week of April.

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Hi Ravi, it might also be a good idea for you to post your ESR (Enhanced score report) here, for us to do a diagnosis of your performance.
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Hi Ravi, it might also be a good idea for you to post your ESR (Enhanced score report) here, for us to do a diagnosis of your performance.


I'll post that as soon as I get it. I gave the exam yesterday so I guess it'll take a couple of days.

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Hi ravigupta2912,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores. From what you describe, your studies were inconsistent - and you weren't putting in significant study time until the last few weeks before your Exam. As such, it's likely that you just have not put in enough time and effort to score higher yet.

In addition, GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, most of your CAT score results - along with your Official Score - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 650 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes.

Once we have your ESR, we'll be able to better define the specific areas that you'll need to work on going forward.

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi ravigupta2912,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores. From what you describe, your studies were inconsistent - and you weren't putting in significant study time until the last few weeks before your Exam. As such, it's likely that you just have not put in enough time and effort to score higher yet.

In addition, GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, most of your CAT score results - along with your Official Score - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 650 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes.

Once we have your ESR, we'll be able to better define the specific areas that you'll need to work on going forward.

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I'll post the ESR as soon as I have it. 3 months would be too much. Do you think it is feasible in 1 to 1.5 months? If yes, what kind of study effort are we looking at? Just need ballpark estimates at this stage. I know the exact number would get more crystalise once you see the ESR.
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Hi ravigupta2912,

3 months is the TOTAL time that many GMATers put towards their studies - and since you've put in some study time already, you likely would not need another 3 months. In my first post in this thread, I noted that you would likely need at least another 1.5 - 2 months of consistent, guided study (committing 15 - 20 hours a week towards your studies) before you could consistently score 720+ and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

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Hi ravigupta2912,

First of 650 with just 1.5 months of prep is not bad, my friend. So, nice work so far. Regarding how to improve your score to a higher level, you need to go through GMAT quant and verbal carefully to find your exact weaknesses, fill gaps in your knowledge, and strengthen your skills. The overall process will be to learn all about how to answer question types with which you currently aren't very comfortable, and do dozens of practice questions category by category, basically driving up your score point by point. For example, if you find that you are not strong in answering Number Properties questions, then carefully review the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions and practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. 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. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

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, types that you would rather not see, and types 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. Let’s say you are reviewing Critical Reasoning. Be sure that you practice a large number of Critical Reasoning questions: Strengthen and Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, find the Conclusion, Must be True, etc. As you go through the questions, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get correct. If you missed a Weaken question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize what the question was asking? Did you skip over a key detail in an answer choice? Getting GMAT verbal questions right is a matter of what you know, what you see, and what you do. So, any time that you don't get one right, you can seek to identify what you had to know to get the right answer, what you had to see that you didn't see, and what you could have done differently to arrive at the correct answer.

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.

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Hi Guys, ESR is attached. My own observations are that I had some luck in RC and Inequalities. Otherwise, I am not that great in either.
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So there were some problems in the earlier ESR. Re-screenshotted it and attaching it now.

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I've sent you a PM with an analysis of your ESR and some additional notes and questions.

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