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GMAT 680 but only 41st Perc. RC - Prepare for difficult RC with LSAT?

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GMAT 1: 620 Q47 V28
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10 Oct 2019, 09:45
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Hi everyone,

I would like to get general feedback on my ESR analysis and my next preparation steps. Is there something I am overlooking? And especially I would like to ask for your ideas how to prepare for difficult RC Questions.

Situation

- I took the GMAT this year in February and scored 680 (47Q / 36V).
- While it is a good improvement from my first result with (47Q / 28V) I will still aim to go for the third time in order to get 700+ and my dream uni.
- One of the main reasons is that I have the time and I believe I can actually do it based on my ESR Analysis

ESR Report

My ESR report (see attached offered two main weaknesses:
- RC (Only 41st Percentile)
- Difficult Quant Questions (especially in Geometry).

Preparation

My target is now to get to Q48/Q49 and bring my Verbal Level to 40+.

For Quant my preparation is mainly focused on:
- Be very solid in the fundamentals with MGMAT Books and GMATClub Mathbook
- Dedicated study in the Topics to really make sure I understand most of the tested concepts (and also make sure I am ready for Geometry)
- Do GMATClub Tests Questions to be ready for more difficult Quant Questions
- A lot of questions (try to reduce Careless errors)

For Verbal I am a little bit lost. My main weakness is Reading Comprehension. When I was on the test the passages were much harder than in OG. This was to be expected, as I read that the OG is only covering rarely Verbal Questions beyond 650+, but still, I am not sure how I can improve now.

My ideas:
- Switch now to LSAT Questions to improve my reading and analysis skills of hard RC passages (the simple passages I am comfortable)
- When I feel more comfortable with difficult RC switch back to RC passages in the OG and eliminate careless errors
- Read a lot of books and high-level English (HBR, Economist)

What do you think of this approach? Anyone else been in the same situation and has some advice?

Happy for anything!

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Re: GMAT 680 but only 41st Perc. RC - Prepare for difficult RC with LSAT?  [#permalink]

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10 Oct 2019, 10:30
Hi Philip,

To start, a 680/Q47 is a fantastic Score, so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

There's certainly no harm in retesting, but since you took the GMAT about 8 months ago, the data in this ESR might not accurate reflect who you are as a Test Taker right NOW. Before we discuss that data, I'd like to know a bit more about how you've been studying since then - and your overall timeline and goals:

1) Since February, what type of study routine have you been following? How many hours do you typically study each week?
2) What study materials have you used over the course of ALL of your studies? What "brands" of practice CATs/mocks have you used?
3) Have you taken any practice CATs since you took the Official GMAT? On what dates did you take EACH of those CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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

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11 Oct 2019, 10:44
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Hi HHPreparation.

The good news is that 680 is a great start.

Regarding your plan for quant, I think it’s a good idea to continue to practice, so you can continue to discover and fix remaining weak areas. A good way to practice is to practice topic by topic, so you can really dig in to each topic to see exactly where you are weak.
For example, let’s say that you want to practice Number Properties. You can do so by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties: LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, remainders, etc. As you do such practice, do a thorough analysis of each question that you don't get right. If you get 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 address your weaknesses and, in turn, improve your GMAT quant skills. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

Regarding verbal, I agree that you need to work on your RC skills, although I'm not certain that you need to switch over to LSAT questions. In any case, do you want some advice on how to improve your RC skills?

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