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Hi Everyone. I am interested in applying for PhD in supply chain and logistics. I am currently targeting USA and Canada schools. I have done my bachelors in engineering and I have a Masters in management with distinction from UK. Also I am working as a Research Assistant, in the field of supply chain and logistics, at a business school since Jan,2018. The only problem is GMAT. I have given GMAT 4 times and all in vain, the highest i scored is 610 (49Q and 26V). Will it be wise to retake GMAT for the fifth time? Plus I know I have no chance of getting into top tiers so I am targeting 2nd and 3rd tier universities.
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Hi bilalh,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Before providing specific advice, I’d like to learn more about your situation with the GMAT. I have some questions:

1) How many times have you taken the actual GMAT? Please list the dates on which you’ve taken the GMAT, the total scores, and the quant, verbal, and IR scores, as well as how you were feeling while taking the tests.

2) How many practice GMAT tests did you take? Please list the dates on which you’ve taken any practice GMATs, the total scores, and the quant, verbal, and IR scores, as well as how you were feeling while taking the tests. Also, please tell me where these tests came from (ex: mba.com).

3) Please describe how you studied. For how many hours a day did you study and for how many months?

4) To what programs will you be applying? What are the deadlines for these programs?

5) By when would you LIKE to take the GMAT? By when MUST you take the GMAT?

6) For how many hours a day, on average, can you study between now and your next GMAT?

7) In your opinion, how prepared were you for the GMAT? It's important that you answer this question as objectively as possible.

8) Is there anything else that I should know? Anything else you’d like to tell me?

Once I learn a bit more about you, I can provide some detailed advice.

Thanks!

You may find it helpful to read this article about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.
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Hi bilalh,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Before providing specific advice, I’d like to learn more about your situation with the GMAT. I have some questions:

1) How many times have you taken the actual GMAT? Please list the dates on which you’ve taken the GMAT, the total scores, and the quant, verbal, and IR scores, as well as how you were feeling while taking the tests.

2) How many practice GMAT tests did you take? Please list the dates on which you’ve taken any practice GMATs, the total scores, and the quant, verbal, and IR scores, as well as how you were feeling while taking the tests. Also, please tell me where these tests came from (ex: mba.com).

3) Please describe how you studied. For how many hours a day did you study and for how many months?

4) To what programs will you be applying? What are the deadlines for these programs?

5) By when would you LIKE to take the GMAT? By when MUST you take the GMAT?

6) For how many hours a day, on average, can you study between now and your next GMAT?

7) In your opinion, how prepared were you for the GMAT? It's important that you answer this question as objectively as possible.

8) Is there anything else that I should know? Anything else you’d like to tell me?

Once I learn a bit more about you, I can provide some detailed advice.

Thanks!

You may find it helpful to read this article about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.


Hi, Thank you for your reply

1) I have taken GMAT 4 times
570- 46Q and 24V and 54% IR on 16th Oct,2017
610 -49Q and 25V and 83% IR on 16th Nov, 2017
600 -49Q and 26V and 54% IR on 22nd Sept, 2018
540- 43Q and 21V and 70% IR on 15th Oct, 2018
For the first two tests I was pretty relaxed but was not familiar with the stuff. But for the next two exams I was pretty nervous and did study alot

2) I took 8 practice tests and I was pretty relaxed, no pressure at all

GMAT Prep-1 640, 49Q and 29V on 28th Aug 2018
GMAT Prep-2 710 51Q and 35V on 1st Sept 2018
Kaplan Mock- 690 49Q and 35V on 4th Sept 2018
Veritas 1- 650 46Q and 34V on 7th Sept 2018
Veritas 2- 660 46Q and 35V on 10th Sept 2018
Veritas 3- 640 45Q and 33V on 15th Sept 2018
GMAT Prep-3 680 48Q and 35V on 27th Sept 2018
GMAT Prep-4 660 49Q and 32V on 3rd Oct 2018

3) I properly started studying from June 19th 2018 and I used to study 2hrs daily everyday for 3months

4) I will be applying to Purdue, York (Canada), Syracuse, Michigan State, Pittsburgh. One deadline is on 14th Dec and the rest are around Jan 15

5) I will like to take the GMAT within 20 days and I must take the GMAT by December 7th

6) I can study 2hrs everyday for at least a month

7) To be honest I was very well prepared for quant section. I am pretty strong in RC section of verbal but for SC although my accuracy has been around 70-75% i do not feel pretty confident. I can always narrow down the answer choices to 2-3 but I am never confident which one is the right. For CR I am average around 60% accuracy

8) The night before the actual GMAT I overthink a lot. As a result I can't sleep for most part of the night. And when I go to the testing center I feel nervous and anxious. Because GMAT is an important part of the application and I always think what if I do not score good, I will not go to my dream college.

I will really appreciate your feedback on it
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Hi bilalh,

Based on your debrief, my gut instinct is that you should retake the GMAT. However, there is one more important question that must be answered: What is your GMAT score goal? Would you feel comfortable applying to your desired schools with a 610 or do you need a higher score?

Please let me know, and then we can discuss how to move forward.
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Hi bilalh,

Based on your debrief, my gut instinct is that you should retake the GMAT. However, there is one more important question that must be answered: What is your GMAT score goal? Would you feel comfortable applying to your desired schools with a 610 or do you need a higher score?

Please let me know, and then we can discuss how to move forward.


Hi, Thank you for your reply. I definitely need a higher score. The schools that i am applying to their average GMAT score is 630, so I need at least 650
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Understood! So, would you like some advice on how to move forward with your prep?
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Understood! So, would you like some advice on how to move forward with your prep?


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Hi bilalh,

Thank you for responding. Regarding a strategy moving forward, it’s clear (based on your score of V26/Q49) that verbal is where you need to improve. That being said, since you scored pretty low in verbal, it’s clear that you lack some of the verbal fundamentals necessary for a high score, right? So, although you don’t have a ton of time, the only move is to go back and start with the foundations of verbal, working your way to more advanced topics. I realize that Sentence Correction is your weakest verbal topic, but since you have room for improvement in all verbal topics, let’s look at how to improve all of your verbal skills.

Let’s say you’re studying Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to fully master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each Critical Reasoning question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type of question. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and instead focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and thereby comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice Reading Comprehension, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. Keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to analyze such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, it is likely that you will have to work on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

Again, I realize that you don’t have unlimited time, so please feel free to reach out with any further questions.

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