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I had purchased the EGMAT verbal course for improving my SC conceptual gaps. I finished the SC course module, solved ability quizzes on the scholaranium and solved some SC OG quizzes and have mastered it. I religiously solved all OG questions. Also reviewed my errors and solved it again after a month. I completed the quant question set on the ManhattanRApp available on the Android Store. After this, I started giving mocks and have been scoring consistently low. I started preparing for GMAT in May 2018 as soon as I quit my job and targeted a score of 700. I completed all the manhattan quant guides and also attended the egmat quant webinars. I have booked my GMAT on 22nd October 2018. Following are my mock test scores :

Manhattan Prep - 610 (Q44, V31)
Veritas Prep 1 - 490 ( Q39, V19)
Veritas Prep 2 - 600 ( Q43, V30)
GMAT Prep 1 - 570 (Q42, V27)
GMAT Prep 2 - 610 (Q44, V31).

I request you to suggest whether I should consider scheduling my exam and delay it by a month. In addition to that, what strategy should I apply in order to reach my target score? This is my 2nd attempt. I gave my first in June 2016 and scored an emvarassing 580. I have invested all my savings in the preparation and I see no hope in scoring a 700 with my current mock scores. I feel helpless and miserable. Reading all the success stories had pushed for the 2nd attempt. Please help.

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I had purchased the EGMAT verbal course for improving my SC conceptual gaps. I finished the SC course module, solved ability quizzes on the scholaranium and solved some SC OG quizzes and have mastered it. I religiously solved all OG questions. Also reviewed my errors and solved it again after a month. I completed the quant question set on the ManhattanRApp available on the Android Store. After this, I started giving mocks and have been scoring consistently low. I started preparing for GMAT in May 2018 as soon as I quit my job and targeted a score of 700. I completed all the manhattan quant guides and also attended the egmat quant webinars. I have booked my GMAT on 22nd October 2018. Following are my mock test scores :

Manhattan Prep - 610 (Q44, V31)
Veritas Prep 1 - 490 ( Q39, V19)
Veritas Prep 2 - 600 ( Q43, V30)
GMAT Prep 1 - 570 (Q42, V27)
GMAT Prep 2 - 610 (Q44, V31).

I request you to suggest whether I should consider scheduling my exam and delay it by a month. In addition to that, what strategy should I apply in order to reach my target score? This is my 2nd attempt. I gave my first in June 2016 and scored an emvarassing 580. I have invested all my savings in the preparation and I see no hope in scoring a 700 with my current mock scores. I feel helpless and miserable. Reading all the success stories had pushed for the 2nd attempt. Please help.

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Welcome to the GMAT Club. I am not an expert but have appeared recently and want to add my two cents.

I think you should postpone your GMAT date as 11 days time is very less to improve by a large margin. What is your target score? GMAT Prep scores are very reliable and usually the final score on the real exam is +- 20 points of your GPRep score.

You can start off by solving 600 level questions here on the gmat club solve as many as you can always keeping an error log ( Check which type of questions you get wrong and why *Silly mistake/ conceptual mistake/ concept never heard of* etc.. You have a lot of scope to improve both Quant and verbal...

For strategy you have all the material available here on the gmat club in addition to the courses you have already invested in. Now time is to put overtime in solving questions ( starting from easy -> medium and then if possible hard) and evaluating where and why you go wrong.

I am sure the folks here will help you on your journey! All the best & inform us of your decision.

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New post 08 Oct 2018, 07:09
Thank you Gladiator59. My target score is 700. I have received a 4.00 GPA (on a scale of 4) in my bachelors degree and needed to crack the GMAT for getting an admit into the top B-schools.Since I have missed the R1 deadline, I was hesitant on rescheduling my exam. I will be starting my preparation from square one and try my luck at the exam next month.

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I had purchased the EGMAT verbal course for improving my SC conceptual gaps. I finished the SC course module, solved ability quizzes on the scholaranium and solved some SC OG quizzes and have mastered it. I religiously solved all OG questions. Also reviewed my errors and solved it again after a month. I completed the quant question set on the ManhattanRApp available on the Android Store. After this, I started giving mocks and have been scoring consistently low. I started preparing for GMAT in May 2018 as soon as I quit my job and targeted a score of 700. I completed all the manhattan quant guides and also attended the egmat quant webinars. I have booked my GMAT on 22nd October 2018. Following are my mock test scores :

Manhattan Prep - 610 (Q44, V31)
Veritas Prep 1 - 490 ( Q39, V19)
Veritas Prep 2 - 600 ( Q43, V30)
GMAT Prep 1 - 570 (Q42, V27)
GMAT Prep 2 - 610 (Q44, V31).

I request you to suggest whether I should consider scheduling my exam and delay it by a month. In addition to that, what strategy should I apply in order to reach my target score? This is my 2nd attempt. I gave my first in June 2016 and scored an embarassing 580. I have invested all my savings in the preparation and I see no hope in scoring a 700 with my current mock scores. I feel helpless and miserable. Reading all the success stories had pushed for the 2nd attempt. Please help.

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IMO it is difficult to improve from a 610 to a 700 within 14 days. You need to improve in both Quant and Verbal.
Please go through the following posts for raising your Quant and Verbal score:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 41670.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-go-to ... 42366.html

I would suggest to try your best and appear for a Gmatprep test about 10 days prior to the test. You can take a decision based on that result.
If you have to reschedule, you should do it before 7 days of the test in order to avoid losing the $250.
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Hi Lakshmi1901,

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, your 3 recent CAT score results - along with your Official Score - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 600 +/- a few points). Thus, it's possible that you have gotten 'stuck' at this score level, meaning that "your way" of responding to the GMAT is keeping you from scoring higher. Raising a 600 to a 700+ will likely require at least another 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. However, with your current Test Date, you have just 2 weeks of study time remaining. As such, you should consider pushing back your Test Date.

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 your timeline and your goals:

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
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3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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New post 08 Oct 2018, 19:45
Hi EMPOWERgmatRichC. Thank you for your response. The following are the answers to the questions :

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
Sept 2019 Intake ( Round 2 - Jan)
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
IE Businness School, Erasmus Rotterdam, Essec Business School
3) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?
35 - 40 Hours

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Hi Lakshmi1901,

If your application deadlines are not until January, then there is really NO reason to rush in to retake the GMAT if you are not scoring close to your Goal Score during your CATs. You appear to have plenty of available study time - which is good - so now your focus has to be on learning and practicing the proper Tactics for BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. I suggest that you push back your Test Date for some time in early December; this would still give you enough time to retest (if needed).

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 (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

Based on everything that you’ve described, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat Total Score Booster to be quite helpful. Most of our clients complete that Study Plan in under 2 months, so it would fit your timeframe perfectly. We have a variety of free resources on our site (www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an Account.

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Lakshmi1901 wrote:
Thank you Gladiator59. My target score is 700. I have received a 4.00 GPA (on a scale of 4) in my bachelor's degree and needed to crack the GMAT for getting an admit into the top B-schools. Since I have missed the R1 deadline, I was hesitant on rescheduling my exam. I will be starting my preparation from square one and try my luck at the exam next month.

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R2 Deadlines are not until Jan'19 and with a couple of months for those deadline, I think you can afford to postpone until you get at least within 30-40 points of your target score. Please let us know what you decided to do. All the best!

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Hi Lakshmi1901,

I’m sorry to hear how things have been going with your GMAT. Since you have been studying for a while and have not seen the improvement you need, something must be going on with your prep that is not allowing you to improve your GMAT skills, right?

So, to answer your first question, I think you need to delay your GMAT until you are comfortably hitting your goal score on official practice exams. Now, as for a strategy to reach your target score, since verbal seems to be a large weakness, let’s start with how to improve your verbal skills.

I know it’s hard to believe (after completing various resources), but in order to improve your verbal score, you are going to have to start with the foundations and progress to more advanced topics. It’s quite possible that in your previous study plan, you focused on too much PRACTICE and not enough LEARNING. Moving forward, take an approach that allows you FIRST to learn the concepts and strategies related to GMAT verbal and SECOND to practice with a large number of realistic questions.

For example, let’s say you start by learning about 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 question type, do focused practice so you can track your skill in answering each type. 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. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle 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, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working 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.

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.

Now, regarding quant, you seem to be in much better shape. If you can improve to at least a Q47, you should be in a pretty good spot. Since you recently scored a Q44, you clearly don’t need to go back and learn the foundations of GMAT quant; however, you still should engage in a process of linear learning and focused practice to find and fix any gaps in your quant knowledge. For example, if you are reviewing Number Properties, be sure that you practice 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 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 and types that you would rather not see, and types of questions 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.

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.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new verbal and quant materials, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best quant and verbal courses.

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