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# GMAT mock score

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18 Jan 2019, 01:41
Hi,

Without any preparation, I attend the mock and scored terrible which is 400 only. The mock result really screwed my confidence. However, I'm planning to write my GMAT in Apr'19 but after the mock, my confidence level goes down. Now I'm wondering what to do next.

DS is something which I found most difficult and most of the answer I chose randomly.

Please suggest me what to do and which materials to follow. Also, the time frame i.e. Apr'19 is that okay.
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18 Jan 2019, 07:37
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Rashmita20 wrote:
Hi,

Without any preparation, I attend the mock and scored terrible which is 400 only. The mock result really screwed my confidence. However, I'm planning to write my GMAT in Apr'19 but after the mock, my confidence level goes down. Now I'm wondering what to do next.

DS is something which I found most difficult and most of the answer I chose randomly.

Please suggest me what to do and which materials to follow. Also, the time frame i.e. Apr'19 is that okay.
Treat that 400 as an initial estimate. That's all it is. Even a test taker capable of a great score will start off with what looks like a low score if he or she is not aware of the concepts tested on the exam.

You could start by going through this post.
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18 Jan 2019, 08:02
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Hi Rashmita, am curious to know if in the recent past, you've been preparing for similar competitive exams or did you attempt this GMAT mock exam completely cold (after perhaps many years of being out of touch with academics)?
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18 Jan 2019, 09:51
Hi Rashmita20,

Welcome to gmatclub!

Don't be discouraged, you'll be able to improve your score with some prep. In fact, many people started with the same score. Read some stories here:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-st ... 98512.html

As you'll need textbooks, check these threads:

Hope this helps!
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18 Jan 2019, 10:58
Hi Rashmita20,

Many Test Takers are unhappy with their initial practice scores, so you are not alone. You shouldn't be too concerned though; that result is just a measure of your skills right now - and you'll improve overall as you learn more about the content, patterns and Tactics that you can use during the Exam. That all having been said, the amount of time that you will need for your studies will depend a great deal on your overall goals, so it would help to know a bit more about your timeline and goals:

1) What is your goal score?
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3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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18 Jan 2019, 11:56
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My recommendation is to worry less about what your score is on these practice CAT tests. These best predictors are the GMATPrep ones - and even then, it's not necessarily a perfect representation of the actual test.

So the most you can worry about is just getting WHATEVER comes at you correct. You should be familiar with what to expect and the types of concepts.

More importantly, to do well, you need to be familiar with what is likely being tested, where the booby traps, where you should focus your attention, and where you should avoid wasting time.

These are small, but critical elements that add up and affect your score -- and you actually have control over these. So don't fret over things you don't have control over -- such as the specific algorithm that is used to calculate a total score for you.

That said, if you are looking for an extra practice test, many of our students at GMAT Pill report scores within +-30 points of what they get on the actual test:

http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... ctice-test

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20 Jan 2019, 14:07
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HI Rashmita20,

Although you clearly are not satisfied with a 400, try not to worry, my friend. Many test-takers score low on their initial practice exam only to work hard and eventually kick the pants off the GMAT!

That being said, since you scored 400, you have some work ahead of you to improve your GMAT quant and verbal skills. Ideally, you want to follow a study plan that allows you to individually learn each quant and verbal topic, starting with the foundations before moving to more advanced concepts. Studying in such a way will allow you to gradually and methodically improve your quant and verbal skills and ensure that no stone is left unturned.

Say, for example, you are learning about Number Properties. First, you should develop as much conceptual knowledge about Number Properties as possible. In other words, your goal will be to completely understand properties of factorials, perfect squares, quadratic patterns, LCM, GCF, units digit patterns, divisibility, and remainders, to name a few concepts. After carefully reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of how to answer Number Properties questions, practice by answering 50 or more questions just from Number Properties. When you do dozens of questions of the same type one after the other, you learn just what it takes to get questions of that type correct consistently. If you aren't getting close to 90 percent of questions of a certain type correct, go back and seek to better understand how that type of question works, and then do more questions of that type until you get to around at least 90 percent accuracy in your training. If you get 100 percent of some sets correct, even better. Number Properties is just one example; follow this process for all quant topics.

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.

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 really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning the 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. Likely, the main reason that Sentence Correction has not "clicked" for you is that you have not put enough work into developing your skill in seeing what is going on in the various versions of the sentence that the answer choices create. 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 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.

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

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